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Saturday, 11 November


This Photographer Hiked 14 Hours for Epic Wedding Photos at Trolltunga PetaPixel

Trolltunga, or Troll Tongue, is a famous rock formation in Norway thats used often for breathtaking photos. Photographer Priscila Valentina was recently asked by a couple to shoot wedding photos at the cliff. After the ridiculous challenge of hauling her photo gear to the spot, Valentina managed to capture a series of epic wedding photos of a lifetime.

Given how long the hike to Trolltunga takes, the group had to head out early in the morning well before sunrise. By 5:30 am, they were already on the road.

Next came the work of getting to the rock, and Valentina hiked the entire route while carrying 35 pounds of camera gear in the rain.

It was an incredibly gruesome 14-hour hike [to and from the rock] but arguably the most epic view on earth, Valentina tells PetaPixel.

Once they reached the rock, the couple pitched a tent to change and get themselves ready for the photo shoot.

All that remained was posing and capturing stunning shots of the couple high above the lake and valley.



Fuji is ready to announce three new cameras within the next couple of months mirrorlessrumors

Nokishita spotted a total of three new camera registrations in Asia. Its yet not certain what these cameras are but Fujirumors writes: My guess is that it could be the Fujifilm X-A5, the X-T100 and the X-T2S. The X80 is

The post Fuji is ready to announce three new cameras within the next couple of months appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Tip: Use a Mannequin Head to Practice Portrait Lighting Without a Model PetaPixel

Want to learn portrait lighting but dont have a model you can spend hours and hours with? Heres a 4-minute video in which photographer Ed Verosky offers a simple suggestion: Buy a cheap mannequin head to practice your skills.

Using a real model to fine-tune your skills can be uncomfortable and boring for the subject. By using a mannequin, youll have a simple test subject that wont mind getting blasted by studio lights all day.

You dont even need a full-body mannequin. A Styrofoam mannequin head is cheap and can serve you well. Just stick it on a spike in your studio and youre good to go.

You can practice all sorts of lighting, whether that be butterfly light:

Or even contrasty split lighting:

Verosky even tries out a few variations of the Rembrandt pattern:

A simple Styrofoam mannequin head like this should set you back about $5, according to Verosky. Check out the full video above to see it in action. You can also find more of his videos on...


Nighttime Photos of Tokyo Under the Glow of Neon Lights PetaPixel

German-French graphic designer Matthieu Bhler has been shooting gorgeous nighttime photos of Tokyo, Japan, focusing his attention on the illumination created by all the different neon lights found across the city. His series is titled Neon Dreams.

Most of the photos are shot with a Canon 6D and Canon 40mm f/2.8 prime lens before being processed in Adobe Lightroom.



Creating a Surreal Photo of a Man on a Ladder Crossing Water and Sky PetaPixel

Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer who creates surreal scenes with his camera and Photoshop. His latest work is titled All Above the Sky. It shows a man climbing a ladder and poking his head above the sky, only to find himself looking up out of the waters nearby. Above is a 1-minute behind-the-scenes video that shows how it was created.

All Above the Sky is a project he wanted to realize for a long time, but it took until the summer of 2017 for it to become a reality, Johansson says.

Shooting at lake Vnern in Sweden, Johansson was able to create the captivating composite image by pulling together a number of different elements in post-production.

The lighting on the rock was created using a Profoto 7b 1200ws light, positioned on the opposite shore, with a magnum reflector.

The ladder was held in position and captured atop the rock

before being composited with another shot of a man climbing it captured in another location:

As for the part of the photo with the man in the water well, someone inevitably had to get wet for that. He was also lit with the same Profoto light as the rocks.

Johansson used a Hasselblad H6D-50...


Instagram May Soon Let You Follow Hashtags PetaPixel

Instagram may soon become a lot more interesting for photographers in search of inspiration. The photo sharing service is apparently testing allowing users to follow hashtags in addition to other users.

The Next Web reports that the hashtag follow functionality was first spotted by @Social_pip, who shared a screenshot of the discovery:



iPhone X Portrait Lighting Versus Real Studio Lighting PetaPixel

The new iPhone X has a number of Portrait Lighting looks that allow users to fake professional lighting styles. Heres a 4-minute video by photographer Daniel DeArco that compares the iPhone Xs Portrait Lighting with the real studio lighting setups theyre designed to mimic.

All the images in these comparisons are taken with the iPhone X, with those on the left having been shot with the digital lighting modes. On the right are images shot with the iPhone X without any of the digital lighting enabled, but instead with the lighting replicated with a real lighting rig.

Here are the comparisons of the different digital lighting modes of the iPhone X:

Natural Light

Studio Light

Contour Light

Stage Light

Stage Light (Mono)

At this point the Apple Portrait Lighting doesnt replace professional lighting quality, but its still a fun gimmick to use, DeArco concludes. We think that the results are pretty good.

