Apr 07, 2011 — 12 comments
Vivian Maier was a private person. She lied about her name, she locked her doors. She never showed her photographs to anyone. Shortly before her death in 2009, when Chicago historian John Maloof uncovered over 100,000 of her negatives and rolls of undeveloped film at a local auction, her name quickly discovered the fame and notoriety in death that she had shied away from for her whole life.
Ever try to stitch six photos together to make a panorama? How about 52,000? That’s what photographers in London did recently to create the world’s largest panoramic photograph. The photos were taken from the BT Tower, a communications building that was designed to sway as little as possible in the wind. On the 29th floor, four cameras were set up on specialized rigs to control their movement and create a beautiful pano of London:
Times Square in New York is any photographer’s bokeh heaven – the stoplights, billboards, street signs and headlights make for an interesting backdrop to any photo. Whether you’re shooting wide open or otherwise, Times Square will not disappoint. Jay P. Morgan explains in detail how to experiment with different lenses and distances from the subject and background to create various bokeh effects:
Light is a tricky thing; some of it we can see, but a huge portion of it we can’t. The areas of the electromagnetic spectrum that we refer to as “light” but are unable to detect with our eyes are the ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR), located just past the edge of the visible.
Digital camera owners who are not that experienced in taking photos often find it hard to capture those action scenes they so desire. With their subjects being mobile, they may not be aware of what to do with their camera to take the best action shots.
If you’re doing any kind of interior shots for a wedding, you have to know how to use off-camera flash. It’s the best way (and sometimes the only way) to properly light your scene and create high-quality images that your clients will love. In this video, Damien Lovegrove briefly shows how to use an off-camera flash in an interior setting for a wedding shoot:
Aerial photographer George Steinmetz is making waves again with a recent talk he delivered for National Geographic Live. Aside from his remarkable talent as a photographer, part of what sets Steinmetz’s work apart from others is the unique approach he takes to creating it.
Using photography to convey a message or tell a story is one of the primary goals we strive to accomplish. Being able to do so is a skill that is not always as easy as it seems. Too often we find our photographs look contrived or far from the target of what we are attempting to express. In the following hour long seminar, Cig Harvey, a seasoned fine art photographer, shares with us the process and her motivations behind some of her most profound work.
From the Profoto Master Series comes this interview featuring Greg Heisler, a veteran Time Magazine photographer with over 70 covers under his belt. In the video, Heisler details his experience creating a portrait of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, contrasting it with his session, in the same trip, photographing Israeli prime minister (at the time) Edud Barak:
Craig Kolesky takes us into a behind the scenes journey in which he photographs Professional BMX rider Sifiso ‘Skizo’ Nhlapo. To get a more out of the ordinary experience, he takes the rider out of his regular tracks and places him in a dusty, rugged South African Downhill track.
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