February 28, 2015 /Photography News/ It isn't that lens hoods are really expensive, but if you hardly ever need one, you can probably find a better way to spend the $10-50 a lens hood would set you back.
lenshoods.co.uk and lenshoods.net are two nearly identical websites that offer free printable lens hood templates for a huge list of lenses. The only difference with lenshoods.net is that it offers hoods that are “optimized” for crop sensor cameras. Whether you need a hood for a Canon prime, a Nikon telephoto, or a Sigma macro lens, you'll find that on both sites. Templates are available in PDF format and nearly every lens has a standard round hood and a petaled hood available.
Here’s what the templates look like:
All you need to do is print out the template (on A4, A3, or A2 paper), cut it out of black card stock, and assemble it with tape or glue.
The resulting lens hood may not make your camera look more impressive, and may not be as effective as the real thing, but you'll get it for the price of the paper you print on.
If you’d like to have a unique looking hood for your lens, you can also design your own custom lens hood.
February 24, 2015 /Photography News/ The 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards today announces the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories.
Recognising and rewarding the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year, the 2015 competition received the highest number of entries in its eight year history – 173,444 images from 171 countries – and a 24% increase on 2014.
Speaking about the shortlisted images, Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and organiser of the awards said:
“The sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry. Once again, the shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today’s established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers for whom the awards offer unpreceded exposure and opportunity.
“The record number of entries gave our expert panel of judges a monumental task but we are incredibly proud to present to you a shortlist which truly showcases some of the world’s best photography.”
The shortlisted photographers for all categories are listed below and names included are both new and familiar to the competition. Those recognised again by the awards include: Peter Franck (Germany); Donald Webber (Canada); Amit Madheshiya (India); Brent Stirton (South Africa); Simon Norfolk (UK), Fan Li (China) and Massimo Siragusa (Italy). New names include Julia Fullerton-Batten (UK) and Sebastian Gil Miranda (France).
Those in the awards’ Professional categories will now compete for a $25,000 prize and the coveted L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year title. The recipient, along with the winners of the Professional categories, overall Youth and Student winners plus the Open Photographer of the Year, who receives a $5,000 prize, will all be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on Thursday 23 April. All winners will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.
The winning and shortlisted images will go on show at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May and published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. The images will be printed by theprintspace, WPO's Official Exhibition Printer. The exhibition will also include an intimate display of still images, books and films by Elliott Erwitt, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award.
Here is a selection of the best shortlisted images:
|Copyright: ©Adrian Jaszczak, Poland, Shortlist, Arts&Culture, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Name: Headless. Image Description: Photo taken during Artistic Gymnastics Tournament in Poland. Girls that participated were aged 8-12.|
|Copyright: ©Daesung Lee, Republic of Korea, Shortlist, Conceptual, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Series Name: Futuristic Archaeology. Series Description: Still 35% of Mongolians are living a nomadic life and depend on their land for survival. This is increasingly difficult due to serious changes: 25% of the Mongolianland has turned into desert in the past 30 years. Potentially 75 % of Mongolian territory is at risk of desertification. These environmental changes directly threaten the Mongolian nomadic way of life, which has been passed from generation to generation. This project attempts at recreating the museum diorama with actual people and their livestock in a real place where decertifying in Mongolia. It is based on an imagination that these people try to go into museum diorama for survival in the future. This is accomplished with printed images on a billboard placed in conjunction with the actual landscape horizon. I hope to accomplish a sense that the lives of these nomadic people occur between this reality and a virtual space of a museum. Mongolian traditional nomadic lifestyle might be existed only in museum in the future.|
|Copyright: ©Gili Yaari, Israel, Shortlist, Arts & Culture, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image name: Purim Holiday in Jerusalem. Description: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Toldot Aharon Sect celebrate the Purim holiday in the ultra-orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem on March 17, 2014. The festival of Purim commemorates the rescue of Jews from a genocide in ancient Persia.|
|Copyright: ©Harfian Herdi, Indonesia, Shortlist, Nature &Wildlife, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Name: Frog story. Description: Three cute frog at the morning lights|
|Copyright: (c) Kimmo Metsaranta, Finland, Shortlist, Still Life, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Series Name: Animal Behaviour|
|Copyright: ©Lisa Krantz, United States, Shortlisted, Contemporary Issues, Professional, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Name: A Life Apart: The Toll of Obesity. Image Description: At almost 600 pounds, Hector Garcia Jr. finds simple daily tasks like bathing a challenge. He struggled to walk across the hall from his bedroom to the bathroom so that his mother, Elena, could wash him after having cut his hair in November 2010. A month before, Hector started dieting after he realized he was close to his highest known weight, 636 pounds.|
