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How Street Photography Can Turn into Astrophotography

Those Star Trek special effects guys are going to feel pret-ty foolish when they find out about Adam Kennedy.

Turns out you don’t need years of computer-generated image training to create breathtakingly detailed alien planets.

Adam finds his planets on the street! Fire hydrants, my friends.

He photographs, the rusted, peeling spheres that sit atop fire hydrants and edits them into wonderfully awe-inspiring habitats.

The best part about Adam’s planet project is that it started with a single imaginative thought.

It’s what inspires street art, photographers, and artists of every kind.

So the next time you think, hey that thing looks like that other thing, you know exactly what to do.

(Make art!)

Planets Made Out of Fire Hydrants

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How to Photograph Electricity without a Camera

You’ve always wanted to catch one awesome photo of lightning striking down on Earth’s surface.

Turns out we’ve been doing it wrong this whole time.

Phillip Stearns figured it out: Step 1 — throw out your camera. Step 2 — expose your film with 15,000 volts of electricity.

Inspired by the science between cameras and our very own eyes, Phillip turned to experimenting with peel-apart instant film.

He starts by pouring household chemicals (like bleach) onto the film to manipulate color and then touches a neon tube ballast to the film to electrocute the surface.

The result is a dreamy rainbow of lightning-like images emblazoned onto a final print.

It’s no wonder that Phillip’s main work has dealt with digital glitches. You might call this the ultimate analog equivalent of a glitch.

You can watch how it all goes down in this awesome video.

Extra cool thing: Learn how to make emulsion lifts with instant film!

Phillip Stearns’ Electrified Instant Film

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Macro Photographer Teresa Franco Shares Her Best Phoneography Tips!

Scenario: A ladybug turns your shoulder into its new resting spot. What do you do?

Some might say Make a wish. Teresa Franco? She’d say Take a photo.

Snapping a photo of something so tiny can be a challenge. Do not let your camera phone deceive.

You can use your phone to get great macro shots of the tiniest objects, from crystal-ball-esque dew drops on a leaf to a caterpillar snacking on a blade of grass.

Teresa Franco is living proof. Have you seen her macros? They’re the best of the best on Instagram!

We asked her how she does it, and she shared all her favorite phone lenses, apps, and tips for getting fantastic photos of nature’s tiniest details.

So the next time a bug takes a liking to your shoulder, you’ll be set.

Phoneography Tips with Teresa Franco

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100 Cameras — How to Improve Kids’ Lives Through Photography
Photo by Brooke Schwab

Photography is a solo sport. It’s just you and your camera out there!

You’ve asked yourself a million times how you can make a difference with your photo skills, and 100 cameras figured it out.

This non-profit gives cameras to kids in developing communities around the world. Which is so great!

The kids are then able to sell their own photos giving them educational resources, healthcare, and lifeline supplies. Even greater!

These new photogs also learn about empowerment — they first-hand experience their own talent and skill positively affecting their communities.

Remember the first time you felt you could make a difference? Suddenly you felt like you could do so much! One empowering experience is all it takes.

BTW! 100 Cameras is actually raising funds to launch 100 Cameras 2.0, which will let anyone start their own photo community. Helping kids with photography? Sounds like a no-brainer!

Help Kids via 100 Cameras

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You are My Wild — Great Kid Photography That’ll Inspire Your Own At-Home Photos
Photo by Brooke Schwab

When you were a kid, having a camera in front of you was just a little less scary. You probably didn’t even notice it was there most of the time.

It’s that enviable carefree ‘tude kids have that makes taking portraits of them so much fun.

That’s just what You are My Wild is all about. 14 photographers document how they see their kids by submitting one remarkable portrait each week.

Meaghan Curry explains how it started:

Right after the new year, and in sort of a creative lull, we were brainstorming about starting a project to force ourselves to put down our phone cameras down and pick up our other cameras more regularly…

Ironically, Instagram is the common thread between us. It is where we found other people documenting their children in really loving, beautiful and respectful ways.

We hoped that some of these other IG photographers would be interested in using their higher quality cameras to “see” the same way that we were using our phone cameras.

And it seems to have worked! Check out their portraits, and may they inspire you to photograph your loved ones in a new light.

You Are My Wild — Beautiful Kid Photography

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Photography Communities — Where to Share Your Photos (Plus, we’re hiring!)

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We’ve all got them. That perfect shot hidden away on our hard drive or waiting in a negative sleeve.

But, with 80 bajillion photo sharing sites out there the question of where to share our masterpieces is not always an easy answer.

Getting your photos in the right place means getting your photos seen, so Photojojo has come up with a foolproof guide to help you figure out:

A) What type of photographer are you?
B) Where should you share your stuff?

Sound simple? It is!

You can finally give ImageHive the heave ho and find the sharing service that’s right for you.

A Personalized Guide to Photo Sharing

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Seeing Double: Learn How to Clone Yourself

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Have you ever had a dream where you looked around the room and everyone looked exactly like you?

Wait, was that a dream?

Either way, you can turn your camera into the ultimate cloning device and make like a million clones of yourself!

With our guide, you can learn how to make carbon copies of yourself (the best photo subject around).

Lay on the couch while vacuuming, or build a human pyramid out of 10 versions of yourself.

You can make images where you (appear to) do it all. You’ve always wanted a stunt double, right?

Go Ahead, Duplicate Yourself

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Not to Miss: An Astronaut Who Tweets Dazzling Photos from Space

Chris Hadfield might be the hippest astronaut yet.

He shares recordings from space on Soundcloud, chats with William Shatner on Twitter, and plays guitar shows from the International Space Station.

Best of all, he shoots and tweets jaw-dropping photos of Earth from space every. single. day.

Sure you’ve seen a photo from space before, but not like this. Chris’ poignant tweets show us what it’s really like to have a daily view of Earth from far, far above.

Here’s a sampling of some of the best! (Word is he shoots with a Nikon and a 400mm lens.)

If you’re lucky, you could even get featured in one of his photo challenges! Chris will be in space through May 2013, so keep an eye out for more daily photos (see past ones on his Tumblr & Facebook).

Wanna shoot your own space photos? DIY it with a weather balloon or reverse it with this NASA tutorial on how to shoot the ISS from home. Also, the official Chris Hadfield photo contest.

Daily Photos Tweeted from Outer Space


   
   
How Does a Blind Person Use Instagram? This Blind Instagrammer Demos

What if your camera could talk to you? That’s exactly what Tommy Edison’s can do.

Tommy has been blind since birth, but he uses Instagram on the regular. In fact, he has over a thousand followers!

It’s all thanks to the Accessibility setting on his iPhone, a setting that dictates to him what’s on his screen. With it, he can shoot, pick filters, add a caption, and read comments.

You might be wondering why a blind person would use Instagram if they’re not able to see their photos. It’s pretty much the same reason those of us with vision do!

Through it, Tommy’s able to document and share his daily life with friends and fans. In a way, he even gets to “see” his photos through the feedback he gets.

Pretty amazing, right?

MORE: Check out our feature on Pete Eckert a blind art photographer and Amy Hildebrand a photographer born legally blind from albinism.

How Blind Photographers Use Instagram [Thanks, Darby!]

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DIY: Make Photo Gift Tags That’ll Make Even Santa Jealous

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Makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice. Adding photo gift tags makes everything nice!

What, you don’t remember that line?

Personalized photo gift tags makes exchanging gifts even more fun than it already is.

Trust us, this tutorial will have you singing along to your favorite Holiday tunes while adding style and personality to your gifts.

Forget the wrapping paper, this year we’re saving the tags!

How to Make Personalized Photo Gift Tags

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