Monthly Archives: October 2012

Moden day France has ghosts of WWII

Talk about amazing Photoshop! Dutch historian Jo Teeuwisse has created a then-and-now project entitled Ghosts of War-France which features modern day France streets blended with WWII soldiers in the same location.  Teeuwisse got her idea when she found 300 old WWII photographs on negatives at a flea market. She then got her negatives digitized and went to all the locations in France that were featured in the old negatives. She then photographed the same location and frame from the negatives and Photoshopped the two images together.  This is absolutely amazing  given the fact that she had to frame and find all the locations in modern day France that were in her old negatives. And then perfectly blend the images together in Photoshop.  Here are some wonderful examples!






Truly amazing work! If you want to see more photos go to PetaPixel where I found the article.



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National Geographic selling famous photographs

A small selection of National Geographic’s photos and paintings will be up for auction in December, marking the first time the institution sold any of its collections. 


“Afghan Girl” is up for sale and is expected to fetch $30,000-$50,000



“A diver swims with an octopus, whose arms measured three feet long, Mediterranean Sea” is expected to get around $3000. 


“A Nunamiut boy, Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska” is expected to sell for $3000.


From the Royal Geographical Society of Edmund Hillary on Mount Everest is expected to sell around $2,000

The auction is is entitled “The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration” and will auction around 240 pieces. These pieces are from the 1800s to the present and include photographs and paintings. 

I found it interesting that this is the first time National Geographic is selling its works to the public.  I wonder if its because of the failing economy?  The article says National Geographic is doing this to celebrate their legacy and give people a chance to buy some history. But the auction is expected to make around $3 million, so I think its a little more than celebrating their legacy.







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by | October 23, 2012 · 4:13 pm

Shooting Opportunity

If anyone is interested in this opportunity to photograph an event on campus, please email me at:

Just need to be a current DTCC student who is in the photo class, or took it previously.

“Delaware Tech hosts an annual fashion show to raise money for study abroad scholarships and global understanding events.  This year, they would like 2-3 students to volunteer as event photographers.  The Fashion Show will be held in the Carter Building on November 17, 2012, and the students would need to be there from 10 am until 3 or 4 pm (lunch will be provided).”

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Famous Photos Recreated with Star Wars

My inner nerd really appreciates this.

It’s just a fun idea and gives a new spin on some classic photos. I tried to post the whole article here but the photos kept getting the right most third cut off.

By Chris Broadhurst

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Getting The Most Out Of Autumn

Shoot Reflections In Water:

Works best at sunrise or sunset on sunny days. Try playing
with the white balance to find one that emphasizes reds, yellows,
and oranges while retaining the strong blues as well. A polarizer
can make autumn reflections pop, or removed them entirely.

Use RGB Histograms:

The histogram is useful in evaluating the overall exposure.
One or more of the colour channels may be clipped, or
even lacking in detail.

Shoot In Mixed Light:

Take advantage of digital cameras superior dynamic
range by shooting in mixed light. Avoid mixed-light
areas in the middle of the day because of the
harshness of the light.

Good Fall Colour Isn’t Enough:

Strong fall colours aren’t always enough. Every photo
needs a clean, clear composition. Spacing between
trees can help prevent shapes from merging together.
Including green trees can give better balanced colour
and contrast.  Take out anything that doesn’t contribute
to the photo.

Look Through The Viewfinder And Explore The Scene:

Move around! Think of different ways to take the same photo. Aim
the camera up, down, and all around to maximize your composition.

For more tips and information about taking great fall pictures, get the full article here:

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Olivia Henning

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Tips For Taking Better Photos With Your Smartphone

Many people will dismiss a photo right away if they knew it was taken from a smartphone. But a good photo is a good photo, regardless of the gear used to take it. “Camera phones have some inherent strengths and weaknesses, and by emphasizing the good and downplaying the bad, you can take silence naysayers before they can get to the enter key.”

Here are some tips!

Get Close

Image: A flattened pellet from an air rifle after having hit a metal target. Shot in flat light, you can see the impressive amount of detail the camera phone lens can pull out of something so small.

The small sensor provides a relatively wide depth of field  so you can get entire objects in focus where cameras with bigger sensors and longer lenses would have trouble. When you get close, you usually have more control over the lighting of your subject. Small detail shots can be quite effective if done right.

Crop, Don’t Zoom

Image: This image of a mountain in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has been cropped to about half its size. If I had zoomed to get this perspective, much of the fine tree detail would’ve been lost. It was shot through a car window, so the distortion visible in the frame would also have been augmented.

You are best served by pretending that the digital zoom feature on your smartphone doesn’t exist; they do nothing but degrade the image. When you’re cropping, however, you’re actually just sampling pixel info that was actually recorded. With most smartphone’s 8-megapixel camera, you can crop substantially and still have plenty of resolution left for display on the web.

Edit, Don’t Filter

Image: A screen grab from inside the SnapSeed app. It gives you actual image editing options rather than trying to cover up flaws with heavy vignetting or unnatural midtone contrast.

Pre-determined “retro” washes are played out. If you want your images to be unique, use reasonable adjustments like sharpness, contrast and temperature. Image-editing apps such as SnapSeed, Photoshop Express, and iPhoto work best.

Ditch the Flash

Image: Yellow skin, demon eyes, and motion blur. Check, check, and check.

Many smartphones don’t actually give a flash, it’s just a glorified LED flashlight. They are bright, but the color temperature is bad and they don’t freeze the action in the frame as desired. The flash duration is too long causing your image to be blurry, as well as giving the subject demon eyes. If it’s dark, your best bet is to seek out another light source.

Other tips include: not adding fake blur, picking a better camera app, keeping your lens clean, watching the lens flare, making your own prints, and above all else – not forgetting the rules of photography!

I think these are some great tips to follow, sometimes even the best of us forget the most simple and logical elements used to make an image extraordinary.


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Inspect Your Skin with DoctorMole App and Your Smartphones Camera

Ever find a mole that causes you to rush into your doctor’s office for consultation? Today you can use your smartphone for everything, it seems. Apps can be downloaded to entertain, to navigate, and now you can use them for medical reasons, like the inspection of moles.

The DoctorMole app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. It takes a photo of your mole and then rates it based on: Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolution. These are the five characteristics doctors use to assess the risk of skin moles (ABCDE). The app then stores the picture and reminds you when to take another picture of the same mole to track its changes, if any.

Does this app completely replace the need for a doctor’s visit? As of now, no, but it does provide a piece of mind in knowing what you should be looking for in moles.

This use of smartphones to track moles isn’t completely new. Another app called Skin Scan has been available for quite some time, but hasn’t received great reviews. The trend of apps for medical uses seems to be catching on.

Here’s a link to the apps official website:

News article:



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