Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78139 [post_author] => 47250 [post_date] => 2017-04-21 12:55:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-21 16:55:58 [post_content] => There's no doubt that weed has had a powerful presence in music, art and basically every creative scene you can think of. After all, even Bob Marley says, "When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself." But what about when it comes to photography? I mean, taking a couple hits and running out to shoot something 'artistic' almost seems too easy. So to find out how weed affects photography, we spoke to 16 photographers of varying ages and disciplines about what it's like to get high AF and manhandle a camera.1. 'Only bring your A game,' Roberto Valenzuela, Wedding Photographer, 39First, before I begin making my point, I want to let you know that I've never smoked weed or done any kind of drugs in my entire life. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen the effects of weed or any other mental stimulant on other people. I can only equate the effects of smoking anything with drinking wine. I think the most challenging issue adults experience with bringing their A-game to a photoshoot is their own inhibitions. During a photoshoot, there is always an unspoken adjustment period between the subject and the photographer. This is especially true if you're working with that subject for the first time. Children on the other hand, don’t have any inhibitions. They do what they want and say what they please. Bringing your inner child could be a powerful tool to bring to a shoot. It would make the photographer more decisive, not have to second guess him or herself, and come up with the wildest ideas with great enthusiasm. People are attracted to personalities like that. They become instant leaders. For this reason, I don't mind sharing a little wine with my clients before a shoot. It could help remove some inhibitions and help the subject relax.[caption id="attachment_78164" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Flickr/Alaska Carter[/caption]2. 'Your client will know you're stoned,' Jason Leiva, Advertising Photographer, 37My use of Marijuana has played a very small part of my creative process, even less so as I've become older and more confident in my process and ability to think through my methodology.In my younger days, it was a bit of an escape from the stress of long days, whatever personal issues I was having, and weeks of post-production. But ideation and problem solving wasn't necessarily made better by a smoke break. However, it did occasionally help me focus or at least become interested in benign bullshit while I was locked in a darkroom retouching ad campaigns for days on end.My creative process has changed over the years, but it has always been based in knowledge of my craft and the willingness to experiment. And sometimes, a little burn can assist in opening up that experimental side of your process. But it can also be a drawback. When time and deadlines are important, getting stoned didn't always help. Sometimes I would walk in a creative director's office with a "brilliant" idea, when in reality it was only brilliant to me inside my hazy mind. Also, dealing with clients while stoned isn't a good practice. You know that paranoid voice in your head that keeps asking "if they can tell I'm stoned?" Dude, they know.However, I think it helps me most often when I feel a bit stuck in my own process or just need to let go of some preconceptions. But it is by no means a way of daily inspiration. If you're only creative when you are stoned, then you may have a bigger issue at hand when it comes to being creative at all.As an independent artist, free from the confines of a daily gig, I'm free to burn whenever I feel like it. But these days I have less desire to take that path with any regularity. Really, it's simply a vacation from myself for a couple hours and a chance to try something familiar with a slightly alternative state of mind. Sometimes the results are interesting, sometimes it just looks like I was stoned.[caption id="attachment_78158" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] via Flickr/Brenna Daugherty[/caption]3. 'Trust your inner voice,' Celebrity Photographer, 32 I think if you can really be honest and ask yourself, 'does this make me more creative and productive?' and the answer is 'yes,' then sure, smoking weed is good for your photography career. I've definitely gotten high and wrote nonsensical notes-to-self that later turned into successful personal projects, so in those moments smoking was good for my photography. Then again, I've also gotten high and wasted hours getting sucked into a Law and Order SVU marathon. Obviously, this is not an effective use of time. It's so personal. I know some wake and bake, all-day-every-day smokers who are really creative and get a lot of work done while stoned out of their minds. And if this is you, amazing then, smoke away! I personally can't function that way—weed as a lifestyle for me would ruin my career. But as the occasional creative catalyst, or sleep aid before a big shoot, I'm a fan.4. 'Rely only on your own vision,' Portrait Photographer, 41I don’t think weed, or any drug for that matter, can necessarily make anyone a better photographer. I’ve never smoked before shooting a client job, but I've sometimes smoked before shooting some personal work while out wandering by myself or during the editing process. Smoking will affect people in differently, but for most, it will potentially allow us to look at something in a different way or to explore a new way of seeing.I find now that I simply want to be razor-focused and aware of how I’m seeing, and to think about why I’m seeing the way I do. Being impaired can take away that clarity. It’s also worth remembering that editing something while high can make us think the most bizarre things look amazing. I would often go back to what I’d edited late at night while high, thinking I’d created something epic, only to look at it in the cold light of day the next morning and wonder why I ever thought what I was doing looked good!With that said, there’s no denying that smoking weed has helped open up certain ways of approaching or seeing the work I want to create. I understand that for some, smoking weed is used as a tool and they do just that. The only real danger is becoming reliant on weed, or anything, really, and thinking that we need it before we can create the way we want to. I believe being reliant on anything other than your own vision and expertise is just taking you down the wrong path.[caption id="attachment_78161" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Flickr/Sebastian Arbelaez Fuentes[/caption]
5. 'Don't let weed slow you down,' Ryan Speth, Wedding Photographer, 44
I don’t know if any drug can make you a better photographer. I’ve never found marijuana to be a very productive drug for me, and I don’t think you can really be in the moment when you're altered like that. When I’m shooting, my eye is rapidly scanning and reacting to what's in front of me. Weed slows that down and softens the edges too much for my liking. And I certainly can’t be on anything when I’m shooting with an 8x10 camera. For one, it’s too technical to operate stoned, plus it's already a slowed down process and very zen like. I do have caffeine to keep my energy up, and sometimes a stiff drink to help me get over social anxiety, but they don’t make me a better photographer.
6. 'Tackle your fears,' Matt Henry, Photographer, 46
When you're young I would say drugs help you tackle your fears. Ask that stranger if you can take his or her picture. Ask that model or celebrity to be in an awkward position. Help push your passion. Be able to focus intently. But it could also backfire, and I've put my foot in my mouth numerous times because of weed.
7. 'See beyond,' Billy Murray, Editor-in-Chief of Resource Magazine, 24 (IG: @_billymurray)
For many, many years of my life, I was a massive stoner. Back in the day, as far back as high school, I could roll a gram into a blunt, smoke it, then go about my day without any inhibition. In fact, that was often when I would ace tests, write music, which is one of my biggest past times, or have extremely intense, open-minded and deep conversations with friends about the meaning of life, accessing the bullshit expectations of society and our plans to excel above that. I know, I know, it sounds like the lyrics of a Grateful Dead song, but really, this lifestyle, which included many more factors than simply smoking pot, is truly how I discovered that the only thing I ever want to do is create shit for a living.
However, something changed in my late teens. Increasingly, smoking weed made me paranoid and very anti-social, self-conscious, and unable to carry myself with confidence in public. I guess the simplest explanation would be that I just grew out of it. Of course, if I was high, feeling like that all day, I wouldn't be able to function in any facet of my life, aside from getting stoned and eating pizza in bed. And when it comes to photography, it was only very recently that I've become confident in my abilities and locked in my process. Weed makes me second guess that, and overthink everything I'm doing. At the end of the day, it makes me so critical of my work and overcome with self-doubt that I end up getting nothing done.