Check out the full video above to see the shoot in action. You can also find more of DeArcos videos by subscribing to...


This Birthday Cake for a Photographer is Soft and Creamy at f/1.4 PetaPixel

Check out this birthday cake that was made for a photographer. It was inspired by the $3,900 Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 lens, which the photographer owns.

The cake was a creation of Karen Ng, owner of Pipette By Karen, which creates bespoke cakes and desserts over in Singapore.

And yes, the cakes focal length indicates that its to celebrate the photographers 34th birthday.


How I Accidentally Became a Marriage Proposal Photographer PetaPixel

Being at the right place at the right time sometimes results in the unexpected. Thats exactly what happened to me on November 7th, 2017, when my wife and I were waiting to photograph the sunset at Lookout Mountains Sunset Rock while returning home from a West Virginia photo adventure.

I was shooting test photos when a couple from Chattanooga walked out onto the rock and sat down right where I was hoping to get some shots of the Tennessee River snaking around Chattanooga. No problem: I just switched gear and asked them to pose for me. The images show the couple sitting and enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding area.

Can you take a few more? the man asked when I thanked them and promised to give them a copy of the image.

There was plenty of time before sunset, so I put the camera to my eye and started shooting only to see the man Alex Roberts get down on one knee and pull out a box containing a diamond ring.

Will you marry me? he asked his girlfriend, Bridget Moore.

Bridget was stunned into silence as Alex awaited her answer.

Finally, she shook her head and agreed, and Alex put the ring on her finger.

Bridget finally turned to me and asked, Did he arrange for you to be here?

My wife and I explained we were there by sheer coincidence



Instant Dreams Documentary Covers the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polaroid PetaPixel

Instant Dreams is an upcoming documentary film about the rise, fall, and rebirth of the Polaroid photo. Heres the 2-minute official trailer of this visually stunning film.

Directed by Dutch filmmaker Willem Baptist, the 91-minute documentary will be holding its world premiere on November 18th at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the worlds largest documentary film festival.

Heres the synopsis:


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Friday, 10 November


This Website Tracks the Market Value of Used Camera Gear PetaPixel

Want to quickly find out the current market value of a used camera or lens? Bokeh Market is a new website that can tell you the real-time value of used equipment. Its like the Kelley Blue Book of camera gear.

The front page features a search bar. Type in whatever piece of equipment youd like to look up to bring up its product page. The product page features the products specs, a daily price chart that spans about a year, average prices for individual sellers and trusted sellers, and ongoing listings for the product through various marketplaces (e.g. eBay, Adorama, Amazon, KEH, Fred Miranda).

Whats more, registering for an account opens up additional functionality. If youre hunting for a good deal on a particular camera or lens, you can set alerts with a price ceiling to be notified when a listing appears that you may want to jump on.

You can also input all the items in your gear collection to see its current value at a glance:

If youre eyeing a bundle of gear and would like to know what the total market price is, you can quickly build any bundle to look up its value:

Bokeh Market is a free service thats monetized with affiliate links (the service earns money when you click through to marketplaces and make purchases).


Building a Custom Wood Surface for Product Photos PetaPixel

A few days ago, my girlfriend, Victoria was trying to take some photos of a bridesmaid gift she received the night before. She was trying to take these images on her phone and was not having any success. After a few unsuccessful attempts, she gave into my suggestion of taking these photos on her X-T10.

She then ran into the issue of having a couple of photos that were poorly framed and somewhat noisy. After some more convincing we had her camera mounted on a tripod. We spent the next few minutes rearranging the objects in the photo and adjusting the tripod to get the composition just right.

She remarked about how so much effort was going into a single photo. I told her that for me a lot of the joy that comes from photography is all of the problem-solving that you have to do on occasion.

This can mean a few different things. For example, you might have to climb a fence to get closer to your subject. You might have to use a reflector to modify the available light in a scene. In the most extreme cases, you might have to fabricate an entire set or some props for your images.

Why You Should Build Your Own Stuff

You should build your own stuff because it gives you the opportunity to add a unique and personal touch to your photos. Creating something such as this surface, from scratch allows you to add an extra element of control to your photos.

For example, in product photography, its important to have complete control over the technical aspects of a photo. So why not take things a step further and be in control of the surroundings as well. Imagine being able to custom build a prop for your clients on an individual basis. In a competitive marketplace, everyone wants something that will help them stand out.

How I Built This Surface

The individual boards are a part of our fence that was damaged in a storm back in August. They had been sitting in the garage for the last few months, waiting for someone to put them to good use. Some of the pieces were longer than others so I started by cutting them all down to the same length, 20 Inches.

The old fence, damaged in a storm back in August.



