photography

Maranie Rae / maranierae.com

For three weeks this past April, Pittsburgh-based photographer Maranie Rae Staab traveled to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan with Global Outreach Doctors. She documented their work and the people they helped during her time there, calling them some of the most warm and generous individuals she'd ever encountered.

Matthew Dieterich

A foggy purple lake.  A kaleidoscope of star trails.  A shadowy, tree-lined horizon.  After vigilantly waiting two hours by Reflections Lake at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington state, photographer and Pittsburgh native Matthew Dieterich was able to capture one of the most stunning time-lapses of the year.

Guy Wathen / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Reporters rushed to the scene of the shooting in Wilkinsburg in the early hours Thursday to document the shooting deaths and injuries of nine people.

George Lange / Instagram

Through sharing stories on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and other social media sites, we’ve come a long way from telling tales around a campfire and painting pictures on cave walls.  Nowadays, storytelling through social media allows for self-expression through powerful depiction of the senses.

George Lange, famed photographer, Pittsburgh native, and author of the book, The Unforgettable Photograph, says that through his new position ‘Artist-in-Residence’ with Instagram, he inspires both ordinary people and companies to build their brands, including everything from personal snapshots to paid campaigns.

Bryan Orr / For 90.5 WESA

Whether it’s your favorite Christmas tree ornament, a holiday meal or clinking New Year’s Eve champagne glasses, people love taking photos around the holidays. Now those holiday photos could also yield some cash.

New stock photo mobile apps like Stockimo and Foap pay customers to upload their personal photos into their online marketplaces.

Developed two years ago by British stock photo company Alamy, Stockimo offers users 20-percent licensing fees for every time their photo is used.

Larkin Page-Jacobs / 90.5 WESA

From vegetable garden bounties to sliced and diced ingredients to plated meals, pictures of food are ubiquitous on social media. Anyone with a smartphone can make beautiful photographs of food.

Forgotten Courier Closet Yields Wealth Of Pittsburgh Black History

May 21, 2015
Sidney L. Davis / Trib Total Media

One photograph shows a young Fidel Castro with boxer Joe Louis, standing next to men in shorts and beach shirts.

Another shows six Tuskegee Airmen huddled outside of a plane as they pore over a map sprawled on the ground.

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."

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.

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.

Why Do You Choose To Stay In Pittsburgh?

May 14, 2014
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.

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.” 

Tips for Turning a Simple Snapshot into Something Unforgettable

Apr 21, 2014
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.