Apr 07, 2011 — 3 comments
Forty-five years ago, on December 24, 1968, the astronauts aboard Apollo 8 witnessed and photographed the Earthrise for the first time as they orbited the moon. The photo, taken by Bill Anders with a Hasselblad 500 EL and a Zeiss Sonnar 250mm f/5.6 telephoto lens, became a symbol of space exploration:
When taking on a wedding photography gig, there are certain types of photographs that the client expects. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to make sure your client is happy. Fortunately, photographer Barry Page provides a checklist of sorts that both the wedding party and photographers can use to make sure everyone is happy:
Stanton strives to make a real human connection with each of his subjects. Rather than simply snapping a quick portrait, he talks to each person, asking such questions as, “Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?” and “What’s your greatest challenge right now?” or simpler queries like “What’s the hardest part about math?” or “So, you really have plain looking underwear?”
Sometimes we can miss the little stories playing out in our gardens or backyards if we don’t take a moment to stop and look. Take this small, striped-shell snail leaning down from its toadstool seat to take a sip of water from an acorn cup. Whether snails even drink water (or whether this whole little scene was staged) doesn’t really matter; we can still enjoy the whimsy of the capture:
Looking like a vortex to another world, this photo was actually taken from the back window of a Chicago red line subway train:
As part of the Gigapixel Art Zoom project, a team of photographers set up camp on top of a condo complex in downtown Seattle while a wide variety of talent and actors scattered around the city streets to be captured doing random activities.
The shoot was done at a shipping yard, where the stacks of containers added interest and helped set the mood of the images. You may have also noticed that Schlosser‘s camera was not the typical Canon or Nikon you see in the hands of many pros, but instead the powerful Sony Alpha A850. It’s always refreshing to see pro photographers step outside the norm and make room for equally capable equipment.
Observe and evaluate. Walk around and watch what everyone else is taking photos of and how they are taking them. Do something different. In terms of composition, determine the ideal lighting for your photograph and consider how best to use your foreground.
It’s amazing what you can do with a camera. Light can be captured in different ways, and this opens up many possibilities for the keen photographer. Creating your own shaped bokeh is a fun and exciting way of shaping light as it enters the camera, and it leads to spectacular results.
McLaren’s work has graced the covers of many major magazines, such as GQ, Baazar, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. McLaren credits much of his success to his outgoing nature and the stress-free environment he creates on each set. Making sure the talent he is photographing that session is enjoying themselves helps ensure that their personality comes through in his finished portraits.
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