Original Reddit Series ‘Formative’ Tells Casey Neistat’s Story of Struggle, Inspiration, and Success
Not all journeys to creative and personal satisfaction are non-stop. In this inspirational mini-documentary from Reddit, get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most notable creative entrepreneurs out there, Casey Neistat. From being a young rebel, to having a child at 17, hear first-hand how Casey decided to drop everything and move to New York City.
If you’re not familiar with Casey’s work, you’ve got lots of video watching to do. Here’s a playlist to get you started. If you’re in need of some ideas, or some creative inspiration, look no further.
We recently published an exclusive interview with photographer Vincent Laforet discussing his newly released book Project AIR. In it, Laforet not only reveals the incredible passion and dedication that went into this once in a lifetime project, but explains the intimate details of his workflow and creative process. If you’ve ever wondered about, or admired, the beauty and magic of these stunning images it’s truly a great read.
In the article author Zach Sutton also hints at a very intriguing contest that gives Resource readers the opportunity to win an autographed copy of Project AIR. So with the holidays right around the corner we’ve teamed up with our friends at G-Technology to give away not just one but THREE autographed copies valued at $99!
To spread this love we’re using social media to give you a wide range of opportunities to win. Since we have three copies, we’ll be giving one away on each of the following networks: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For instructions on how to enter on each network see our outline below.
Opportunity #1 – Facebook
Step 2 – “SHARE” our Laforet AIR Giveaway Post (yes, it’s this post, the one you’re reading) with your friends on Facebook.
Opportunity #2 – Twitter
Step 2 – “RE-TWEET” our Laforet AIR Giveaway tweet with your followers on Twitter.
Opportunity #3 – Instagram
Step 2 – “LIKE” our Laforet AIR Giveaway post on Instagram.
Now… lawyers are lawyers, so we have to lay down the law so everyone knows the rules and plays fair: The contest is open to US residents only and you can only win once. Feel free to enter on all three networks for a better chance to win. If you forget to follow, like and share on any given network and you’ll be disqualified.
The contest goes live at 12 p.m. today, Nov. 25 and closes next Wednesday, December 2nd. We’ll pick a winner next Thursday, December 3rd. Winners we’ll be notified via the network they win and all winners will be revealed via ResourceMagOnline.com and across social media the following week.
To learn more about Project AIR click here.
Now that I’m engaged, I feel obliged to send personalized holiday cards to my friends and family. I really haven’t been one to do this in the past, but I’m starting to realize that my hand-written, basic cards I pick up at Target aren’t really standing up to the other cards I see sitting on my parent’s mantle. Since I have been traveling so much lately, I started to play around with some photos on my camera roll on my iPhone when in transit to piece together elements for our 2015 holiday card.
Hopefully in this tutorial I can show you some actual workflow situations that involve Adobe Apps. Hooray!
Part I: The photo
I decided to use this rather festive photo that a friend took at a party the previous year. I think it captured the essence of what I was going for:
Ok, now on to turning this photo into a card.
- First, I opened Photoshop Fix on my iPhone and selected a photo from my photo library (I could also do this on my iPad, but I had my iPhone on me.).
- There was a lot of things in the background I didn’t want in my card, so I used the Defocus brush to paint over areas of the image to be blurred out, and then the Crop tool to cut out excess parts of the photo I didn’t want to use.
- Because this photo wasn’t taken with a DSLR, when I cropped and zoomed in on our faces, our skin looked grainy. I used the Vignette tool and adjust using the Radius, Feather and Shape features, applying it to our faces.
- I plan on making the card colorful using some other elements, so I converted our photo to Black and White by clicking “Adjust” and using the saturation slider.
- Since I will use my desktop computer to assemble my card, I clicked the share icon and selected Save to Library to save the image to my Creative Cloud Library.
Part II: Add some seasonal cheer
Now that I had my photo where I was pretty happy with it, I wanted to create some images and textures to apply to my final card design.
- First, I wanted to pull in some colors from a colorful cookbook cover I had on my desk. I used Capture CC – again on my iPhone – and selected the Color option to take a photo of the colors and convert them into a color theme. (Capture CC is also available on Android and on the iPad.) I saved that into my Creative Cloud Library so I can use it when I’m ready to assemble the card.
- Next, I wanted to add a seasonal graphic to my card so I used the Shape option in Capture CC to take a photo of the Penguin used in a similar tutorial developed by Glitschka Studios to create a vector graphic.
- I also saved this into my Creative Cloud Library – then moved on to the desktop to put it all together.
Part III: Final Touches
Once I got home, and to bring the photo and hand-drawn elements together, I moved from my iPhone to Illustrator CC. The nice aspect is that everything is in one place, and I don’t have to save things to the cloud and re-download them for use. Once they are saved in my Creative Cloud Library, I can just drag-and-drop when I use desktop tools.
- In Illustrator CC, I created a new project and set the dimensions of the card to 7×5 inches.
- I opened the Libraries panel to pull in the Penguin, colors and the photo I’d put together on mobile.
- I scaled the photo proportionally to 5 inches in height and aligned left. Using the Rectangle tool, I made a red rectangle that covered the remaining portion of the artboard. I selected red from the color theme I created in my Creative Cloud Library.
