This Photographer Snuck Into the Wrecked Cruise Ship Costa Concordia

On January 13th, 2012, the giant Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized and sank off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, after running into an underwater rock, claiming 32 lives. In August 2014, in the midst of the salvaging operation, photographer Jonathan Danko Kielkowski secretly snuck onto the ship to document it in photos.

“The sinking of the Costa Concordia, which occurred almost exactly 100 years after the Titanic, is often interpreted as a portent for the ongoing European crisis,” writes Kielkowski. “It was August 2014 when I decided to swim onboard the remains of the Costa Concordia and document what was left after the ship was under water for over two and a half years and before the dismantling process started.”

Here’s a 136-minute video with GoPro footage from the 6 hours Kielkowski spent exploring the wreck:

50 of the photos Kielkowski made that day have since been published in the photo book Concordia by White Press.

You can also find more of his work on his website, blog, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

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Image credits: Photographs by Jonathan Danko Kielkowski and used with permission

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World’s First Hasselblad Store Opens in Stockholm

The world’s first Hasselblad-branded photography store will be opening in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 30th, 2017. The new retail location is being launched in partnership with Fotografiska.

Hasselblad first started in 1941, and ever since its cameras have gone on to capture some of the most iconic images that exist today. That includes the first landing on the moon, and the technology has helped to shape the way the art of photography has developed.

“The collaboration will enable Hasselblad and Fotografiska to provide access to a full range of Hasselblad cameras, while also sharing their joint knowledge on the expertise and art of photography,” says Fotografiska. “The two companies will also partner to host inspirational photography workshops to help develop both amateur and professional photographers’ skills.”

The store will be positioned at the entrance of the Fotografiska center, which welcomes over 530,000 people each year through its doors.

Johan Åhlén, Chief Marketing Officer of Hasselblad, said: “Our cameras were born from a love of photography and we are excited to partner with Fotografiska to spread our passion and inspire a more conscious world through the power of photography. Our new store and workshops represent our commitment to Hasselblad users and our desire to enhance the future of photography.”

The store will be open during regular opening hours of 9am – 11pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 9am–01am Thursday to Saturday. You can find out more about the new corporate relationship on the Fotografiska website.

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Shooting 10 Powerful Street Photos in One Ugly Location

When I started out in photography, I always thought: if I could shoot in New York City, Tokyo, Paris or Amsterdam, my street photos would be much better… But it turns out that it’s all about your imagination, creativity, and patience.

To be honest, I’ve captured my favorite street photos in the ugliest of all places. Sure, it’s a bit more challenging to find the extraordinary in the ordinary… but isn’t that what street photography is all about?

Try this…

Whether you live in a tiny village, small town, or giant metropolis, it doesn’t matter. Pick one location where at least every 10 minutes someone walks past. The uglier the place, the more rewarding and impressive the outcome may be.

If you pass a scenery after 1 minute, you’ll just discover what everybody else sees. Staying there for a while makes you explore all aspects and opportunities. The key to success is sticking to that location. Say you are in a little shopping mall or next to the post office in your tiny village. Give yourself a minimum of 30 minutes and explore everything around it.

Lie on the ground, walk around, turn your head left, right, up and down — try as many different perspectives as possible. Experiences this location in different light settings, types of weather and atmospheres. You’ll notice so many major and subtle differences that will offer you new opportunities.

Observe what people are doing. Try to predict what’s going to happen. Anticipate what’s happening next so you can develop a composition that embraces the subject. Even if every 20 minutes a person shows up, it’s not a problem. Take that time to think through your compositions.

Here’s an example of when I did this…

Look at this ugly subway entrance. Even the guy on the right wonders who the hell shoots this depressingly grey location…

To me, it looked pretty uninspiring and bland. However, the more time I spent at the location, the more moments I discovered. Make sure to reduce your street photos to what’s absolutely essential.

1. Shooting the stairway from the top

For this street photo, I used the backlight from the subway hallway to highlight the subject. Besides, the handrails serve as a leading line. I darkened the left part a bit in post-processing to make it transition from dark to bright.

2. Shooting the stairway from the bottom

To capture this moment, I shot the stairway from the bottom. I waited for the sun to set and made sure, that only one person came downstairs. That way, it looks more reduced and elegant as far as I see it.

