Photographing the Beauty & Diversity of Taiwan

A feathered dancer laughs during an arts festival. The Dream Parade is an annual arts carnival and street parade that takes place in Taipei. The event is the brainchild of real estate developer Gordon Tsai who founded the Dream Community after being inspired by simialr events in other parts of the world.

Photo by Craig Ferguson

Editorial and travel photographer Craig Ferguson moved to South East Asia after graduating college almost two decades ago and hasn’t looked back since. Today, Craig lives in Taipei, Taiwan and has fallen completely in love with its culture, people, food, and his lovely wife Selina.

Moved by the beauty and diversity of Taiwan, Craig turned to Lattice, our new storytelling platform, to share his perspective on the country he loves.  Craig’s Lattice board, Taiwan, features “Asia’s hidden gems” including the landscapes, people, food, and culture, giving anyone who visits the board a sense of why Taiwan is so special.

We caught up with Craig to find out why Taiwan is a meaningful place to photograph.

Fields of calla lilies in Taipei's Yangmingshan National Park

Photo by Craig Ferguson

What story about Taiwan and its people did you want to tell through your Lattice board?

Taiwan tends to be an overlooked part of Asia. People

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Temple guardians also known as Ba Jia Jiang.
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The Heralded Veteran Who Still Reaches for Film

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Photographer David Burnett

For nearly 50 years, David Burnett has been traveling and documenting the world – much of it on film. While most of the photojournalism world has shifted to using digital photography exclusively, Burnett stubbornly continues to carry around a Speed Graphic camera and dozens of sheet film holders – making him instantly recognizable on the sidelines of events such as the Olympics. After all these years working in photography and seeing so many technological developments, why do you still shoot film? As wonderful as the new tech and digital is – and there are a few great elements: speed of confirmation, speed of dissemination of images, and I’m sure there are other “good things” – there is something about film which still attracts me. In a way, I think I still appreciate that sense of dread, that pit in your tummy when you have no idea whether
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Tips for Breaking into Commercial Photography

This interview is just one of many from our free, downloadable Guide: Breaking Into Commercial Photography. For more tips, download your copy today, here. Chrissy Lynn got her start in photography in 2000 shooting her friends’ bands in Washington, DC. From there, she spent several years dabbling in documentary, editorial, fine art, interiors and, well, anything else that struck her. “I’ve done everything,” she says. After some soul searching, she realized should couldn’t keep being a jack-of-all-trades. Now based in San Francisco, this sought-after photographer has found her niche in lifestyle and fashion shooting for brands like Google, Salesforce, Rainbeau, and Rand + Statler. Here, she reveals how honing her focus helped her build a successful commercial business.
Photo by Chrissy Lynn

Photo by Chrissy Lynn

How did you find your niche and discover your focus in commercial photography?  About five years ago, I looked at my website and realized I was really struggling
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Introducing the PhotoShelter Mobile App

Your business never stops moving. Whether out in the field or hustling for the next assignment, client image requests and opportunities to promote yourself don’t wait for you. And these days, the time it takes to respond can make all the difference. We get it. Professional photography is a demanding job. Success doesn’t come easy. Yet every so often, you get a rare moment to sit back and say “I just crushed it.” Today, we’re happy to announce a new tool that will help with exactly that.   Introducing the PhotoShelter mobile app! Ready now on the App Store for iOS devices, this companion app provides a brand new way to directly access, manage, and take care of business on-the-go. (Read: crush it.) appstore-button Designed to help bridge the gap between your time spent inside the “office” and the life you live out in the world, the app combines
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How to Work with Photo Editors – An Interview with Leslie Baldwin of Texas Monthly

This interview is just one of many from our free, downloadable Guide: Breaking Into Editorial Photography. For more tips, download your copy today, here. Leslie Baldwin has been the photography editor for Texas Monthly, a 13-time National Magazine Award-winning regional magazine, for 11 years. She got her start in the photography world in New York City, where she worked as studio manager for photographer and illustrator Matt Mahurin and then as cover coordinator for Time magazine creative director Arthur Hochstein. Here’s an inside look at how a magazine photo editor works and what she’s looking for.
Cover of Texas Monthly

