Photographers: Why We Should Share What We Know

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I think I feel a bit of a rant coming on.

First a little background. Something you should know about me. One of the many reasons I decided to leave the practice of law almost ten years ago was the constant adversarial nature of the beast. I thrived on it in the courtroom, but the daily incessant back-and-forth bickering was just making me miserable. Of course there were exceptions, but not enough of them to sustain my collaborative spirit. My initial reaction when I switched to full-time professional photography had me excited in a way I hadn’t been in years. I was fortunate enough to meet and get to know some truly amazing photographers– generous, creative, collaborative people who were willing to throw open the vault and share so much of themselves. The breath of fresh air was as amazing as it was refreshing. To a certain extent, however, it was also fleeting.

Let’s take a look at three photographers almost all of us know.

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Squirrel Confuses GoPro For Lady-Squirrel, Sexually Assaults The Camera

Small animals are aware of humans and behave differently (or disappear entirely) when humans are present. This is why nature photographers often leave their camera with a remote (or simply rolling) to capture the natural behavior of those animals. And this is exactly what youtuber delicious fishes did when leaving some sunflower seeds and peanuts along with a rolling GoPro camera (all set up on a cute little stone table).

After being done with the food, the little squirrel seems to be feeling alone in the world and turns to the gopro to fulfill his emotional (and sexual) needs. Looks like the photographer did not appreciate the act: “Caught this perverted little buggar loving up my GoPro. Filthy little beast!

[Squirrel Humps My GoPro | h/t Jim]

Into The Night Will Motivate You To Go Outside And Take Photos During The Next Blue Hour

into-the-nightAfter sharing Roy Two Thousand’s Burning Man timelapse a couple weeks ago, I decided that I could probably cut back on my timelapse addiction for a while. After all, it would be pretty hard to top the slick camerawork of R2K. At least that’s what I thought at the time. Then I happened to come across this beauty, Into The Night,  which was created by Barcelona based photographer/cinematographer, Jordi de Temple and explores both, Barcelona and California. Jordi throws in some  low lying clouds, a little milky way action, sweet motion blurs, some fun tilt shift scenes, multiple holy grails for good measure, and some profoundly gorgeous and cinematic wipe transitions. Even the musical arrangement was spot on.

I know I said I was trying to avoid relapsing back into a timelapse hole, but…Wow. I would have felt guilty had I not shared this one with you all. Enjoy!
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The Joy of Photography – When You Capture Great Photos Without Knowing It

If you have ever shot film, you know it – the feeling you get when you sit down with that stack of prints that just came back from the lab.

The nervous anticipation: Is there anything good in here?

The initial disappointment:  Flipping through the first bunch of mediocre prints….meh, meh, ohhh…nope…meh…

Then you see it – its like getting a new bike for your birthday when you’re 10: The killer shot!  Yesssss!!!

If you began your career with digital, you still know it – the feeling you got when you didn’t really know what you were doing and just when you were about to give up: Bang – there is a fantastic photo staring back at you from your screen.

I have noticed recently that I don’t get that surprise of a completely unexpected great photo very often any more, or the joy that comes with it.

I mean, I have a pretty good idea how any photo I take is going to look before I take it.  Sure, I still produce a massive amount of duds compared to keepers, but it is rare that I capture something completely unexpected.

So, I though I’d share the stories behind a few of my favorite accidental photos.

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One Photographer, Three Cameras : Shooting Cam Zink’s Mammoth Flip

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Planning a fast paced, action sports photoshoot in which there is only one cameraman trying to capture multiple angles, is true test of any photographers ability to pre-visualize and plan a shoot. A skill which is priceless when you’re commissioned to photograph high energy sports and once in a lifetime moments similar to the exciting challenge Brett Wilhelm took on when he decided to photograph a champion freestyle mountain biker pull of a world record breaking flip.

Take a look at some of the behind the scenes action as Wilhelm shows you how he played the part of three photographers at one time.
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34 Edits To A Single Road Photo – And Who Won The Best Edit Challenge

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A few weeks back we held a fun contest revolving around editing a photo. We started out with a photo by Dave K. Piper with strong compositional elements, but used a ‘naked raw’ file to let anybody who wants to try and tweak it to their likings.  The winner, chosen by Dave  (and announced at the bottom of the post) gets a a sweet Blue CityWalker 20 camera bag from Think Tank Photo.

Results have been staggering. Several wonderful looks have been submitted, as well as a few composites. Here are some of the many wonderful submissions, followed by Dave’s selection of the winner: (if you just want the winner scroll to the end)

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Explore Australia’s Gold Coast In This Vibrant Timelapse Video

gold-coast-timelapseWe featured a timelapse that showed us the city lights of a bustling Melbourne and now it’s time to see what else Australia has to offer. This time we’re visiting the famous Gold Coast by way of this sweet timelapse created by Joe Capra, a Los Angeles based photographer and filmmaker. Capra, who works under the moniker  Scientifantastic, is no timelapse newbie. He’s worked for some major name clients including National Geographic and Discovery Channel, just to name a couple. You probably even remember Capra’s impressive Rio De Janero timelapse that we featured here last year.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at all his latest work, Australia’s Gold Coast – Timelapse, and see what it has to offer:
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Portraits of Topless People Shot With A Taser

Usually we try and look our best when we get our portraits taken, but how can one look good while being stunned with a taser seconds before the shutter snaps? Photographer Patrick Hall worked his charms to get volunteers to have their portraits taken just like that. After being stunned. With 300,00 Volts. By a significant other.

While the portraits are interesting as whole, the experience is worth noting as well. Patrick shares:

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Photoshop vs. Lightroom: What if You Had to Pick Just One?

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One of the questions I get a lot comes from new photographers wanting to know whether they should be working in Photoshop or Lightroom. I particularly enjoy their deer-caught-in-the-headlights look when I reply, “Both!” While it’s true that either of these incredibly powerful Adobe tools could, in theory, provide photographers with everything they need to edit their images, I really am a firm believer that a strong workflow rests on a solid foundation of both PS & LR. Having said that, though, learning just one of these applications can be a daunting task for even the most dedicated photographer. Learning two can seem insurmountable.

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Tokyo Timelapse Is Proof You Don’t Need Pro Gear To Make Beautiful 4k Timelapse Footage

japan_timelapse_1If you’ve ever lived in, or even just visited Tokyo, you are probably well aware of the vibrant nature and scenery that exists around every corner. As this timelapse by Bill Minhyuk Kim of Bokah Media shows us, Japan’s capital is full of bright flashing lights and a pulsing energy that’s undeniably Tokyo. The South Korean timelapse filmmaker has done a great job matching Tokyo’s sleepless vibes with this fast paced hyperlapse.

At times, the editing, and especially the color grading, of the clip present a real cinematic feel, which is nice technique to see in a timelapse every once in a while. Tokyo Timealapse is presented in 4k resolution (at 3840×2160). The entire film was photographed using a Canon Rebel t4i with a  Sigma 10-20mm and a Sigma 50mm, to which I have to say, it’s nice seeing such good quality work done with a sub $1000 camera, check it out: [Read more...]