Stop Taking Photos

Nestled within the Seto Inland Sea in Japan sits the island of Naoshima, population 3,583. The island would be otherwise unknown to outsiders except that in the mid 80s, publisher Testuhiko Fukutake and Naoshima mayor Chikatsugu Miyake dreamed up an idea of making the island a cultural center. Over the next few decades, the vision was realized with the creation of an art museum, site specific works, and a veritable explosion of art and architecture by the likes of Tadao Ando, James Turrell, Walter de Maria, Claude Monet, Rei Naito, Ryue Nishizawa and more.
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Stop Taking Photos

Nestled within the Seto Inland Sea in Japan sits the island of Naoshima, population 3583. The island would be otherwise unknown to outsiders except that in the mid 80s, publisher Testuhiko Fukutake and Naoshima mayor Chikatsugu Miyake dreamed up an idea of making the island a cultural center. Over the next few decades, the vision… The post Stop Taking Photos appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Why Reducing Your Social Media Use Can Help Make You a Better Photographer

Why Reducing Your Social Media Use Can Help Make You a Better Photographer Photographers today are the first generation of image makers who are entering an industry completely dominated by social media. Over the course of the last decade, social media has utterly surpassed virtually all other forms of marketing and has quickly become a dominating factor in lives of a huge part of the population, especially photographers. Social media use, however, suffers from some pretty severe implications that can have a limiting factor on the quality of work a photographer creates. [ Read More ]

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.

Man’s Neighbor Shoots His $3,000 DJI Inspire 2 Drone Out of the Sky

Man's Neighbor Shoots His $3,000 DJI Inspire 2 Drone Out of the Sky Who here owns a drone? Who here knows every single minute rule, regulation, and flight path allowed to actually fly it personally or commercially? Probably not very many. As the market grows, we find the FAA expanding rulings and steps to go by to make sure you are being safe and responsible when flying these types of devices. Though, even with all those in place we can still find ourselves with a wild neighbor prepared to shoot the thing straight out of the sky with ease. [ Read More ]

Finding Success as a Photographer

Finding Success as a Photographer If you are like me, and many others, you love photography. It is something you think about constantly and wish it could sustain you full time if at all possible. So you set out to become a photographer and then… [ Read More ]

Why Film Vs. Digital Is a Non-Issue

Why Film Vs. Digital Is a Non-Issue As one of our site's regular film shooters, I naturally tend to post a lot of articles on the subject. Without fail, I'll get a few comments to the effect of digital being so much better than film or vice-versa. I've always laughed off such remarks, but since they keep on coming I figured I'd address them. Maybe the mediums have more in common than some would like to admit. [ Read More ]

Shooting for Free. Is It Worth It?

Shooting for Free. Is It Worth It? As a full-time freelance photographer, we often ask ourselves why we should work for free, especially at the start of our careers. Are we being taken for a ride, or is it worth investing in our client for possible future returns? [ Read More ]

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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ISO 12,800. Huh! What Is It Good For?

Absolutely nothing? Ten years ago, a Nikon D3 saved me while shooting a gig in a dimly lit club. It’s expansive ISO range of 200-6400 allowed me to shoot with a 24-70mm f/2.8 at about 1/20th of a second. Good enough for jazz as it was. As technology has progressed, ISO has gone from being a huge point of stress for photographers to a secondary thought. Even with compressed dynamic ranges, it’s pretty typical for sports photographers to shoot at ISO 2000 or higher while still extracting solid image quality. At some point, you have to ask what is
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In Defense of Post-Processing

Post-processing has become part of the trade for photographers. Whether it’s something as seemingly innocuous as tweaking the white-balance, or something much more involved like cloning out distracting elements, it’s a powerful tool in the photographer’s utility belt. Yet it’s still a dirty word for many, associated with cheating and deception. On one end of the opinion spectrum, there are the purists who treat Photoshop as unseemly trickery. Then there are the ignorant observers in the middle asking, “What filter did you use?” And on the other end are the apologists, pointing out that film has been retouched in
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Deliver To Yourself First

Deliver To Yourself First We've all seen the Instagram feeds where people post a daily painting, photo or post that displays their art. I've attempted it and lasted about a month before I missed a day or didn't have the time to post. As inspiration I follow the people who make it though, like the woman who made a paintings for ants and posted them to Instagram every day, and the guy who made a movie poster every day for a year, and then the daily vloggers like Casey Neistat who once posted a video once a day. The determination is what inspires me Continue reading "Deliver To Yourself First"

Deliver To Yourself First

Deliver To Yourself First We've all seen the Instagram feeds where people post a daily painting, photo or post that displays their art. I've attempted it and lasted about a month before I missed a day or didn't have the time to post. As inspiration I follow the people who make it though, like the woman who made a paintings for ants and posted them to Instagram every day, and the guy who made a movie poster every day for a year, and then the daily vloggers like Casey Neistat who once posted a video once a day. The determination is what inspires me Continue reading "Deliver To Yourself First"

Deliver To Yourself First

Deliver To Yourself First We've all seen the Instagram feeds where people post a daily painting, photo or post that displays their art. I've attempted it and lasted about a month before I missed a day or didn't have the time to post. As inspiration I follow the people who make it though, like the woman who made a paintings for ants and posted them to Instagram every day, and the guy who made a movie poster every day for a year, and then the daily vloggers like Casey Neistat who once posted a video once a day. The determination is what inspires me Continue reading "Deliver To Yourself First"

How to Survive Feedback from Peers When Transitioning Careers

How to Survive Feedback from Peers When Transitioning Careers Change is one of the hardest things people will have to deal with during their life time. Some people love it, others hate it, but there’s really no way around it. And one of those big steps that can really alter your path is a career-related change. Most people spend a third of their day at some sort of job. Maybe it’s temporary, maybe it’s a means to an end, or maybe it’s an amazing career with a path for growth that you find favorable. But most of us have to work the majority of our lives to get by. Continue reading "How to Survive Feedback from Peers When Transitioning Careers"

How to Survive Feedback from Peers When Transitioning Careers

How to Survive Feedback from Peers When Transitioning Careers Change is one of the hardest things people will have to deal with during their life time. Some people love it, others hate it, but there’s really no way around it. And one of those big steps that can really alter your path is a career-related change. Most people spend a third of their day at some sort of job. Maybe it’s temporary, maybe it’s a means to an end, or maybe it’s an amazing career with a path for growth that you find favorable. But most of us have to work the majority of our lives to get by. Continue reading "How to Survive Feedback from Peers When Transitioning Careers"

4 Shoot-Saving Products Every Beauty/Fashion Photographer Should Keep In Their Bag

4 Shoot-Saving Products Every Beauty/Fashion Photographer Should Keep In Their Bag Shooting fashion can be a whirlwind of activity as you try to corral a team of creatives into constructing an amazing array of images. More than with any other type of shoot, I find that things have tendency to go wrong during the course of the fashion shoot. As the photographer, it is your job to not only be prepared for these things to happen, but also to be fully equipped to solve the problems as they come up. Below you will find a series of things I like to keep in my camera bag that are often saviors during Continue reading "4 Shoot-Saving Products Every Beauty/Fashion Photographer Should Keep In Their Bag"