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.
Special offer: Get free admission into any Stand Out! Photographic Forums seminar from now until Sept. 14 using voucher code RESOURCE. Seating is limited. Registration is highly recommended.
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.
Ever wonder what the iconic performers of the New York City Ballet does beyond the scenes? Aside from the usual graceful movements, tedious preparations, there is above all a glimpse at the real portraits of the young men and women who makes the arduous path to the world’s best ballet house. Kyle Froman, a former member of the NYCB spent some time photographing what goes beyond the curtains and compiled them in his photography book In the Wings: Behind the Scenes of the New York City Ballet. “There’s a different kind of beauty that’s revealed when you take a dancer off a stage,” he tells Vanity Fair.
Blazing a colorful career as part of the New York City Ballet and into a successful transformation as a dance photographer, Froman visually convinces viewers that he is indeed a master in documenting the world of dance. Froman started his journey to the graceful universe of ballet at a very young age. “My brother and I started coming up to the School of American Ballet (SAB) for the summers when we were fifteen. Those five week intensives were beyond thrilling. Not only were we in New York City by ourselves, but we were spending the days dancing, taking technique, partnering, variations, and character dance classes,” he tells Broadway World.
“By the time we were eighteen we had graduated a year early from high school, been professional company members with the Fort Worth Ballet, and were finally moving up to study at the school full-time. We were awarded the first Rudolf Nureyev scholarships, which allowed us to study at SAB free of charge. It was a gamble leaving Fort Worth Ballet, but joining the New York City Ballet was our goal, and the scholarship wasn’t something we could pass up. We crossed our fingers and returned to being students at SAB. Six months later we got into the New York City Ballet.” Froman adds
Developing a keen eye in observing his colleagues on the dance floor, it didn’t take long before Froman started taking photographs of what goes beyond ballet’s biggest stage and capturing all the emotions that envelopes young dancers day in and day out. “I knew where to point my lens to catch the human side of a dancer’s life, but I also understood choreography and the energy of a performance,”
“I first became interested in photography during the Nutcracker season of 2005. I can only explain it as I started seeing pictures. I’d catch glimpses during barre and throughout my day and night. Thus, my second career began,” recalls Froman. Indeed, a second career that is now catching attention within both the dance and photography world. Along with Froman’s book, his works are also part of the new photo exhibit at Jacob’s Pillow, “Kyle Froman: Bodies/Buildings”, a series that explores the universe housing the art of dance, the struggles and fulfillment of ballet, its chaotic order and duplication graceful movement, all showcasing Froman’s photography that blends ballet movements with New York City’s architecture.
Lytro has announced a set of updates for both the Illum camera firmware as well as the desktop software. The updates feature full living picture playback on the camera, native editing in Adobe Photoshop and even faster processing of light field images during capture and post-production. You can now also create even more results from one exposure including 3D lenticular prints and stereoscopic side-by-side 3D animations, which Lytro says can be used with virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.
The update brings some user enhancements that make shooting with the Illum a more pleasant experience. Firmware version 2.0 brings new full screen views and improved focus aids and, more importantly, full living picture playback interaction on-camera.You now have access to the full Living Pictures playback experience in camera, which includes enhanced interactive refocusing, virtual aperture and perspective shift (those are the things you only get with the Illum camera) allowing you to have a more immediate look at Living Pictures for real-time adjustments while you’re shooting. Lytro has also improved auto focus that they are claiming is up to three times faster.
The remainder of the updates will be found in the Desktop update, Version 4.3. Here is what you’ll see therein:
- Native Editing in Adobe Photoshop: Streamline editing by exporting Living Pictures to Adobe Photoshop as editable image stacks, with individual layers, in one step. Edit any of the layers in Adobe Photoshop and save the file; those changes are then automatically applied to the Living Picture in Lytro Desktop.
- Faster Import: Lytro Desktop now gives the option for images to be imported without processing – a huge timesaver for photographers in the field. Unprocessed images are shown with a thumbnail preview, and can be selected later for processing individually, or in bulk.
- Depth Map Editing: Living Pictures provide an additional option for personal creativity with the Depth Map. Depth Map editing allows light field photographers to make adjustments to depth (e.g., touch up in areas that may have been missed, clean up the contours of objects in the scene, remove artifacts or fix cloud and sky scenes) and see the results instantly without ever leaving Lytro Desktop.
