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Chris Knight

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Haunting Video About ‘Photojournalists on War’

“Those of us that are lucky enough to survive, we get to come here and be at this museum and do this opening.” ‘Lucky enough to survive’ is not a mantra that many photographers have to deal with – and yet these photographers have worked under this burden and have done so brilliantly. In this video, we get a small glimpse at some of the things they’ve seen – and it is powerful. [more]

Winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Last night, National Geographic Traveler announced the winners of their 25th annual photo contest, and as you can imagine, the images are nothing short of amazing. The prizes weren’t bad either – the winning photographer received a 10-day Galápagos expedition for two – so one could assume there would be a lot of competition. The contest received over 15,500 entries. Of those, here are the top 11… [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Beauty Photographer Nick Suarez (NSFW)

Nick Suarez is a beauty and fashion photographer based out of New York City. Early in his photographic career, he has already developed some pretty impressive skills. It’s that visual competency combined with his high level of photographic literacy that give him an edge with the next generation of photographers. [more]

‘The Colourful Mr. Eggleston’ – One of the Most Influential Photographers Alive Today

“40 years ago [William Eggleston] dragged color, kicking and screaming, into the world of art photography.” In this fascinating documentary from BBC’s Imagine, we get a small glimpse at a photographic icon. William Eggleston was born in Tennessee in 1939 and raised in Mississippi. Inspired by Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eggleston is credited with being the first photographer to give serious artistic credibility to color film. [more]

Paying More Attention by Shooting Without Looking (Through the Viewfinder)

It’s very easy to get used to the option of being able to “spray and pray” – shoot a nearly obscene amount of photographs and hope for a few that meander over the line to above average. I know I can be guilty of this sometimes – modern shutters are both a benefit and a crutch. So I issued myself a challenge: go out and shoot without looking. [more]

Brilliant Documentary About the Many Lives of William Klein

In what is another phenomenal documentary from the BBC program Imagine…, we are given the chance to view the world and lives of iconic photographer William Klein as he is preparing for a retrospective of his work. Klein is one of the pioneers of street photography (more raw, up-close and personal than Henri Cartier-Bresson) as well as the creator of some of the most iconic fashion images of the 20th century. He is an artist and a filmmaker – making over 20 films, including the first ever documentary of Muhammad Ali. [more]

Rolling Stone Publishes Yet Another Controversial Cover

Rolling Stone magazine is receiving a sizable amount of backlash over their decision to use a “selfie” of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, on the cover. One of the more shared opinions is that this is glamorizing and creating a celebrity out of an [allegedly] horrible individual; Rolling Stone is typically fond of using musicians and actors on their covers. Perhaps, though, the more troubling complaint is that the cover was “uninspired.” [more]

Interview and BTS with Fashion Photographer Lindsay Adler

We’ve featured Lindsay Adler before – and with good reason. At 26, she is already an accomplished photographer and has been published in magazines like Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, Shutterbug and others. She’s also a great educator, and this video is no exception. In this episode of [FRAMED], Lindsay talks about her 11 year progression as a photographer – everything from how she started to the specific steps she took to get where she is. [more]

Photography Legend Don McCullin Tries Digital for the First Time

In what may be one of my favorite 30(ish)-minute commercials ever, Canon ‘introduces‘ one of the greatest living photographers, Don McCullin, to the world of digital photography. McCullin is old-world; he’s charming and sweet and sad-eyed and every bit as British. McCullin’s shaman into the digital realm is Jeff Ascough – Canon Ambassador and all-around stellar wedding photographer. [more]

Turn Almost Any Lens Into A Macro

One of my favorite ‘old school’ photo tricks is the macro reversing ring. When you turn your lens around – literally having the mount pointing at your subject – you will notice a pretty interesting effect. The lens (whatever focal length it is) becomes a macro. Of course, holding a lens over an open camera body is a pretty terrible idea. This is where the reversing ring comes in. [more]

How to Process Your RAW File for Maximum Tonal Range

It’s easy to overlook just how powerful the RAW processing engine can be. It’s also pretty easy just throw an image into Photoshop and deal with it there, but RAW is where all the information is – and a dynamic RAW file is the most important aspect of developing your image. You will never have more information to work with than what is in your RAW, so it is important to draw every bit of tone out of it that you can – especially when it comes to maximizing the tonal range in the shadows and the highlights. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Fine Art Photographer Andreas Poupoutsis

Andreas Poupoutsis is a fine art photographer based in New York City but originally from another small island on the other side of the world. His work is a little mysterious and even somewhat odd. His figures and faces often emerge from shadows, allowing for the objects to be (sometimes literally) painted with light. The work often speaks to a search for personal identity – something all artists struggle with; the faces in his images are often not integral to the image itself. [more]

Photography Legend Bert Stern Dies

Iconic photographer Bert Stern has died at the age of 83. Stern, probably best known for his images of Marilyn Monroe, passed away at his home in Manhattan on Tuesday. He is survived by Shannah Laumeister, a longtime friend, who has said that she and Stern had been secretly married since 2009. Laumeister is also the director of a recent documentary featuring Stern, “Bert Stern: Original Madman.” [more]

Amazing Documentary – ‘America in Pictures: The Story of Life Magazine’

“Set up in 1936, Life magazine believed that pictures could change the world.”

America in Pictures: The Story of Life Magazine is a fantastic documentary from the BBC about the life of one of the most important magazines in American history. Narrated by acclaimed photographer Rankin, it follows the people who told the ‘story of America’ through its most dynamic decades – the 40s, 50s and 60s – and documented its growth into a world superpower. [more]

Great Trick for Pouring Liquid in a Product Shot

Photographer Rob Grimm has posted a nice little BTS of his ‘Micro Brewery Project’ – where the photographs feature some various beers from the United States based on “unique bottle design, label, and/or flavor profile.” The video starts out with a great, little trick for creating an even pour in a photo. The bottle itself is clamped in place, but by using twine, nail polish remover and fire, you can cleanly remove the bottom. [more]

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