3. Shooting the escalator from the stairway

In order to make the subject pop out, I photographed this lovely gentleman in front of the lights from the hallway. I placed him all the way on the left so that the viewer can anticipate his movement up the escalator. In post-processing, I darkened everything around the bright light.

4. Shooting the escalator straight from the side

I wanted to shoot another photo that focused on the gorgeous lines. As you can see, you have the handrails on the side, the ones on the escalator, the ones on the wall and the lights on the top left. I couldn’t believe my eyes, when the mechanic climbed on the handrails one night.

5. Shooting the reflections in the escalator

For this street photo, I captured the reflections on the sides of the escalator. I waited a while till only one person came up. It would look even better, if the guy were in the middle. In post-processing, I used split-toning to make it a bit more blue.

6. Shooting two people going down

I also wanted to shoot people going down. When I found this gorgeous couple, I followed them down. The reflections on the side really add to the atmosphere.

Why did I cut their heads off? In this case, it shifted the focus even more to the reflections and colors. In post-processing, I increased the saturation for red and made the highlights warmer through split-toning.

7. Shooting the bottom of the escalator

When I saw this insanely awesome guy taking the escalator, my heart almost exploded. I love the contrasts between modern technology and a medieval subject!

Why is it so foggy? I wanted it to look surreal given his unique look. I cranked up the highlights for the hallway lights and made it look soft with the clarity brush.

8. Shooting up close on the escalator

When I saw an interesting subject going up the escalator, I went down with it. For this shot, overcoming my fear wasn’t an issue. I just captured him while he looked to the site…Which looks pretty cool as far as I see it.

In post-processing, I added a rather dark vignette around him to make him pop out more.

9. Shooting the escalator from the side to crop it in a surreal way

One day, when I was running out of ideas, I turned my head left and right and up and down. All of a sudden, I noticed how I could give it a surreal spin.

Turn your head left. That’s how I captured it. Then I rotated it even more and cropped it. In post-processing, I increased the clarity a bit and made it look slightly greenish through split-toning.

10. Shooting the escalator from the street above

To make it more creative, I went on the street above the subway entrance. In order to give the street photo harmony, I wanted to shoot someone in the middle of the escalators.

To polish it a bit, I used a rather strong vignette around it, highlighted the silver parts and increased the saturation on the umbrella a bit.


I hope this little list inspired you to re-discover certain locations you crossed off already.


About the author: Marius “VICE” Vieth is an award-winning fine-art photographer, entrepreneur, and coach based in Amsterdam. His brand new label Eye, Heart & Soul empowers rising and established photographers worldwide. Connect with EHS on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to level up your photography game! This post was also published here.

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How to Optimize Photos For Facebook

Saving images for the web, and specifically Facebook, can require a little bit of extra attention to get them looking sharp. This 10 minute video from Francisco Hernandez of FJH Photography explores some sharpening, sizing, and exporting tips to ensure your images look their best on Facebook.

Have you ever uploaded images to Facebook and been disappointed with the way they look on-screen? Facebook’s image compression combined with the image size limitations can leave your photos looking soft.

Hernandez walks through sharpening using Lightroom, before jumping over to Photoshop and applying a High Pass Filter in order to sharpen the image further. He then shows how layer masks can be used to selectively sharpen specific parts of an image.

If you’re already a sharpening master, jump to 6:25, where Hernandez talks about image dimension and export settings specifically for Facebook.

Facebook allows images to be a maximum of 2048 pixels on their longest edge, so the first step is to resize, making sure to click the chain link to lock the aspect ratio. You may want to apply a little more sharpening using High Pass after resizing.

Finally, and most interestingly, export your image as a PNG rather than a JPEG. This will result in a larger file size because of the way Facebook’s compression algorithm handles PNGs.

Hopefully these tips will have your images looking as sharp as you expect them to on Facebook, and on the web in general. For more from Hernandez, check out his YouTube channel at FJH Photography, his Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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New Nikon 200-400mm f/4 Rumored for End of 2017

For sports and wildlife photographers invested in the Nikon brand, this may be a big deal: rumor has it that Nikon will be bringing out a new version, a mark three if you will, of its famous 200-400mm lens.

