We’ve seen slow versions of everything lately: slow food, slow travel, slow shopping, slow dentistry. (We might’ve made one of those up.)
But have you tried slow photography? It’s like a yoga class for your camera.
Long conversations with subjects, patient exposures, and delicate macros will lend your photos a new calmness and longevity — so vital in these rush-rush go-go slam-crash rock-and-roll times.
Join the Slow Photo movement, and soon you’ll be measuring exposures not in fractions of a second, but in fractions of an eon.
Oh no, you just lost your camera! (Not really, but let’s pretend.)
But never fear: writer Andrew McDonald employs a clever trick to call home his wayward cameras.
In the event that he accidentally leaves it behind, Andrew created special picture-messages specifically to be found by anyone snooping through his camera’s memory.
Discovering a delicious mélange of jokes and guilt trips (and bribery) will prod all but the most heartless to hand your camera back over to you.
Published on January 11, 2010 — See more Tips
Let’s say you’re fleeing from Interpol (because you’re an internationally renowned jewel thief) but you simply can’t resist a little video chat. You must, of course, disguise your identity.
Apple’s Photo Booth and iChat have a ton of fun effects to stretch and distort your lovely face — but do you know about the secret bonus filters?
Finesse a few files and you’ll find nifty image-enhancers like ASCII art, neon color effects, and a kaleidoscope. Don’t forget the mustache.
p.p.s. Extra! Extra! Our pals at Nikon sent us a big box of goodies! Here’s how to win a Nikon D3000 this week.
Published on November 17, 2009 — See more Tips
We hereby proclaim our allegiance to vertical. No more horizontal for us!
Vertical is clearly greater than horizontal.
Try making a few vertical panoramas and you’ll see we’re right. It’s just like taking normal panoramas, only you go up instead of across.
Vertorama Version One: Stack two horizontal photos on top of each other to make a single square one.
Why, you ask? Because you can get the foreground & background in focus at the same time. Ultra wide-angle + infinite depth of field? Don’t mind if we do!
Vertorama Version Two: Keep stacking photos until the panorama’s as tall as you want!
You’ll find it quite useful for photographing the vertical wonders of the world, like:
Published on October 8, 2009 — See more Tips
Of all the species of office supplies, none is more adaptable than the wily paperclip.
Now introducing the latest incarnation, the paperclip tripod!
A couple of strategic bends transforms the humble paperclip into a stand for your camera.
Scrounge a couple of clips from work and tuck them in your camera case.
Then when you need a quick shot of you and your best mate at the coffee shop, just whip one out, prop your camera on it and shoot.
The stand will hold a point-and-shoot horizontally or vertically with a little balancing.
Bending and paperclips: the solution to so many of life’s problems.
Published on September 24, 2009 — See more Tips
The mission: Take a great portrait in front of a distracting background.
The equipment: The crummiest point-and-shoot camera on the market.
Your task: Throw the background out of focus so you can emphasize the subject.
Mission Impossible? Hardly. Even with the simplest point and shoot, you can get the blurry background you crave. Here’s how:
That’s it! Try it for impromptu street portraits, vacation photos, or any time you need a great picture in a lousy location.
Click on through for the fine details and more clever photo tips!
Published on August 27, 2009 — See more Tips
How much do you think it would cost to make a ring light for your camera?
$50 bucks? $25 smackeroos? Nah. $5.
All you need is a fistful of LED lights and a strip of velcro to wrap around your camera lens.
That’s just the beginning of what you can do with LEDs, the tiny titans of the lighting world.
Lightpainting, highlighting pinpoint details, macro photography… you name it!
At 50 cents each, buy ‘em by the bucketful and experiment to your heart’s content.
Photo credits: udijw
Published on August 13, 2009 — See more Tips
The glorious spring clamp: helper of hobbyists, buddy of builders, crony of carpenters.
And now, we have 3 ways to make it the most useful object a photographer can have!
So much utilitarian goodness from one little clamp. How you gonna beat that, bucko?
Published on August 6, 2009 — See more Tips
“The reason lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn’t there the second time.”
All the more reason to get that perfect lightning photo the first time!
Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to take flabbergasting shots of this summer’s lightning storms: how to keep the camera still, how long to leave the shutter open, what to get in the shot.
Just remember to stay grounded and not be the tallest thing in the field, OK?
p.s. Heads up –> Our new book comes out in 2 months!
It’s our baby and we’re really excited.
We’re looking for contacts at Readymade, Real Simple, Dwell, Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping and other magazines we should be in.
Know someone? Email us please help us spread the photo love.
Photo credits: krunkwerke
Published on July 23, 2009 — See more Tips
After being separated from his owners, Bobbie the Wonder Dog walked 2,800 miles to get back home to them.
Cameras don’t do that.
If you lose your camera in some far-flung locale, it’ll need help from a good-hearted stranger to find its way home again.
It’s nice to depend on the kindness of strangers, but giving them a mailing address helps too.
p.s. Are you following us on twitter? If not, you didn’t hear about this *charming* stop-motion video, the new most popular camera (you’ll be surprised), or get this iPhone photo tip. The cool kids follow @photojojo.
Published on July 13, 2009 — See more Tips
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