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You know that new movie where the little girl gets trapped by creepy imposter parents with buttons for eyes? Scary, right?

And right up our alley! Reader Henrique Ferreira let us know of a new site where you can make your own self-portraits with baleful button eyes.

Upload a photo (or use your built-in webcam) to start, then drag on your choice of shiny, soulless buttons. We like to think it shows the depraved villainy lurking just beneath your cuddly exterior. [via Photojojo]

Create your own self portrait here. I did.


We hate getting rid of jars. We’re so sure they’ll come in handy someday, but in reality a person can only use so many jelly-jar glasses.

We’re happy to say we’ve finally found a use for our motley collection of pickle jars, soda bottles and assorted glass receptacles: frames!

It’s so simple we can’t believe we didn’t think of it before: just slide a photo into a jar, turn it upside down and display your upcyclin’ genius for all to see. [via Photojojo]

Get more directions and see examples here.

Eloquent Light Workshop: Follow in Georgia O’Keefe’s Footsteps with Your Camera

This semi-private photography workshop, The Artist’s Landscape of Ghost Ranch, will be held August 16–22 and is limited to 6 participants. In this workshop you will be guided to photograph, explore and experience the varied and inspiring locations at Ghost Ranch with professional one-on-one photographic instruction and coaching. You’ll learn effective field working strategies for capturing the extraordinary colors and textures of the landscape of Ghost Ranch. This workshop is sponsored by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. [via Double Exposure]

Get more details here.

FOCUS ON NATURE: International Photography Workshops in Iceland

Focus On Nature offers thoroughly unique experiences—photographic workshops, led by world-renowned photographers and guided by local professionals—in stunningly beautiful Iceland.

Some of the world’s top photographers offer special curricula, which will teach you a diverse set of skills including visual storytelling, composition, digital workflow, image enhancement, and much more. Each workshop is made unique by the instructor’s strengths and passions, customized for individual participants, and guided to unique destinations at specific times. This summer Focus on Nature will run workshops from 7/19 to 9/12. [via Double Exposure]

Get more details here.

The Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) will take place in April 2009. It will be the first-ever, annual month-long celebration of Photography.

MOPLA will showcase the enormous photography community, inclusive of commercial, fine art and photojournalism. MOPLA will present the photographic work and talent of both emerging and undiscovered photographers to legendary masters who have made lasting contributions to the field of photography.

As the second largest photo community in the U.S., Los Angeles will provide a distinctive backdrop to the celebration of the photographic image. [via Double Exposure]

For more information, visit or read the rest of the article here.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 17, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging and optics, today introduced two new Tilt-Shift lenses, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L. These two new L series lenses expand the Company’s extensive lens line-up of TS-E lenses giving photographers creative control over perspective and depth of field in their images. Both the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L are specialty lenses ideal for landscape and architectural photography and are compatible with all Canon EOS system single lens reflex cameras1. The TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, a replacement for Canon’s TS-E 24mm f/3.5L introduced in 1991, has significantly improved operability with low distortion when photographing buildings, consistent image quality throughout the image and reduced chromatic aberration when shooting at ultra-wide angles. The TS-E 17mm f/4L is the world’s shortest focal length Tilt-Shift lens with full-frame 35mm coverage.

“These two new lenses are Canon’s answer to photographers who have requested wider angle Tilt-Shift lenses, [via PDN]

Read the rest of the story.

I’ve just discovered two blog posts on the adjustment brush in Lightroom. The first is

Introduction to Spot Fixing with the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

One of the exciting new features in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 is the adjustment brush which lets you to make spot fixes to your image in Lightroom. These fixes apply to only the area you select rather than the entire image. This means you can make local adjustments for contrast, saturation, exposure, brightness, clarity and sharpness without having to take the image to Photoshop to do this.

In this post I’ll show you how to get started using the adjustment brush in Lightroom. 2

Read more: Introduction to Spot Fixing with the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

The other one is:

More on the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom

In an earlier post I looked at the basics of using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 2. In this post I’ll have a look at some advanced features of the adjustment brush which help you make multiple adjustments to the image at one time and to do so more easily.

Read more: More on the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom
Both articles are by Helen Bradley, guest blogger for DPS.

I’m a little late on this but here is the article:

The 52nd Annual World Press Photo of the Year has been awarded to Anthony Suau for a photograph shot for Time magazine related to the economic crisis in the U.S. taken in Cleveland, Ohio.

The black-and-white image shows an officer of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department moving through a home, weapon drawn, following an eviction as a result of mortgage foreclosure. The story as a whole won Second Prize in the Daily Life category of the contest. [via PDN]

Read the rest of the article and find out about other winners.

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  • thebail: Reblogged this on Underwater Ap
  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn