Learn From a Cinematographer: How to Shoot a Low Light Scene – Photography Article

Gonzalo Amat, who’s up for an Emmy for his work on Amazon’s Man in the High Castle, tells us the steps he takes to make a scene stand out in darkness. In the wake of complaints that Game of Thrones was too dark for viewers to see, I was keen to get another opinion from an esteemed cinematographer. Who better than Amat, who needs to light incredibly dark scenes while also working with muted colors. This article is not suggesting that…

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Meet Henry Diltz, The Official Photographer at Woodstock – Photography Article

Henry Diltz was the official photographer at the legendary Woodstock music festival back in August 1969. Here’s a 6-minute video by Keeper in which Diltz tells the story of how it all happened (note: there’s a bit of nudity).Diltz says he got the gig after an acquaintance, lighting director E.H. Beresford “Chip” Monck, suggested the photographer to Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang. The festival sent Diltz $500 — about $3,500 in today’s money — and an airline ticket to get him…

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‘Fashion for Life’: Fstoppers Interviews the Photographer Behind Powerful Images of Children in Bulletproof Vests – Photography Article

School shootings in the United States were the worst they’ve ever been in 2018, and the number of incidents and deaths show no signs of slowing down. Photographer Richard Johnson created this striking series that captures the new reality children must deal with.  On February 27, 2012, I received a call as I walked to classes on campus. I had just finished a grueling day-long audition for a dream position in a graduate program the day before, and I felt it…

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Wildlife and Underwater Photography Webinar With Fstoppers Writers – Photography Article

Photography can be a lonely journey for some. If you are just beginning your foray into wildlife and/or underwater photography, then please join Mike O’Leary and me as we host a free webinar on Saturday, August 24th at 3pm EST. With this webinar, Mike and I hope to answer any questions you may have in relation to starting out in wildlife or underwater photography, as well as how one can use the medium as a positive force. This open dialogue between Fstoppers’ readers and writers will touch…

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We Speak to the Photographer Documenting Love Stories of Couples and Families Impacted by the Global Refugee Crisis – Photography Article

One photographer recently travelled to both Turkey and Mexico to document the global refugee crisis in pictures, a series that went on to earn him a win at the World Press Photo Awards. We spoke with the man himself to uncover more details about the inspiring love stories of couples and families who have been forced to flee their native countries in search of a better life. Pieter Ten Hoopen is a photographer and photojournalist based in Stockholm, Sweden, whose projects…

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World Famous Retoucher Takes on Photography: Fstoppers Interview Pratik Naik – Photography Article

Everyone in the industry must know who Pratik Naik is by now. And if you don’t, then you should. In ten years Pratik has become one of the most famous retouchers on the planet. But he didn’t stop there. Recently he has been building up an empire with his Infinite panels, Photoshop add ons the automate various processes. The Infinite Color Panel came first, then infinite black and white, and soon to be released is the infinite texture panel. If…

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World Famous Retoucher Takes on Photography: Fstoppers Interviews Pratik Naik – Photography Article

Everyone in the industry must know who Pratik Naik is by now. And if you don’t, then you should. In ten years Pratik has become one of the most famous retouchers on the planet. But he didn’t stop there. Recently he has been building up an empire with his Infinite panels, Photoshop add ons the automate various processes. The Infinite Color Panel came first, then infinite black and white, and soon to be released is the infinite texture panel. If…

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Image Editing Software and the Future: A Conversation With Skylum CEO Alex Tsepko – Photography Article

As photographers, much of our time is divided between our camera equipment and our image editing software. And, if you’re like me, you spend some time keeping an eye on the latest releases that will improve our editing speed and quality. Skylum Software, which has given us Luminar, Aurora and many other best-selling applications, has come from virtually out of nowhere to be a major player and innovator in image editing software, and I wanted to know how Skylum came…

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Nikon CEO Expects Imaging Business Profits to Grow 80% in Three Years – Photography Article

In a recent interview with Japanese publication Nikkei, Nikon CEO Toshikazu Umatate admitted that imaging profits have fallen to one-sixth of their peak in 2012, but painted a more hopeful picture for the near future. These days, financial reports and interviews from camera companies frequently read like death omens and dire warnings. The current climate is always “shrinking” and any hopeful statement is usually tempered by the assertion that the market will continue to shrink for the foreseeable future. But…

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Incredible Human-Sized Jellyfish Caught on Camera – Photography Article

This past weekend, just off the coast of Cornwall, UK, underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott and wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly captured what is being called the most viral wildlife story of the year: incredible footage of a rare human-sized jelly fish swimming alongside Daly in the murky deep. The footage was captured on the last day of Daly’s Wild Oceans Week—an initiative meant to inspire viewers and raise money for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK—and it shows a massive…

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Capturing People’s Insecurities: An Interview With the Photographer Behind ‘Rock Your Ugly’ – Photography Article

