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Nature photography at night?

My 7 year old nephew really wants to be able to take pictures of animals at night. He watches a lot of nature documentaries and sees the night vision video and wants to replicate it. Assume we're not going to spend thousands of dollars but between his saved allowance and Christmas money we might get up to the multi hundred dollar range - is there something that would work for this? Googling and trolling Amazon haven't turned up anything that looks like a great solution. Thanks!
posted by macfly on Dec 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Who does good photo printing in Midtown East NYC?

I'd like to get some digital photos printed tomorrow (Monday), and I work in Midtown East. I don't trust drugstore printers- they rarely seem to keep them calibrated correctly. I don't need retouching or anything special, just some good quality 5x7 prints. Online submission is nice, but not required. What are my best options?
posted by mkultra on Dec 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Name that patch of ground I took a picture of!

I took these pictures last winter during two commercial airline flights -- one from Boston to Detroit, and the other from Phoenix to Detroit. There are a lot of landscapes I'd like to identify geographically. Can you help me fill in the blanks more specifically?
posted by not_on_display on Dec 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Need business-minded advice about specializing in 2 artistic mediums

I do both analogue photography and watercolor paintings; very different mediums! I have a webpage for my photography which currently has a menu tab for my artwork, though it doesn't fit in at all with my photography or the theme of the webpage. Should I make a separate webpage for my artwork? I also sell my photography on Etsy, and would like to start selling art prints. Should I make a separate Etsy shop for my artwork? Pros and cons of keeping 2 different mediums of work together vs. separating them? Opinions or anything else I should consider?
posted by tenaciousmoon on Dec 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Timelapse photos as gift--ideas?

For more than two months I've been taking one photo of the view overlooking the river and trees outside the kitchen window. Is there a visually creative way yet somewhat quick way I can print this into a wall sized poster? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Dec 10, 2014 - 7 answers

A different kind of photography website

I want to build a site similar to Paul Stamatiou's photo site. Images are big, design and interface is state-of-the-art, video is integrated nicely. What other similar sites do you know of? [more inside]
posted by jgwong on Dec 9, 2014 - 3 answers

What tools for combining multiple frames into single non-panoramic image

I would like to take multiple photographs, or video frames, and combine them in different ways. An example of this would be to take many frames of a monument on a busy day, and then generate a picture of the monument with no people by taking the empty spaces from different frames. Or to simulate a long exposure by averaging multiple frames taken over time. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

How to combine digital and physical memory items into a scrapbook?

I'm a low-key scrapbooker who has been stuck at 2005 because that was the year I started using a digital camera. [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Dec 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Famous photographs for 5-6 year olds?

Running a discussion Monday night with a group of 5-6 year olds. We will be discussing how photography has changed the way we view the world, and I was looking for suggestions for some example photos to use. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 29, 2014 - 29 answers

Everyone's a photographer, (how) can I sell my photos?

Given that anyone can claim to be a photographer (myself included), how can I best (casually) sell my amateur photos? After reading about someone else's troubles selling fantastic photos on Etsy, is it more likely to make a sale on a site that does all the printing on their end? Is it better to upload photos daily to multiple sites, or is that considered poor form? Please tell me more of photo sites and their related etiquette. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Issues with uploading photos from Ipad to PC

My PC is not recognizing my iPad as a camera and for this reason, I cannot upload photos from this device to my PC, which is more than a bit frustrating. Details in the [more inside] [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Nov 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Is there a service that will tell me if it's going to be a nice sunset?

Or failing a service, is there a way to tell, ahead of time, whether or not a given sunset will likely be a colourful one? I have the perfect spot already, about 650' about sea level, and all of the camera equipment I'm going to get. What I need to know is what to look for in the weather conditions that will make a difference. Which type of clouds will be the most fortuitous, are there particular weather patterns that will help, etc?
posted by Solomon on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Best way to print ~10000 photos?

What's the most cost-effective way to print about 10000 [unique] photos? I'm enjoying going through my grandparent's photo albums, and while I'm not concerned about backups (I am extremely good about backups), I am very concerned about discoverability; I think my grandchildren someday are much more likely to find and go through a stack of physical photo albums than they are a CD in a drawer. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Oct 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Making contact prints from sleeved 35mm negatives

I have several hundred pages (sleeves) of 35mm color negatives. A few years ago I started a project to scan-in all the negatives. But because of my own disorganization, the project has turned into a big mess. [more inside]
posted by akk2014 on Oct 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Reuters photographic copyright woes

My spouse is trying to submit their D.Phil thesis to an online research archive. Archive wants all content to not be in breach of copyright. Thesis has a photograph in it which requires copyright permission but we're stumped on how to get it. What now? [more inside]
posted by monster truck weekend on Oct 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Origins of "Humans of New York" style of photography

It occurred to me recently that HONY may have been influenced by Bill Owens' Suburbia project in the '70s, which had a similar approach of photographing strangers and getting a quote from them to accompany the picture. Are there other examples of this technique in art photography? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Oct 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Out of focus

I have been shooting with a DSLR for five years and apparently I still don't get focus, nor can I find anyone IRL to explain it to me. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Oct 26, 2014 - 15 answers

The most LA problem I've ever had

Are my expectations with regard to my photographer unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by Aubergine on Oct 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Should my friend ask for compensation for an amateur photo shoot?

