#PhotocaseTakeover: krockenmitte

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Last July our #photocasetakeover stepped into the second round. This time our photographer ‘krockenmitte’ captured our instagram account for 3 days. What he did during those days plus some really good App tipps and a preview of our next #photocasetakeover candidate can be read here. Enjoy!

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Start des "photocasetakeover" mit dem heutigen Morgenglitzern auf dem Comersee. Freue mich, drei Tage lang @photocase bebildern zu dürfen. #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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The #photocasetakeover started for me with a glittery morning view of the Lake Como (Italy). I don’t know how you guys see it, but in my life my mobile phone replaced my miniature camera. It is simply so handy, you always have it in your pocket and it is receptive in less than a second. Moreover you can actually adopt the photo to the feeling you had while taking it with a few scrolls at your App. My favourite Apps are “Snapseed” and “Faded“.

Photo #2

"Lumineux" | DAS ERSTE, das es vor 10 Jahren an den damaligen "Jungs" vorbeigeschafft hat. #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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I was staggered when I looked at my first Photocase photo. It is 10 years ago that I uploaded it due to pure curiosity. And fortunately “the guys” (aka Frank and Kai) accepted it. Thats how I discovered a photo agency that inspires me quiet often since then and a very lively community stimulating me. The previous starting quote of submitting 1 photo and this one photo being accepted turned more or less into a 1/10 rate. But in fact, it makes everything much more exciting.

Photo #3

Hinein ins Fischglas. Little fish. big fish. Swimming in the water… #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte | Musik: www.freesound.org

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The App “Tiny Planet” warps panorama photos into small planets. With the App “RollWorld” you can actually create the same effect but with videos instead of photos discovering new perspectives. I test this at different locations and I really liked the “dunking-effect” at the aquarium.

Photo #4

Tunnelblick | #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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As co-driver in a tunnel I cant’t resist to take a few long-time shots. The App “NightCap” suits very well for this matter. Mostly science-fiction related scenes are created.

Photo #5

"Und eines Tages, Baby, werden wir alt sein. Oh Baby, werden wir alt sein. – und an all die Geschichten denken, die für immer unsere sind.“ Julia Engelmann | #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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The Ted talk of Cesar Kuriyamas inspired me to take a 1 second video every day. This is how I created a collection of live-seconds. Recently I heard about the poetry slam of Julia Engelmann, which I found very suitable: “And one day baby, we will be old. Oh baby, we will be old and think of all the stories that are forever ours.” Copyrights with music videos are problematic. So I changed the melody of “cloud atlas” on the piano a little. The website www.freesound.org offers a great deal of sounds and songs.

Photo #6

Blech-Sonate | #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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As graphic designer who also takes photos I often look out for design, repetitions and proportion in the photos. Due to the bird’s eye view a parking spot at the Olympic tower transforms into a sheet of music of the steel sonata.

Photo #7

Als Vorfilm zum Dienstag-Krimi der #photocaseminimovie "DER ANRUF" Verwendete Bilder/Fotografen: Foto-ID 1194274/pepipepper Foto-ID: 1116237/inkje Foto-ID: 1145142/zettberlin Foto-ID: 245179/simonsdog Foto-ID: 1009672/ZWEISAM Foto-ID: 277607/inkje Foto-ID: 160879/suze Musik: www.freesound.org #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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Photocase photos inspire me quite often. They are scenes of life and so often they tell a story, to some extent very private stories. I was fascinated by the idea of arranging them in the form of a short movie, just like „La jetée“, which tells the story line in form of photos. I used the #photocasetakeover for the very first #photocaseminimovie, which I named: “The call”. The App “iMovie” makes it pretty easy, as you can string the photos together, put zoom functions on them and highlight them with music. Thanks to the photographers:
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Photo #8

"Der Traumbaum" | DAS HÄUFIGSTE FOTOSUJET | #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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I refer to this tree as “dream-tree”. He deserves it, I think. Every time I pass by this particular tree he shows off from his best side, which is why the tree is one of my most photographed motives at Photocase .

