The Ultimate 365 Project Guide Part III

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It’s time for Part III of the Ultimate 365 Project Guide! The second part covered the golden rules, how to turn failure into success and why the battle royale of your own photos helps you improve in the long term.

Part III Revolves Around The Most Important Ingredient Of Your 365 Project: Motivation.

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“Shoot Loose And Edit Tight” Words Of Wisdom From One Of The World’s Leading Surf Photographers

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Growing up in Hawaii, it’s hard not to have an appreciation and love for the ocean. It literally surrounds us and is an integral aspect of life on an island. For Zac Noyle, acclaimed surf photographer and Hawaiian native, being in the water was ingrained in him at a very young age. Growing up the son of a professional photographer, taking photos, however, wasn’t something that initially caught Noyle’s eye. It wasn’t until he took a camera out into the surf on a whim, that he was inspired to take great photos.

Since that moment, Noyle’s fearlessness and natural talent has led him on countless adventures and eventually earned him the title of Senior Staff Photographer for Surfer Magazine. An accomplishment that didn’t come easy and remains a labor of love everyday as he risks his life swimming in some of the world’s biggest waves to get the shot. His skills as a waterman also afforded him the privilege of being the only photographer allowed to swim into the line up of the prestigious Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. [Read more...]

The Ultimate 365 Project Guide Part II

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In Part I of the Ultimate 365 Guide I explained whether a 365 project is meant for anyone, where that journey might take you, why it’s important to actually walk a 1000 miles and how the love for the process is more valuable than the desire for the goal. So let’s start off with something very essential to every 365 project:

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The Ultimate 365 Project Guide Part I

365-1-06 One and a half years ago I decided to start a 365 project to take my photography to the next level. I expected to make some progress, but that it completely changed my life was beyond my wildest dreams. What happened afterwards was even more exciting. A 365 is one of the most incredible projects a photographer could experience.

In Case You Are Psyched To Start Your Very Own 365 Project, Why Not Read The Ultimate 365 Guide First?

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World’s Largest Stop Motion Gif Photographed From Space

If you’ve heard of INSA, chances are you’re thinking of animated walls right now. For those who don’t know him (and you definitely should), INSA is famous for his stop motion GIF-ITI artwork – animated GIFs created from graffiti paintings.

The UK street artist recently created the biggest animated painting for another GIF-ITI project, but with two changes from his ordinary workflow. Rather than painting a wall INSA painted an entire parking lot, and instead of a regular camera he used a satellite to capture his creation!

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Why “Do What You Love” Career Advice Leads To “I Live In A Van Down By the River” For Creative Professionals

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I have been thinking a lot recently about the direction that I want to take my photography business, and this week I came across two really interesting ways of looking at career advice for creative professionals.

First, there is the “do what you love” genre of career advice for creatives.  Then, there are statistics.

For the sake of this article, lets call them fantasy and reality.

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Study Shows Photographers Are Among The Sexiest Of Creative Types

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The numbers don’t lie, being a photographer is a sure fire way to secure your status as a sex symbol.

Good news, photographers, it turns out we’re some seriously sexy mother jumpers. Though we’re still pretty ugly compared to musicians, we are more attractive than comedians and poets. The study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Scott Barry Kaufman, lists the ability to take “artistic photographs” as the seventh most sexy creative characteristic a person could possess.

Here’s the Top 10 finishers according to the group of 815 “ethnically diverse” under-graduates polled for the study, which consisted of 119 males and 696 females. [Read more...]

Inventive Video “Lightspeed” Combines Light Painting With Stop Motion Photography

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Photographs and animation by Darren Pearson.

It starts out a lot like most timelapses, a sweeping landscape, some cool star trails, a trip to a southern California desert and then BA-BAM! An illuminated skeleton pops up out of the ground and takes us on an adventure through the desert as he morphs into a menagerie of animals right before our eyes–no CGI required.

Lightspeed is photographer, Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin’s), moving creation that combines stop motion photography with his mad light painting skills to create a radiant animation. Lightspeed is the follow up video to his similar stop motion clip, Light Goes On, which you can also watch below, but first, take a look at the artist’s latest work: [Read more...]

Photographer Comically Photoshops Himself Photobombing Actors In Stock Images

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There’s some pretty interesting and bizarre stock photography floating around the Internets and we’ve also undoubtedly seen some pretty clever uses for it. But, The Stock Photobomber (Matt Vescovo) may have just stole the show with his tongue in cheek series of Photoshopped stock images.

After painstakingly looking at about 845,742,923,012 stock photos during his 20-year long career as an art director in advertising, he’s come up with a way to make looking at boring, unrealistic stock images a whole lot more fun.

“I find that when I look at stock photos, I experience the same uncomfortable feeling I have when my bank teller asks me with a forced smile, how my morning is going or when I eat “Chick’n” or see an interview with Tom Cruise. It’s not simply that my teller’s greeting, the vegan meat substitute and the celebrity scientologist are fake, it’s how hard they pretend that they’re not…”

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Photographer Builds An Entire City From Blocks In His Studio

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Italian photographer Matteo Mezzadri wanted to show a different perspective of a city and for that he built a whole city in his studio. Sadly (or happily for us), Mezzadri built a city equivalent in his studio.

The city is built from red blocks and is not built after a real city. Mezzadri tells inmybag that

…[the project] “Città Minime” [minimal city] explores the space in which the majority of people live, an urban space recognizable in its essential structures: the buildings, the roads, the trees, although seen from a different point of view that distorts and recreates them.

The shots are the result of a meticulous, almost obsessive staging in which the picture remains the only evidence of large-scale installations made in the photographer’s studio or outdoors. The use of Photoshop is minimized, while the atmosphere is recreated with a clever use of technical devices.

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