Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

54 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013

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As a self-appointed pundit, I spend a fair amount of time criticizing the photography industry, but I have a little secret … I love photography! And 2013 brought yet another year full of strange, interesting and inspiring moments in photography. Let’s go on a little journey … in no particular order. Read more…

Pioneering Photographer Robert Cornelius Credited With World’s First Selfie c. 1839

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Selfie, schmelfie! How self-absorbed do you really have to be to spend all of 20 seconds pointing a phone at yourself and tapping a few buttons? But a process that requires up to 15 minutes of statue-still posing, exposure to hazardous chemicals and construction of custom camera? Now that’s something worth bragging about.

So all hail pioneering American photographer Robert Cornelius, whose rough but certainly recognizable image, taken mere months after Louis Daugerre revealed his daguerrotype process in 1839, is undoubtedly the world’s first photographic self-portrait and may even be the first photographic portrait of any kind. Read more…

Stop-Motion Tribute to Steve Jobs Created by a 14-Year-Old and an iPad App

Here’s a bit of inspiration that should help start your Wednesday off on the right foot — whether you’re preparing to stuff your face tomorrow or today is just another hump day. It’s a short stop motion film that pays tribute to the late great Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and it was created by a 14-year-old with some time and the Foldify iPad app. Read more…

Instagrammers Boosting Aid for Typhoon Victims With ‘Unselfies’

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Instagram may be home to a wealth of aesthetic and legal offenses, but it can also be a tool for promoting our better instincts, as a recent movement involving relief for victims of typhoon Haiyan attests to. Read more…

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…