Arty Awesomeness Featured Science & Technology Video Clips

Donald Pettit on Taking Photos in Space

From the vantage of the ISS, we’ve seen some stellar views of Earth at night, striking star trails, and swirling auroras.

Astronaut Don Pettit has spent 370 days in space and is one of the principal photographers aboard the ISS. In a recent photo conference, Pettit gave an illuminating TED-style talk on how photos are captured from space. He talks about taking photographs both inside and outside the ISS, the limitations imposed by the environment, the different cameras that he uses, and the wonderful out-of-the-world scenes that he sees out of the seven windows of the cupola.

[via Photoshelter Blog]

Arty Awesomeness Inspirational Designs Weirdness

Yama, The Tibetan Skull Camera

So strange, so alluring. This is a pinhole camera, named after Yama, the Tibetan God of Death. The skull that encases the cameras was blessed by a Tibetan Lama, and will be used by designer Wayne Martin Belger for a photo series on the modern incarnation of Southeast Asians deities. I wouldn’t be surprised if Yama had freaky magical powers.

Yama’s eyes are cast from bronze and silver, with a brass pinhole in each eye. Yama is made from aluminium, titanium, copper, brass, bronze steel, silver, gold, mercury with four sapphires, three rubies, turquoise, sand, slood, and nine opals. The switch to open and close the film chamber is located under the jaw.

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Awesomeness Hints & Tips Photoworthy

Changing Your View With Tilt-shift Photography

Tilt-shift photography is a technique where you manipulate a camera so that a photo of a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model. By shooting the locations from a high angle, it will  create the illusion of looking down at a scale model. The example of Nice, France below by Flickr user therealjasonruff shows the technique off well.

There are a few ways for you to create tilt-shift photos:

The Traditional, Possibly Expensive Method

This method involves obtaining a decent camera, a tilt-shift lens, and reading up on the details  HERE, HERE, and HERE. Not recommended for people with ADD or those feeling monetary problems.

The “Keeping it Real Fake” Method

This method involves using a graphics editor like Photoshop or GIMP to alter the focus of the photograph to simulate a shallow depth of field that would normally be encountered when using macro lenses. This will make the scene seem much smaller than it really is. By increasing the color saturation and contrast, you can simulate the bright paint often found on scale models.

To make your own tilt-shift photographs with Photoshop click HERE for a tutorial.

The Easy as Pie” Method

TiltShiftMaker is an online site that does all the hard work for you in 3 simple steps. Upload your standard photo (jpeg format, 4MB limit), select the focus size, and get the tilt-shift equivalent.

Use TiltShiftMaker HERE and check out the Flickr TiltShiftMaker pool HERE.