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A Few Fun Photo Links

Posted by Derek Powazek on 28 March 2007.

Here are a few fun photo links making the rounds this week.


They say: "Shorpy is a photo blog about what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating. We're starting with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee. One of his subjects, a young coal miner named Shorpy Higginbotham, is the site's namesake."

We say: There's something truly captivating in seeing old photos in color, trailing edge technology when it was new, and scenes from life and work in another era.

What makes a great photo?

They say: "A little while ago, someone sent me an email and asked me whether I could tell him what made a photo great. I emailed friends, fellow bloggers, and photographers and asked them. Here's what people wrote back. I am most grateful for each and every answer and I hope you'll get as much of a kick out of this as I did."

We say: You know a great photo because it grabs your eye and won't let go, and we could say the same thing about the answers here. Be sure to click all the links to the example photos - there's some brilliant stuff in there.

Free Lens Hoods

They say: "This site contains PDF documents that can be printed and cut out to make lens hoods for a variety of 35mm and digital SLR camera lenses. Lens hoods give better quality photographs by reducing flare caused by nonimageforming light."

We say: Down with expensive, bulky lens hoods! Not only are these paper hoods free for any DIY-er, they also fold up to take up no space in your bag, and if you lose it you can always make another. Bravo!

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