When I first saw this photo series, I don’t know what resonated with me more: the images or the stories that accompany them. I reached out to photographer Waleed Shah to discuss the poignant project. I’ve photographed busy and sought-after agency models through to shy people working in accounts for a company who have less than no interest in having their picture taken. One trend I noticed was that the level of a person’s insecurity over their body image or appearance appeared to…

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Cinematographer Dicusses His Work on The Empire Strikes Back – Photography Article

Ever wondered how the filmmakers of probably the best-looking Star Wars movie managed to light Darth Vader’s blacker than black costume without seeing the light fixtures in the helmet? The answer to this and a few more nuggets of film history and cinematography tricks are revealed in this short but fascinating interview. Black is one of the most problematic colors to photograph. Not only does it absorb the most amount of light that is thrown at it — often requiring extra or more expensive light sources —…

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Sony’s Sensor Dominance is a Problem for Camera Makers: TowerJazz – Photography Article

As Sony’s mirrorless cameras continue to grow in stature and market share in the photo industry, Sony’s dominance in the imaging sensor market gives it a big advantage. At least, that’s what major imaging sensor competitor TowerJazz believes. TowerJazz is an Israel-based silicon foundry that one of the camera world’s big manufacturers of CMOS image sensors. Tech vlogger Charbax attended SID Display Week 2019 last month and interviewed Dr. Avi Strum, the SVP and GM of TowerJazz’s Sensors business. At…

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Photographer Jack Dykinga Celebrates 100 Years of Grand Canyon National Park – Photography Article

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of The Grand Canyon’s designation as a National Park, but for Arizona resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Jack Dykinga, that’s not the only milestone to celebrate this year. For Dykinga, this summer also marks the 5th anniversary of his life-saving double lung transplant. Both occasions are being celebrated in the summer-long exhibition Jack Dykinga: The Grand Canyon National Park (1919-2019) at Tucson, Arizona’s Etherton Gallery. The Grand Canyon has played a significant role in Jack…

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A Pulitzer-Winning Photojournalist on Capturing Tragedy and Humanity – Photography Article

PBS NewsHour just aired this 3-minute Brief but Spectacular episode in which Los Angeles Times staff photographer Marcus Yam talks about the challenge of documenting tragedy and humanity up close. Yam has won two Pulitzer Prizes already in his career: one as part of the Los Angeles Times‘ staff in covering the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attacks in 2015 and one as part of the Seattle Times staff in covering the landslide in Oso, Washington, in 2014. In recent years,…

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‘Ask Me Anything’ With Architectural Photographer Mike Kelley – Photography Article

Architectural photographer and Fstoppers alumni Mike Kelley recently did an AMA (ask me anything) over on Reddit that’s easily worth checking out. You probably know him for “Wake Turbulence” and for being a regular guest on the Fstoppers YouTube channel. Now, you can read up on what drives the guy who started at the bottom 10 years ago and is now living every photographer’s fantasy of traveling the globe and visiting some of the world’s most unique locations to shoot their…

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Fstoppers Interviews Jim Olive, the Texas Photographer Whose Copyrighted Image was Stolen by the University of Houston – Photography Article

A groundbreaking court ruling has been overturned in Texas, and the ramifications could affect  thousands of Texas creatives and their copyrighted property. A Stolen Image Fstoppers first reported on this case back in January of 2018, when Jim Olive began his legal battle with the University of Houston (UH) over an image that Olive took and owned the registered copyright to. Through a paid service that he uses to track unauthorized use of his images on the web, Olive discovered…

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Nikon Confirms D5-Equivalent Top-Tier Mirrorless Camera Coming – Photography Article

The Nikon D5 sits atop Nikon’s DSLR roster as the company’s top-of-the-line camera for professional photographers. While the high-end Z7 is currently at the top of the Z series above the mid-level Z6, it’s not going to be Nikon’s top-of-the-line full-frame mirrorless camera for long. Nikon President Toshikazu Umatate confirmed the company’s plans to launch a higher-end camera in an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, a Japanese manufacturing newspaper. Besides revealing that Nikon will be launching a flagship mirrorless camera…

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Instagram is Designed to Make You Feel Bad, Madonna Says – Photography Article

Madonna has about 14 million followers on Instagram, so the American singer knows first-hand how powerful the photo-sharing social network is for “influencing.” But now she’s speaking out against Instagram and the darker side of using it. “You get caught up in comparing yourself to others,” the 60-year-old star tells The Sun in a new interview. “I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad.” She says it’s especially hard for artists to develop their art and as people…

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500px Blog » » Breaking the Mold Q&A: Eivind Hansen – Photography Article

