Do you observe fellow photographers as competition, or as friends? Are they a pain in the neck, or a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration? And how do you take criticism from other photographers? These are some of the topics I have been thinking about lately. Seeing and publishing my fair share of photos, information and comments got me thinking – why am I grateful to other photographers? And surprisingly, not only positive points came to mind. There are some things that are pretty negative, yet I am grateful for them. These are some of them, and let’s see if you agree.
If you like listening high-quality podcast about photography, there’s a real treat for you on RGGEDU. Gary Martin and Rob Grimm talk with some of the most talented and famous photographers of today. There will be four seasons in total, and Season 1 is ready for free download or streaming.
Rob and Gary sat down to chat with some of the creatives advancing the photography industry to discuss how they got to where they are now. In the first season, you can hear thoughts, experiences, and tips from eight photographers: Dani Diamond, Alastair Jolly, Jose Rosado, Ken Kaminesky, Rob Timko (NSFW), Aaron Nace, Renee Robyn, and Jake Hicks. That’s only the first season, there are three more to come and some more names are announced for Season 2.
I had a few hours to kill before work this morning. So I decided to head down to a public garden a few miles from my house. In the summer this place is full of colour, with roses growing everywhere, up trellises, along the walls, above your head. It’s an old Fort on the seafront, built to defend the city from French invasion.
At this time of year, it was dead. The only colour was the light grey of the footpaths, & the brown of the soil. I was sitting on the ground, trying to get some nice low angle shot of the sundial in the middle, when a couple of little old ladies walked along behind me. I didn’t hear much, but I did hear one of them say “Perhaps he sees something we can’t.”
The Oscars 2017 is just around the corner, so I’ve spent a couple of nights last week trying to make up for the nominated movies I haven’t seen. Generally, if I like the movie and the actors’ performance, I often wish to learn something more about them after the movie is over. This is how I discovered one of them is equally good behind the camera as he is in front of it.
But I didn’t stop there. I wanted to find out more, and discover more actors and actresses who enjoy photography. Eventually, I came up with a list of 10 great actors and actresses who love the camera as much as it loves them. After sharing the list of 10 musicians who rock behind the camera, here is my list of actors and actresses who express themselves through photography.
Without a doubt, Instagram is one of the most exciting social media platforms anywhere. It is now ranked the number two most active social media platform (by number of users), just behind Facebook, with over 600 million participants. As a photographer, who has been slowing building a following on Instagram over the last three years, I have a love-hate relationship with the app. “Hate” might be a bit of a strong word choice in that last statement but you get the point. Trust me, I spend way too much time on Instagram. They have me hooked. On the one hand, it is inspiring to see an incredible number of amazing images on my Instagram feed each day. I tend to follow a lot of my fellow pro photographers, who post some top-notch images. In addition, there are a large number of amateur photographers creating incredible work, and in some cases their images are better than a lot of pro photographers.
A young actor Troy Akin has created an interesting called ModelBs. It’s designed like Tinder, only this app is strictly business related. It serves to connect models and photographers in a safe and efficient way. Swipe left, swipe right, and find an ideal match – but in the photography or modeling business.
Much like the Blue Angels of the United State’s Navy and Marine Corps, the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Red Arrows is an acrobatic aircraft team that wows audiences across the UK with their impressive maneuvers and daredevil antics.
This past Friday, the RAF Red Arrows had to shut down a training session though when individuals taking photos put themselves in a risky location, endangering both their own lives, as well as those of the pilots. [Read more…]
As flawless as we might present our photography lives to be on social media, there are times when being a photographer isn’t nearly as glorious as it sounds.
Good news, photographers, it turns out we’re some seriously sexy mother jumpers. Though we’re still pretty ugly compared to musicians, we are more attractive than comedians and poets. The study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Scott Barry Kaufman, lists the ability to take “artistic photographs” as the seventh most sexy creative characteristic a person could possess.
Here’s the Top 10 finishers according to the group of 815 “ethnically diverse” under-graduates polled for the study, which consisted of 119 males and 696 females. [Read more…]