For the first 150 years, photography saw only incremental changes. Cameras still used film and lenses, and it took a darkroom and chemicals to process the images. But in the 21st century, the world of photography saw two major shifts — from film to digital, and the decline of bulky, purpose-built cameras to the camera-equipped smartphone. But where does photography go from here? COOPH looks at where photography is, and where it could be going.
While writing by hand might be a dying art in our digital world, good penmanship is one of the finest arts around. If you've ever looked at an architectural drawing or schematic and wondered how to write in that distinctive style, look no further. How to Architect shows you how to easily get that super-precise look to your handwriting.
Hollywood stunt doubles are no secret. Aside from a rare few, actors have been pawning off their dangerous action stunts for years. With advancements in CGI, digital doubles allow close-range action shots are more real than ever. While working on Logan, visual effects studio Image Engine reveals how they morphed Hugh Jackman and his stunt double to create the ultimate Wolverine.
Two years ago, Henning M. Lederer had an idea: What if all those abstract academic book covers you came across in the library had animated covers? Henning found another trove of material, and has set another series of covers in motion.
Drones — a photographer's best friend — can capture shots that are unattainable by humans. Their aerial angle allows for a new perspective on action shots and scenic landscapes. They can even make something as simple as a backyard barbecue more interesting. If you're new to drones or just looking to expand your portfolio. here are seven great tips for capturing summer moments from above.
Motorcycles and tattoos — two things that have a history so intertwined you can't separate them. Former motocross racer Carey Hart knows all about tattoos and bikes and has partnered with the Indian Motorcycle Company to produce a very special ink. Indian Motorcycle Ink is made from carbon collected from a burnout Carey did on his Indian Super Hooligan. Bikes and tattoos have never had so much in common.
When you slap on deodorant each day, you don't think much about how it affects your body. But since your skin absorbs around 60% of what you put on it, it might be worth considering. Oars + Alps uses aluminum-free, natural ingredients sourced from the arctic circle for all their products, including this deodorant. And unlike other natural deodorants, they are alcohol and glycol free. So you're free of potentially harmful toxins while smelling fresh and keeping dry.
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2017 is the fourth year of National Geographic and Dronestagram's Drone Photography Contest. Thousands of photographers gave their view of the world from the top, and the winners are in. Here's the best of the best from this year's entries.
Artist Tetiana Galitsyna works in an unusual medium — sand. For the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones, the artist went through the main cast of characters, creating and then erasing them in real-time, making an amazing animation.
Bright colors. Crazy Patterns. These bold graphics are what define '80s design and they can all be contributed to The Memphis Group. After their first show in 1981, the Milan-based design studio inspired a decade with their Postmodern furniture made from asymmetrical shapes and vibrant colors. Although their furniture never made it into anyone's homes, their influences can be seen throughout the era in everything from fashion to music.
Art supplies are expensive. But do you really need a $400 pencil to draw an awesome picture? Of course not. Peter Draws got a composition book, some No. 2 pencils, a sharpener and erasers from a fan — and set about proving you don't have go broke to be an artist.
Anna Rubincam is rare among artists. Anna is a stonecarver, creating works from massive, heavy pieces of stone — the last of a dying craft. Eyes & Ears followed with Anna while she created a portrait from start to finish, working a raw chunk of rock into an amazing human likeness.
There's been so much death in Game of Thrones that it's a wonder anyone is still alive. And while we've all seen the many death compilations, HansoArt has taken it to the next level: Hand-drawing every major character death over the entire series.
Kings, queens, even the Pope — the wrappings of royalty hardly compare to the ornate dress of the matador. Antonio Lopez Fuentes has been handcrafting matador dresses for 55 years, cloaking those who make a living facing down 1,300-pound beasts. It takes months of preparation and mounds of material, but as Antonio says, if you're facing a charging bull, you ought to be well-dressed.
"The Spaceship" — Apple's ground-based headquarters under construction in Cupertino, California — is a little behind schedule. It isn't quite ready for all 12,000 employees to move in, but the progress on such a huge project over the course of the last year has been impressive. Matthew Roberts filmed Apple Park over the last year and shows how the building has come together as it nears completion.
Vague Watch Co.'s Grey Fade Submariner gets its name from the dark grey bezel insert, meant to mimic the sought-after "ghost bezel" effect found on the faded black bezels of well-worn vintage sport watches. Adding to the vintage look are intentional but subtle distressing marks of the case sides. It's built with an automatic movement, meaning you'll never have to change a battery, as the watch is powered by the movement of your arm during wear. With a stainless steel case, a screw-down back, and a 100-meter depth rating, the watch is also rugged enough to handle some serious time in the water. On top of that, it ships with a sharp military-inspired case, watch tool, and a classic nylon NATO strap to switch out with the stainless oyster band.
