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The Search For Inspiration: Shoot The Skies

Imagine someone were to ask you to count the number of photographs you see from the moment you open your eyes in the morning until the moment you close them again that night. Between looking through your own work, as well as the various social media and news sites, the number of images we expose ourselves to is probably well over a thousand.  [more]

Secrets Of The Best Levitation Shots Shared

The first time I saw a levitation shot, I stared at it for 15 minutes in astonishment. I could not conceive how the image was captured; I was captivated by the story it conveyed, it was surreal, magical and awe-inspiring. Conceptualizing the image and executing it can prove to be rather difficult and meticulous. Thankfully, photographers who have mastered the techniques involved in levitating have decided to share their secrets with us.  [more]

2013 Photography Industry Reviewed

LensVid recently put out a really cool breakdown of the photography industry in 2013. They created a pretty detailed chart based on official numbers published by CIPA (the Camera and Imaging Products Association). This chart goes into details on camera sales for DSLR’s, Mirrorless, and even Non-Interchangeable lens cameras. [more]

Michael Christopher Brown on Living and Working in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to simply as “DRC”, is a country steeped in reports of extreme violence, corruption and unrest. Citing ethnic conflict and the pursuit of control over abundant mineral resources, The New York Times referred to the country as “one of the biggest battlefields in Africa’s history.” [more]

Lighting On White – Imitating The Sun In The Studio

Creative clients and photographers love shooting on white. Whether it be seamless paper, foam core board or a cyclorama wall. I’m not sure if it’s the simplicity and absence of color or it just creates such clear contrast for eye popping subject matter. Yes, it’s versatile and can go dark with less fall off but frankly, I’ve always found white somewhat boring. [more]

“Delicadezas” Whimsical Portraits by Guilherme Brasileiro

When I first came across Guilherme Brasileiro’s series “Delicadezas” on Instagram, I was pulled in by a seemingly nonsensical, quirky theme: dozens of portraits, cropped close featuring men and women, each holding a hand under their chin. The energy of the series struck me as open and full of warmth; the subject’s reaction to the pose they had been asked to assume was usually very apparent (some looked amused, a good few looked self-conscious, and some had really obviously embraced the idea). [more]

Hunger Games Series Elects To Use Film

In recent news, the production team of the Hunger Games series tells all on their decision to use film over digital film-making. This news has been well received by creatives who still trust and love the quality of film. There have been several favorable comments that the look of “Catching Fire”was drastically improved from the 1st movie in the series “Hunger Games.” For the second film, the production team brought in a new director, Francis Lawrence. [more]

The Top 3 Things I Learned at United 2014

The United Conference in Santa Barbara has just come to a close, and I am filled with inspiration, excitement and joy from the speakers and attendees. Everyone at the conference was so passionate about helping and serving each other, and our own communities and clients, it was contagious. I’ve come out of this week with a few things on my mind, and I want you to benefit from them as well, so here they are!

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Tips For Peer Networking

I am getting ready to embark on my third trip to WPPI. As with any convention or continuing education event, you are bound to take home an abundance of new knowledge, motivation, and ideas to enhance your business. What about taking home new friendships with your peers? [more]

In Depth Look Into the Creative Timelapse Project “Windscale”

Eric Paré is back with another breathtaking timelapse project known simply as “Windscale”. Eric is best known for his amazing light-painting and bullet-time project, “Lightspin“. While on a vacation journey from Montréal to Nevada for the popular Burning Man festival Eric and friend Marie-Line Migneault stopped to film this breathtaking short film. [more]

Photography Marketing 101: Sell Yourself (The Jimmy Buffett Theory)

Last summer, my friend Andy and I, and his six year-old son, were out location scouting. As we drove around, the three of us were playing a very intense game of word association. One of us would say a word, and the others would quickly say the first word that came to mind. As we neared a potential location, Andy called out, “Key West” to which I mindlessly responded, “Jimmy Buffett…” In that instant, I realized that everything I thought I knew about marketing myself as a photographer was completely and utterly wrong. [more]

How to Color Match Strobes to Any Lighting Condition

Knowing the importance of color matching strobes indoors is crucial when combining strobes and ambient lighting. Fixing mismatched lighting temperatures can be extremely difficult in post process. Ian Christmann, a commercial and lifestyle photographer discovered a method which will change your life. [more]

Creativity To Clients – 5 Steps To Grow Your Clientele

Some may say it’s quite the phenomenon. I only shoot commercial and editorial fashion and I seem to make a living out of it without shooting weddings, families, babies or seniors. I don’t live in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles and I don’t travel like George Clooney in the film “Up In The Air.” The number one question I’m asked on a daily basis: “Clay, how do I get more paying clients?” [more]

Winter in Vancouver: Photographs by Scott Rankin

Scott Rankin’s calmly stunning photographs initially caught my eye on Instagram, and I reached out to him to talk a little about his process. Like so many others in the digital age, Rankin’s interest in photography was sparked after joining Instagram, where the ease of shooting prompted the couple to start spending weekends going on photo walks. Drawn to landscapes involving human elements like silhouettes or a lone figure, Rankin says, “I love the idea of small people surrounded by big nature.” [more]

Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s Fascinating Portraits of Ukranian Protestors

One does not often associate violent protests and the threat of sniper fire with portrait studios. However, photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s recent portraits of protestors and fighters in Kiev, Ukraine make us question this apparent disconnect. Taylor-Lind’s stunning and revealing portraits were taken with a medium-format film camera between outbursts of violence, documenting the men and women fighting for their freedom in Kiev. [more]

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