Vertical Horizon: Pointing the Camera Up in a Dense Urban Jungle

When I arrived in Hong Kong in 2009, I was not much of a photographer; my creative impulses were channelled largely toward drawing and graphic design. However, after living in the middle of this city, soaking in its dense web of streets and an atmosphere that is somehow thick with vibrancy, my view of photography started to evolve. This place has so many things to say that recording it with a camera began to feel like an urge. Through the medium of photography, I wanted to find an original ‘angle’ that would open up a fresh perspective on what I
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13 Beautiful Examples of Minimalist Photography by Julian Schulze

Belin-based Julian Schulze is clearly a master of minimalism, a feat made all the more eye-catching and impressive when you consider the cultural clutter of our times. If you’ve been looking for minimalist inspiration, look no further. Schulze describes himself as “focused on geometric abstraction and minimalistic compositions.” His images range from simple shots of everyday scenes made up of just one or two elements, to mind-bending abstractions that will leave you wondering which way is up. Each shot is expertly composed, using light, shadow, and color to create a 2D canvas out of a 3D scene. Which is
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My Camera Died at the Beginning of a Shoot, So I Used My iPhone Instead

Imagine you turn up to a portrait shoot and meet your model. You’ve scoped out the location, organized outfits and the weather is perfect. Only thing is, you pick up your camera and it isn’t working… something’s wrong with the lens. You’re a hobbyist, so you don’t have any spares. You should’ve checked before you left home, but you forgot. Normally this would mean you’d have to cancel or reschedule the shoot. Then you remember that RAW shooting was recently made available on your iPhone 6s with iOS 10! Could that be enough for a sunny day? It was worth
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The Social Photo Editor of The New York Times Breaks Down Her Job

At a large publication like The New York Times, there are a number of photo editors—including those in charge of curating great photography on Instagram. To find out what these photo editors are looking for, PhotoShelter caught up with their Social Photo Editor Kerri MacDonald, who oversees the @nytimes and @nytarchives Instagram accounts. We spoke with Kerri about how she selects images to feature on both accounts, her tips for writing engaging captions, and how photographers should pitch her.

China Says No Xie Xie to Dolce & Gabanna’s Photos

In 2012, Dolce & Gabbana launched their “Italian Family” campaign with actress/model Monica Bellucci and photographer Giampaolo Sgura. The campaign echoed Tommy Hilfiger’s 2010 campaign “The Hilfigers,” shot by Craig McDean, in which various models inhabited different characters of an quirky, idealized family (think Wes Anderson film). As the seasons progressed, the campaign morphed from a fictionalized… The post China Says No Xie Xie to Dolce & Gabanna’s Photos appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

5 Homebrew Camera Hacks in 1 Minute

Got a minute? That’s all you’ll need. Take a break from infinite scrolling through Instagram and listen up, because South African photographer Sheldon Evans can teach you 5 fun homebrew camera hacks in the same amount of time it takes you to read this post. Videos like this typically rehash a lot of older hacks we’ve seen or shared before, which is why you don’t seem them on PetaPixel as much anymore, but a few of Evans hacks actually caught us by surprise. Check out the video above to see how to:
  1. Turn a plastic bag into a ‘softbox’
  2. Use
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The Russian Photographer Who Shoots Dreamlike Portraits with Real Animals

Moscow-based photographer Olga Barantseva has built quite an oeuvre of mesmerizing imagery consisting of models posing with animals such as bears, wolves, raccoons, ostriches, owls, crocodiles, and snakes. Watching a small, fragile human kissing or riding on the back of a 1,500 lb., 7-foot-long brown bear is jaw-dropping at first sight. But don’t be alarmed, as this is one of a kind bear, Stepan, and the scene is a photographic fairy tale. Hunters rescued him when he was a starving and orphaned 3-month-old cub. He was then raised by his owner, a circus trainer. Once he had grown up,
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This Milky Way ‘FlightLapse’ Was Shot by an Airline Pilot

Here’s a gorgeous nighttime timelapse shot from a different perspective: this “FlightLapse” was captured from the cockpit of a Swiss airliner during a flight from Zurich, Switzerland, to Sao Paulo, Brazil. It shows the world, glowing cities, and other airplanes passing below the Milky Way above. The timelapse was created by 30-year-old Sales Wick, a photographer, film producer, and airline pilot based in Switzerland who’s also the founder of the film agency SkyProduction. “Flying through the night, while the world beneath us is at sleep, is a pretty common thing as a long haul pilot,” Wick writes. “The latter is
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Why Printing Your Photos Will Make You a Better Photographer

