Jeff Cable Discusses 15 Things You Should Be Thinking About Every Time You Take a Photo

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There’s a lot that goes into making a great photo and when you’re out there shooting, you probably have a million ideas and thoughts racing through your head. Of course, thinking and asking yourself questions about what it is you’re trying to shoot along the way is great way to improve your work, but are you asking yourself the right questions? In this hour long seminar hosted by Jeff Cable, he discusses 15 different things you should be asking yourself before you take the shot. I know, I know an hour is a long time to spend on one YouTube video, but Cable is a pretty amusing instructor and he has a lot of solid photography knowledge he’s willing to share.

In the clip, Cable discusses everything from which shooting modes you should be using, how to decide which lens is best, how you can determine what the best composition is, and more. The video title says 15 things, but the whole clip is loaded with advice that go above and beyond the core principles from his syllabus.  [Read more…]

Dazzling Family Portraits Taken By Mother Of 10 Are Full Of Earth Tones & Dreamy Natural Light

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That’s right, ten children: Clint, Calista, Damien, Theron, Adrian, Quentin, Camille, Octavia, Elliott, and Gabriel. Each of them endearingly adorable, dazzling, and photogenic in their own way. Their mother, Lisa Holloway, is a professional photographer in the Las Vegas area. She lives, however, in a rural part of northern Arizona–the perfect place to photograph her charming family. The dreamy earth tones and gorgeous natural light she finds there seems to lend themselves perfectly to the photographer’s style, all the while complementing the natural beauty of her children. [Read more…]

So You Got An Invoice From My Lawyer Asking To Pay Up For The Photo You Stole…

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Dear Asshole Friend,

You’re probably wondering why I haven’t responded back to your emails asking me to call off my lawyers. You are, after all, just a well-intentioned corporation doing your best to help out me–the little guy, the starving artist.

I understand that photo licensing can get pretty expensive and may not fall within everyone’s budget. Certainly, with your company selling only $10,000,000 in product a year, how could you afford to pay the $275 my agency and I ask for to use one of my images. And you needed four of them! Gasp! I see why you thought it would be better just to take them from my website and use them without asking. The point of you even putting my photos up on your for-profit commerce site was “only to promote” me anyways, surely you wouldn’t be making any money off my work. Nah, no way. All those product links and advertisements to your own inventory were totally just on there for funsies. Your numbers speak for themselves, no one’s buying that stuff… [Read more…]

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…]

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

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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…]

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…]

Crowd Sourced Photo Project Delivers Window Views From Around The World

A window covering manufacturer, Somfy, just released an interesting crowd sourced photo project aptly titled, “A View From Here“. For the project, they tasked 27 photographers from around the globe with a rather simple set of instruction: take two photographs of the view from your window, (one in the morning and one in the evening) and tell us what you see and how it makes you feel. 

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Children Give Unfiltered Opinions On How Models Are Portrayed In Fashion Photography

kids vs fashion2Interested in photographing fashion and models? You may want to take a moment to watch the entertaining clip below. In the video, filmmaker, Yolanda Dominguez, sits down with a group of 8 year old children and shows them various photographs from recent fashion campaigns. As they describe their initial reactions to the images, you can’t help but laugh (mostly because they’re right). “There’s a girl taking a sh*t,” exclaims one of the children. “It is like she is poor…” and, “she needs a first aid kit to get healed,” are other examples.  [Read more…]

The Burdensome Wire Transmission Equipment Photojournalists Had To Carry In The 1970’s

upiThere’s no doubt many of us (myself included) take for granted just how easy we have it when it comes to making a photograph, much less making available to the world to see. Thanks to the digital revolution, we can go from exposing an image to posting it online in a matter of seconds. Obviously, it hasn’t always been so simple. Just ask any photojournalist that was working back in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

To be a photojournalist in the 80’s meant lugging around a “portable” darkroom everywhere you went so you could process and print your photos, which was a necessary step to get them sent off your boss. Before there was email (as we’ve come to know it in modern times), press photos had to be “wired” from the field to the photo desk using a special photo transmitter such as the United Press International’s UPI 16-S[Read more…]