The History of Photography and One of Its Most Heartwarming Stories

We all love photography, but how much do you really know about its history? Join us as we explore some of the more notable developments.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs,” said Ansel Adams in a very famous quote. “When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Ansel surely left his mark on photography as did many others. To do that they used a few very iconic cameras and methods. Photography has been around in some way or another since ancient times starting with the camera obscura. But, when we think of photography in the more modernized way, it has a long, celebrated history. And we’re exploring that in today’s Photography Cheat Sheet.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: How F-Stops Control Light and Bokeh

Whether you’re just getting started with photography or have been doing it for some time, let this photography cheat sheet be your comprehensive guide to understanding f-stop.

Aperture or f-stop is one of the terms you’ll continuously encounter throughout your photography journey, so understanding how it works is crucial to your practice. It may take some time and a lot of practice before you get the hang of it, but today’s featured photography cheat sheet should at least make the learning experience easier.

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​Exploring the Self-Esteem of the Photographer on Social Media

On top of all the questions surrounding photography today, Shaun La asks, “What about the self-esteem of a photographer on social media?”

Social media is an ocean of unofficial experts and critics. It’s also a deep place with a lot of photographs due to social media relying on the visual grammar of instant gratification explaining to viewers, what, when, where, and how. Photography has been smacked with so many redefining elements that it would be solid to ask, what is a good, or even a great photograph? Who is a famous photographer? What is a professional photographer? On top of all of these questions would be: what about the self-esteem of a photographer on social media?

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Explore Photography’s Origins with George Eastman Museum’s Photographic Processes Series

Photography may already have progressed by leaps and bounds, but an interesting video series by George Eastman Museum reminds us of how it all began.

For today and future generations, film photography may already seem to be as traditional as photographic processes go. But it actually stretches way back. For us to be able to appreciate how far photographic technology has come, George Eastman Museum created a series of videos that take us back to the processes that revolutionized how we see and capture the world through photography.

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The Pinhole Photography of a Filmmaker

All images by Steven Dempsey. Used with permission.

“What matters most to me as a photographer is not just capturing the beauty of a thing or person, but also conveying a particular feeling.” says photographer Steven Dempsey. Indeed, his mind is in the advanced stages of the creative process. “A pretty picture by itself is just that but when I can find a way to give it soul, then that is truly a beautiful thing.”

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Steven moved to New York with a rock band. When that crashed and burned, he took up oil painting before getting into web and graphic design. “Static imagery led to an interest in video and I created Americonic Films with director/composer Glenn Scott Lacey. My interest in moving images eventually steered me to my strongest passion to date, photography.”

For Steven, the creative process became really interesting when experimenting with Pinholes.

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The History of Photography in 5 Minutes

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The folks over at COOPH have a brand new short video on the history of photography. It details important moments like the beginnings of camera obscura, the pinhole, the daguerreotype, Kodak, etc. It also includes names that you probably haven’t heard of or even thought of.

This video is easily consumed during a quick break, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Stacy Piotti Shows How to Take Photos with Mr. Potato Head

“I got to thinking about the common saying, ‘That looks like it was taken with a potato,'” says experienced cyanotype photographer Stacy Piotti, about the origins of this project. She began experimenting with pinhole photography after receiving one as a gift a few years ago. After a handful of DIY pinhole camera experiments, she decided to give Mr. Potato Head a go at being transformed into a one-of-a-kind camera.

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Miss Lens Flare? This Will Get It Back for You

There’s nothing cooler than lens flare in the right situation. We really wish more lenses brought it back. That’s why we’re big fans of the Lensbaby OMNI system. But Lensbaby also has a fantastic system with their Composer Pro II. You can attach different optics to it and get the tilt-shift look with pretty much every single camera system out there. It’s hard to beat it since virtually no one has their own tilt-shift lenses anymore. But if you really want that look, click our links and use our code below for 25% off on a purchase.

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We’re Giving You the Tilt-Shift Look for 25% Less (Exclusive)

Lensbaby has a fantastic system with their Composer Pro II. You can attach different optics to it and get the tilt-shift look with pretty much every single camera system out there. It’s hard to beat it since virtually no one has their own tilt-shift lenses anymore. But if you really want that look, then you can click our links and use our code below for 25% off on a purchase.

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Colorful Portraits Of Women Have Won Cristina Venedict Many Awards

“When you want something from the bottom of your heart, the Universe will show you a way,” says Romanian photographer Cristina Venedict about her path to photography. She loves using primary complementary colors in her portrait work, which allows her soul to speak to the viewer using styles learned from art school. But her path to discovering photography wasn’t all that straightforward.

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Good News! Savings on Lensbaby Products With Our Exclusive Code!

It’s back! And we know you’re going to love it! We’re always saying that the photo world is very sterile when it comes to lenses and image quality. But lucky for you all, there’s hope! The folks at Lensbaby have savings on their lenses and accessories. The photo after this paragraph was shot with the Lensbaby OMNI system of prisms. They can do wonders for your camera and lenses. But then there are also great things like the Velvet lenses, and Edge optics, and so much more. In many ways, they’re some of the best lenses for creative photographers right now! Take a look after the jump!

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EXCLUSIVE: 25% off Lenses for Creative Photographers and More!

