The Opposite Photography Challenge: Shoot Outside Your Comfort Zone

One way to stretch yourself as a photographer is to shoot outside your comfort zone, and the Opposite Photography Challenge is one way to do so. In this 7-minute video, photographer Irene Rudnyk shows how she carried out the challenge with a recent portrait shoot. The challenge involves shooting exactly the opposite of things you usually do. Rudnyk usually shoots professional female models outdoors with natural light, so for this challenge, she photographed a male non-model (commercial photographer Nathan Elson) indoors with studio lighting. Here are some of the portraits Rudnyk ended up with: “I challenge all of you
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This Eye-Popping Flyover of NYC Was Shot in 12K

Over the past several years, director Phil Holland has been specializing in high-res, large-format aerial cinematography. This gorgeous video titled “Above NYC” is a flyover of The Big Apple shot in 12K using a special rig comprising 3 RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV cameras. The cameras — worth $79,500 each for a total cost of $238,500 — were mounted inside a special 6-axis gyro-stabilized aerial camera rig called the Shotover K1 Hammerhead, which in turn was mounted to a helicopter. “For the stitching to work properly, they had to figure out the correct amount of overlap, and the cameras
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5 Fashion Photographers Share How They Got Started and Why They Love What They Do

We love the way fashion photography incorporates skills from almost every photography genre. From constructing fantasy worlds to tell the story of a product or look, to mastering portraiture and precise lighting while collaborating with other artists, stylists and models – there’s a lot that goes in to every photoshoot and a lot to love… The post 5 Fashion Photographers Share How They Got Started and Why They Love What They Do appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

These Epic Underwater Photos Were Shot Below Breaking Waves

For his project “Below the Breaking Wave,” UK photographer Matt Porteous of Studio_M visited The Maldives in the Indian ocean and shot underwater photos directly beneath powerful breaking waves. The results are stunning. “I’ve always had a fascination with our world below the breaking waves,” Porteous writes. “To me, it symbolizes the world that we live in today, the calm after every storm. The beauty, clarity and chaos.” “Reefs that survive and many that have gone, fish numbers are down in oceans, where others they thrive,” Porteous continues. “We live in a incredible time surrounded by a beautiful world,
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This LEGO Kit is a Photographer’s Promo Mailer

Every year since 2010, photographer Clint Davis has put together a creative promotional mailer to send out to current and prospective clients. This year he got playful and created a custom LEGO kit promo mailer. “Considering many of the people I do business with are extremely busy and surrounded by some of the most creative and innovative people in the world, this is my trojan horse,’ Davis writes. After some brainstorming, Davis had the idea of doing a LEGO mailer. And since he’s a commercial and editorial automotive photographer, the LEGO kit would have a car theme. Davis was happy
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9 Portrait Location Ideas in 90 Seconds

Sometimes the strangest or most mundane locations can make for compelling portrait environments. Mango Street made this short and sweet video in which it presents 9 portrait location suggestions in just 90 seconds. Here’s a rundown of the 9 places picked (watch the video for a full set of examples showing what you can shoot at each spot):

#1. Through a Cafe Window

#2. Near a Construction Site

#3. Chain-Link Fence

#4. Hedges

#5. Under an Overpass

#6. Indoor Window Light

#7. Outdoor Stairs

#8. Tennis Court

#9. Parking Garage

Mango Street says it picked these locations because they’re ones
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National Geographic Used a “Stock” Image and It’s Amazing

As a kid who grew up with a shelf filled with yellow spines, I can attest to the rhythm and general predictability of a National Geographic cover. With few exceptions (most notably those holographic covers from the 1980s), cover photography from the 1970s, 80s and 90s followed a familiar pattern of a far away place,… The post National Geographic Used a “Stock” Image and It’s Amazing appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

A Day of Diptychs: Contrasting Two Photos at a Time

For millennia, artists have used the diptych to explore duality. During medieval times, diptych panels were often connected by a hinge – part protection, part transportation-friendly design – and featured ecumenical themes. Nowadays, photography is often presented side-by-side, sometimes intentionally on the part of the photographer, as well as co-opted by consumers as a part of… The post A Day of Diptychs: Contrasting Two Photos at a Time appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Photog POV: Shooting a Wedding Day from Start to Finish

Wedding photographer Taylor Jackson made this inspiring 23-minute video showing how he shot a wedding day from start to finish, as seen from his point of view. Starting from the bridal party’s preparations to shooting portraits of the newly-married couple after the reception, Jackson shares behind-the-scenes footage, his resulting photos, and his commentary throughout. You can find more of Jackson’s work and teaching through his YouTube, course website, and Instagram. (via Taylor Jackson via Fstoppers)

Picking the Brain of Renowned Sports Photographer Neil Leifer

Renowned sports photographer Neil Leifer has captured some of the most recognizable photos in the history of sports, particularly of Muhammad Ali, one of his long-term subjects. Here’s a fantastic 17-minute video by The Art of Photography in which Leifer talks about his life, the stories behind his iconic photos, and his experience in the ever-evolving photo industry. One of Leifer’s most famous photos is of Ali knocking down Sonny Liston and standing over him, and a second is an overhead, remote-triggered photo of Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams at the Houston Astrodome in 1966.
Two of Neil Leifer’s most
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I Let Hundreds of Mosquitos Bite Me to Get the Perfect Photo

Like most good stories, this one is made of blood, sweat, and tears. Well, maybe just blood and sweat. And clicks — lots of them. Blood, sweat, and clicks… If you have a fear of blood or find mosquitos disgusting, read on at your own risk. As a macro photographer, I am always on the lookout for new spots to explore. One day in October 2017, I took a day off from my day job and went out with my macro gear to explore a new location in hopes of finding some tiny creatures I had not encountered before. As
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24hr Challenge: Shooting 7 Creative Travel Photos with a Compact Camera

We recently gave photographer Nate Luebbe a challenge to test his creativity under pressure: he was tasked with shooting 7 creative travel photos that capture the spirit of Norway within 24 hours using a compact camera. The 8-minute video above shows how he fared. Luebbe was shooting and vlogging with the Sony RX100 V, a premium compact camera with a 1-inch sensor and pro-grade autofocus performance. As you’ll see in the video, Luebbe’s effort came down to the wire, but he managed to capture these 7 photos in the span of that one day:

Photo #1

Photo #2

Photo
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This Guy Shot Formula 1 with a Game Boy Camera and Phone Lens

Photographer and Formula 1 fan Tim Binnion recently attended the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. In addition to shooting the race with his Nikon DSLR, Binnion also decided to document it with a 0.016-megapixel Game Boy Camera from 1998… and the results are pretty awesome. “To my knowledge, no one has ever shot motorsports with a Game Boy Camera before, and there’s probably a good reason for that!” Binnion writes. He was inspired by the work of photographer Joshua Paul, who shoots F1 with a 1913 Graflex 4×5 view camera, and Alexander Pietrow, who shot the
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‘You Must Create’: This Spoken Word is Inspiration for Photographers

Photographers can easily become distracted by the pursuit of things like popularity and success, but one thing that many photographers find beneficial is going out and creating photos just for themselves rather than for others. Here’s a 5-minute spoken word performance titled “You Must Create” that encourages photographers to do just that. This dose of inspiration was created in collaboration between The School of Photography and spoken word poet and artist Ölmo Lazarus of Poetry to Succeed. Here’s a transcript of the poem:
So you haven’t got a million followers,
You haven’t got a million pounds,
You haven’t conquered the
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