Ansel Adams’ Pictures of an American Concentration Camp During WWII

00338v Ansel Adams is best known for his breathtaking landscape photos, but he photographed much more than nature during his decades-long career. In 1943, already the best-known American photographer, Adams visited the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California, one of the concentration (or “relocation”) camps the US gathered Japanese-Americans into during World War II. After Pearl Harbor in 1941, a presidential executive order led to over 110,000 Japanese-Americans being forced from their homes in western states and sent to 10 relocation camps. Adams was angered by this, as someone he knew was relocation, so he jumped at the opportunity to photograph the Manzanar camp when they asked. With his camera, Adams documented daily life in Manzanar, portraits of those inside, agricultural scenes, and the sports and leisure activities. The project would become Adams’ biggest war-related effort.
Mrs. Naguchi and two children.

Mrs. Naguchi and two children.

Sumiko Shigematsu, foreman of power sewing machine girls.

Sumiko Shigematsu, foreman of power sewing machine girls.

What’s in NatGeo Photographer Jim Richardson’s iPhone?

“In the camera bag” columns have been a staple of photo industry journalism for years, and we certainly haven’t been immune to showing off the goods for luminaries like David Burnett, Sandy Huffaker, and Sven Doornkaat. But the popularity of the smart phone demands an evolutionary shift. Therefore, we introduce our first column of “What’s in…

3 Podcasts You Should Be Listening to For Your Photography Business

As creatives, we have to stay inspired, focused, and always be moving forward. Aside from focusing on creating beautiful, desirable work, if you want to survive doing what you love, you have to have a good business sense. For some of us, this comes naturally, for others it is a learning process. No matter what your experience with business is, you can always learn more. Between books, classes, and mentors, the options for learning are endless but between our personal lives, creating artwork, and what our budgets allow, the option aren't always as broad. Podcasts are an awesome, free way to learn about the business side of your craft. They can be informative, inspiring, and allow you to learn while you work. While there are tons of podcasts out there here are my top three favorite when it comes to the business side of photography. [ Read More ]

What Is ‘Hitchcock’s Rule’ & How Can It Help You Tell Better Visual Stories?

When it comes to visual storytelling, few directors were as precise as Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, many of Hitchcock's filmmaking techniques, some of which have gone on to become essential parts of the cinematic language, are relatively simple, and can even be distilled down into easy-to-remember rules. One such rule has become known simply as "Hitchcock's Rule," and when you apply it to your filmmaking, it can help you frame your shots more intentionally and cut to the correct shots at the correct moments in the editing room. In a quick tutorial from our friends at The Academy of Storytellers, Amina Moreau of Stillmotion describes Hitchcock's Rule and shows you how to apply it in several different filmmaking contexts. Check it out: So, what is Hitchcock's rule? Here's how Amina summarizes it in the Continue reading "What Is ‘Hitchcock’s Rule’ & How Can It Help You Tell Better Visual Stories?"

How an English Photographer Showed Thanks to His Country’s Veterans

With Veterans Day having just passed, there are a lot of thanks and praises going around to our past service members. We all give our gratitude in different ways. Photographer Louis Amore decided to create a series of portraits focusing on mostly elderly veterans. Amore said that the Remembrance Parade last year inspired him to create this series in order to preserve their memory and show thanks for their sacrifice. [ Read More ]

This Surreal ‘HyperZoom’ Time-Lapse Looks Like One Continuous Shot

Photographer Geoff Tompkinson has been working on a new time-lapse technique that he calls the “HyperZoom.” By matching up shots from camera zooms and pans, Tompkinson takes us on seamless journeys through locations that look like one long continuous shot. His new video above is a HyperZoom video that explores Hallstatt, Upper Austria, a beautiful historic town that’s listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
As if on the back of an invisible insect we fly around the sites of this wonderful town in one continuous journey passing through buildings to emerge in different parts of the town, finally ending up on the new viewpoint from Rudolfsturm perched high above the ancient town square. Those of you who know Hallstatt, as well as anyone who watches the video carefully, will appreciate that I have applied a little artistic licence to the geometry of the town in order to
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How Do You Create the Perfect Skin Tone?

