The Library of Congress has created a fantastic online trip down the history lane. Newspaper Navigator is an online base consisting of 16,3 million newspaper pages, out of which 1.5 million are photos. It covers the period between 1900 and 1963, giving you a whole lot of historic newspaper photos and headlines in just a few clicks.
We all look at the most successful photographers and wonder what would it take to “be them”. There are some things that we can point to with certainty that are the key to their success. Skills, intelligence and very importantly, discipline.
You have probably heard the phrase “Work smarter, not harder”. My experience has shown that most successful photographers actually do both, They are definitely hard workers, but they work smart by embracing a set of values and adopting behaviors that help them accomplish their goals and dreams.
No matter what genre of photography you shoot, there are images you have in your head that you want to create as examples of “great” photographs. And if you manage to pull them off, then fantastic. You share them far and wide. But what about the pretty good, not terrible, above average, but not great photographs? Should you share those?
That’s the question put forth by landscape photographer Ralph Goldsmith in this video. When it comes to his own answer, it’s a resounding yes, absolutely, share away, and he gives three of his reasons why.
What is a stop of light? Essentially, it’s a relative quantity of light. Either half or double of a pre-existing amount. But what does that really mean? And why does it take Rob Hall 8 whole minutes to explain it? Well, that simple concept comes with a lot of implications in photography, and it applies to everything from our ISO, aperture and shutter speed to flash power, flash distance, neutral density filters and more.
Understanding what a stop of light is and what it implies are vital for creating good and consistent exposures in photography, and it’s one of its most basic principles. If you don’t understand it, it can be difficult to figure out what problems might be occurring when you shoot an image and it isn’t what you expected.
GoPro cameras are best known for shooting action videos, but they can be surprisingly good for taking still photos as well. The trick is to work with their quirks and limitations, rather than fighting against them. It is obvious that results will be quite different from images taken from smartphones or cameras, but that´s the hidden beauty.
On its August issue covers, Vogue features the amazing gymnast Simone Biles, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. While people are thrilled to see her on the cover, the photos themselves have caused quite an outrage. People have called out Leibovitz over “poor lighting” and “washed out” skin tones, adding that Vogue should have hired a black photographer who better understands dark skin tones.
Cables seem to be popping up more and more in our lives lately, whether it’s power cables, USB cables or whatever. And as many of us have shifted our attention towards video, there are even more, with HDMI and microphone cables. But cables require care, especially the expensive ones. There are ways to wrap them up properly and definitely ways you don’t want to wrap them.
But what does this have to do with video games? Well, The Last of Us Part 2, it seems, has taken this mindset to heart, to provide more realism. It shows pretty much perfect techniques for wrapping cables and ropes that never tangle and come loose when thrown.
It’s something that all of us have run into at some point or another, particularly when we’re still learning the basics of photography. We learn that when we stop down our lenses, we get more depth of field and a sharper image. So, if I need the most depth of field, I should just stop it down all the way, and everything will be in focus and super sharp, right? Well, no, not exactly.
Diffraction is a topic that gets thrown around a lot when people start talking about stopping their lenses all the way down, but a lot of people don’t really know what it means. They’ve seen the effects, but how and why does it happen? In this video, ZY Productions explains what diffraction is, and how it affects your images.
Any event photographer gets tons of requests from people asking for specific photos from an event. Sometimes they will acquiesce, but often not. Don’t nag them if they don’t get back to you or say no.
Here’s why (TL;DR at end).
If there one photographer’s name who’s popped up a lot over the years, it’s Pete Souza. He was the official White House photographer for both Presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, and he shot for the Chicago Tribune for many of the intervening years. Despite a long career already, at 65 years old he’s not giving up yet, having recently put out another new book.
In this live-streamed interview, Chase Jarvis spends an hour and a quarter talking to Pete about his career and the adventures he’s experienced along his journey – which has ended up taking a completely different direction to that which he originally intended.