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Professional camera gear is prohibitively expensive for most hobbyists. Photography website PetaPixel shares a guide to purchasing nice gear on a student budget.


Use Perforated Hardboard as a Backdrop for Epic Portraits with Beams of Light

I have a couple large sheets of perforated hardboard that I picked up at the hardware store. I’ve been experimenting with how to modify light with them. The most effective way I’ve found is backlighting a subject with it. Then today I had the thought of adding smoke from a smoke machine. This would turn the pins of light into a radial of light shafts. I couldn’t wait for my next shoot to try it out so I thought my sons Halloween costume would work just as well. He wouldn’t stop staring at the main light, which turned into a happy accident as it gave him that heroic superman gaze.


Back on May 8th, 2003, the Mars Orbiter Camera on the Mars Global Surveyor had the rare opportunity to photograph both the Earth and Jupiter in the same region of space. It was the first planetary conjunction observed from another planet, with the Earth 86 million miles away and Jupiter 600 million miles away. The resulting image (shown above right), contains both planets, along with some of the moons.

Due to the large differences in distance and brightness of the two planets and their moons, two separate exposures (and subsequent post-processing adjustments) were required for the shot. They were then stitched together, and colorized using color data extracted from images captured during previous NASA missions.

[Above is] a higher-res version of the photograph.

The three moons of Jupiter seen in the photograph are Callisto, Ganymede, and Europa (from left to right). [x]

Visit the source for a diagram showing the orbital positions of Mars, Earth and Jupiter. Also an image showing the actual relative sizes of Earth and Jupiter.


Kodachrome 2010 by Xander Robin
To commemorate the last days of Kodak’s beautiful film that is now long gone Xander Robin made a short documentary about the process from the last location to process the film.

To read more about the film via Peta Pixel, you must learn.


Photoshopped Photos From Before the Days of Photoshop


Although Adobe Photoshop’s introduction in 1990 spawned the term “Photoshopping”, the manipulation of photos has been around pretty much as long as photography itself. To show this fact, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will be holding an exhibition titled, “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop.” The show will feature 200 ‘shopped photographs created between the 1840s and the 1990s, providing a glimpse into how photographers of old use their work to humor and deceive.

Techniques used include multiple exposure photography (in which the same piece of film is exposed with multiple shots), combination printing (in which a single print is exposed by multiple films), photomontage, overpainting, and retouching on the negative or print.

The photographs in the exhibition will be divided into seven different sections, titled “Picture Perfect”, “Artifice in the Name of Art”, “Politics and Persuasion”, “Novelties and Amusements”, “Pictures in Print”, “Mind’s Eye”, and “Protoshop”.

Here’s a small sampling of the images found in the exhibition.