How many different shots are you willing to take until you capture that perfect photo? One professional photographer spent some five months shooting over 200,000 photographs to get the image he wanted. Sure, he used an automated camera setup for his scene, but this doesn’t make it any less impressive. More →
Thanks to the modern day smartphone, nearly everyone is a photographer these days. From Instagram and Facebook to Snapchat and Flickr, society today spends more time behind a camera lens and viewing photographs than at any other time in history. In fact, it’s been estimated that more than 1/3 of all the photos ever taken over the last 189 years or so were taken within the last 2 or 3 years.
At first glance, Philbrick Photography — a company consisting of Jay Philbrick and his wife Vicki — seems like any other photography company you might stumble across online. With a nice portfolio of high-quality portraits, wedding shots and more, Jay and Vicki don’t initially come across as the adventure-seeking types.
But if you delve a little bit deeper, it quickly becomes clear that the Philbricks have a taste for adventure and a passion for the outdoors. For those willing to conquer their fears, Philbrick Photography will gladly take photos of you while standing on the face of a cliff standing 350 feet above the ground. Not your thing? Well not to worry, they also take portraits of subjects on steep snow banks, inside deep wells, caves, and any other place most other folks dare not go.
With 2016 just around the corner, a steady stream of “best of 2015” lists have already started to roll in. And with good reason, the beginning of a new year is always a great time to sit back and reflect on the previous 12 months. If you’re just catching up, some of the more interesting recaps we’ve seen thus far include Google’s compilation of the year’s most viewed YouTube videos and Facebook’s summary of the most discussed topics of the year.
Still, with 2015 bringing us no shortage of viral videos, scientific discoveries, political controversies, and technological breakthroughs, sometimes the best way to fully capture the year that was is to take a look at the best photos taken over the past year.
People love laughing at the pseudo-technology that one tends to see on TV shows like CSI. Often times, we see investigators endlessly zoom-in and enhance video footage to a laughably granular level, as evidenced by this widely circulated and notoriously absurd clip of CSI NY investigators magnifying a photograph to such an extent that they can then magically analyze the reflection of an image off of someone’s eyeball.
TV nonsense aside, some of the detail advanced cameras can pick up these days is truly astounding, and no where is the more apparent than in a photographic service provided by a company called Fancam.
I can distinctly remember a time when having a cellphone was not just anomaly, but something that elicited snide comments from people who couldn’t possibly fathom why anyone would need to be connected 24/7. During my freshman year of college, for instance, I remember a roommate with a cellphone being asked, on account of his fancy new toy, if he was a drug dealer. After all, what else in the world could possibly explain why an 18-year old might need a cellphone?
In what may turn out to be the bargain of a lifetime, a coin dealer named Randy Guijarro in 2010 paid $2 for a miscellaneous lot from a California junk shop. Come to find out years later, the lot contained an extremely rare photograph of Billy the Kid, the famous outlaw who lived in the American Old West during the mid-1800s.
The photo, which depicts Billy the Kid (real name Henry McCarty) playing croquet, is likely to generate millions of dollars once it’s put up for sale via Kagin, a company which specializes in collecting and selling coins and collectibles. Note that in the photo above, McCarty is positioned on the left.
Every year, National Geographic Magazine holds a photo contest where amateur and professional photographers alike can submit stunning, incredible, and breathtaking shots they managed to capture during the preceding 12-month period. With a grand prize of $10,000 on the line, not to mention a whole lot of prestige, the photo competition is wildly and understandably popular.
During last year’s contest, for example, National Geographic fielded more than 92,000 photographs from over 150 countries around the world. And just like last year, this year’s competition will encompass three categories for submission: people, places and nature.
The deadline to enter is November 16, 2015, but photographers have already begun sending in their best shots for consideration. To help give us a taste of what’s to come, National Geographic recently gave The Atlantic permission to publish 24 jaw-dropping photos that promise to be strong contenders even as more entries are sure to come in.
Below are a few of the more notable shots.
Instagram, the popular photo sharing site owned by Facebook, has never been more popular. Just about a week ago, Instagram proudly announced that it now boasts more than 400 million users who have shared a jaw-dropping 40 billion photos. And speaking to the Instagram’s growing international reach, the service notes that more than 75% of its user base reside outside of the U.S.
The last time Instagram released user metrics was back in December when it said its user base checked in at 300 million users. That being the case, Instagram has impressively grown by more than 30% in just about 10 months time. All that being said, just what exactly are Instagram users taking so many photos of?
The images you’re about to see weren’t created artificially by Photoshop masters. They’re actual pictures taken by the winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The whale picture you see at the top of the page took home the grand prize. Taken near Roca Partida off the Mexican coast, the picture shows a mesmerizing landscape dominated by a large whale. More →
The picture you see above looks like a surrealist painting, but it’s not. It was taken by photographer Dave Lane, who photographed the Abyss Pool in Yellowstone Park just after a storm had passed the area, More →
Thanks to the smartphone, the number of photographs taken every year has absolutely exploded in a short amount of time. Case in point, it’s been estimated that approximately 1/3 of all the photos ever taken over the last 188 years were taken during the last 2 or 3 years. In a world where it’s never been easier to take photos and share them with the world, it’s only natural to wonder: What is the most viewed photograph of all time?
For decades on end, long before Adobe Photoshop became a household name, governments across the world have manipulated photographs to serve political ends. Joseph Stalin, for instance, famously altered photographs as to remove individuals who fell out of favor with the regime.
These days, image editing tools are not only abundant, but they’re incredibly easy to use. As a result, it’s become increasingly difficult to differentiate an authentic photo from one that’s been doctored.
Coming to the rescue is a Czech startup with an interesting piece of software that can purportedly detect when photos have been manipulated with astounding accuracy.