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Making Photoshoots Possible Without Photographers

A Dutch company called StyleShoots has recently created a machine that records and takes photos on its own. A model steps inside the machine, and the stylist sets up the lighting, background, and more with a tablet on the outside.


The stylist and model work together to create the final product. Before recording begins, they tell the StyleShoots machine what result they want. When “shooting” is finished, the machine selects the appropriate footage, and puts them in the assigned format and style.


This invention helps the photoshoot experience become less time consuming, but still results in a high quality product.


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– Brenton Wiseman


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Toying With Photography


When I think of toys, the first thing that comes to my mind are the times I enjoyed as a child creating my own make-believe adventures. Waging war with my armies of action figures. Building magnificent cities with Legos, only to have them crushed by Godzilla. Even racing the greatest cars on earth that could submerse under water and fly through the sky. As a child, my enjoyment wasn’t confined to the bounds of the toy itself, instead I made it my own experience by creating a story for each adventure.

This same concept is critical to the photographer who wishes to use toys as his subjects. Almost any photographer can take a landscape photo and make it look good, but not everyone can snap a photo of an action figure and pass it up as A+ work.

So what is the secret formula for photographing a good toy shot? Well, according to my college photography instructor, “You need to have a story behind your photo, make it interesting.”

Take this photo by Brian McCarty for example:


In his photo, McCarty replicated a scene straight out of a sailor’s nightmare by having the toy squid “attack” the toy submarine in a swimming pool.

In Chris McVeigh’s album, he features pictures of his action figures interacting with neighborhood critters:

Under Siege!

My personal favorite is a photo album of the character Danbo by Arielle Nadel. Danbo was originally a manga character, then became an action figure, and finally was photographed by Nadel in an album called “365 days of Danboard:”

A Little Soaked

The key is to not just photograph toys as the subject of your picture, but instead use them to create your own world of imagination.


-Glenn Hiller

photo sources:

35 Extraordinarily Clever Examples of Toy Photography

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Eugene Atget

Eugene Atget
Joie de Paris


An only child, Eugune Atget was orphaned at an early age, and began a peripatetic wandering of life, first at sea and later as an actor. Studying at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Paris, he met Valerine Delafosse, his lifetime companion. After an unsuccessful dabble in painting, Atget purchased a box camera with a tripod in the late 1880’s. The 180 by 240 mm glass negative format, provided the canvas of his societal communication, which would define Atget’s life and that of his beloved Paris.


By 1891 Atget’s commercial enterprise expanded, selling his works to painters of the Impressionist age; landscapes, still life’s, and urban scenery, captured in a straight-forward almost documentary style. His pursuit of the image, was itself an art form. Relentless transformation of the ordinary, into a poetic realm of art established an essential link in photography’s nascent history. The soft focus Pictorialism of the Alfred Stiegliz camp at the turn of the 20th century, turns full circle into the straight narrative of Walker Evans, Paul Strand and Bernice Abbott, who acquired Atget’s estate at his death



Thematically, Atget pursued related images and categorically similar series of works, originating in districts and streets. Prostitutes, window displays, workers and boutiques all found a way into the 10,000 photographs he made of France’s popular cultural repositories. At the same time, in a parallel universe, Germany’s August Sandler, chronicles the working class ethos of his native Westerwald, near Colonge. The social realism of photography’s deus ex machina, the ghost in the machine, transforms the art in a narrative context of nominative information.


In a voluminous context, Atget’s photography denotes the spirituality of the early medium, into a philosophical matrix. The primary documents of his works convey a fidelity to factual quantification, yet his selective choices require the viewer to contemplate the metaphorical message. Would that sunlight on a Paris street have existed if not captured by Atget? Was he the only observer that morning?



In 1930, the posthumously edited, Atget, Photographe de Paris is published and becomes a cornerstone in the parthenon of modern photography’s iconic works.

All works copyright the estate of Eugene Atget.

Other noted photographers:

August Sander

Bernice Abbott

Paul Strand

Gregg Rosner

Spring 2015

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Photographing a Dandelion on Fire

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I was on Pinterest the other day and there is a category called photography, and I like to look at the images and get ideas for the photography class I’m in. I crossed the picture of a dandelion on fire and found it so interesting, mostly because it’s pretty simple to light a dandelion on fire, but to capture it is a whole different story. After seeing this image, I pinned it to my profile because I want to try to do it some day and I figured the students in my photography class would enjoy it as well. I was surprised to see how popular capturing dandelions on fire was when I googled it, but hopefully that will make it easier for anyone that would like to try it! There are many images on pinterest, flicker and google images to give you an idea.

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Photo of the day 3-22-12

By: Lexi Scott

I like this photo because it shows how desolate the beach is this time of year compared to in the summer when its packed with umbrellas and people. I like how you can see the fog in the background so you really focus on the orange from the sign. I like that that’s really the only thing to focus on other than the fence.

Camera Settings: F16-ISO600-1/2000

Time: 1:31 p.m.

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Making the Mundane Magical: The Art of Infrared Photography

Photographers looking to spice up boring old landscape shots with a touch of the alien and surreal may want to look into the practice of Infrared photography.

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Jason Christopher

I was looking up upcoming photographers and came across this photographer. His name is Jason Christopher and he works from Los Angeles, California. I really liked his work. He mostly does fashion photography but a lot of the photos in his personal category really interest me. I like the unique angles he has in his photos. I also really liked his motto I think a good one to keep in the back of every photographers mind. “Be prepared, or prepare to fail.” but I would add or make do with what you have.

Here are some of his personal photos I liked.

By: Lexi Scott

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