I sometimes think how awesome it must be for pilots if they love photography. And an Ecuador-based pilot and photographer Santiago Borja Lopez proves me right. He captures night skies from his Boeing 767, and sometimes, these images involve lightning bolts and incredible storms. The sky from an airplane is magnificent on its own, but if you add lightning bolts above the clouds to that picture – you’ll get something completely astounding.
Light painting is something many of us try at some point in our photographic journey. Some of us just make a brief visit into this world, but others make it their home. One such photographer is Derek VanAlthuis, an avid light painter who’s produced some outstanding work. One such image is the one above.
When I first saw this image, I could immediately tell that it wasn’t your average light painting photo. The fire just looked so real. As it turns out, it looks that way because it is real fire. I got in touch with Derek to find out more about his process, and get some insight into how this image was made.
Within just a few short years, drone footage has already become something of a cliché. Sometimes, though, sequences come up that just make you go “wow!”, and this is one of them. At least, it made me go wow. It’s like a scene out of a horror movie, trying to escape the bad guy. He initially catches up and makes a grab, then the rest of it plays out with our heroes running just out of reach, with the villain making close chase.
The footage shot by Maquina Voadora and posted to YouTube by World Surf League shows surfer Pedro “Scooby” Vianna at Nazaré in Portugal. After being knocked off his board by a ridiculously huge wave, a jet ski comes into grab him. It then speeds off, trying to stay ahead of the wave, but then it too takes a tumble.
Running a shoot from start to finish can be pretty demanding; working with creative staff, managing your camera, adjusting settings, directing, and ensuring that everything is going smoothly. It can be pretty daunting with the prospect of trying to handle all of this right?
One of the more challenging aspects when starting out can definitely be getting comfortable working with the model(s) on a shoot, and how to ensure everyone comes out happy and satisfied.
If you’re new to studio photography, here’s something you could find immensely helpful. Broncolor has a wonderful learning section to help you learn dozens of different lighting setups for all kinds of studio and outdoor shots. Portraits, product photos, sports, still life and more – there are image examples with explanations of all the settings. Even if you’ve been into studio photography for a while, you can get inspired and learn something new. And you can do it all for free.
Some people think that talent is the decisive factor, but if you look closer…
If you have been in the business long enough, you already know that there are four basic factors that determine success in a photography career:
- technical skills
Among vodka, caviar and other wonderful creations of nature, Russia has also a lot to offer to photographers in the chase of extreme sensations!
At the time of Soviet Union, there were a lot of cameras manufactured there. LOMO, which stands for Leningradskoïe Optiko-Mekhanitcheskoïe Obiedinienie (don’t ask me to pronounce it!) was probably one of the most prolific and is still renowned nowadays.
I have never tried to put this into written words before but here goes – I am colourblind. And I am a photographer. In my particular case, and in the majority of those that are “colour challenged”, being colourblind doesn’t actually mean we cannot see colours. Or at least, without borrowing your eyes and brain for a while and comparing what we see, I don’t believe this to be the case. Technically what it means is I have colour vision deficiency, which means my eyes and brain interpret things differently to you “normal” people. I lack the ability to interpret the full spectrum of colours, and quite often get confused by shades of colours that are very close together. My particular type of colourblindness has been diagnosed as “Strong Protan” and apparently I can only see anywhere from 5%-10% of the shades of those that have no form of colour vision deficiency.
When you are an artist, only your imagination is the limit. With modern technology, you can create pretty much anything you can imagine. And Turkish photographer Aydın Büyüktaş is a living example of this. His vivid imagination, inspired by sci-fi and technical books, resulted in a fantastic series of unordinary landscapes called Flatland II. And “unordinary” may be an understatement. His images show warped reality, landscapes without horizons that seem like they’re wrapping around you. You will feel like you’re watching a sci-fi movie or riding a rollercoaster in another dimension.
Being in the photography business successfully for 40 years has been an amazing journey and a great accomplishment for me. I believe that the people I meet are the best clients anyone could wish for.
For the most part, my clients book an appointment, look at the images and then make a purchase according to the price list I provide, and they go home a happy camper. Once in a while, though, a new client will express concerns about what they perceive to be the high cost of professional photography in general, and they wonder aloud if it is really worth it.