That said, I would by lying if I said I 'don't smoke.' Like many photographers, I sometimes suffer from pretty intense insomnia and I'm outwardly against relying on pills or other medications for sleep or anxiety. But a puff or two of weed before bed is a solid tool for putting my mind at ease, as long as I don't smoke too much. Basically, I wouldn't say smoking weed has ever made me create better work, but I respect weed culture in the sense that, from a young age, it helped me see beyond the straight and narrow, copy and paste life path that society says will lead to happiness, but in reality leaves many of us unfulfilled.
[caption id="attachment_78159" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Flickr/Mark Sniff
8. 'Don't let weed slow you down,' Celebrity Photographer, 45
Working in the field of photography where trust is paramount, and often the time is very limited, I've always tried to limit any on-set “relaxation” to a wrap beer. Or, OK, sometimes the occasional “last set-up” beer if the talent suggests it. But I've never actively tried to shoot while having smoked weed. But part of success with the above is being able to maintain a very chill and relaxed state of mind, especially when things aren’t going right. I feel that in general, the attitude of smoking weed contributes to that personality, almost allowing me to draw on the feeling of being high while not being high, like a method actor draws on a past emotion. As for trying a pot-driven shoot where everyone is involved and just “seeing what happens,” I have not yet done that.
9. 'Lubricate with beer,' Barney Britton, Photographer, 34
Beer seems to be the more usual professional lubricant.
10. 'Smoking between set-ups gives me a break,' Ty Beal, Photographer, 44, (IG: @Foto119)
Using marijuana while I'm shooting is cool for me, whether I smoke it, or have some edibles, because I seem to be more creative and free with less rules and less fear. Also, having a quick smoke between set ups gives me a freakin' break! It gives me a second to breathe, reflect on what I've already shot that day, and come up with that extra kick in the ass for the next round of shooting.
After smoking, I can 'see' a little more, I laugh a little more, and I'm more empathetic, which makes for a great shoot. So I don't know if marijuana makes me a "better" photographer, but it certainly makes me a little more fun during the process!
11. 'Just drink instead,' Brad Trent, Photographer, 57
It doesn't help me...it puts me right to bed! That's why I don't smoke weed and drink so fucking much wine!
[caption id="attachment_78162" align="aligncenter" width="640"] via Flickr/Sebastián Mankind
12. 'If I had ADD it would help me focus,' Tam N, Photographer, 32
I feel super impaired, unable to even keep a conversation going. Whenever I get high with Lauren, I’m always a few topics behind. I know my brain is so slow when I’m high. That said, my brother who has diagnosed ADD is an agent and a mild dose actually helps him focus. But only indica, which is a downer. When he smokes sativa, he gets random and slow like me too. Basically, stimulants help clam him down and depressants speed him up, which is the complete opposite for non-ADD/ADHD people.
13. 'There is a time and a place for it,' Photographer, 35
Being a better photographer is a really broad statement. Does being a better photographer mean I’m being more creative? Or does it mean I’m executing better? I think one could say that being better at either of those things would constitute as being a better photographer. Anyway, I think there was a time that I believed smoking weed opened up my creativity and allowed me to think outside the realms of my own limitations. However, it has definitely affected my ability to execute as I’ve gotten older. So I guess I believe there is a time and a place for it. It is wonderful for spurring creativity, but awful for sustaining productivity.[caption id="attachment_78163" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Flickr/Audrey Dunahoo Zacharias[/caption]
14. 'Don't fall into the rabbit hole,' Pat Black, Photographer, 25
I am 25 years old and have never smoked weed, but for my friends that do it it helps them relax, take their time, and not to become stressed out by the clients and the struggles of being on set.
I've watched people let everything they care about slip through their fingers when they lose self-control, but the same thing happens if someone drinks too much or gambles to much—it depends so much on how driven and responsible they are. For myself, I know I would probably fall into that rabbit hole so that's why I try to stay away from it. 15. 'Shooting Dead,' Peter Hurley, Photographer, 47
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I turn into a zombie on that stuff so I think it's dependent upon the human being who's firin' it up.
16. 'Be your professional best,' Karaminder Singh Ghuman, Photographer, 35
I’ve barely smoke weed, but when I’m shooting I need all my wits about me. Often times, it’s not about being creative, it’s about managing time, the client, the subject and putting out fires and being creative with all the limiting factors. I believe any intoxicant (weed, alcohol, etc.) is a hindrance to being your professional best.
Adolf Hitler [caption id="attachment_77798" align="aligncenter" width="625"] via se.pl[/caption]The Nazi regime preserved its own horrors in photographs. One photo shows institutionalized patients waiting behind a wired fence, with the caption: "Life Without Hope." The image was used as Nazi propaganda for their euthanasia program, an initiative the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum decried as "a rehearsal for Nazi Germany's subsequent genocidal policies."The Nazis unleashed their propaganda on youth as well; children were photographed reading anti-Semitic children's books entitled "The Poisonous Mushroom" and "Trust No Fox."
Joseph Stalin [caption id="attachment_77799" align="aligncenter" width="792"] via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Stalin famously commissioned photographers through their news outlets to stage patriotic images of the Red Army.
Mao Zedong [caption id="attachment_77800" align="aligncenter" width="791"] via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Mao Zedong of China would simply erase any face he didn't like from pictures. Peng Zhen, a vocal opponent of Mao's views that literature should reflect well on the government, was erased from friendly photographs with Mao. Mao also erased other people he deemed irrelevant and distracting, often civilians.
Pol Pot [caption id="attachment_77801" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via YouTube[/caption]This ruthless leader who was responsible for the piles of bodies that cluttered the streets also published a magazine called Tung Padewat, released monthly by the regime. Each issue had about three to five photographs; no names were ever disclosed, only referring to photographed individuals as "leader," "member" or "cadre." The special issue of December 1975 - January 1976 showcased lyrics to a song that glorified Khmer rule alongside a photograph of smiling farmers as they irrigated the fields. Typical of propaganda, the idyllic scene distributed to party sympathizers had been entirely staged.
Ferdinand Marcos [caption id="attachment_77803" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]
Along with his wife Imelda, the infamous first lady who owned 3,000 pairs of shoes, Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos used the arts towards false influence by commissioning photographers, filmmakers, and sculptors to portray the president as a hero. A Mount Rushmore-like monument in the image of Ferdinand Marcos sits over a native province in the Philippines; during his regime, several people who opposed his leadership went missing. The dictator was overthrown in 1986 by a peaceful revolution in the capital.
