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500px Blog » 9 things every food photographer should know – Photography Article

“Food is good,” Food & Wine contributor Andrew Zimmern recently said. “Food with a story is better. Food with a story you’ve never heard of is best of all, and food with a story you’ve never heard of but that you can relate to is the holy grail.” For well over a century, these “food stories” have been told in photographs, from the technicolor spreads featured in McCall’s in the mid-1930s to the lush pages of Gourmet in the 1980s.…

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Do a 52-Week Photo Challenge to Improve Your Skills – Photography Article

You may have heard of the 52-Week Photo Challenge, but have you tried it out before? I committed myself to the challenge in 2014, and my photography skill set has greatly improved since then. Because of that, I want to share this with you. What is the 52-Week Photo Challenge? The challenge basically requires you to post a photo once a week and continue doing it for a total of 52 weeks, or a whole year. How it Compares to…

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500px Blog » ‘Life After Likes’: Event Recap – Photography Article

At 500px we’re firm believers that photography is something you should do because you love it and that your success shouldn’t be measured by likes, comments, and algorithms. This vision inspired us to create ‘Life After Likes’. A panel series aimed at discussing how social media has changed today’s photography landscape. Life After Likes: Falling back in love with photography focused on stories, challenges, and inspiration to encourage photographers not to lose sight of what drives them, and focus on…

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500px Blog » This week in Editors’ Choice: Architectural drama, candid shots from a distance, and natural hair – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights dramatic curves in architecture, candid shots from a distance, and natural hair. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful photography. Related ……

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Free Travel Photography Guide – Cameras, Lenses, and Travel Tips – Photography Article

Everything you need to know about your next photo/video trip, from cameras and lenses to laws and regulations. Download your free travel photography guide. We’re always thinking of ways to help creatives in many different industries and with many different interest. That usually leads us to think about questions we have about our own work. In my case, telling stories through the lens has been an avenue for many of my adventures. I’ve traveled a decent amount and have been…

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How to Shoot Infrared Photography with a Smartphone – Photography Article

I will start with a warning: Digital Infrared Photography is not easy, and this will get technical fast. Backstory It all started when I saw some awesome Instagram photos in infrared and I ordered an IR filter (an 88mm ice 760nm from B&H to be more precise) not knowing much about infrared. Filters usually range from 590 to 800-900nm and usually, this kind of colored infrared shots are obtained with 590nm on a modded camera because it lets some visible…

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Breathing Life Into 52 Cameras in 52 Weeks – Photography Article

I have a working collection of 52 film cameras—some of them quite rare and unique, others just yard sale garbage, all of them loved and fun. I recently decided to take all of them out and push some celluloid through them, documenting the process one week at a time as I breathe some life back to these dope little beasts. I’m calling it the Vintage Camera Quest. Like every photographer I suspect, I had no choice but to fall in…

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How I Captured a Day-to-Night Composite on Expired Film – Photography Article

After my recent success at mixing vintage Verichrome Pan film with Kodak Instamatic film, I wanted to try this splitfilm trick again. And I wanted to create something that was a “day versus night” exposure, using the lights of an amusement park or the midway of a county fair to build my image. With that, I loaded a roll of 616 backing paper with four—yes, four—12-exposure rolls of Kodak Gold 200 Instamatic film. Trust me, these films are so old,…

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Photographing Wild Animals Without Harming Them – Photography Article

Learn the secrets of safely photographing wild animals from expert wildlife photographers, and keep yourself and your subjects safe and happy. Image by ​Beth Wold Offset Artist ​Beth Wold​ has spent decades working with wildlife, including the seventeen years she spent in Africa. Ask her about the defining characteristic of great wildlife photographers, and she’ll tell you one thing: they are all concerned about the wellbeing and conservation of animals. “If you’re passionate about wildlife photography, you care about whether…

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Photographer Shares the Story Behind this Incredible Astrolandscape Photo – Photography Article

Two days ago, photographer Paul Schmit captured what he’s calling “the most difficult and technical astrolandscape shot I’ve ever planned and executed.” It’s an incredible shot, showing the ISS transiting the sunset in front of some picturesque radio towers atop a mountain peak. This photo was weeks in the making, but Schmit tells PetaPixel he almost missed it. Schmit originally shared the story behind this shot in a Facebook post, where he did a good job of summarizing why this…

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This Photo Was Not Staged: Wedding Photojournalism vs Photojournalism – Photography Article

This is an unposed, naturally caught moment at Rachael and Carl’s wedding at The Vineyard in Stockcross, Berkshire. It’s recently won a couple of awards from This is Reportage and the Wedding Photojournalist Association. It’s a striking image, and drew some criticism that it must be staged, or was not photojournalism. So I thought I’d explain why I believe this is wedding photojournalism, and how I came about taking this image. The Setting The Vineyard is a 5-star hotel and…