- Next, I used the ellipse tool to make circles of varying sizes on the red rectangle to simulate snowflakes. I selected dark red from the color theme I created in my Creative Cloud Library.
- Next, I used the Ellipse tool to make a large white circle centered in the red rectangle. I selected white from the color theme I created in my Creative Cloud Library.
- From there, I used the Ellipse tool to create a border around the white circle.
- After that, I used the Type tool to write my holiday greeting. I applied white from the color theme in my Creative Cloud Library.
- The last step for me was to place the penguin shape from my Creative Cloud Library into the center of the white circle. Using the selection tool, I picked green from my color theme in my Creative Cloud Library.
- Once I was happy with the card layout, I selected File and then Print to share my card with friends and family.
Announced tonight is the development of the next generation of professional FX-format DSLR from Nikon with the Nikon D5. Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean the camera will be available soon, or that any of the specs of the camera are available. Simply, Nikon has created a press release announcing that they’ll start developing a camera called the Nikon D5, making this, the weirdest press release ever. Full press release with literally no information below —
Red Bull has always had a knack for setting the high standard when it came to action sports cinematography. Though they just raised the bar once again with their surreal look into the BMX stylings of Scottish BMX pro Kriss Kyle, with their new feature entitled Kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope plays with your perspective and visuals to give you a new and hypnotizing look into the world of BMX riding.
Shot as if it was inside a Kaleidoscope, this new video highlights the stylings of Kriss Kyle while also giving you an opportunity to interact with some of the more interesting tricks in the video. The video itself is only 5 minutes long, and no photo could possibly do it justice. Just trust me when I say you need to spend 5 minutes today to watch the video above.
Another year has passed, which means one thing: the results of Morphoplio’s EyeTime 2015 contest finalists are in!
Last year’s competition was a proven success with work being submitted from a range of photographers around the world. It’s contests like these that give young emerging artists a platform to have their voice and perspectives heard. Today, there is an abundance of photos online being published every minute, but much of the work goes unseen or adds up to a mere number of “likes” on Instagram. Thankfully, Morpholio has granted students and young professionals have a chance to cut through the vast pool of online content for a chance to make a difference.
This year, the EyeTime contest was focosed on two categories: Future Voices and Emerging Talent.
The submissions were judged by a panel of many industry professionals, including some familiar names from last year’s competition such as Billy Cunningham of the International Center of Photography, Lin LeeYuan of MOLD, and Resource Magazine’s very own Alexandra Niki and Adam Sherwin. The finalists were selected based on how many views, or “EyeTime,” a photo received by the public. The more time people spent viewing the image, the better chance for that person to be considered. In addition to last year’s competition, Morpholio made it clear to continue to honor the life of photojournalist and humanitarian Jessica Lum, who tragically passed away in 2013.
Check out the full roster of this year’s finalists below!
Emerging Talent Finalists:
Future Voices Finalists:
I’ve been doing a lot of work recently on a short, as well as feature length, documentary films in the last few years. One of the challenges I struggled with in almost every case was telling the story in a logical way that not only kept the viewer interested, but also just made sense to common viewer. Here are some tips on what I learned worked, as well as what didn’t.
1. Take the time to examine all facets of your story.
For a documentary, you likely have a topic, subject matter, or point you’re trying to make, with an ultimate end goal of having the viewer take action or at least walk away feeling informed. Whatever your thesis, it’s important to identify all components of that topic, as well as its subtopics or supporting concepts. I find it helpful to actually draw out a “mind-map” to get a better idea of the “big picture” when working on an in-depth project, BEFORE I start scheduling interview shoots or planning production. Here’s a visual for reference, one that I used when planning the scope of my “Ascending India” documentary film about rock climbing development in India.
I knew that in my film I would have two separate sections; half of the film would take place in the USA, while the other half would be in India. Creating this mind map allowed me to expand on concepts and think about all kinds of supporting concepts for my primary story.
2. Rank the importance of your identified content.
Out of all of the content your identified in step 1, it might be helpful to then rank it in terms of importance. This will become important later, as often times a documentary could be hours and hours long if all of the material was used, but sticking to the most important and compelling responses will help you focus your story without constantly repeating points. This will also help you craft the questions for step 3…
3. Create questions that will get you the audio bytes you need for your story.
With your mind-map created, use the ideas you discovered there to learn what the different angles of your documentary will focus on. When you know this material, it may be easier to create a list of questions for your interview subjects. Don’t forget that your audience might not be an expert on the subject matter, so coaching your interview subject to explain things in layman’s terms can be extremely helpful for communicating complex or foreign concepts.
Writing the right questions is pivotal for the success of your film– the answers you capture on camera will likely be the heart of your story, so I’d recommend being thorough. I sometimes even write down the answer I’m hoping to hear right next to my question, so that if the interview subject doesn’t deliver what I wanted, it’s easy to take notice and perhaps re-phrase the question or approach it in a different way.
4. Group similar content from your supporting elements.
When I was working on my documentary film, “Ascending India,” I had hours upon hours of interview content. The people I spoke with addressed many different topics, so I had to separate and group their responses by subject matter. I did this by simply creating sequences in my NLE that were labeled with the topic. After doing this for all of my interviews, I got a much better idea of what topics I had the most content for, and what topics I did not.
