Whether you're totally new to photography or have been a veteran for many years, we all have someone or something that inspired us to begin this journey. Let us know how it all began once upon a time in the comments below. Me—it all began with New York Newsday photographer John Conrad Williams and his photojournalism class in college. He pushed me to create better pictures and unlocked my passion for documenting human life: the emotional, the intimate, the unusual, etc. Listening to his stories and the way he pushed me to strive for perfection made me addicted. Now tell us your story in the comments below.
Remember the very first bread-and-butter lens that you bought or received? Joining it to your camera, and seeing some of the first photos from that union, most likely made your eyes light up with joy. Remember when you took it out of the box for the first time, and realized that you and that lens just bonded? Perhaps you loved the feel of it in your hands, or how the different rings on it turned. That's also probably the moment that you told yourself, "I really got my money's worth." Tell us about your baby in the comments below, and visit our used store to see if it's still available.
Every serious photographer has an archive of some form. Some of those archives become important libraries at the heart of our collective visual culture, holding significant imagery that historians utilize and the public enjoys. Others disappear into obscurity, and with them go potentially important images, never to be seen by the public. As photographers, we want our work to fall into the former category. Most photographers neglect image archiving to the point that most of their work will sadly end up in the latter category.
I'm a self-confessed technophobe! I'm more of a tactile person; I like things I can touch or make with my hands. Perhaps this is why I stick to the old-school process of shooting with film. Recently, I'd been getting so many requests for my photography website and, well, I'd always been too intimidated with the likes of the web—and unnerved by HTML—to make one. Enter liveBooks!
When we’re out meeting our seminar attendees, we know that many of you are total newbies when it comes to AC flash. So this is the first in our series of explorations into what some call “studio flash”. That in itself is an outdated term: Many professional photographers use these AC-powered flash units and shoot entirely on location. Admittedly, there was a time in history when about the only AC-flash units that were available required a great deal of amperage to power, and the physique of a body-builder to transport.
Need a break and want to look at something really cool and interesting? Why not take a look at some compelling photography-related content from around the web today. If you're a baseball fan, a photographer interested in your legal rights, love clowns, or a fan of John Mayer, you're in luck.
Polaroid was the first company to offer photographers instant gratification. While we mostly think about instant film prints that the company is famous for, the lesser known 20x24 Polaroid camera is something of a rare unknown beast of legend. I recently took a tour to view one right here in NYC at 20x24 Studios. For those of you not as familiar with the Polaroid line, the 20x24 studio camera is an old-school giant that shoots massive 20 inch by 24 inch exposures.
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