Photo #9

"The Girl From Havana" | MEINE LIEBLINGSAUFNAHME | #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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The Girl From Havana” is my personal favorite. The photo was taken at the Malecón in Havanna after a short storm. The “girl” is my wife, who is mostly fine and very patient with my photocase and instagram timeouts. <3

Photo #10

#photocaseminimovie | DIE SPIELZEUGKLARINETTE Verwendete Bilder/Fotografen: Foto-ID: 129815/eurytos Foto-ID: 63111/zettberlin Foto-ID: 108762/knallgrün Foto-ID: 108767/knallgrün Foto-ID: 108765/knallgrün Musik: www.freesound.org #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte

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“The toy clarinet”, is the second #photocaseminimovie. Time traveling into the 60’s. The ‘Super-8’ camera effect is created by the help of the “8mm” App. Thanks for the insights into the family photo album:
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Photo #11

Vielen Dank @photocase | #photocasetakeover by @krockenmitte over and out.

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My #photocasetakeover has reached its finale. It was a lot of fun to slip into another account. Thanks for your trust Photocase!

And because it was so much fun for us as well, we are happy to announce the next round starting at 7th of September 2015. This time illmedia is running our instagram account. We are excited what to expect this time!

#PhotocaseTakeover: Susann Städter

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A couple of weeks ago our photographer Susann Städter took over our Instagram Account. She shared her snapshots and thoughts with us. And because it was so much fun, we asked her to wrap up the take-over once again for us and let us know why she picked exactly these photos.

Here are her answers:

Photo #1

Aloha guys! 😎 First #photocasetakeover starts in beautifuly #dresden lets see what i can show you from me and this lovely town #elbwiesen #altstadtdresden #photocase #summerindresden

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Dresden, my hometown and as birthplace of Photocase I thought it might be a great motive to start the #photocasetakeover.

Photo #2

Aaaannd I chooooose….. #knob #Decoration #shopping #dresdenneustadt #summertime #lovethisfloorsomuch #hippietimes #photocasetakeover #fromwhereistand

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At one of my favorite stores in Neustadt (a quarter in Dresden) I was waiting at the counter in order to pay, but the shop assistant was not in sight. So I waited a bit longer and while standing there I saw these very nice knobs. It was an iphone shot, as 99% of my instagram photos are shot with the iphone 6. It just gives me a great deal of freedom, as I can simply shoot the moment and the motive I am seeing right now.

Photo #3

Wish you a lucky day! ☺️🍀☀️ #glückgehabt #havingluck #luckyone #dresdenneustadt #dresden #neustadtspaziergang #photocasetakeover

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Luck. Most of the times I don’t think about the photos I take. They are the result of a moment of luck and happiness in order to achieve a diverting story in the minds of my followers. No long explanations, just a photo.

Photo #4

Walking stressless through your hometown gives you the option to discover so many new motives #dresden #stallhofdresden #dresdenaltstadt #photocasetakeover #woodendoor #historicdresden #history #beautifultown #architecture #door

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A group of tourists was standing behind me. They were looking at the ‘Stallhof’, which is the place where the winter market takes place every year, and which I only know and experience in these days. The smell of meat and roasted almonds is very traditional. During summer the light is exceptional.

Photo #5

Sneak Peak from the latest portraitworkshop i did in Hamburg #Portrait #bw #strong #lightleaks #manportrait #businessportrait #business #blackandwhitephotography #coolguy #photocasetakeover

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Did I just say, that I shoot 99% of my instagram photos with the iphone?! Well, thats not entirely true. This photo was taken during a portrait workshop in Norheide, near Hamburg, one week prior to the  #photocasetakeover. During the 2 day workshop we really learned a lot.

Photo #6

Nowadays i wish this beautiful time in #NewZealand so much back ❤️ #sudkiwi #NewZealandRoadTrip #nzmustdo #wararikibeach #landscape #nz #beach #summertime #qualitytime #endoftheworld #photocasetakeover #lifeisabeach

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It was a crazy time and an amazing motive:  Wharariki Beach in New Zeeland. The beach is located on the Southern Island and like most of the times we were completely alone at the beach. So we jumped around like small children and took fun selfies of us. Those couple of hours felt like weeks.