5. Putting it all together?
This was the hardest part for me as a storyteller, and results will likely be different for everyone because every project is unique. Here is what worked for me.
My story consisted of a lot of interviews that were there to educate viewers, but it also included a series of events that took place. I used these “events” to create a chronological backbone to the documentary, but the story would digress into different topics when there was an appropriate segue or visual tie-in. Like in step #1, I wrote things out to get a better understanding of the “bigger picture” of the project. This time though, I used 3”x5” cards, and on each card I wrote a discussion topic, event, or scene from the film.
Having these cards out made it easy to see natural segues and associated content, but also equally disperse digressions so as to not bore the viewer. In my example above, I recreated the main points for this article, but when I really did this exercise a few years back (I didn’t take any photos then, d’oh!) I actually wrote cards out for additional plot points or conversational topics that my interview subjects addressed. Below is the sorted version of these cards.
The top row going left to right are the major events that happened chronologically, and the columns that go down are the discussions and topics that would be edited in between those events.
6. Roughing an actual edit
It took me about 18 months to edit the finished 60-minute film. I arranged and re-arranged different scenes on many occasions, and tried to eliminate redundant thoughts whenever possible. I used the 3×5 card ordering as a place to start, but of course varied from it as I saw new connections or thought certain scenes just weren’t working. Here’s the trailer that might give you a taste of the content I had to work with.
One thing that I discovered was that transitioning from one scene or location to the next was tough, as we didn’t always have a good audio byte or visual to smoothly move the viewer from one place or event to the next. Closing audio bytes or location establishment segues were my best friend, but I didn’t always have those to work with.
I ultimately decided to use screens of text to create chapters in the film, with a simple chapter title setting the stage and establishing better context. Making sections to group content I felt broke up the film into smaller, bite-sized pieces and ultimately easier to follow.
7. Get honest feedback
It was only after I had shown many friends and gotten feedback from them, that I decided to use the chapter transitions as noted above. As the editor and director of a project, it’s impossible to have an unbiased, uninformed perspective. You must have people who weren’t on a shoot or simply not involved in the project in any way, look at your rough cuts. They will notice things that you have been glossing over since the start! It’s tough to go back and make changes, but that’s the beautiful thing about non-linear editing; you can save your existing sequence while working on a revised version to see if it flows better!
In case you’re curious, here’s what my timeline looked like for the 60-minute edit of Ascending India: (click to enlarge)
Two months after the announcement of Rupert Murdoch taking the majority stake of National Geographic, nearly 180 employees were told today that they would be laid off according to the Washingtonian. This news comes just moments after the November Issue of the magazine hits newsstands, an issue covering climate change, a topic that Rupert Murdoch adamantly denies.
This announcement of 180 job cuts is about 9% of the staff at National Geographic, a magazine largely regarded as the best available for nature, social topics, and current affairs. This comes just a few weeks after Rupert Murdoch and Fox told the Washingtonian that they had no plans to interfere with NatGeo’s editorial content. So what does this mean for this popular magazine? Many suspected news like this would come after the merger with Fox, but hoped that the news would be far less drastic. Attached below is the memo sent to staff by NatGeo’s Society President —
To all NGS Staff:
After very careful and serious consideration, we are ready to communicate how our restructuring and transformation will affect each employee at National Geographic. To that end, please make every effort to be available tomorrow, November 3rd, either in your regular work location, and/or by phone.
If you are traveling for business, on vacation or plan to be out for any other reason, please notify Tia Freeman-Evans or Yvonne Perry in HR immediately, so we can make alternative plans to get in touch with you. If you know that someone on your staff will be out of the office on November 3rd, please let Tia or Yvonne know by 3 p.m. (Eastern) today, as well.
Please watch your inbox for important information about your employment status tomorrow.
I cannot thank you enough for your patience and hard work over the last few months. I am proud of how our teams and our organization have approached and responded to this transitional period. Looking ahead, I am confident National Geographic’s mission will be fulfilled in powerful, new and impactful ways, as we continue to change the world through science, exploration, education and storytelling.
As published by Reuters yesterday, Canon profits for the third quarter have dropped 21% to 71.8b yen (or 595 million USD). This fall can be attributed to a variety of reasons, but one many suspect is the mirrorless craze generated by the Sony a7 series cutting into Canon’s sales. Investments into new business could also account for the fall in profit shares, along with a weaker yen.
The news isn’t shocking to many, as many believe Nikon and Sony to be taking market shares from Canon with their advanced sensors found in the Nikon D810 and Sony a7R II (both developed by Sony). Canon continues to advance into other markets, such as their advanced security camera systems. Still, with smartphones creating better and better systems with each version, and mirrorless camera systems showing that they’re more than just a phase, Canon will need to develop some interesting products to compete if they want to maintain their profit margins.
If you haven’t heard, G-Tech and Red Bull have partnered for PPE 2015 with a sweepstakes-style contest to win exclusive tickets for a photo walk with Adventure Photographer Lucas Gilman and Red Bull Athlete Corey Martinez, as he rides BMX street in New York. The contest is open only to Photo Plus attendees, and entry must be completed before the end of the expo. Here is everything you need to know to successfully enter the contest.
