How I Found My Vision

Genetically Identical – 2014 – Arroyo Grande, CA

Genetically Identical – 2014 – Arroyo Grande, CA

Why do I focus on Vision so much? It’s because I believe that Vision is what makes an image great. It’s what makes the difference between a technically perfect image and one with feeling. It’s what makes your images unique.

Great images do not come about because of equipment and processes, but rather from Vision that drives these tools to do wonderful things. What good are great technical skills if you don’t have an idea worthy of them?

If I had to choose between the best equipment in the world and no Vision or having a Kodak Brownie and my Vision… [Read more...]

The Cinematography of House of Cards

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Last year, House of Cards received an Emmy Award in recognition for its cinematography, beating out Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Mad Men.

Making its first appearance in 2013, House of Cards is the show that proved what Netflix is truly capable of, and its production was as different from everything else out there as Netflix was to other studios itself. I started watching this show a bit late, but right from the first scene of the pilot episode, I could point out how much David Fincher this show was running on; to my surprise, the director’s name greeted me twice in the opening credits.

So at the time of at release, this was almost downright unusual. Who could have guessed that a guy like David Fincher would be working as a producer and director for a show by a streaming service? Not only did this project have fincher on board, but it reunited him and Kevin Spacey, who served as a producer for the show as well as the leading role.

Whatever grabbed both of their attention was no big surprise. House of Cards has a story that’s right up Fincher and Spacey’s alley, and it’s exactly the kind of show that fans of Fincher’s past work could get into. Going into the cinematography of the show, I mention David Fincher for a reason: although he was mainly an executive producer, directing only the first two episodes, the tone that he set with them basically became the precedent for how the rest of the series would end up being filmed. The first person hired as the show’s cinematographer was Eigil Bryld, who filmed eleven episodes from the show’s first season.

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Seasonal Beauties Is A Wonderful Double Exposure About The Changing Seasons

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Graphic designer and illustrator Alon Avissar is putting a new twist on double exposures. Avissar was inspired by the dieing winter and wanted to experiment with seasonal portraits:

With it being the dead of winter and having been snowed in for the past couple days now, I starting thinking about what designs I could create based on the theme of ‘seasons

The result is a series of wonderfully delighting double exposure portraits each made to a season theme, with colors to match. [Read more...]

Never Be Comfortable: The Experiences of National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards

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Cory Richards is now an athlete for North Face and a photographer for National Geographic, but he was once a homeless high school dropout as well. When he set out to find out how he was meant to make his way in this world, his path took him to the Himalayas in Pakistan. There, him and his crew nearly died from an avalanche on his descent from the mountain. But while for one moment he truly thought it was over, the next he realized he was still breathing. Right then, he took a self-shot that ended up putting him on the cover of National Geographic.

This is a video done by Blue Chalk in cooperation with the photographer; it’s almost a moving portrait of Cory himself, utilizing his ambitions, his voice, his experiences, his photography, and his humor. It’s a story of a man’s experiences, and why he shot what he shot; it’s his message, as a professional photographer, of why his job is important to him in the first place. With the experience of traveling to every continent in the world, meeting people who hold history most of us may never hear about, and managing to show a few of them to the world, I think we could all benefit from watching this short video. Check it out after the break.

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In Your Face Advice For Photographers Seeking Their Style From Marc Hauser

Marc Hauser is a legend when it comes to photography. He shot for the Rolling Stone magazine, Pepsi, Playboy and a bunch of others that you have most probably seen (even if not recognized as his). So when Marc gives advice about style, it is a good idea to listen.

Not surprisingly his advice has nothing to do with gear or lighting or any tech at all. It is purely about passion. Director Chris Cascarano had a 82 seconds feature with Marc in which he shares his ideals: Don’t be afraid of your ideas…. …. If you can’t do it right, do it big!

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What Else Happens When the Photographer Becomes the Client

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“What Happens When the Photographer Becomes the Client” appeared here on DIY Photography in January.

“You only have one job,” she said. “Hire the photographer.”

This was back in January, and my wife and I were about to embark on planning our son’s bar mitzvah. The truth of the matter is that I had more than one job, but being in charge of finding a photographer was a pretty big one.  Just like my clients, I want my family’s milestones photographed and memorialized. Obligatory portraits, perfectly balanced with meaningful candid shots that tell the story of the big day. More importantly, when your wife says, “You only have one job,” what she really means is, “Don’t screw this up!” Screw this up? Nope. Never gonna happen.

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IT Director By Day, Photographer By Night, John Wilhelm Gives His Daughters The Ride Of Their Lives

john-wilhelm-32You may think that John Wilhelm is your average IT director, but at night he wears his superphotographer cape and takes his three daughters on wild adventures. From his secret laptop desk cave in Switzerland, John takes photos of his three daughters – Lou, 5, Mila, 2, and Yuna, 6 months  – and composites them into scenes that will take your breath.

We asked John about his interaction with his daughters: [Read more...]

The RMS Empress of Ireland, a Forgotten Titanic, Sank 100 Years ago Today

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This is my 100th post for DIYPhotography, and I wanted it to be something different. In the same vein as my cinematography posts, I decided to introduce a new weekly column that’ll take us back in time and feature significant events in history, and what those events looked like through the lenses they were captured with. This is my first one for you guys, and it revolves around a tragedy that happened on this very day, exactly 100 years ago. On May 29, 1914, on its 96th voyage into the sea, the RMS Empress of Ireland collided with a Norwegian collier. 14 minutes was all it took for the ship to sink, taking the lives of 1,012 people along with it.

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See The Streets of New York, Captured Through an Arc of Fifty Lumia 1020 Smartphones

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For a while now, Nokia’s had a bit of a rough time breaking through again into the US Pokédex market; with such a solid and well-built UI, it’s a shame that the developer support for Windows Phone isn’t what it could be at this point. But if we know one thing for sure, it’s that the market is definitely growing. With Microsoft’s new CEO and the success of the Lumia line only growing, it seems Nokia’s starting to find its way in marketing. With how advanced the Lumia line has been in terms of photography, you can say the company’s definitely found its niche when it comes to advertising. Take this newly released video, for example. With 50 cameras phones put together side-by-side in the form of an arc, the crew behind the advertisement capture the streets of New York in a way you probably haven’t envisioned before.

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