Want to know how astronauts photograph in space? Just ask Donald Pettit, NASA astronaut and “amateur” photographer. Donald Pettit has called the International Space Station home for over 370 days, and in that time he’s captured some of the most mind-blowing photos of space – and Earth – we’ve ever seen. Read more…
Here’s an interesting TED audition by artist Phil Hansen, who speaks on embracing limitations (both natural or artificial) in order to drive your creativity. While Hansen isn’t a photographer, many of his ideas should be very relevant to photographers looking to give their work a kick in the butt.
Here’s a talk Photoshop guru Scott Kelby gave at the recent Google+ Photography Conference on how to “crush the composition”. It’s a talk that goes beyond the basics of rules of thirds, leading lines, and repeating patterns.
Back in 2010, street artist JR won the $100,000 TED Prize to continue his massive photographic street installations. He then started the Inside Out project to encourage people around the world to use giant posters of portraits to “connect communities, make change, and turn the world inside out.” The video above shows a talk JR gave at TED earlier this month to report on how the project is going and how it’s changing the world.
When German image sensor scientist Joachim Linkemann gave a talk called “Advanced Camera and Image Sensor Technology” at Automate 2011 back in March 2011, he tried to boil things down to terms people could understand and ended up using beer to illustrate the concepts. If you want to learn about how things like signal-to-noise, dynamic range, and dark noise would work if a glass of beer was the pixel on an image sensor, check out the PDF slideshow.
Here’s a 35-minute lecture by English actor and comedian John Cleese on the topic of creativity. A couple interesting points: creativity is absolutely unrelated to intelligence and is more a way of operating than an ability.
Here’s an inspiring video in which photographer and speaker Dewitt Jones talks about how he looks for “right answers” when he was doing assignments for National Geographic. Rather than specific tips or techniques, he mostly talks about high level ideas while showing off some of his stunning photographs.
Philosopher and Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost gave this short talk recently on the photography of renowned American street photographer Garry Winogrand, specifically focused on Winogrand’s famous quote in which he says,
I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.
Unless you’re a philosopher, this may be the most confusing photography talk you’ve ever heard. See if you can wrap your mind around what Bogost is saying…