Which Filters to Use in Landscape Photography and Why PetaPixel

Filters are the bread and butter of landscape photographers. Heres a 12-minute video from Nature TTL that will teach you what filters every landscape photographer should have in their bag, as well as why to use them in the first place.

The video is presented by official Nikon Ambassador Ross Hoddinott, whos an incredibly experienced landscape photographer. While out shooting on the coast, Ross talks through his choices of filters and what real situations are making him apply them.

A crucial piece of takeaway information is to not use a filter just because you have it. So many photographers fall into this trap, using unnecessary filters to get their moneys worth.

By the end of this video, you should have a good understanding of what to look out for as a cue to tell you that you need a particular filter.

Using an impressive 10-stop solid ND filter, Hoddinott looks to transform this rather dull scene:

But after a drastically increased exposure time, the scene looks far more attractive:

Check out the full video for Hoddinott full lesson on landscape photo filters, and you can subscribe to the Nature TTL channel for more tutorials like this one each week.

Full disclosure: I own and operate Nature TTL.



Photoshop Turns Rock Climbing Photos Into Rock Worshiping Photos PetaPixel

Heres a strange and hilarious idea that the Internet has spawned: if you Photoshop rock climbers out of bouldering photos and leave the spotters in the frame, the resulting images look like photos of rock worshipers.

@allmightystone is a new Instagram account dedicated to collecting and sharing these Photoshopped creations.

Just for reference, heres what unaltered bouldering photos look like when they contain both the spotter(s) and the rock climber:...


Driving out of the Oregon High desert on highway 72 on our way in to Burns. Billy Newman Photo

Driving out of the Oregon High desert on highway 72 on our way in to Burns.


How to Shoot Double Exposure Concert Photography PetaPixel

I recently shot a series of double exposure photos of the band I Dont Know How But They Found Me at The Knitting Factory, and theyve received a great response. So, I thought it would be worth explaining how I took them!

If you also have a Nikon D750 or similar Nikon camera, heres how you can experiment like I did:

1. Visualize your final image

This can be difficult to do in an unpredictable live music setting your subject might be bouncing around the stage! But if you can see in your mind how youd like the final image to look, that will help you take the steps to create it. With IDK being a two-man band, I knew I wanted to take some double exposure photos that included both Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman. Prior to taking a shot, I decided I wanted Dallon on the left side of the image and Ryan on the right. My angle of shooting and stage light locations came into play when making this choice.

2. Adjust your camera settings

On my Nikon D750, I went to the Photo Shooting Menu and selected Multiple Exposure.

Then, for the Multiple Exposure Mode, I selected On (series) because I wanted to try several double exposure photos. If I had wanted to just take just one, I would have selected On (single photo). Keep in mind that if you select On (series), your camera will keep taking multiple exposures until you go back into the menu and turn it off.

I set my...


The Difference Between Levels and Curves in Photoshop PetaPixel

Heres a 6-minute video from PiXimperfect that looks at the difference between the Levels and Curves functions in Photoshop. While the two may seem similar in purpose, there are some very clear differences between them.

An analogy instructor Unmesh Dinda gives is a comparison between a standard calculator and a scientific calculator.

Levels is your normal calculator, performing basic functions like adding, subtraction, division, and multiplication. Curves is like a scientific calculator. While its more complicated to use, it can perform more advanced functions and calculations.

You can achieve everything Levels can do by using Curves, but you can also add points to the curve itself, brightening or darkening particular areas of tone in the image.

We previously featured a video that looks at how you can actually use Curves to benefit your processing workflow.

Dont forget to check out the full video above to see the exact comparison between the two functions, including a handy eye-dropper function that allows you to be more precise with your edit.


Down by the Hudson: A 3-Mile Strip of Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY PetaPixel

My name is Caleb Stein, and Im a recent graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Down by the Hudson is an ongoing project Im working on. Its a record of my walks and interactions, mostly along a 3-mile strip of Main Street in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Ive been passionate about photography since the beginning of high school. From 2015 to 2017, I interned with Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden, whos known for his powerful street photography, and, more recently, for his 2015 book, Face.

My relationship with Poughkeepsie started at the end of my junior year, while I was interning for Bruce, who lives about half an hour away from Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie is a small city with a population around 32,736. Approximately 19% live below the poverty line.

Recent years have brought a great deal of economic hardship to this lively, character-filled place. Some people attribute this to the downsizing of IBMs local headquarters. Others say that fault lies with the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall, or the additions to the highway system, both of which have de-emphasized the role of Main Street.

Some blame local colleges Vassar, Marist, the Culinary Institute for their lack of engagement with the community. In any case, Poughkeepsie is still a beautiful, resilient city with beautiful, interesting people. Lots to learn from them, no question about it.