A friend of mine was recently contacted by one of her friends, a bit of a cheapskate, to take some family photos. She is kind of upset that this is all happening without any offer of recompense. I have been encouraging her to ask for some, but she's not really sure she should ask, and she doesn't know how to ask (or what to ask--if not money, something else?). [more inside]
posted by circular on Oct 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Replacement for iPhoto (on iOS) Oil Painting and Watercolor filters?

The iPhoto app on iOS had two excellent photo filters that I liked a lot in certain situations: Watercolor and Oil Painting. I've seen nothing else as good as either of them in any other app (I am aware of the Waterlogue app, which also provides some interesting effects). Unfortunately, as of iOS 8.0, Apple no longer supports iPhoto for iOS. [more inside]
posted by Prawn on Oct 21, 2014 - 4 answers

I need to photograph flooring samples. DIY light tent?

The company I work for wants to take pictures of flooring samples (artificial surfaces that look almost identical to wood). They want 4-5 boards roughly 4 ft x 8 in laid flat and then photographed. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Photo management?

I need a photo management system that allows me to tag and search photos, but I'd rather it NOT be web-based. I don't really know what to look for. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Looking for great B&W photographs of women in science and literature

I'm putting together a gallery wall of B&W photographs of women in science and literature, and I'm looking for sources and great photographs with acquirable prints and/or in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by barchan on Oct 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Know a District picture

At the opening of the "Colbert Report" Know a District segments, he uses a a silhouette type of profile of the Congressperson about to be introduced. The person is blanked (blacked out) but the background is still featured. The background is usually of that used for their official office photo. So. How does one create a picture like this?
posted by Heatwole on Oct 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Where to take wedding photos in Philadelphia?

My fiance and I are getting married in Center City Philadelphia in March. We'll be staying at the Sheraton Downtown, about a mile from our venue (The College of Physicians) and are interested in picking a few quintessential, fun, beautiful Philadelphia spots for our first look and other pictures, assuming the weather cooperates. We've thought about Love Park, City Hall, Logan Circle, the Franklin Institute and the Art Museum, but are looking for more suggestions and information about policies and permitting. Also personal experience would be great! [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Sep 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Finding a high-resolution/print quality version of a WW2 image

I would like to find a high-resolution or a print-quality version of the image in this article to give as a gift to a friend. The image seems to depict a Berlin raid by allied forces. A Google Image search didn't help me much and I wasn't able to find who owns the rights to the image. Any ideas?
posted by gertzedek on Sep 28, 2014 - 4 answers

High-resolution, public-domain, landscape photography archives?

I'm looking for high-resolution (full-color or gray-scale), public domain archives of landscape photography (specifically of terrains and mountains). [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Sep 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Fuji Instax Wedding

We're having eight Fuji Instax cameras at our upcoming wedding and I'm trying to estimate how much film we'll need. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague on Sep 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Help Me Find Specific Photos of Scotland

A few weeks ago I came across a series of online photos of the Scottish countryside. It was a borrowed laptop so I can't search the history. I'm hoping the Mefi detectives can help me. [more inside]
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Sep 17, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I light a dark kitchen for a Youtube cooking show?

After studying a lot of lighting tutorials, I've settled on some form of 3 point lighting to illuminate the subject (me!) as I cook. The problem is that my kitchen is connected to my very dark, cavernous living room, and so the space tends to swallow up any lights I use. Can you give me pointers on lighting this space, and help me to purchase more lights (if necessary) to adequately light my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Inheritance Tax on estimated value of photo negatives left behind? WUTT?

An acquaintance's brother-in-law, a retired photojournalist (Newsweek, Time), has left specific instructions to destroy his negatives after his death so his family won't be hit by US inheritance taxes on the estimated market value of the collection. He sells through Getty and Polaris so this is a valid financial threat (he believes). Kinda sad, I think. He did a close up and personal pictorial project with a young Bob Dylan living in New York, and these rare shots would be destroyed, along with... [more inside]
posted by spock on Sep 10, 2014 - 24 answers

What are some settings for playful, raucous group shots?

What is a great setting for a staged picture that can have between 8 and 20 people doing fun things and that is NOT a workplace? Example and details inside. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

DSLR & Lens Recommendation Needed

What DSLR should I buy my wife to photograph murals? Assume we know very little about cameras. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Sep 2, 2014 - 15 answers

What alternatives are there to the GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket?

The GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket seems a great way to store a mirrorless camera and additional lens in an existing bag in a compact and secure way (as demonstrated in this blog post by Ben Brooks) – but I need to find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by Richard Holden on Aug 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Best digital camera for my shakey mom?

