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Photo Science: How 5 Photo Techniques Work & How You Can Play With Them!

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Ever wonder how your camera works?

…If instant photos are actually made of something other than magic?

We sure as heck do!

In fact, we think the science of photography is half of the reason that being a photographer is so freakin’ cool.

While photography usually feels like magic, it’s actually very scientific and mathematical. (We even know the ISO of the human eye!)

We’re going to show you some of our favorite basic photography techniques, what makes them tick, and how you can try them all yourself for a hands-on view of how all your favorite photo stuff works!

5 Ways to Play with Photo Science

p.s. We’re searching for a few fabulous photogs to take photos for the shop! Got what it takes?

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What iPhoneography Apps Are Hot Right Now

We’ve been wondering what photo apps the cool kids are using on their phones these days. Instagram? Hipstamatic? Diptic maybe?

So we rounded up 12 of our favorite smarties and asked for their top 3 faves.

Who’d we ask? Photographers (of course), web entrepreneurs, illustrators, designers, the guy who invented the #hashtag, and even a Mythbuster!

Here’s what we found out.

[BTW, we've got Android apps in here, too!]

The Top iPhoneography Apps Right Now

p.s. We’ve teamed up with our buddies at Fracture for a Twitter giveaway TODAY! Fracture prints your best photos directly onto glass, is ready to hang and looks super sleek.

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How to Get Super Slow-Motion Effects with Any Camera

Of all the motions in the book, slow motion is the one that really gets your photo mojo (jojo?) going.

But woe is you — the price tag on a high speed camera averages about $100,000 (ohai Phantom Flex).

Will you ever get to play with slo-mo effects? Oh heck yes, you will!

Twixtor is a simple After Effects/Final Cut Pro plugin that will make your video look like it was shot at incredible 1000fps levels. It adds frames instead of merely slowing down your footage.

In other words, you’ll get epic montages that capture every gorgeous detail you’d otherwise miss in normal-time. Even super ordinary actions look phenomenal at 1000+fps.

Twixtor’s paving the road to making this creative effect available to more folks (not just ones with tons of moola), and we think that’s pretty rad.

A few not-to-be-missed samples of Twixtor in action: BMXer on a Canon 7D, roof jumping on a Canon T2i, puddles on a T2i, and a fire-breather on a 7D*.

[FYI Twixtor runs around $300-$500, thousands cheaper than a fancy camera, but another alternative are speed adjustment tools like Time Warp which comes with After Effects, as seen here.]

Get Rad Slo-Mo Effects via Twixtor

p.s. We’re headed to Hong Kong! Know any cool camera shops we should visit? (Or anything else amazing we should see?) Tell us!

*Videos via kottke, fstoppers


   
   
10 Totally New Ways to Play with Instagram

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Instagram is your life.

It’s what you think about when you get up in the morning (Instagram delish breakfast), while you’re at work (Instagram new plastic dino), and when you’re out with friends (Instagram buddy’s craaazy new tat).

You’re not alone.

Instagram fans all over the world are right there with you, Instagramming their day to day every step of the way.

All kinds of new Instagram adaptations have popped up from web viewers to prints, stickers, iPad apps, magic photobooths, and even sites that exclusively stream photos of Instagrammed cats (favorite!!).

We’ve rounded up the 10 most useful, fun, and sometimes totally weird yet AMAZING new ways to use Instagram. BTW Download Instagram here!

10 New Ways to Use Instagram

Photo: Hatchcraft’s Boo Box frame

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Top 20 Ultimate Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

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When it comes to photography, we like to root for the little guy.

He’s the picture taker that works hard, is easy going and is always around when you need him.

Yep, we’re talking about one of our old favorites: the disposable camera.

While we love adding filters to our phone pics and making masterpieces with our DSLRs, there’s something magical about disposable cameras we can’t forget…

They’re cheap, fun to play with and can do almost anything!

Here’s our top 20 list of didn’t-know-you-could-do-that ways to use, abuse, modify, and make the most of your disposable camera!

Top 20 Creative Ways to Use a Disposable Camera

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Plan the Photog Party of the Century in 5 Easy Steps!

