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Advice for Aspiring Full-Time Photographers

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Recently I gave a short 2-hour presentation on street photography at one of the photography clubs at UC Berkeley. It was great being surrounded by students again– with all of the energy, enthusiasm, and passion that college kids have.

Some of the students asked me how I went from college to surviving off photography full-time as a living. I gave some of my personal experiences — and I had the realization: perhaps this was information that may be useful to other college students (who want to make photography their living), or anyone out there with a day-job who wants to make photography their living. Read more…

external The Forgotten Photographer Of America’s Great Plains —Narratively

imageedit_18_2840960778A tribute to Solomon Butcher: the tireless documentarian of the burgeoning American West, whose work suffered alongside the harsh environment of the uncultivated land. Despite a failed pursuit of fame in his own time, Butcher’s prolific images of the 1800s homesteaders are now regarded icons of American history.

 
Oct 22, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Herds of Wildebeest Look Like Swarms of Ants in This Engrossing ‘Great Migration’ Time-Lapse

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas — a favorite of both meerkats and PetaPixel — recently captured this time-lapse of the ‘Great Migration’ of wildebeest in Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. Read more…

Rumor: Sony a7000 Will Feature 4K Video, Weather Sealing, and 1/8000 Shutter Speed

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New whisperings in the rumor mill are giving fans of Sony’s E-Mount APS-C cameras (you know, the ones that used to be called NEX) something to look forward to in 2015. No, it’s not the a6100, we’re talking about a true-blue followup to the NEX-7, supposedly called the a7000. Read more…

Make a Rain Machine to Spice Up Your Portraits for $20 and Some Elbow Grease

When Benjamin Von Wong was commissioned to do a series of black and white portraits of SmugMug employees for the company’s gym, he knew he wasn’t going to be taking the easy route. But just because he was going to try to do something really cool, didn’t mean things needed to get expensive.

To spice up the sporty portraits, Von Wong decided to add water into the equation, and thanks to some help from the folks at SmugMug, they were able to make it rain for only $20.

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external Revisiting Unhealed Wounds In Chechnya —NYTimes | LENS

“I wasn’t just photographing horror for horror’s sake,” he said. “I was trying to show the situation people were dealing with day to day.”

 
Oct 21, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Photographer’s 100-Year-Old Notebook Discovered in Antarctica After Snow Melts

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A photographer’s notebook from over a century ago has been discovered in Antarctica. It belonged to British explorer and photographer George Murray Levick, who was part of Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition to the continent from 1910 to 1913.
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Pronto: An Insanely Fast-Charging Battery Pack That Can Juice Up Your Gear On-The-Go

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No matter how much you prepare for every shoot or vacation you embark upon, it’s inevitable that you will one day find yourself holding a dead camera. It happens to the best of us.

And while there are a number of backup chargers out there than can get the job done, none seem to quite stack up to Pronto: a backup that its creators claim can charge itself up to twelve times faster than conventional power banks. Read more…

Old Faithful: Studio Portraits of Really Old Dogs

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Toronto-based photographer Pete Thorne has been shooting a series of studio portraits of dogs. Not just any dogs, though: Thorne is only accepting subjects that are “really, really old.” The project is titled “Old Faithful,” and now includes over 50 dogs.
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A Partial Solar Eclipse this Thursday Will Turn the Sunset Into Pac-Man for the US

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Less than a month after the total lunar eclipse and blood moon made for some spectacular shooting opportunities all across the US and Asia, the cosmos is treating us to another eclipse. This one, the final eclipse of 2014, will be a partial solar eclipse that will be enjoyed by pretty much everybody in the United States. Read more…