Portraits can be super fun! Michael Thompson of LightenUpandShoot.com sometimes employs a very specific style of shooting. He combines street photography with portraits; he finds cool locations and interesting people, and sets up a mini-studio right there on the spot. He's done workshops on this at the B&H Event Space, but you should see if he's coming closer to your neck of the woods.
How do you think Mike shot the photo above? Read on to find out, and also be sure to check out the video showing Michael shooting the photos.
Ansel Adams once remarked that a good photograph is knowing where to stand. Where we stand—or kneel, sit, or lie—determines the camera’s point of view.
The seemingly mundane task of selecting a point of view is one of the most creative aspects of photography. When the camera’s position changes, the relationships of the visual elements in the viewfinder are rearranged. We can redesign the world as the camera sees it, simply by moving.
Theron Humphrey created a viral sensation with Maddie on Things. But he is also the creative professional behind This Wild Idea, a project documenting the stories behind various Americans. Specifically, it's a 365 project, where he publishes a new story and photo series every day.
We had some time to talk to Theron about the projects he's been working on, and about how he got Maddie to stand on various objects.
Frank Doorhof is an well known photographer, instructor and blogger from Europe. He has built up his portfolio of work and has developed into a major professional. Frank has also recently been added to the Kelby Training lineup.
Frank took a bit of time to talk to us about how he grew as a photographer, and about some of the inspiration and lighting behind his fashion photography.
The first question non-divers usually ask is, “Have you ever seen a shark?” If you answer yes, they want to know if you were scared. Well, for most divers, seeing this majestic animal is a thrill. To be able to see dozens at one time is an experience most divers dream of. One does not have to travel far to realize this dream. In the Bahamas, on New Providence Island in the city of Nassau, you can swim with dozens of gray reef sharks. Nassau is less than a three-hour flight from New York City. The island is merely 178 miles from Miami, Florida. Nassau is known for sandy white beaches, calm blue water, casinos, resorts and gift shops. There is enough to do to keep any tourist happy. Vacationers come to this island by cruise ship, airplane and private boat, to relax and party. But if you want adventure, you should venture beneath the Bahamian waters to see the numerous reefs, walls and shipwrecks teeming with marine life.
Mitch Aunger runs the extremely-popular Planet 5D community. Founded around the advent of HDSLRs, the site has evolved over the years to not only being a host to reviews and news, but also aggregating lots of the cultural changes within the HDSLR community, and interviewing top professionals.
We recently had the chance to squeeze some time in with Mitch to ask him a couple of questions about HDSLR culture, and lots more.
Graham Watson has honed his skill of photographing cycling for over 30 years. His typical season runs from January through October, photographing races all over the world. Graham's photos are so grabbing, that Lance Armstrong recruited him to produce the imagery for one of his books. He is also very active on Twitter.
We were able to catch up with the cycling photographer between races, to pick his brain about the industry, and about becoming a successful photographer.
Every experienced photographer knows and fears lens flare. Most often, we associate it with those horribly distracting 'stars' of light we see through our viewfinder and in our images when shooting into the sun. But not everyone knows that lens flare doesn't only affect those shots—it is part of every image we capture. So knowing how to reduce its effect is a valuable tool in many shooting situations.
This week in the news: Apple tests a new 8-inch iPad; lots of new accessories came out for gamers; and Lensbaby announced a brand new creative optic designed for portrait photographers. Plus, the internet got a sneak peek at Adobe Photoshop CS6's latest tweaks to the very-popular Content-Aware Fill feature.
This is your B&H Pulse news fix for February 17, 2012.
Emiliano Granado is a young photographer who has made the PDN 30, shot various advertising campaigns, and has a wide variety of experience. As a young man who has quickly gained respect in the photo community, he states that he doesn't want to be a photographer—he needs to be a photographer.
We recently caught up with him to talk about how he made it, and the changes that happened in such a short period of time.
One of the most valuable lessons that I apply to photography on a daily basis was actually taught to me by a theater professor in college, well before I had a passion for taking pictures. “The most interesting characters are the ones that struggle between good and bad. Show me this conflict,” Dr Edwards said, “because it is this conflict that we are drawn to.”
People go scuba diving for many reasons. Some divers are interested in the natural beauty of coral reefs, and the animals that call this environment home. Wreck divers are interested in man-made objects that have ended up underwater by disaster. Ships and airplanes sink because of bad maintenance, fire, weather, collisions and war. Once sunk, the wreck becomes a time capsule. When diving to explore wrecks, the experience is enhanced if you know its history. When swimming through one of these underwater museums, one can't help but imagine what happened during the sinking. If your objective is to create images, knowing the wrecks history will help.
In this episode of Real Exposures, David Brommer talks to famed photojournalist and wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer. They talk about the Brenizer Method; film vs digital; never getting bored when shooting; his mentors and influencers; and what he's working on, going forward.
Plus, you'll get special insights into what some of Ryan's favorite gear is.
Katie O'Beirne is an artist in NYC who recently launched the New York Shots project, which placed disposable cameras all over NYC and different places in the world, asking people to take photos with them. In the end, we get a crowdsourced documentary project combined with portraiture with interesting results. We talked to Katie recently about the project, and here's what she had to say.
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