Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Steampunk Friends for Life: A Little Story About the Power of Networking as a Photographer

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This is a story about networking, giving back, friendship, trust, #sharingiscaring and steampunk.

Before I moved to Cardiff, Wales, I decided that I wanted to do some “pro bono” projects since I’ve noticed that they provide inspiration and sometimes good things you didn’t even expect.
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Inspiration: John Cleese on How to Be Creative

Legendary writer and actor John Cleese is known more for his sense of humor than almost any other attribute. But as he demonstrates brilliantly in the above video, he also has an inspirational outlook and deep interest in the subject of creativity.

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The Photographer’s Manifesto

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I have seen absolutely beautiful things happen in the photo industry. I’ve seen strangers become best friends, I’ve seen grand ideas being brought to life, and I’ve seen photographers grow from beginners to mentors. I’ve seen so many things that make me proud to be a part of such an amazing community.

The sad news is that I’ve also seen the uglier side of it. I’ve seen jealousy turn into bad-mouthing, I’ve seen photographers knowingly leave out key techniques from classes or talks, and I’ve seen new photographers become discouraged and disheartened by the cold shoulders of the more popular photographers in the industry. For a lack of better words, that sucks. Nobody benefits from negativity like that so we might as well get rid of it.

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Behind the Scenes with Lockheed Martin’s Fighter Jet Photographer Liz Kaszynski

Liz Kaszynski has one of the coolest photography jobs in the world. As one of the 10 Lockheed Martin aerial photographers certified to take pictures from the back of fighter jets — and their only female photographer for the F-35 — she photographs and rides in some of the most advanced flying machines on Earth.

In the video above, we get to go behind the scenes with Kaszynski and see her in action. Read more…

Woman Pays Tribute to Her Departed Fiancé with a Powerful Underwater Photo Shoot

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The crushing blow came just 52 days before her wedding: Janine, a blushing bride-to-be, unexpectedly lost her fiancé. The grief was unimaginable, but she didn’t let it conquer her. Instead, after taking some time to grieve, she got in touch with Matt Adcock at Del Sol Photography and asked him to help her move on and rediscover the beauty of the world around her.

What followed was an incredibly powerful ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot full of symbolism: a cleansing shoot that has helped Janine to make her peace with the past and embrace the possibility of a bright future. Read more…

Hardcore 7-Year-Old Photographer Stands in a Muddy Torrent to Get the Shot, Doesn’t Even Flinch

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One of the defining characteristics of a great photographer is the willingness to do whatever it takes to get the shot… and little Bryce Smaic‘s got it! Not to throw down the gauntlet to any of the older photographers or anything, but we’re pretty sure you just got one-upped by a 7-year-old. Read more…

5 Top Photographers Share Advice on What it Takes to Become a Professional

In a bid to both inspire you and advertise themselves a bit, Nikon Europe gathered a group of 5 professional photographers who presented at this year’s Photokina and asked them to share their advice on what it takes to become a professional in the world of photography.

Their insights, as you might imaging, are well worth two minutes of your time. Read more…

I Am Not A Wildlife Photographer…

I’m not a wildlife photographer…

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But I love to shoot the birds and bugs in my backyard. Read more…

Video: On Fear, Photography Books and Asking Yourself Why You Take Pictures

The folks over at F8 Photography recently got a chance to sit down with well-known, love-him-or-hate-him street photographer Eric Kim. And whatever your opinion of the successful street shooter, the advice he offers in this short video interview about fear, book recommendations, and figuring out the ‘why’ behind your photography is well-worth 4 minutes of your Saturday. Read more…

“Work Hard, and Be Brave”: An Inspirational Message from Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat doesn’t believe he is the best looking, tallest, most talented, most capable, best funded filmmaker. In fact, he’s pretty convinced he’s not, and there’s nothing he can do about those things. What he can do is be the hardest working person in the room, and the way he sees it, “the hardest working person will always win.”

These little nuggets of wisdom and a whole lot more are all shared in the inspirational video above, which Neistat created a couple of months ago for National Geographic and their $50,000 dream expedition giveaway called Expedition Granted. Read more…