Top Photography Headlines Of The Week brings you some of the best stories from around the web from the world of photography. Read through to see some amazing photos of red lighting forming in space, crazy images from this years Burning Man and hear about an editorial photographer who set down his camera and headed to the shooting range.
Articles written by Aaron Lindberg
I hear that a lot.
It shoots out of the mouths and into my ears from bellyaching photographers and it clutters the mind while reading an on-line post somewhere.
If photography is dead, why do publications like Sports Illustrated, National Geographic and Wired magazine produce amazing images each and every month? Why do companies spend thousands and thousands of dollars to create images of their products?
With the massive amount of blogs and media outlets pushing out content each and every hour of the day, it is easy to miss something that might be of some significance.
Today I am testing out a a new post and seeing if it sticks. Below are some of the best links that you might have been missed. The posts range from Must Reads to Photoshop Tuts to Inspiration. I just started kicking the tires on this idea so it's new and open to suggestions. It would be great to hear thoughts and comments
Django Greenblatt-Seay and JJ Dreier joined together to form Tree Speed, self proclaimed as "A of couple of Mid-Western guys who spend vacation time traveling the country shooting time lapse photography."
Based out of Omaha, Nebraska, the duo recently took to the road and self produced a 10 day trip to Utah to create a series of time lapse videos. In order of appearance, the team shot in Latuda, Utah (a ghost town), Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Lake Oahe.
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.
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.
eBay rolled out a new feature to their website with "My Gadgets" which can track current prices of the gear you are looking to sell.
I am sure some are out there saying "Ya that's what eBay does, you big dummy" but this looks to be a different feature on the surface. It is more like a location on your account to track and manage items you add to your gadgets page and keep tabs on current selling prices.
Bullet Time added to Major League Baseball and the National Football League is as cool as it sounds.
Replay Technologies has put together what they are calling FreeD aka free dimensional video which installs and sets up a number of cameras along the ballparks and captures footage from all angles compiling them into a smooth, almost 360-degree pan.
The mega online retailer Amazon just launched a beta version of it's new online photographic print marketplace.
The website is in beta and is currently selling over 5,000 photo prints through Amazon.com. A signed Silver Gelatin Print of Rauchender Mann by Dieter Blum is fetching whopping $120,000.
Marilyn Monroe is a symbol of American beauty, a face that is instantly recognized across many generations. She quickly became the biggest sex symbol of her time and will hold that title for ages.
Joseph Jasgur was one of the first photographers who shot photographs of Marilyn Monroe, who at the time was known as Norma Jean Dougherty. Apparently, Monroe first meet Joseph Jasgur at his studio in 1946 with no money but had the drive to become a model.
The Weather Channel recently released "Brink" a series of gripping short films showcasing six stories of animals that are dangerously shrining in numbers due to poaching, development and hunting.
Each of the six stories are enraging and harrowing to see and hear each story unfold about the mistreatment of the animals. Due to graphic images, viewer discretion is advised.
When scooping other sources, being the first is king. Everyone knows that and the race is constantly moving faster and faster to do so.
There has been some buzz around companies like CrowdMedia, Scoopshot, Rawporter and Blotter whose sole purpose is to get imagery out to major news outlets that have been scraped off of Twitter and Instagram.
Color reproduction, loading color profiles and calibrating monitors & printers can become an endless tangled mess that leads to frustrating headaches.
Proper use of a color chart can get you a lot closer to actual colors and save you a lot of time dialing in your post production work by adding a simple step to your workflow.
A couple years back I pickup the X-Rite ColorChecker Card and by doing so I have saved a ton of post processing time.
Last week we saw a few news worthy announcements from a couple of the larger photography portals. Livebooks went dark from their clients until the announcement was made that they are now under Wedding Wire and PhotoShelter released their new Beam portfolio service. It seemed fitting that a post be put together to compare and contrast a handful of the larger services and find out which are best suited for photographers needs.
A Facebook page out of Korea, We Do Photoshop is somewhat of a...well I don't how to describe this exactly. After looking at the page, words have become difficult to muster on how to properly explain in detail what's going on over there.
It seems that the Facebook page (with over 36,000 thumbs up) was put together around the end of June so that people can upload their photos and request free photo manipulations.
Starting today PhotoShelter released their new "Beam" portfolio websites templates on top of the secure cloud storage, e-commerce capabilities, SEO, image delivery and client proofing tools that are available to PhotoShelter’s existing members with Standard and Pro accounts. PhotoShelter's CEO Andrew Fingerman gave me a quick rundown of the new designs during a walkthrough last week and from everything I saw it looks like it could be great tool for account holders who need a functioning website with minimal set up.
The Impossible Family Portrait is the latest ad campaign from Skype, which tells the story of Denis, a man who left his native land of Uganda with $5 in his pocket to travel to America. The concept gives the viewer the warm fuzzies while revealing the story of how he and his family stay connected through Skype.
Chris Godfrey, VFX Supervisor on the film The Great Gatsby, recently released a 4 minute clip of before and after shots from the movie.
The sweeps reveal the sheer amount of post production that goes into a Hollywood movie like this. As a viewer, we know the movie magic is happening and that the heavy amount of FX are standard in blockbusters that hit the silver screens. It is interesting seing how some of the wide shots