Idi Amin [caption id="attachment_77802" align="aligncenter" width="402"] via Pinterest[/caption]Idi Amin was photographed carrying an innocent child. The circulation of this photograph was chilling for the following reasons: one, he was an extremely impulsive person who happened to have the highest seat of political power at the time. He chose to remove 35,000 people of Asian descent from Uganda because it came to him in a dream. Two, he was a vicious enemy to have. Amin, then commander of the military, overthrew President Milton Obote, a vocal opponent of Amin's misuse of funds. The budding dictator came to power by way of a military coup and ruled in tyranny for most of the 1970's. Lastly, the photo of Amin carrying a child eerily resembles one of Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin. [post_title] => Violent Dictators Who Used Photography as Propaganda [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => violent-dictators-who-used-photography-as-propaganda [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-04 16:37:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-04 20:37:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77337 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77636 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-03-30 10:04:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-30 14:04:04 [post_content] => Podcasts are not dead. In fact, they're especially great to listen to on the subway, in the car, or if you're just chilling alone, as you immerse yourself into a conversation and learn something new. This is what makes photography podcasts particularly appealing. Instead of watching YouTube videos, reading a book or drowning in an Instagram feed, aspiring photographers can simply pop in some headphones, listen and learn. That said, here are 16 podcasts every photographer should follow in 2017. [caption id="attachment_77653" align="aligncenter" width="1160"] Screengrab from TWiP[/caption]This Week in Photo is a podcast every photographer needs to check out, offering gear reviews, chats with professional photographers, news and reviews, and so much more. This podcast is notable for interviews with the best photographers in the business, giving people inspiration for their next photoshoot in a very casual, conversational fashion. Host Chris Marquardt is prepared to let photographers in on everything they need to know about their profession. His podcasts include conversations about how to take sharper photos, his experience with HDR photography, and solving the age-old question: can you develop film in beer? Sam Hurd is a wedding photographer who decided to team up with his best friend, who's also a wedding photographer, Nathan Mitchell, and create a podcast where they talk about their professions, photography, music and more. Hurd and Mitchell talk about shooting on different lenses, event photography, branding and many other topics. Plus, their witty titles and light hearted conversation are highly engaging. The On Taking Pictures podcast is not just what its title would suggest, but hosts Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman tackle the reason as to why we take pictures. Their podcast evaluates the art, science and philosophy behind photography and explore the process of image-making. Catch up with Sharky James twice a week on his Petapixel podcast, where the conversations are a combination of news, opinion, humor and experience, all of which is, of course, centered around the world of photography. The Improve Photography podcast is one of the most information-packed photography sources in its category. The site is a network of various podcasts to chose from, Improve Photography just being one of them. Host Jim Harmer and other hosts from the alternate podcasts meet for a round-table discussion once a week to talk about all genres and aspects of the medium. One of the notable podcasts of the Improve Photography network is this particular one that focuses on nature photography. Hosts Jim Harmer, Nick Page, and Majeed Badizadegan explore various landscapes and give outdoor photographers tips on how to capture the perfect scene. Jordan Powers talks about three pillars in his podcast–photography, Instagram, and people. Powers discusses the importance of a social network community and platform like Instagram, and how it's beneficial to photographers. Street PX is the place to listen to awesome interviews will well-known street photographers, documentary photographers, photojournalists and more. It's just a chill space for these professionals to talk about themselves and share their experiences. Eric Marth created the Halftone podcast to visit and interview photographers, publishers and printers he admires in the field. Lenswork is the longest-running podcast on photography, and with this reputation, how could you not be listening to it? You'll find discussions on all interesting, simple and miscellaneous things about photography. Visit Tyson Wheatly's podcast for an in depth look at the creative process behind photography and conversations with the best artists in the business. Jordan's podcast was created to answer even your most difficult photography gear questions, give you advice from notable photographers, and be a space where even beginners can seek helpful information. Are you into still, video or both? Regardless, Photo Focus is the perfect podcast for you. The hosts of the podcast feature industry experts almost every show to share their knowledge with you. Sprouting Photographer puts a plethora of photography knowledge in one place, and it's all free. The podcasts allow users to listen to industry professionals give advice about the industry while provide an overall education that helps one become successful, sustainable and profitable.If we missed any cool photography podcasts, let us know in the comments![featured image via Pexels] [post_title] => 16 Podcasts Photographers Should Follow in 2017 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 16-podcasts-photographers-should-follow-in-2017 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-05 13:09:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-05 17:09:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77636 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 10 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77650 [post_author] => 47246 [post_date] => 2017-03-29 12:17:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-29 16:17:28 [post_content] => Those who have escaped the brutality in Syria have faced harsh realities. They are not in a sense "free," as they have nothing left—their homes have been bombed and their loved ones murdered. Many of them have not even been able to preserve memories of loved ones on their phones, as some have had entire libraries deleted by invasive local authorities.In Lebanon and Jordan, for example, where many Syrians have settled, government and police forces have been infringing on the privacies of the politically disenfranchised. They go through the phones of refugees in search of signs of ISIS sympathy, texts or photographs that suggest dangerous allegiances—and because of this, many have lost pictures of deceased loves ones and messages they deem personal. But one photographer is working to change that.In 2016, photographer Alex John Beck traveled to Syria to take pictures of refugees and their most cherished memories stored on their smartphones. The series was released this month, with each entry showcasing an image of a refugee and their most precious smartphone memory. In addition, each refugee wrote a handwritten description of their memory, which Beck said was more telling than the photographs themselves.
“It’s not necessarily the most sentimental object that they take with them… But it is kind of a depository for memory, and it’s the way that they still have connections with home. They have them in their hands at all times, just like we do,” Beck said to The Verge.
You can view the series here.
