Dancers Bare It All In Streets Of NYC For Striking Portrait Series: Dancers After Dark [NSFW]

Dancers After Dark by Jordan Matter

Dancers After Dark by Jordan Matter

Jordan Matter, the photographer behind New York Times Bestseller, Dancers Among Us, has been hard at work on his next project, Dancers After Dark. Once again, Matter has teamed up with a handful of professional dancers to photograph them performing their artistic movements, but with Dancers After Dark, Matter takes a riskier approach. The dancers, all of whom are nude, take to the pre-dawn New York City streets where they slip into their birthday suits and strike a pose.

“There is no obvious reason why any of these amazing performers would volunteer for this project; it’s cold, it’s late, it’s dangerous, it’s illegal, it’s unpaid, and, of course, it’s NAKED,” Matter said. [Read more...]

A Guide To Photographer’s Rights (And What To Do If You Get Arrested)

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Hopefully, none of you will ever actually be in a situation where this would be useful, but Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel for The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), sat down to make a quick, but helpful, informational video regarding the legal rights of photojournalists. In the video, which is a 3 minute long gem of a sound bite, Osterreicher, explains several different scenarios photographers working in public places often find themselves in and what they can do to prevent interactions with the police from escalating.

Given recent situations regarding the possible violations of photographer’s rights in Ferguson, Missouri and other demonstrations around the country, the video is certainly worth taking a look at. [Read more...]

Photographer Brings $140,000 Camera Into The Ocean To Capture This Jaw Dropping Surf Film

 

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I have to admit, I get nervous enough just bringing my DSLR into the ocean even when I’m using a waterproof housing which cost more than my camera itself. Needless to say, it would be really difficult for me to slip into my wetsuit and take a $140,000 Phantom 4K Flex out for a little swim. In a housing I made myself, to boot.

Then again, I’m not Chris Bryan. Bryan, an Australian based sports cinematographer, has recently spent time in New York training to become a Phantom technician while also working closely with the camera makers to develop “his own unique custom light weight self contained underwater housing for the new state of the art Phantom Flex 4K, complete with Directors underwater video split.”   [Read more...]

Rap Soundtrack Turns Humdrum Stock Footage Of Office Life Into YouTube Gold

Stock footage isn’t particularly known for engaging content. I know this because I have hard drives full of dull video clips and stock photos that I’m still trying to come up with ways in which I can actually use it. That’s part of why I love it when creatives come up with non-traditional applications of stock video and photos. A perfect example is in this YouTube users quirky video, “She A Go”. He mashed together a bunch of mundane stock clips of office workers and laid the most perfectly mismatched soundtrack on top of it. Set to DJ Rashad’s “She A Go”, those infamously stuffy stock footage “co-workers” suddenly get a whole lot more interesting to work with.

Check it out:

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Going Mirrorless: 10 Reasons To Ditch The DSLR With Pro Photographer Jason Lanier

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Photographers are becoming more and more curious about the advantages mirrorless cameras have over DSLRs. In fact, judging by some of the comments on the Migrating To Mirrorless post here on DIYPhotography, many of you have already ditched the DSLR in favor of a mirrorless model. That’s precisely what pro photographer, Jason Lanier, did when gave Nikon the boot and switched over to Sony mirrorless cameras. In the 24-minute long video below, Lanier explains his decision to leave behind the leading DSLR manufacturers and, while I do love my full frame camera bodies, his words definitely got me thinking. [Read more...]

Check Out The Awesome Makeup In This Epic Self Portrait Project: 31 Days Of Halloween

amandachapmanFor most of us, the hardest part about committing to a portrait project is coming up with new and creative photos day in and day out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for pro photographer, Amanda Chapman. Since 2012, Chapman has been partaking in a 31 Days Of Halloween project where she dresses up in different makeup and costume every day for the month of October. Once learning her husband had been diagnosed with cancer in August of 2012, Chapman desperately needed an outlet and a project to ease the mind’s of her and her family. As October of the same year rolled around, she started doing different makeup every day and posting the photos to her facebook page.

Though she had no formal training in makeup, in fact, she had only done it a couple times in the past for Halloween costumes, her Tim Burton inspired looks grabbed the attention of her fans while simultaneously giving her family something fun to look forward to each day.  [Read more...]

Wanna Know How To Make An Already Viral Photo Project Even More Worthy? (Hint: Bring Puppies!)

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You look like you could use a little puppy break. We have just the right medicine for you. Feast your eyes on Carli Davidson’s latest projects, Puppy Time Lapse and SHAKE Puppies. The projects are follow ups to her viral project, SHAKE, (from 2012) which featured grown dogs shaking it out in slow motion–ears flapping in the air, drool flying every which way. It is glorious. And it gets even better….This new project, SHAKE Puppies, is the same idea, only expands on the original with a boatload of adorable puppies because yes. [Read more...]

(Painfully) Funny Look At The Realities Of Being A New DSLR Owner

expectation1Remember getting your first DSLR and all the grand illusions that came with it? Before you even bought the camera you were probably thinking about the illustrious career as a professional photographer your purchase of prosumer camera somehow magically entitled you to. Those were good old days, when naivety was still sorta blissful. Heck, they’re still good once you realize how much fun it is to look back on those experiences and laugh at our newbie selves. [Read more...]

Poignant Portrait Series Show Shelter Dogs Moments Before They Are Euthanized

10:54PM, Taiwanese Public Shelter, Time Until Euthanized: 1.2 Hours

10:54PM, Taiwanese Public Shelter, Time Until Euthanized: 1.2 Hours

Taiwanese photographer,Yun-Fei Tou, has been working on a portrait project which focuses on very heartbreaking subject matter. Memento Mori introduces viewers to shelter dogs in the last hours of the dogs life. All of the dogs, some healthy, some victims of severe neglect, are unknowingly waiting to be euthanized by one of the government run pounds in Taiwan. Though, that’s not to single out Taiwain, as this type of thing occurs all over the world. [Read more...]

Photo Series Illustrates Same Sex Couples Relaxing In Their Homes In The 1980′s

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Tim & Chuck, Key West, 1987; © Sage Sohier 2014

This effective photo series by American photographer, Sage Sohier, provides a remarkably beautiful storyline to her latest book, At Home With Themselves. The 122 page book documents the lives of same sex couples living in America in the 1980′s, a time shrouded by fear as a frenzied public struggled to better understand the AIDS epidemic that had just began sweeping through the gay community. It was the pain of the AIDS crisis that inspired Sohier to embark on the project in 1986. After watching more and more gay men fall victim to the disease, Sohier began seeking out same sex couples that would allow her to visit their homes and take candid photos of them where they are most at ease. [Read more...]