Entry and Guidelines
– To enter, you must first visit the booths: G-Tech (#149), K&M (#1054), and Red Bull (#1067). At any of these booths, you can pick up a contest card, which you must have marked by a representative at each location. Then, the card should be turned into the G-Tech booth at any point between Oct. 22 and Oct. 24. Finally, at the end of each day of the expo, a decision will be made and winners will be announced for that particular day. Winners will also be contacted via phone and have 48 hours to respond until the next runner-up is be selected.
– 20 winners will receive one ticket each to an exclusive Photo Walk Expo with Adventure Photographer Lucas Gilman and Red Bull Athlete Corey Martinez (winners announced on the 22nd and 23rd).
– 1 winner will receive a ticket to The Summit Adventure Photography Workshop held on Sept. 2016 valued at $1,950 (winner to be announced on the 24th).
-3 winners will receive an original Red Bull Photography printed image with an estimated value of $300 (winners announced daily).
– 3 winners will receive a G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt with an estimated value of $229.95 (winners announced daily).
– 1 winner will receive a $500 gift card to Focus Camera (winner announced on the 24th).
For official rules and guidelines, visit the G-Tech Red Bull Active page. In the meantime, check Gilman’s work and Martinez’s riding below.
It’s that time, once again: Photo Plus is about to take over New York City like that pizza rat did to the Internet. By now, you’ve likely heard that we’re throwing a party with our good friends RGG EDU. It’s the first night of PPE, meaning you, our readers, will inevitably be hungover for the remainder of the expo. For companies and exhibitors, this entails showing up by 8 a.m. for the next two days with a shit-eating grin on your face to meet with people like us—the ones who, ironically, were responsible for your regretful morning and stomach that feels like it’s eating itself. And for attendees, this essentially entails nothing, as you lucky folks have no obligation to make it to the floor by day break. That is, unless, you intend to get your money’s worth for your $549.99 conference passes.
But regardless of your purpose, our first-tier party tickets have already sold out, meaning a good portion of you will be showing up to get down. So here’s how not to suck at being hungover for the next two days of PPE 2015.
The breakfast cocktail
One of the reasons I love WPPI is because it’s in Vegas, which means bloody marys and mimosas are standard practice throughout the wee hours of the morning on the trade show floor. But in New York, we don’t have that luxury; it’s up to us to drink away our hangovers. My suggestion: if you live in New York, cook a tray of frittata and a pitcher of mimosa (or bloody mary) for the week, then slurp that shit down with urgency each morning. If you’re staying at a hotel, however, you as might as well hit the restaurant first thing. There are company credit cards for that.
Dress up your hangover
This is where things get crafty. If you’ve ever creeped on my trade show style, you’ve likely noticed that my outfits get progressively classier each day. This is no accident. Rather, the quality of my clothing corresponds with the severity of my hangover. The more hungover I am, the nicer I dress and vice-versa. The way I see it, is that a fresh get-up will pull people’s attention from your heavy eyes and beer breathe—and place it on your brand new blazer or Cole Haan shoes. Here’s my usual progression: Day 1, denim/sweater; Day 2, jacket/grey blazer; Day 3, jacket/black blazer…. and if you all show up wearing black blazers by day two, I think it’s safe to say our party was pretty dope.
Drink coffee, not energy drinks
This one is simple: DO NOT drink an energy drink when you’re hungover. I know, I know. When you’re rushing in the morning and you hit the bodega or Duane Reade, it seems like an easy fix. You won’t have to stop for coffee, and in your sloppy state the shiny cans look so, like, tempting. I like shiny things. But what I don’t like is vomiting in a meeting after the acidity of an energy drink gnaws away at my stomach lining. I say this from experience.
Treat yourself to a bathroom nap
Lo and behold—bathroom naps are your savior! You can escape from the madness, sit on the toilet and shut your eyes with your head between your knees for a moment. Five minutes can go a long way. Just bear in mind that after seven, your colleagues may get suspicious. So you may want to drop your pants to your ankles for good measure.
Keep your clothes on
For some, it can be difficult to control your booze intake, but nothing says “I want to fucking guzzle RBV and Jaeger” like showing up without a shirt and only a bowtie. So unlike our good friend Pat Black pictured above, who may or may not work for us—I’m still not sure—take this one small step towards self-control. If keep your clothes on at night, you’ll be that much closer to not sucking at being hungover the next day.
Click here for more information on the Resource Magazine + RGG EDU party. Tickets are currently sold out, but a limited number will be available at the door. First come, first serve.
Retouching timelapse videos seem to give an insight into the workflow and mindset of a creative in a very quick and entertaining view. It isn’t by any means a tutorial, but it does give viewers a sense of how a particular retouching artist approaches an image, and allows the viewer to get a sense of appreciation for what goes into retouching. Recently, there have been some that went viral and I wanted to paint a picture into some others that were really beautifully done. So we took it upon ourselves to create others to serve as a bookmark to show clients what it’s all about. These are from my colleagues, who I know all do good work.
I specifically asked these colleagues if they were interested in doing this project and this is what we created together.