|Copyright: (c) Liza Van der Stock, Belgium, Shortlist, People, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Name: Maurice and Lisa. Image Description: Maurice and Lisa shooting a scene. Series Name: Paradi$e Lu$t. Series Description: In a Flemish village, surrounded by nature, Laura and Maurice live together with their daughter Eva. In the garden, Eva plays with her dog or meets with her classmates. Friends and family come along and fill the house with activity. But when Eva is at school, Maurice and Laura shoot what most people prefer to keep to themselves. The porn they make is not populated by Barbies or muscled superheroes. Ordinary women play with men who are also dad or neighbour. A humanity that not only exists in the porn they make, but also emerges behind the scenes and in their family life. In recent years, Laura has built strong bonds with a number of like-minded people: every one of them confident women who have consciously chosen this lifestyle and only depend on themselves with respect to their work. On a regular basis, they go to erotic fairs, rendez-vous evenings or an erotic night club: to make money or to have fun - or both.|
|Copyright: ©Saeed Barikani, Iran, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Name: Old Shepherd. Image Description: An old shepherd that had been surprised by snow storm in Gilan's countryside in the north of Iran|
|Copyright: Vladyslav Musiienko / UNIAN, Ukraine, Shortlist, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Description: Ukrainian protester plays piano on a barricade in front of the riot police line during the continuing protest in Kiev, Ukraine 10.02.2014|
|Copyright: ©Simon Morris, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Smile, Open, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Image Name: On the Tundra.... Description: A Young Nenets boy plays in -40 degrees on Yamal in the Winter in Siberia.|
February 23, 2015 /Photography News/ Did you ever wonder what different sounds look like? Thanks to the science behind the Schlieren Flow Visualization now you can see and capture the differences in air pressure caused by various forces such as sound or heat.
So, how does it work?
Here is a graphic that depicts how we are able to photograph movement in the airwaves, thus creating sound waves, by using a a series of objects to reflect and divert the waves for the camera to be able to capture it.
This results in a photograph - like the one below - which shows the sound waves created by a pair of clapping hands.
Check out the full video here, and tell us what sounds you'd most like to see in the comments box.
And here is how you can create your own DIY Schlieren Flow Visualization: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Schlieren-Flow-Visualization/
Want more information on the Schlieren photography technique? Check out the great resources below:
|TBM Stock Image|
February 20, 2015 /Photography News/ Whether your passion is landscape, portrait, documentary/street or something entirely unique, TeraBella Media (TBM) is interested in displaying your interpretations. TBM is inviting all photographers to send images that best represent their own personal style. The subject matter is open for each photographer. Image files may be in black and white and/or color. Participants may submit up to eight images that are most characteristic of their individual photographic approach. First, Second and Third place finalists will be chosen. Additionally, three Honorable Mentions and Three Merit winners will be selected.
First Place: $400 (USD) cash prize
Second Place: $200 (USD) cash prize
Third Place: $100 (USD) cash prize
Three (3) Honorable Mentions & three (3) Merit Winners will also be chosen.
All finalists will be announced in the TBMPN/WPN newsletter and on Photography News. Finalists will also receive recognition in on line gallery display and social media exposure via Facebook and Twitter.
Copyright: All submitted images remain sole property of artist/photographer.
Entry Fee(s): $20 (USD) for first 4 images
(Up to 8 image entries may be submitted for additional fees)
Color and/or Black and White images will be accepted.
Eligibility: Contest is open to all individuals 18 years and older, worldwide.
Entry Deadline: April 1, 2015 (11:59PM CST)
See more at: http://terabellamedia.com/photo-contest/
February 14, 2015 /Photography News/ Here is a collection of photographs from the beginning of the 20th century. Happy Valentine's Day!
|Zulu couple, 1903. (via Okinawa Soba)|
|Young couple chalking hearts onto a tree. Valentine's Day, 1944. The Galt Museum & Archives|
|Young couple seated in garden, circa 1900. Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, Powerhouse Museum. Gift of the Estate of Raymond W Phillips, 2008.|
|Margaret Ballardini & Fred Watson, Luna Park, St Kilda, Victoria, ca. 1927. Photographed by M D True, Electric Studio.|
|Soldier's goodbye & Bobbie the cat, ca. 1939-ca. 1945 / by Sam Hood. The State Library of New South Wales.|
|Sydney, NSW. 1919. A wounded AIF soldier receives an affectionate welcome home at the Anzac Buffet in The Domain. This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection.|
February 12, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 158 years ago today, on February 12, 1857, in Libourne near Bordeaux and raised by his uncle, Eugène Atget’s youth was molded by his time as a sailor. Upon his return from the sea, Atget turned to the stage and pursued an acting career. After minor success as an actor, Atget abandoned the stage and at the age of forty took up painting, then quickly turned to his true life’s work as a photographer. For the next thirty years, until just a few short months before his death in 1927, Atget undertook a systematic documentation of the city of Paris, creating approximately five thousand negatives and nearly ten thousand prints.