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We all do it – pass by the same awesome thing everyday and think, “Someday I’m gonna take a picture of that!”

It’s time to admit that our “Someday” list is growing and growing, Jack and the Beanstalk style (no end in sight!).

Instead of tackling that giant list on your own, turn your ‘someday list’ into a group effort by having the most-fun-you-ever-had-with-a-group-of-photog-nerds: a photo scavenger hunt.

Write out your shoot list, invite your peeps, and cue up some Andrew W.K. ’cause it’s time to party.

Plan an Epic Photo Scavenger Hunt Party

p.s. Andrew W.K. is on Twitter, and so are we. (a.k.a. All the cool kids are doin’ it.)

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Valentine’s Day: 5 Fun Ways to Share Your Love With Photos!

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Valentine’s Day: that special day each year when we get to show our cameras (or *cough* loved ones) how much we ♥ them.

Whether you have a valentine or not, it’s a great time to give love (and chocolate!) to your friends, GF/BF, family, or yourself. Just keep your hands off our Leica, she’s spoken for! ;)

With that in mind, what better time to round up some feel-good photo projects than Valentine’s Day?

We’ve whipped up a quick batch of our sweetest photo projects to shower your friends, loved ones, and walls with photo love!

Click on for secret valentine film rolls, origami photo hearts, color-me-in photography valentine cards, and even more (omg).

Five Fun Photo Projects That Help Spread The Love

p.s. Calling SF Bay Area photogs! We’re looking for a Product Photography Artist, inquire within.

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Photo Forensics: How to Tell if a Photo’s Been Faked

Seen this 1940’s photo floating around the net with a “time-traveler” seemingly sporting an SLR, shades, and NIN t-shirt? Wondered if it’s real? So did we.

So, we decided to turn to photo forensics: the Error Level Analyzer!

Slip a photo URL into the Analyzer, and like a CSI computer, it instantly highlights possible alterations. Turns out our time traveler’s legit — there are no distinctive color differences. (Here’s the full story.)

Try this shark-meets-helicopter photo though, and the sharks show up pink and white. This photo’s been ‘shopped!

How does it work? The analyzer looks for decreases in the quality of a jpeg that happen every time you save it. Those areas are most likely to contain edits.

Sleuth away! Analyze internet photos that you’ve always wondered about: time traveler pics, anti-gravity photos, or fashion spreads.

Extras: Check out photo tampering through history and the Cottingley Fairies Hoax.

The Error Level Analyzer
[via Forgetomori]

p.s. Have you heard of Thrillist yet? It’s a rad free newsletter that tells you about one amazing new thing each day. They’re giving a chance to win a $1000 Apple gift card if you sign up!


   
   
Four Fun and Easy Ways to Make Your Photos Look Vintage

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Recently we asked friends of our Tumblr page what they’d most like to see covered in our next tutorial.

The votes are in. The absentee ballots have been counted. The results are clear:

You want to learn how to make your photos look vintage!

So, we got together to brainstorm and do research. We learned new things, we experimented, and now we’re sharing what we found!

Four Easy Ways to Make Your Photos Look Vintage

p.s. Did you know we’re on Twitter? We are! You can follow us with just one click.

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Ultimate Photo Movie Roundup: Top 50 Movies Photo Fans Need to See

Did you know one of the very first movies ever made was of a galloping horse?

Not much plot-line there, but back then, it was the best movie ever!

An animated movie of sorts, it was made of a series of photographs pasted onto a drum. You cranked it by hand to watch!

Since film wouldn’t have existed without photography, we got to thinking about all the movies that pay homage to photography. Turns out there a lot of photo-related movies out there, so we’ve compiled our top 50.

Grab some popcorn, draw the curtains, and get those DVD/Blu-ray discs spinning/Netflix streaming/iTunes downloading.

Top 50 Photography Movies Photo Fans Must See

p.s. We’ll be watching one of these movies at our office in San Francisco on Thursday. You should come and bring some snacks! (Space limited, so you gotta RSVP!)

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