This is long overdue, with the current Nikkor 200-400mm f/4 VR II lens having been released back in 2010. Since then, Canon has fired back with its (albeit crazily expensive) $11,000 200-400mm lens that has a built-in 1.4x extender.

With the flick of a switch, the lens leaps up to 560mm, much to the envy of onlooking Nikon 200-400mm owners around the world.

Canon’s 200-400mm has a built-in 1.4x extender.

However, things may be about to change. Nikon Rumors reports that the new Nikon 200-400mm that’ll arrive by the end of 2017 has its own 1.4x extender this time around.

A built-in extender is ideal for wildlife and sports photographers, allowing them to boost their reach in situations where the subject is just a little too far away from the camera.

But it seems likely that, combined with an expected fluorite element and high optical quality, the price tag of Nikon’s new offering will be similar to that of the Canon rival.

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ShutterCount is Back for Canon DSLRs

Canon cameras are notoriously difficult to get accurate shutter actuation values from. A couple of years ago, the popular application ShutterCount was able to do this, but an internal change made by Canon HQ rendered it useless on newer cameras. But fear not, ShutterCount 3.0 has arrived with a fix.

When the Canon 5DS R was released, Canon changed something in the cameras that stopped ShutterCount from being able to read the number of actuations successfully. In response, ShutterCount developer Laszlo Pusztai purchased three Canon 1200D DSLRs and spent two years on revealing the accurate shutter count again. After a great deal of work, he managed to figure it out.

This time, though, the app goes a little further. You can actual separate the number of times the shutter fired for live view from photos.

But there’s more! The live view counter splits further (for newer cameras) into actuations for engaging it and the number of photos actually taken in live view.

Another handy feature is that the percentage of your camera’s remaining rated shutter life expectancy is displayed next to the total actuation count. That’s handy for predicting how long until you’ll be landed with an expensive bill.

ShutterCount 3.0 is only available for macOS users at the moment, and can be downloaded on the app store for $3.

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Brooklyn Beckham’s New Photo Book is Getting Slammed

Brooklyn Beckham, the son of soccer star David Beckham, caused a stir in the photo industry a couple of years ago when he jumped in and shot a campaign for Burberry — industry veterans reportedly called the hiring “sheer nepotism” and a “devaluation of photography.” Now the 18-year-old is set to release his first photo book later this week, and this new endeavor is getting slammed as well.

The photo book, titled What I See, will be a 304-page hardcover photo book containing glimpses into the young Beckham’s life. Here’s the synopsis:

WHAT I SEE, the first book by Brooklyn Beckham, is a series of snapshots of his life. Each chapter tells a different story through pictures by and of Brooklyn, accompanied by captions and passages of text in his own words. Unique, authentic and stylish, WHAT I SEE is a glimpse behind the lens.

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The Independent reports that the book has been criticized and ridiculed by professional critics and photographers. Here’s what iNews art editor and former Independent writer Alice Jones had to say:

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The caption next to a shadowy photo of an elephant reads: “Elephants in Kenya. so hard to photograph, but incredible to see.”

In another caption next to a blurry photo in a restaurant, Beckham writes: “Dinner. i like this picture – it’s out of focus but you can tell there’s a lot going on.”

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While there has been plenty of criticism of the photo book online, others have come to Beckham’s defense:

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The book’s publisher, Penguin Random House Children’s, also stood by Beckham and the book.

“What I See is a book for teenagers, by a teenager, which gives Brooklyn’s fans broader insight into his world seen through his unique and creative perspective,” Managing Director Francesca Dow tells The Independent. “Teenagers lives are filled with the visual image and we know Brooklyn’s photos resonate with his huge young following, who avidly follow his life through his photography. We are proud to bring these images together in a book for a young generation for the first time.”

“At Penguin Random House we publish a wide range of voices for all kinds of readers.”

Beckham will be signing his debut book at an event in Manchester, Liverpool, this week, and he has reportedly banned selfies and giving him gifts at the event. He’s also holding an exhibition of 24 photos at Christie’s today, and all proceeds from the sale of his work will be donated to Grenfell Tower victims.

What I See will be released on June 29th in the UK and August 1st in the US for £8.50 and $17.61, respectively.

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