If he were alive today, legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson would marvel at all the choices a modern shooter must make before arriving at “the decisive moment.” The roadblocks to creativity we place before ourselves are more prevalent than ever. Camera makers update their lenses, sensors, and formats with overwhelming frequency. We can read hundreds of expert (and not-so-expert) opinions on every new piece of gear before we even begin to think about where to point the thing and when to press the shutter.
While we all search for the one camera system that will somehow allow us to elevate our technique, a humble and ingenious solution has been here the whole time, ready for us to embrace or rediscover its beautiful simplicity: the 50-mm lens.
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In the 1930s, Soviet designers created a camera that was the first pioneering step towards the SLR cameras we still use today.
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Did you know that Japan has the highest ratio of vending machines to landmass in the world? 自動販売機 – otherwise known as Jidouhanbaiki – is a Japanese culture where distribution companies encourage people to install vending machines on their own property, to earn money day and night while doing pretty much nothing. Their functions are multiple. Witnessing the shifting realities of life around them: at night they light the innumerable dark little streets of Tokyo; by day, they provide contemporary consumers with conveniences.
Continue reading Jidouhanbaiki: Photo series that explores Japan’s obsession with vending machines
A new photographic perspective can completely change the way you see some parts of your city, whether it’s the Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Wall of China, or simply a stack of high-rising condos. Travelers from around the world have been submitting their perspective-changing images of cities to the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Competition, capturing stunning frames of familiar landmark and exotic settlements with the hope of winning the grand prize, a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.
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Setting up an efficient photographic workflow on Linux is more than just installing and mastering digiKam, the GIMP, and Darktable. Automating routine tasks like importing, organizing, and geotagging photos as well as using specialized tools for managing and processing images and RAW files can save you a lot of time and effort and make your photographic workflow more efficient and robust.
I’ve been using Linux as my photographic platform of choice for many years, and I’d written several Bash shell scripts that are indispensable for my photographic workflow. The Geophotobash script, for example, allows me to geotag a large number of photos with a minimum of effort, while the Little Backup Box script transforms a Raspberry Pi into a handy mobile backup device I use to keep my photos safe when I’m traveling. I also rely on several genuinely useful tools to back up my photos to the cloud, and I publish my photos using Mejiro, a simple photo publishing web application I built in my spare time. In addition to digiKam, I use gThumb for keeping tabs on photos and Darktable for processing RAW files.
The Linux Photography ebook sums up my experiences and provides practical information on how you can optimize and improve your Linux-based photographic workflow as well as get the most out of applications like gThumb and Darktable. You can learn more about the Linux Photography ebook at its Gumroad page.
Tokyo-based photographer Danilo Dungo uses drones to take stunning pictures of Japanese cherry blossoms. Every spring, he goes to the Inokashira Park to admire the blossoms, and while regular photography capture the park’s beauty, the drones reveal something else altogether.
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Photographer Mirna Pavlovic has spent the last two years capturing the insides of abandoned buildings across Europe.
Despite the destruction and crumbling floors and walls, the beauty of the locations is still evident. In certain images, the floors are full of rubble but the ceilings appear almost perfectly maintained.
Continue reading Europe’s Grandeur And Decay Captured By Croatian Photographer