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Otherworldly Images of the El Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry Color and texture. Those are the two reasons why British Columbia-based web designer and photographer Owen Perry believes his images of the El Tatio Geyser Field in Chile are attracting so much positive attention, and we have to agree. These photos grab your eye and don’t let go. You have explore every last crevasse of these alien landscapes that look simultaneously surreal and dangerous. Read more…

CS 178 - Digital Photography Course materials Course schedule (click here for the lecture notes) Course description (meeting time, units, prereqs, etc.) Course outline (textbooks, coursework, grading policies, etc.) Archive of class business (the "What's new?" The Photo of an Unknown War The blog likes to note there is often no truth in photography. What better photo to illustrate this point that this one used in propaganda by both Communists and Fascists, and in two wars a decade apart. In the late 1970s, as the gerontocractic fascism of Francisco Franco drew to a close, historians revisited his arrival onto the world stage during the Spanish Civil War, now viewed in retrospect as the Dress Rehearsal for the Second World War.

Stop-motion Magic! “Proteigon” is an entertaining film directed by Steven Briand and starring Luca Fiore. The music is well synchronized, and it was composed by Nodey and Omar and sound design by Moritz Reich. Film stills © Steven Briand Link via Colossal The Photography Tips that 96 Photographers Wish They Would Have Learned Sooner Two weeks ago (I know, I’m slow…) on the Improve Photography Facebook fan page, I asked our community what photography tips they wish they would have learned sooner. I was looking for lessons that many photographers procrastinate learning and it ends up keeping them back from progressing as photographers. Over 96 photographers commented on that facebook comment with their hard earned lessons, and I grabbed the most popular lessons from the group to share here. I hope that this article teaches you many ways to save yourself from making rookie mistakes (like I still seem to do every day!).

Year In Review: The 11 Best Short Films of 2011 Over the course of the year, curating the Short Film of the Day feature has given me a deep and affecting appreciation of the art form. Before, I hadn’t given much thought to the little bastards, but the truth is that they are incredibly versatile and representative of the boundaries that film can break. They can be jokes told well or human dramas driven home. They can be a perfect bite or demand to be expanded into a full meal. They can feel classic or break out into the long, strange realm of experimentation. They are so much more than movies with short runtimes.

An introduction to photography An introduction to photography The goal of this class is to teach people the basics of photography, both from a technical and an artistic point of view. You won't be Ansel Adams by the end of this, but if you follow the entire course, you should gain a thorough understanding of how a camera works, how to avoid the most common mistakes, how to create technically good images and have an idea about the basics of composition. Lectures Prerequisites If you know which end of the camera to point at the subject, you have enough prerequisites for this.

16 most influential photo blogs But don’t worry, because we’ve done all the work for you and compiled a list of 16 of the most influential photo blogs. There’s a lot you could gain from reading each of them, and we recommend that you spent some time checking them all out. Strobist Run by professional photographer David Hobby, Strobist is probably the most popular blog on the internet for learning how to use off-camera flash. Listed as one of the best blogs of 2010 by Time, this blog should undoubtedly be your go-to place for mastering off-camera flash. Incredible Living Painting With Realistic Body Paint Usually, we admire that the artists can create characters vividly, while this time, we will introduce a different artist who turns living, breathing people into characters in oil painting. That is Alexa Meade. Alexa Meade is a 23-year-old artist based in Washington, DC area. She spent four summers interning on Capitol Hill and in 2008 was a press staffer on the Obama Campaign. She graduated in 2009 from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She never attended art school nor has she ever taken advanced painting courses.

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