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Learn The Fundamentals Of Digital Photography

Right now on creativeLIVE, photographer John Greengo is going over the fundamentals of Digital Photography. If you shoot primarily with film and are on the fence about switching to digital then this is a class you can’t miss. John is going over all of the basics and much more. As with all creativeLIVE workshops, the LIVE event is FREE. This course will run live until February 22 but if you don’t have time to tune in, you can purchase the video downloads for only $99. [more]

Behind The Scenes: Shooting Models On Miami Beach

Guest writer, Julius Ise is a professional photographer based out of Germany. In January he traveled to the beautiful beaches of Miami. While he was there he called around to several modeling agencies to set up a shoot. This is a great example of shooting personal work. He was able to get some great shots for his portfolio while at the same time helping out the models at DecoModels. [more]

Interview with a Film Set Photographer Niko Tavernise

Niko Tavernise has every portrait photographers dream job. Well at least my dream job. He hangs out on movie sets and takes pictures of what he sees. And what he sees are the top actors of our time in impeccable costumes and makeup, on sets that are pre-lit by masters in lighting. And before you start scheming about how you can try to get a job like this, read about how he came about landing this epic gig.

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Singles Awareness Day – Guys Edition By Daniel Nguyen

So I was browsing through Facebook the other day and saw a single shot out of this series. I thought it was a pretty funny shot and clicked on it only to find it was a part of a series Daniel did. I met Daniel in a awesome photography group called Creativos and loved his work. I was really intrigued by the series, loved the story it told with the humor and slight side of depression. [more]

In A World Of Bodybuilding Children

Kurt Stallaert is a very talented fashion and advertising photographer from Belgium who’s “Bodybuilder’s World” is a series of digitally-manipulated photographs that portrays how children would look if the Jersey Shore was on Nick JR instead of MTV. At first I thought there really was this subculture of weight-lifting nuts out there doing this to their kids, oh wait, there IS?!?! Ugh [more]

Vivian Maier – The Greatest Photographer You’ve Never Known

Most photographers, are looking for validation from their peers. We’re so often on flickr, 500px, twitter, and Facebook; showing off our work to others. Vivan Maier however, lived an entire life as an incredible street photographer, without anyone knowing or seeing her work for nearly 50 years. The new film, Finding Vivian Maier is hoping to expose a new audience to the work of Vivian Maier. [more]

Lighting a Band in the Mountains

Guest writer Brandon Cawood is the owner and head photographer at Flash Light Productions. He primarily shoot weddings as well as commercial and product photography. He spent most of his teens and early 20′s playing in bands and touring the country. After he became a photographer, naturally one of his favorite type of shoots is band promos. [more]

Building A Successful Boudoir Business

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, today until Saturday February 16, creativeLIVE is hosting photographer Jen Rozenbaum as she teaches a 3-day course on how to build a successful boudoir photography business. If you’re a wedding photographer like myself, this is the perfect outlet for those brides who are looking to give the perfect gift to their future husband. [more]

Shooting a Martin Schoeller Inspired Portrait

Martin Schoeller is a very successful portrait photographer whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, Outside Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, GQ, Esquire, and Vogue. The style of these portraits is beautifully simple regardless of the nature of the person in front of the lens, and the guys at PHLEARN wanted to try and recreate his unique style. [more]

A Photographer’s Journey Back To Chukotka

Two years ago, we posted this video from photographer, Sasha Leahovcenco. His mission was to literally travel to the end of the earth to photograph people who never had their photo taken. This March, he and his crew are going back to reach even more people – people who have never even had visitors. Sasha has put his project on Kickstarter to help raise funds for his amazing project. [more]

Behind the Scenes Video: eCommerce Shoot for Skreened

Skreened is an eCommerce company that specializes in on-demand screen printing. Shirts are their biggest sellers. Since each shirt design is unique, they needed a library of images with models in blank tees so they could overlay the latest designs in post. When they approached me to shoot for them, their main request was that these portraits be fun and energetic. [more]

4 Different Kinds of Outdoor Natural Portrait Light You Should Look For

It is pretty common knowledge that photography is based on understanding the principles of good lighting. It’s also pretty common for the average photographer not to have the budget to afford a studio and light their subject from 8 different directions. Instead of worrying about not having enough, use the natural light you do have. [more]

Photographing Richard Harrison: The Softer Side of Pawn Stars

For reasons unknown, I receive many calls to photograph pseudo reality TV shows more than almost anything other than athletic campaigns. Like sports, I try not to watch the shows I photograph. It is not out of disrespect for what the celebs and athletes are doing, but rather I want to remain distant from the connotations put upon them from commentators or editors. As much as we’d all like to believe that everything about a reality TV show is real, it is often far from it. [more]

Free-Lensing: Turn Your Old Lens Into a Tilt-Shift Lens

Israeli based photographer Dima Vazinovich is specializing in news, documentary and wedding photography. One thing that separates him from other photographers in the industry is the unique and creative look his photography has. Recently Dima decided to try adding a new kind of look to his portfolio, and the results are truly amazing. The idea: “Freelensing” / tilt shifting with a cheap broken 50mm 1.8 lens to create magical images. [more]

Behind The Scenes Shooting BMX And Lifestyle Photos In South Africa

Nikon Pro Photographer Craig Kolesky went to Capetown and packed in his bag not only the Nikon D4, but their Coolpix P7700. His subject for the shoot was Redbull Athlete Sifiso Nhlapo, a BMX racer from the South African Olympic team. In this video, you can see Craig working in various environments, from dirty racing tracks to a small studio setting with ring lights. [more]

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