Because he refused to work with the latest advances in photographic technology, Atget’s images evoke a sense of timelessness, due in part to the slower exposure times and the pre-visualization of the final image that was required. Atget produced glass plate negatives, using an 18 x 24 cm. view camera that was fitted with a brass rectilinear lens and had no shutter. Rather, Atget would simply remove the cap from the lens and capture the scene before him, allowing any motion to appear as a blur. Atget carried this large camera around Paris as he worked to document its essential elements: streets, shop windows, building facades, architectural details, and the landscape of the public gardens and parks in and around the city.
Atget’s unique documentation of the French capital captured the eye of surrealist photographer Man Ray who worked to promote Atget as one of the pre-eminent photographic modernists. Later, the efforts of Berenice Abbott, who acquired Atget’s negatives and prints after his death, finally situated Atget’s work in the history of photography where it continues to gain in stature and influence.
George Eastman House holds approximately 500 prints by Eugène Atget.
|Marchard d'abat-jour, rue Lepic. 1899-1900|
|Au Port Salut - Cabaret Rue des Fosses St. Jacques (5e). 1903|
|Brocanteur 38 rue Descartes (5e arr). 1909|
|Porte d’Italie. - zone des fortifications - va disparaitre (chiffonniers) (18e arr). 1913|
|Au Tambour, 63 quai de la Tournelle (5e arr). 1908|
|Cour de Rouen - passage du Commerce (6e ar). 1908|
Courtesy of the George Eastman House
February 12, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 206 years ago today, on February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln lived in the era when photography was introduced to the world and then became a mass communication tool. Lincoln was the first U.S. presidential candidate to tap the new technology frequently and has been called the most photographed man of his day.
The 204th anniversary of his birth offers a fitting occasion to enjoy treasured portraits from the Library of Congress collections.
|Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, facing right. Berger, Anthony, b. 1832, photographer. Washington, D.C. : 1864 Feb. 9. An image from this sitting was the basis for the engraved portrait on the five dollar bill.Published in Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 176.|
Title devised by Library staff.
Gift, Louis Rabinowitz, 1952.
Forms part of Civil War glass negative collection (Library of Congress).
|Lincoln & his secretaries, Nicolay & Hay. Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882, photographer. Washington, D.C., 1863, ©1884. Photo shows President Abraham Lincoln seated between his private secretaries John G. Nicolay and John Hay at a photo session in Alexander Gardner's studio in Washington, D.C., on November 8, 1863."On this day John Hay wrote in his diary: 'Went with Mrs. Ames to Gardner's Gallery & were soon joined by Nico (John G. Nicolay) and the Prest. We had a great many pictures taken ... some of the Prest. the best I have seen. ... Nico & I immortalized ourselves by having ourselves done in a group with the Prest." (Source: Ostendorf, p. 142)|
Published in: Lincoln's photographs : a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, Ohio : Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 142.
Title from item.
Copyright 1884 March 20, by Dennis Williams, Springfield, Ill.
|Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861. Washington, D.C., 1861. Photograph shows participants and crowd at the first inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln, at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Lincoln is standing under the wood canopy, at the front, midway between the left and center posts. His face is in shadow but the white shirt front is visible. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 87)"A distant photograph from a special platform by an unknown photographer, in front of the Capitol, Washington, D.C., afternoon of March 4, 1861. 'A small camera was directly in front of Mr. Lincoln,' reported a newspaper, 'another at a distance of a hundred yards, and a third of huge dimensions on the right ... The three photographers present had plenty of time to take pictures, yet only the distant views have survived." (Source: Ostendorf, p. 86-87)|
Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 86-87.
Title from item.
In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 59.
|Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president. Half-length portrait, seated, facing front. Butler, Preston, photographer. Springfield, Ill., 1860 Aug. 13. Thought to be the last beardless portrait of Lincoln, this photo was "made for the portrait painter, John Henry Brown, noted for his miniatures in ivory. ... 'There are so many hard lines in his face,' wrote Brown in his diary, 'that it becomes a mask to the inner man. His true character only shines out when in an animated conversation, or when telling an amusing tale. ... He is said to be a homely man; I do not think so.'" (Source: Ostendorf, p. 62)Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 62-63.|
Title devised by Library staff.
Gift; A. Conger Goodyear; 1965.
|Lincoln's funeral on Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. : 1865 April 19. Photo shows crowd gathered along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on April 19, 1865, for the procession of President Abraham Lincoln's hearse from the funeral held at the White House to the U.S. Capitol, where his body lay in state before traveling by train to Springfield, Illinois, for burial.Title and date from information on negative sleeve and Library staff.|
Forms part of Brady-Handy Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
February 10, 2015 /Photography News/ National Geographic Traveller (UK) has confirmed the finalists of its fourth Photography Competition 2015. The grand-prize winner will be announced at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show on 14 February.