Photo #7

This is #realmiddleearth #nz #nzmustdo #NewZealandRoadTrip #sudkiwi #streetview #roadtrip #photocasetakeover #queenstown

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Middle Earth, as New Zeeland is also named looks in nearly every region similar. It seems as if the hills and mountains are oversized pillow landscapes, coated with velvet and moss. In my thoughts I let myself fall over and over into these pillows and enjoyed every minute.

And this was just the beginning! From next monday (27th of july) on our photographer krockenmitte will be running our Photocase Instagram Account for three days. So stay tuned! 

The new Photocase Homepage

Hectic is the best word to describe the Photocase office right now as we are finalizing our brand new homepage! In order to make the launch as smooth as possible, we have decided to introduce all the changes and improvements in this blogpost.The-New-Photocase-660x1345Our old static homepage will be completely changed. We will now use the space on the homepage to provide you with inspirations and photo collections about seasonal and up-to-date topics. We want to support your search for new photos and help you to find some inspiration for new and additional photo ideas. We will also showcase your favorite photographers with special interviews. As a new element we will offer content supporting you with design tips regarding new photo selection trends and new design themes in a graphical context.mobile-660x556Our new homepage uses responsive web design, which means that you get the best out of our page, no matter if you’re visiting Photocase on your mobile phone, tablet or desktop device.main-menu-660x228We also redesigned the main menu and to make your start at Photocase much easier.my-photocase-660x437As we wanted to create more clarity in the design of the menu bar, all functions belonging to your personal Photocase account are now in the ‘black box’ at the top of the menu bar, while lightboxes and photo selections are right next to it.classic-asp-660x362Photocase has been around since 2001 and some pages were optimized to run under Internet Explorer 6. We ask you to be patient with us, as some sites may not work as smoothly as we want them to in the beginning, but you can be sure that we are working on it.

We hope you like the changes as much as we do and please contact us if you have any comments on the new design. We are curious to know what you think of it.

Photocase photographer’s portrait: crashed

When we browse through our photos, we always stumble upon gorgeous pics. Recently, the stunning portrait photos by our photographer crashed especially caught our attention. So we thought it was high time for an interview with her.

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Saskia aka crashed joined Photocase in 2007 and has 61 photos in her Photocase Portfolio

Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you and how did you get interested in photography?

My name is Saskia, I am 25 years old and right now I am taking a Master programme in art history. I have been taking photos for more than 10 years. But actually, I really got passionate about it when I began to travel more often and regularly. Already as a child and teenager I experimented with my Dad’s SLR and a Lomo camera before everything got a bit more serious.

How did you find out about Photocase?

That happened actually by pure accident. 2007, when I still went to school, I was looking for platforms which allowed me to present my photos and at the same time receive some feedback. I created accounts at different sites, however, pretty fast I lost interest in most of those platforms. Mainly due to the overload of photos that are uploaded and more or less poor in quality. The attraction of Photocase lies within the fact that not every photo gets uploaded on the website. Making some money wasn’t that important to me. But as the first file copies of magazines et cetera with a few of my photos came back to me, Photocase caught me.

What does photography mean to you? Do you have certain themes or motifs that recur in your work and why are these important to you?

Photography is an important part of me. It gives me the opportunity to record things which I am not able to put into words otherwise. Things, which aren’t visible for others in the first place and actually become real to them through my photos that are telling a specific story. In times where things are fading more quickly as ever before recording them is more important than ever. Photography also means that freedom and creativity are unlimited. I put humans and nature to the fore – as they are both absolutely alterable and part of an ever changing process.

During the last couple of weeks you uploaded some very interesting and fascinating portraits to Photocase. How did you develop your series “African Models”?

The series was developed during my previous stay in Kenya from the beginning of January till the end of March. I travel regularly to Kenya since 2010. By now its been nearly two years that I’ve spent there while working together with different NGOs. In January I got to know the two models: Lyimmo and Phil, they are currently trying to establish themselves as models and designers in the East African fashion world. Quickly it became obvious to us that we want to collaborate with each other. After we found the locations a mix of expressiveness, urbanity and fashion in modern Africa emerged/ developed.

