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Photographing the Dead: “Post Mortem” (NSFW/Graphic)

While searching for something to inspire, educate or intrigue our readers, I came across a photobook review that damn near stopped my heart. There’s an obvious play on words in that statement, as you will soon see, but please do not access this body of work if you are sensitive to visceral images of the deceased (seriously please).
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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]

Taking Family On The Road While Capturing Landscape Photography

As a commercial photographer for brands like Patagonia, Marmot, and Garmin, Lars Schneider has spent years in the outdoors producing fantastic images for his clients. Being on the road might be a burden for some, especially when it impacts the time they can spend with family. This photographer has included his family though, and has taken to the road across the US in a 1971 Volkswagen. [more]

Bringing Landscapes to the Studio – Michael Jackson’s “A Child’s Landscape” Series

Upon first glance one would assume these are all old film photos of large rocks and cliff landscapes, but in reality every single photo was taken using common household items around the home of photographer Michael Jackson.

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Photographers Who Found Nemo And Photographed It

The Clown Fish wasn’t always a famous fish that people recognize or know about, but thanks to Pixar and Disney, it became one of the most popular fish in the world. Visually of course, not on the plate. ‘Nemo’ is a bright orange fish with 3 white stripes. Easy to recognize, and great to photograph. The Clown Fish spends most of the day hiding in and around sea anemones, which make the photographs look even more epic. Check out these awesome photos of Nemo found on Flickr.
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Behind the Scenes: Shooting a Breathtaking Classical Album Cover

This week the ever talented Benjamin Von Wong has taken a particularly difficult challenge of shooting not only a cover album for classical artists, Homzy/Kesler Duo, but their music video for their latest single, ‘Curiosity’, on the same day. In the behind the scenes video Benjamin walks you through the lighting he used for the photography portion of the shoot. [more]

“From the Lenz” Shoots Neon Waterfalls

With no short supply of creativity or glow sticks, photographers Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard of multimedia company From The Lenz have created “Neon Luminance” (full set), a series of Northern California waterfalls vibrantly lit with unopened glow sticks, captured by long exposure to create some very original nature photography.

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Tony Northrup Shares Tips For Capturing Close Up Bird Photographs

Every time I go to state parks along the lakeshore, I always see a few people with DSLR cameras walking around taking shots. Anytime there’s an interesting bird nearby, it often becomes the subject of their attention. These colorful creatures are as majestic as they are quick though, and don’t usually tolerate humans being too close to them. In this video tutorial from Tony Northrup, he shares many tips to get up close to birds in the field or even your own backyard. [more]

Inside the Mind of Landscape Photographer Benjamin Edelstein

Whenever I take a moment and look at landscape photography it’s like a tiny escape. An escape from the busy commotion of the cities that we live in and the chaos of the people in those cities. Most landscape photography is calm and serene with a beautiful array of colors acting as a canvas. Photographer, Benjamin Edelstein known for his stunning work sits down with us to talk about what it is to be a landscape photographer. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews The New DryZone Bag From Lowepro

Lowepro’s new DryZone bags come in two different models, a 40-Liter backpack (40L) and a 20-Liter duffel (20L). Lowepro has been making bags for years, and these are a new entry into their DryZone series. These new bags have an IPX6 waterproof rating, which means they can take a significant amount of water blasted onto them and keep your kit dry. Think rappelling through a waterfall or taking on some white water rapids in a small boat. This review will focus solely on my experiences with the 20L and how well it performed. [more]

20 Awesome Photos Of The Supermoon

If you’ve been outside earlier this week, you must have noticed the gorgeous moon up there in the sky. Not only it was a full moon, but it was closer to us than usual. The ‘Supermoon’ is 11%-14% larger and 30% brighter than the normal-distanced moon we see every night. The reason for the change in the distance is the elliptical orbit of the moon around the Earth. Take the big-looking moon, add a telephoto lens, and you get some epic landscape and cityscape photos. [more]

25 Insanely Detailed Macro Images Of Insects

When was the last time you saw a spider, and decided to stop what you’re doing and stare right at it? Or maybe take your camera and do a 1-on-1 photoshoot from few millimeters away? What most of us really do is somewhere between screaming, and jumping on the nearest sofa. But there is a small group of photographers that instead of screaming like a 2 year old, actually go and look for these insects. They find them and photograph them up close, and it’s amazing to see how these tiny insects really look. If the insects you meet daily scare you, wait until you see this set of images.
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Behind The Scenes As Philip Lee Harvey Travels To Venezuela

In this short behind the scenes video, photographer Philip Lee Harvey takes to the sky, as well as the earth, for shooting images of Angel Falls in Venezuela. This expedition hits home with Philip, as he looks to follow the same path that an aviator named Jimmie Angel took when he became the first american to discover the area in 1933. With this backstory towing the line, Philip’s shoot becomes that much more interesting of an adventure. [more]

Joey L. Creates Indoor Blizzard For Unique Portraits

One guy in our industry that continually impresses me with his execution of beautiful environmental portraits is Joey L. One concept he has been wanting to shoot for sometime is some portraits of “artic explorers” but rather than fight with the elements of the weather he pulled it all off in studio. Read on to learn how it was done and what equipment was used. [more]

Gorgeous Supercell Storm Footage!

Photographer Mike Olbinski has been visiting the Central Plains to shoot it’s storms since 2010, and last week he encountered a supercell straight out of an apocalyptic thriller. The views in this timelapse are breathtaking! It’s incredible to watch this massive storm tear through the fields near Booker, TX. There really isn’t much more that I can say, just watch the video. Well done Mike! Amazing footage [more]

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