Photography

WORLD WAY: The City of LAX

WORLD WAY: The City of LAX

Photographer Chris Pritchard’s vibrant time-lapse film takes us inside of one of the world’s busiest airports. If you’ve ever traveled through Los Angeles International, you know it’s a sort of organized chaos that moves an incredible 63 million people per year through its terminals and gates. Looks amazing in 4K if your display supports it.

Planetary Panoramas 4K

Planetary Panoramas 4K

A while back, Vincent Brady created an otherworldly time-lapse video featuring night skies captured via a special 4-camera rig. He since remastered the clip in 4K, added new effects, and improved its visual fidelity. Be sure to check out the 360º/VR companion piece.

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The Arctic

The Arctic

The macrophotography experts from the Beauty of Science present a stunning close-up look at the formation of crystals with razor-sharp clarity. The time-lapse, black-and-white imagery was selected to evoke the icy cold sensation of the Arctic. Still image gallery on Behance.

The Other Side

The Other Side

Motion artist Thomas Blanchard’s colorful short film envisions an entire universe that lives inside of our eyes. What makes the vibrant visuals even more amazing is that they were entirely created with paint, ink, oil, and soap, without reliance on CGI or digital effects.

Destroying Rainbow Books

Destroying Rainbow Books

What you’re looking at might look like some kind of digitally-created imagery, but artist Rus Khasanov’s fascinating rainbow gradients were actually created by subjecting old CDs and DVDs to a variety of torture, and capturing the destruction under a macro lens. More here.

Sea-Thru Photography

Sea-Thru Photography

When shooting photos underwater, there’s often a hazy blue-green layer that gives everything a murky look. Engineer and oceanographer Derya Akkaynak has developed an algorithm which digitally removes that tinge, allowing images to appear sharper and more brilliant than ever. Read more on Scientific American.

Diple Smartphone Microscope

Diple Smartphone Microscope

Smart MicroOptics‘ tabletop gadget is designed to turn any smartphone into a high resolution microscope. The system will offer 35x-200x, 75x-500x, and 150x-1000x magnification modules, capturing details as small as 0.7 micron. Both a basic and precision sample stage are available.

Fotor Online Pro Image Editor

Grab a great deal on the Pro version of Fotor’s online image editing app. It includes tools for portrait touch-ups, over 100 photo effects, sticker and frame overlays, and cloud storage of your files. Choose a 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

Sweet Curious

Sweet Curious

Filmmaker Patrick Pierson created this eye-popping visual travelogue that features wild transitions to transport us seamlessly around the globe. He pulled off the trick by replicating the same camera movements wherever his travels took him, including New Zealand, Prague, Paris, Venice, Copenhagen, and many other destinations.

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Capture delightfully imperfect photos with Holga’s inexpensive digital camera. It features a retro-style body in black, black/silver, or multicolor and captures 8-megapixel images through its low-fi viewfinder and lens. Save 22% in The Awesomer Shop.

Flying Over Iceland

Flying Over Iceland

Photographer and FPV drone pilot Danny McGee takes us on a trip to some of the most scenic spots on the planet, as he zooms in and around massive rock formations, grass-covered volcanos, glacial ice, and crystal clear waterfalls on a dizzying flight.

Halloween Photography Tips

Halloween Photography Tips

Add some extra scare factor to your Halloween party this year by filling your picture frames with some creepy compositions of your own. The photography experts at COOPH are here with a series of tricks you can pull off with simple props and some basic Photoshop skills.

The Beauty of Flames

The Beauty of Flames

The image of fire that most of us have is the tip of a candle or a fireplace flickering, buy there are many other types of flame. Enjoy some variety in this clip from Yan Liang’s Envisioning Chemistry and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s awesomely named Combustion Lab.

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A380 Night Landing

A380 Night Landing

This amazing 4K footage from High Pressure Aviation Films is the closest that most of us will ever get to landing a modern jumbo jet. The view from the cockpit of the Airbus A380 offers up a fantastic show of nighttime illumination outside, and digital displays inside. They’re currently raising funds for their new film From the Sky 2.

Skydio 2 Drone

Skydio 2 Drone

Skydio’s latest drone makes tracking subjects easier than ever. Its autonomous flying tech uses AI and six 4K cameras to map out the world around it, allowing it to avoid obstacles, and to track people and vehicles at speeds up to 36 mph. Captures video up to 4K 60 in HDR, flies for up to 23 minutes, with a 3.5km wireless range.

