Not cut out for camping at Bonnaroo? Try Chicago's own Lollapalooza if you are more of a city slicker than a mud dweller.
What do you always look for when shooting? Good scenery? Interesting people? Good lighting? The perfect city backdrop for all your photos? Sounds like you need to be at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Festival-goers flock to Grant Park, nestled right on the lakeside and with cityscapes surrounding the mile of green grass, every August for three days of the best music around. Music festivals are always a great place to shoot because you never know what you are going to see. Everyone seems to let their freak flag fly high. On any given day of the fest you will see crazy outfits, bands giving ridiculous performances, sun reflecting off of the skyscrapers, the Buckingham fountain lit at night, and so much more. But dont get sensory overload! You have three days to capture it all.
A couple tips for the festival photographer:
Break out those zoom lenses. If you find yourself front row at a show and want to snap some shots, you don’t want those silly paid photographers all up in your shots. Don’t be afraid to zoom in!
Bring a fanny pack to hold film and batteries. You want as many hands as possible.
Ask to photograph people. You will run in to many interesting characters, usually dressed in some serious festival garb. Sometimes posed photography can look cool, think street style.
Be prepared for rain. Bring plastic bags for your precious gear!
Double fist those cameras! You’ve got two arms and shoulders capable of holding many cameras. Variety at a music festival brings great results.
If you visit London in the next few weeks,you might bump into a Paddington Bear sculpture more than once. Don't be alarmed, he's not following you around. There are hundreds of Paddington Bear sculptures dotted around the city in celebration of the launch of a new film. We captured a few using the glorious Petzval lens. Take a look here.
The Ting Tings are a musical duo from Manchester who have more pop hits than you can shake a stick at. They are most famous for their 2008 hit "That's Not My Name" which got even the stiffest of people shaking in their seats. The Ting Tings are back with a brand new album called Super Critical. They are big film fanatics (check out their website for proof) so we gave them a Sprocket Rocket Camera and a bunch of film to document their life in sunny IBIZA.
There is nothing more refreshing than escaping one's everyday life for to unpack a camping tent and spend a wonderful weekend with friends for a few days during summer. Some of the coolest festivals are calling and there's a special one in Germany that is a must-see in July: Melt! festival. Win two tickets for this spectacular event to be held from July 17 to 19. Show us your most beautiful festival moments.
Have you ever tried going lens-less when taking a photo? Try shooting with ONDU Pinhole Cameras and see what it's like to take photos through a tiny pinhole. Check out these lovely shots taken by Lomographers; if you do have some ONDU pinhole photos of your own, upload and tag them accordingly so that we can see them!
With the help of social media, Chicago-based photographer Jeff Phillips was able to learn the identity of a couple that starred in the thousands of Kodachrome slides that he had chanced upon at an antique shop. Find out the fascinating story after the cut!
If you're the happy owner of a Lomo LC-Wide, you are probably overwhelmed and frustrated at not being able to use your three different frames on one film. But this tipster will let you make magic happen!
It might not look like it, but the Diana Baby 110 is definitely more than it lets on. For example, did you know that you can alternate using 12mm and 24mm lenses with it? Find out how in this tutorial!
The characters in Argus Paul Estabrook's work in paper cutting are the stuff nightmares are made of: unusual forms, jagged edges, arms outstretched as if seeking salvation—all emphasized further by the plain white background on which they are placed. Combined, these details paint a picture straight out of Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy."