Last week Jerusalem had one of the heaviest snow storms ever recorded in the region. Media outlets called it a "Historic Storm" and "Biblical Snowstorm," and thousands of people lost power and got stuck at home. Some even got stuck in their cars on the highway. This didn't stop photography student Nitzan Yogev (24) from going outside, hopping on the light-rail train and recording one of the most captivating snow videos I've ever seen - and all shot on the iPhone 5s.
Articles written by Noam Galai
Orlando-based Filmmaker Luke Aker recently decided to sell his old and (very) used 1996 Nissan Maxima. He knew it won't be easy to find a buyer for the car, so he used his talent and skills and created a video commercial for it. To be honest? It's way better than most car commercials on TV. "Luxury Defined".
San Diego based photographer, Michael Shainblum, is not only a great photographer, he's also an incredible time-lapser. When Michael was young he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and learning disabilities, and got discouraged when he saw that other kids succeed and do well while he struggles. He quickly realized he can excel in art, and decided to take this route to succeed in life. For the past few years Michael has created some of the best time-lapse videos ever created. VICE filmed this very interesting documentary about him and his work - sit back and enjoy!
Trevor Sherwin recently traveled to Kenya, and decided to use this opportunity to create some amazing images for his portfolio. Most people who travel to the area tend to focus on the wildlife, but Trevor wanted to focus on something else - people. He wanted to create dramatic portraits of the local tribes in a way that shows both the people and the location. Check out his great video explaining his method of shooting.
Soccer superstar Lionel Messi and Basketball All-Star Kobe Bryant joined forces once again, and with the help of Turkish Airlines they went on a quest of awesome selfies around the world. When the biggest sports stars in the world compete - it doesn't matter if they compete in soccer, basketball, chess, air hockey or photography - they will give all they have to win. The real winner? Probably Turkish Airlines.
The winter is coming. Actually, it's already here. Temperatures are dropping quickly and snow is falling, but we need to keep shooting and working. Here are few small (and cheap*) items that can help you survive the winter as a photographer, make your life easier and make the winter less annoying.
Jaleel King is a great wedding and fashion photographer from Philadelphia, but other than being very talented, he's also a very special and strong person. When Jaleel was 8 years old, his neighbor shot him with a shotgun and left him paralyzed from his waist down. Since that incident Jaleel have to use a wheelchair to move around. His current wheelchair is 6 years old and breaking apart, but insurance companies deny any of his requests for a new and safer wheelchair. This is where the photography community comes in - let's help Jaleel get a new wheelchair today!
For the past 2 years I refused to join Instagram. I just didn't think it was for me, I didn't believe I need it for my business and I just didn't like the idea of destroying my photos by cropping them and adding weird filters. So many people tried to convince me to join Instagram in the past year or two, and I always said "No chance!" But finally, after continuing insistence by friends, last month I decided to finally give it a try and just one week later, I got my first corporate client from it. Kind of crazy.
There is something magical about having your 2D photos seem like they're actually 3D. It brings them to life in a way none other method can. The depth, the complexity and the subtle movements give your regular 2D photos more meaning and context, and it makes the viewer focus on the image much more than normal. Joe Fellows is a master of the 2.5D (Parallax) Effect and in this short video he shows you everything you need to know to make this effect yourself on your own images.
Amy Lynn is a 24 year old photographer from Nebraska who wanted to do an institutionalized themed shoot for a long time. Right before Halloween, she decided to finally make it happen by heading to local thrift shops in search of the right materials to match her vision. The BTS video captures the whole process and the final results are more than awesome.
In the past 10 years I was able to work and see the industry from so many different perspectives: as a celebrity shooter, as a photography writer, as a photo-consumer and as an agency photographer. All these years I have heard so many tips and so many "rules." You know, stuff like "know who came before you," or "it's not about the equipment." Now It's my turn to give tips - and mine are way weirder.
The [Framed] Network recently teamed up with photographers Brooke Shaden and Lindsay Adler for a very interesting show - "The Concept". In this show, they give Lindsay and Brooke the same missions, and they together have to decide on the concept and location. Both Lindsay and Brooke are leading names in the industry and both are amazing photographers, so it's very interesting to see how each one of them tackles the concept in a very different way. Both results are epic yet so different.
How many times you had to come up with ideas for creative portraits and got stuck for days with the same boring ideas? I can guess it happened many times. Sometimes anything cool or creative can seem too complicated to execute and sometimes you think you need a whole team of professionals to help with with creating it. Here is one super simple idea that is very easy to shoot, and the results are always interesting and creative. I'm talking about paint. A lot of it.
'ARTwalk' is a wedding invitation project by Kobi Bachar (animator) and Matan Edri (Artist) from Israel. They decided to use their talent and creative minds to create unique wedding invitations for their soon-to-be-married friends, and create something that won't be boring like most event invitations.
When reading comment sections on photography blogs or on photography groups, I often get the feeling people always think they are better than everyone else. People go on rants with heinously bad comments about photos they don't like and degrade anyone who is creating art that they might not even understand. Many times photographers feel like they give constructive criticism when the opposite is often more true.
Over a year ago we wrote about Brandon Stanton's project named 'Humans of New York' where he photographs random people in NYC and post the results on his blog (and Facebook). Back then his project was still small and not-so-known, but today he has millions of followers and each one of his photos go viral within seconds of posting. Brandon just released his first book this week featuring his best 'Humans of New York' photos, and to promote it, ABC's 'Nightline' spoke with him about his project - worth watching!
Jaime Moore's daughter, Emma, turned 5 recently. As a photographer, Jaime wanted to do a special photo shoot to mark that day. Having no ideas or inspiration, she turned to Google to search for ideas fitting the young age of 5 and get some direction, but the only ideas she could find are how to shoot young girls as Disney Princesses. Jaime decided that instead of shooting "unrealistic fantasy" characters, she should shoot real powerful and iconic women. This makes for a great series and also very educational for her daughter.
It's always amazing to see childhood photos of old people you know and see how they looked when they were our age (or younger). Sometimes they look almost identical, sometimes they look like 2 different people. Aging is something unpredictable and there is no real way to know how it's going to affect each face and what is going to be the 'final result'. In this interesting project, Jan Langer photographed 10 elderly people to match a photo taken of them 50-60 years earlier. Check out the before/after in 10 GIFs below.
There are probably 50 different ways to convert your images to black and white in Photoshop. It could be done by using plugins, playing with the channels, by changing the Hue/Saturation bar, or by using the 'Black and White' tool. And these are just few of the ways. In this video, Glyn Dewis shows you how he converts his images to B/W just by using a gradient map. It's a one-layer solution that gives you a lot of control over the final result. Fast and useful.
Kiliii Fish, Seattle-based commercial photographer, was always fascinated by how people interact with nature and how they use it to live their lives. Aside from being a full time photographer Fish is also an avid rock climber. Recently he decided to combine these 3 things he loves to a unique photography project showing the grace, power, beauty and vulnerability that goes into rock climbing. Kiliii spent days in each location and worked for months to complete the series. The results are absolutely amazing.