Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

How to Jump Start Your Motivation

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No matter how much energy you have going into a project, it’s likely that at some point you’ll run out of steam. When you’re hours in to editing your photos and are beginning to have an existential crisis about the real meaning of the words “tone curve,” you’ll suddenly stop and wonder why you’re doing this in the first place.

Then the next day, when it’s time to return to editing, you’ll stare blankly at your computer screen or come up with any number of excuses or tasks that will prevent you from getting started. Read more…

Successful 21-Year-Old Photog Shares His Inspirational World View at TEDxYouth

There’s a belief that being successful as a photographer these days runs the possibility gamut from difficult to almost impossible, but examples like Wyn Wiley seem to run contrary to that belief. Wiley is a very successful 21-year-old photographer, and in the Lincoln Nebraska TEDxYouth talk above, he blows minds by sharing his incredibly optimistic and inspirational world view. Read more…

19-Year-Old’s Flickr Photo Leads to Maroon 5 Album Cover and Big Time Photo Career

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You can worry all you want about photos being stolen via Flickr, but maybe someone will like your photo enough to buy it… and put it on the cover of a platinum-selling rock album… and boost you overnight from the fuzzy border of hobbyist/professional to a high-profile career as a portrait and fashion photographer. Read more…

Interview with Elaine Mayes, Photographer and Educator

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Elaine Mayes has been a photographic artist for more than fifty years. She also taught photography at The University of Minnesota, Hampshire College (founding faculty), Pratt Institute, Bard College, ICP and retired as Professor Emerita from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts where she was Chair of the Photography and Imaging Department from 1996 until 2001.

Her work has been exhibited and collected widely, and recent exhibitions include The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Steven Kasher Gallery and The National Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. Read more…

Benjamin Von Wong on His Inspirational Journey ‘From 9-5 to Being Alive’

It’s hump day and so far we’ve featured a little bit of humor, a little bit of history, and some phenomenal aerial photography. Now that we’re hitting the home stretch, it’s time for a little bit of inspiration, courtesy of photographer Benjamin Von Wong. Read more…

Colorado Photog Takes to Facebook and Saves Weddings Disrupted By Floods

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As a veteran wedding photographer, Sarah Roshan knows how tough it is to make everything come together and how devastating it can be when plans fall apart at the last minute — even if the culprit is something as seemingly intractable as the worst flooding your state has experienced in recent history. Read more…

Photog Helps Disaster Victims to Rebuild their Lost Photo Albums

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Of all the items that can be destroyed in a disaster, few are as valuable or hard to replace as family photo collections. Photographer Brian Peterson saw that first-hand while living and working in Japan two years ago, when an earthquake and even more devastating tsunami swept away everything many families owned.

Sensing that photography could be a way to help them heal, Peterson started the organization Photohoku (named for the Tohoku region devastated by the tsunami) to help families rebuild their photo albums. Read more…

Fear and Self-Loathing in Photography

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About twelve months ago, PetaPixel very kindly published my article “The Vital Link Between Emotions and Creativity in Photography.” Well, it’s one year later and I’m back to tell you how I over came my “Photographers block” and share a few key lessons that I have learned along the way. Read more…

Print for Prints Transforms Donated Prints into Portraits for Third World Families

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Photographs may have become depressingly common in your world, but there are still vast chunks of the globe where images are rare and powerful.

A new charity is hoping to fill some of that void by offering portrait sessions and prints in impoverished areas, funded by the sale of prints by noted photographers.
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How Pinterest Can Discourage the Creative Process for Photographers

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It’s incredible how Pinterest has taken the wedding industry by storm. My husband and I have always been, and still are, big supporters of Pinterest. It has been such an incredible tool for our business and has helped so many brides find our work. It can be a great place for brides to gather wedding ideas, color schemes, flowers they love, etc. It wasn’t until recently though, have we started seeing the negative affects of Pinterest on wedding photography.

Pinterest can discourage the creative process.
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