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Timeless Photographs Capture ‘The Simple Life’ of Colorado Cattle Ranchers

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Timelessness is a quality we all strive for in our images. It’s a quality earned, not given, through the time and effort put into conceptualizing, visualizing and capturing an image.

And when it is earned, the results are phenomenal… oftentimes winding back the clock or making time seem almost irrelevant to the image. Such is the case for the work of Michael Crouser, a Minnesota-based photographer who has spent the past eight years documenting cattle ranching families in Colorado. Read more…

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Inge Morath, an Austrian photographer, became the second woman to join Magnum Photos, in 1955. Morath was admired for the way she immersed herself in the location and subject of her shoots; a linguistics major in college, she could speak six languages fluently.

Starting in 1958, she dedicated years of her career to photographing daily life along the Danube River, which flows from Southern Germany to the edge of the Black Sea in Eastern Romania. In the mid-nineteen-nineties, after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Morath returned to the region to complete the project.

This week, eight female photographers set out to follow Morath’s path along the Danube for five weeks.

 
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Video: Modern Day Earthrise in HD, as Seen by the Japanese Lunar Orbiter

Forget sunrises… what we need to see more of on Instagram and our Facebook newsfeeds is Earthrises. Of course, they’re a bit harder to capture, but spectacular footage like this high-definition video shot by the Japanese Lunar Orbiter can give even the most beautiful beach sunrise a run for its money. Read more…

ACLU Sues US Gov Over Program that Can Mark You as ‘Suspicious’ for Taking Photos in Public

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The American Civil Liberties Union is helping four individuals take the United States Government to court over something called the Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative.

The program has received wide criticism recently, led in large part by a photographer who made the FBI’s suspicious activity list for taking pictures of a piece of public art called the Rainbow Swash. Read more…

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Magnus Holm, from Denmark, stands six feet three inches tall. He has a mound of floppy blonde hair and a grin that can disarm the devil. It’s the latter that enables him to mask his size and draw his subjects in to capture memorable moments for his camera.

I first saw his photography when I was judging the 2013 College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) contest at the University of Missouri. His photographic style and unique stories were hard to miss, raising his work above his contemporaries. Magnus’s portfolio placed first. National Geographic magazine sponsors the contest and the winner receives an internship at the magazine — our only still photography internship.

 
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Surf Texas: Documenting the Little-Known Subculture of Surfers in the Lone Star State

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Surfing in Texas might sound like a paradox. But, as unusual as it sounds, it’s a very real thing as surfer and photographer Kenny Braun shows us with the beautiful collection of images in his photo book Surf Texas. Read more…

10 Summer Photography Tips to Get You Creative in the Warmer Months

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Despite the early sunrises, late sunsets and harsh daytime sunlight of summer it’s still one of our favorite times for photography. Being outside with your camera in the warmer months just feels so good.

If you’re struggling to come up with creative ideas during summer, however, we’ve got a few tips that might help. Read more…

external One Thousand Useless Words —Thoughts of a Bohemian

Popular saying declares that a photo is worth a thousand words. But how is it useful if those words are meaningless? How many times have we’ve read articles or books [that] bring us little to no information? Words, even a thousand of them, can be deceptively useless.

 
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DHL Went to Hilarious Lengths to Ship This Tiny Nikon Battery Charger Safely

When we order camera gear, it’s expected that it will be packed and handled with care… but this is just absurd.

Uploaded to YouTube by user Ottar Gislason, the ready-made DHL commercial above shows how the shipping company decided to send this camera store a single Nikon MH65 battery charger in its box… that was taped to the bottom of another box… that was very securely strapped down onto its very own wooden palette. Read more…

Peak Perfectly Balances Form and Function with New Slide and Clutch Accessories

When it comes to well-designed camera accessories, one company that is continuously at the top of their game is Peak Design. You probably know them for their popular Peak Capture Camera clip, but soon you’ll know them for a new piece of gear: The Peak Slide and Clutch. Read more…