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Why You Can’t Take Stills from Motion Footage

A few years ago everyone freaked out when the RED camera came out. "OMG! The resolution is so high that you can shoot video and then just pull the stills for your print work!" While, in theory, that may work. But it doesn't work in real life because your frame rates are very different for still photography versus video. And we have tried to explain this to many people but they just look at us dumbfounded and say, "But the resolution is so high on the RED you can just pull stills." But finally someone as put together a video which shows why that theory does not work unless you want to compromise either the stills or the motion footage. Check out the video:

Expert Advice: Marketing to Fine Art Galleries

Sean Stone of Wonderful Machine has put together a great guide on how to get your work in front of fine art gallery owners. Sean used to manage art galleries so he has first-hand experience on the subject. See his guide here and also another "what not to do" guide here.

Pricing Your Work: Magazine Photography

Photoshelter and Wonderful Machine CEO have put together an invaluable 14 page guide on how to price your photography for magazine and editorial work. If you are new to editorial photography or just want to know the "rules" of the game, this is an absolutely fantastic start. You can download it here.

Image Noise: Bad for photographers, good for forensics

All cameras introduce varying degrees of imperfections. While these imperfections are undesirable for the consumer, they can be highly informative in an image forensic setting. Sensor imperfections, thermal effects, compression, etc. each introduce noise in the image. This noise manifests itself as slight variations in the recorded intensities of light. If a portion of an image is altered then it is likely that the underlying noise pattern will be disrupted. Differences in the noise pattern can therefore be used to detect and localize image tampering. Soon photo award shows will have their own CSI departments. Read the full research article here.

Photographing the World by Paraglider

Using a motorized paraglider, George Steinmetz, travels the world and photographs things that are only accessible by air. The paraglider allows for stealth take offs and landings and to fly at lower altitudes.

Alan Friedman’s Astonishing Photographs of the Sun Shot from… his Own Backyard

Alan Friedman points a telescope skyward from his backyard in downtown Buffalo, directly into the light of the sun. Using special filters attached to his camera, Friedman captures some of the most lovely details of the Sun’s roiling surface. The raw images are colorless and often blurry requiring numerous hours of coloring, adjusting and finessing to tease out the finest details, the results of which hardly resemble what I imagine the 10-million degree surface of Sun might look like. Instead Friedman’s photos appear almost calm and serene, perhaps an entire planet of fluffy clouds or cotton candy. Check out his work here, his Tumblr here and TedX talk he gave here.

Pretty Soon You Won’t Need a Location Scout

Google maps gets more and more amazing every day. We've all seen the Google cars driving around with all the cameras strapped to the roof. Now Google has done the same with people and sent them to places like the Grand Canyon. Check it out: Google also has a pretty good write up on the whole thing here.

SEO Tips for Photographers

FStoppers has posted a great article on SEO tips for photographers. Getting your page to the top of the search engines is extremely valuable for many photographers.

Great Documentary on Legend Photographer Jay Maisel

How to Add Light Flare and Light Rays in Photoshop

Phlearn has some great Photoshop tutorials. If you haven't seen them before, check them out here. Here's a great one on adding light flare and light rays:

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