- Side-by-Side 3D Animation: Provide real world content for virtual reality with ease by automatically exporting stereoscopic side-by-side 3D animations directly from Lytro Desktop 4.3. It is compatible for virtual reality playback in Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, or stereo viewers.
- Lenticular Printing: Lytro Desktop 4.3 can automatically export a series of images with a captured focus range for the creation of full color 3D prints by a lenticular print vendor. This allows viewers to see printed photographs in 3D without polarized or red/blue anaglyph glasses.
Both these updates are free and you can get them both immediately:
On Friday, June 19, The International Center of Photography (ICP) celebrated this year’s one-year certificate program exhibit “Tipping Point,” highlighting various mediums within the graduating class’s collective with booze, music and friends. Taking place in the hidden, underground ICP gallery space located on the corner of 6th Ave. and 43rd St., photography enthusiasts and New York vagabonds scattered the jam-packed gallery, perusing through the multimedia attractions, video installations and—of course—photos made by the school’s finest up and comers.
Each wall, while portioned off to showcase individual recipient’s work from over the past year, indulged patrons to investigative photojournalism while simultaneously aligning themselves with works of fine art, provoking feelings of unease and inspiration.
“Tipping Point is the result of a year of study at ICP and highlights a project completed by each student,” said Alison Morley, Chair of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program, in a press release. “Encompassing an in-depth slideshow as well as multimedia and video components, the exhibition demonstrates the great diversity of students, subject matter, and media platforms that ICP students share.”
With artists of varied interests and age, works ranging from themes of police brutality to gender expression, and even the documentation of war were displayed, further emphasizing ICP’s commitment to explore routes of experimental image production and technical knowledge when considering today’s societal impact.
“This graduating class is a special group of 76 artists,” said Marina Berio, Chair of the General Studies
in Photography Program, in a press release. “From the very beginning of the school year, we were impressed by the seriousness of their commitment and their curiosity. They have shown an extraordinary capacity to work together in the classroom and to think in sophisticated ways about photography.”
“Tipping Point” is now open to the public and will close on Aug. 9.
[Photos via ICP]
Instagram announced a major update to their Search and Explore page today, and while it appeared to be an impressive overhaul, in reality, it is just more of the same.
On their blog, Instagram is touting the update as a way to ‘See The World As It Happens’. At an overview, this update includes trending tags and places while also expanding the search feature to make it easier to find people, places, and tags.
When opening the new Explore page, the first thing you will notice is the slick new slideshow header. Instagram says this is curated collections which will be updated regularly. This feature has a lot of promises but falls flat. For instance, I went into “Towering Rocks” and saw that Delicate Arch in Arches National Park was listed near the top. I know this place very well, so I wanted to be inspired to return by finding some awesome new photos. But entering into the details was a disappointment. Instagram only returns three photos in their “Top Posts” field. And those 3 photos combined for a total of fewer than 400 likes.
Don’t get me wrong, the photos are fine. Very Instagram like. But when I open the Top Posts of a curated list for one of the most beautiful locations in the United States, I expect to see photos like Michael Shainblum’s or Toby Harriman’s.
But they aren’t there, even though they have thousands of more likes and are much more popular. And one of the reasons why appears to be because the photographers didn’t tag the locations when they uploaded, and this leads to the biggest issue I have with Instagram and more specifically, this new Explore page. I am sure I can find examples of popular and beautiful photos recently updated with the Delicate Arch geotag, but I don’t have time for that. No one does. And that defeats the purpose of using this to find inspiring and beautiful content.
Instagram is still trying to be a mobile-only application, as they won’t let you tag a location for a photo unless you are actually there at the moment you post. There are ways around that of course (just send geotagged DSLR photos to your phone), but if Instagram is changing their Explore feature to bring us the best of the best, they aren’t going to get it from mobile only photos of teenagers. Take, for example, that the first photo in the Arches Top post is an average photo in harsh light and only has 26 likes. I have seen 10,000 versions of the same exact photo before. How exactly did Instagram determine this was worthy of a “Top Post”?
