An ‘Open Letter’ to Landscape Photographers: It’s Time for an Etiquette Check

2015.07.20_CostcoYOUR SHOTS ARE NOT THAT UNIQUE, SO THERE’S NO REASON TO RUIN IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

Have you ever noticed that when you go to a Costco gas station, the rows of vehicles can be so orderly with everyone nicely lined up with a general polite and cordial demeanor. But once those friendly drivers park their fueled cars in the lot and trek inside the Costco store, all matters of civility, politeness and order disappears the moment you approach one of the food sample stands. Shoppers jockey their carts for position to seize that small pizza sample, blocking the little ones from taking cups of trail mix, and snatching that last mini-cup of yogurt like it’s the last one cup of yogurt for all of mankind. [Read more…]

The Cold Hard Truth When It Comes To Dealing With Problem Clients

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A major part of being a working photographer is spent managing your business and tending to your client’s questions, concerns, feedback, etc…For the most part, this aspect of professional photography isn’t the worst thing in the world, but there always seems to come a point when you find yourself working with a problem client that is too demanding, too irrational, or too cheap to even make doing the job worth it. [Read more…]

Tips To Make Your Next On Location Shoot Go Smoother And Yield You Better Photos

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I know, I know, the title of the video says it’s about industrial portraits. It is about that, indeed; however, a lot of the tips and advice J. P. Morgan shares in the seven minute long clip can be applied to a lot of different kinds of photoshoots–especially those where you’re shooting on location.

Outside of discussing his lighting setup and other solid advice to make sure you’re capturing interesting, well-lit portraits, Morgan spends a good amount of time talking about the actual process of the photoshoot, too. For example, he stresses how important it is to be mindful of your client’s time, then Morgan shares with you a few tips on how to go about doing just that. [Read more…]

Japanese Photographer Spends 5 Years Creating Incredible Mini-Dioramas Every Day

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I love miniature photography, especially when it’s as creative as Tatsuya Tanaka’s. The way the photographer can look at single piece of pasta and think “water slide!” or a dish sponge and think “rock climbing!”, it’s such an outside-the-box way of looking at the small, everyday objects most of us don’t pay much more attention to than is required. [Read more…]

Photographer Loses Copyright Suit Against Mapmaker Because of Licensing Technicality

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Creative commons licensing is great, especially for online content creators.   It can also be a tremendous tool for gaining recognition through use of your work as you are just starting out in the creative world.  However, it can be a double-edged sword for the unsuspecting.

A few days ago, a court in Washington, DC found in favor of a defendant after they were sued by a photographer for allegedly using his work without permission or compensation.  Why did the photographer seemingly get shafted in this deal?  Because of Creative Commons…

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This Is How Dan Vojtěch Shoots an Airplane with 30 Strobes

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Red Bull always seems to be up to something (perhaps it’s the “wings”), trying to impress us with various antics to get us to buy their overrated energy drinks.  But, on the plus side, it affords those of us in the creative world with some great inspiration.

In one of their most recently-released videos, stunt pilot Martin Šonka dips his wings while flying dangerously close to the ground betwixt two 15-light banks of strobes for some incredible high-speed action shots.

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Understanding Lens Distortion At Different Focal Lengths And How To Work With It

Wide angle lenses let you pack a lot of action into the frame, but they also present a problem: distortion. Fortunately, if you know what to expect and some of the different ways you can work with it, distortion isn’t a deal breaker. In the quick video clip below, John Greengo shares some examples of the way distortion affects photographs at different focal lengths. He also shares some advice on how to you can work with distortion and use it to your advantage.

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Online Database Of Historic Photography Will Inspire And Keep You Entertained For Hours

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Next time you find yourself browsing through photos on 500px or Instagram, why not switch it up a little bit and check out TheRedList.com. It’s an online database that’s chock full of incredible photographs taken by some of history’s most beloved photographers. Plus, it’s highly organized–first by genre, then by photographer.

So, for example, say you have a hankering to get your landscape photography fix. Just click landscapes, pick your photographer, then arrow through the portfolio. Instant inspiration! [Read more…]

Photographing Tribesman On The Crater Rim Of An Active Volcano

nelsonJimmy Nelson is no stranger to photographing vanishing tribes from around the globe. In fact, he recently delivered a great TED talk about his numerous adventures as a photographer. But, before he visited the TED studios, Nelson spent some time on the Oceanic islands of Vanuatu. During his time on the island chain, the photographer visited five of the 83 islands that make up the chain. That included a trip to the crater rim of a (very active) volcano, where he photographed a group of native tribesman.

“To get to all these islands, we rented a small plane with a twenty-four year old Kiwi pilot. There was no GPS, no radar, no air traffic control. We just pointed out on a map where we wanted to go and he took us there – with an inflatable boat on our laps, in case the plane went down.”

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