This Polaroid Camera Will Take Much More Awesome Photos After You Nom on Popsicles

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Maxim Grew is quite the tinkerer, after being inspired by wooden cameras, he decided to put together his own polaroid camera using popsicle sticks. The camera is complete with a lens, bellows, sticks, and a polaroid back holder where he is currently using Fuji 100C–one of my favorite films. After the jump is the video of how he put it together and sample images.

Via DIY Photography

 

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Exploring Self-Perception Via Broken Mirrors

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Katie Thompson is a fashion and portrait photographer that works between Chicago and New York, and is someone that understands the importance of good light in an image. In this series, she wanted to explore the ideas of self-perception and body-image, topics which has said she finds fascinating. By using strategically placed mirrors she was able to create the distorted image of her model, which she said she found to still be beautiful, but carried the darker undertone of the topic she was exploring.

This work isn’t new to Katie though, most of her portfolio has a fantasy-like feel behind it that makes it more unique than other photographers’.

If you’d like to see more of Katie’s work, visit  her site, find her on Flickr, and connect with her on Facebook.

(Via Profoto Blog)

 

Looking at Spain Through a Fisheye Lens

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Recently, reader Iulian Marcu sent us a couple of photos from his recent trip to Spain. As we’ve discovered in photographing and large cities, a fisheye lens can be very instrumental and give you loads of creative effects and views that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Mr. Marcu did just that as he travelled throughout the city of León. Originally from Romania, he spent eight months in Spain where he documented the photogenic city as an enthusiast photographer. Iulian’s photos also help to prove that it’s the photographer that creates the images, not the gear–as his modest setup includes a Nikon D90 and a fisheye lens. Black and white photos seem to be his favorite. Take a look at his photos after the jump or feel free to peruse his Flickr, 500PX, Google + and blog.

 

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Shooting 8×10 X-Ray Film in Madison Square Park, NYC

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Madison Square Park in NYC is known for its awesome art work, its friendly squirrels, and currently for this awesome Buckeyball surrounded by awesome and comfortable benches. Photographer Shawn Hoke recently took to the area to try something new and awesome. Loading up his 8×10 camera with Fuji HR-T X-ray film, he went about trying to photograph this recent installation in the park. The problem: the film wasn’t clearly labelled to tell what sensitivity it was. Taking a chance, Hoke went for ISO 80-100. One pack of the film new goes for around $92 on Amazon. According to a Fujifilm PDF brochure, the film is high contrast and good for overall radiology use. But some of the film can go up to ISO 800.

He also talks about some of the other crazy things working against him–such as the emulsion being on both sides, how they render green and blue, and that’s only a bit on top of the rigors that come with focusing a large format camera and metering the scene accurately with a handheld light meter plus taking into consideration reflections and more.

Take a look at the photos and story from Hoke.

Flashback to Kevin Spacey’s Olympus Pen Commercials

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Anyone else remember when the original digital Pen camera came out? It was beautiful, and everyone raved about it wildly. Remember the leaks that came out and how everyone finally got super excited about Micro Four Thirds? Well then how many of you remember Kevin Spacey’s Olympus Pen Commercials? If you don’t then you may want to check them out down below after the jump. They were pretty awesome and in a convenient playlist that will play the videos back to back for you.

 

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Jordan Matter Photographs Dancers Mad Men Style

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Jordan Matter pulls off some really awe inspiring and jaw dropping photos almost every time I visit his site–and today is no exception. He’s managed to get two dancers to play the part of Peggy and that asshole Pete, but make them dancers. As a huge fan of the show though I need to say (and here comes the constructive criticism) that the dancers, Sara Antkowiak and Karl Maier, don’t really look the parts of Peggy and Pete. Pete always sports a power suit, always. And Peggy is usually much covered up than this. Hoever, the theme, overall office, and look does say Mad Men minus the dudes just hanging out on the right.

You can see exactly what I’m talking about over on Jordan’s Blog post. But also be sure to go through his other work; I’d kill to assist him.

In other news, I can’t wait for the show to come back on. It’s already starting to look awesome.

Angelina Jolie Shoots Herself…With a Camera…For Marie Claire

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Sometimes an Art Director lets talent take photos of themselves to envision how they would want to be seen. Sports Illustrated did that a while back and this time around, Marie Claire is letting Angelina Jolie do some selfies. Jolie has adopted children from Africa, done lots of charity work, and has starred in a number of movies that we’ve all seen. That, and she’s drop dead gorgeous.

But this time around, Jolie was given a Hasselblad camera and basically told to go nuts. Angelina has been named one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses; and in this case may even be named one of the world’s highest paid photographers.