Retoucher: Obi Grant
Retoucher: David Neilands
Retoucher: Chris Lambeth
Retoucher: Natalia Fadejeva
Retoucher: Sabine Metz
Retoucher: Pratik Naik
Even though not everyone is on board with the 360 degree video craze, Facebook isn’t planning on sitting back and watching YouTube get all the glory. Today they announced support for 360 degree video viewing via their video player and it will work straight from your newsfeed. The feature is also going to be active on mobile.
There are a number of publishers sharing new 360 videos on Facebook today, including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and VICE. These videos help show the range of possibilities with this new medium. For example, Disney and Lucasfilm are debuting an exclusive 360 experience from its upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, bringing fans inside the beloved Star Wars universe.
You can take a look at the full news release here, and the links in the quote above will take you to videos you can interact with on Facebook.
Sponsored by Resource Magazine and with support from ICP (International Center of Photography), APA (American Photographic Artists), and ADC (Art Directors Club), Morpholio has officially launched its annual EyeTime 2015 Photo Competition. This year, the competition includes two categories: Future Voices, which aims at discovering new design voices within the academic world, and Emerging Talent, which is tailored for all young professionals and upcoming practices.
With technology advancing and popularity in online-sharing increasing, Eyetime’s competition challenges photographers to confront the world today through their own unique lens. The intent is for participants to capture an image that is capable of penetrating through the virtual clutter, and even launch a dialogue across the social landscape of our globe.
Eyetime 2015, a contest that began as a way to promote and explore today’s rising talent, is made possible by the solid collaboration of photographers, professors and students. Guest jurors include industry experts such as Kathryn Roach of The New York Times, Diana Jou of The Wall Street Journal, Resource Magazine CEO/President Alexandra Niki, Light Stalking Writer and Photographer Tiffany Mueller, and many, many more. Additionally, the contest is devoted to the amazingly talented photographer, reporter, editor and humanitarian Jessica Lum, who gave her life to the world of photojournalism, and sought ways to not just create, but to preserve and understand the creative world around us.
For more information on submission, guidelines, schedule and judging visit the Morpholio’s EyeTime 2015 page. See the winning images from last year below.
With capacity limited to just 200 participants and the event less than 10 days away, the 2015 EyeEm Awards Festival + Party is already beginning to foster buzz. Interactive panels and creative presentations will kick off next Friday, Sept. 18, at noon, with bold and intuitive visionaries from worldwide organizations and classic New York establishments like Vice, The Huffington Post, National Geographic, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and of course, EyeEm, Resource Magazine, and a dozen other innovative and successful companies. Daring leaders and creative thinkers in the fields of photography, technology, communication, society, and art will be giving first hand-insight until late in the day, when the intimate Williamsburg venue, Villain, at 50 N 3rd Street—a former 19th century textile warehouse—will transform into a space flush with cocktails, hors’ d’oeuvre, and a plethora of infinite opportunities to connect and network with creative, like-minded men and women like yourself. Did we mention that the party is completely free??
Come join us as we celebrate the visual revolution and its impact on our world. Come and discuss, parlay, and maybe kick back a cocktail or two with some of today’s newest up-and-coming thinkers and influences in your field. Partake in the latest news and sought after insight into the quickly developing and transformative industry of images and technology.
Here, in New York City—a city built on courageous vision, daring, cutting-edge technology, and the world’s most actively successful and forward thinkers—we are proud to welcome the 2015 EyeEm Awards. We are bringing together the best of the best to Brooklyn, to celebrate the visual revolution that has become so embedded into the fabric of society on a global scale. Are you one of the few, whose ideas, insights, and innovative concepts stand to aid in the infinitely revolutionizing fields of photography, technology, or visual communication? If so, you are one of those helping to shape and design the future of our world.
RSVP mandatory. Party is FREE. Register now as space is limited!
Alex Buono, the DP of the SNL Film Unit and Director/DP of the new IFC comedy series “Documentary Now,” is coming up to the finale of his new filmmaking workshop tour, Visual Storytelling 2 and is offering a fantastic giveaway to aspiring filmmakers.
Over the past 6 weeks, Alex has travelled across the Unites States delivering in-depth workshops covering a broad range of visual styles and practical shooting techniques as a follow up to his smash hit first tour in 2013.
Real-world filmmaking education can be hard to come by and, for some, hard to afford. So at each of the remaining few tour stops, Alex is giving away one free pass to the entire workshop, worth $299.
To be considered, send Alex an email at email@example.com and tell him your story: what kind of films do you make; what kind of films do you hope to make someday; what makes your storytelling voice unique? Keep it to under 200 words, put your city in the subject line and Alex will let you know within 48 hours of the tour reaching your city.
The cities left on the tour are Boston, Newark and New York so don’t delay and get emailing. Finally, the giveaway doesn’t end there – if the tour has already passed your city, don’t worry – you can still submit an entry and if selected, you will receive a download of the entire workshop (value $349).
For the full tour schedule and more information about the workshop, go to vs2.mzed.com.
During the peak of Alaska’s fleeting summer months of 2015, iconic portrait photographer Mark Seliger trekked through the Arctic Circle to the small town of Kotzebue. With a population of only 3,272, according to a 2013 City-Data.com report, he headed on-location to document the effects of global warming. But like the heat of the Alaskan summer, his anticipation was short-lived. He describes the location’s scenery as “uninteresting in regard to the story.” It was a daunting scenario, especially since President Obama would be the subject of the forthcoming photographs.
