Photographers Giving Back: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

NILMDTS Chaisson

It’s not uncommon for photographers to want to use their chosen profession as a vehicle to do good. There are a number of photography based charities out there and all in all, they’re in it for the right reasons.

Speaking of the right reasons, if you’re a parent, you will really appreciate Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep (NILMDTS). It’s an organization that provides the free gift of professional portraiture to parents who are dealing with the loss of a baby. Read more…

5 Reasons I Love Rooftopping and Will Do It Until The Day I Die


The word “rooftopping” first appeared in a book called “Access All Areas” in 2005 by author Jeff Chapman. In this book Jeff refers to this activity as an offshoot of urban exploration. It’s been called skywalking, roofing, and most recently New York Magazine called the people who do this “outlaw Instagrammers.”

Call it what you will, people have been going on roofs for decades (and probably even longer) for their own reasons, from Dan Goodwin‘s stunts to Philippe Petit‘s rope walk across the World Trade Center towers. Exploring rooftops is nothing new. Read more…

Old, Inexpensive, and Tack-Sharp: Canon’s Best Lenses You Don’t Know About


These days, it seems that if you want to get a nice sharp lens, you have to spend $1000 on a piece of L glass. Aside from the nifty fifty’s of the world, there are very few lenses that deliver quality results at a low price. But if you look harder, there are actually a few old lenses that still offer amazing quality for extremely low price. How is that possible? Well, it is. Keep reading to learn how.

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5 Reasons Why I’m F***ing Done With Rooftopping


So it has been an amazing run. I owe a lot to my ‘rooftopping’ adventures. I’ve sold prints, had gallery shows, been on TV, in magazines, on the front page of the Toronto Star, and most importantly the rest of my work got more attention as a by-product of it. People really seemed interested – they liked these types of images and the attention was nice. It is hard to turn away the likes and faves. It was addicting to an insecure photographer just starting a new career in photography. Rooftopping was my security blanket. Read more…

external We Are a Camera: Experience and memory in the age of GoPro. —The New Yorker

Once the herd was gone, it was as though it’d never been there at all — Sasquatch, E.T., yeti. Pics or it didn’t happen. Still, one doesn’t often find oneself swept up in a stampede of wild animals. Might as well hope to wingsuit through a triple rainbow. So you’d think that, cameras or not, he’d remember the moment with some fondness. But no. “It was hell,” Chase says now.

When the agony of missing the shot trumps the joy of the experience worth shooting, the adventure athlete (climber, surfer, extreme skier) reveals himself to be something else: a filmmaker, a brand, a vessel for the creation of content.

Sep 16, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Why I’ll Photoshop Your Face and Why I Believe It’s Okay


Last Spring, Lorde Tweeted the photo above and wrote, “i find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)”

It is admirable, and perhaps even courageous, that Lorde broadcasted this to the masses. There is a lot of debate on the ethics of Photoshopping models and celebrities. A lot of people feel that it pushes unrealistic expectations of beauty in society and sets people up to feel insecure about having imperfections that even the rich and famous share with them.

I totally sympathize with this point of view, but there is another side to the argument that is easily lost on people who aren’t in creative and media fields. There are commercial and artistic forces at work that will never relent and, unless there is a major aesthetic shift in the industry, Photoshopping blemishes is here to stay.
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external I Lost a Decade of Photographs —The Guardian

I do worry that, when I’m older and – hopefully – have children, I’ll wish I could show them pictures of me when I was younger, but maybe it’s better that I can’t step into a time machine. In the days before digital cameras, photographs naturally aged, faded and wrinkled in parallel with the person who took them. That’s the natural order of things.

Sep 13, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 1 Comment »

external When Will Medium Format Return?

— Zack Arias at DEDPXL

I’m going to keep banging this medium format drum. Why? Because life without medium format sucks. Maybe I’m just crazy, but I want my local restaurants back. I want more options on the table. I want this Bronica on my desk to be digital and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why no one has done it yet. We are 15+ years into the digital photography revolution and medium format options keep getting smaller instead of larger. Someone needs to step into this game and shake it up.

Sep 13, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 2 Comments »

Thoughts on Judging an International Wedding Photography Competition


I had the honor of getting to judge a recent international wedding photography contest for Fearless Photographers, a great organization I’ve been a part of for the last few years. Fearless contests run several times a year and typically receive thousands (if not tens of thousands) of entries from around the world. There is no quota to meet for Fearless judges, so if an image is awesome, it gets an award. The judging is incredibly selective, and seems to get more selective with each round.
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external The iPhone 6′s New Camera Could Forever Change Filmmaking —Wired

So how does one go about making a movie with 15 grand and their new iPhone 6? It’s actually not as hard as you might think.

Sep 11, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »