If you are a fan of dreamy, whimsical images, you’re probably familiar with Bella Kotak‘s work. She creates her own fantasy scenes and stories that take you into magical worlds when you look at them. Thanks to SmugMug Films, we can take a peek behind Bella’s dreamlike worlds and find out more about how she creates them and what stands behind her inspiration and ideas.
Us at DIYPhotography always look forward to SmugMug Films. They are fun to watch, inspirational, and we get to discover some amazing photographers. This time, SmugMug features Russian photographer Kristina Makeeva.
Kristina’s photos are a unique, dreamy blend of fashion and travel photography. The latest SmugMug film follows Kristina on a shoot to southern Siberia’s Lake Baikal: the deepest lake in the world, frozen over for the majority of the year. The place is beautiful on its own, but captured in Kristina’s style, it becomes even more magical.
Selfies are probably the most common photographs created today. Most of us shoot them, but how many of us shoot them the way Lizzy Gadd does? Lizzy photographs herself in the various landscapes of the world and her work truly illustrates the difference between a simple “selfie” and a “self-portrait”.
Lizzy’s also the subject of SmugMug’s latest film, which sees her exploring Scotland’s beautiful Isle of Skye looking for new worlds in which to place herself. She talks about her motivation and technique, and it’s fascinating to listen to her insights and thought process.
Travel photography seems like something that only social media “influencers” do these days, but that is absolutely not the case. Travel photography as a genre and as a specialism for professional photographers is as strong and vibrant now as it ever was. And they don’t get much better than photographers like Karen Hutton.
For Karen, though, travel photography isn’t just about shooting pretty landscapes. It’s a philosophy. An entire way of life. SmugMug caught up with Karen to find out more about her philosophy and what makes her tick in their new film. It’s wonderfully inspiring and packed with amazing photography.
Here is something we did not see coming. SmugMug, a photo management company, just bought Flickr, one of the foundation pillars of online photo sharing.
The purchase amount remains unknown, as well as the other terms of the deal.
Alastair Jolly, Global Marketing Manager for SmugMug tells DIYP that “Through this acquisition, SmugMug will now extend this dedication to the largest photography community in the world benefitting tens of millions more photographers and putting their work and inspiration first. The acquisition also builds on SmugMug’s vision to help photographers at all levels share and sell stories”
If you are a user of either of those services, Smugmug tells DIYP that each site will keep its entity and separate operations. If I had to guess though, I think we will see at least some integration in the future, such as direct import and export and maybe some level or portfolio display utilizing Flickr photos via the SmugMug display system.
I always look forward to seeing new SmugMug Films. They always feature such fascinating photographers with amazing work. This time around, it’s mountain sports and lifestyle photographer Blake Jorgenson. Often found waist deep in snow waiting for the right combination of light and action to capture the perfect shot. The Cold Open sees Blake talk about his work and passion for photography and adventure.
I love the irony of their tagline. “Protect yourself from the inevitable”, which in this case is the closing down of their “for Home” service. This was a service for consumers, hobbyist photographers and the like to store their data online in the cloud. This way, when the inevitable happens, and they lose it locally, they still have a copy safe and sound floating around the Internet.
Now, users will have to find a new home for their data. Starting yesterday, CrashPlan are no longer renewing or accepting new subscriptions for their “for Home” service. They are honouring current subscriptions, but when they’re over, your data’s gone. So, you’ll want to find a new service and back up to there as quickly as you can.
UPDATE: this giveaway has ended. Winners are at the bottom. Huge thanks to Smugmug for letting us play.
Do you remember how fun it used to be sitting in the living room and passing albums around. Heck, I still break out my wedding albums when the kids get curious. But albums in general are getting more rare and those family photo gatherings are getting rare as a result.
SmugMug has a great solution for that, it’s their new Apple TV app. It’s an alternative way to display and share photos even if you don’t print them. And I can see the fun and value in that.
This is why we teamed up with SmugMug to give 2 Apple TVs away. How cool is that. Just enter your details in the box below.
My biggest problem with “the cloud” has always been that many cloud services seem to pop up overnight from nowhere. This means that they can also disappear just as quickly. This was the case with Picturelife, an image hosting service which was bought out by Streamnation last year.
After 18 months of new ownership, Picturelife has shut its doors. Normally, this means that those hosted files would disappear forever. At least for those who hadn’t downloaded their images first. This time, however, SmugMug have stepped in to keep those images available.
Photographer and Digital Artist Renee Robyn survived a devastating motorcycle crash that nearly left her paralyzed. Unable to leave her bed while recovering from the accident, she discovered a new way to express her boundless creativity without having to travel: digital composites. She’s now a critically acclaimed artist. Learn more about Renee’s inspirational story through her SmugMug Film, the latest in a series of stunning video shorts that we hope will inspire passion, ignite possibility, and encourage you to throw your own shutter wide open to the wonders of the world.
Below, Renee shares some of the tips she’s learned through years of “trying to make things suck less.”