See How Much Improvement You Have Made in a Year

See How Much Improvement You Have Made in a Year

Recently I felt a bit let down when looking at my work. It seemed to me like I had not improved much during the last year and that I had hit a plateau. Then when asking friends, fellow photographers, and other people from the industry, everyone told me it was just in my head. Creating new things day in and day out is quite difficult, but creating new things that are better each time you shoot is even harder! Sounds familiar? I know for a fact that most photographers have felt like that at some point in their career. We all have periods in our lives where we feel disappointed with our work. That same time when we also start looking at others work and wonder why we are not better. But all we really should be doing is looking at our work to see how far we have come and how we could get even better.

Seattle's Day of Photography - Long Shot Photo Contest

Seattle's Day of Photography - Long Shot Photo Contest

Seattle's Mayor, Edward B. Murray, has proclaimed this day, June 19th, DAY OF PHOTOGRAPHY! The Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is holding their annual photo competition, Long Shot , where photographers from all over the world can submit their best images shot today. For just 20 bucks, you can register and enter up to five submissions, where a panel of judges will rate your images. Each Long Shot participant will have one image selected from their submissions, which will be printed and hung in the gallery showing on Sunday.

Sigma Announces World's Fastest Zoom Lens for Full Frames with the 24-35mm F/2 Art Series

Sigma Announces World's Fastest Zoom Lens for Full Frames with the 24-35mm F/2 Art Series

Announced late tonight is the latest in the beloved Sigma Art series with the 24-35mm f/2 designed for full frame sensors. This lens is the fastest zoom lens ever built for full frame sensors, and promises optical sharpness comparable to the Sigma 24mm Art Series and Sigma 35mm Art Series - considered the sharpest in their classes. So will this be a new lens for those who use 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm lenses and are looking for a one lens solution?

How to Give Your Dance Photos a Sense of Motion

How to Give Your Dance Photos a Sense of Motion


My favorite part of the wedding day is the reception. After the traditional first dances, and speeches are done, and the wedding party starts to let loose. The party is in full swing and the best man is giving “ The Dougie ” his best attempt in an effort to win a dance battle against the bride. While capturing these images I want the viewer to feel like they were in there, in the moment. My goal is to not light up the entire room like a Christmas tree. I want to see the light from the DJ and the motion on the dance floor. This is how I do just that.

8 Tips for Taking Epic Adventure Photos

8 Tips for Taking Epic Adventure Photos

If you're like me, photography is not just about weddings and portraits. I love getting outdoors with my camera and exploring the mountains and forests around my hometown of Seattle, Washington. Anything from a day hike to a multi-night backpacking trip is always an opportunity to photograph my adventures and share these beautiful landscapes with others.

Start Your Own Photograph Group on the Fstoppers Community

Start Your Own Photograph Group on the Fstoppers Community

Since Lee and I first started Fstoppers 5 years ago, we have always wanted it to be a place for inspiration, news, reviews, and of course educational behind the scenes material. One thing has always been missing though, and that is the voice of you our readers. Today we are expanding the Fstoppers Community by opening Groups to the public . Anyone with an Fstoppers account can now create and moderate their own photography community directly on Fstoppers.com

Give your iPhone Manual Controls with the DxO ONE

Give your iPhone Manual Controls with the DxO ONE

DxO, a company best known for its software, has unveiled a pocket-sized DSLR quality camera that is meant to be paired with your iPhone. Using the iPhone as a control panel and proofing screen, the camera itself concentrates on capturing images using it's own lens and settings. This idea could be the best of the DSLR and iPhone worlds. It's small and offers much more versatility and control than the normal iPhone camera all the while, still capitalizing on the immediacy of sharing with an iPhone camera.

Adobe Announces New Stock Image Service

Adobe Announces New Stock Image Service

Yesterday, along with many other updates across its creative suite, Adobe announced new its stock image licensing program. The libraries are integrated directly into Adobe’s various creative software, making it incredibly easy for users to browse, test, and integrate stock images or graphics directly into their projects. Adobe acquired stock photo provider Fotolia earlier this year, and has used its image and graphic assets to launch this new service. According to Adobe, there are over...

All Six Star Wars Films at Once is a Trippy, Nerdy Experience Fit for a Gallery Installation

All Six Star Wars Films at Once is a Trippy, Nerdy Experience Fit for a Gallery Installation

Have you ever wanted to watch all six Star Wars films in under three hours? Ever wondered if Lucas hid Easter eggs only viable when double-exposing certain movies? Two months ago, YouTuber " marcus" ( Marcus Rosentrater, senior illustrator for FX's series, Archer) teased a super-mashup of all six Star Wars films with this nine-minute sample . The entire video, now released in it's two-hour-twenty-two-minute glory is oddly watchable and possibly fit for its own gallery show as seen in the curated screenshots below.

Motion & Still Photographer Ivan Agerton’s Beautiful Portraits - And What We Can All Learn From Them

Motion & Still Photographer Ivan Agerton’s Beautiful Portraits - And What We Can All Learn From Them

What inspires you to pick up your camera? For Ivan Agerton, it’s people – and for all the talk about convergence between the worlds of stills and motion, Ivan is doing it. His ‘stills from motion’ portraits are both a visually gorgeous treat with their sublime use of slow motion, and thought provoking in the connection with the subject Ivan has captured. Not just creating eye candy, Agerton is a fascinating character and provides a great example of the life we can all construct for ourselves – if you decide to take the plunge and go for it .

Advice for Recent Undergraduates

Advice for Recent Undergraduates

It's been a month since most undergraduates walked across the stage and received their diplomas. The glow is still there as summer ramps up, but will soon wear off as August approaches and they realize they will not be moving back to the alma mater. With summer in high gear let's take a look at what recent undergraduates can do to make sure they are successful moving forward.

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