The Incredible Story Of A Well Known Photographer Who Kept His Homelessness Secret

homme-lessImagine this: In your 20’s you were a fashion model for Versace, Franco Moschino, and Missoni while living it up in the likes of Milan, and Paris. The success you found there led you to New York City where you found acting gigs in shows like Sex and The City and in an ad directed by the great Martin Scorsese. At the time, you were living in a one room dwelling in Chelsea, but they offered you $30,000 to vacate as the area entered gentrification. Smartly, you used the money to move to Rio and hone your photography skills, before moving back to NYC to photograph for the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and magazines like Dazed and Confused.

If that were your life, where would you picture yourself living? In swank high rise in Manhattan? Maybe a nice spread back in the south of France? What about stealthily camping under a tarp on the rooftop of a unsuspecting friend’s NYC apartment? [Read more…]

Photographer Gets Wild Chipmunks to Play Star Wars


Photographing pets can be challenging, and photographing wildlife from a distance can be a tedious and time-consuming process.  But, what happens when you want a wild animal to play Star Wars with your action figure collection?  Photographer and Lego master Chris McVeigh was determined to show us.

Armed with a camera, action figures, and a whole lot of nuts (we’re assuming it took balls, too), Chris forged a kinship with a harmonious collective of chipmunks living in his parent’s backyard.  Taking advantage of their depressed socioeconomic status, he was able to lure them into being performers in his own take on the classic saga…without having to composite any images.

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Can You Help Locate The Photographer Of These Vintage Negatives Recently Found In A Thrift Store?

A Richmond, Virginia based photographer, Meagan Abell, made a truly delightful discovery while browsing the shelves of a local thrift store. Sitting there on one of the racks, Abell found a box of old photographs, which also happened to contain four sets of medium format negatives. Like any good photography enthusiast would do, she purchased the box and brought it home so she could scan the negatives.

Much to her (and our) delight, the images on the negatives turned out to be pretty stunning. At this point, I think it pretty much goes without saying that we need to know who took the photos so we can enjoy more of their work and get a little background info on the few images Abell has found. [Read more…]

How To Use the Invisible Split Screen Effect To Add Drama To Your Films


Timing is a huge component of successful filmmaking.  So is framing.  And director David Fincher has a good handle on both.

There are a variety of reasons to use invisible split-screen composites in filmmaking, from honing the timing of shots to multiplying your actors on small-budget projects.  When properly applied, this technique can be used as a tool to craft a dynamically powerful scene and is a trick that Fincher admits to implementing countless times throughout each of his films.

In this tutorial, Ben Gill gives us a breakdown of the technique, how masters like Fincher apply it, and how you can create it yourself.

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Let The Ethereal Macro Photography Of Joni Niemelä Transport You To Another World

joni-niemela12   Like many, Joni Niemelä got his start in photography simply to preserve memories for his future self to enjoy. But, that was about 10 years ago and, as we all know, things can change a lot in that amount of time. In fact, after only about three years into his foray with photography, the Finnish photographer had his interest piqued by the art of macro photography. Since then, what started as a simple way to record one’s life, has turned into a full blown career and has earned the photographer clients such as Adobe, Zenith, Pentax, UPS and Lowepro. [Read more…]

You Don’t Need To Buy A New Camera To Be A Better Photographer

simon-cadeLet’s face it, with how rapidly camera manufacturers are improving digital technology and releasing new and improved cameras, it’s hard not to get caught up in gear acquisition syndrome. At some point, you may have even caught yourself saying, “If I just had (fill in any piece of equipment here), my photography would be so much better.” I’ll be the first to admit the thought has ran through my mind at least a couple times. That’s exactly why this poignant video from filmmaker, Simon Cade, hits home so much.

If you were to take a look inside Cade’s gear bag, you’d find the same CanonT3i and Canon Elph 300 that he’s been using since the beginning of 2013. Yet, despite shooting with older and (what could be considered) entry-level gear, upgrading to a new DSLR isn’t even on Cade’s radar. And, the logic he uses to battle the nagging desire to spend tons of money on new gear and gadgets seems to be pretty flawless.

“My theory is that the people who don’t prioritise equipment & technical things end up being successful enough that they shoot on high end gear just because they can. It’s definitely not the equipment itself that makes them great / successful.” [Read more…]

My Photography Workflow With Smugmug, WordPress & The Creative Cloud



The first thing I want to say is that this blog has taken nearly a year to put together. Not through a lack of will power but mostly as I thought it fair to write a viewpoint after extensively using the set up giving me more time to fine tune the system.

This is long blog, I would suggest getting the coffee ready now before starting !! Also… I guess I should be upfront about my relationships with SmugMug & Adobe – I am part of the Community Pro team in the UK and have done a talk for SmugMug at the photography show and do use the affiliate program. However, I all genuineness, I do love the products that these companies provide and this blog is only about how I use them.

The workflow is built around 3 key elements , or 3 keyneeds. I want my images where I need them, looking good at all times and safe. The Creative Cloud (Photoshop & Lightroom), SmugMug & WordPress combination seems to this for me overall and most of the time. It is designed to be a multi-use Photography Workflow. While it is not the only way I work and it is not the most simple, it does work and is the safest workflow. Sometimes, just using Adobe Bridge & Photoshop then Dropbox or posting a DVD of images can work too! If your’e new to SmugMug – this is the place to get your questions sorted or put them at the bottom of this blog and I shall try to get to them as and when I see them, or any questions for that matter. We will also not go into how to edit photos or how to move or process images though LR or PS in great detail. Feel free to check out my retouching blogs for them

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Drones Under Fire: Officials Offer $75,000 Reward Leading To Pilots Who Flew Over Wildfire


If your motto is, “Have drone, will fly over wildfires,” you could find yourself in some hot water.  Earlier this month, we reported how private drones were delaying firefighting efforts in California’s San Bernardino County.  Now, the heads of those drone pilots could be on the proverbial chopping block.

Obviously, people weren’t happy.  Officials, who credit the drones with grounding firefighting aircraft and allowing the fires to spread, are offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to the pilots of the drones.  But, it doesn’t stop there.

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Getting Hired: 10 Tips from National Geographic, The Cut, Sports Illustrated & More


What are photo editors really looking for from professional photographers? And how can you make connections with potential clients and land gigs? In The Inspiration Handbook: 50 Tips from 50 Photography Trailblazers, get advice from Brad Smith, Elizabeth Krist, Emily Shornick, Brinson Banks, James Bellorini, Alexandre Buisse, Kate Osba, Lindsay Adler, Elizabeth Weinberg, and Jodi Cobb who share their best tips to getting hired.

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Study Shows: Posting Photos With Significant Other On Social Media Increases Chances Of Not Breaking Up


The number of couples posting cheesy photos to Facebook can probably only be matched by the number of people who find cheesy photos of couples on social media really annoying.

But a study from Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking magazin, shows that posting those cheesy photos to Facebook actually increases the odds for a couple to stay together. The study checked how couples interaction on Facebook impacted the time they stayed in the “in a relationship” on Facebook. (Actually, the more accurate description was if posting more joint photos, statuses and writing on each other’s walls increases the likelihood of staying together after 6 months).

This is interesting, so the researcher speculated on the why. Public Commitment Theory suggests that the more committed you seem, the more committed you are. The author, Catalina Toma, PhD, an assistant professor of communication science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speculates the reasons to Yahoo Health:

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