Cover of Texas Monthly

PhotoShelter: How did you become a photo editor? Leslie Baldwin: I studied fine arts at the University of Texas, and while I learned a good deal, looking back I realize I learned more by working. I really had to hustle to figure out how to make a living using my
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Enrique Iglesias Captures a Drone | I Love Photography | Ep. 55

It is the end of an era as my co-host Sarah Jacobs joins us one last time before starting her new job as an associate photo editor at the Business Insider. I’m definitely sad to see her go, but wish her the best and maybe we can get her to come guest host every once in a while. This week: Annie Leibovitz photographed Caitlyn Jenner, Christian Patterson wins the Vevey International Photography Award, and David Fund and Yena Kim photograph Bodhi, the Menswear Dog for the Men’s Style section of The New York Times. Download the podcast Our weekly look at all things photographic with PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi and Sarah Jacobs. Get the podcast: http://bit.ly/ilovephoto
Watch the broadcast: http://bit.ly/ilovephotoyt 1:33 Photo Expert: ‘A Manipulated Image Is Not Necessarily a Lie’
4:30 Steve McCurry’s Assistant Busted in $654,358 ‘Afghan Girl’ Art Theft
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New Guide! Breaking Into Commercial Photography

How should you pitch your work to agency art buyers? What’s it like working with ad agencies, or big brands on set? How can you attract commercial clients? These questions and more are answered in our latest guide, Breaking Into Commercial Photography. Dive in to discover how to begin building your client list, marketing tactics to stay relevant in an ever-changing field, and how to integrate your personal style into commissioned work. Inside this guide you’ll find:
    • What art buyers want from photographers
    • How to keep your cool on set
    • Marketing tactics to keep you top of mind
    • How to stay true and authentic to your work
    • Tips on estimating and negotiating
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Building Lasting Editorial Client Relationships

This interview is just one of many from our free, downloadable Guide: Breaking Into Editorial Photography. For more tips, download your copy today, here. David Clifford has been on both sides of editorial photography. A sought-after outdoor photographer and videographer with more than 20 years of experience, this Aspen and Denver, Colorado-based shooter is also a former photo editor for Rock and Ice Magazine and Trail Runner Magazine. As a photo editor, he has mentored many of the best outdoor photographers in the U.S. and helped start the Rock and Ice photography workshops. Now a full-time, award-winning photographer, his editorial clients include National Geographic, GQ, Men’s Fitness, Outside Magazine and more. PhotoShelter:  How do you find and market yourself to photo editors you haven’t worked with before?  David Clifford: There’s never one way to go about it, but if you want to make a connection with a new
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Will the Big Meh Lead to an Artistic Renaissance?

On the Op/Ed pages of The New York Times, Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman described “The Big Meh” – the productivity paradox whereby the incredible technological development of the Information Age has yielded only modest economic results. Entrepreneur Peter Thiel famously complained, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” Therein lies the rub. You can only move data so quickly before the economic benefit becomes dubious at best (think high frequency traders). More social networks, more Wikipedia pages, more efficient ride hailing – they are good to a point, but it’s just not the same as building roads, bridges, and flying cars, all of which employ people and make other economic opportunity available. On the other hand, the Information Age is really good at cultural transmission. On the day that I am writing this, the legendary Mary Ellen Mark passed away. Don’t know who she
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Richard Prince is a Jerk

There are many people who have studied and understand the art world better than me. But there is one thing that I’m sure of: Richard Prince is a jerk. I say this for two reasons. First, I haven’t read anything that suggests he has the self-awareness and intellectual rigor that is bestowed upon him by fawning critics. The pro-Prince camp suggests that he is purposely stretching the concepts of intellectual property ownership, but I counter that he is intellectually lazy. (And even if he had the mental prowess of Socrates, it would make his “art” all the more inexcusable.) Second, he is a thief. He was a thief when he stole Sam Abell’s cowboy image from a Marlboro ad in 1977. prince_example-cigarettes He was a thief when he stole Garry Gross’ image of Brooke Shields in 1983. He was a thief when he stole 35 images from Patrick Cariou in 2008 (one
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New Member Shout Outs: May Edition

One of our favorite things is seeing new PhotoShelter members set up their sites quickly and upload their fantastic work. This month we’ve already stumbled upon four new members who are utilizing our sites to showcase their varying styles – from safaris, to engagement sessions in Cheshire, UK – we get to see it all. Take a peek below at how these new members are displaying their portfolios with us.