There are really good photos are on Instagram. Amazing photos from amazing photographers, but Instagram’s stubbornness to accept itself as a mobile portfolio and powerful marketing tool for working photographers is causing them to force feed us average content, all while implying it is the best of the best on the platform. Instagram’s suggestions “Based on people you follow” is the most accurate, giving me interesting content more often than not. So why can’t they incorporate this algorithm everywhere? When I search Delicate Arch, I should be given “Top Posts” consisting of a mixture of “Based on people you follow”, location relevance, and highest engagement %.
“Trending Places” seems like an interesting feature to help keep watch of events unfolding in certain locations, although my initial test didn’t really deliver anything interesting either. The Golden Gate Bridge came up first, which doesn’t interest me since I live close by. Down the list, I didn’t find myself interested in much else either. I did learn there is some big concert happening at the TD Garden in Boston tonight though.
Below the slideshow header, the section “Trending Tags” appear. This is very valuable information for users who are trying to be seen, as you can simply upload a relevant photo like a warm sunset to a hot topic like #StartOfSummer.
Knowing the Instagram user base, however, this can also signal the death of a useful and exciting hashtag or locations as totally irrelevant (and often idiotic) content will soon overtake the hashtag. This is uploaded by users desperate for followers, and willing to do anything to be seen. Take the top post for Iceland for instance…hint, it isn’t the Gullfoss waterfall!
The most interesting page I found on the new Explore feature was the “Extreme Athletes” section, but not for the reason I had envisioned. I assumed I was going to see the accounts and photos of some of the world’s craziest athletes, but instead I saw the accounts of awesome photographers like Chris Burkard, Zak Noyle, and Jimmy Chin. These photographers do photograph cool athletes, but my mind envisioned something very different when I read “Extreme Athletes”
The only positive that has come out of this update, in my opinion, is that it is a wake-up call to photographers to geotag their Instagram photos if they want to be discovered. I started Geotagging all of my personal Instagram photos months ago. When I started the new Resource Travel Instagram account to share the world’s most beautiful and inspiring travel photos, I made the decision to not feature any work that I couldn’t geotag to a near exact location.
I am happy to see Instagram is starting to incorporate locations more and more into the Explore page, but they still have a long way to go to make it interesting.
On last Wednesday evening, Guggenheim Fellow Photographer Elinor Carucci presented her latest collection, The Effect of Motherhood, which explores the influence of her children’s birth on her editorial and commercial assignments. Held at the Conde Nast Gallery within the World Trade Center, Carucci brought forward selections from her archival work including pieces from her most recent monograph Mother (Prestel, 2014), each printed with the use of Ilford products.
Captivating images of differing families–with struggles to each their own–hanged adjacent to one another, pushing forward this sense of universality within not only family dynamics, but hardships. In the end, this is what it’s all about for Carucci. After having given birth to her twins Eden and Emmanuelle, age 11, she became utterly aware of the hidden trials and triumphs families encounter.
“My work originally came from a place of anger with media,” Carucci tells Resource. “We’re given [the image of] the Madonna and child, and celebrities who look perfect, untouched days after giving birth, and that’s dangerous and not right.”
Carucci, despite being wholly aware that some people do have it easy after childbirth, finds it her mission to highlight cases that oftentimes go overlooked by media outlets and Hollywood, if not outright rejected.
Just take a look around the gallery space. On one corner, spectators grasp a look into the lives of a family who have a daughter with Down Syndrome. Capturing a sincere moment taking place amongst the family, Carucci documents a grueling task, which almost every family encounters: baking brownies. After a seemingly successful batch, nothing seems out of the ordinary—and that’s the beauty of it.
Families that struggle—with whatever hand they are dealt—face pity and are categorized as one sole entity within media. Carucci goes beyond that—whether that be when capturing this family or the premature birth of another’s—normalizing these happenings, showcasing their intactness.
“My children’s birth made me really see everything around me,” Carucci says. “[Becoming a mother] makes you truly understand family dynamics and overall relations. It continues to deepen my visual understanding of intimacy and connection.”
Yet, neither being a good photographer nor mother comes easy. Documenting the hectic lives of her little ones left Carucci snapping away at any given time with her Canon 1ds in hopes of cultivating derivative emotion into single shots.
