If you think it’s challenging getting quality footage from smartphones, you might as well not even bother attempting this feat.
In his latest adventure, Benjamin von Wong headed to Fiji where he tied down a model to photograph her underwater with the local sharks.
While this might sound scary (and crazy), the terrible stereotypes depicting sharks as menacing and terrifying creatures are exactly what Ben hopes to change with these surreal images.
If you wanted to raise hell on a photography forum just pop that question in there and see what happens. And the reason this question will make a forum explode is because it touches something very deep.
I mean, you can draw as much as you want and you would not call yourself a painter, right? Or you can build a table or a bed here and there, and you would still not be a carpenter. But somehow there seem to be a different approach on photography. A lot of people who hold a camera for more than a few weeks define themselves as photographers (or amateur photographers).
Some resort to income as the core definition of ‘professional photographer’ – if you make money from your photography, you are by definition a ‘professional photographer’. While I agree that profession needs to be supported by income, this definition does not define who is ‘A Photographer‘.
Ken Van Sickle has a very interesting take on this:
The latest Star Wars movie and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight played a major role in the recent comeback of 70mm film and its gorgeous qualities.
Photographer Andrew Walker was a projectionist on the 70mm roadshow for the latter and created this time lapse of the celluloid film being projected, showing the behind-the-scenes experience is just as fascinating as the final product.
When Chris Sebastian contacted me about creating cover art for his debut album ‘The Good Old Days‘, I initially wasn’t sure how the scenario would work. Chris was in Sydney, I was in Melbourne, and his photoshoot was happening in Sydney within the week. I admit, I’m a bit of a control freak… In order to create a cohesive composite cover art piece, I normally would shoot every element myself. I need to have control of the light and the perspective to ensure everything fits together.
I asked Chris if I could liase directly with the photographer and art direct the project remotely. I wasn’t sure how the collaboration would work, but I was willing to give it a try.
Tripods are one of the most inconvenient pieces of equipment to store. Sure, you can try to stand them upright or even buy tripod bags, but the reality is neither of those options are much more convenient than laying them in a pile on the floor.
Vogue magazine caused quite a bit of rage among photographers, along with copious amounts of ridicule, when it recently published a list of 10 wedding “rules” to which it recommends brides-to-be say “I don’t”.
The reason for this was the magazine’s statement that couples shouldn’t hire professional wedding photographers, and should rather rely on the guests’ smartphones and disposable cameras.
These next photos, taken by wedding photographer John Warren and a guest, are the perfect answer to Vogue’s nonsense. As the saying goes, a picture’s worth a thousand words.
Photographing certain subject matter is harder than others.
This couldn’t be more true for photographer Soraya Doolbaz, a New York-based photographer who specializes in phalllic fashion photography.
Hoax or not, all signs point to the legitimacy that the Iranian-born photographer started from humble beginnings to turn an unlikely subject matter into a successful business. [Read more…]
One of the best aspects of styled shoots is that it allows a photographer to create imagery that is otherwise impractical to achieve. Lin and Jirsa recently partnered with a group of Southern California Indian wedding vendors to execute a styled Indian wedding to showcase the work of each vendor as well as the hotel resort. See how they used the Profoto B1 to chisel out their subject in an otherwise cluttered and complex scene.
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Gannon Burgett is a photographer from Marion, Indiana. "Striving each day to make my dent in the universe"