When wedding photographers Maria Velasquez and her boyfriend Ulices Del Toro started planning their second Laguna photowalk, she had no idea that he had something much bigger in mind than just walking around and snapping pictures. Read more…
American Cool: You’ll Know It When You See It —National Geographic
What does it mean to say someone is cool? Sounds like a simple question, doesn’t it? Everyone knows it when they see it, but defining what exactly makes someone cool is trickier than it seems. Is it the aloof restraint Miles Davis maintained while belting out brilliant tunes on the trumpet? Or the boundary-pushing spectacles and outfits Madonna put on? Maybe it’s the raw emotion Johnny Cash poured into his lyrics and performances?
Corporate photographer Kirk Tuck has published a new action-adventure novel that features a corporate photographer as its main character.
The book is called “The Lisbon Portfolio,” and is a story about photographer Henry White, who is “drawn into a web of corporate intrigue and murder while on assignment for a major, multi-national corporation in Lisbon, Portugal in 1999.” It’s picked up a number of good reviews so far, with many commentators saying that it’s a great read for people who are interested in photography.
To honor the centennial of Britain’s beginnings in World War I, a pair of artist teamed up to work on an incredible installation, which you can see in these stunning photographs.
Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the display was put together by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, and when it’s all said and done it will consist of 888,246 red ceramic poppies surrounding the dry moat of the Tower of London. Each of the individual flowers represents a British or Colonial Military fatality. Read more…
The next time you go to a wedding, be sure your hair is done, your lipstick is on, and your Jockeys aren’t sticking out of your pants. You never know if a drone is lurking in the sky about to zoom in and take your picture.
No, not those heavily armed aircraft that the United States military uses to patrol the skies over Afghanistan and beyond. Couples having large outdoor weddings have been finding that small, unmanned aerial vehicles, or U.A.V.s, controlled remotely by operators on the ground, can be a useful if sometimes problematic tool for snapping aerial images that capture the entire scene and its participants.
If all Naughty Dog did in bringing The Last of Us Remastered to the PlayStation 4 was upgrade the post-apocalyptic PS3 hit’s graphics and boost the frame rate, a lot of people would have been satisfied enough. But there’s another way that the game looks better than ever: its photo mode, which lets you freeze the action at any time to compose and share beautiful still pictures. The mode is the work of Jason Gregory and Artem Kovalovs, who were tasked by the studio’s co-presidents with building upon the photo tools found in fellow Sony PS4 title Infamous: Second Son.
We Are All Glassholes Now —The Verge
Some would say that we’ve crossed the threshold of photos being too abundant,” says Jurgenson, who’s now a researcher at Snapchat. “[Years ago] if you saw someone taking a photo you’d stop and say ‘That must be important.’ Now, you convey respect and importance by not taking a photo.
[...]The smartphone is to photography what streaming services are to the music industry. Whatever you want is available wherever you want it and for free. Consumers rule while artists, the makers of creative content try to pull as much of their creative work from the Internet as they can. Because it’s not them making money. Domination and monopoly is the name of the game in the Web marketplace.
When you’ve captured as many photographs as renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz has, it’s not exactly a simple task to pick and choose your best work. Shooting for over four decades for the likes of Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, her collection of work is as vast as it is rich.
And so, when it came time to create her latest book, rather than selecting just a few dozen of her photographs, she decided to step it up… a lot. Her latest book is a $2,500, 476-page visual journey through every single step of Leibovitz career. Read more…
Screams, smiles and selfies —DuckRabbit
Truth is, photography’s strength is also its greatest weakness. A photograph can tell you where someone was, it can tell you when they were there, it may reveal what they did, it may show their face (or it may not). But although it – a ‘selfie’ – may appear to make comment, in truth it tells us absolutely nothing about the motives of the person who took it. And perversely these images and our responses to them, actually reveal more about us, and our prejudices, than they do about the taker.