What’s the charm of portrait photography for you? What message do you want to deliver with your portraits?

The biggest appeal to me probably is the direct collaboration with one or more people and the interaction of ideas and concepts leading to results that I would have never thought of in the first place and which then blow my mind. Within the field of portrait photography my personal learning curve is the biggest. Again and again I am impressed how versatile face and body are insertable through facial expression and gesture. Is there another theme as changeable as humans? Within my portraits it is important to me to reflect one’s character with as less additives as possible. Mainly by reflecting expression and friction.

Which camera do you use?

I use the Nikon D5100 with different lens. Currently I like the  Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm 1:1,8G the most, while travelling the 18-200 from Sigma is also good. Sure it is not a professional kit, but my current situation doesn’t allow for more…

Thanks, Saskia! Head this way to her user profile.

Interview by Theresa

All photos by crashed

 

How to scan film negatives and slides faster – without a scanner

This is a guest post by our photographer Simon Meisinger aka smeisinger. Simon is a freelance graphic designer, web developer and photographer based in Graz. In this blog post he tells us how you can scan your film negatives and slides faster using your DSLR camera.

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Scanning photos is annoying. It takes a lot of time and scanners always do what they want. Eventually I was so annoyed, that I thought to myself: Why not photograph the film negatives with a DSLR camera? I found a couple of blog posts online by people who had the same idea and who built their own tools.

My solution

After checking out a few how-tos, I came up with my own solution: a drain pipe with a slide frame attached at the front and a mounting thread that fits the lens of the camera at the back. The lightening comes from the internal camera flash, reflected by a white wall.

The quality is as good as a regular scan but the main advantage is: it is super fast. And if film negatives are scanned incorrectly, it’s your own fault and you can’t blame it on the stupid scanner.

You can built the whole setup in less than an hour. Which may sound a bit long, but that’s also roughly the time you need to scan a whole film with a fast scanner. So you make up the time real quick once you’ve got your tool ready.

As a side note for the lazy and the less manually talented among us: You can also buy such a tool, it’s called “slide duplicator”.

Material

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Not in the photo: pincers, cutter knife, file

drain pipe (approx. EUR 1,–)

In this case, I used a pipe with a diameter of 50mm. A 52 mm lens filter thread fits perfectly onto the back end.

UV filter (approx. EUR 10,–)

Just use the cheapest one you can get. We’ll remove the glass anyway.

Superglue (approx. EUR 10,–)

You probably have superglue at home anyhow. If not, just get some. It’s like duct tape. It’s always good to have some at your disposal.

Slide frames

If you have framed slides, maybe you could spare one of the less good ones and release it from the frame. Otherwise ask at a photo store if they have frames in reasonable amounts. I bought a package of 100. (Just drop me an e-mail and I’ll send you some.)

Slide frames are pretty fragile and they could break when we treat them with a file later. So better get a couple, just in case.

Tools

If you don’t have all the tools, don’t worry. I once used a bread knife instead of a saw, concrete floor instead of sand paper and a triangle ruler instead of a folding rule. You’ll have to go to the hardware store anyway to get a drain pipe, so why not get some tools too. 😉

Measuring, sawing, filing

Mindestfokusdistanz = mininum focal length. Attention: Measure the minimum focal length starting from the symbol on your camera that looks like a crossed out 0 (not from the end of your lens).

First of all you have to know how close your lens can focus. If it doesn’t say, just google it. We measure approximately this distance and cut off the drain pipe. Don’t crop right at the mark, leave a little margin, we’ll need that later.

Our cropped drain pipe

If you’re not a super pro in sawing, your cut won’t be straight (like mine). We can now use the margin we left and file it down.

