How Would You Redefine Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs For Photographers?

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This Pyramid is probably every psychology student nightmare. It illustrates Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which explains what do people really want. The (overly simplified here) idea behind the Pyramid is that you can only tent to a higher layer after you have dealt with satisfying the need of all the layers underneath it.

But how would this transform to photography? I have my idea of course, but I would love putting this here and hear your ideas. Share with us in the comments.

Photo Series Illustrates Same Sex Couples Relaxing In Their Homes In The 1980′s

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Tim & Chuck, Key West, 1987; © Sage Sohier 2014

This effective photo series by American photographer, Sage Sohier, provides a remarkably beautiful storyline to her latest book, At Home With Themselves. The 122 page book documents the lives of same sex couples living in America in the 1980′s, a time shrouded by fear as a frenzied public struggled to better understand the AIDS epidemic that had just began sweeping through the gay community. It was the pain of the AIDS crisis that inspired Sohier to embark on the project in 1986. After watching more and more gay men fall victim to the disease, Sohier began seeking out same sex couples that would allow her to visit their homes and take candid photos of them where they are most at ease. [Read more...]

The Toronto That Might Have Been If Only Star Wars Was Real

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Darth Vader riding a streetcar; Luke Skywalker hitting a home run at Rogers Centre; Yoda piggybacking a youngster to cross the road.

For some impossible realities. For others, like Canadian photographer Thomas Dagg, a daily sighting.

Thomas takes the wonderful streets of Toronto and mixes it with his childhood memories. The city succumbs to Thomas’s strong memories of renting the trilogy over at Blockbusters, through almost dying to get a Chewbacca action figure.

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Famous Film Scenes Recreated In Stop Motion Using Lego Bricks

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We have stated this over and over again, Creativity Trumps Gear. Every time. Of course lacking certain pieces of gear may stop you from doing certain types photo art. But you can create good art with almost as little gear as you have.

See this project from Morgan Spence, AKA Morgspenny Productions, he re-enacted 60 of the all time favorite films in Lego bricks and stop motion. It does take much gear to do this. Just a lot of time and a lot of love. To top it off Morgan is only 15 years old. How’s that for dedication?

Gear is not that fancy either. Morgan uses a Canon 60D, a few desk lamps, and builds the sets on his desk.

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Von Wong Photoshoot Kinda Makes Us Wish We Worked At SmugMug (Plus A $20 DIY Rain Machine!)

von-wongWhen SmugMug wanted photographs of their employees to hang in the company gym, a traditional corporate portrait just wasn’t going to cut it. They wanted something sporty and they wanted it in black and white. The rest of the creative direction was handed over to Benjamin Von Wong, the photographer you call up when you want epic photos and exactly who SmugMug went to for their shoot.

As usual, Vong Wong delivers the goods. Not only is his concept intriguing, but he really knows how to make the subjects comfortable in front of the camera. And let’s not forget the sweet DIY rain machine he built using PVC pipe and sprinkler heads. You can learn more about the build on his blog along with a lot of other tidbits relating to the shoot like lighting patterns, post production tips, and advice on thinking outside the box. [Read more...]

Watch Beautiful Cinematic Footage Of Daredevils Skiing Wearing LED Suits

Sometimes it takes a huge corporation to invest the resources in making something amazing. In their push to advertise their ambilight TV technology Philips has created one of the most beautiful Sky movies I have ever seen.

Forget skiers with little GoPro cameras strapped to their helmets. How about lighting full slopes with massive amount of lights have having some of the world’s best skiers wear an LED suit and have a go at it.

To match the production value it was shot with a Red Epic Mysterium x3 Larius

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Photographing the World’s Most Dangerous Church: How Far Is Too Far To “Get The Shot”?

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As I was watching this clip of Lonely Planet photographer, Philip Lee Harvey, scale sheer vertical cliffs so he could photograph the Abuna Yemata church in Ethiopia, all I could think was how awesome his cameraman and film crew are. The climb, which took them 2500 feet up, involved no ropes or safety gear, and was completed barefooted in heavy winds. The trek Harvey made was borderline crazy. His crew was doing the same trek while carrying up all the camera equipment and filming while they were at it. Kudos to Harvey and his crew for getting it done.

Watch in wonder as the team climbs to one of the most inaccessible churches in the world: [Read more...]

A Breathtaking Black And White Timelapse Portrait Of Scotland’s Isle Of Skye

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So often are timelapse videos stuffed full of vivid colors and bright tones that it almost catches us off guard when we come across a black and white timelapse that is every bit as breathtaking as their full color counterparts. Such is the case with this short video the team over at Fourth Dimension Video captured while spending 5 days in the quiet Scottish isle in June. The Isle of Skye features both, timelapse and some sweeping aerial drone shots. [Read more...]