A multiple exposure tutorial

Multiple exposure shots are making a comeback. The really good ones make it easy to see why. And they aren’t terribly difficult to create. And there is, after all, the Instagram monster to feed.

There are apps that can help you make them and of course there are full computer programs that will give you even stronger results. Check out Piotr Skoczylas’ method in Photoshop.

It is approachable, digestible read and would be fairly easy to reproduce. If you work through it I’d love to see some of your results.


Check out this is amazing work

You should look through these photographs. Brilliant stuff.

Also, check out the cutlines. I’m always trying to remind photographers that their work isn’t done until they come back with all of this information that helps the photograph tell the story. Photography is not a fire-and-forget practice.

Mobile, Instagram, photos — A small handful of links

I’m guessing few are ready for this. You should be. This is a great shuffling. Someone will fall out of the back of the pack as Google looks to make search more mobile friendly: Google’s “mobilegeddon” ways you can respond to the algorithm shake-up.

Here’s another look at it, Google to websites: Be mobile-friendly or get buried in search results.

That is a terrific exemplar of my McDonald’s idea, by the way.

Some of these are free, some come with a small charge, but even a basic user can get value here: 13 Instagram tools brands should be using.

The human toll is staggering, but this interactive from the New York Times will give you something more than just the numbers. At first these may look like two pictures side-by-side — I was disappointed they didn’t even use a slider. Click and drag inside the pictures to get the full impact of what is going on here, Before and After Pictures of the Earthquake in Nepal. That’s an interesting, and immersive way to tell a heartbreaking story.

Such widespread adoption and penetration in Germany’s private culture is telling: Digital Commerce Is the Norm as Germany’s Internet Culture Matures

Monday thoughts — ‘strangely riveting’

Here’s an interesting essay on Periscope, the new livestreaming platform that Twitter recently purchased and rolled out for use. It is quickly — possibly, perhaps, who knows? — taking over the universe. Or is that still Meerkat? Maybe both. Perhaps neither. This essay is about the activity, not the branded platform. And there’s a great passage in this piece:

(T)his isn’t about money, this is about the bleeding edge. And that’s what’s so exciting about Meerkat and Periscope, it’s all brand new.

Like I watched a sunrise in New Zealand. A cove in Australia. Someone making coffee in Amsterdam and a snowy spring in Siberia. Call me a voyeur, we’re all voyeurs, and right now regular people are letting you into their lives, just for the fun of it, and it’s strangely riveting.

They do it for the love. No one wants to be alone anymore. They want hearts and comments and interaction. They’ll perform if you show up and comment.

And who are these people?

Nobodies. Those with time. Who are not reading the newspaper, who listen to the tribal drum and want to participate.

And here are a few quick links:

HBO-Vice Deal Should Scare the S*** Out of TV News
The evolution of NPR’s picture stories
How news sites handle content around sensitive stories
30+ free tools for data visualization and analysis
Online Video Exploding Globally

On street shooting

Plenty of wonderful stuff here, Pulitzer Winning Photographer David Turnley’s Advice to a Class of Photojournalism Students:

David Turnley had so much to say on the matter of street shooting and his experiences of so many decades of work, and I was so overloaded with joy and the relevant information he brought to the table based on real experience from a career as a humanitarian and war photographer, that it was hard to capture everything he was saying, but some important things he shared with us did manage to stick with me.