Lulu & Duck Photography

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Lulu & Duck’s Sonnet homepage

  • Name/Site: Lulu & Duck Photography
  • PhotoShelter template: Sonnet
  • Member since: May 5, 2015
  • Location: Cheshire, UK
  • Specialty and background: Louise Rosson of Lulu & Duck has one main goal when working with her clients: to make them laugh. She’s a self taught photographer who’s been honing her practice since 2014, and has already shot 30 families. She specializes in family portraits with a documentary twist – when working she’s often told she feels like an
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Directing Video – The Photographer’s Perspective

Michael Grecco fell in love with photography as a kid during summer camp. Like most analog photographers, he was enthralled by the magic of watching a print develop in a tray in the dark. He began pouring over the Time Life photography books from his local library, and discovering and studying his heros, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Bruce Davidson.

Later, he decided to switch gears and go to film school, “I figured I couldn’t learn any more about photography, how silly of me! Instead I would learn about moving images,” he tells us. This was a completely new experience where Michael began to develop an eye for not only great light, but using it to create emotion that helped convey the story. Here we talk to Michael about the differences between photography and video, and how his experience with photography has made him a better director.

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Did Photography Change Your Life? Let it Change the Lives of Others.

For many photographers, there is a seminal moment in their past when photography captured their imagination. I had a 110 film camera when I was very young, but for me things changed when a neighbor gathered a few kids together on a Saturday morning and showed us how to use a light meter and a SLR camera.

The love affair was, well, instant.

Me and my trusty Olympus OM-4 in 7th grade.

My trusty Olympus OM-4 in 7th grade.

I immediately understood that my Instamatic camera was barely scratching the surface of what photography was and could be. Suddenly, I was exposed to apertures, shutter speeds, ISO and the mathematical connections between the two made me think technically about a creative process.

The same was true of my exposure to music. I hated practicing and classical music initially bored me, but when I had the opportunity to learn how to play the theme from The Pink Panther on the piano, things

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$30k for Best Instagrammer | I Love Photography | Ep. 54

Lauren Greenfield captures the ultra wealthy in Beijing, a man steals $150,000 to post in his Instagram feed, and get your own fake arm selfie stick. Our weekly look at all things photographic with PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi and Sarah Jacobs.

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1:21 James Nachtwey covers the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake
4:04 Marcus Bleasdale believes activists photographers is the next wave
6:38 Lauren Greenfield captures China’s Bling Dynasty
10:48 How-old.net was a tricky way to serve you ads
13:40 Pete Souza photographs the President in all 50 States
16:24 2015 National Geographic Traveler Contest
18:24 Getty Images sponsors $30,000 Instagram contest
20:20 Man steals $150,000 to post on Instagram
21:36 Amateur covers Baltimore riots on Instagram – lands cover of TIME
24:00 Jerome Liebling captured New York for 50 years
25:37 Mervyn O’Gorman’s color photos from 1913
27:45 The

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5 Popular Lattice Boards We Can’t Stop Staring At

People are really buzzing about Lattice, our new community to help you see and be seen. Photographers and photo enthusiasts are using the platform to find inspiration and also showcase and share incredible images (their own included!) from professional photographers all over the world.

One way to share stunning photography on Lattice is to create a board – aka a collection of images on a subject or theme you care about. We’re seeing creative boards pop up everyday on everything from Berries to Peru to Beautiful Clouds & Skies. And that’s just the start of it.

To help inspire you, we’ve compiled 5 boards we’re really loving. These are also among some of the most liked boards on Lattice too, and we can see why!