I feel inspired by what the Martiniquan philosopher and writer Eduaord Glissant once said, that I can change, through exchange. This project is not only a document of my interactions with the people and places of Poughkeepsie, but also an attempt to connect with people, to hear their stories, and to make images t...


5-Year-Old Girl Gets Dream Wedding Photo Shoot Before 4th Heart Surgery PetaPixel

After undergoing three open heart surgeries, 5-year-old Sophia Chiappalone had one wish before her fourth operation: to be a princess and marry her best friend, Hunter. After hearing of the wish, a family friend and pro photographer decided to give Sophia the photo shoot of her dreams.

ABC News reports that Sophia was born with several heart defects and is scheduled for a fourth open heart surgery in January 2018.

Late last month, photographer Marisa Balletti-Lavoie of Sassy Mouth Photography did the faux wedding photo shoot at City Park in Meriden, Connecticut. A local bridal shop supplied a flower girls dress as a tiny wedding dress and a veil to complete Sophias look.

6-year-old Hunter Laferriere, whom Sophia first met in preschool, happily played along and posed as the groom in the photo series.

Im trying to be strong for Sophia, Sophias mother, Kristy Somerset-Chiappalone, tells ABC News. In reality, shes slipping into heart failure more and more, and this might be the only time I ever see her in a wedding dress. That was going through my head.



This Cinematic Short Film Was Shot Entirely on the iPhone X PetaPixel

Want to see the video capabilities of the iPhone X? Heres a beautiful 3-minute cinematic short film about a French pastry chef. Everything you see was shot entirely with the iPhone X.

Titled Made in Paris, the film was shot by photographer Ryan Earl and filmmaker Nick Arcivos of AmnesiArt. Its a portrait of Elise Lepinteur, a protegee of renowned pastry chef Christophe Adam of Paris, France.

We produced and edited this short piece in only 4 days with the help of monopods and gimbals (DJI Oslo Mobile and Zhiyun Smooth Q), AmnesiArt tells PetaPixel. For the macro shots, we used iPro Lenses by Schneider Optics.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes images showing how shots were done:

If you think the footage in this film is impressive, get this: DxOMark recently found that while the iPhone Xs video capabilities are solid (with some noticeable flaws), the smartphones still photo abilities are the best that has ever been seen.



The History and Philosophy of Copyright PetaPixel

Want to know the origins of the concept of copyright? Heres a 25-minute video from Filmmaker IQ that looks at the history and philosophy behind modern-day copyright.

While copyright may be crucial in the modern digital world creators live in, this has not always been the case. In ancient Rome, for example, artists and musicians were paid for their work and then that was that. Copying and redistributing art was just not a thing.

In the 6th century AD, however, the trend was bucked. When St. Columba copied a book, word for word, by St. Finnian, the victim of this plagiarism was not happy. Columba argued that the word of God needed to be spread, but when the dispute was taken before the king, it was Finnian who was found to be in the right.

To every cow belongs her calf, therefore to every book belongs its copy, said the king.

Unlike in modern-day court cases involving copyright, this particular situation resulted in a rebellion with 3,000 warriors killed in the Battle of the Cul Dreimhe in the year 561.

In an ever-evolving world, copyright has become an incredibly complex topic with many loopholes, gray areas, and other minefields that need to be navigated. Check out the full video above for an incredibly interesting journey through time and the evolution of copyright.


Ep. 227: Its MFT Madness! and more PetaPixel

Episode 227 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Olympus Visionary Tracie Maglosky

In This Episode

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Thursday, 12 February


Find Personal Well-Being on El Pasos Hiking Trails BLOG - An American Photographer

Find personal well-being on El Pasos hiking trails

One of Franklin Mountains State Park's wonderful hiking trails in El Paso.

One of Franklin Mountains State Park's wonderful hiking trails in El Paso.

Ive been an Army wife for almost 22 years. My family has been to many Army posts throughout the United States and abroad, all with varying topographies and landscapes. When we learned wed be coming to Fort Bliss, friends told me how sorry they were, joking that, well, its El Paso, after all. But Im an Army wife. I major in acclimatization , smooth transitions and making the most of wherever we are, because wherever we are is home.

So imagine my friends surprise when I actually liked El Paso and Fort Bliss. Every new assignment is an opportunity to see new places, make new memories and experience nuanced cultures in this huge nation of ours. Its all about making the most of the short time were given in our new location and finding the uniqueness in it.

El Paso certainly is unique. As part of the great American southwest, everything from the landscape to the weather is unlike any other military installation weve visited. And the best part for me has been a renewed call to hiking. Ive done hiking in my lifetime, like in the mountains of South Korea and New Zealand, on the Great Wall of China and in some of Americas most wonderful national parks, but not as part of a lifestyle. El Paso has so many superb, safe hiking trails that they have become something I can incorporate into my life on a weekly and daily basis.


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