24 Things Photographers Say (And What They Really Mean)

things-photographers-say-diyphotography-001 Every profession has its jargon. Each has its own language that only those within it can truly understand. Photography is no different. Part of our lexicon comes from the technical aspects of what we do, while an equally significant portion springs from the artistic side. In either case, photography is definitely one of life’s activities where it’s not just a matter of walking the walk– you also have to talk the talk. A word of caution, though, because it’s important to know that things photographers say can often mean something completely different. Choose your words carefully. Time for a short disclaimer– I’m going to be poking fun at a lot of people with this post– myself included. Every one of us has uttered at least two or three of these expressions at some point in our photographic lives. If you claim otherwise, I salute you– and have a bridge to sell you. [Read more...]

Creator Turns Old Photos From The Library Of Congress Into Creepy GIF Animations

daniel_weir4With over 13 million photographs belonging to its collection, The Library Of Congress is one of the most extensive anthologies of images in the world. Many of the royalty free photos in the collection are old, bygone relics from times long ago passed that have been, for the most part, forgotten about. That is until an inventive director and designer by the name Kevin Weir had the notion to take some of the black and white images and breathe new life into them by turning them into some awesome, albiet a little creepy, GIF animations for a project he’s dubbed, The Flux Machine.
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Steve McCurry Recounts His Experience Photographing The 9/11 Tragedy

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In a recent interview conducted by Sky Arte, iconic photojournalist, Steve McCurry, recounts his experience photographing the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. McCurry shared the interview online today, the 13th anniversary of the attacks.

The photographer was in New York City in an apartment within eyesight of the towers when the attacks happened, an experience which he delves into with a heavy heart during 30-minute video clip below. The documentary style interview also affords McCurry a chance to talk about his other works, including Afghan Girl, one of his most well known works. [Read more...]

Approach A Photoshoot With An Open Mind To Boost Your Creativity

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The creative process can sometimes be one of the most difficult aspects of a photoshoot. Think of all the time we spend mulling over ideas and concepts, trying to come up with up with a new project, until finally one sticks, only to be shelved even longer as we spend more time planning every last detail out. It can be a lengthy process, but it’s also really important. As Corey Rich explains in the clip below, the creative process needs to be nourished and encouraged to evolve, even after the shoot has started. [Read more...]

The Importance of Face for Creating Artful Portraits With Real World Subjects

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Tyler Stableford, a Colorado based fine art photographer, recently spent several months traveling through the United States working in collaboration with Canon on a portrait project titled The Farmers. In the seven minute long, Canon produced video, below, you’re invited to follow Stableford as he takes you behind the scenes of on one of his photoshoots, offering his insights and wisdom on how he goes about taking powerful and artistic portraits of real world subjects.

“Even if we’re in a beautiful area, a person’s face is so important to me, I’m always thinking ‘How shallow can I bring this depth of field,’ because I want the viewer to connect immediately and intimately to the subject and the subject’s face and eyes.”

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Video Clip Explores Age Old Conundrum Of Photographers–Do We Really Only Experience Present Time As An Anticipated Memory?

As a photographer, I’ve always just kind of assumed the duties of turning the present moment into the past without ever considering the downfalls of that or, rather, without ever even realizing there were downfalls in the first place. It’s just who I am. I photograph people, smiles, laughter, cries, love, rebellion… I photograph moments, capture time at its most powerful junctures all in the name of preserving that specific instant for future reference. After all, isn’t that what photographers are supposed to do? We capture important moments, how could that be a bad thing?

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Then I happened across ‘The Instagram Generation’, a short, philosophical performance film, which opens up with a statement that, admittedly, cut right through to my core as it somewhat covertly questioned the very existence I have come to love as a cameraman…

“The ‘Instagram Generation’ now experiences the present as an anticipated memory.”

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How to Avoid 6 Online Photography Portfolio Mistakes

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It pretty much goes without saying that virtually everything about the photography industry has gone through major changes in recent years. The cameras, the lenses, the lighting– even the bags– we are using today would seem like technical marvels to photographers from even just ten years ago. ISO capabilities have us shooting in the lowest of light. Developments in lens technology have brought the term “tack sharp” to a whole new level. Don’t even get me started on the advancements in off-camera flash. It really is an exciting time to be a photographer.

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