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Before the Internet, This Archaic Machine Is How Photos Were Transmitted

Well before the internet made it a breeze to instantly send a photo from one side of the world to the other, this ancient-looking machine, the United Press International UPI Model 16-S, scanned black and white photos and sent them across the globe via phone lines. » 7/27/15 12:06pm 7/27/15 12:06pm

How to Take Better Photos Using Your Camera's Mode Dial

Switching your camera out of Auto mode can be daunting, but it’s the only path toward taking control of how your photos look. Of course, it helps to know what things like f-stop and shutter speed do, but just as important are the various modes that appear on almost every camera’s dial. We made this handy video… » 5/29/15 12:48pm 5/29/15 12:48pm

The Secret Lives of NYC Mega-Projects, Revealed By One Photographer 

The sprawling construction sites buried below NYC are carefully regulated places, inaccessible to the public. But one photographer has been exploring these caverns and tunnels for 15 years at the MTA’s request—and his work paints an amazing picture of life underground.
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Olympus E-M5 Mark II Review: The Original Retro Camera, Refined to a Tee

Beautiful retro design. Pro-level controls. So small. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 was the mirrorless camera for discerning photographers. Three years later, it's finally getting a update in the form of the new E-M5 Mark II. It provides some welcome improvements in feel and operation, plus a flashy trick or two. Is that… » 3/20/15 2:11pm 3/20/15 2:11pm

Watch As Photoshop Experts Try (and Fail) To Use Photoshop 1.0

Photoshop recently celebrated a pretty big birthday—a whole quarter century of cropping, manipulating, and perfecting pictures from crappy creations to creative masterpieces. But take a collection of current Creative Cloud experts and inflict Photoshop 1.0 on them, and the results are disastrously entertaining. » 3/12/15 5:23pm 3/12/15 5:23pm

Casinos Look Incredibly Eerie Without All the People

Casinos can be rancid places, full of sadness and stale beer. But if you just vacuumed out all the gambling, they're surprisingly peaceful—if a little weird in the interior decoration department. Photographer Joe Johnson proves it in "The Playing Field," a project that documents Reno, its casinos, and almost zero… » 3/11/15 6:13pm 3/11/15 6:13pm

The Photography at CERN Is Helping Solve the Mysteries of the Universe

Everyone's favorite mega-machine, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, is meant to help humans some of the most basic questions about the nature of our world. How it goes about this is—in a word—complex. But part of it involves a bit of good old-fashioned (kind of) photography. » 2/27/15 11:25am 2/27/15 11:25am

Watch How Common Photoshop Tricks Were Done In the Darkroom

Editing a photo is as easy as clicking a mouse with the modern magic of Photoshop. But another type of magic dominated when the only option was a darkroom and enlarger. Some of us remember these days well, but for the young'uns out there, this Lynda.com demo shows just how photo editing went down in the film days. » 2/26/15 9:18am 2/26/15 9:18am

The Olympic Venues of the USSR, 35 Years Later

The 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow were controversial. While its war in Afghanistan had sparked a global boycott of the games, the USSR also wanted to showcase its capacity for opulence. To this day, the architecture of the Olympic Village lives on like an undying tribute to the Soviets' misplaced and ultimately… » 2/23/15 3:23pm 2/23/15 3:23pm

How Photos Were Made Through History, From Daguerreotypes to Digital 

Making a photograph today is a matter of pressing a button and letting a bunch of electronics do their thing. Before that we had film, and before film we had even more cumbersome processes. Did you know that making photographs once involved materials like egg-whites, asphalt, and platinum? Watch these videos to hear… » 2/17/15 10:30am 2/17/15 10:30am