SHOOT! — iPhoneography, Why?

SHOOT! — iPhoneography, Why?

By B. D. COLEN Suppose an editor proposed to a leading photojournalist that she abandon her trusted cameras and lenses and instead cover an important assignment, say a presidential convention or a significant moment in a military campaign, using an off-the-shelf point-and-shoot camera with a Coke-bottle bottom lens, and a sensor smaller than the nail […]

Enhanced Reality — Exploring the Boundaries of Permissible Photo Editing

Enhanced Reality — Exploring the Boundaries of Permissible Photo Editing

Who doesn’t post-process images to enhance reality. But there’s a growing concern that news photos are excessively manipulated. After the assumingly false allegations of forgery leveraged against photographer Paul Hansen now even World Press Photo updated its rules for the 2014 contest. Following discussions and widespread speculation regarding the permissible levels in post-processing of image […]

DxO FilmPack 3 Film Emulation — Free License Download

DxO FilmPack 3 Film Emulation — Free License Download

Not the latest version, but being a content user of version 3 and now the latest FilmPack 4 I’d have to say you’re a fool if you don’t give this film emulation software a try. DxO FilmPack offers pretty accurate reproduction of popular negative and positive black-and-white and color films. To get your free license […]

Daily Portfolio by Renzo Gostoli — Send In the Clowns

Daily Portfolio by Renzo Gostoli — Send In the Clowns

By RENZO GOSTOLI I’m magically attracted to circus spectacles and circus performers. Brazil’s Unicirco is such a circus I’m very familiar with. I know everyone of the circus, how these artists excite me with their colors, music, performances! All Unicirco shows don’t use animals and in addition it is a social project: Unicirco is a […]

Elixir — New Color and B&W Street Presets

Elixir — New Color and B&W Street Presets

Elixir — synonym for extract, potion, panacea or cure-all — is the name of the latest street presets from the makers of photography magazine Inspired Eye. Their by now fifth presets pack for Lightroom 4/5 comes as a color and a black-and-white version putting the look of street photography at your fingertips. Create stunning images […]

The One Tutorial Every Photographer Should Act Upon

The One Tutorial Every Photographer Should Act Upon

Don’t look like a photographer and get rid of the tension, says photographer John Free who has some strong and rather philosophical thoughts on what makes a good photographer. “Be able to effectively react to a particular instant in a situation that you wanna react to,” he says. Henri Cartier-Bresson might have called this the […]

“Photos Are Like Fossils” — B&W Photographer Roger Ballen on His Fundamentally Psychological and Existential Journey

“Photos Are Like Fossils” — B&W Photographer Roger Ballen on His Fundamentally Psychological and Existential Journey

German magazine Spiegel has an excellent interview with photographer Roger Ballen, a black-and-white film photographer for nearly 50 years who believes that he’s part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and white, says Balen, is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic […]

The Transformation of Barcelona — A City Portrait

The Transformation of Barcelona — A City Portrait

Text by BEATRIZ SILVA Photos by LORENZO MOSCIA The monumental transformation undergone by Barcelona with the 1992 Olympic Games has failed to make disappear the diverse working-class city full of contrasts disappear where Pablo Picasso began painting in 1896. It is not necessary to venture too deep into the narrow streets of the El Raval […]

Sacred Skin — A Portrait of Thai Magic Tattoos

Sacred Skin — A Portrait of Thai Magic Tattoos

By AROON THAEWCHATTURAT Many thanks to Daniel for publishing my Sacred Skin portraits. These photographs are part of an illustrated book titled Sacred Skin — Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, published with a text by Tom Vater. During the course of my project, I was able to explore cultural paths through Thailand that are barely represented in […]

World’s First Photojournalist Arthur Fellig a.k.a. “Weegee the Famous”: No One Photographed New York With Grittier Realism

World’s First Photojournalist Arthur Fellig a.k.a. “Weegee the Famous”: No One Photographed New York With Grittier Realism

For decades Arthur Fellig a.k.a. “Weegee” supplied the New York press with bloody shocking photos. Today he is considered the first photojournalist, even Hollywood pays its respects. Trashy photos were Weegee’s trademark. He bribed police to get access. “Weegee the Famous,” as the Austrian-American soon called himself, photographed gangsters who bled to death, exploited working […]