“The designated area they wanted us to shoot in was pretty mediocre,” Seliger says. “But beforehand we were able to arrange a better visual experience to convey the story of what was happening there. And whether it really illustrates it 100 percent or not, it gives you a much better understanding of where we were, where [President Obama] was and what was happening within that situation.”
This is just one instance of what Seliger notes as the importance point-of-view in visual storytelling, a topic he will touch upon during StandOut! Photographic Forums on Sept. 24 in NYC and Sept. 29 in Toronto. “My storytelling process in a contrived storyline is to do everything from finding the location and using that to create a world. It’s not necessarily a true world, but it’s the world that I am creating,” he adds.
Known today as one of the greatest portrait photographers who has ever lived, Seliger first moved to New York in 1984. He went on to begin shooting small assignments for Rolling Stone, and became the publication’s chief photographer less than a decade later. By 2001, he had shot over 125 covers and began a long-term collaborate relationship with GQ Design Director Fred Woodward. In little time, he moved to Conde’ Nast, where he continues to shoot frequently for Vanity Fair, Details, Italian Vogue, L’uomo Vogue and German Vogue. And yet, with a lifetime of experience too extensive to summarize, for Seliger, it’s not so much the “who,” “what” and “when,” but the “how.”
The thing is, if you speak with almost any successful portrait photographer, they will tell you that capturing emotion is the key to the genre. But personally, I’ve always found this a bit difficult to comprehend. When shooting a portrait, it’s inarguably crucial to get your subject to relax. So how does one “capture emotion” while simultaneously pushing a person into a relaxed state of being?
According to Seliger, one trick—and one of the greatest challenges—is to look for your subject’s slight off-moments and capture the emotion within them. “Portraiture is about knowing your subject and giving yourself the time to work through that process and build that trust,” he says, with a chuckle. “You create an environment that’s specific to [your subject], almost like you’re just hanging out. And like I said, those quick unguarded moments in between instruction or direction is what you’re aiming for, rather than them being too calculated or too obvious.”
However, he goes on to explain that within this process, mistakes don’t exist, as long as each project is approached as if it’s the last time you will ever work with that person. “It’s important to treat everything like it’s very, very special, be persistent and push yourself to make sure you walk away with something you really like,” he says.
Seliger concludes: “You can’t overthink it. And at times it’s best to focus on something more stripped down and simple. Portraiture can sometimes just be about the physicality of the face and the expression, and not so much about tricky lighting.”
For more on Seliger’s photographic storytelling process and a 30-year retrospective on his career, register to his attend his seminar at Stand Out! Photographic Forums in NYC on Sept. 24 or in Toronto on Sept. 29.
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Featured image © Mark Seliger.
Can you taste the bitterness of a lemon, smell the scent wild flowers in a field, feel the motion of a train move beneath your feet… but through an image? With developments in technology such as 8K and virtual reality, the imaging world seems to be taking on an objective beyond just pretty pictures. And for Canon, in particular, they are utilizing new technological advances to test these limits. Just imagine an image with the ability to stimulate your brain enough to triggers other senses like smell, touch or taste.
As I write this, I’m making my way though the Canon Expo 2015, a perfect display of how they’re putting this concept to the test. With the expo split up into all the departments that make up Canon as a company, it begins with “Imaging Journey,” which guides you through the pillars of their new tech. To begin, you use your “Imaging Passport” to embark on an experience across duplicate reality, printing technology, 8K, 360-degree virtual reality and more. And within it, the connecting theme is, of course, to trigger additional senses outside of just your vision.
By now, most of us have already heard of these technologies, and know that Canon is not the only one working on them. However, the company is really pushing the possibilities—while considering realistic ways—to bring it into the common (upper middle class) household. But while sitting in the “8K Ride Experience,” I began to think: ‘Is this even a realistic expectation? How far can one really push an image before throwing in the towel and realizing it’s just a fucking image… I still can’t smell the flowers.’
Hell, I wish I could feel a kiss through FaceTime, and long distance relationships could be pretty awesome (if you know what I mean). But regardless of the implied vibrations, smells, touch and taste that an image can supposedly trigger, is this even scientifically possible?
The book titled, From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education, by James Ellwood Zull, offers some great insight into these theories. Zull writes:
“Other senses (hearing, smell and taste) can also generate images in our mind, but this process is different from visual and tactile sensing. We cannot determine the shape of a rose by smelling, but the fragrance triggers our memory of an image. We can remember what roses look like and call up the image of one when we smell it. The same is true of sound and taste. The sound, taste, or smell of things trigger our memory of real objects in the world but do not generate the image themselves. Rather, the memory actually consists of the same pattern of neuron firing that is activate when we look at the rose.”
In short, Zull dictates that science proves that you can form images in your mind through the stimulation of other senses. But perhaps for Canon, the question is: Will it work the other way around?
Until then, I think I’ll stick with reality.
Announced today by Adobe, is an update to their video editing and publishing software, adding a plethora of new and exciting features designed specifically to those working in the 4K and 8K resolutions and those looking for a mobile solution to light video editing. These features are available for update as of right now, and a breakdown of the new features are listed below.