She explains at one moment, her children might take hold of the camera and capture something beautiful. In another, she may demand her husband to press the shutter as she interacts with the twins, disregarding the set-up of lights, getting to that essential moment of brilliance.
It works for her, clearly.
And without shock, the brightest, most proud aspect—when reflecting on her career thus far—has been photographing her children’s fifth grade yearbook. “Motherhood is very personal,”Carcucci reinstates. “There’s specifics to each family and I get to learn and grow from them with every assignment. You adjust and learn. This [family] is okay, this is normal, and this is complex. And it’s all beautiful.”
Elinor Carucci: The Effect of Motherhood is open now until June 26.
Update – It appears Taylor Swift may be closer to the wording on this contract then we originally thought. Read our update here.
Taylor Swift continued her crusade against online music streaming services by penning an “Open Letter To Apple” in which she states that it is unfair, and even exploitation, to not pay musical artists for the 3 month free trial that Apple is offering to new subscribers. While I don’t know Taylor Swift’s music from a hole in the wall (Get off my lawn!) I do agree that I think the music streaming business model is flawed. The real winners in this battle are us, the end user, who get access to almost every song every recorded for $10 a month. Remember when you used to pay $15 for a CD, only to drop it on the pavement and scratch the hell out of it that same day?
Well, this post isn’t a debate on whether Swift is right, it’s a report coming from the blog concert photographer Jason Sheldon of Junction 10 Photography, who calls out Swift for being a hypocrite when she claims that it’s unfair to not pay an artist for their work. Sheldon produced a contract that he had to sign when photographing a recent Swift concert.
Sheldon’s issue with Swift arises from points 2 and 3 of the contract, which essentially states Swift and her promotion company can use the photos exclusively for whatever use they see fit, without compensation, while Sheldon is not allowed to re-license or even use the photographs in any self-promotion, most importantly, his portfolio.
Sheldon states on his post:
Now.. forgive me if I’m wrong, but if you take points 2 and 3 in that contract (which is provided to Photographers who need to agree to those terms before they are allowed to do their job in photographing you for editorial outlets), it appears to be a complete rights grab, and demands that you are granted free and unlimited use of our work, worldwide, in perpetuity. You say in your letter to Apple that “Three months is a long time to go unpaid”. But you seem happy to restrict us to being paid once, and never being able to earn from our work ever again, while granting you the rights to exploit our work for your benefit for all eternity….
Sheldon later expands on what he means by being paid once.
As a freelance photographer, I am asked to photograph concerts by publications. I get paid IF and when the photos are used, not for turning up to a show and shooting it. Therefore, if the newspaper has a bigger story to run and doesn’t have enough room to use my photo, I don’t get paid.
When I’m not allowed to do anything else with the photos, that means I’ve incurred expenses to work, which I can’t recover. Therefore preventing me from licensing my photos to more than one publication, or even (as later versions of this contract stipulate) preventing me from using the images for my own self-promotion in a portfolio etc while they can use them without licensing the usage is highly unfair and unjustified.
And tearing a page from the Swift playbook, Sheldon finishes his open letter in striking fashion.
Photographers don’t ask for your music for free. Please don’t ask us to provide you with your marketing material for free.
While contracts aren’t my specialty, Sheldon does bring up some strong points in regards to Swift’s contract that is given to photographers before her concerts.
Chances are, Swift has no idea what this contract states, as this isn’t part of her job description of “Shaking It Out” (Ok, I lied about not knowing her music). But as Sheldon’s title states, shouldn’t those living in glass houses not throw stones?
What are your thoughts? Is Sheldon right to call Swift out?
Oh, and for the record, the Swift rant was successful, as Apple backtracked on their stance to not pay artists for the 3-month trial.
Ever since photography became part of our lives more than one hundred years ago, a horde of legendary photographers have showered our consciousness, with standout imagery that has since become part of the history of art. Their names are forever etched along iconic images of the who’s who of our pop culture, breathtaking landscape images, riveting photographs that define an era; from politics, war, religion, music and the performing arts, to culture and history. Any photography enthusiasts can write down a long list of photographers who deserves the “legendary” label. From the ones who have commanded the most expensive photographs to those who have captured the most endearing images that transcends all over the world, our current generation of photographers are blessed to look up to such revolutionary group of photography heroes and influences. Resource Magazine boiled down a list of the 15 legendary photographers you should know (in no particular order).
