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David Bickley

Staff Writer http://www.davidbickley.com +David Bickley@dbickleyFacebook
Award winning photographer David Bickley approaches his craft as he approaches life; fearless, and wholly engaged. David’s minimalistic nature coupled with his innate ability to choreograph an evocative dance between lens, light and subject have earned him an international reputation for his powerful portrait and fitness photography. His style shows raw vision, capturing people in extraordinary and powerful ways. David’s energy and ingenious artistic flair transcend the shoot; his retouching ability is among the best in the industry and effectively shatters the status-quo. Whether shooting for an ad campaign, a magazine, or an individual, his astute perspective and raw commitment to existing in the moment enable David to capture the power and voice of every person that steps in front of his lens. His poignant and simple photographic style is a wonderful representation of the easy depth which encompasses David’s personality and talent.

Behind the Scenes for Oxygen’s Latest Cover

I’m pretty excited about this behind the scenes video. Not because it’s anything spectacularly informative, but because for whatever reason, people in my industry don’t generally produce them. I couldn’t tell you why that is. It’s not like fitness photography is anything revolutionary. In fact, I would venture to say that rendering the human body is one of the most basic exercises in art.

Anyway, to the point… [more]

BTS With Scarlett Johannson for Vanity Fair

Craig McDean knocked it out of the park again for the May issue of Vanity Fair. I mean, I doubt a bad picture of Scarlett Johannson exists in the first place but he did an awesome job as per usual. Vanity Fair has taken to creating beautiful behind the scenes videos to accompany their covers lately and this is my new favorite. The video is beautiful. Granted, it’s a little difficult to see exactly what is being used as far as lighting goes, but we [more]

How Dangerous is Your Drone?

It’s pretty common knowledge by now that flying drones around can easily go wrong. To date I have no idea how many videos I’ve seen of pilots that, either out of silliness or stupidity, have crashed one into someone else’s favorite head. Obviously being a cautious and responsible pilot is a given but, do you still need to be concerned when it’s sitting innocently on your floor?

Apparently the answer is yes. [more]

Canon Australia Speaks to the Heart of all Photographers

Talk about doing advertising right…wow! As part of their “What do you see?” campaign the spot takes a unique approach to selling camera gear, by never mentioning it once. Instead we are treat to closeups of peoples eyes as they look at the things most important to them.

“There are over 7 billion of us on our planet,” says the narrator. “All looking at the world in our own way. But no one [more]

Cracow: A Timelapse Spanning Four Seasons

The camera movements in modern timelapses are impressive enough to me. However for some, like Piotr Wancerz, it’s just not good enough without these movements being matched over the course of fourteen months. Using tripod timelapses, hyperlapses and a motorized slider, Piotr was able to capture the passage of time over all four seasons. As far as this author is aware, nobody has ever been able to do that before. [more]

Behind the Scenes at Vanity Fair’s Game of Thrones Photo Shoot

I’m going to be honest with you right off the bat. As far as behind the scenes videos go, this one leaves a lot to be desired. However, as always there is still some information to be gained from it. The first and most important being that this entire series appears to be lit with one Profoto Acute2-D4 head nestled snugly in a Softlighter. Naturally with this being a Leibovitz shoot there is a solid bit of post production and that is surprisingly where the lesson lies here. [more]

The Best App For Traveling Photographers.

When I sat down to write this, its was originally going to be a pretty solid list of 5 crucial apps for traveling. However, when I got going I realized that most of what these apps did could be done in no time without them. Which led me to wonder…What is the most complicated thing you have to deal with when you’re traveling. The itinerary? The packing? Getting everything booked? Maybe none of those things jam you up when traveling domestically, but what about when traveling internationally? [more]

App Simulates Hundreds of Cameras and Lenses to Plan Your Next Shoot

There is obviously no shortage of camera apps out there in the world but, every once in a while something new hits the market that actually seems a bit useful. While not something I would recommend to the casual, or even semi-pro photographer the Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder actually looks very helpful to directors, and photographers that need to do a lot of scouting and planning for their shoots. [more]

Magazine Calls Photographer an A-hole and Threatens To Sue After Stealing Her Photo

You gotta love a good copyright blunder and horrid damage control story. Thankfully, there’s a new one still in development (totally unintentional photo-pun, I’m sorry). What makes this one even better is not only the completely intentional watermark removal, but the colorful email the photographer received after asking that the photo be taken down. [more]

Macintosh Celebrates Its 30 Year With a Beautiful Short Shot Entirely on iPhones

Late last month Mac turned 30. This might not seem like a big deal, but I remember when Apple sucked…and I’m sure many of you do too. I’m not talking about the way a lot of people believe they still do. I mean, like hardcore terrible products and corporate direction. They almost didn’t make it, and taking that into consideration I believe they have more than enough reason to celebrate. [more]

Chase Jarvis Tells Forbes How He Became The Photographer Everyone Wants to Work With

Dan Schawbel, a contributing writer for Forbes online and author of the best selling book “Promote Yourself,” recently met up with famed photographer Chase Jarvis. The interview that resulted is an interesting look at how he became such a force in the photographic world. The interview of course touches on CreativeLive and how it came to be, but it also goes into [more]

Flekt: Studio Quality Light from Your Pop-Up Flash?

When a photographer wants to start expanding their lighting options they usually look to something beyond their pop-up flash. However, if you are one of those stubborn ones that simply must use what is probably the worst possible flash option…you’re in luck. Preston Vance has launched a Kickstarter campaign that attempts to make your mostly worthless pop-up flash somewhat less so. Apparently based on the idea of a beauty dish, [more]

Identifying and Overcoming Your Photographic Fears

You would think with the incredible amount of knowledge out there (not just on Fstoppers but on the whole of the internet) that there would be no shortage of incredibly successful, monumentally wealthy photographers in the world. Yet for some mysterious reason, only a small percentage of us ever make it to a real sense of success. Why is that? We can’t attribute it to skill levels, there are plenty of insanely successful photographers whose images are by many definitions, well…flat out bad. [more]

Kansas City Under Fire After Requiring Photo Permits in Public Parks

The internet is up in arms about a recent law enacted in Overland Park, KS. Professional photographers are now required to obtain a permit to photograph clients in any of the 83 parks under the jurisdiction of Overland Park Parks and Recreation. For some reason photographers worldwide are upset about this. Given that this author is actually a resident of the area, I’m going to ride the line between news and opinion a bit. [more]

Keeping Life Simple as an Entrepreneur

I don’t think many small business owners would ever describe their lives as stress free, or simple. The process of growing, running and maintaining a business is a difficult and time consuming endeavor to say the least. Does that mean that we as creative entrepreneurs are doomed to have endlessly complicated lives? Not in the least. Yes, working hard comes with the territory but, having happier, simpler lives is as easy as changing a few habits. [more]

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