- Premiere Pro CC has added features to those working in 4k-8k footage, with comprehensive native format support of UltraHD, without the need of transcoding beforehand. Simply drop and drag the files into Premiere’s timeline, and get to work.
- Continued color advancements for High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflows have also been improved in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, improving color fidelity and adjustments in both Premiere and After Effects.
- Introduction to a touch environment with Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Character Animator designed specifically for the Microsoft Surface Pro and Windows 8 tablets, along with support for Apple trackpads devices.
- Duration and looping features added to Remix, a new feature in Audition CC. Remix automatically rearranges music to any duration while maintaining musicality and structure.
- Native Destination Publishing has been added to Adobe Media Encoder, allowing you to automatically upload content to social platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and more.
- Adobe Anywhere, a workflow platform for enterprise teams to add and collaborate on projects with ease. Adds the ability to be deployed as either a multi-location streaming solution or a single location collaboration-only version.
For more information about these additions, you can view the official press release from Adobe. These features and more can be found by simply updating your Creative Cloud applications to their latest versions. If you’ve used some of these new tools, let us know what you think in the comments below.
This week we have special guest Giulio Scorio! We all talk about drone updates from DJI and 3D Robotics, speculate on what Apple might announce and what it will mean.
Do you choose a camera based on specs or how fun it is to use? Want to know what it takes to get from good to great as a photographer? Why should you make time for personal projects and some advice on how to do it, and finally 4 habits of thriving artists that if you’re not doing, you better get started!
DJI Phantom & Inspire Quadcopters Getting Autopilot, Features Waypoints, Point-of-Interest and Follow Me Modes
3D Robotics Solo Drone
Canon 250mp sensor
V-Log L for the GH4
Specs vs Fun
Apple’s iPhone 6S announcement: what to expect
Astropad for iPad (Watch video)
Hollywood’s Most Sought-After Photographer to Explain the Difference Between a ‘Good’ and ‘Great’ (Photographer)
Why You Should Always Make Time for Personal Projects
The 4 Habits of Thriving Artists
Photographer Casey McCalister (a voter in our monthly Power Rankings) just released this timelapse screen capture video of him editing a shot he took at Russian Ridge in Northern California. It makes you really appreciate how much work goes into making a landscape photo look as stunning as it does. Casey uses a mix of Lightroom, Nik Suite and Photoshop to create the final image.
You can find Casey’s prints here in case you want to support his awesome artwork (which you totally should).
NSFW: Let’s Talk About the Photos Taken of the Attack on the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem & Why I’m Not Mad at the Photographer
A very orthodox Jewish man attacked a crowd at the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade injuring six before he was stopped by authorities and arrested (it should be noted he was arrested for nearly the exact same crime in 2005). An Associated Press photographer was on the scene and captured a few of the images. Before I continue, warning: the images that appear here will be disturbing to many. I will not be republishing all images, but if you want, you can see them in this TPM article.
There is an argument that the images taken of this event, which are incredibly graphic, should not even exist. Why? Because some argue that the photographer, Sebastian Scheiner, should have been focused on helping the injured people, not focused on taking pictures.
And you know, I can respect that opinion… but I don’t agree.
If you were in this photographer’s position and you instantly dropped your camera to help the injured, that’s awesome. That is an excellent decision, but the decision to take photos of the event as it is happening has no less credence. Right now, especially in the United States (I can’t really speak for any other country seeing as I am not on the pulse of pop culture there), it is incredibly easy to forget something happened or ignore it entirely if we are not shown images of it happening. For example, many people think the conflict in Ukraine is over and done with, when in reality it is no closer to resolution than it was months ago when we were first introduced to it. The fact of the matter is, since we stopped seeing images and the news stopped reporting on it, we figured the news from the area must be over and done with.
Americans have incredibly short attention spans, and even after huge events like school shootings or riots, we tend to forget about them and move on as if nothing happened months, if not weeks, after. There has been quite a bit to move the tolerance of the LGBT community forward in the recent year, and as a San Francisco dweller, I am dead center of it. If you want tolerance and acceptance, you get it here arguably more than anywhere else.
If I had not been shown these images and read the story, I would have forgotten that the struggle is still very real for many, many others around the world. I would have not realized that the fight for equality and acceptance is far from over. The same can be said for war photos, and photos and photographers we now praise looking back on them. They are called iconic, haunting and famous, and even that they have changed the world forever. Are we mad at these photographers, or are we glad that they existed so that those who could do something about it, did?
These images are hard to look at, and the fact that they exist can bother some if they consider that the photographer doesn’t appear to have aided the injured during their capture (though, giving him the absolute benefit of the doubt, you don’t really know how many he took, then set down his camera, aided where he could and then resumed when his help was no longer necessary), he is actually aiding those people and the greater cause of the LGBT community. If he didn’t take these pictures, if no documentation of the event occurred or whatever was shown was less shocking to the eye (maybe something from surveillance video or blurry photos taken from a balcony a block away), it is highly likely the story would not have gotten the grip it did, and I would not have seen these, and my others like me would go on thinking everything with everyone in the LGBT community was just hunky dory.
As much as it hurts to say it, we need photos like this in order to keep a movement headed in the right direction. Civil rights and equality are huge, huge deals and the fact is that many still don’t have them. That’s something we all should be fighting for.