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But what about colorblind photographers? Well, Vino Optics has created glasses to help them surpass that, giving colorblind artists and photographers the ability to skin coloring and generally help them see better.According to the National Institute of Health, colorblindness affects mostly males—around eight percent of men to be exact, and only 0.5 percent of women. There is no cure for colorblindness, but with technological advances like this, daily lives of those affected can be greatly improved.Colorblindness affects those in every profession, not just photography. Seeing color from a dimmer perspective can weaken someone's work abilities.Vino Optic's color correction glasses enhance the red-green signal in a person's vision, as red-green is the most common indicator of colorblindness. What this means is that those who are colorblind can not differentiate reds and greens from browns and oranges, they simply have a different perception. The glasses enhance this signal red-green and allows those with this weakness to see better. According to the company, red-green allows primates to see "emotions, health, and other states."In 2014, PetaPixel published an article, "Confessions of a Colorblind Photographer," in which the writer, a photojournalist, reflects on his life and profession through a colorblind lens."All I can do is push on and keep making pictures. In some ways, my color blindness might help me by seeing things differently from everyone else," he said in the article. "Maybe I’ve been forced to focus more on content, composition and other visual elements that I do have control over."Additionally, in 2016 these glasses were given to high school art students who struggle with colorblindness. You can read more about their experience here.Maybe these glasses will give photographers a whole new perspective, and possibly better content than they've created in the past.[featured image via Barlett Art Department] [post_title] => Corrective Glasses Enhance the Vision of Colorblind Photographers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => these-corrective-glasses-enhance-the-vision-of-colorblind-photographers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-28 14:56:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-28 18:56:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77617 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77604 [post_author] => 47196 [post_date] => 2017-03-28 11:38:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-28 15:38:31 [post_content] => One of the most innovative aspects of photography today is the groundbreaking product taking the industry by storm. Here are 7 photo startups destined for greatness, in no particular order. [caption id="attachment_77611" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] By Emil Rivera[/caption]If you’re anything like me, you probably think style and capacity are the only differences in camera bags. Well, in that case, you will likely change your mind once you check out Peak Design’s amazingly versatile and smart ways to carry and protect your gear.With mounting systems for cameras, GoPros, and even binoculars, Peak Design is redefining the camera carrying and mounting paradigm while catering to consumers and professionals alike. Its “capture” clip can mount to a belt, a backpack strap, or even a shoulder bag, allowing you to carry your camera gear in almost any which way you please. In addition, its camera sling is convertible, allowing you to use it as a traditional cross body sling, neck strap or even a shoulder strap. And if mounting systems aren’t enough to get you interested, they also have shoulder bag and backpack offerings that bring the same level of flexibility, thought and intelligent design. [caption id="attachment_77606" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] By Emil Rivera[/caption]Good gallery has defined itself as a website with incredible features and amazing performance, specifically designed for professional photographers. In fact, it was even designed from the ground up by professional photographer Rob Greer, so speed, image quality, SEO, mobile awareness, and security take precedent.With clients including industry greats such as Jerry Ghionis, Roberto Valenzuela, Parker Pfister, Susan Stripling, Cliff Mautner, and Dina Douglass, to name a few, it’s also capable of hosting Wordpress blogging software, pairing flexibility with its impeccable image display quality. Even more, it helps you target your SEO niches and offers a very descriptive instruction guide for setting up and maintaining your website. In addition, Good Gallery is constantly adding new features and impressive client stories, highlighting better quality leads, lower bounce rates, longer view times, and ranking higher for SEO keywords. [caption id="attachment_77607" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] By Emil Rivera[/caption]JPEGmini is out to redefine image compression for websites and photographers. With their patent pending technology, they boast the ability to shrink any jpeg file by up to 600 percent while retaining image quality, color accuracy and, perhaps most impressively, large size print reproduction. Ever watch the show Silicon Valley? Well, just think Pied Piper for photography.From its website: “The technology works in the domain of baseline JPEG, resulting in files that are fully compatible with any browser, photo software or device that support the standard JPEG format. JPEGmini is capable of reducing the file size of standard JPEG photos by up to 80 percent (5X), while the resulting photos are visually identical to the original photos. The JPEGmini algorithm imitates the perceptual qualities of the human visual system, ensuring that each photo is compressed to the maximum extent possible by removing redundancies, without creating any visual artifacts in the process. This enables fully automatic, maximal compression of photos with no human intervention required.” [caption id="attachment_77609" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] By Emil Rivera[/caption]The Lume Cube is a light that packs all of the features every professional photographer and videographer wants in a small package. Lightweight, powerful, dim-able, remotely controllable (up to 100 at once), and waterproof, it’s certainly rich with features without draining your wallet. As a 1.5-inch cube with a 1500 lumen LED bulb, which provides 150 lux at nine feet (100 lux is a dark, overcast sky), you wont be using it to light up a noon day portrait, yet the dusk and nighttime applications are very impressive. And when coupled with its GoPro Kit, the ability to take it anywhere (even underwater), opens up lighting applications in environments that would otherwise devour traditional photography or videography setups.While the constant light source is super handy, this light packs yet another surprise: it has the ability to strobe (also at 150 lux) between 1/250th to one second when triggered optically. The battery duration is two hours at 50 percent or 30 minutes at 100 percent, but when using it underwater, you can stretch that time up to an hour because of the additional heat dissipation. Currently, Lume Cube has a wide rage of offerings for attaching various surfaces and devices, including smart phones, drones, and GoPros, and is currently working on additional lighting modifiers to further push its functionality and usability. [caption id="attachment_77610" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] By Emil Rivera[/caption]The idea behind MagMod came from humble beginnings, as photographers yearned to use a gel and grid on the same off-camera speedlight. After losing the gel (because the Velcro attachment system was wonky at best), the product’s creator, Spencer Boerup, started thinking of better ways to accomplish this relatively simple feat. Shortly after, he had an idea: magnets.After a couple of quick sketches, Boerup realized that not only could he accomplish this goal, but could come up with a universal fit for any speedlight. And though he started and stopped the original MagMod (the MagGrid) about six times, he vowed to push ahead, which led to the creation of his prototype. He then shopped it around to a few of his photographer friends, and once they said they’d use it, Boerup had an actual production model made.The rest is, well, history. The original MagMod Kickstarter project was fully funded in less then five hours, reaching 600 percent of its $25,000 goal by the time it was completed. Since then, it’s shot onto the scene without ceasing to develop new products, including MagGrid, MagSnoot, MagBounce and MagSphere. You’d think that was maybe the end, but they just released the MagBeam, which allows gobos to be used on a strobe as well. This Kickstarter project reached 1000 percent of its goal and, after talking with Boerup, they have a lot more products currently in development (teaser: light shaping for softer, more diffused applications). [caption id="attachment_77608" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] By Emil Rivera[/caption]Light, as we all know, is what makes photography possible. So I think it’s a very appropriate name for one of the most promising pieces of hardware I’ve seen in recent years. With a total of 16 cameras at multiple focal lengths, the light camera gives DSLR quality photos unparalleled flexibility to edit its images in post-production.While we all love creating magic in Photoshop, Light takes this to an entirely new level. With the ability to alter noise levels, as well as focal plane and depth-of-field, after you’ve taken the photo, it’s a game changer indeed. Each photo taken uses up to 10 of its 16 cameras to capture scenes in multiple formats, then fuses the image to give you a high quality (up to 52MP) photo with a 5x optical zoom (with zero image degradation). These multiple cameras also allow for amazing low light photography, all in a package similar to the size to a smartphone. [caption id="attachment_77605" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] By Emil Rivera[/caption]Fundy Software has been around for a while and has always been on the cutting-edge with its album design software. Earlier this year, the company dropped a huge bombshell by adding an “auto-design” button. Yes, that’s right, auto-design for your photo albums. And if that wasn’t enough, they’re currently working on adding more functionality to not only that, but to more tricks in their gallery designer that allows you to show clients what a photo would like in their home using a picture they send in of the space.On a side note, if you haven't used this software for in-person sales (or even remote sales), you're going to kick yourself. In two remote sessions, I’ve sold over $1300 in prints to people who weren't even in my studio. [post_title] => 7 Photo Startups Destined For Greatness [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 7-photo-startups-destined-for-greatness [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-28 12:22:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-28 16:22:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77604 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77567 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-03-27 11:14:30 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-27 15:14:30 [post_content] => Photojournalist Ron Haviv was only 23 years old when he first saw combat. He had no training, apart from the guidance of experienced photographers working alongside him. Since then, he’s photographed some of the world’s most violent war zones over three decades, been arrested more times than he can recall, and held prisoner on three separate occasions. His images have been distributed widely by numerous publications and showcased in museums and galleries, from the Louvre to the United Nations. He’s also a two-time winner of the World Press Photo Award, and among other achievements, cofounded photo agency VII.The last time I spoke with Haviv was on a panel discussion at the 2015 EyeEm Awards & Festival, so I caught up with him to learn more about his life and career as a conflict photographer.