Dusan Beno – Photographer of the Week

Dusan Beno is an awesome macro photographer!

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1Never 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.  And even though his models give me the shivers, I am absolutely in love with these artistic compositions.  Meet the ever-talented and incredibly unique photographer, Dusan Beno.

A student of Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Dusan has been shooting and specializing in macro for over 7 years. With his photos featuring the common types of insects that are literally all around us, Dusan explains his love of the details and his overwhelming sense of being charmed from…

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The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner

Awesome images!

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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.

[ted_talkteaser id=1834]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. “That’s what keeps me going and always finding something new.”

On the TED stage, Oefner demonstrates the science at work behind three of his photographs. As he explains his process, the mystical quality of the images gives way to understanding. But how important to him is it that the casual viewer of his artwork know the underlying scientific principles? Actually, not very. “I’m…

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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.

The Obligation of Being a Photographer

A good message for this Friday morning. Thought that I would share.

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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 photographer and a storyteller. I studied journalism and worked in the field for many years. I left in part because I became frustrated with the path that it was on (and have since become even more frustrated). Journalism is about reporting and discovering the truth, not spewing opinions and repeating the same images repeatedly until they imprint upon the brain.

Many of you reading this website have the knowledge to create. Perhaps it’s photos, video, or words. You know how to tell a story and show…

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Fall in Vermont

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.

I don’t think I’d mind if this was the view of my back yard as well.

What You’re Giving Up When You Post to Facebook

More on the Facebook photographs/copyright buzz

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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.  We went straight to the top to get a leading legal expert.  Terry Hart, the Director of Legal Policy for the Copyright Alliance breaks through the hype and rumors and walks us through the real repercussions.

Rich and Terry discuss:

  • Why is this Facebook change creating such a buzz
  • Why Facebook wants your content
  • What are you granting Facebook to do with your content?
  • What Facebook says they will do versus what the terms of service says they can do
  • Suggestions on how to protect your interests…

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A Reminder to Take The Time

Today, I found this write-up and thought I’d share it with you. All too often we are scrambling to learn or do as much as possible and as quickly as possible. We fail to acknowledge that in many cases this is self-defeating.

Slow down and take the time to accumulate the proper experience needed for what you do or what you want to do. I promise that the outcome will be much more satisfying.

The Photography Teacher Nobody Wants

Review: Skylux LED Studio Light

If there’s anyone in the market for some new lighting toys, here you go.

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This is a guest post from Terry White. Terry is a great photographer and an Adobe wizard.  He’s also got a great workshop called “Master The Shoot.” The next one is this Saturday in Cincinnati.

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I use both standard studio strobes AND continuous lighting. I pick and choose between the two depending on what I’m lighting and what I think will do a better job. For my continuous lighting I have relied on the Westcott’s Spiderlite TD5 and TD6. The TD6 has really served me well with a better overall design over its predecessor. As nice as the Spiderlites are the one thing you’ll never hear anyone say is that they are “easy” to travel with! With the TD6 you have a fairly large head and 6 individual bulbs that need to be unscrewed and packed in a way that they won’t break. Clearly studio strobes and speedlights have the…

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