Europe’s New Poverty: Documenting Squatters in Rome

Europe’s New Poverty: Documenting Squatters in Rome

By LORENZO MOSCIA It’s a Saturday morning in Rome, Italy, and along with a group of people I’m running to document the occupation of an empty building. You heard it right: running. There are children and many women who, once they busted the locks, run to their new home. It’s always chaotic. Someone falls, other […]

B.D. Colen and the Perception of Depth

B.D. Colen and the Perception of Depth

By ALICAIR PELTONEN B.D. Colen was walking his dachshunds in his Brookline, MA, neighborhood when he decided to return a phone call from his best friend from college, Bill Potter. Colen says he babbled for a bit with small talk before Potter finally got a chance to speak. “So Colen, I just got out of […]

Shooting the Moon Schmidli-Style

Shooting the Moon Schmidli-Style

Want your photography to be shown everywhere? This one here spreads like wildfire — because Photoshop is able to create about every visual composition that is imaginable. But everyone does Photoshop, so we end up with many lookalike masterpieces… What about producing really outstanding photography by means of sheer old mastery, patience and technique? That’s […]

Street Photography: How to Get That Retro Faded Look

Street Photography: How to Get That Retro Faded Look

By OLIVIER DUONG In this tutorial I am presupposing that you are using Adobe Lightroom for your street photography. But every program that allows you to mess with your curves will able to reproduce the results. Step 1: Load Your Picture Load your photo in Lightroom and clean it up if need be (spots, dust, […]

“Achieve the Impossible” — PHLEARN Photoshop and Photography Tutorials for Serious Retouching Fun

“Achieve the Impossible” — PHLEARN Photoshop and Photography Tutorials for Serious Retouching Fun

This post should actually keep you busy for a while. Without being presumptuous, it offers a treasure trove of photography and retouching knowledge that can change your photography altogether. Seriously. Heard of Phlearn? It’s a Photoshop and photography tutorial site with the mission to “achieve the impossible” and “provide the skills, confidence and encouragement for […]

New Street Presets: Streetshooter Vagrant, First Time With Color Presets

New Street Presets: Streetshooter Vagrant, First Time With Color Presets

No introduction needed. Here’s the 4th Street Presets edition: Street Presets — Streetshooter Vagrant for Lightroom. Created by street photographers Don Springer of Streetshooter and Olivier Duong of The F/8 Blog, these carefully developed presets give you the ultimate “street look” — and for the first time with color presets! These carefully crafted presets may […]

Street Photography Bible: The Lightness of Seeing

Street Photography Bible: The Lightness of Seeing

There are many other ways. This is the purist’s way. One of the beauties of the purist’s street photography is its lightness. Carrying around a big tank? Might be the death of this art that is what you make it to be. Street photography is relaxing, no one assigns your time, but the whole world […]

VSCO, the Thinking Photographer’s Digital Emulation of Film

VSCO, the Thinking Photographer’s Digital Emulation of Film

Personally I’m a diehard user of DxO FilmPack. Another film emulator however deserves a serious look: VSCO — The Gold Standard of Film Emulation. They offer three emulation packs: Film 01 mimics “modern” films such as the Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5, Film 02 renders the “classic” look of Fujifilm Superia, Ilford Delta 3200 and […]

Arturo Mari, the Popes’ Photographer

Arturo Mari, the Popes’ Photographer

Chapeau, Pope Benedict XVI, for being the first pope in 719 years (since Coelestin V. in 1294) to, well, retire. Forget conspiracy theories. A very powerful man breaks a powerful taboo and does the unthinkable. It’s the triumph of the spirit over the flesh. The former Cardinal Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger has to be given credit […]

How Technology Changed Photography

How Technology Changed Photography

Since film, how much has really changed? Well it’s great to show people instantly how they look and to know whether you captured a shot. With film you have to be so technically proficient to nail a shot within a third or half an f-stop. No longer necessary with digital photography. Add the promises of […]

Video Report — Bangkok Street Birth

Video Report — Bangkok Street Birth

The other day, in Bangkok, a young woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl on a busy Bangkok street. Just happened to be there, with my old iPhone, and asked for permission to document the rather unique event. Here’s the footage. Don’t expect a horror movie. Giving birth couldn’t look more natural. It’s absolutely […]