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How To Shoot A Sunrise Engagement Session

As a wedding photographer, the engagement session is probably one of the best ways to get to know your clients before spending 8 or more hours with them on their wedding day. These sessions are about the two of them as a couple and how they fell in love. Most of my sessions are held about 2 hours before the sun sets, but what about when you have a couple that wants to shoot at sunrise? I have to admit, I hardly ever get up any earlier than 9 AM most days, so the thought of being functional at 6 AM was terrifying. But the results? The light was beautiful and completely worth it. [more]

16-Year-Old Twin Brothers Document Homelessness as Art

Some people go through life and aren’t sure how they can take their photography to the next level of giving back. There are many programs and non-profits such as Help Portrait and Operation: Love ReUnited, but nothing that you can say you did or created. Well these 16-year-old brothers decided they would do just that and create something worth remembering.

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The Top 50 Action and Sports Photographs from Around the World

Since 2007, Red Bull has hosted an international action and adventure sport photography contest called Red Bull Illume. It’s where fifty winners are chosen every three three years from tens of thousands of photographers around the world. The winners were unveiled at a grand ceremony in Hong Kong on August 29, 2013.

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Photo Overlay Re-Creates Breaking Bad Scenes

We all know there’s some die hard breaking bad fans out there, especially with the impending end of the series. So we thought we’d give you your weekly dose a little early. Recently someone took the Breaking Bad tour of Albuquerque and took some overlay photos that are sure to make you feel like you were there.

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18 Animated Gifs of Professionally Retouched Cats

A friend of mine who is a professional retoucher (and asked to remain anonymous) recently told me about a very interesting facet of his business. Today a significant portion of his income comes from Photoshopping cats. Yes, you heard right – retouching cats for a living. Check out the full post to see 18 examples of his cat retouching. [more]

The Importance of Experimentation

There is a fine line between having a well defined photographic style, and constantly putting out the same stale, boring work week after week. A fine and dangerous line. A line that can make the difference between being a successful, inspiring photographer and a photographer who has lost his audience and has even lost interest in his/her own work. [more]

Shaping Fire for Seamless Photography

San Francisco based photographer Rob Prideaux makes a living shooting still-life and product photography for clients such as EuroRSCG, 7X7, Google, and Wells Fargo. But what caught my eye was how Rob experiments with “smoke and fire”, attempting to bend it to his will using motion, air and interestingly, stencils. Another coolhot… (trying to avoid a pun here) neat thing about the way Rob achieves this is the use of seamless white which allow both the smoke and fire to, so clearly, coexist within the same frame. [more]

Behind the Scenes of an on Location Fashion Shoot: Oasis

A few years ago we featured photographer Kevin Kozicki in a behind the scenes video using pointsettias for a beauty shoot. Kevin is back with an amazing glamor photo and video shoot with filmmaker Christopher Park in a beautiful pool location using the Phase One IQ180 that was featured in Sessions Magazine. We had the opportunity to speak with Kevin and get his insight on the shoot. [more]

Golf Channel’s BTS On Being A Sports Photographer

In Play with Jimmy Roberts produced a look at the happenings of what it takes to be a professional golf photographer and lets us in on some of the background stories and details of working the pro circuits.

The feature showcases photographers David Cannon, Fred Vuich, Streeter Lecka, Leonard Kamsler, Dom Furore and Scott Halleran in this behind the scenes looks at what it takes to be a professional golf photographer and some of the hurdles that photographers have to work around. [more]

Beautiful Examples And Tips On How To Photograph Animals For The Purpose Of Adoption

It felt like yesterday that we featured Underwater Dogs. Seth Casteel took those incredible photos and it definitely was a really memorable series of animal shots. How could you not love them? In fact, Seth is such a great animal photographer that he didn’t just stop there. He’s created some great tips on photographing animals for the intent of getting them adopted.  [more]

You Don’t Suck As Much As You Think You Do (And Neither Do These Guys)

I have a horrible habit of being really hard on myself when I hit a snag in my shooting or processing. Anytime I’m in a rut, things can go haywire. I get depressed, don’t feel like working, and become pessimistic. I know it’s the same for a lot of other shooters too.

One way I get over it is to go back and look at images from way back before I was shooting professionally. [more]

Stolen Photo Wins Samsung’s Live In The Moment Photo Contest

Certainly, we’ve talked about how to always protect your photos and watch for thieves. In fact, Fstoppers’ very own writer, Noam Galai has had his photo stolen, and turned into one of the most iconic pieces of pop art in the last 15 years. So what happens when Samsung foolishly awards a fraudulent submission a Samsung NX300 camera? [more]

BTS – Outdoor Catalog Shoot In Jasper National Park From Lars Schneider

This behind the scenes video from Lars Schneider, would no doubt be a killer shoot to land.

The location for the outdoor catalog shoot took place in Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies last September for Ortlieb, a company that makes various bags for outdoor activities. [more]

Winners of the 2013 iPhone Photography Awards Announced

Yes, the iPhone Photography Awards, or IPPAWARDS, exists. This is, in fact, the seventh year of the competition (it began in 2007), making it the longest running competition of its kind, and there are some genuinely impressive images in the mix. For the skeptics, let’s not forget that the first camera phone only came out 13 years ago, and its pictures looked something like this… [more]

A Photographer’s Perspective on Pinterest

“Do you think we could do these photos that I found on Pinterest?” If you are a wedding photographer, or even a family photographer, it is more than likely you have heard this phrase before. My friends, Troy and Aimee Grover, extremely talented photographers in Southern California, decided to write up a post for future brides that shares the photographer’s perspective on Pinterest, along with tips for brides. It’s a fantastic read. With their permission I wanted to share some of the key ideas with our readers here. [more]

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