Exclusive Licensing Contributor Eivind Hansen is a fashion and portrait photographer who is currently causing quite a buzz. Based in London and originally from Norway, Hansen’s signature look infuses floral accents and pops of color while bringing needed visibility within the LGBTQI+ community. Browse his Licensing collection here. Q. How do you make your models feel safe when you’re photographing a marginalized group of individuals? A. When it comes to working with people in this group, it’s very important to…

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500px Blog » » Contributor Agnieszka Pasko on “weird” minimalist photography – Photography Article

Exclusive Licensing Contributor Agnieszka Pasko is a fine art photographer based in Gdansk, Poland. Her work caters to minimalist tastes, utilizing visual simplicity while highlighting complex concepts in her series such as identity, femininity, and form. Browse her Licensing collection here. Q: Tell us a bit about who you are as a photographer. A: I think that my photography is…weird. I really like when my photographs are a little bit disturbing. I love minimalism and white spaces; they help me…

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500px Blog » » 500px celebrates Asian Heritage Month: 5 photographers to watch – Photography Article

Here at 500px, we’re proud to host a blend of content creators of Asian descent: Pacific-Asian, East-Asian, and beyond. Asian Heritage Month is a great opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the works and contributions of our community members. We spoke to five photographers about their creative journeys, why they chose photography, how they’ve honed their craft, and more. Read on for their stories. Why did you become a photographer? I always liked taking photos but never dreamed I could…

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500px Blog » » Contributor Elena Slyusar on what makes a “good” or “bad” photo – Photography Article

Licensing Contributor Elena Slyusar is a fashion and beauty portrait photographer based in Moscow, Russia. Elena is an exclusive Contributor with a fondness for using pastel shades and soft lighting. She creatively approaches a variety of themes within her photography, but always ensures her subjects are comfortable with any connotations that may be associated with her work. Browse her Licensing collection here. Q: How did you get started in fashion photography? A: It was a long journey. I started taking…

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The Future Favors Creativity. Debbie Millman Interviews Chase Jarvis on Design Matters – Photography Article

Today I’m sitting down with one of my favorite humans, but in a twist of fate, the tables are turned. I’m in the hot seat – being interviewed by my dear friend and design-industry legend, Debbie Millman. Debbie Millman is chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC…and she has an insane track record going back decades: she’s the author of 6 books including “How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer,” and…

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Disruption, Reinvention, and Reimagining Silicon Valley with Arlan Hamilton – Photography Article

Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless and living off of food stamps.  Now she’s on the cover of Fast Company Magazine – and she has invested millions in startups run by people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. Through pursuing her curiosity and passion,  Arlan’s found a way to create a living and a life for herself and work on a really tough problem: reconfiguring the ways that money and funding flow…

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It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work with Jason Fried – Photography Article

With so much information, and gadgets and access and hustle and email and …and.. aren’t you overloaded at work!? It’s understandable and it’s a real problem. If this describes you or someone you love…you’ll LOVE this episode of the show. Enter: Jason Fried.  He’s the brilliant NYT best-selling author and co-founder of the software firm, Basecamp.  Since long before meeting Jason in person he’s always caught my eye as perhaps THE outspoken thinker / critic of the current status of…

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Voices of Arabia Podcast and Susie’s Story Event – Photobook Photography Article

Aswat: Voices of Arabia is a podcast featuring a variety of interviews of women living in Saudi Arabia.  It was conceived by Robyn, a South African whose home has been Jeddah for the past fifteen years.  Despite having spent so many years in the Magic Kingdom, her knowledge about life outside her compound’s walls was limited – so she decided it was time to make the effort to learn more about the people of her adopted land and to share…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Russian Interview – Part 3 – Photobook Photography Article

This is the 3rd and final part of the interview I did with Volodymyr for his YouTube Channel.  It is all in English. This 15 minute segment discusses my son’s three years in Saudi Arabia when he was a teenager and what my life here in Jeddah is like now.  I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my life!To Volodymyr – I’d like to thank you for your professionalism and for pursuing this interview with me.  It was fun…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Russian Interview, Part 1 – Photobook Photography Article

I was recently interviewed by Volodymyr, who runs the only Saudi-focused YouTube site aimed at a Russian audience.  This is Part 1 of 3 of my interview. It’s about 20 minutes long.  The first few minutes are an introduction by Volodymyr in Russian.  After that, the rest is in English.  This part covers my early life and how I met my husband over 40 years ago.  The 2nd and 3rd parts will be posted soon.  I hope you enjoy it!CLICK…

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Seth Godin: How to Do Work That Matters for People Who Care – Photography Article

Legend alert!!! Seth Godin is a force of nature and a shaman to so many creatives and entrepreneurs. He has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders, and fans from all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures, and his 18 (yes, count them – 18!) bestselling books. If you’ve been following his work, you’ll know he’s one most brilliant marketing minds of our time. Seth Godin’s latest book, This Is Marketing, helps reframe how thinking small…

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