[caption id="attachment_77571" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Supporters of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega attack elected Vice President Guillermo (Billy) Ford in Panama City, May 10, 1989. President George H.W. Bush used the photographs as one of the justifications for the US invasion of Panama when he addressed the nation. © Ron Haviv[/caption]Hey Ron, it’s great to speak with you again. You mentioned that you’re currently in India? Yes, I’m in India. I have an exhibition and giving a lecture about my project The Lost Rolls. Are you familiar with it?I’d love if you could tell me more about it. It’s a project and book that came out late last year. Over the past 25 years, I collected over 200 rolls of film that weren’t processed. So I processed them and created this project, The Lost Rolls, which is a sort of major exhibition that intertwines memory and photography, made up of scattered bits and pieces from 25 years of work. The project has been very successful. We’re moving into another project, Lost Rolls America, where we’re asking members of the public to find a roll film they never developed. Fuji will then process and scan the film, and then [the photographer] will able to write about it—we’re creating a visual story, a national archive of people’s memories they once thought were lost, just because they never bothered to develop the film.What kind of subject matter have you come across in what you’ve developed so far? People are only starting to send them in now, so I haven’t explored the public’s film, but for me, it ranges from war zones or historical moments to personal work or personal relationships: girlfriends, family members, etcetera. There are a number of pieces where I actually don’t know where I am or who I’m photographing. That’s kind of the whole idea: discovering what I do remember, what I don’t remember, and what I do and don’t recognize.[caption id="attachment_77570" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] U.S. Marines Scouts from the 1st Tank Battalion open fire on an Iraqi tank after being amongst the first to cross the border to Iraq. © Ron Haviv[/caption]Speaking of war zones, how did you first start shooting conflict? How old were you on your first assignment? The first major conflict or civil strike I photographed was Panama in 1989, where I was covering an election held by the dictator of the country. He was trying to prove to the world he wasn’t dictator, but actually led by his people. That was the first time I was around gunfire, people being killed, people being beaten, and so on. I was 23 years old at the time.What level of experience did you have leading up to that? Did you ever go through any formal training? I had absolutely no training, but I was lucky enough to go with more experienced photographers and tried to follow their lead. I had only been working as a photographer for a very short period of time. Really, I actually should not have been there. And I would not recommend anyone, especially today, to follow that process without any actual training.So what would you recommend for a young person interested in covering conflict? Almost every week, someone tells me, 'I want to be a conflict photographer, I want to go to Syria, Ukraine, here, and there,' which is all fine. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t go, but of course there are limitations and precautions. The first most basic thing, which pretty much applies to anywhere a photographer goes outside of their home, is to take a hostile environment course and get first-aid medical training. That’s now a basic requirement, given the world we live in. Even if you’re covering a feature story in a place like Cairo, you could wind up having something happen to you. By taking these courses—specifically the hostile environment one—it teaches you to think in a very different way. And sure, the hostile environment course has medical first-aid trauma built into it, but there are also separate medical courses being taught. Unfortunately, we’ve seen the deaths of a number of journalists, where they were unable to save themselves because they didn’t know how to. We’ve also seen a number of times where people that had taken these course have been able to save themselves, their colleagues, or even civilians around them.[caption id="attachment_77574" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Arkan's Tigers kill and kick Bosnian Muslim civilians during the first battle for Bosnia in Bijeljina, Bosnia, March 31, 1992. The Serbian paramilitary unit was responsible for killing thousands of people during the Bosnian war, and Arkan was later indicted for war crimes. © Ron Haviv[/caption]How do you emotionally prepare yourself for shooting conflict? Well, there’s the before you go and the when you return. Until you’ve completely gone through it, I think it’s difficult to understand how you would react in a place under intense pressure, intense moments, and on top of it you have to work as a photographer or journalist. These courses try to mimic some of that, so they give you a little bit of understanding—they do mock arrests, they take you prisoner. Even though you know it’s coming, it can be quite helpful just to understand what your physical reaction might be, what it feels like to be locked in a room, and things like that, which are unfortunately becoming commonplace.Then, of course, the most important thing is understanding what to do when you come back. How do you deal with the possibility of your post traumatic stress syndrome? Do you know who to talk to? Do you have friends? Colleagues? Is there a plan in place for when you return? Are you able to re-acclimate to your normal life? These are very important things, especially for people who are thinking about doing this continuously.Have you ever been taken prisoner while on assignment? I’ve been arrested more times than I can count and taken prisoner three times. Twice, governments had to be involved to negotiate my release, and once I was beaten and interrogated pretty heavily.Can you tell me what you were covering when this happened? Sure. The first time was the the First Liberian Civil War and the second time was with the Iraqi military at the end of the Gulf War in 1990. The final time I was taken by Serbian forces during the war in Yugoslavia.[caption id="attachment_77572" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A U.S. Marine covers the face of a statue of Saddam Hussein with a U.S. flag before the statue was toppled in Baghdad, April 9, 2003. © Ron Haviv[/caption]So what’s your relationship like with the soldiers when you’re photographing conflict? That depends, obviously on the soldiers themselves; whether they’re professional, US military, paramilitaries, or just “soldiers” because they happen to be standing with a gun in front of you. The relationships have a pretty dramatic range. One of the things I’m always concerned about as a photographer is making sure that nobody is taking any action based on me being there—that nobody is going to try to show off for the camera. This can happen. There have been times where I’ve seen soldiers trying—or attempting to try—things because they see that I’m there. Then I very quickly put my camera down and say, “I’m not here to take Rambo-style photos of you,” and so on. Most of the time, that’s enough.It’s a very important responsibility as photographers in these dramatic, dangerous, and often life-threatening situations to not encourage any kind of activity. But at the same time, your life is in the hands of these soldiers, and they could be protecting you when you go to battle. Obviously, you’re on their side, and there are times when they’ll give you cover fire from across the street and things like that. It’s very important, especially when you’re on a side that you don’t agree with, that you grace yourself to a point where you’re you don’t cross an ethical line. However, you also can’t sit there and argue politics with people with guns in the middle of battle.I’m glad you brought up ethics. I’m wondering if there’s a personal set of guidelines that you always follow? The first one, as I said, is to never influence a situation or make anybody do anything for the camera. The second is that if I’m in a situation where war crime is about to happen, and I have the ability to stop it without getting myself or the other people involved killed, I do so. If I’m unable to do that, which often happens, then I try to make sure there’s at least documentation of what happened, so people will know about it.[caption id="attachment_77569" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A Northern Alliance commander lays dying after being shot by a Taliban soldier in a battle outside of Kabul during fighting in 2001. © Ron Haviv[/caption]What is your main goal with your work? What message are you trying to send by covering conflict? As cliche as it might seem, the idea of giving a voice to the voiceless is still a main component in the work I do. While it’s interesting at times to be with a soldier, what I’m more interested in is the impact their actions have on civilians. Civilians are often the ones who carry the brunt of what happens and the ones the world needs to know about. So for me it’s about telling the story of the civilians, trying to get that information out there, and making sure that the work is a part of the conversation when politicians and the public are deciding on anything from aid to political pressure, or even sending in more troops to stop the fighting. I think journalism and specifically photography, because of it’s power and universality, can play a very powerful role in that.