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500px Blog » Licensing Contributor Jelle Canipel talks landscape photography and exhibiting his work alongside Michiel Pieters and Joris Put – Photography Article

Licensing Contributor Jelle Canipel is a Belgian landscape and adventure photographer who connected with two other 500px Photographers—Michiel Pieters and Joris Put—to create an exhibition that combined elements of their heritage and photography, culminating in an interactive experience for their local community. Q: You have been on the platform for a number of years now, when did you first begin uploading your images and what inspired you to submit your first image to Licensing? A: In the beginning, as a…

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This Influencer Posts Her Outtakes to Show that Instagram Isn’t Reality – Photography Article

Typically, when we write about influencers it’s not a terribly positive piece. But one Amsterdam-basedInstagram influencer is breaking that mold by doing something uplifting: posting outtakes next to polished photos as a “reality check” for followers who envy her social media image. Rianne Meijer is a style and beauty influencer whose 408K-follower Instagram account is chock full of the kinds of beautiful images we’re used to seeing: gorgeous sunsets, glamorous meals, and cute selfies set the stage for an enviable…

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15 Photography Books to Read to Inspire Your Next Shoot – Photography Article

Pick up one of our top fifteen photography books to read, and find endless inspiration for shooting imagery of every type. What’s on your dream list of photography books to read? For travel photographers, maybe it’s the diary of an explorer venturing into the unknown. For food photographers, maybe it’s a recently released cookbook with inspiring imagery from local photographers. Whatever it is, this is the ultimate list of photography books to read to get inspired to create better art.…

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29 Photography Tips from Some of the Most Influential People in the Industry – Photography Article

During last week’s Sony Kando trip, photographer and YouTuber Taylor Jackson got to meet some of the most recognizable faces in the world of photography. Fortunately for us, he took the time to ask each of them for their #1 tip for photographers who are just starting out. The resulting video is 15 minutes of sage advice from YouTube super-stars like iJustine, top-notch wedding photographers like Scott Robert Lim, and famed photojournalist David Burnett, among many others. The tips range…

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How Our 4-Year-Old Became a Photographer – Photography Article

This is our son River, he’s had a camera in his hands since he started to drool. When both your parents are photographers I guess it’s just in the genes and he loves it. He started out with a film Holga and Diana F+ and graduated to a Canon Rebel when he was 2. He is now 4 years old and shoots with our Canon 5D Mark IVs. We absolutely shoot on manual and so does he. We get the…

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YouTube Sensation Nicole Glass Shares Her Stock Photo Secrets – Photography Article

Explore the ins-and-outs of shooting stock photography with pro YouTuber Nicole Glass as she shares her secrets for success. Nicole Glass​ uploaded her first YouTube video about stock photography on a whim. She’d been a Shutterstock Contributor for about a year, and she wanted to reflect on what she’d learned. What she didn’t expect was the number of views. “To my surprise, the video really took off,” she admits. “The comment section was filled with questions from people who wanted…

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8 Ways to Get Inspired and Break Through Creative Block – Photography Article

I believe all artists experience “blocks” every once in a while. Feelings of discouragement or lack of motivation, inspiration, and will to do something we know we love to do. Writers have a “writer’s block” – a condition in which a writer is unable to write anything. Logically, it doesn’t make sense; how could a writer who has written hundreds of pages before not be able to form sentences all of a sudden? But it’s nothing to do with writing…

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500px Blog » Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Andrew, Chun, Dina, Garrett, and Anthony – Photography Article

For part three of our Ambassador Spotlight series, we are getting to know Andrew Curry, Chun Chau, Dina Belenko, Garrett Roth and Anthony Rayburn. Why did you become a photographer?:“It allows me to express myself creatively like nothing else can.” How has photography changed your life?:“Photography has brought not only so many amazing experiences into my life, but also introduced me to so many exceptional people.” Why do you use 500px?“500px has a robust and supportive community of fellow photographers…

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500px Blog » This week in Editors’ Choice: Shadows, dramatic drone shots, and water in action – Photography Article

Each week, members of the 500px team curate eye-catching photography from our talented and diverse community in Editors’ Choice. This week’s curation highlights models in the shadow, dramatic drone shots, and water in action. Check out this week’s roundup of some of the most intriguing photography on 500px, handpicked by our Editors. Check out which photos are catching our Editors’ eyes today in Editors’ Choice! Not on 500px yet? Sign up here to explore more impactful… This is only a…

