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The advent of 35mm photography largely simplified the picture-taking process, and cameras become far more affordable and accessible. Before this, however, the process was much slower, more intricate, and greater technical knowledge was necessary to get the result. The history of photography, both as an art form and a technical process, is, in a word, fascinating.

Thankfully, the George Eastman House has put together a beautiful series of videos about photographic processes well before the advent of 35mm photography. The 12-chapter series explores the Daguerreotype, Talbot’s processes, the cyanotype, the collodion, albumen printing, platinum printing, pigment processes, the Woodburytype, the gelatin silver process, color photography and digital photography. Each episode is around five minutes long for easy viewing.

Take a dive with the first video embedded below.

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Photographers have always tried to ensure that the theft of their images don’t get stolen. When it does, there is often a giant mountain made out of a molehill thanks in part to our current trends in online culture. And most recently, photographers have been up in arms about contracts from musicians. If you haven’t heard about the Taylor Swift incident starting with Apple then trickling down to the photographers who photograph her, then you’ve probably been living under a rock.

And yet, there is a much more silent form of theft that has been happening for years.

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If you’re in the mood for a little trip to Nostalgia land, then you should take a couple of minutes to check out this awesome video from 1972 about the Polaroid SX-70. But it’s about more than that, it starts out with a lot of educational history about photography. The special (which aired on PBS a while back) explains how the camera is used and even the science behind its design.

For those of us old enough to remember the camera in our younger days, this video is going to bring you back to a much simpler time.

Via Reddit R/Polaroid

Disclaimer: I’m a mod for R/Polaroid. And this is genuinely cool.

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For medium format photographers who primarily shoot with film, we all know about the Kiev 88. Love them or hate them, they were Russian clones of Hasselblad cameras that had lots of quirks to them. However, they were very capable of creating beautiful photos. If you were ever curious about what goes into a medium format SLR and how they differ from 35mm, then this video will show you everything you want to know in its cool stop motion format.

– Hat tip to Jeroen Tissen for sharing this on our Facebook wall

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Photographer Jenny Woodward gave us an awesome tutorial video the other day talking about the basics of lighting food photos at home. But now she has two other videos on styling and framing your images. She recommends using a white plate, adding textures, and overall creating a scene that looks homely and familiar with a touch of color while staying minimal.

When it comes to composition, she talks about the rule of thirds and how they’re meant to be broken at times.

Her other videos are after the jump, and are just long enough to be squeezed into a quick break from work today.

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Andy Baker is the Group Creative Director for the National Geographic Channel; and the advice that he gives about getting someone to pay attention to your story in 30 seconds. His advice pertains to videographers and trailers specifically when it comes to television shows, but the idea can be applied to the work that photographers are doing these days.

With so many photographers doing BTS videos of their shoots and other promotional content, the fact that Andy says that you need to know your audience is very key. He reasons that doing a personal project is different and that the audience is you; but otherwise you need to understand your audience, have a hook, know what they like and find a way to entice them.

Andy’s words go into this much more after the jump.

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