________ This story was originally published in the Fall 2016 "Humanity Issue" of Resource Magazine. Visit the Resource Shop to pick up a copy. [post_title] => Ron Haviv Opens up About Life as a Photographer on the Front Lines of Conflict [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ron-haviv-opens-up-about-life-as-a-photographer-on-the-front-lines-of-conflict [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-27 11:17:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-27 15:17:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77567 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77484 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-03-27 09:21:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-27 13:21:33 [post_content] => To those outside of the photography world, it may seem like a somewhat easy profession. Just get a good camera and click the button, right? Wrong. Aside from the talent and creativity it requires to be successful, it's far more than just a camera and some lenses. There are tripods, diffusers, reflectors, lighting, batteries, memory cards, filters, software, the list goes on.And yet, despite the innovation we've seen in photo gear over the past decade, there's still some simple tech that hasn't been invented—the kind of thing that would make your life 10 times easier, yet no one has the balls to address. Unless, of course, you're on Reddit.Here are eight photo gadgets every photographer wishes was real.
1. L-Brackets that can be taken on and off without any tools. [caption id="attachment_77486" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Codelocks Ltd/Flickr via Creative Commons. [/caption]
2. A tripod where the legs don't sink into the ground. [caption id="attachment_77487" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Source: John Robinson/Flickr via Creative Commons. [/caption]
3. Cost-effective lens hoods that work with 4x4 or 4x6 filters.
4. Ultra lightweight bungee cords to keep tripods from tipping over or standing unevenly. [caption id="attachment_77490" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Source: Chapendra/Flickr via Creative Commons.[/caption]
5. Spot focusing that isn't total shit. [caption id="attachment_77491" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Source: Andy Rennie/Flickr via Creative Commons.[/caption]
6. A self-leveling tripod. [caption id="attachment_77494" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Source: Teresa Trimm/Flickr via Creative Commons.[/caption]
7. A hot shoe attachment with blinking lights, smiley faces or cute sounds that keep children attentive and prevent them crying while photographing them. [caption id="attachment_77495" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Source: Ellie Nakazawa/Flickr via Creative Commons.[/caption]
8. Lighter EVERYTHING. Before your back gives out. [caption id="attachment_77496" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Source: Louish Pixel/Flickr via Creative Commons.[/caption][Featured Image: Rodney Campbell/Flickr via Creative Commons.] [post_title] => 8 Photo Gadgets Every Photographer Wishes Was Real [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 8-photo-gadgets-every-photographer-wishes-was-real [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-27 09:21:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-27 13:21:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77484 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77532 [post_author] => 47246 [post_date] => 2017-03-23 16:44:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-23 20:44:06 [post_content] => Most of us know Adorama as a photo retailer or New York trusted rental house, but today the company announced its position a finalist for the Shorty Awards' "Best Influencer and Celebrity YouTube Campaign" for its "Top Model"-inspired competition for photographers, as well as “Best in Retail and E-Commerce.""Top Photographer with Nigel Barker" aired its first episode via YouTube in November of last year. The series includes five episodes that run for 20 minutes each; and needless to say, the drama of reality television moves at a lightning pace from one episode to the next. The web series is one of Adorama's three original shows, a happy addition to "Alex and Henry Take the Road" and "Through the Lens," which is now on its second season.The Shorty Awards are on its ninth round of accolades. It has recognized influencers, companies and campaigns that dominate social media, such as the #LikeAGirl campaign by Always (who won a silver for the consumer brand category) and the "I Fucking Love Science" Facebook page. Finalists are chosen by the Real Time Academy for the Arts and Sciences, which aims to bring together a mixed bag of personalities: Arianna Huffington and Jenna Marbles being part of the coalition."The demand for quality content across social media platforms is skyrocketing, and Adorama is developing all of its programs with this appetite in mind,” said Lev Parker, Adorama's chief marketing officer, in a press release.The Shorty Awards will take place on April 23 in New York City. Other finalists for the Influencer and Celebrity YouTube category are last year's #VoteIRL starring President Barack Obama, Undercover Lyft with Shaquille O'Neil, Nick Offerman's "New Year's Eve", the Goodwill Ambassadors campaign, and a Scott-sponsored vlogs featuring cardboard rolls. A lot of cardboard rolls.Nonetheless, it's refreshing to see some well-deserved and much-needed recognition among the photo industry. See more from AdoramaTV here.[featured image via Shorty Awards] [post_title] => "More Than a Camera Store": Adorama Nominated as Shorty Awards Finalist [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => more-than-a-camera-store-adorama-nominated-as-shorty-awards-finalist [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-23 16:44:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-23 20:44:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77532 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77512 [post_author] => 47246 [post_date] => 2017-03-23 13:26:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-23 17:26:04 [post_content] => What do a warehouse foreman and a famous artist have in common?Phillip Kremer, a Houston resident whose passion is making belly fat a replacement for foreheads, has made those two things symbiotic.[caption id="attachment_77514" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption] Kremer's Instagram account has been through the limbo of non-existence and back, having been deleted by the site several times before reaching the success of a third go-round. His account features a portfolio of distorted political figure-heads, cops, and celebrities, far from withstanding the principles of decency that says he can't tinker with the face of a smiling child—he already has.[caption id="attachment_77513" align="alignnone" width="888"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption]But why does he do it?Kremer boils it down to a cathartic release of pent-up boredom that he says is "better than drugs." He has 65,700 followers and receives over a thousand likes per photo.[caption id="attachment_77524" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption]Kremer has attracted thousands of willing viewers including Katy Perry and John Mayer. Though flattered by his celebrity following, Kremer is more excited about the variety in demographics his content receives. Tattoo artists appreciate having blank faces (like Mao Zedong's) to practice on. Christian youth groups call his work an abomination, yet pay close attention to is. And the art world is buzzing with relentless attempts to understand the work of an anomaly.[caption id="attachment_77515" align="alignnone" width="1275"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption]The artist is beholden to musings like, "I like anyone who is using the 11th percent of their brain. The third eye sees all!" Which, of course, was in response to a question by the Humble Art Foundation: 'who is your favorite photographer?'And Kremer's description of his day job is in the same spirit. The warehouse he works in sits on a plot of land, alongside others just like it and a stretch of train tracks northeast of downtown Houston. His says the office smells like stale cigarettes. "I took the job for the atmosphere," Kremer said.[caption id="attachment_77517" align="alignnone" width="800"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption]
When asked about allegations of censoring Kremer's work, an Instagram spokesman seemed to withhold more than he was pressed for. “Although I’m not allowed to comment on individual accounts, I can tell you that the depictions of Donald Trump had nothing to do with the account being removed,” said Instagram's Director of Communications Gabe Madwayto KUHF.
