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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.

Fluid-Filled Lens Mimics Best Traits of Human Vision

Take a look at your eyes (shhh, just do it). They are among the most incredible visual systems on the planet. Your eyes can manage light in an immense variety of situations, and can focus on objects from infinity to near macro levels (when you were younger). Mechanical lens systems have tried to replicate what nature does so easily only to fall short thus far.  [more]

Photosmith Could Keep Photographers Organized on the Go

If there is one thing about owning your own business that is true above all else, it’s that you need to manage your time wisely. If you don’t have a solid workflow then your valuable time is undoubtedly withering away before your eyes. There are a lot of productivity apps out there that can help with this but most are not truly geared toward photographers. [more]

Free Macro Bee Photos Courtesy of the US Geological Survey

Talk about amazing creative commons finds… The US Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr page might take the cake for this author. I was a big fan of the Getty collection that went public a while back, even going so far as to redecorate parts of my home with the pieces. However, this is just way cooler in my book because, well, macro bugs are amazing. [more]

Behind the Scenes on the New Browns Campaign

Yesterday Fstoppers’ writer Christ Knight shared a video in which famed photographer David LaChapelle takes us through his set-centric studio in Los Angeles. Sure they talk about his life and what it’s like to be a deity among mortals but I noticed the sets. The elaborate, expansive and expensive creations are a crucial part of his process but they seem so out of reach for the wallet of the average image maker. That is where this video I stumbled onto takes over. [more]

Vali Barbulescu Tries the New Fuji X100S

I have a soft spot in my heart for the Fuji x100s. I absolutely love when pros give it a chance in a working environment rather than confining it to the street like so many do. When Bucharest-based Vali Barbulescu got his hands on one that’s exactly what he decided to do. Granted, any camera can shine in a large studio filled with top of the line lighting equipment but that’s not really the point I mean to make. Embracing the restrictions of using a 35mm fixed-lens rangefinder when [more]

Behind the Scenes for Reebok CrossFit Asphodel

In today’s behind the scenes video commercial photographer Mike Pickles takes us through the process behind his recent work for Reebok via the agency Illume Visuals. Before you press the play button let me say this: To figure out his lighting setup you’re going to need to pay attention and use some imagination because it’s only touched on briefly. However, if you keep reading after the video I’ll help break it down a bit. To get you started here are the time-stamps of the individual sections so you can get to the parts you want to see easier: [more]

Behind the Scenes with Annie Leibovitz for Disney Dream Portrait

No matter where you fall in the vast pool of opinions regarding Annie Leibovitz and her skills as a photographer one thing is certain. She and her team consistently produce amazing images. They’ve knocked another one out of the park with the latest in the Dream Portrait series. In this latest image Jennifer Hudson fills the role of Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. [more]

Photographer Set to Sue SyFy/NBC for Copyright Infringement

It’s amazing that large media corporations continue to believe that they can get away with things like what you’re about to read. Darrell Ardita, a cosplay photographer, recently discovered that several of his company’s images were being used without his permission for the show Heroes of Cosply on SyFy. Yes, a nationally televised show pertaining to a very specific community opted to steal [more]

Kodak to Exit Bankruptcy As Commercial Printing Company

A plan which cuts about $4.1 billion of debt for Eastman Kodak was approved by US bankruptcy judge Allan Gropper yesterday. The plan allows Kodak to reorganize itself into a company that will actually provide no consumer products but will instead focus on printing technology for corporate customers. This is good news for the company on the whole by saving it from extinction, but it does nothing to compensate shareholders. [more]

The Only Thing You Need To Do To Become a Better Photographer

There is nothing I love more than when someone takes the gloves off and drops a serious dose of truth. Especially about getting better as a photographer, and even more so in the age of “I’ll fix it in post.” In this video from 30-year veteran documentary photographer John Free offers some great advice for becoming a better street photographer, and absolutely perfect advice on becoming a better photographer overall. [more]

First a Phone, Now a 41mp Smartwatch…Why?

It hasn’t been that long since the Nokia Lumia 1020 made all sorts of waves with it’s claims of a 41mp sensor and now (as if 41 were the magic number) we have a “smartwatch” on the horizon from Hyetis (pictured) with the same idea. It’s called the Crossbow. If you’re picking up some irritation in my tone you’re not wrong. The mega-pixel war is still raging but we’ve shifted our attention from robust cameras to accessories with cameras built in. [more]

This Beautiful Lightning Storm is Really a Miniature Fake

Lightning is hard to photograph. You have to have patience, solid timing and a general acceptance of the possibility of getting soaked. If that doesn’t really resonate with you there’s always the route that Matthew Albanese chose. Rather than go through the stress, waiting and danger of shooting an actual lightning storm he [more]

Bing and 500px Partner Up and Showcase User’s Work

500px announced yesterday that they are collaborating with search giant Bing, in order to give it’s users the opportunity for some crazy exposure. Bing already showcases a new image on it’s main page every day. The change is that now 500px will curate the image collection via user submitted images. Yesterday’s image was from Alisdair Miller, a member of 500px for two years. The cool part about all this is that they aren’t just using your image, [more]

Google Glass May Be Able to Help the Visually Impaired

Although Google Glass has, and is still getting a lot of negative attention for privacy concerns there are two OpenGlass projects that could deliver some amazing benefits. The video accompanying this article shows user trials of two different OpenGlass projects designed to inform users who can’t see about what they are “looking” at. The first is “Question-Answer” which is pretty self explanatory. The user simply takes an image [more]

Lingerie and Corsetry Photoshoot with Karl Taylor (NSFW)

Before we get into the meat of this video, I’ve got to warn you…it’s long. Like nearly 20 minutes long. That said, if you’d prefer not to gawk at the model and get to the parts that will truly help you with your photography, I have them listed out below. Despite it’s length this may be one of the better BTS videos I’ve come across in a while. I say this because it’s not often that a photographer will actually [more]

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