Now if only she dressed like Lara Croft again…

Via BronImaging Blog and Shooting Film

Fine Art Photographer Jess T. Dugan’s Camera Bags End Up Empty After TSA/JetBlue Inspection

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Photo by Chris Gampat

It’s one of every photographer’s nightmares: finding that all your gear is suddenly gone. Unfortunately, it seems that the TSA/JetBlue may have given themselves some early Christmas gifts–or at least that’s what Fine Art Photographer Jess T Dugan claims according to his blog post.

The story is really quite thrilling and in a nutshell, Dugan checked in her camera bag (something we all dread doing) and it came back empty once she got off the plane. Jess has insurance (as do I, and I personally recommend State Farm) but she’s only insured for a certain amount of the gear. She sent their customer service an email and also CC’d a bunch of the big wigs over at Jet Blue about it. The kicker is where they respond, “We certainly do not allow or promote any type of disrespect toward our customers’ belongings.” and continue to say that if she has evidence, it should be reported to the police. JetBlue also very nicely seems to say that they don’t care.

Personally, I’ve yelled at many TSA agents about manhandling my gear. But this just seems like gross disrespect; and I hope those thieves pay for holding up an artist’s work progression like this.

Via Reddit/r/photography

Adam Voorhes Blows Up a Serrano Pepper; Photographs It Using a Sound Sensitive Trigger

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Adam Voorhes was recently doing a shoot for Men’s Health when he decided to have a little bit of fun. The fun translated into a creative spark that exploded; and that big bang created a really cool shoot.

One of the assignments was to blow up chili peppers. So they stuffed the peppers filled with firecrackers, set the ablaze, and documented the entire thing using a sound sensitive trigger hooked up to a camera.

The results are pretty explosive, and can be seen on Adam’s blog.

Zeng Han Documents the Modernization of China

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Vice recently did a short documentary on Zeng Han, a photographer living in one of the more modernized and liberal parts of China that has been documenting the current modernization period as the nation has really begun to rise. The modernization process is sometimes at conflict with the country’s numerous traditions; and the country has been trying to perfect a balance of getting up to speed with the times and holding onto their identity. It’s something that many places face as Western culture starts to creep in. It happened in Japan, Korea, and even is seeping into the Middle East in some ways.

The documentary is really quite good and includes some of Han’s Soul Stealer project; which includes lots of fine art portraits that I would kill to see in person and in a gallery here in NYC. Check out the documentary after the jump. For the absolute best experience though, I’d recommend watching it on a full television via HDMI cable or YouTube via Apple TV. The experience is just so much better.

(Via Vice: Picture Perfect…photo by Zeng Han)

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Photoshelter Rounds Up The Year In Review With 57 Reasons to Love Photography in 2012

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At the end of every year it seems fitting to look back and see what has changed and take account of what has been accomplished in our midst. Photography culture is no different. Allen Murabayashi, the Chairman and Co-Founder of Photoshelter took this time to put together a brilliantly introspective look at the whole of photography in the year and highlight some really great points. Here are two of the highlights that stood out from the roundup, which you should surely go take a look at.

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Instant: The Story of Polaroid Recounts The Story of Instant Love

The New York Times’s Lens Blog has a wonderful mini book review of Instant: The Story of Polaroid. The book recounts how Edwin Land decided to create Instant Film because his daughter was impatient and wanted to see her images immediately; she didn’t want to wait for the development time that typical slide and negative film need. He went on to do lots of research, trial and error, and eventually founded the Polaroid company; which apparently Steve Jobs modelled Apple after.

Land’s creations are numerous; I own a Polaroid Land Camera 185; and love it to death. News Editor Peter Walkowiak was recently staying in NY and I was able to open his eyes to the beauty that instant film can deliver. However, one of his benchmark success stories is the SX-70; a camera very highly valued even now. Editorial shoots are still done with this camera, with famed photographer Emiliano Granado being one of the users. The article, even goes on to talk about the Impossible Project, and how Land would have been horrified with their unpredictable results. It’s very much worth the read.

The book is available in Paperback or in the Kindle Store.

DIY 4×5 Film Backs Are Apparently Easier to Make Than We Think

One of the users over at FilmWasters Forum has created an awesome 4×5 film back. According to user Damland, it’s easier to do than we think. Damland used bass wood, a knife, ruler, and fast drying wood workers glue. The photos in the lower section of the photo below were shot with the camera back, and exposed on Ilford direct positive paper; which can be tough to work with to begin. Ilford paper is very popular for this type of stuff, and I’ve interviewed another photographer that used it as well when I worked for B&H Photo.

Of course, this can’t always be done by everyone. It needs very careful analyzing and ensuring that the back is light sealed with no issues at all.

Check out more over at FilmWasters Forum.