If you disagree with me, that’s ok. That’s the beautify of freedom and equality. All I’m saying is that those people who were brutally attacked by a man who didn’t agree with their life choices… they deserve equality too.
Photos via the Associated Press, original story via TPM.
This year’s EyeEm Photography Festival and Awards will be taking place on Friday September 18th in NYC and is packed with an amazing line-up of keynotes, panels and artist presentations; this is one event you won’t want to miss out on. Speakers will be present from Google, MIT, VII photo, NASA, Columbia, Bloomberg and many more (see full list below).
The EyeEm Festival is for those revolutionizing photography, technology and visual communication. It brings together photographers, editors, technology leaders and more to look into the future of photography and how it impacts society, art and communication.
Set at the Villain in Brooklyn, 200 individuals will be able to participate in the intimate event. The focus of the festival is the ever-changing world of photography—from the influence of the smartphone to the future. The topics that will be focused on this year include: Photography Now, The Camera of Tomorrow, and The Visual Revolution.
Photography Now will focus on what defines a photographer today and how one can find their audience, make a living and develop their style. The Camera of Tomorrow will focus on the ever-evolving way photos are captured, shared and consumed. It will also delve into how photos will be taken in the future and why. Lastly, The Visual Revolution will discuss how brands, agencies and advertisers use images in their communication strategies and the business models that fulfill their needs.
Here’s a full list of first-round speakers:
- Christian Plagemann, Research scientist & team lead for Physical Interaction Research, Google
- Evan Nisselson, Photographer & Investor, LDV Capital
- Alexandra Niki, Founder & Editor in Chief, Resource Magazine
- Hans Peter Brøndmo, Photographer & Tech Entrepreneur
- JiaJia Fei, Associate Director, Digital Marketing, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Massimo Portincaso, Global Marketing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
- Ron Haviv, Photojournalist; Co-founder, VII Photo
- Ed Kashi, Photojournalist & Filmmaker
- Stephen Mayes, Visual Communication Strategist
- Amy Lombard, Photographer
- Mark Hansen, Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University
- Michael Shane, Managing Editor, Bloomberg Digital
- Rebecca Roth, Photo coordinator & social media specialist, NASA Goddard Space Center
As for the exhibition and awards portion of the event, talented up-and-coming photographers from across the world will be showcased. The ten categories include: The Portraitist The Photojournalist, The Traveler, The Great Outdoors, The Moment, The Foodie, The Architect, The Action Photographer, The Fashionist, The Street Photographer. In addition, there will also be a photographer of the year award.
The photographers will be judged by the following individuals:
- Alexandra Niki, Founder, Resource Magazine
- Ron Haviv, Photojournalist, Co-founder, VII Photo
- Opeyemi Olukemi, Director of Interactive, Tribeca Film Institute
- Keith Axline, Photo Editor, Medium; Founder, Vantage
- Tobias Van Schneider, Lead Product Designer & Art Director, Spotify
- David Uzochukwu, 2014 EyeEm Photographer of the Year
- Rebecca Roth, Image Coordinator & Social Media Specialist, NASA
- Casey Kelbaugh, Photographer; Founder, Slideluck
- Amit Gupta, Entrepreneur & Founder, Photojojo.com
- Alison Zavos, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Feature Shoot
- Manik Katyal, Curator & Editor-in-Chief, Emaho Magazine
Early this year the BBC chose not to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract, citing an incident involving a physical altercation with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon. In response, the other hosts of the British Car Show Richard Hammond and James May decided that they too would leave the BBC and Top Gear to pursue other endeavors. This looked to be the end of one of the most popular TV shows in modern history, and probably the most lucrative and beloved shows to ever air on BBC. Well fans of the show have something to be excited about, as this morning the trio released tweets announcing a new deal with Amazon Prime Instant Streaming in which they along with former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman will produce 3 series airing in 2016.
Top Gear, which was regarded as the most widely watched motoring show in the world, ran for 22 season which were heavily filled with with beautiful cinematography, and the antics of the three man-children- which included turning a V8 corvette engine into a blender, strapping Reliant Robin to a rocket to try to send to space, and Dropping a Toyota Hilux out of a Skyscraper.
The guys are no strangers to the internet realm, with their Youtube channel alone having amassed 4,471,822 subscribers and 1,018,825,487 views. This new move is very interesting to both parties and I for one am very excited about it. I feel that the show will have less pressure on it to please ad agencies and sponsors and additionally should be able to drive an even larger audience thanks to Amazon’s support and the aspect of the streaming platform.
Internet content has been steadily on the rise, and for good reason. Getting content out there is much more affordable and the hurdles are much smaller, we have seen the rise of Instagram and vine celebrities and professional Youtubers, and Netflex and Amazon have entered an arms race to make the next biggest thing.
[Somewhat ironically via BBC]
This one has me at a loss for words. Today I stumbled on this post on Reddit that features photographer and composite artist Erik Johansson’s process behind the making of his image “Landfall.” Maybe I’m easily impressed, but the process Erik goes through to make one of his images put me into full-on slack jaw. Not to mention that the production value of this video is top notch.
This image is composed of 230 layers and a ton of ingenuity both in post and in shooting the images required to create it. I’m still in awe. That was incredible.