The six finalists (category winners) are:
People: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi - New Year’s Traditions, taken in Comanesti, Romania
|New Year’s Traditions, by Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi|
Action: Yanick Targonski - Train from Ella to Kandy, Sri Lanka
Animal: Barry Robertson - Bleaker Island, in the Falkland Islands
Rural: Chris Miller - Son Doong Cave, shot in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
Urban: Philip Braude - Urban Trees, London
River: Claire Carter - Reflections on a Melting River, in Rio de las Vueltas, Argentinian Patagonia
To view the shortlist, visit: http://www.natgeotraveller.co.uk/photo-competition-2015/shortlists/
February 9, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 150 years ago, on 9 February 1865, Wilson Bentley was one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimed.
Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the snowflakes. More than five thousand of his snowflake photomicrographs supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines.
Bentley also photographed all forms of ice and natural water formations including clouds and fog. He was the first American to record raindrop sizes and was one of the first cloud physicists.
He died of pneumonia on December 23, 1931, after walking six miles in a blizzard so he could photograph more snowflakes.
|Snowflake photos by Wilson Bentley, circa 1902|
February 7, 2015 /Photography News/ Send your suggestions for inclusion in our next weekly roundup:
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February 2, 2015 /Photography News/
|© Conor MacNeill|
SNAP Photography Festival, the UK's first festival for wedding and lifestyle photographers, has teamed up with a whole load of amazing photographic industry suppliers for its #7daysOfSnap give away.
|© Kevin Meredith aka Lomo Kev|
Prizes will include album design software, 121 mentoring sessions, lighting workshops with SNAP Partner Olympus, advertising packages, editing software, professional body membership and the star prize of a free ticket to SNAP in April, which has been sponsored by Shotkit.
A new prize will be released each day. To enter head over to the SNAP blog.
|© Emma Case and Pete Smyth|
January 31, 2015 /Photography News/ Send your suggestions for inclusion in our next weekly roundup:
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Visualizing human rights - Fernando Moleres' photography spreads awareness of injustice in Sierra Leone prisons
|Lewis Carroll. Fine Art Photography. Xie Kitchin. 1874|
January 27, 2015 /Photography News/ Born 183 years ago on 27 January 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer.
From today’s perspective, his most notable career is that of writing, as it cemented his pen name in pop culture: Lewis Carroll. But only acknowledging his literary accomplishments would do him a grave injustice.
In the days when photography was just starting to establish itself as an art form, Dodgson took notice of the extremely precise and mathematical aspects of it. Influenced by his uncle Skeffington Lutwidge and his friend Reginald Southey, he picked up the hobby and - as with just about everything he tried in his life - he excelled almost immediately.
Throughout his 24-year career as a photographer he became a master of the medium, boasting a portfolio of roughly 3,000 images and his very own studio. His subjects were most often people, although he also photographed landscapes, dolls, dogs, statues, paintings, trees and even skeletons, as seen above.
From the 3000+ photographs taken by Dodgson, only 1000 have survived due to the passage of time and deliberate destruction, of which just over half are of children (mostly young girls) - 30 of whom are depicted nude or semi-nude.
|Beatrice Hatch, 30 July 1873. Photograph taken by Lewis Carroll, then colored by Anne Lydia Bond on Carroll's instructions|
|Evelyn Hatch, 29 July 1879.Photograph taken by Lewis Carroll, then colored by Anne Lydia Bond on Carroll's instructions|
His affection for younger girls, many of whom inspired the stories he wrote, has led many to conclude that Dodgson may very well have been paedophilic in nature, including Morton N. Cohen in his Lewis Carroll: A Biography (1995), Donald Thomas in his Lewis Carroll: A Portrait with Background (1995), and Michael Bakewell in his Lewis Carroll: A Biography (1996).
Most famously, Carroll obsessively photographed the young Alice Liddell, daughter of family friend Henry George Liddell and inspiration for Carroll’s most famous fictional character.
|Lewis Carroll. Fine Art Photography. Alice. 1858|
|Lewis Carroll. Fine Art Photography. Alice. 1859|
Carroll’s carefully staged child photographs are very much like those of other photographers of the period like Mary Cowden Clarke and Julia Margaret Cameron, who also photographed Alice Liddell, even into her adulthood.
Below are a few more photographs from Lewis Carroll's collection:
|Lewis Carroll. Fine Art Photography. Amy Hughes|
|Lewis Carroll. Fine Art Photography. Annie Coates. 1857|
|Lewis Carroll. Fine Art Photography. Ella Chlora Faithful Monier-Williams. 1866|
|Lewis Carroll. Fine Art Photography. Liddell-Sisters (Alice right). 1858|
|Lewis Carroll. Fine Art Photography. Xie Kitchin. 1876|