1. Nadav Kander
Known for his landscape and portrait photographs that would leave you tearing with visual delight, Nadav’s resume consists of a long list of impressive works and accolades. Nadav is widely-known for his series “Obama’s People,” a photography documentation of the most important members of US President Obama’s team, commissioned by the New York Times in 2008. Also regarded as among his best known photos are the images from his 1997 series Diver, Salt Lake, Utah
Magnum member and one of the most prolific masters of contemporary street photography, Kalvar has successfully elevated his art with a fusion of quirkiness and artistry that, up to now, further influences a rising crop of inventive young photographers. In a 2013 interview with Blakeandrews, Kalvar explains his method “I’m trying to create little dramas that lead people to think, to feel, to dream, to fantasize, to smile… It’s more than just catching beautiful moments; I want to fascinate, to hypnotize, to move my viewers. Making greater statements about the world is not my thing. I think there’s a coherence in the work that comes not from an overriding philosophy but from a consistent way of looking and feeling.”
Perhaps the most famous portrait photographer of all time, the late Richard Avedon’s body of work is the quintessence of what a unique artist is all bout. Right after his death, The New York Times published an obituary that says “his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century”.
His name is almost associated with every mesmerizing photographs that depicts Far East Asia and that’s pretty fair, as most of his works centers on this subject. A winner of the Mainichi Art Prize in 1980 and the Annual Award of the Photographic Society of Japan in 1981, among many accolades, Kubota has surely etched his legendary status among photography enthusiasts this part of Asia and the rest of the world.
5. Pieter Hugo
A photographer as young as this 38 year old South African, Hugo’s incredible work could easily get his name mentioned with the other legends of his craft. Known for documenting the unique arts and traditions, history and everyday living of African communities, Hugo has given the African people a new art medium where they can express themselves through his photographs.
6. Vivian Maier
Vivian Maeir is the only photographer on this list who didn’t pursue a photography career in her lifetime. Maier only took photographs, some 150,000, during her spare time while working as a nanny in Chicago. It was only until 2007, two years before her death, that a collector discovered her undeveloped negatives. Upon discovery, the photography world soon praised her images that showcased mostly street scenes and portraits of people around her neighborhood. Even after Maier’s death in 2009, her eccentric style of street photography continues to grow into legend.
Widely known for her unique style of photojournalism, portrait photography and documenting people, Mary Ellen Mark was once praised by Salon for photographing individuals “away from mainstream society and toward its more interesting, often troubled fringes”. Her work was displayed at leading museums and galleries all over the world and graced the pages of leading publications such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and New York Times. She was a part of the prestigious of Magnum Photos between 1977 and 1981.
The current Facebook generation might know Annie as the photographer who shot the Vanity Fair cover photographs of Caitlyn Jenner, but for photography enthusiasts Leibovitz have blazed through a legendary career by producing a long list of iconic images. She was a former Rolling Stone chief Photographer and now a Vanity Fair contributor and has published many books about her works as well as collaborating with almost every A-lister celebrities all over the world.
9. Jean Gaumy
A member of Magnum Photos since 1977, Jean Gaumy is a French Photographer and Filmmaker known for his provocative images that exposes corrupt prison systems to documenting French healthcare, to covering the women fighters of Iran during the height of the Islamic Revolution. Gaumy is also known for his iconic portraits of a few select celebrities.
Not too many know the man behind some of the best portraiture in photography, but to the purist followers of photography, Rehann is considered almost unanimously as the world’s best portrait photographer. Mostly documenting the places of Rajasthan state in India, Vietnam and Cuba, Rehann is right on course in showering all of us in the photography world with his impressive works.
11. Steve McCurry
Best known for the photograph “The Afghan Girl”, Steve McCurry is more than a one-photo wonder. Looking through his online portfolio will make you discover endless astonishing portraits and spectacular scenes of travel, life and social issues. He has won numerous photography awards, including the National Press Photographers Association’s Magazine Photographer of the Year, a historic first of four first-place prizes in the World Press Photo contest. In 2014, McCurry was bestowed the The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal in recognition of a consistent, meaningful contribution to the art of photography.
