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Portraits of Bodysurfers Flowing with Ocean Waves

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Here’s a 5-minute short film by filmmaker Robert Sherwood about the work of Australian photographer Trent Mitchell and his latest project Inner Atlas, a series of portraits of bodysurfers flowing with ocean waves. “This portrait series celebrates the human spirit through movements of the sea in an unfamiliar and forgotten ...

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Shooting College Football on 35mm Film

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I’m sitting in the end zone and Tennessee’s quarterback is ready to throw for a touchdown against Missouri. There are only three frames left on my roll of film and I think to myself, “That’s more than enough.” I could never understand that pressure older photojournalists told me about when ...

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The Best Photo I’ve Ever Taken Was a JPEG

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Alright, I don’t know if it’s the best photo I’ve ever taken, but it’s one of my favorites and it’s been the most popular photo I’ve posted recently on Facebook and Instagram. It’s a pretty standard belief in photography that if you’re a serious photographer, you have to shoot RAW. ...

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Learning Photography From a $90.3 Million Painting

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Last month, legendary British painter David Hockney‘s 1972 painting titled “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” (shown above) sold for a jaw-dropping $90.3 million, the highest auction price ever for a living artist! The painting depicts a male figure, the pink-jacketed painter, standing at the edge of a ...

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The Clever Street Photography of Alan Burles

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Alan Burles started as a art director in the early 1980s. After investing in a Olympus XA 35mm rangefinder, however, Burles started traveling everywhere with a pocket camera. Since 2005, he has been a full-time photographer, and his street photos are filled with clever illusions. “My 20 years in advertising ...

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Making a Splash in Toy Photography

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As a toy photographer I am constantly experimenting with new techniques and effects — primarily practical effects, but I won’t hesitate to dive into some digital effects if it helps me tell a story and create the strongest image possible. Some of my more popular images include real liquid splashes, ...

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