Please Stop Passing Off Your Composite Images as Photography

Composite images have their time and place, and they can be cool, but it’s not photography.

Photoshop lets us do many wonderful things. From simple edits to complex transformations, the software has been the birth place of some spectacular work. But we have to start making a distinction between photography and Photo-shopped/composite images which really aren’t photographs at all. They are great works of art in their own right, but it’s always important to be upfront about your work, especially now in the world of ‘fake news’ and ‘fake media’. Continue reading…

Colin Anderson’s Stylish “Mission to Mars” Turns Up the Cool Factor

All images by Colin Anderson. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Now, more than ever, the fascinating realms of science fiction, particularly space travel, have become fertile grounds of inspiration for creatives outside filmmaking. A number of our previously-featured photographers and their imaginative projects certainly prove this. We’ve seen them take us to landscapes both alien and familiar, parallel universes, and intriguing characters donning space suits as they navigate around these uncharted territories. The latest addition to our roster of space-themed projects is a series by Melbourne-based Colin Anderson, who crafts a stylish imagining of the next generation of space travelers on course for Mars.

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Serge Ramelli Demonstrates How His Amazing Photograph Of Supermoon Was Created

Image and video by Serge Ramelli. Used with permission. 

The brightest Supermoon phenomenon (since 1948) happened just two days ago and Serge Ramelli has created a composite image of the awe-worthy Supermoon rising from the night skyline of downtown Los Angeles, with a step by step tutorial video on how he achieved his results from start to finish.

Serge utilized a 70-300mm lens to shoot the Supermoon, hence he was shooting from quite a far distance away from the city to be able to use the telephoto compression effect. Consequently this resulted in relatively large size of the moon in comparison to the city buildings.

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Danny Santos II Captures the Diversity of Singapore with Street Composites

Can you spot Danny in this image?

Can you spot Danny in this image?

All images by Danny Santos II. Used with permission.

Danny Santos II is amazing street photographer that rose up to become an extremely talented professional shooter. Last April we were drawn to his evocative photos of life in Singapore and now we’ve come across Danny’s latest series of street photos with a composite twist.

Titled “Shooting Singapore Street Composites” Danny explained he wanted to blend his creativity with a bit of reality in his latest photo series. “I guess it’s a transition from capturing to creating,” he said.

For his composites Danny set up his tripod in the middle of the busy central business district in Singapore. While people walked past the camera rushing off to work, Danny stood on the sidelines and in the crowds clicking away at his remote trigger for 30 minutes to an hour.

“[I snapped] pretty much anything that stood out and captured my attention,” Danny said. “I was quite particular about motion and variety. Those are the two things that overwhelm you when in the middle of the streets of Singapore.”

More after the jump.

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Sergio Albiac’s Stardust Portraits Demonstrate the Awesome Stuff You Can Do With Hubble Imagery

Sergio Albiac Stardust Portraits

All images in this article are © by Segio Albiac and used with permission.

We knew there was a reason that NASA sent the Hubble space telescope into orbit. They did it so people like Segio Albiac could do the awesome stuff they do with Hubble imagery. So what is it that he does? Sergio is running an ongoing project that converts regular portrait pictures into composite images–collages, mosaics, or whatever you like to call them–that an algorithm creates out of snippets of images from the Hubble space telescope. Sergio had the idea for this project when he though about how us humans are basically made of stardust, created through a process called “nucleosynthesis”, during which new atomic nuclei are created from pre-existing matter. The web-based project allows visitors to his website to send in a portrait, and have the algorithm convert it into a “stardust portrait”. You can find more samples from this series after the break.

Via Wired

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