12. Jimmy Nelson
Cementing his place in the photography world with his series “Before they Pass Away“, a mind blowing collection of documentary and portraiture of the members of more than 35 indigenous tribes, using only a 50-year-old 4x5in camera, in a photography project that took him 3 years traveling around Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
13. Brian Griffin
Never to be mistaken with the character from Family Guy, Brian Griffin is a real-world with an out-of-this-world talent behind the camera. His photographs – visually represented by his trademark noir-style lighting technique are definitely something you will associate with a real photography legend.
14. Frans Lanting
This Dutch and ground breaking Wildlife photographer has carved a sustained and great career as a National Geographic lens-man, whose images have paved the way for countries to implement environment conservation policies.
15. Martin Parr
As far as humor in a photograph goes, nothing beats British Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer Martin Parr – as his often dark and acerbic photographs bursting with sense of humor always succeeds in presenting a visual study of our modern culture.
This list is, of course, a subjective one and we have excluded some of the names that are already known worldwide as legendary photographers such as Ansel Adams, Robert Capa, David Bailey, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Brassai, Ernst Haas and many more who have long since cemented their place in the photography world. In the field of portrait photography, we would also like to include other notable legendary photographers such as Platon, Dan Winters, Lee Jeffries, Eric Lafforgue, Peter Hapak and scores of others, but 15 is just too few to include all the legends in the photography world.
Feel free to let us know on the comment section if you think we missed out on any other names.
Today, medium format camera manufacturer Hasselblad announced the new A5D series. Designed to be used for aerial photography, these cameras come with 3 different sensor sizes. The 40MP (A5D-40), 50MP (A5D-50c) and 60MP (A5D-60) should all produce images large enough to please renowned fine art aerial photographers like Toby Harriman and Vincent Laforet.
What makes this new line of cameras perfect for aerial photography is that the A5D series is designed with no moving internal parts. Hasselblad says this will prevent unintentional movement from the vibrations generated by the aircraft. A new line of Hasselblad aerial lenses with locking mounts will also be available.
14 stops of dynamic should produce quality images from flights where lighting is not ideal.
While availability and pricing is not yet available, we will be sure to let you know when this information becomes available!
More information on the Hasselblad site.
[Via Photography Bay]
In the last couple of years we have seen a boom in creativity of an ever increasing base of Instagram users. Although 8 out of 10 Instagram users you follow still posts endless selfies or flood your feed with successive images that would make you want to comment “can you just post it as an FB album,” the jewels among the rough in Instagram isn’t hard to find, as these are the users who command a large following. These photographers fill up their feeds with a consistent stream of spectacular images that quickly garner a hundred likes inside the first ten minutes of upload. Ever wonder how they do it? Well, aside from having the right skill sets to take amazing photographs, they also have quite a handful of tricks up their sleeves.
To cut to the chase, Resource Magazine has come up with a list of 20 Things You Can Learn From an Instagram Photographer.
1. Photograph What Makes You Happy
It doesn’t matter what type of subjects you photograph. The important thing is to stick with what you love taking pictures. Because, doing so creates a certain character that your followers associate with your images. “Don’t try to please followers because they clearly have many interests and you wont be able to make them all in a blink of an eye.” photographer Fauzi Putra tells in an interview with Printl.
2. Shoot Landscape and Underexpose. Then Edit Brightly.
Karen Grubb (@mrsgrubby), a travel photographer who currently has 129,000 followers has this to share when asked by Instagram Talk about her rules for shooting “When shooting with my iPhone, I always shoot landscape, rather than portrait, and always with the AE/AF lock on. I tend to shoot images underexposed and then I brighten them up when editing.”
3. Don’t go Full B/W
Photographer Jason Peterson (@jasonmpeterson) is known by his over 490,000 followers for his black and white images of the city of Chicago. If you think his images are produced through simple clickings of a B/W button then you are wrong. Jason shares his shooting tip with Instagram Talk ” I actually don’t do true B/W. Everything is actually color desaturated 90-98%. I have always found 4 color b/w to be much richer and gives you darker blacks.”