Birds curated by Meaghan Trust

Skiscapes curated by Christopher Robinson

Photo by Scott Sady

Photo by Scott Sady

BBQ curated by Todd Owyoung

Photo by RJ Hinkle

Photo by RJ Hinkle

Myanmar curated

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Tips for Pitching Editorial Clients and Landing Gigs

This interview is just one of many from our free, downloadable Guide: Breaking Into Editorial Photography. For more tips, download your copy today, here.

With a degree in fashion design from Drexel University and just a few photography classes under her belt, Erin Patrice O’Brien moved to New York City in 1995 determined to build a career in photography. She learned on the job by assisting for three and a half years while she worked on her portfolio. Since going out on her own, O’Brien has built a business as an editorial and commercial photographer specializing in celebrity, youth culture, portraiture, and kids photography. She’s photographed A-list actors, politicians and musicians for the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Premiere and many more.

Cover Shot by Erin Patrice O’Brien

Cover Shot by Erin Patrice O’Brien

PhotoShelter: How did you get your first breaks into editorial photography?

Erin Patrice O’Brien: My first big break was when I

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How Photography Can Help Close The Achievement Gap

We thought it was high time we came together as a community to give back to the community. And so #TogsGiveBack was born. The concept: We give you some awesome discounts, and your donation goes to arts education. It’s a win-win all around.

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All proceeds from #TogsGiveBack will go directly to Urban Arts Partnership (UAP), an amazing non-profit based in New York City, working hard to advance arts education in inner city schools. Urban Arts Partnership uses the arts to address educational inequity and provide the opportunity for young people to gain the skills and understanding they need to move on to college and career.

To find out more about Urban Arts Partnership and the incredible photography programs they run, we spoke to Erika Kapin, a UAP Photography Teaching Artist.

PhotoShelter: Tell me about your role within the photography programs at Urban Arts Partnership (UAP). What do you teach

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Shooting Outdoor Extreme Sports with Hypersync Strobes

Among the myriad of technological developments in photography, high speed flash synchronization allows for the creation of photos that wasn’t possible a few years ago. Outdoor/Adventure photographer Michael Clark has been experimenting with PocketWizard’s version called Hypersync along with Elinchrom strobes for his latest Hypersync Ice Climbing and Hypersync Surfing projects, which were recently featured on the Elinchrom blog. To see more images and get some background on these projects please visit the links provided here.

What is the appeal of overpowering the sun with strobes? Are you looking to heighten the drama?

Typically when using strobes if you want to create a dramatic mood you light the subject so they are a bit brighter than the background – usually you want the subject around half a stop to one stop brighter than the ambient light. This darkens the background and directs all the attention to your subject. You can certainly

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New Guide! Breaking Into Editorial Photography

Having a career in editorial photography today might seem like a pipe dream – but there are ways to get your foot in the door and begin shooting for clients that are on your dream list.

In this guide, we talk to successful editorial photographers about how to carve a space for yourself within the industry, how to land those dream clients, and how to go about negotiating even with tight editorial budgets. Inside, also get answers straight from the award-winning photo editors at publications including Texas Monthly and National Geographic about how they find talent, what they look for when hiring a new photographer, and more.

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Inside the Guide you’ll find:

  • How to prep for portfolio reviews
  • Which marketing tools you should invest in
  • The best way to get a photo editor’s attention
  • How to build solid relationships with photo editors
  • How to monetize your images after the shoot

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#TogsGiveBack: Why We’re Coming Together For Urban Arts Partnership

We thought it was high time we came together as a community to give back to the community. And so #TogsGiveBack was born. The concept: We give you some awesome discounts, and your donation goes to arts education. It’s a win-win all around.

All proceeds from #TogsGiveBack will go directly to Urban Arts Partnership, an amazing non-profit based in New York City, working hard to advance arts education in inner city schools.

Here, Kaya Chwals, Urban Arts Partnership’s Corporate Engagement Manager, tell us a little bit more about the organization, its dedication to photography, and how #TogsGiveBack will greatly support the cause. Take a look: 

Urban Arts Partnership (UAP) uses the arts to address educational inequity and provide the opportunity for young people to gain the skills and understanding they need to move on to college and career. Our programs ignite curiosity, develop character, and create pathways to

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