Benjamin Mautner Princeton – How To Keep Things Interesting When You’re Keeping This Simple

Keeping things simple is rarely as simple as it seems. What counts as minimalism is as subjective as anything else in art. But as a recent article in Digital Photography School suggests, most can agree that spareness is key. Knowing what to leave out of frame is often just as important as what is in frame, but can be a great deal more difficult to learn.Benjamin Mautner Princeton

Because of that fact, DPS put together a few tips for those interested in pursuing the ‘less is more’ approach to their photography.

Focus on Composition

A minimalist approach requires a great deal of creative thought. Making strong decisions about

what would be best left out of frame takes practice. Photographers would do well to learn how to limit distractions by properly placing their subject in camera and not simply editing during post processing. Shooting with a wide aperture will help to isolate your subject from its background.

Texture and Color

Contrasting colors and textures can make for powerful minimalist photographs. Textures should be apparent to the viewer to the point where they can nearly feel it. Photographers should not be afraid to experiment with texture, colors and angles.

Lines and Patterns

Geometric shapes and leading lines can make strong backdrops. Modern architecture provides great examples of line and shape use. The young photographer would do well to study these as way to learn about the power of line.


One misconception about minimalism is that it is austere and only for aesthetes. But a good photographer can identify the human element present in any subject. All of the compositional elements will come into play to define and develop the story.

To read the original article, head over to Digital Photography School.

(Photo credit: © Copyright Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)


Benjamin Mautner Princeton-New Malware Uses Images of Cats or Sunsets

Benjamin Mautner PrincetonThe security group Trend Micro has identified a new form of malware that utilizes images of cats or sunsets to target and hack certain bank accounts according to this article. The malware is called TSPY_ZBOT.TFZAH and instead of the malware coming through the images, it uses the photos as a way to mask code that might otherwise be easier to identify. The usual channels of arrival are used by the malware such as through other malware or through visiting an infected site. Once the malware is in place, the image will download without your knowledge. Trend Micro explains: “the user does not even see this particular image, but if someone did happen to see it, it would look like an ordinary photo. We encountered an image of a sunset, but other security researchers reported encountering a cat image. This particular photo appears to have been lifted from popular photo-sharing sites, as it appears in these sites if you search for sunset.”

The malware utilizes steganography to conceal information, which usually regards specific banks the malware is intended to target. Steganography is a way of concealing a message within another message or image. Once the image is downloaded, it waits for the user to visit one of the bank websites. Once this happens, the malware intercepts login information and therefore gains access to the bank account.

The images themselves are popular and widespread images with an indeterminate origin. This makes it easier for them to seem like something you might have actually downloaded before. With the current cat photo craze on the Internet, it is even more likely to just be another cute picture you stumbled upon days or weeks ago. A great way of ensuring this infraction of privacy does not happen to you is to keep track of the images you have downloaded. Do not let any image sit on your computer without knowing why it’s there.

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants your Photographer’s Wish


Kleianne Eubra’s first passion was never photography. Growing up she had a flare for the arts as a singer/songwriter. She was diagnosed at the young age of 18 with myoepithelioma carcinoma, a rare lymphatic disorder. She turned to photography when fatigue would only allow her to pursue that passion.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Logo

Make-A-Wish Foundation Logo

She had to undergo aggressive chemotherapy treatments and surgeries to remove tumors in her lung and skull. The Holy Trinity Catholic high school had to postpone her 12th grade studies for these treatments.

Once her conditions had improved, Eubra was connected to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Northern Alberta. They granted her wish of new camera equipment and training in macro photography. As part of the wish, 38 of her pictures were stretched onto canvas and displayed at the Front Gallery on Jasper Avenue and 123 Street located in downtown Edmonton.

Kleianne’s father was truly moved by the display saying, “You can see the satisfaction in her eyes. Going through the stuff that she was going through before and seeing her today with all this accomplishment, it’s really overwhelming.”

Katie Willis, the communications coordinator with the Make-A-Wish Foundation said that “It is a very unique wish for us, every wish that a child chooses..are all very unique to the child.” Eubra’s wish proved emotional and moving for her, her family as well as Clare McDonald, the outpatient nurse coordinator of the Children’s hospital that treated Eubra throughout the year long battle with the cancer. McDonald said, “She totally inspires me, she’s so brave.”