Luminar 2018 Announced for Both Mac and Windows

Macphun, who just changed their company name to SKYLUM, has just announced the latest update to their flagship photo editing program, LUMINAR 2018. I’ve been using Luminar for just about one year now, and I’ve found it to be an Continue reading →

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DIY retro camera box

October 30, 2017 /Photography News/ These two lovely retro cameras were made using the wonderful For Mother and For Father papers, but any other type of retro paper will do. A hidden back box on the camera opens to hold photos. 
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MATERIALS USED:
Pion Design:                        For Mother, For Father
1/8″ thick chipboard
Dusty Attic:                          mini wrought iron fence, baroque corners, film strip
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology          hinges
self-adhesive gemstones
paper flowers
black plastic chain
circular metal lids with clear inserts
MANUAL TEMPLATE FOR CAMERA BELLOWS:
(each piece should measure approx 8 1/4″ length and 3 1/2″ maximum width)
PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:
BELLOWS:
1.  Cut and score the 4 pieces.  Notice that 2 of the pieces have a certain side zigzag score line pattern while the other 2 have the opposite zigzag score line pattern. It’s difficult to see the side zigzag score lines in the below photos.  Fold each piece like a fan making sure the mountain fold has the zigzag point at the score line.  The valley folds will have the zigzag point at the outer edge of the paper.  Each 2 pieces that have the same zig-zag score lines will be assembled opposite each other on the bellows. 
2.  Begin folding the side zigzag score lines.  You will fold in the mountains and keep the valleys out as shown below:
3.  Now repeat this with all 4 of the bellow pieces.  Notice below that one piece has zigzag fold lines going the same direction, and one piece has zigzag fold lines going the opposite direction.  This will allow the pieces to fit together correctly when assembled.
4.  Unfold and apply score tape right next to the long score line on the zigzags as shown below on both sides of one of the pieces.
5.  Refold the piece back into position and remove the paper backing from the Score-Tape.  Take one of the pieces with the opposite score lines and hold it 90 degrees apart and begin adhering the sides together as shown:
6.  Repeat with the other side and your bellows will be almost complete with 3 sides now attached.
7.  Now with the final piece, apply Score-Tape as shown earlier and attach to the exposed sides of the formed bellows the same way you did above and your bellows is finished!
BOX INSTRUCTIONS:
This project consists of 4 boxes and 3 of these are made with 1/8″ thick chipboard. The upright box is essentially an opened box inserted inside the lid as shown:
1.  upright box lid:  cut the following pieces of chipboard:
BASE 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″   x 1
4 1/2 x 1 1/4  x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s long sides
3 1/4 x 1/14 x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s short sides sandwiching between the long sides
2.  inner box:  cut the following pieces of chipboard:
BASE 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
4 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 2  adhere these pieces to the BASE’s long sides
3″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s short sides sandwiching between the long sides.
3.  bottom box:  cut the following piece of chipboard:
BASE BOTTOM  4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
4 1/4″ x 3/4″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s long sides
3 1/4″ x 3/4″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s short sides sandwiching between the long sides.
BASE TOP 4 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ adhere this to the top of all the above sides
CAMERA LENS FRONT BOX:
BASE BOTTOM:  2 1/4″ x 2 5/8″
2 5/8″ x 3/4″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s long sides
2″ x 3/4″ x 2 adhere these pieces to the BASE’s short sides sandwiching between the long sides.
BASE TOP:  2 1/4″ x 2 5/8″ adhere this to the top of all the above sides
After assembling all the chipboard boxes, cover them with decorative paper.
Apply hinges to attach the upright box and the bottom box to connect them. It’s hard to see these hinges in the pictures above.
Attach the camera lens box to the front (smaller end) of the bellows.
Attach the bellows to the box sides as shown above.
Add decorative elements.
4.  OPTIONAL BACK BOX for holding small photos (not pictured)
This back box is not necessary for the overall camera design.  If you do want to include this however, it measures 3 1/2″ length by 3″ width by 1/2″ depth and should be centered over the back.   Mine was just made with card stock and decorative paper.
The bottom part of the flash attachment was made by just rolling up some decorative paper.  The top flash was made by cutting a circle.  Make a straight cut to the exact center of this circle and then overlap the cut edges to make a dimensional wide cone.
Full instructions can be found at Tara’s Craft Studio