We’re always saying that the photo world is very sterile when it comes to lenses and image quality. But lucky for you all, there’s hope! The folks at Lensbaby have savings on their lenses and accessories. The photo after this paragraph was shot with the Lensbaby OMNI system of prisms. They can do wonders for your camera and lenses. But then there are also great things like the Velvet lenses, and Edge optics, and so much more. In many ways, they’re some of the best lenses for creative photographers right now! Take a look after the jump!

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15 Great Mother’s Day Gifts for Photographers Under $100

Mother’s Day Photography Gifts are available at really great prices and it’s not too early to think about it!

Mother’s Day is coming up in the US and we are pretty sure there are a few of you who have not yet gotten something for their mother. If that is you, and if you are looking for ideas about what to get your mother who is interested in photography then you are in the right place. This will be our first of a few roundups for those looking to get your photographically inclined mom something nice for the holiday.

In this post, we will be focusing on some great gift ideas that won’t break the bank (under $100 each), so you can buy with confidence knowing your bank account isn’t going to be hating you in the morning. As well, many of these are affordable enough that you can even consider grabbing more than one item on the list. Ready to be inspired?

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The Telling Black and White Portraiture of David Drake

Photographer David Drake has a style to his portraiture. A Je ne sais quoi.

Photographer David Drake is not only the man behind the vycra presets for Lightroom, but he’s also a fantastic film photographer. “My step-father was at ground zero in NYC on September 11th 2001, and was photographed by the Magnum photographer Larry Towell,” he tells us. “It was published in the Magnum September 11th book. I was 15 years old at the time, and the fact the a photo of one of my parents was being exhibited and published really interested me.” After getting a copy of the book and a Minolta XG7 from his step-father, he started shooting in black and white film. And according to him, it was probably because of that photograph.

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7 Pinhole Photographers to Inspire You for World Pinhole Day

Lead photo by Kenneth Leishman. All images used with permission in our interviews.

Pinhole photography: it’s arguably one of the oldest forms of photography and the art that’s been available. These days, it’s used in digital variations but by far many of the best pinhole photographers these days shoot film. So in celebration of the upcoming World Pinhole Day this year, we’ve rounded up a number of our favorite pinhole photographers we’ve interviewed.

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Photoshop is Photography; and This is Why

There are many schools of mind and thought when it comes to defining what a photograph is. Some say that a photograph is exactly what comes out of the camera and nothing more. Others tend to argue that using Lightroom is alright. Still others continue to say that the world of presets, HDR and other methods are untrue to what photography is.

Photography in its colloquial term basically means painting with light. It started with the obscura, moved onto things like tin types, then film, and now digital. For most of photography’s years, the darkroom was the king. We base a lot of what we do in Lightroom and Photoshop off of Darkroom methods.

But to this day, if you say that some concepts in Photography result in not an actual Photo being created, then there are years and years of darkroom photographers that would prove you otherwise.

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Learn Photography: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

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Looking for more than a beginner’s guide? Take Phil’s Photography Masterclass Course!

Note: This post is part of our “Getting Started” series of free text tutorials on some of our most popular course topics.

To jump to a specific section, click the table of contents below:

Editor’s Note: This is a syndicated blog post from Udemy. It is being republished here with permission.

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20 Affordable Mother’s Day Gifts for the Photographer Mom

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With Mother’s Day not too far away, the mothers that are permanently attached to their cameras may enjoy something a bit more special this Mother’s Day. But we’re not showcasing gifts that will break the bank–instead we’re focusing on the gifts that require more thought and will still put a smile on her face.

Here are 20 Mother’s Day Gifts that you’ll want to consider for this year.

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Study: Taking Photos Impairs Your Memory

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When you take a photo, do you remember the moments as they were happening at all? According to a study called “Point-and-Shoot Memories: The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour” done by Fairfield University, the answer is no. The study shows that taking images actually causes what the New York Times cites as “photo-taking-impairment effect.”

According to the study, groups were given digital cameras when taking a tour around an art museum, they were instructed to take photos of certain objects and observe others without taking photos. The study concluded that taking photos impaired their memory of the objects because their mind was too busy taking a photo–however their memory wasn’t affected if they were told to zoom in on a specific area.

Further conclusions stated that memories were totally intact if they didn’t take photos of the object.

Though this is only one study, it makes a lot of sense considering that our society is spending so much time taking photo after photo and many times doesn’t get the shot right to begin with.

On a personal level though, we can relate. We test lots of cameras here and sometimes have cameras with us at events that we go to. When you’re too busy taking photos, you tend to only concentrate on getting the shot as best as you can. Otherwise, everything else gets filtered out.

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Five Reasons You Should be Shooting Pinhole Right Now

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This post by Jana Uyeda originally appeared on Jana-Obscura.com on March 17, 2014, and is being syndicated at The Phoblographer with the author’s permission.

My friends in the art world often use the expression, “Restrictions breed creativity,” a phrase which certainly applies to the imaginative and often inventive world of pinhole photography. While the basic concept of pinhole remains the same – a light-tight box with a tiny aperture – it’s how you manipulate light to capture an image that really empowers your creativity. From DIY projects to local craftsmen to 3D printed cameras, interest in pinhole cameras is on the rise. If you have never experimented with pinhole photography or left your Holga 120WPC on the bottom shelf for too long, it’s time get shooting again. Here are five reasons why this is the best time to be shooting pinhole.

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