Brazillian Photographer Embarks On Ambitious Project To Photograph Every Single Skin Tone

Angélica DassWe often identify ourselves and one another as being black or white, or red or yellow. But Angélica Dass, a Brazilian photographer, has set out to record and catalog every precise variation of human skin tone there is. Dass has aptly titled  the project HUMANÆ and says says all the participants are volunteers that reached out to her after reading a call which the photographer posted on her social media accounts.

So far she has photographed people from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris, and Chicago in addition to several other locations around the world. The mission statement for HUMANÆ explains: [Read more…]

Who’s Killing Freelance as a Viable Career in the Creative Industry?

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In my recent article “Who’s Killing the Photography Industry?”, I made the argument that photographers who choose not to charge licensing fees for the commercial use of their work are destroying the viability of photography as a sustainable career.

In the discussion that followed, I was very surprised that many readers viewed licensing as some sort of cash grab at best, with many voicing the sentiment that licensing is a relic that is no longer relevant to the reality of today’s creative industry.

I couldn’t disagree more – so in this article, I am going to expand a little on the value of licensing, and on a wider scale, look at who’s killing freelance as a viable career in the creative industry.

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Behind The Scenes: Location Scouting & Shooting The Solar Eclipse On The Isle of Skye

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We don’t get to witness a solar eclipse very frequently, so when one is scheduled to happen and you want to photograph it, you have to be willing to put in the footwork to make it happen. For some firsthand experience on the matter, check out this quick video from RedBull. The behind the scenes action takes you on location to the Isle of Skye (Scotland), as photographer Rutger Pauw does some location scouting for a solar eclipse photoshoot with professional athlete, Danny MacAskill.

Gotta love hiking through the mountainous damp back country while lugging around a beastly 800mm lens! [Read more…]

Dear Groupon Man

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Dear Groupon Man,

I was surprised when you called this morning. And on my cell phone, no less. I was in the middle of a really hectic morning but I had a few minutes so I decided to take the call.

And before we go any further, I just want to say thank you for being super friendly. I could hear all the other Groupon people in the back on their phones and I have no doubt that my name was but one in a long list of names you had to call today, but still, you were upbeat and nice. And it did not go unnoticed, so thank you. Really.

You said that you were looking to feature a photographer in my area and wanted to offer me that opportunity. Yowzers! I got real excited, like I had won something, and then I remembered this was Groupon and you wanted me to advertise with you. So, I allowed you a little of your spiel because nobody likes to be cut off mid-sentence. And then when you paused, I said, in my sweetest voice:

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Which One Of These Party Animal Cameras Would You Invite Over To Your Place? [Humor]

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What could possibly be more fun than personifying inanimate objects? Especially when those objects are cameras. And not just any old Canon or Nikon DSLR, those are entirely too boring. Everyone knows those trendy mirrorless types have all the personality. They’re basically the reality TV stars of the camera world. Don’t believe me? Check out this humorous clip from The Camera Store, where they partake in a harmless little social experiment by inviting 6 different mirrorless models to a party (7 if you’re counting Samsung, that poor guy never gets any love).

The cheeky dialog between the cameras pokes fun at all the sterotypes and stigmas attached to each camera in the real world. Except for Samsung, a good time is had by all, especially the Sony a7r who convinces the Fuji X-T1 to go back to his place before the party is even over… [Read more…]

National Geographic Photographer Shows The Fascinating & Dangerous Life Of A Sherpa

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“Sherpa does not mean to carry something, it’s an ethnic group, not a job,” begins Aaron Huey. Huey, really needs no introduction, his work with National Geographic speaks for himself. On his latest adventure shooting for the magazine, Huey wanted to explore the life of the Sherpa–the ‘Unsung Heroes of Everest‘.

In this 14-minute long clip, Huey, expounds on his time spent with the Sherpas including some humorous vignettes, thoughtful insights, and a whole bunch of jaw dropping photos. [Read more…]

Mind Bending Clip Shot With 75 Camera Bullet Time Array Showcases Equally Mind Bending BMX Tricks


Sometimes you have such a clear vision of the photo you want to take, anything less is unacceptable. Such is the case when Christian Van Hanja began work on a project that would consume over five years of his life. Hanja had a very specific idea in mind that revolved around a top BMX rider and included bullet time, hyper slow motion, and ultra high definition. You can never be too ambitious.

In the beginning, Hanja and his team pulled together all the gear they owned between them and started testing. After a year of shooting, the team decided their combined 17 cameras just wasn’t enough. Hanja boosted his camera count to 50 DSLRs, but he was still unhappy with the results,”...it was not even close to what I had in my mind when it comes to BMX filming.” Twenty-five additional DSLR’s later (we’re up to 75 now in case you lost count) and Hanja finally had the camera array he needed to see his vision come to life. [Read more…]

Watch Art Connoisseurs Unknowingly Analyze a $10 Print from IKEA

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The value of art has been at the center of many heated debates, probably ever since the first piece was sold, only being surpassed by the debate on the actual definition of art and what can be considered art.

LifeHunters decided to check what happens when a $10 print from the critically acclaimed Swedish artist Ike Andrews, known to most people as IKEA, is mixed into an art collection worth millions.

Art buffs analyzed and admired the piece; some valued it in the hundreds of thousands and even millions of Dollars, but above all they proved that art is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

While most people got a chuckle out of this experiment, not everybody thought it was amusing. I guess serious art is no laughing matter.

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Lion Filming 101: Behind the Scenes with the Lion Whisperer

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Kevin Richardson is a South African animal behaviorist and lion conservation champion.

Known to many as the Lion Whisperer, Kevin uses his extraordinary relationships with lions, hyenas and leopards to draw public attention and raise awareness to their dire situation both in captivity and in the wild.

Kevin’s YouTube channel is home to some fascinating educational and behind-the-scenes videos, including perspectives that you will not see anywhere else.

In this informative video Kevin shows what equipment he uses to capture the unique footage and how it’s actually done.

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Photographer Creates Superhero Portraits by Splashing Milk on Naked Models (NSFW)

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Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz made quite a splash with his Milky Pin-Ups, and following that success he decided to create another series called Splash Heroes.

Using the same techniques of high-speed photography and expertly splashed milk, Jaroslav created an outstanding series of photos which he used to make a calendar (sold out in days).

Jaroslav was kind enough to share a lot of information regarding this project, including his gear, lighting setup, work process and plenty of behind-the-scenes footage.

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