4. Post Consistently with Artistic Control
As you gain followers the urge to post more images becomes really enticing. Do not surrender to this temptation or else you will end up flooding the feed of your followers. Remain at your consistent and controlled pace. That said, do not also go missing in action for a week as your followers might think your instagram has become inactive. A good one or two photographs a day is just about the right amount of remaining consistent while retaining your artistic control.
5. Focus on Creating Engagement Rather than Chasing Follower Numbers
Don’t be like some Instagram users with thousands of followers but attracts minimum number of engagements. Make sure to engage your followers by writing a witty and informative caption. Better if you will ask them a question or make them laugh. This will invite more ‘Likes’ and ‘Comments’ making your feed more attractive to follow.
6. Do Not Bastardize the Use of Hashtags
Your followers would appreciate reading an insightful caption consisting of a line or two, but would be miffed if you bombard your image with dozens of hashtags. Just stick to the more important ones by being creative and specific, if it is a travel image you are positing just use #Travel #(continent) #(name of country) to highlight where you have taken the picture.
7. Remember the Importance of Composition
Instagram legend Janske Kaethoven (@janske) tells Instagram talk in a 2012 interview the importance of composition “as Edward Weston said: “Composition is the strongest way of seeing“. Few people take the time to think about the composition, by for instance applying the rule of thirds or placing the main subject off-centre. Also, balancing out the layers in a composition creates an image with much more depth. Of course, all of this only works with the right light. In my opinion using a filter to simulate a situation with extraordinary light is never as good as the real thing. Those who put more effort in their compositions and make clear choices really stand out on IG.”
8. Dare to Be Creative
Showinga unique creativity in your Instagram is the best way to attract followers. Murad Osmann‘s “Follow Me To” series is the most shining example of this. Last year, Resource Magazine featured Anton Charushin, who is known for his distinctive headstand travel photographs. “When I travel, I don’t want to post the same old ‘me-and-something-beautiful-in-the-background’ photos, I like to share something unique, so I use my ability to stand on my head.” Charushin explains.
9. Symmetry is Elementary
Making it a must factor in every photograph you take. “In order to capture the symmetry in a scene, you have to center yourself, make sure all your lines are straight, and be a perfectionist when it comes to your square crop” says San Francisco based Instagram user Pei Ketron (@pketron).
10. Photo-Walk is as Good as Gym Time
The most fascinating scenes are what usually happens in your immediate vicinity. Indulge in numerous photo-walks around your neighborhood every week. It is not only a good substitute to your gym time it also assures you a myriad of fascinating Instagram subjects.
11. Selfies are a Big No, Self-Portraits a Resounding Yes!
Incorporating a human subject into a photograph is one of the most effective way of presenting it. When no one is around, then why not take your own self portrait foregrounding a visually pleasing place. The only rule to follow is never allow half of the frame to be occupied by your face. The image below shows Instagram photographer Martin Reisch (@safesolvent), who is known by his more than 60,000 followers for his series of captivating self portraits.
12. Add Lens and other Shooting Accessories to your Phone
Macro and zoom photography has a place in mobile photography and Instagram. Producing images with crystal clarity though requires some additional accessories that will jazz up your phone camera. Resource Magazine has listed down some of last year’s must-have mobile photography accessories.
13. Carefully Select Instagram Filters
When selecting filters do not just rely on random clicks, rather know how each filter relates to the type of images you are posting. A lot of travelers agree that when uploading shots of sunny beach scenes, the filter Valencia brings down the saturation and make the colors richer. The filter Hefe meanwhile makes photographs of mountains more bolder. Try experimenting with different filters and in no time you will eventually easily relate each to a type of image you are uploading.
14. Make the Golden Hour into Instagram Time
Mobile phones still lack the technology of DSLRs and leading mirror-less cameras in the market when it comes to processing ambient light. The best way to solve this is to start practicing by shooting images during the ‘Golden Hour’ – that time of the day before sunrise and the hour before the sun set. This time of the day produces a diffused and softer lighting that proves perfect in illuminating any subjects.