My mother needs a new point and shoot digital camera. I need suggestions. Snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by Northbysomewhatcrazy on Aug 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Instagram Aces, international metropolitan edition

New York Magazine had a short piece the other day about some street photographers in NYC who post some jaw-dropping stuff on Instagram. I've really been enjoying following their feeds --- so now I'm wondering, what about the other great cities of the world? NYC can't have a monopoly on cool cityscapes. Can y'all hook me up with some other great Instagram accounts to follow? From Paris to Lagos to Phnom Penh, I'm interested. [more inside]
posted by maggiepolitt on Aug 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Do we know anything about the gentleman in this D-Day photo?

I'm wondering if there is any information about this (British?) solider. [more inside]
posted by circular on Aug 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Who took this photo?

I'd love to see more work by this photographer. I've tried what I think are likely google searches and have found nothing - maybe I'm using the wrong search terms, but if anyone knows or has suggestions, I'd be grateful! Photo here.
posted by blaneyphoto on Aug 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Why can't I remember how to use my camera?

Photography has been a lifelong, though not consistent, interest of mine. I have always had an SLR or DSLR camera for about 30 years. Yet I still can't remember how to operate the damn thing without using automatic settings! What is my problem and can you suggest ways to improve my 'technical memory'? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Aug 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Is there any photo book service that makes 7x5 inch, lay-flat books?

I'm hunting for an online service to make a photo book, but with quite specific criteria: it should allow me to make a book around 7x5 inches in portrait orientation (i.e. like a typical paperback), with lay-flat binding. All my searches come up with one but not both of these criteria satisfied. Guys, you're my last resort :) - any ideas?
posted by scrm on Aug 11, 2014 - 3 answers

How to take better photographs of movement in low light indoors.

I'm having problems with taking photos indoors when there's a lot of movement. Prime example: weddings. Most of the shots turn out blurry. I have a basic digital camera with a setting for low light but it's at a low resolution and too grainy to print. Without using a tripod or flash what's the best way to adjust the manual settings to compensate?
posted by adapt on Aug 10, 2014 - 12 answers

Learning photography as a middle aged adult, on a shoestring.

Please guide me toward books books and free or low-cost resources for learning photography, as well as general advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Help Me Shoot (Pictures) Gary, Indiana

As a kid, I happened to pass through Gary, IN, on a handful of occasions. I was always blown away by the frightening industrial sprawl; it looked like Mordor, or Blade Runner, especially at night. Now I'm a grown up, and I would like to take cool pictures of this. [more inside]
posted by credible hulk on Aug 6, 2014 - 9 answers

What's a good next micro 4/3 Lens?

I have a Panasonic/Lumix GX1 body with only one lens - the 20 mm 1.7. That lens has been ok but, truth be told, I haven't been blown away by the quality of pictures I am getting. What lens would you recommend I buy? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Aug 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Best drone for amateur photography

I am looking for a drone to buy to take aerial photos of and on my own property. I have no experience with remote control flying equipment so I need something that is fairly easy to operate. I also would like one where a decent camera is included with the drone. My budget is $500-$1000. I am interested in opinions on different brands and any tips/ideas/advice you may have to offer. Thank you.
posted by GlowWyrm on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me write my essay about Francesca Woodman

I am working on an essay about the photographer Francesca Woodman to submit for consideration to an anthology. My main argument is that Woodman's work playfully subverts the script of normative femininity (especially her use of nudity). I have done a lot of reading/viewing on Woodman herself, but I am looking for other texts (and other media is welcome too) that might be helpful. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Cheapest & Best Photo Books

We want to print our wedding photos in a book for family. What website has cheap (and very good) wedding books? Any recommendations are appreciated.
posted by quiverandquill on Jul 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Searching for Remote Trading Posts that are still Active.

Does anyone know of any remote, off the grid (USA or Canada) trading post(s) that are still operational?
posted by mm-ut on Jul 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Photographing the Super Moon

Assume I know very very little about photography, but I have a small tripod, a Canon Rebel Xti DLSR and a 400 zoom lens. How do I photograph the Super Moon tomorrow over Lake Tahoe? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Jul 11, 2014 - 9 answers

How can I make up for calling him an aspiring softcore pornographer?

My boyfriend & I are in a fight right now, and I believe we're going to break up tonight. For background: We're both recently separated. He moved 350 miles to live nearby me (I'm ostensibly the one he let get away 10 years ago) and we've been actively dating 7 months. He is a hobby photographer. Before he moved up here, and while he was still married (his ex-wife knows this...), he did a couple photo shoots in a hotel room with 2 models of the shapely, fake-breasted variety. There was no nudity, just suggestive poses and skimpy clothing/lingerie. He posted the photos to a special page dedicated to them on FB, and captioned the photos with mildly suggestive comments like "Come here" and "Time for bed" and other things to that effect. These girls are "ring girls" (for boxing matches) and so have somewhat of a following. The photos drew loads of comments from the audience of males, and they were of the semi-lewd, drooling, 13-yr old boy variety. To be honest, I feel both offended and sexually threatened by this piece of my boyfriend's history. [more inside]
posted by phreckles on Jul 7, 2014 - 43 answers

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