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131-year-old photographs: The Statue of Liberty under construction

October 28, 2017 /Photography News131 years ago today, the Statue of Liberty was unveiled in New York Harbor, when France dedicated the monument to celebrate “the Alliance of the two Nations in achieving the Independence of the United States of America and attests their abiding friendship.”
Here is a wonderful collection of photos showing the Statue of Liberty under construction:
Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberté. 1883. Photographs by Albert Fernique (1841-1898)

Model of the Statue of Liberty. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs
Model of the Statue of Liberty. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Men in a workshop hammering sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Construction of the skeleton and plaster surface of the left arm and hand of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Men at work at the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Men at work at the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[View of the workshop, with models of the Statue of Liberty in the background.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[View of the workshop, with models of the Statue of Liberty in the background.]. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Men in a workshop shaping sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Men in a workshop shaping sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of Liberty.]. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Head of the Statue of Liberty on display in a park in Paris.]. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[View of the external area of the workshop in Paris, showing construction materials, the head of the Statue of Liberty, and a group of men gathered in front of the left foot of the statue.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[View of the external area of the workshop in Paris, showing construction materials, the head of the Statue of Liberty, and a group of men gathered in front of the left foot of the statue.]. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris, showing the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding, the head and torch at its feet.]. Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris, showing the bottom half of the statue erect under scaffolding, the head and torch at its feet.]. Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
[Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.] Fernique, Albert -- Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs
[Assemblage of the Statue of Liberty in Paris.] Fernique, Albert — Photographer. 1883. Source: Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberte. Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs

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Remembering Mary Steen, Denmark’s first female court photographer

Mary Steen, self-portrait 1889
Mary Steen, self-portrait 1889

October 28, 2017 /Photography News/ Born 161 years ago today, on 28 October 1856, Mary Dorothea Frederica Steen was a Danish photographer and feminist. In 1884, at the age of 28, she opened a studio in Copenhagen where she specialized in indoor photography, a difficult art at a time when electricity was not widespread. The photographs she took at the Flerons’ house on Copenhagen’s Vesterbrogade are among the first showing people inside their own homes. She later became Denmark’s first female court photographer, working not only with the Danish royals but with the British royal family too. Around 1895, Princess Alexandra invited her to London where she photographed members of the royal family, including Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle. 
Photograph of Queen Victoria and Princess Beatrice inside Windsor Castle taken by Danish photographer Mary Steen in 1895
Photograph of Queen Victoria and Princess Beatrice inside Windsor Castle taken by Danish photographer Mary Steen in 1895
Mary Steen also played an important part in improving conditions for female workers and encouraging women to take up the profession of photography. In 1891, she was the first woman on the board of the Danish Photographers Association. She was also active in the Danish Women’s Society (Dansk Kvindesamfund) where she sat on the board from 1889–1892. Together with Julie Laurberg, she photographed the leading figures in the Danish women’s movement. In 1891, she received a grant from the Reiersenske Fond, a trade association, which allowed her to travel to Germany and Vienna.
She campaigned for better working conditions for women including eight days holiday and a half day off on Sundays. She treated her own staff well, paying good wages. Her example was widely followed.
As a result of growing deafness, she closed her studio in 1918. She died on 7 April 1939.

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Fujifilm X Series Travel Photography Lecture with Ken Kaminesky

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If you’re going to be in NYC this week —as many of you are, for the big Photo Plus Expo— join me at the Fujifilm Wonder Shop in Manhattan on Friday for a series of talks and roundtable discussions I’ll be giving about travel, photography, and Fujifilm cameras of course!
 
Come learn how to use our impressive line of X Series cameras from a beginner’s point of view, or let me help you brush up on tips & techniques that will help you get the most out of your camera.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions on camera bodies, lenses & techniques.
 
Don’t own an X Series camera, but want to test it out? Arrive 15 minutes early to take advantage of Wonder Photo Shop’s FREE one-day camera loaner program where you’ll have the opportunity to choose from various models. See store associate for details.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Where and When

Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop
Address: 176 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
 
X Series Travel Photography Lecture
Friday – 10/27/17
10:00a.m.-11:00a.m.
 
X Series Educational Workshop
Friday – 10/27/17
1:00p.m.-2:00p.m.

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