Levitating without Photoshop

Levitating without Photoshop

Add some new energy to your photos with the latest series of tips from COOPH, who show off a few low-fi ways to make it appear that objects and people are floating in mid-air. In the end, it’s all about using the camera’s shutter to freeze time.

Video Through a 136-Year Old Lens

Video Through a 136-Year Old Lens

It tooks some work to modify this 1880 still camera lens to fit a Sony A7II, but the results captured in Mathieu Stern’s Weird Lens Challenge experiment produced a wonderfully ethereal and dreamy look, while still maintaining an impressive amount of detail.

HDRtist NX2 HDR Imaging Software

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Transient 2

Transient 2

Photographer Dustin Farrell follows up his epic stormchasing video, Transient. Like the original, it features dramatic, slow-motion images of lightning, wind, and cloud formations, capturing the fury of Mother Nature in all of her glory. Dustin says he traveled over 35,000 miles over two years to capture and compile this footage.

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Scotland in Motion

Scotland in Motion

Photographer Casper Rolsted takes us on an eye-popping time-lapse journey through the rolling hills, rocks, lochs, and islands of the Scottish Highlands. As the clouds rolled in, we couldn’t help but think that every last frame of this short film would make a beautiful background for our desktop.

Hornet Flight Slo-mo

Hornet Flight Slo-mo

Nature photographer Lothar Lenz captured this incredible macro slow-motion video of hornets in motion, as they fly around, sip water, and live their lives near his home in the Eifel region of Germany. The crystal clear sounds of the buzzing insects are especially immersive with headphones on.

Mocean

Mocean

Photographer Chris Bryan’s short film is comprised entirely of awe-inspiring footage of ocean waves, captured in slow motion using a Phantom Flex 4K camera with Leica Summilux lenses, and custom underwater housings. The level of detail, contrast, and vibrancy of the colors is truly something to behold.

Japan in 8K

Japan in 8K

While it’s unlikely most of you have a system or display capable of displaying 8K resolution at 60fps, Armadas’ incredibly vibrant and razor-sharp aerial footage captured around Japan looks great in 1080p or 4K as well. Locations include Hakodate, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Tokyo.

Manic Manila

Manic Manila

We’ve visited Manila before, and can attest to thew fact that it can be one of the most overwhelming places on the planet. But there are also pockets of quiet and order to the chaos in this densely-packed city. Photographer Joerg Daiber managed to capture both ends of the spectrum in his vibrant tilt-shift, time-lapse clip.

GVM RGB Camera Light

GVM RGB Camera Light

Whether you need extra fill light or want to add dramatic color to your photos, this bargain-priced add-on has got you covered. It offers adjustable color temperatures from 3200K to 5600K, along with a huge array of colors and brightness levels you can control via its app. Its adjustable mount fits hot shoes and tripods.

Light Painting Photo Hacks

Light Painting Photo Hacks

Moving a point source light in front of a camera set to shoot long exposures can produce some cool visuals. The guys at COOPH show off a few other ways that low-budget lighting sources can be used to shoot unique and creative photographs.

Cracked Screen Macro View

Cracked Screen Macro View

If you’ve ever cracked the LCD screen on a TV, a phone or a tablet, you know that the organic patterns the broken display can produce can be pretty wild. Chemical Bullion turned the macro lens of his camera towards the surface of one such display to show what the beautiful disaster looks like up close.

Yarrow: The Virtues of Monochrome

Yarrow: The Virtues of Monochrome

Untitled Film Works’ short about one artist’s creative process becomes a film about three artists. At once, it’s a glimpse inside the mind of fine art photographer David Yarrow as he seeks the perfect shot in South Georgia, while showcasing the vision of directors and cinematographers Abraham Joffe ACS and Dom West.

Video Through an Old Lens

Video Through an Old Lens

Camera technology has come a very long way since World War I, though a lens is generally still just a lens. Photographerr Mathieu Stern decided to see what kind of video he could capture with a lens he snatched from a 100-year-old Eastman Kodak camera. The footage is quite good, with a dreamy and warm quality to it.

DJI Osmo Pocket Camera

DJI Osmo Pocket Camera

DJI’s Osmo Pocket is a tiny smart camera with a 3-axis gimbal, providing incredible stabilization and a variety of capture modes. It can shoot at up to 4K 60fps and has face and object tracking. Use it with its app to access other shooting modes such as panorama, and to use your phone as a viewfinder.

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