This year, the legendary Leica camera turns 100. Exactly 100 years ago, Oskar Barnack’s workshop journal listed “Liliput camera for cine film completed”. And this camera shaped the history of the 20th-century photography. Leica’s birthday celebration includes a range of content. It starts with the video about the history of Leica and its inventor Oskar Barnack, and there’s plenty more for all the Leica lovers to watch, read, and buy.
Telling a story with our work can often be one of the most challenging things we face as creatives. But it’s also one of the most important. Whether it’s a drawing, a photograph or a film, having your work tell a story gives it meaning. It speaks to the viewer in a way that they can relate to it. According to Pixar, we are all story tellers. Every single one of us. Even if we don’t all know how to tap into it.
In this six part series, from Khan Academy Labs, directors, animators and other Pixar wizards talk to us about storytelling. How we naturally tell stories in the real world without even realising it. And how to look at some of our favourite movies and works to figure out what the story is and why it works. And, oh yes, there are activities!
There’s hardly a wedding without a photographer and a videographer. If these two are not from the same studio, there may be some disagreements, tension, and pressure. They both aim at getting the perfect shot or footage, and it’s important that they work together, and not against each other. In this video from Adorama TV, Vanessa Joy and Robbie Canter will tell you more about the ways for wedding photographers and videographers to work together and make great photos and videos.
Instagram has a wide range of different users. But you’ll agree a great portion of this social network belongs to girls and their photos of everyday life. “Candid” shots from a night out, spontaneous selfies (feel the irony) with a best friend… But all we see is the result, and we know nothing about the photographers.
Well, Boyfriends of Instagram are about to change this. Their Facebook and Instagram page pay a tribute to all the boyfriends out there, who are responsible for the perfect Instagram photos and all the “candid” moments that aren’t actually candid. I’m sure they’ll give you a good laugh.
When you fly by airplane, bringing the camera with you is a must. How else would you capture magnificent aerial scenes on such height? But would you ever say you could lose a camera through an airplane window? I thought it was impossible, but then I saw this video. It’s only a bit heartbreaking, but most of all – it’s pretty hilarious.
Dads love their daughters and there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for them. And Josh Rossi, dad and photographer, combined the love for his daughter with the passion for photography. He made his three-year-old daughter’s dream come true with his photographic skills, lots of Photoshop and even more love. He turned his daughter Nellee into Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Maybe you remember him from a few months ago, when he turned his daughter into Wonder Woman.
Josh traveled all over Europe to take the perfect shots. Later on, he did a photo shoot with Nellee and brought all the images together. It took a lot of time, work and patience, but it gave truly fantastic results.
The Met Museum in New York recently published over 375,000 images under Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. In other words, this is 375,000 images to use as you like, free of charge and without any restrictions.
There are photos of artworks and different historical items in the collection. But what will make photographers especially happy is a vast number of photographs under CC0 license. They were taken in various techniques, depicting all sorts of events, people, and objects. And they are all recorded in different periods of photographic history.
When I go to a photography exhibit or show, I find myself looking at similar work. Photographs made from an inkjet printer, that are just stylised archives. Be it a photo of a bird, a photo of a dress, subject or event. Whatever it is, it’s just a photograph. A photograph that can be easily duplicated with the simple press of a button. A print on a piece of paper, nothing more, nothing less. But where is the artist’s brush stroke? Where is the photographer’s unique thumbprint, aside from on top of their shutter button?
One of my goals as a photographer is to always improve. Regardless of how well others may think my work is I am always trying to learn and grow as a creative.
There are several things you can do to fine tune and/or continue to grow. You can take a workshop, read a blog, or watch videos of how others do it. However, for me, nothing replaces actually getting out the gear and shooting something. Anything. I love reading blogs and YouTube videos as much as the next but I (like many) learn best by doing. I’ve found that for me personally one of the best ways to spin up the creative juice is to shoot outside my norm. These exercises more often than not give me a different perspective on composition, light, or camera control that I either did not pay attention to previously or never needed to use shooting fashion and beauty.
Visual effects are all around us in movies and TV shows today. Compositing different elements together, to create a final sequence that didn’t actually exist. It’s also become a lot more common with still images, too. But it’s often given a hard time, both in stills and the movies. The usual argument against them is “I hate visual effects, they look fake”.
In this short film, compositor Roy Peker challenges that claim, and he challenges it extremely well. For me, good visual effects is like good Photoshop. If you can’t tell that anything’s been done to the original image or footage, then it’s been done well. I’m not going to spoil this one for you. You’ll just have to watch it.