Photographers at work; from the NYC 2013 workshop.
One commonly asked (and commonly mis-answered) question on the internet these days is around the definition of what constitutes a 'professional photographer'. The usual definition is that it is somebody who is shooting for pay, and deriving the majority of his of the income entirely from photography for photography related activities. I suppose in the strictest sense of the definition, that is true.
This past weekend the girlfriend and I headed out to Hanging Rock State Park (5:30 wake up… ugh). I wanted to see if I could catch the fall colors and she didn’t head out there with me the first time. Unfortunately, I think that we were about a week too early for the leaves, but in spite of the occasional rain shower we continued to make our way through the park.
Also, the water levels were much lower this time around.
Naturally, she was asked (forced) to stand in and be my subject a few times. (just comes with the territory of dating a photographer)
Never before have I thought that a house fly could be so beautiful or that a spider's fur had a soft side. This photographer's macro photography of everyday bugs has wowed the industry with his unique coloring and face to face perspective of little critters. What we consider pests, he considers models. By simply stepping out into his backyard, this artist has utilized mother nature's creepy crawly creatures as his muse.
In today’s TED Talk, Fabian Oefner shares breathtaking images at the nexus of art and science, which beautifully capture unique moments of physical and chemical drama.
Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing his two loves, he views both pursuits as inextricably linked by a crucial bond: “The most important quality of science or art is curiosity,” Oefner tells the TED Blog.
Joel Robinson or possibly better known by his Flickr name of Boy_Wonder is an exceptional conceptual portrait photographer. Much of his work is easily recognized by its soft color toning, square format, and commonly self-portraits. Within these images Joel creates (as in his own words) “whimsical worlds where size, scale, movement and function don’t play by the rules that we know”.
When looking at Joel’s collective work one might not realize, but he is an inspiration to those of us that did not get into photography at an early age, or have decades of experience. Similar to myself Joel mentions in multiple interviews that he started using a camera back in 2009. For such a respectively short time in comparison to so many Pro’s out there that you will read about, Joel has accomplished an astounding amount. Interviews given by Joel can be found across such mediums as Grae Magazine, Illusory Magazine, Phototech Magazine, Photoshop Russia, and more. Within the last year Joel has found himself traveling around the world more regularly for workshops, assignments and other activities. Most recently Joel has been commissioned by Coke for a special series.
I suggest that you take the time to review his work and of course join thousands of others and follow his work on his Flickr account.
I don't usually step up on my soapbox... but I feel the need to now. I am not going to talk about violence, social contracts, civil rights abuses, or war. I have my feelings about all of those, but this is not the place.
What I am going to talk about is the obligation that I share with many others... that of being a
This past weekend I took a trip for a long weekend to the lovely state of Vermont to visit a friend of mine. He and his wife had recently closed on a cute little post and beam house located on a great piece of land. I did not make it out with the camera much, but was still able to get a couple of quality shots of the State.
Not too far away from the new house laid Bingham Falls. Access to the falls consisted of a well-managed walking trail with some rather steep sections to drop down the mountain.
Some of you aren't regular listeners to our podcast. The changes to Facebook have many concerned, so we excerpted this interview so you can listen to these important opinions. Is the problem real? Yep... even the feds have gotten involved. If you post photos to Facebook, be sure to listen.
Photographers are giving up even more rights by posting to the social network.