The latest episode of Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” was shot entirely with smartphones


The latest episode of Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” was shot entirely with smartphones

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We’ve seen magazine covers and even feature films such as Tangerine that were shot only with a smartphone. But NBC has recently done what we haven’t seen so far. For the Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the network ditched the usual format of the show and shot the entire episode using only a few of Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphones.

The episode from 25 March is result of a deal between Samsung and NBC Universal, which runs The Tonight Show. Jimmy says that he asked the network to soot the entire episode with a phone, and they said yes. Enter Samsung, with “a bunch” of Galaxy S10+ for Jimmy and the crew to play with. In the episode, you can see Jimmy visiting his favorite places in New York and telling you more about them. And even singing doo-wop under the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ was announced back in February, although leaked specs from October 2018 had already revealed the camera capabilities. I guess that The Tonight Show was a great opportunity for Samsung to show off its new phone. But still, it looks like that it indeed has something to offer when it comes to shooting videos.

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10 Ways to Use the Beauty and Complexity of Reflections in Photography


The post 10 Ways to Use the Beauty and Complexity of Reflections in Photography appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Anthony Epes.

I’m a huge fan of simple ideas that will create immediate effects for your photography.

Photography is a vast subject and learning all the intricacies of your camera, shooting on manual, as well as processing can seem overwhelming.

But there are so many ways to take wonderful photos, using simple ideas you can play with, that will create compelling photos for you right now.

When you take great photos, it inspires you to keep learning and pushing yourself on this intensely fulfilling creative journey.

In this article, you’ll learn how the simple idea of reflections can bring a wonderful complexity, beauty, and depth to your images.

The fantastic thing is reflections are everywhere! In the puddles you pass on your way to work, on shop windows, and on the sun-soaked sea of your holidays. They are on shiny cars, floors, walls, rivers, and streams. They are, of course, wherever you can find a reflective surface.

Reflections are fun to play with – bringing humor, abstraction, and patterns into your images. Here I’ll suggest many different ways to use them in your photography and give you tips to use right now, to create new effects and new looks in your images.

And, by focusing on one technique or one concept and really learning how to use that, you will become incredibly strong in that area.

By picking up one technique at a time, you can build a toolbox of skills that will help you feel confident and able to create magnificent photos.

Let’s get started. Let’s look at all the different aspects of capturing reflections in photography.

1. Reflections create depth

A reflection can create a feeling of depth within an image.

In the photo above taken in the early morning in Venice, the subtle reflection in the puddle on the street creates an image with a strong midground, background, and foreground – so the image isn’t so flat.

Here is another image from Venice, where the rain on the streets creates long reflections from the street lamps. They enhance the journey down the street and help draw you into the scene.

Tip: To get a smoother look for your reflection, use a long exposure, like in the photo above.

2. Reflections create eye-pleasing patterns

The eye finds symmetry and patterns very pleasing. In the photo below, I needed absolutely perfect positioning.

Tip: Finding the best angle for your shot is incredibly important. Many people get so awed by their subject they just start shooting instead of working out where the very best angle for that subject is.

So go up somewhere high, or lie on the ground. Move around until you find the perfect angle for your composition.

Try capturing patterns in the world around you, that when photographed as reflections, become an intriguing abstract image:

3. Reflections can create humor

As well as wicked patterns, reflections can be used to enhance or create humor.

I am not a particular ‘humor’-driven photographer – but occasionally I find something funny I want to capture.

Tip: There are two focal points in most reflections: the surface and the subject of the reflection. Shoot reflections using different shutter speeds and this will blend the colors. This sounds tricky, but with practice, you can nail it.

4. Reflections can create mystery and abstraction

“In photography, there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” – Alfred Stieglitz

I have taken a lot of photos of reflections in shop windows. I love to play with the different shapes you can create, superimposing the outside reflection onto the items in the shop window.

Of course, don’t include yourself in the image – unless you want to! I sometimes do for added interest, but generally, I keep out of my photos.