Check out the Instagram photos Madway is referring to:[caption id="attachment_77519" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption][caption id="attachment_77520" align="alignnone" width="908"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption][caption id="attachment_77521" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption][caption id="attachment_77522" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption][caption id="attachment_77523" align="alignnone" width="960"] Photo by Phillip Kremer[/caption] [post_title] => These Amazingly Gruesome Celebrity Portraits Will Ruin Your Day (NSFW) [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => these-amazingly-gruesome-celebrity-portraits-will-ruin-your-day-nsfw [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-23 13:26:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-23 17:26:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77512 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77453 [post_author] => 47235 [post_date] => 2017-03-21 14:51:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-21 18:51:49 [post_content] => Toronto photographer Ren Bostelaar is under fire after posting explicit photos of women, alongside personal information, on 4Chan's well-known “/b/” thread without consent. According to CANADALAND, a handful of women last week started noticing an unusual number of men adding them on social media. After some investigation, they discovered the 4Chan posts, and quickly determined that Bostelaar was the common denominator.The women gathered evidence and confronted Bostelaar in a group conversation on Facebook. At first, the photographer denied being "a 4chan guy," but one day later he admitted and apologized. On Friday, he issued a public statement on Facebook: This post, however, sparked even more fierce reactions. In a follow-up post, Bostelaar stated he “did not share any images that were sent to me without consent, I didn’t post photos from any photo shoot without the subjects’ consent, but I *did* re-post images that were available on other sites.” This didn't really calm down the internet either, and all further communication went through his lawyer, who issued this statement:
“Mr. Bostelaar apologized for posting photographs of some women on 4chan and /b/ page. The photographs he posted had been posted by the women themselves to public social media websites, such as Facebook, Reddit, or Tumblr. He did not engage in the act of doxxing. That is to say, he did not deliberately disseminate private details of these women on the internet with malicious intent. He is deeply sorry for what he did.” On Sunday, Toronto Police received a harassment complaint, and confirmed on Monday that they were investigating the case, as it's illegal to distribute images "knowing that the person depicted in the image did not give their consent to that conduct" under the Canadian Criminal Code. Stats Canada, a satirical Twitter account Bostelaar was writing for, also issued a very condemning statement to its 603K followers on Sunday (see below). Eventually, the photographer deleted all of his social media accounts.https://twitter.com/stats_canada/status/843506323761352706[via CANADALAND, The Star and BBC] [post_title] => Photographer Deletes Social Media After Caught Sharing Explicit Images of Women [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => photographer-deletes-social-media-after-caught-sharing-explicit-images-of-women [to_ping] => [pinged] => http://www.canadalandshow.com/stats-canada-coauthor-admits-sharing-sensitive-photos-of-women/ [post_modified] => 2017-03-21 14:51:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-21 18:51:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77453 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77407 [post_author] => 47235 [post_date] => 2017-03-20 14:20:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-20 18:20:06 [post_content] => Ankara-born visual artist Aydin Buyuktas moved to Istanbul in the early 2000's, after dropping out of his tourism management studies at Turkey's Bilkent University. He started specializing in visual effects, 3D animation and video while his interest in photography began to grow. By 2006, Buyuktas started thinking about creating visually surreal places, inspired by the science fiction books he was reading on issues like wormholes, parallel universes, gravitation and bending of space and time.In 2012, Buyuktas entered the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University to further develop his photography. Inspired by Edwin Abbat's “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions,” he created his first "Flatland" series, a surreal project that will immediately make you think of one of Leonardo DiCaprio's finest performances to date. Buyuktas continued to develop his style with series such as "Parallel Universes" and "Gravity," and just recently he released a follow-up to his initial series: "Flatland II."[caption id="attachment_77414" align="aligncenter" width="776"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption]"After shooting my first series in Turkey, I couldn't get permission to continue my series with landscape shots," Buyuktas sais. "So I went to the United States, and I added 'II' to the name of these shots." He also added that it took one month and about 10,000 miles to get all the shots he wanted. It took him two months to plan his trip, in which he traveled across four states: Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico.Buyuktas' surreal shots are actually collages of 18 to 20 photos, which also took an additional two months to complete. "I shot images in 45 different locations and then started making collages from images from 35 of these locations. Eventually, I chose to finalize and publish 19 of them."[caption id="attachment_77415" align="aligncenter" width="790"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption]"We live in places that most of the time don’t draw our attention. But when general perceptions are demolished, new ones arise," he said. "In my work, I aim to surprise the audience with a new and multidimensional point of view. I love to play with perception."Check out some more of Buyuktas' shots below and visit his website, Facebook or Instagram for the complete "Flatland II" series and more.[caption id="attachment_77417" align="aligncenter" width="787"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption][caption id="attachment_77418" align="aligncenter" width="760"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption][caption id="attachment_77419" align="aligncenter" width="741"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption][caption id="attachment_77420" align="aligncenter" width="763"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption][caption id="attachment_77421" align="aligncenter" width="763"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption][caption id="attachment_77422" align="aligncenter" width="750"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption][caption id="attachment_77423" align="aligncenter" width="754"] ©Aydin Buyuktas[/caption] [post_title] => Mind-Bending Photo Series Brings Surreal Perspective to U.S. Landscapes [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => mind-bending-photo-series-brings-surreal-perspective-to-us-landscapes [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-20 20:15:59 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-21 00:15:59 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77407 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77341 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-03-20 11:30:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-20 15:30:19 [post_content] => Everyone likes a giveaway, so we'll keep this short and sweet. In celebration of the spring 2017 "Relationship Issue" of Resource Magazine, we're giving two lucky winners a Peak Design Everyday Backpack, $100 B&H Gift Card and Subscription to Resource Magazine. Winners will be chosen at random and based on the amount of points they've gained through entry. The contest runs until midnight on Friday, March 24 and the winners will be contacted via e-mail. Learn more about the prizes and enter the giveaway below!Resource Magazine's "Relationship Issue" Giveaway
Resource Magazine Subscription ($36 value) This subscription delivers a full year of Resource Magazine directly to your doorstep, including our most recent spring 2017 "Relationship Issue." This edition features a cover story with Candice Pool Neistat, wife of YouTube legend Casey Neistat, and her guide to surviving life with a vlogger. In addition, it's filled with a ton of incredible content, from dating advice by Bumble and a portrait of the "digital dating disruption" to a photographic exploration of Chefchaouen, Morocco's all blue city, reviews of the latest Microsoft gear, and more.
