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Vitamin C Under a Microscope

Vitamin C Under a Microscope

Ordinary things can look extraordinary viewed through the lens of a microscope. Photographer Jens Braun shows the kind of eye-catching crystalline structures can form with just a bit of Vitamin C, water, and alcohol. He shot the images using a Sony a6300 mirrorless camera and used polarization to enhance the vibrant colors.

Taking Photos with Oranges

Taking Photos with Oranges

It’s not difficult to make your own pinhole camera. But we would have never thought to make one inside of an orange. While you could use any enclosed container, the idea of snapping pictures with citrus fruit is a novelty. We’re going to get to work on a canteloupe camera next.

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The First Selfie

The First Selfie

People taking photos of themselves blew up with the advent of smartphones. But the first occurrence of what we now refer to as selfies happened way before the 21st century. Michael from Vsauce digs deep to unwind the origins and evolution of self-portraits in this informative history video.

Gravity Illusion Photo Tips

Gravity Illusion Photo Tips

Thus far, humans haven’t figured out how to control gravity. But it’s easy to achieve the illusion that we can manipulate its forces through the magic of photography. COOPH shares a handful of simple tricks which use rotation and props to help sell the illusion.

Above the Dust: Burning Man 2022

Above the Dust: Burning Man 2022

More than 70,000 bohemians, hippies, punks, and outsiders descended on Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man 2022. Filmmaker Jesse Chandler forgot he had applied for a permit to fly a drone at the festival, but we’re glad he got a reminder, or we wouldn’t get to enjoy his amazing aerial time-lapse footage.

Indonesia by FPV Drone

Indonesia by FPV Drone

Hop aboard for a captivating aerial tour of Indonesia’s incredible beaches, volcanoes, rice fields, and waterfalls courtesy of GoPro Award-winning FPV drone pilot Nathan Mallory, who captured this incredible 4K and 5K footage using a Go Pro HERO11 Black action camera.

Capturing Electrical Arcs in Slow-Motion

Capturing Electrical Arcs in Slow-Motion

Mehdi Sadaghdar from ElectroBOOM has made a career out of playing with electricity. He teamed up with Gav and Dan of The Slow Mo Guys to shoot some high-voltage sparks from his tesla coil and Marx generator. They managed to capture some incredible shots at speeds up to 1,750,000 frames per second. Here’s Mehdi’s video.

Munich in Miniature

Munich in Miniature

Photographer Joerg Daiber takes us on a trip to Munich for an aerial, tilt-shifted view of the third-largest city in Germany. Along the way, you’ll see some of the city’s parks, beaches, waterways, cafés, and industry, along with a look at a miniaturized Oktoberfest celebration.

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light
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This compact, tubular light adds a splash of color to photographs or can set the mood of any setting. It offers adjustable color temperatures, RGB color, and effects modes. A strong magnet and tripod thread provide versatile mounting options. Depending on brightness, it can run from 2 to 15 hours per charge.

High-Speed Photography Techniques

High-Speed Photography Techniques

Photographs that capture a split-second of action can be pretty amazing. The guys from COOPH put together this excellent tutorial video that shows techniques using powders, fluids, glass, and filters to capture crisp and detailed photos that seem to freeze time. Having a good flash and remote trigger can definitely help.

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

If you’re looking for tips and techniques for shooting great photos, look no further than COOPH. Their YouTube channel is packed with great tutorials like this one which shows how to shoot a photo of a miniature Ford Mustang launched off a ramp. This shot required multiple exposures to layer in the sparks, smoke, and dust.

The Rise of C

The Rise of C

Filmmaker Thomas Blanchard is back with another experimental film of fluids interacting. He created the hypnotic scenes by mixing paint, oil, and liquid soap, swirled together in a circular motion. The crisp and colorful macro footage is accompanied by a smooth an ethereal soundtrack by Alexis Dehimi.

Flying Into Photos

Flying Into Photos

Google is working on an AI-powered system that can take a single photograph and allow you to fly into a synthetic world. Infinite Nature uses machine learning to extrapolate hidden areas and areas outside of the image, while increasing the resolution of details. Two Minute Papers explains this fascinating technology.