The photo below has a very intriguing reflection. What is it? Where is it? I know, of course, but I sometimes like to create mystery. To remove reality from reality and play with shapes, textures, color, and reflections.

When I am wandering around, I look everywhere. I look up, look around – and then my favorite – I look down.

I think we get so used to our environments we often don’t look all around us – particularly upwards or downwards. Think of a street you walk down every day. Do you look at the tops of the buildings, the roofs, the upper floors? It’s the same with the world at our feet. There is so much going on down there that we don’t notice.

Colorful, strong light reflecting off the wet pavement.

5. Reflections create texture

In the photo below, whilst walking past a canal, I noticed some strong yellow light that, with the texture of the water, created a sensual reflection and a lovely pattern.

When you see a reflection it’s not always obvious where it is coming from, look for the source, seek the light!

6. Reflections to enhance your photo

I often like to use reflections in quite subtle ways in my photography. It doesn’t have to be a big obvious reflection to be engaging.

One question I always ask my students on my workshops is, what is the light doing here in this situation?

We are all able to see the apparent sources of light, but what about the more subtle ways that the sunlight is bouncing off the glass and into the puddle on the floor?

In the photo above you have reflections in the water which are quite subtle but add a nice complexity and depth to the image.

In the image below the scene is made intriguing by the reflected light of sunrise in the windows of the buildings. Without it, the scene would be flat and boring.

The glint of golden light on a dark morning brings beautiful color as well as a hint of magic and mystery. The scene has turned into something quite compelling.

Tip: Always be looking to see what the light is doing, and how it’s affecting everything around you.

7. Reflections are beautiful, passing moments

I feel that reflections are little pretty moments, bringing an appreciation of the present moment of lovely light:

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind

In the photo above of some birds in Istanbul on a foggy day, the reflections are subtle but create some depth to the photo. I think the movement of the birds is brought to life by the reflections.

8. Reflections create an alternative reality

Wherever I have beautiful light and reflective surfaces I am looking for reflections. In the photo above I like that the water is moving just enough to make what would be quite a bland photo a little surreal.

Tip: As you often have a lot of different and contrasting light sources in a reflection, expose for the brightest part of your photo.

9. Reflections of light create exuberance

Here is a simple photo with the sunrise reflected in the sea. Warm, beautiful sunshine is a wonderful thing to photograph. Sometimes it’s the simplest elements in your image that create the most impact.

In the photo below it’s also the sea, but this time the reflection of the moonlight:

What a gorgeous scene, right? And to show the wash of reflected moonlight makes the image stunning.

10. The sheer joy of light reflected on water

Water is involved in so many of my reflection photos. Here we have gorgeous light reflecting off the moody sea with the clouds reflecting the light around them.

I find clouds endlessly fascinating to photograph – they create wonderful texture within an image.

Last, but not least, I love having fun taking my own portrait using reflections. I mean, why not?

I hope this lesson has helped you with new ideas and ways to capture the complexity and beauty of reflections in photography.

What I love about photography is how much it helps us see the world in new, fresh ways. So keep going on your photography journey. There is always more to capture, more to see and more to learn. It’s a wonderfully enriching life pursuit.

“Through this photographic eye you will be able to look out on a new light-world, a world for the most part uncharted and unexplored, a world that lies waiting to be discovered and revealed.” – Edward Weston

I’d love to know what you thought of these ideas – let me know in the comments below.

The post 10 Ways to Use the Beauty and Complexity of Reflections in Photography appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Anthony Epes.

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Substitute a Good Habit For a Bad Habit


Here at Lifehacker we talk a lot about how to form good habits and how to break bad habits. But this tip is about how to switch out the latter for the former and streamline the whole process.

This story was discovered by Khe Hy of Rad Reads and comes via his newsletter; Redditor u/DFjorde posted on r/LifeProTips about a very relatable struggle—they’d been impulsively eating junk food. Their side hustle selling chips and candy had fallen off, but the extra stock was spilling out of the closet. Anyone with impulse control issues can imagine what a temptation that presents.