15. Edit. Edit. Edit. But Go Easy on It
Photographers with hundreds of thousands of followers do not just shoot and post images on their respective Instagram accounts, they take time editing their photographs using a few outstanding mobile phone editing apps like VCSO Cam, Snapseed, HDRFX Pro, or Hipstamatic just to name a few. That said, it is important to remember to go easy on the editing part as too much editing lessens the quality of your image and make it appear cartoonish.
16. Shoot in Multiple Angles
A great Instagram photograph is rarely a result of a one-shot attempt. If you see a fascinating subject, make time to move around and look for the perfect angle (aerial, eye level and diagonal). Try shooting from varying perspectives to give you more choices of uploading the best shot in the lot. “Experiment when shooting. Look for different angles. Get down low to the ground, climb on top of something or hold your camera over your head. If you take a shot, find another angle to shoot the same scene. The more you shoot, the more you will learn what you like and develop your own style.” – @mrsgrubby
17. Blending Art with Photographs
Resource Magazine has featured outstanding Instagram users who have infused their arts with their photography. An example of it is the work of Yacine Ait Kaci (@elyxyak), who blends the fictional sketches of his character creation Elyx into his Instagram images.
18. Slow Down and Observe
Photographer Dan Rubin (@danrubin) offers this wonderful tip “Learn how to use your camera to the best of its capabilities, and then spend your time experiencing the world around you as you move through it. Observation is the most important tool a photographer has.” – @danrubin
19. Always Learn from the Best Instagram Photographers
Instagram didn’t became one of the most popular social media tool if it weren’t for the community it harbors. A huge part of it stems from the on-going collaboration, exchanging of ideas and learning shared between photographers. Take advantage of this by nurturing your own creative styles without becoming a copycat. “Follow people whose feeds you would like to emulate. The more good photos you see in your feed, the quicker you can develop an eye for it. Also, don’t be discouraged or overexcited about likes. Certain types of photos get more likes than others, regardless of the quality. Focus on taking photos that you like, learn from the best, and don’t be afraid to try something new!” – @coryacrawford
20. Break All the Rules
Following all the rules and wisdom you learned from great Instagram photographers will definitely help you boost your creativity, but sometimes breaking all the rules give you the freedom to step out and discover your inventive identity.
Much of the strength of a film relies on the final sequence just as much as its overall plot. The scenes that transpires right before the screen turns black, that delivers a stirring emotion whether in the form of a dramatic line or a fascinating climax always remains in the minds of the viewers. Throughout the motion picture history we are gifted with such classic endings and I of course have a lot of personal favorites, but a couple movie endings stand out in my mind right now: The final scene of “Trainspotting” when Mark Renton (played by Ewan McGregor) walks away for good from his junkie friends both literally and figuratively, while delivering the classic monologue narration about “Choosing Life…the job, the family, the fucking big television, the washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electrical tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisurewear, luggage, three-piece suite..” and Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter staring outside at the exploding and collapsing buildings while the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” blasts the soundtrack in the film “Fight Club.” These are just two of the many wonderful final movie moments that got us leaving the movie-house with such zest and acquired new love for cinema.
It is understandable to have our own long list of favorite movie endings and for London-based filmmaker Lorenzo Antico, editing a dramatic montage of “33 last shots from 33 different movies” conveys his personal “reflection on the inspiring, cathartic and transcendent power of the final moment in a movie”. In this montage that includes the final scenes from films like; Inception, Little Miss Sunshine, 12 Monkeys, A Clockwork Orange, Her, Rocky, Dallas Buyers Club, Mud and a lot more, we were again reminded about the beauty of the art of film-making.
Watch the video and see if your favorite movie endings was included in this montage which is accompanied perfectly with Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel.”
If you’re anything like my Podcast partner Karaminder, you’re in love with neat, new tech gadgets, and that includes the Apple Watch. He loves his, and even though the holiday its celebrating is over, I noticed this Mother’s Day contest that Adorama is putting on. It goes through the end of the month, so it’s worth mentioning still, and they’re giving away an Apple Watch as well as an iPad.
So in order to enter to win, you need to upload a photo of your mom that best tells her story. Photos will be judged on emotional feel rather than technical merit – so shoot with your phone or DSLR. Contest will be judged by world famous photographer and book author Rick Sammon. You can enter here. Good luck!