When speaking of retouching, most people think of cleaning skin and altering the body shape. However, retouching goes further than that. Colors play such a significant role in an image, that forgetting about them would be a great mistake. Just like a good makeup artist shouldn't limit their job to the model's face, a good retoucher shouldn't stop the job with cleaning skin. [ Read More ]

Answers To 4 Good Questions, Including Why I LOVE/HATE Coffee [#cjRAW 10, #HeyChase]

Hey friends – Time is flying. We’re already at episode 10 of the new #cjRAW, and frankly speaking, I’m just getting warmed up. Boom. Onto this week’s episode where I’m AGAIN answering YOUR questions, just like Episode 02..AAAAANNNNDD…. While selecting questions for this episode, I noticed more and more questions coming in were starting with “Hey Chase”… So that got me thinking … what if you/everyone just tags their questions with #HeyChase it’ll be easier for me to find YOUR questions to answer them in future episodes. So, starting today, if you have questions, please use the hashtag #HeyChase and that’ll help me pull them for future episodes!. Ok then. Without further ado, let’s get to those questions:

Q: How did you get over the fear of taking street portraits without being too intrusive?

Thing #1 - Previously on the blog, I wrote a 5-step guide to street photography
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Critique the Community Episode 12: Swimwear with Dixie Dixon

A couple weeks ago, we asked the Fstoppers Community to submit their swimwear images for a special episode of "Critique the Community" with Dixie Dixon. Patrick met up with Dixie and went through 20 images of the submissions to give their thoughts on the quality of each image according to the Fstoppers rating system and how the images could be improved. Check out the image selection below and add your thoughts and ratings to the comments below.

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How I Had My Gear and 3 Months of Photos Stolen in One Brief Moment

gear1 My name is David Anderson and I’m a photographer from Scotland. I recently decided to take a different direction in life: I quit my job, bought a camera, and started traveling to places in Europe I had always dreamed of visiting and photographing. I have been traveling, on and off, for the past six months, capturing the adventure with my camera. I visited Iceland twice, photographing the amazing landscapes and making a travel film about the landscapes, then through Norway, Sweden and Finland. I photographed the amazing northern lights, the landscapes and culture, and I made another travel film about the adventure. Then, in the summer, I traveled through Belgium, Switzerland and Austria and into Italy. While working on a third travel film but in Italy, I experienced any photographer’s worst nightmare: my entire camera bag was stolen in plain sight. I lost my Canon 6D and my two lenses
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8 Tidbits of Photoshop Interface Wizardry That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Photoshop is a veritable spell book of amazing and seemingly mystical tools that empower any digital sorcerer with the potential for creating visual magic. Adobe has done a pretty great job over the years at adding in tons of optimization and shortcutting that can make for a more pleasant workflow. Unfortunately, they often treat these workflow enhancements like Easter eggs by not making them obvious at all. In this article we will go through a few hidden spells to help you optimize your Photoshop workflow. [ Read More ]

Photoshop Fix Might Put a Smile on Your Face

smile Back in September, Adobe ate some crow after showing off the new Photoshop Fix, a mobile app that has many of the powerful retouching features of Photoshop. In the demo, an image of a model was used to demonstrate the new “Smile” feature, whereby the user can manipulate the strength of a smile by simply dragging a finger. Given heightened awareness of everyday sexism and misogyny, the demo didn’t go over well, and some speculated the feature would be removed from the final candidate. This week, Photoshop Fix made its way into the App Store for iOS and Android, and I can assure the feature is there, and it’s a tool that makes you wish the rest of the features were as easy. Let me explain. screens As the newly released iPad Pro has shown, the tremendous processing power of tablets (coupled with a good stylus) means tablets (and to a
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A Simple Explanation of Smartphone Camera Quality

What makes one smartphone camera good and another one bad? YouTube tech video star Marques Brownlee of MKBHD just posted this easy-to-understand 5-minute-long explanation of smartphone camera quality. Brownlee talks about sensor size, pixel size, aperture, image stabilization, flash, and processing. “At the end of the day, it’s you who will tell how good a smartphone camera just based on how much you like the pictures,” he says.