One time, I didn’t have a file, so I abraded the cut surface on a concrete floor. Almost like MacGyver. 😉

The water level app on my iPhone says: even enough

The UV filter

Now we glue the UV filter to the pipe. But first, we have to get rid of the glass so that no dirt can accumulate in the pipe (which would be super hard to remove). We do this with a hammer:

I had to straighten the ring after I accidentally hit it with the hammer. Wouldn’t recommend it. ;)

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Attach the (hopefully intact) ring to the back end of the pipe, put something heavy on top and let it dry for a few minutes.

The slide frame

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This is how the frame looks like when we’re done

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First, we open the frame at the left and right side so that we can pull the film through later. I used pincers and pinched the frame on both sides.

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The inner area of a slide frame is smaller than a 35mm slide or film negative. If we really want to get the whole picture, we have to file it larger.

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The remaining small edges on the frame can be removed with a cutter knife.

When we are done with the frame, we glue it to the front of our pipe and that’s it!

We’re done! (with the building part)

Done! This is how our self made slide duplicator looks like]

Done! This is how our self made slide duplicator looks like

Let the slide frame dry a little longer and then you’re ready to do your first tests. If the film doesn’t go through nicely yet, just file the frame a little more or use the cutter knife to get rid of the remaining edges.

“Scanning”

After I removed dust and stains on the negatives as good as possible, I thread it into the frame and take a photo picture by picture.

The lightening comes from the internal flash of my camera, which is evenly reflected by a white wall. ISO is set to the lowest value possible and the aperture settings lie between f/5.6 und f/11, as most lenses produce the best results in this range.

If you photograph color negatives, you should definitely set your camera to RAW format, because you have to do a white balance later.

What happens in time lapse here, didn’t take more than 5 minutes in real time. 5 minutes for a whole film. It’s so fast, you make up for the time you invested in building the tool in no time. :-)

Digital editing

The “Scan”, directly from the camera

The “scan”, directly from the camera

We still need a few minutes. This is how the unedited output from the camera looks like. If it was a slide, we would already have a normal photo in front of us now. But in this example, I used a color negative.

Next, we do a white balance to the area around the photo (because this matches saturated black) and then invert the colors to get a positive (I do all that using Adobe Lightroom).

Already looks like a photo

Already looks like a photo

After we cropped all the stuff around the photo, we adjust contrast and exposure and adapt the colors when necessary.

Click on the photo to see it in full resolution

Click on the photo to see it in full resolution

And we have a real photo. :-)

Conclusion

It might sound a bit complicated at the beginning, but if you get the hang of it, you save so much time and hassle. I haven’t said “I can’t come tonight, I have to scan photos” ever since.

If you still feel unsure about the digital part, just download the RAW file of the photo above and try to do a white balance and invert the colors.

FAQ

But I don’t have a DSLR camera.

Get one! You can buy a DSLR for about EUR 350,–. A decent scanner costs you at least EUR 200,–. Plus, you can do a lot more with a DSLR than just scanning.

I don’t have a macro lens.

Don’t worry. I started with a Canon 35/2.0 and an old EOS 5D (12 megapixel). A kit lens is enough. But: the macro, the better.

Invert colors? White balance?

With my scanning method, you need to have basic knowledge in photo editing. But don’t worry, it’s not that complicated. Just watch (or read) a couple of tutorials on how to invert colors and white balance.

I can’t get my scans sharp enough.

You definitely have to work with the autofocus of your camera. We are dealing with fractions of millimeters here, neither your eyes, nor your fingers are that precise.

However, I’ve made the experience with my old system camera that the autofocus was not precise enough. My solution to that was to crop the pipe to exactly the minimum focal distance and always focus as clos as possible.

You should also choose a middle aperture value, that’s where most lenses are the sharpest (between f/5.6 and f/11).

My photos are either too bright or too dark

Check every photo at the beginning for deep black or brilliant white, that should work in most cases. If not, adjust exposure compensation of your camera.

But the scans from my scanner looks good instantly!

True. Because your scanner decides how a photo should look like and doesn’t show you how the negative really looks like. With this method you get what’s really in the negative. If it’s too dark or too bright, you can adjust that yourself. At the same time, details in shadows and light remain.

This means, that you almost always have to do some editing, but also that you retain full control.