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Miniature Photography Ideas

Miniature Photography Ideas

The guys over at COOPH are always sharing interesting photography tips and tricks. This time, they’ve posted a series of playful ideas you can replicate using just your smartphone, miniature figures, and everyday objects to create tiny worlds of whimsy that play with our expectations of scale.

Long Exposure + Light Painting Photo Tips

Long Exposure + Light Painting Photo Tips

You can create some amazing visuals by shooting long exposures. COOPH teamed up with Brazilian artist and photographer Vitor Schietti for a brief series of eight ideas to help up your night time photo and light painting game. We like how he goes beyond through-the-lens techniques and delves into his creative process.

A Fever of Devil Rays

A Fever of Devil Rays

While diving in the Gulf of California, nature photographer, Sea Legacy co-founder and NatGeo contributor Paul Nicklen captured this awe-inspiring footage of a massive school of mobula rays – aka “devil rays.” It’s an amazing sight that reminds us how important it is to protect our oceans and the species that live beneath its surface.

2022 Iceland Volcano Eruption

2022 Iceland Volcano Eruption

Last week, the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted not far from Reykjavik, Iceland, and the Keflavik International Airport. Photographers descended on the area, including Jakob Vegerfors, who captured this extraordinary footage of fiery lava exploding into the air and a river of lava flowing around the eruption site.

Hornets vs. Ants in Slow-Motion

Hornets vs. Ants in Slow-Motion

Nature filmmaker Lothar Lenz is an expert at capturing macro footage of insects. In this video, we get to watch some hornets competing with a colony of ants for a drink of water. The incredible audio recording puts you right there in the action. The ants get a little feisty in this other video.

Easy DIY Photo Filters

Easy DIY Photo Filters

Looking to add some interesting analog effects to your photography? COOPH’s handy tutorial video shows us eight ways to use common household items to create lens filters for any camera on the cheap. The plastic cutout ones are our favorites with their dreamy look.

Tilt-Shifted Video Games

Tilt-Shifted Video Games

The tilt-shift lens technique is known for making real-world locations look like miniatures. Flurdeh applies the same effect to video games, offering up tilt-shift takes on Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, CyberPunk 2077, and Skyrim and more. We loved watching tiny street fights break out in Batman: Arkham Knight.

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The Dunes of Mars

The Dunes of Mars

NASA and the University of Arizona’s HiRISE camera system aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been capturing some extraordinary images. Seán Doran combined and enhanced a series of these images into a spectacular fly-over that showcases the textures of the dunes on the planet’s surface.

Polaroid Duochrome Green Film

Polaroid Duochrome Green Film
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This special edition instant film from Polaroid produces unique duochrome images in tones of black and green. The experimental mix of yellow and cyan chemical paste results in a distressed, mottled look for added effect. The film is compatible with Polaroid 600 and i-Type cameras, and the Polaroid Lab printer.

Epic Stranger Things Diorama

Epic Stranger Things Diorama

Artist and filmmaker Sebastian Jern creates amazing miniature scenes which he brings to life with lighting and practical effects. Here, he shows off a tiny tribute to Stranger Things, with dark and puffy cotton clouds and a terrifying monster lurking within. His miniature Mount Everest and Moon scenes are similarly phenomenal.

Macro Footage Inside a Piano

Macro Footage Inside a Piano

The Laowa 24mm Probe Lens has enabled some pretty amazing views of the world. Jens from Another Perspective stuck the long and skinny macro lens inside a piano to give us an up-close and personal look at its strings, hammers, and other mechanical components.

Minmini

Minmini

Sriram Murali of Saving the Dark takes us to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, India for a look at one of the most amazing sights on Earth. As night falls, millions of fireflies illuminate the forest, blinking their bioluminescent bodies in synchrony. Murali’s instagram features some incredible long-exposures of the insects.

High-Flying Drone

High-Flying Drone

For aviation safety reasons, there are strict limits on how high you can fly a drone. But the guys at IronMan FPV got special permission from local authorities to take their DJI FPV drone to an altitude of 4500 meters – or nearly 15,000 feet. They put it into a freefall at around 3:13 to save battery on the way back down.

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