They started to use the desire to eat a candy bar as motivation—every time the thought popped into their head, they did 10 push ups, then 15 and so on:

Use pushups to break unwanted habits. Every time you get the urge to do that unhealthy thing drop and give yourself 10. If you can’t do 10, do 5 or 3 or whatever you can do. You’re not only breaking your old habit but also starting a new, healthy one. It only takes a few seconds to get started!

Just think about how many times that thing pops into your head over then course of a day. 5, 10, 15 times? Now think how good it would feel knowing you did 50, 100, 150 pushups today! I know, it sounds hard but it’s way easier than you think! If you can’t do 10 (or can do more than 10) then just do what you can and you’ll be surprised by how quickly you can start doing more. This is because at the same time as breaking this old habit you’re also employing one of the best methods to increase your performance, known as grease the groove.

They’re correct that doing a push-up isn’t something everyone can do, both physically and logistically. Most offices don’t take too kindly to someone jumping up and getting down on the ground.

There are other brief, easy physical activities you can engage in that work along a similar principle—distract yourself by doing squats, walking up and down a building staircase, having a cup of water (since so many people have trouble hydrating), or doing a few jumping jacks. You’ll have to judge for yourself how much discretion is needed in the workplace or at home; there could be a downstairs neighbor who doesn’t want to hear you slamming into the floor.

Even if this method doesn’t make you super jacked, connecting a physical act to a bad impulse will make you aware of how often you’re indulging in a habit you hate. You could also start thinking about what activates your desire to go eat an extra candy bar, look at Instagram for the millionth time, or obsessing over something you can’t control. Maybe in time you won’t need to do push ups every ten minutes to stop your bad habit—you just won’t do it anymore.

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NASA had to cancel the first all-female spacewalk in history because it didn’t have spacesuits in the right size


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NASA was set to make history this week with the world’s first all-female spacewalk scheduled for Friday, March 29.

Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Hammock Koch were due to perform a spacewalk to replace some old batteries on the International Space Station (ISS).

Spacewalks, formally called extravehicular activities or EVAs, are routine yet risky operations. During a spacewalk, a pair of astronauts put on bulky spacesuits, step outside the ISS, and work together in the unforgiving vacuum of space.

Read more: Every spacesuit NASA astronauts have worn — and the new models that may revolutionize how they explore the solar system

McClain and Koch were due to be supported by two women in Mission Control, too — lead flight director Mary Lawrence and spacewalk flight controller Jackie Kagey.

There have been more than 210 spacewalks over the space station’s 18-year history, and two female crew members have lived aboard the ISS several times before. But this was due to be the first all-female, women-led spacewalk operation ever conducted. Plus, this one happened to be scheduled during Women’s History Month.

NASA International Space Station

However, all that has come undone because of a wardrobe issue.

NASA said in a statement on Monday that mission managers had decided to replace McClain with male astronaut Nick Hague, "due in part to spacesuit availability on the station."

The agency said that a "medium-size hard upper torso – essentially the shirt of the spacesuit" fitted McClain best, however, since there was only one available to wear this Friday, Koch would wear it.

"McClain now is tentatively scheduled to perform her next spacewalk – the third in this series – on Monday, April 8 with Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques," NASA said.

At this time, NASA has not yet planned another all-female spacewalk.

Spacesuit fittings are difficult because microgravity results in astronauts getting taller in space — McClain tweeted this month that she was two inches taller in space than when she launched.

The agency also did not intentionally plan the spacewalk to be all-female in the first place.

"It was not orchestrated to be this way," Stephanie Schierholz, a NASA representative, said in a statement to Business Insider, noting that this particular spacewalk was originally slated to take place in the fall of 2018.

All-women coincidences like this will likely increase going forward, given the future composition of NASA’s new batches of astronauts and its human spaceflight division.

"All three NASA astronauts who will be on the space station are from the 2013 astronaut class that was 50% women. And the most recent class of flight directors was 50% women," Schierholz said.

Click here to read more about why the ISS needed a battery swap in the first place.

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