The Retouching Academy just released Part 2 of their series “Storytelling in Concept Photography” with John Flury. I had the chance to ask him some questions about his amazing work and the ideas behind it.
You 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…]
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.
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.
Taking a shoot underwater is not a trivial task. It is just as hard as any shoot but there is more pressure, it is harder to orchestrate, and it is harder to operate. If you thought that shooting in a confined isolated pool is hard, imagine what it is to shoot in the open ocean.
Photographer Benjamin Von Wong experimented just this in a recent shoot in a ship wreck in Bali. Ben shares some of the challenged that he faces when shooting underwater: “when you’re shooting 25 meters underwater and your model tied to a 50 year old shipwreck in the middle of Bali where the slightest miscalculation could spell disaster“:[Read More…]
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But I wonder, what else do “they” say? In order to find out I’ve culled together the best quotes on the subject of photography.
I hope they inspire you.
“I think people just see cinematography as being about photography and innovative shots and beautiful lighting. We all want our movies to look great visually, to be beguiling and enticing, but I think that what really defines a great cinematographer is one who loves story.” – Seamus McGarvey, IFTN
Seamus McGarvey was contacted by an executive producer he had recently worked with on The Avengers; she told him about a project she had been involved with, being directed by a guy named Gareth Edwards. Seamus took the time to watch the only other film Gareth had done at that point: an small-budget indie film called Monsters. He was not just impressed by how well the director executed the making of the film while also being in charge of the visual effects and cinematography; he was impressed by the storytelling of the film, as well. For Seamus, it was refreshing to see a monster movie that approached monsters in such a suspenseful manner, like the classics it was so heavily inspired by. The cinematographer signed up and got on board to work with Gareth Edwards on his second project: Godzilla.
If you are sick from hearing about selfies, raise your hand. People taking selfies has gotten way to much attention over the last year. But what if animals took selfies, that would be fresh, right? This is what art director Silvio Medeiros thought and executed a beautiful campaign featuring wild animals selfies for the National Geographic Collection.[Read More…]
I was born and raised a Muslim in America, and nine years old when New York lost its Twin Towers. The next week, I started finding out that the men responsible for hijacking the four airplanes that marked that terrible day did it in the name of my religion. What happened that day changed the course of the entire country; for me, that change came in the form of prejudice, fear, and hate. For a while, many people close to me dealt with threats, harassment, and misunderstandings because people were scared. It was extraordinary how different things had become in such a short time.
But the way things have changed up to now is even more remarkable. Today, even in Texas, that fear is dying. The people that live here build together, work together, and learn about each other in ways that are unprecedented. Granted, I can’t speak for other areas out there, but I’ve never seen Muslims so accepted into a community as I do today, and every now and then I find myself thankful for that. It’s a reminder of the endurance we’re all capable of; it’s a reminder of the fact that even when the loss we might face is overwhelming, our will to rebuild is what remains resilient. The 9/11 Memorial Museum and One World Trade Center that stand in New York today are living examples of that strength.
Photographers Tomer Jacobson and Maxim Golovanov have been slowly building up a song themed series (previously). This time they are paying a tribute to one of my adolescence all time favorites: Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden form their excellent The Number of The Beast. If you were not here in the 80’s, jump to the end for a quick refresher.
The song is about a prisoner who is about to be executed (and in fact is executed during the song). While it is not clear what the man has done, it had to be pretty awful as he is about to be hanged. As the song progresses, he shares his understanding that, in fact, he does not want to die. (this is of course, how I read into it, songmeanings.com has a huge debate about the meaning) The photo gives another take on the famous two lines:
‘Cause at five o’clock they take me to the Gallows pole
The sands of time for me are running low…