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Over the past couple years, crowd-funding success Peak Design has garnered more
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B&H Gift Card ($100 value) Need we say more? This $100 gift card to B&H can be used online or at its New York City superstore, giving you access to products and gear to fit the needs of any photographer, filmmaker or creative.Good luck! [post_title] => Win a Peak Design Everyday Backpack, $100 B&H Gift Card & Subscription to Resource Magazine! [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => win-a-peak-design-everyday-backpack-100-bh-gift-card-subscription-to-resource-magazine [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-17 15:14:07 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-17 19:14:07 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77341 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77259 [post_author] => 47246 [post_date] => 2017-03-17 13:25:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-17 17:25:00 [post_content] => When Yevgeny Khaledei was a baby, his mother bled to death after being struck by a bullet. Her death belonged to a pogrom sweeping the Ukraine, and Khaledei's mother lost her life carrying the child she gave hers to.In 1941, Khaledei's father and sisters were killed by Nazis. Only a few years prior, Khaledei's photography had made the front page of a Russian newspaper that would later fire him for being Jewish.Khaledi is no stranger to contradictions. He was, after all, a Jew living as a Soviet. As a photographer commissioned by Tass, the Soviet news agency, he was responsible for several definitive photographs taken in the era of World War II. Two Jews stood before his camera after the Soviet's Red Army drove German forces out of Hungary; they wore yellow Stars of David as they stared almost kindly into Khaledei's lens. The story goes that Khaledei ripped the stars off their chest after taking one of history's greatest forgotten photographs.He would have immortalized the blind man who walked into Berlin's rubble, who said that he and his companion did not know where they were coming from, or where they were going."We don't know anymore," the blind man said.The photographer battled between his allegiances to the propagandist news agency he worked for and to himself, the photojournalist. Khaledei's most memorable photograph was that of a Red Army soldier waving the Soviet flag over a fallen German capital. The photographer was inspired by the flag-raising by American soldiers in Iwo Jima, and hurried to find a Soviet flag in Berlin. He realized his search was in vain and commissioned his uncle in Moscow to create one out of a tablecloth.The photograph, of course, was used heavily for Soviet postage stamps.Khaledei brought in a second photograph of the scene showing evidence of looting on the soldier's arms: multiple wristwatches. Upon his editor's request, he scratched the second wristwatch off with a pin.The Jewish photographer employed by the Soviet Union was never given the credit he deserved by his Russian comrades. He was never paid much. He was fired by Tass in '48 and Pravda, a newspaper, in '72, his crime being that of his mother's. Yevgeny Khaledei was born a Jew.We celebrate what would have been Khaledei's 100th birthday this month. In October 1997 we saw his soul wash away, the world baffled by Russian press reports, showing no cause of death. [post_title] => 100 Years Later: Remembering the Struggle of Jewish Soviet Photographer Yevgeny Khaledei [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 100-years-later-remembering-the-struggle-of-jewish-soviet-photographer-yevgeny-khaledei [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-17 13:25:00 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-17 17:25:00 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77259 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 66202 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-03-16 08:46:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-16 12:46:56 [post_content] =>
Surviving in the music world is far from easy, even compared to photography. Now combine the two and what do you get? Music photography, which may sound glamorous, but really, is more along the lines of treacherous.
With a background in music before transitioning to photo, I was determined to uncover the most vile experiences photographers have endured while shooting shows. So, as someone who's experienced my fair share of late-night tent debauchery, I thought it best to speak with those who attempt to work the pit without being covered in molly. I gained access to a private Facebook group for professional EDM photographers, and asked them to share their most heinous experiences.
Now listen up—promoters, venues, artists. Next time you're looking to hire a photographer, value their time, their art, and respect both industries. Because I can bet most of this isn't included in their contracts.
Names have been removed, and quotes have been edited for clarity. We'll begin with a detailed, first-hand account from a colleague:
[caption id="attachment_77227" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Wikimedia[/caption]
"I was shooting a local club show for the artist [artist name]. It was in McAllen, TX at this place called the Ice House that's closed now. At the beginning of the night we had a kid overdose on Molly, like a really bad overdose, to the point where a medical team had to come get him. He was like slobbering at the mouth. I already knew that night was going to be bad—when a kid does that that early it's like, 'oh shit.' So what happened was the promoter oversold tickets and it was so packed to the point that the crowd was overflowing onto the stage. I was literally trapped on stage with the artist. We couldn't leave, we couldn't get out, we couldn't get fresh air, nothing. It was even packed behind the stage, and there was nowhere for anyone to go. I freaked out because that's not just dangerous for the artist, but myself, and like, where am I even supposed to keep my stuff? And it was so hot I could barely breathe. I got into a huge fight with my client, basically saying I'm going to call the Fire Marshall, because I'm not going to work under these conditions and neither should your artist, of all people. And he just kind of blew me off."
Here's what Facebook had to say:
“A friend of mine got kicked in the face by [artist name] while shooting from the pit.”
“I was standing on the barrier at the Hardstyle stage at Beyond Wonderland, and some dude headbanged/butted me off the barrier. Laid my ass out in the pit."
“I'm being fooled by the manager of one of the most famous artists at the moment.”
“I had a full bottle of water thrown on my cam....Security trying to fight the DJ in the green room...DJ punching a fan...Cops taking everyone off the bus and putting us in handcuffs....saving someone's life cause they did too many drugs. Lol, it goes on..."
“I had someone try and rip my gear off my back and steal it. Haha, that was a fun fight.”
“Once upon a three times ago, I was shooting some DJs up high and low. Production was on point as the DJ gave a show...then the lasers busted in, blinding me and burning sensors instantly! Two 7Ds and a 5D MKIII.”
“I got my camera covered in cake inside and out, and slipped in cake and snapped a speed lite right off my camera."
“*Stressed 200 times*: Don't get in front of the DJ to shoot. *Hours later*: Hey, how come you didn't get any pics from the front of the DJ????”
“An artist was balling their eyes out 10 minutes before they went on. I had to hug them and say ‘don't worry, it gets better.' It was extremely awkward because I've never met them in person.”
“In an Italian club when I tell people I don't shoot them, they split on me, rip off my hair, and insult in very various ways.. Even the other days at home on Facebook ???? once they even broke a shirt. ????” [sic]
“Not EDM, but when I was shooting for [artist name] he called me out on the mic and told me to make sure I got photos of 'all Dese beeyootiful chicas.'"
"At a festival in Bali last year, one of the sponsors had built a custom made entrance. Five mins before the event, the local police wanted to move their truck underneath it. It didn't fit...the whole entrance collapsed. Then, from out of the blue, a swarm of Indonesians came and all picked up a piece. Two mins later, it was as if the entrance had never been there."
“At Escape From Wonderland in 2012 or 2013 (I think?), [artist name] called all the girls to the stage and one of them motor-boated my camera so it got all wet and sweaty.”
“I got punched in the face while working a gig in Portland, which led to a bar fight. Other photographers popping their flash right in my eyes. Getting literally thrown off stage because new security didn't know I was the photographer for the night. People throwing color packets at my—at the time—new 70-200mm 2.8.”
“I won't name artists, but let's just say many have shaken a bottle of champagne and popped it directly into my face/camera and then moved to the crowd. One of them even had the cork hit me in the eye???? Not to mention, I am a girl and tiny. I have to crawl and sucker punch people to get in front with no pits to get my shots. Those who know me from SF, I used to climb all over my residency to get my shots."
“I’ve told the story here before, but it's my favorite horror: Camera held high over my head in the pit. I was looking at my flip screen for the shot. A very round girl in a tutu licked my face and told me I was pretty. I felt dirty just being near her. So at that point I ran away. I'm pretty sure she was 17.”
"Last year in Meo SW (Portugal) [artist name] cake trow gone bad! All over my fckn face! xD Not to mention it was for some twin girls! xD" [sic] "I'd love to recount what happened shooting one time at the Playboy mansion with a very famous rapper, and then with the #1 DJ in the world at the time, but I signed an NDA."Do you have a horrific photography story you'd like to share? E-mail us or tell us in the comments! [post_title] => Music Photographers Share Their Most Horrific Concert Experiences [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => music-photographers-share-their-most-horrific-concert-experiences [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-04 18:19:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-04 22:19:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=66202 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ))