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Create Interesting Catchlights for Eye-Catching Portraits

   26 Mar 01:00:01   |  Peta Pixel

Photographer Miguel Quiles made this 7-minute video tutorial on a trick you can use to shoot eye-catching portraits. It’s all about paying attention to and manipulating the catchlights in your subject’s eyes. “As is often said, the eyes are the windows to the soul, so use this idea to take the best portraits you possibly […]

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To Stage or Not to Stage in Travel Photography

   25 Mar 01:00:01   |  Peta Pixel

With the recent polemics surrounding a certain image that won a photography competition this week, I feel like we need to talk about travel photography. About people photography, in our case. And to set up boundaries as to what?s acceptable in both cases. Honestly, in my opinion, it?s a matter of common sense ? but […]

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Why Do I Hate My Portrait Photography

   25 Mar 01:00:01   |  Peta Pixel

Portraiture has never been a genre that resonated with me as a creator, which is odd because there are many examples of portraiture that I enjoy, and I?d absolutely love to be able to create meaningful portraits of people in the same way that I feel I?m able to create meaningful images in other genres. […]

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Wet Plate Collodion Passport Photos with a Polaroid Miniportrait Camera

   24 Mar 01:00:01   |  Peta Pixel

Passport photos on wet plate collodion aren’t legally compliant, but you’re guaranteed to have fun making them. I shot wet plate collodion passport photos using a Polaroid Miniportrait camera. The funny thing about this camera is that it has fixed-focus lenses. You have to sit 1.2 meters (3.94 feet) away. To be sure you are […]

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Process: A Short Film About a Large Format Photographer

   24 Mar 01:00:01   |  Peta Pixel

“Process” is a 3-minute short film by director Will Campbell that looks into the mind of a large format photographer. “It’s a stylish, sensorial exploration into the process and motivation of a large format photographer,” Campbell tells PetaPixel. “The modern digital camera allows us to easily shoot hundreds of frames, edit them, and upload our […]

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The Problem Isn?t the Photo Contest, It?s Us

   23 Mar 01:00:01   |  Peta Pixel

Eye-rolls, shrugs, and barbs greeted the $120,000 Grand Prize winner of Dubai?s HIPA Photography Prize. Malaysian photographer Edwin Ong?s photo of a partially blind Vietnamese woman carrying her baby was derided for representing yet another ?poverty porn? contest winner before it was suggested that the image was staged by photographer Ab Rashid. Ong defended his […]

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This is How Photorealistic Video Game Engines Are Now

   23 Mar 01:00:01   |  Peta Pixel

The asset library Quixel has released this new 2.5-minute cinematic short film titled “Rebirth.” It’s an eye-opening look at how photorealistic real-time rendering in video game engines is now. To prepare for the project, Quixel spent a month in cold and wet locations in Iceland, scanning all kinds of objects found in the natural environment […]

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Why Lens Focal Length Matters

   22 Mar 01:00:02   |  Peta Pixel

Thinking about which lens to buy next? You might want to take a look at this 9-minute video first. In it, photographer Jamie Windsor argues that choosing the right focal length is more than a technical decision based on what type of photography you want to do — your choice affects the dynamic and meaning […]

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Harvard Sued Over Profiting From Its Earliest Slave Photos from 1850

   22 Mar 01:00:02   |  Peta Pixel

Harvard University is being sued over daguerreotypes of slaves — believed to be the earliest photos of American slaves — commissioned by one of its professors back in 1850. A descendant of the slaves accuses Harvard of wrongfully seizing, possessing, and profiting from the photos. USA TODAY reports that the Swiss-born biologist Louis Agassiz had […]

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This Beer Was Developed to Process Kodak Super 8 Film

   21 Mar 01:00:01   |  Peta Pixel

The popular craft brewery Dogfish Head is launching a new gose beer called SuperEIGHT. The brew shares more than a name with Kodak’s famous Super 8 film format: the beer was actually designed to process the film. The 5.3% ABV beer is made with 8 special ingredients: prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi […]

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