Arts & Culture
3:30 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Duane Michaels Exhibit Covers Six Decades of Work from McKeesport-Raised Photographer

Duane Michals
Deanna Garcia 90.5 WESA

Photographer Duane Michals grew up in McKeesport, but it was a trip to Russia that prompted his foray into photography.

"So going to Russia, I figured I should take pictures, so I borrowed a camera," said Michals. "Though I did take a course in photography, I didn't even own a camera. And I didn't take a light meter because I thought if I owned a light meter that meant I was officially a photographer, and that would have been intimidating ... if I had never gone to Russia, I never would have been a photographer, it literally changed my life."

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Science & Technology
3:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

CMU Photo Editing Tool Manipulates Objects in 3D

Editing photographs is almost as old as, well, photography itself, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley have taken image manipulation to another dimension — literally.

They’ve developed software that enables users to move and animate objects in a photograph — exposing angles, sides and surfaces unseen in the original image.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:57 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Carnegie Museum of Art Tells The Story of Pittsburgh With Your Photos

A photo submitted by Leeanne Schwartz with the caption "My grandson Logan Kovacs' first ride on the (Duquesne) Incline."
Credit Leeanne Schwartz / Hillman Photography Initiative CMOA

Pictures are said to be a way to capture moments forever and if one has enough pictures they can create a story. This thought is shared by the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art.

They're seeking photos from Pittsburgh residents to tell the city’s story, a people's history of Pittsburgh.

Program Manager Divya Rao Heffley said the project is the first of its kind and the artists who thought of it, Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar are asking people to share stories and photographs.

11:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Why Do You Choose To Stay In Pittsburgh?

What keeps you in the Steel City?
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

90.5 WESA is joining public radio stations from around the country looking at what keeps people in place.

Why do you stay in Pittsburgh‬? Post a photo to Instagram with your answer using the hashtag ‪#‎WhyIStay‬, and we may share your photo here.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:40 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

'Ghost Signs' Leave Haunting Reminders of Forgotten Pittsburgh Businesses

The exhibit of these painted advertisements span from Corapolis to Homestead, but many of the old buildings are being taken down.
Credit Kelly Bogel

Etched on the walls of Pittsburgh’s most well-worn buildings, advertisements for long-forgotten products serve as a haunting remembrance of the city’s past consumerism. Two Pittsburgh photographers have documented these signs in an exhibit called “Palimpsests: Ghost Signs of Pittsburgh.” 

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:24 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Tips for Turning a Simple Snapshot into Something Unforgettable

Credit George Lange / Lange Studios

With cell phones or tablets outfitted with cameras, everyone’s a photographer. So how do you capture that perfect image? 

Famed photographer, and Pittsburgh native, George Lange has been published in Esquire, Glamour and the NY Times among others.

His book The Unforgettable Photograph offers ideas, tips, and secrets for taking better photos.

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