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Dear New Photographer…

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I’m writing this post because I was up late last night on a Facebook forum, reading close to 200 comments about new photographers and what slime they are to the industry. How they’re stripping photography of it’s “art” and destroying any decent business practices. I read every comment, feeling more and more sick to my stomach the further I scrolled down the page.

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published at Jenna Martin’s blog. It’s content and images are being used and syndicated with permission. Jenna was featured previously in our Creating the Photograph series.

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Cheap Photo: Free Two Day Shipping on the Sony A7

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Amongst our new top deals are the previous Canon DSLRs, 25% off of select lenses, and more deals on mirrorless cameras. Plus the massive Canon 5D Mk III bundle deal is still going. Also, free two day shipping on a Sony A7.

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Napoleon the Cat Is One of the Cutest Photo Projects Ever

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Typically when an email about a cat project hits our inbox, we sigh. But when we saw what kind of images that his human Jesus wanted to create, we were absolutely awestruck. And so begins the story of Napoleon the Cat.

Napoleon is a cat that arrived on his door step that Jesus adopted. During a time of unemployment, he started taking casual photos to keep his creativity alive. But later on he got the idea to put the cat in ridiculous and awesome situations. With that said more gear, a green screen, and lighting were invested in to create the scenes that were in Jesus’s mind. What Jesus also discovered is that his new cat had a very expressive face. So to get certain expressions, he needed to put the cat in certain situations. Napoleon is still a kitten and so he gets his naps, meals and arguably better treatment than some people. But the result is some pretty zany images.

Jesus and his assistant took the images and turned them into a calendar and post cards on high quality photo paper. But now, Napoleon and his human have taken to IndieGoGo to get funding to create more calendars. The goal? $3000.

There are obviously different levels at which you can donate–with $10 getting you a digital edition of the calendar. But even more hilarious is the $3,500 contribution in which Jesus offers to fly to your home and turn your pet into a star. However, that option will only work in Europe.

Check out the video and another photo after the jump.

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Tom Krieger’s Double Exposures Make Interesting Use of Textures

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All images by Tom Krieger. Used with permission

“I like to combine sometimes architecture structures, nature and human forms.” says Tom Krieger on his double exposure work. “After combining the double exposure I love to use some other apps like Mextures to add lights and structures. Matter is a really great app, too.”

We discovered his work on EyeEm during the recent awards. Tom Krieger is what like to call a true photographer. He started 25 years ago with his first Nikon without AF just for fun. “Later on I used this camera to experiment for example long exposures in the mountains of the French Alps or as an action cam on my hang glider also as a landscape photographer.” Unlike other photographers and wannabes, he understands that the camera is just a tool as a painter and illustrator to paint in a photorealistic style.

“Today I use several digital cameras and lenses and have my own studio for reference shootings. My iPhone is always with me and my point-and-shoot cam.”

Mr. Krieger states that he loves to create images with his iPhone. “It is this simplicity to focus on the essentials of the image design. And I love to play around with apps.” states Tom. He explains his process as working with apps like Diana. After this he scrolls through his other images on his phone to combine with the one he just show. Then he plays around with apps until he gets exactly what he wants from the image.

“I think when a photo is different from others it allows interpretations. I do not really care whether it is a successful image or not. I’m relatively detached in this matter. That makes me feel unbound and detached.”

More of Tom’s images are after the jump.

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Matthew Coleman’s Image of Falling People is an Illusion

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Image by Matthew Coleman. Used with permission.

“Serendipity.” That’s what photographer Matt Coleman says about the image above that he created and shared on the EyeEm platform. The image put Mr. Coleman in the running for the recent EyeEm awards for the Illusionist–a segment of the content dedicated to edited images. The image represents something that all photographers go through at many points in their career: wanting to try something else.

“I recently took out about two-thirds of my website, as I seem to be moving in a completely different direction with my photography, with a want to push into the direction of art tableau, of getting back to my love of Caravaggio (with the shadows and lighting), and with the inspiration of myths and art history, parallel worlds and minimalism, along with altered states of consciousness, though in a reductive, distilled way…”

Matthew says that the image was created as complete happenstance. He says that he was at the Olympus Playground in Berlin throughout the summer with friends who were playing about on a Leandro Erlich installation (they are the two in the central part of the frame, and were goofing about in the window). What we actually see in the image is a mirror reflection of an installation on the ground to give off the look that we see.

“Two other girls were also interacting with this space, who were on the left-hand side, when one of them suddenly began running and there, in that instant, I caught the picture.” says Mr. Coleman. “For me, the thing that caught my eye over the other frames I shot was the appearance of falling, which in turn creates a kind of psychological reaction, or jarring, when seen with the figure running across the side of a building, which of course can’t work in the realm of physics, at least on this dimension.”

To create the image, Matt used a Canon 7D, and an L lens. “The image was made (in) B&W, and I had to carefully take out a line that cut straight across the picture, which came from the join in the mirrors that was used as it was not in a single sheet in the installation.”

Be sure to follow Matthew on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more.

 

COLOR CHECKER: How To Get Perfect Skin Colors With Every Camera

Model: Lulu Geng

Model: Lulu Geng

One of the best kept secrets within the fashion and beauty photography is the way to obtain absolutely perfect and flawless skin colors, brightness and texture. That’s an art, absolutely, and often a quite technical challenge.

In this article I will explain how to obtain perfect skin colors, with the help of a ColorChecker. But not just a simple ColorChecker workflow with the standard, bundled software. No, there’s a neat trick which saves a lot of time and a lot of custom color editing (and desaturating) of skin tones.

It’s a quick, transparent automatic workflow, once set up and created. Your camera needs to shoot in RAW.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Hans van Eijsden’s Blog and has been republished with permission.

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