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Awesome Photography Projects For the Weekend

By Haje Jan Kamps on at

Are you bored to tears with taking the same old photos? We all get to that point some times, but there's absolutely no reason to -- there are loads of fun projects you could throw yourself at to open the creative gates and let the juices flow! Proverbially speaking, of course.

8 Tips For Better Pics With Your Mobile Phone

By Haje Jan Kamps on at

Forgive me for stating the obvious: You get much better photos with a camera than without one. So, whilst I would much rather always take photos with an SLR body with a sharp Prime lens, the truth of the matter is that you'll sometimes come across moments where you're just busting to take a photo -- and you may not have a 'real' camera handy.

In the Trenches: Fighting Racism Online

By Haje Jan Kamps on at

Out in the real world, few people would proudly proclaim that they are racists. On the internet, things are different: The anonymity of the online world makes it easier for people to express racist viewpoints and make observations that they might feel too embarrassed to share in the offline world.

How Much Should You Photoshop Your Photography?

By Haje Jan Kamps on at

Most photographers agree that 'global edits' -- i.e., edits that are applied to your entire photograph at once, such as white-balance corrections; saturation adjustments; black-and-white conversions, and sharpening -- are here to stay. Spot-editing, however -- i.e., edits that are applied to only a small portion of your photo -- tends to be a whole other ball game, with photographers arguing out the ethics day-and-night. There are three general views which you should learn about:

How I Invented a Gadget and Made Thousands on Kickstarter

By Haje Jan Kamps on at

You've probably been there; Late one night in the pub, after a few too many beers, you have a bloody fantastic idea. A revolutionary idea. An idea that's going to change the world. The chances are that come the morning you’ll realise that your beer-addled brain had slightly overstated your own awesomeness, but sometimes (just sometimes!) the spark is there. The sparks of my idea began to fly about five years ago before, eventually, they caught light. Today, I'm waiting for a factory in China to start manufacturing something I invented -- the Triggertrap, an Arduino-based open-source universal camera trigger.

The Case Against Film Photography, If You Needed More Proof

By Haje Jan Kamps on at

It may be Film Week here on Gizmodo UK, but here's Haje's argument against it... Most photographers have made the leap to digital, but there are a few pockets of resistance that stubbornly clutch on to their cellulose-backed ways. Archaeology is a great example. On dig sites all over the country, people are still scratching their heads about threading film and swearing like a docker about why it has to take a week before you get to see whether any of your photos came out.