Print your photos. This little piece of advice goes far beyond the simple joy of holding a photograph in your hand. In fact, printing your photos will make you a better photographer and help you hold on to the fulfillment that comes from taking pictures. Here’s why. This newest ode to printing—certainly not the first such video we’ve shared—comes to us from photographer and filmmaker Peter McKinnon, who was apparently in a nostalgic mood this past weekend, remembering his days in the darkroom. Photography, he says, used to be a two part process—Part 1: take pictures; Part 2:
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How to Shoot Minimalist Photos, or: Stop Ripping Off Michael Kenna

The aesthetic of minimalism is very hard to achieve in a world that is full of content and never ending clutter. As photographers, how do we capture a scene in a minimalistic style without blatantly copying artists like Michael Kenna or Hiroshi Sugimoto? First, know the difference between copying, plagiarism, remixing, and inspiration. Take from the artists you like and make it your own. Personally, I think making a photographic style that is minimalistic your own is very hard without someone else saying that looks like so and so. Over time, however, your own voice, views and ideas will shine
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‘Collision Course’: The Making of a Storm Photograph

July 2nd, 2015. The weather forecast is dreadful. Warm and sweaty and with a chance of tornadoes. European Storm Forecast Experiment (Estofex for short) issued a level 2 warning, which means that there’s a 15% chance of severe weather.
A chase usually starts out with checking the storm forecast. Here in Europe, we use Estofex for to get a quick update for the day ahead during storm season. The red area with the number 2 inside it borders my stomping ground (The Netherlands). Image courtesy Estofex.org 2015-07-02 CC by-nc-sa
There was lightning, downbursts, and even something that may have
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Who Shot It Better? Earth: GOES-16 or Himawari 9

In honor of Earth Day, we present another edition of Who Shot It Better featuring the Big Blue Marble and a pair of geostationary weather satellites: NOAA’s GOES-16 and the Japan Meteorological Agency’s (JPA) Himawari 9. Although weathermen are the butt of many jokes, weather satellites play a crucial role in monitoring and understanding everything… The post Who Shot It Better? Earth: GOES-16 or Himawari 9 appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Take Better Photos by Breaking the World Down Into Elements

Today I want to share a super-simple idea that, if you can grasp it and put it into practice, I guarantee will really help your photography.

Break the scene down into elements

What we are basically doing as photographers is looking at the world, identifying interesting subjects, and organizing them accordingly. I think the best way to approach this is by breaking the world down into elements. If you think about the traditional rules of composition (leading lines, natural framing, etc.) what they all have in common is that they are encouraging you to break the world down into
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These are the Winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The 2017 Sony World Photography Award winners have officially been announced, revealing some of the most awe-inspiring and technically beautiful imagery from around the world. Over 227,000 entries were submitted; here are the grand prize winners.

Photographer of the Year – Frederik Buyckx, Whiteout

Belgian freelance photographer Frederik Buyckx was named “Photographer of the Year” and awarded $25,000 for his beautiful landscape photography series Whiteout, captured in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia. “There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have
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These are the Winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The 2017 Sony World Photography Award winners have officially been announced, revealing some of the most awe-inspiring and technically beautiful imagery from around the world. Over 227,000 entries were submitted; here are the grand prize winners.

Photographer of the Year – Frederik Buyckx, Whiteout

Belgian freelance photographer Frederik Buyckx was named “Photographer of the Year” and awarded $25,000 for his beautiful landscape photography series Whiteout, captured in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia. “There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have
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Where and How to Shoot Tulips in The Netherlands

Spring came early this year. Almost one month earlier than last year in fact. The tulips in my country are currently in full-bloom, and now is the best time to see and photograph them. As a local and sort of “known” Dutch landscape photographer, I get bombarded with questions on where to find them via social media. I figured it would be easy to write a quick guide for all of you ‘tourists.’

Where

As most of you probably already know, the most famous place to find flowers in the Netherlands is ‘de Keukenhof.’ One of the most
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This Incredible Ad Was Shot with a Robot Arm, Paint, and Water… No CGI

Step aside awesome Microsoft Surface Studio commercial, this new paint ad is officially the coolest use of robotic filming techniques and practical effects we have ever seen. As you watch this video, keep in mind: none of this is CGI. The ad was created by the minds at McKinney and PSYOP, and our first time through, we simply couldn’t believe this was all done with paint, water, and standard editing. But it was, as the behind the scenes video they released shows. All it took was a Phantom slow motion camera mounted on a high-speed robot arm called
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