Featured Creative ~ Joel Robinson

Photographer: Joel Robinson
Website: http://joelrobisonphoto.wordpress.com
Location: Cranbrook, British Columbia Canada

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.


Adobe Was Listening

During Photoshop World this week Adobe has confirmed that they have been listening to the collective whole. They will now offer a Photoshop Photography Program within Creative Cloud.

The package is being offered at a price of $9.99 per month and they SAY that is not an introductory price, but IS the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. With the current program offer you receive the following:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources
  • Ongoing upgrades and updates

With the new price point a long with the added items to bump the overall value; I have to say that I am now thinking that I will make the jump here soon. It’s nice when companies and especially those as large as Adobe seem to listen to their user base.

Erik Johansson on Ted Talks

Conceptual photographer Erik Johansson gives a short discussion surrounding his process to conceptual photography. If this is a genre you’re interested in and are not yet familiar with his work I strongly suggest that you add his work to your homework.

Behind the Glass

The folks over at Vimeo Video School have put together a small series of videos covering the primary differences of your standard lens focal length. Some of the information presented will naturally be quite basic to many of you, but the remaining is a good review even if you know it all.

Behind the Glass Part 1: An Intro to Lenses

Behind the Glass Part 2: Focal Length

Behind the Glass Part 3: Depth of Field


Featured Creative ~ Lindsay Adler

Photographer: Lindsay Adler
Website: http://www.lindsayadlerphotography.com/
Location: New York, NY

Next up to bat as the “Featured Creative” is the lovely Lindsay Adler. Lindsay is a portrait and fashion photographer based in New York.

Lindsay had the fortune to discover her love of photography and desire to pursue it at a very young age. With the determination for her dream she studied photography and business at Syracuse University.

This young women (only in her mid twenties) has accomplished a daunting amount within her time as a professional. Her works can be found in countless publications world-wide including Bullett Magazine, Zink Magazine, Fault. You can find her contributions in Professional Photographer, Rangefinder Magazine, and Popular Photography. She has even published three books (The Linked Photographers’ Guide to Online Marketing and Social MediaFashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding PhotographyShooting in Sh*tty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them)!

In addition Lindsay is sponsored by a variety of photography companies and spends a great deal of time traveling to give workshops at such large names as WPPI, Photo Plus, Imaging USA.

Below is a sample of her outstanding work.

Featured Creative ~ Brooke Shaden

Photographer: Brooke Shaden
Website: http://brookeshaden.com/
Location: Los Angeles, CA

When one discusses the subject of finding your style as a photographer you are bound to mention Brooke Shaden.

Brooke, a Lancaster, PA native grew up near the “Amish Country”, which influences of this can easily be seen in here work. However, it was not until after graduating Temple University with bachelor degrees in film and English that she began her photographic journey.

Originally, Brooke started off photographing self-portraits for ease and control much like many of us. She has since grown into the label of a self-portrait artist. The body of her self-portraits however are not of a standard autobiographical overtone, but rather Brooke creates conceptual dream like worlds and places herself within them.

Her technique is hard to mistake as Brooke uses painterly techniques, deep color tones, textures, and conceptual elements in a consistent manner that maintains, but never dilute her working portfolio.

If you are unfamiliar with her work I urge you to take a look.

Featured Creative ~ Aaron Nace

Photographer: Aaron Nace
Website: aaron-nace.com, phlearn.com
Location: Chicago, IL

Aaron Nace, originally a hobbyist while he was pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University has since become a well rooted full-time photographer and “Photoshop Master”. His works have been published in such large names as MSNBC.com, AOL.com, and The Huffington Post.

It would seem that this gentleman truly does live and breathe photography as he runs TWO successful photography based companies! Firstly, you have the standard “Aaron Nace” name tagged to his photography work; Secondly, you have his ever-growing Phlearn “Phamily” (“Phamily” is a cute play on words to reference both employees as well as followers). What is Phlearn you ask? Well… as obvious as it is with one glance at his work you’ll immediately recognize that Aaron has truly mastered the ways of Photoshop, but to take it further he graciously teaches all that he knows concerning photography and Photoshop within online instructional videos. The website features both free and paid tutorials, Photoshop actions as well as texture packs (all shot by the Phlearn team).

I am a regular follower of Phlearn and strongly suggest it to anyone who wishes to learn Photoshop no matter their current experience level. Why not now? You have all weekend to see how much you can absorb in a couple of days, but don’t worry the content already uploaded will keep you occupied for weeks if not months to come.

Here is just a small sample of Aaron’s work.

Lastly, here is a recent free tutorial from Phlearn.


Featured Creative ~ Benjamin Von Wong

In addition to the recently added page Inspirational Photographers I thought that I would compose a post featuring each individually. And thus enter the “Featured Creative” post title (and searchable category, tag).

Photographer: Benjamin Von Wong
Website: www.vonwong.com
Location: Montreal, Canada

When considering Ben’s success and unquestionable talent one might not realize that he is in fact fairly new to the professional scene, which furthers his inspirational value to those that follow his work and also aspire to “make it”. It was only back in the fall of 2007 that Ben even bought his first point and shoot from Wal-Mart while he was working within his degree for Mine Engineering. Later in the beginning of 2012 Ben officially quite his day job and pursued his found love for photography.

Since Ben’s seemingly abrupt career change he has not looked back. Ben has accomplished countless projects, traveled to many countries to include his Von Wong Does Europe tour.

Without question Ben’s work is always at the utmost quality. This with his regular BTS (behind the scenes) videos sharing how he achieved his results, energetic personality and general drive I cannot imagine this man’s career doing anything other than flourishing.

Here is just a small sample of Ben’s work.

Watch this inspiration video starring Ben himself.

Inspire by Example

As a creative we often look to other’s for inspiration creatively, but also to feed the dream of doing something that you love. They stand upon a pile of beautiful work and remind us that others have officially become “successful” at whatever it is that they do. I use the term successful loosely, because it is very subjective. It isn’t always making top dollar, living in a big house or being famous. However, you often know it when you see it.

I like anyone else have my own list of fellow creatives that I look up to and follow and I thought that I should share some of them with you. Thus, I have begun compiling a list of Inspirational Photographers for your review. I urge you to take the time to click each of them and take a look at their work. They are truly at the top of their class.

As a side note this list is still a work in progress and will likely always be, so if you have any suggestions or notice an obvious one that I’ve missed feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions.