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The Cooperative of Photography has a brand new video tutorial encouraging you to bring out your creative side as a photographer. The video shows you how to do six different DIY gifts for the holidays–also of them involving photography. Some of them include a T-shirt, a wood transfer (one of my favorites), and a really cool idea for a lamp.

Seriously, that wood press though…

The video is after the jump.

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Steve McCurry Journey Video

Photographer Steve McCurry shares some very strong and meaningful words in this latest video. He states that the best photos can happen along the journey to an assignments rather than at the actual destination. Mr. McCurry talks about times that he is travelling to a destination and along the way he will be in almost a meditative state–so he stops to capture photos along the way.

“It’s all chance encounters, it’s not planned.”

These words are right in line with the original ideas of street photography. He continues to state that “great pictures don’t grow on trees.”

The video is after the jump.

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Everyone (well mostly everyone) loves taking selfies. And last week a brand new type of selfie was created. Coined by Beats by Dr. Dre, the #soloselfie requires the user to shoot a video, start at one ear, bring the camera around to their face and complete the 180 degree angle by bringing it to their other ear. That’s essentially what it is, or what it will evolve into. The trend in a new ad prominently features the popular Beats headphones and loads of celebrities doing the #soloselfie.

At the time of publishing this post, the video has just under 9,000,000 views. But it spurred a viral movement amongst many Beats users and many people in general that just want to try one.

More of an analysis is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 review product photos (4 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

“I don’t work for DxOMark. I’m not interested in numbers. I’m interested in what comes out of the camera.”

Continuing the trend of photographers talking about why they switched, Fuji Rumors shared a video from Lukas Gisbert-mora on why he chose to leave Nikon for Fujifilm.

First he talks about the problems first: which have to do with the battery levels and the video capabilities. This is what happens with cameras that have an EVF, but Fujifilm has lacked on the video capabilities for a while. They’re also only starting to pick up speed.

Lukas also admits that Fujifilm’s flash capabilities are nowhere near Nikon’s. In our testing, we have to agree. PocketWizards with a Lumopro LP-180 are much better–but that offers manual capability. If you want TTL usage, there aren’t many good radio trigger options with the exception of Yongnuo–and they’re hit or miss.

So why did he pick Fujifilm?

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Dancer with second curtain flash

Dramatizing movement is one of the coolest things that you can do in a photograph that otherwise captures it all in a single frame. While many photographers love to do this with long exposures, adding a strobe element via second curtain flash can create even more drama. When you add second curtain flash, what the camera does is freeze a specific moment in the image while dramatizing the movement of the rest of it. It’s a lot of fun–and we do it occasionally in our reviews.

Photographer Phillip McCordall created a tutorial video last month showing us a very proper and fairly old school way ot creating a photo like this in a studio setting with a dancer. He combined second curtain flash usage with a slower shutter speed and just the right aperture and ISO mixture to create the images that you’ll see in the video below.

Want to try this for yourself? We recommend grabbing a dancer or a ballerina. But this can be done with a lot more than just them. I’ve done this with fire dancers and athletes before. You’ll just need to think in terms of a long exposure for the most part.

Mr. McCordall’s video on photographing dancers with long exposures and second curtain flash is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat Bronica etrs and film 75mm f2.8 (1 of 1)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 1.4

Back around the end of last year, PBS decided to do a small segment putting film against digital photography: a debate that’s been going on for years now. The segment put two Canon cameras up to shooting the same scene in many different scenarios. And without looking at the images at 100%, we can see that it’s quite tough to tell the difference between the two unless you have a trained and skilled set of eyes.

The video also brings up a better point that is only realized when you think deeper: real people and clients won’t sit there pixel peeping at your images. Instead, they’ll want to look at it as a whole. It also demonstrates the use of filters to make digital images look like film.

What it ultimately proves though is that telling the differences is really tough to do in some situations though in other situations film will also need much more careful work where digital is more forgiving. Of course, that statement only applies to color film and color digital. It would be interesting to put black and white film and digital up against one another. The video featuring Film vs Digital Photography is after the jump.

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