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Using the Creativity in Naive Art for Your Design Style – Photography Article

Explore how “Naive Art” bypasses the foundations of design, or simply disregards them, and find your inspiration in a lack of formal skill. Naive Art is just art made by untrained people. All right, thanks for reading. Just kidding, it’s so much more than that. It’s a deep, swirling pool teeming with inspiration. Naiveté in the arts brings us back to the very essence of why we create in the first place. Put even more simply, Naive art can shake…

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12 Tips to Master Long Exposure Landscape Photography – Photography Article

Discover these twelve simple but effective tricks from the pros and master the art of shooting long exposure landscape photography. Using long exposure in landscape photography is an incredibly popular and beautiful way to capture an image of the great outdoors. Using long exposure techniques in photography can yield a few different types of images including: Motion Blur: Creating a blurry effect to a subject or nature in motion Light Streaks: To turn normal lights into long streaks of electric…

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How to Shoot a Day-vs-Night Photo in a Single Exposure – Photography Article

Here’s a creative technique to add to your bag of tricks. In this 9.5-minute video, we’ll show you from start to finish how we took an ordinary scene and turned it into to go from day to night in one single exposure, in-camera.Full disclosure: We want to thank Profoto for sponsoring this video and making it possible to create these incredible pieces of free education for photographers worldwide. Before we jump into this tutorial, I want to mention the source…

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My Client Hated Their Photos. Here’s What Happened Next. – Photography Article

You never want to be the photographer saying, “my client hated their photos,” but if it DOES happen to you, here’s how to handle it! (Featuring THIS MODERN LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY) This is the last thing any photographer wants to hear from a client. It’s even worse when you know you delivered a beautiful collection of on-brand images. How can they possibly be unhappy??? This is exactly what happened to South Asian wedding photographer Sara Shaikh of This Modern Love Photography. Sara has…

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Five Professional Tips for Taking Unique Travel Photos – Photography Article

Try these simple tips from pro photographers for capturing one-of-a-kind travel photos, no matter where you end up shooting. Travel photos don’t have to be boring. Capturing unique travel photos that are worthy of sharing on social media can be easy, as long as you’re curious and creative, willing to research, and open to exploring new vantage points. We’re not talking about classic Santorini white-cliff images, taken from the same spot with a thousand other tourists around you. We’re talking…

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10 Landscape Photographers on Capturing the Beauty of Brazil – Photography Article

Pictured: [1] Fred Cardoso​ [2] Fred Cardoso​ Pro Tip Brazil is a huge, diverse country, so my best tip is to research the conditions of your chosen locations before visiting them. Travel blogs, local websites, and local guides are all good sources for up-to-date information. There are incredible up-country locations that are not as popular or tourist-heavy as you’d expect. You can explore these areas with the help of local guides, who will take you to the most interesting spots…

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Intuition, Creative Freedom & Doing What You Love with Chris Ballew – Photography Article

Today’s episode is going to rock your world … pun fully intended because today’s guest is an actual rock star. You may remember a band called Presidents of the United States of America. They took the world by storm in 1995 with their self titled album, Presidents of the United States of America playing songs like Lump and Peaches. Yes, that’s right. My guest today is frontman Chris Ballew. Chris and I have been friends for years, including collaborating on…

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Taking Authentic Photos with India-based Photographer Chhagan Shelare – Photography Article

Find insight from pro photographer Chhagan Shelare on photography in India and the importance of taking authentic photos that capture real life. One of the biggest challenges with stock photography is that it can come across as inauthentic, uniform, and generic. It has never been more important for photographers to master taking authentic photos, especially in stock. Photos that are staged or forced simply don’t sell on stock. To get some advice on how to take photos that seem more…

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Taking Authentic Photos with India-based Photographer Chhagan Shelare – Photography Article

Find insight from pro photographer Chhagan Shelare on photography in India and the importance of taking authentic photos that capture real life. One of the biggest challenges with stock photography is that it can come across as inauthentic, uniform, and generic. It has never been more important for photographers to master taking authentic photos, especially in stock. Photos that are staged or forced simply don’t sell on stock. To get some advice on how to take photos that seem more…

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8 Tips for Drawing Adorable, On-Trend Illustrations – Photography Article

Explore the international trend of kawaii and find inspiration for your own cute illustrations with tips from eight pro artists. Roughly translated, ​kawaii​ means “cuteness” in Japanese, but it’s so much more than that. As a cultural phenomenon, kawaii has been around for decades, beginning with iconic and adorable characters like Hello Kitty and Pikachu. It’s since expanded to all kinds of art forms, from cosplay to typography. Today, you can find kawaii characters on the walls of fine art…

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