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Backpacks carry a lot. Those bearing the Filson name carry something extra: A reputation of quality. With a padded back and straps, gusseted sides, and an expandable front pocket, the fully-lined Journeyman Backpack is no exception. A combination of 100% cotton rugged twill, 15-oz. oil finish tin cloth, and American craftsmanship make it water repellant, and it keeps you organized with an interior zipper pocket, 2 dividers, and a padded sleeve for laptops/tablets up to 16". It's also finished with Filson's iconic bridle leather tabs and a classy brass zipper. Available in black or tan.
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Korean artist Rocky Byun works in a very unusual medium — balance. From objects like rocks, pottery, and furniture to motorcycles, Rocky's deep understanding of physics and zen-like approach make for surreal sculptures. With gravity as his assistant, Rocky's work turns everyday items into mind-bending works of art.
The concept is simple — add ink to water. The results are extraordinary. The Macro Room captures the planets suspended in a tank of water as it's injected with colored ink, creating colors and shapes that mimic the space dust and stars of the Milky Way — the backdrop of our solar system.
Mathematics and art are two things that aren't usually thought of as going together. The geometric spirals of Stanford professor John Edmark combine the two in animated sculptures that seem to bloom and fade and bloom again — a never-ending cycle of life captured in a time-lapse. SciFri visited John to discuss his process, inspiration and the role of math in his art.
What begins as a simple exercise extrapolating a line across a grid quickly becomes an otherworldly animated adventure. As the line crosses the boundary of the grid a surreal deformation begins that spreads across the frame, again and again. Read more about the creation of this hand-drawn animation at artist Johan Rijpma's website.
Brazilian artist Marina Amaral combines a love of history and a deep set of Photoshop skills to bring historical photographs the colors they might have captured. Much more than just a brushing over with color, Marina begins the process with thorough research, using the archives of the Library of Congress and other resources to create an accurate pallette for each photo. The restorations and colorizations can take upwards of a month each, going through the image pixel-by-pixel.
If it goes bump in the night, you'll find it at Monsterpalooza. But Monsterpalooza isn't just for monsters. Sculptor Andrew Freeman of Immortal Masks created these surreal portraits of cartoon characters Ren and Stimpy, from the formerly controversial Nick cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show. Andrew describes his process for creating these surreal masks and his love for the show that helped bring them to life.
What started as a Neo Geo fansite became the breeding ground for animation as we currently know it. Launched in 1995, Newgrounds laid the template for sites like YouTube, years before YouTube was a household name. Newgrounds was also instrumental in breaking down the traditional gates to animation, leading a new generation of animators have come to define the genre.
You can do better than just snapping off selfies with your phone — especially if that portrait is going on a resume or CV. Paying attention to what's around you, like coordinating backgrounds and colors, can really make a photograph stand out from the sea boring snaps. Here are some of COOPH's favorite tips for taking great portraits.
You'll never want to make a paper crane again after you see Robert Lang's epic origami designs. A former NASA physicist, Robert's love of folding paper isn't limited to just animals — his designs have been used in everything from spacecraft to air bags. In 2001, Robert quit his day job to focus on origami full-time, applying its principals to everyday problems in the real world.
A beer-quenched blade with a handle of fries and bacon. It's America in the palm of your hand. Steve at Green Beetle created his own steel from iron and Tums that became the blade of this epic knife, and spent more time than was necessary to make the handles. See how he did it in this how-to video, and then try making your own.
Adrian Fisher is the master of getting people lost. With over 700 maze designs across the world, he has perfected the art of confusion, disorienting hundreds of thousands of people every year. But making people wander around isn't his only goal — Adrian knows that the best part of every maze is finding the end.
Whether it's vintage Star Wars action figures or classic Rolex watches, don't ever throw away the box. Peter Planes of Antiques Roadshow got the chance to appraise a rare 1960 Rolex GMT Master, complete with all the packaging and documentation that came with the watch when the owner bought it overseas while serving in the Army. All that paperwork added about $30,000 to the auction value of the watch, which Peter estimated at a conservative $75,000.
In the desert of New Mexico stand buildings that look like they might have come from the future — or another planet. The brainchild of architect Mike Reynolds, these earthships were born from the oil crisis of the 1970s. Completely self-sustaining and built with repurposed materials like tires and bottles, Reynolds' designs aim to introduce a more eco-friendly and affordable shelter for people across the globe.
There are watches, and there is Rolex. The name has meant accuracy, quality, and craftsmanship since 1905, and if time is important, then there is a Rolex on your wrist. This retrospective shows some of the iconic scenes that Rolex has shared over its 112 year history.