external Musings: Corey Arnold Looks Wildlife Straight in the Eye —Nat Geo | PROOF

I find this salmon image haunting my dreams. It keeps me awake at night. It’s got me thinking about death, and life, and the inextricable relationship between the two. It makes me ask myself: Is it only the inevitability of death that makes our short lives seem so precious? And I think the answer is “yes.”

Nov 06, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

Story Behind the Image: The Best Time to be a Photographer is Right Now

Nikon D700 / 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens / ISO 200

Nikon D700 / 17-35mm f/2.8 lens / ISO 200

Today David Lama is one of the most successful professional climbers in Europe. But at age 19, his climbing career almost ended before it even began. Read more…

Mental Health . . . A Photographer’s Perspective (this isn’t going to be easy)

Bb Movember

As photographers, writers, illustrators, actors, musicians… As creatives, we create the world that we exist in, we create the world that the rest of the world sees.

This is a gift, it is our gift and it is the soul of the saying that we “are gifted.” While many are brought up to view doctors and lawyers as having greater intellectual prowess, the truth of the matter is that it takes a VERY strong mind to visualize and then create our art.

But what happens when that mind turns against us? Read more…

The Storyteller’s Kit: The Gear You Need to Tell Stories with Your Photography


Gear does not make the photographer, allow me to state that for the record before we dive in here. A talented artist can make an image with whatever falls into their palm, but for those of us who have the luxury of choice, be it the pocket sized Ricoh dangling from Moriyama’s wrist, or Crewdson’s cherrywood 8×10, a powerful image is about the framing of a moment, the machine it is seen through when chosen properly, serves to simplify and streamline the process. Read more…

external Safety in Journalism: Closing the Risk Gap —Ochre

The world is becoming a much more dangerous place to be a journalist. And at the same time, news organizations rely more and more on freelancers to chronicle wars, civil unrest and health-care emergencies.

Yet the support provided to freelance journalists—the training, the insurance, the security—hasn’t improved as the risks and reliance have increased. That’s a problem of life and death.

Nov 05, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

My Advice to the Guy Who Wrote ‘Advice to Aspiring Full Time Photographers’


Dear Mr. Kim,

I read a blog post of yours titled “Advice to Aspiring Full Time Photographers” reposted on PetaPixel.

It’s filled with lots of exciting tidbits like:

“I think being a full-time photographer is overrated.” Read more…

external Don’t Shoot for the Stars —F Stop Lounge

Everyone seems to talk about finding their style. I’ve spent far too long trying to define my ‘style’ and it isn’t an easy task. I’ve come to realise that I’ve actually been trying far too hard to define a style rather than just getting out and shooting what I like to shoot!

Nov 04, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

A Film Vs. Digital Study


In an effort to prove to myself, my family, and my friends that I am not nuts to lug 6+ pounds of medium format camera gear up the mountainside I conducted my own tests over the last few weeks.

Sure one could set up a Resolution Target but that would not be a “real world” test, no sweat and sore muscles. Read more…

If Your Photos Aren’t Good Enough, Your Camera Isn’t Expensive Enough

Berkeley, 2014. Shot on a smartphone.

The best camera in street photography is the most expensive one.

If I gave myself advice in street photography if I started all over again I would tell myself, “Eric, buy yourself the most expensive camera out there for street photography. You are a newbie and not very good at shooting street photography. You are nervous. You don’t know any technical settings. You are afraid. You aren’t inspired. You don’t have any good work. Buying a really expensive camera will make you great.” Read more…

external All You Need to Pack for a Remote Atoll is… —Nat Geo | PROOF

Photographer Thomas Peschak worked on Aldabra atoll in 2008, so he had a pretty good idea what he was in for when he started prepping for his recent National Geographic assignment.

“The climate wreaked havoc on all my gear. So much that I ended up using my broken laptop as a cutting board, and wrecked cameras to hammer in tent pegs,” he says of his first experience.

Nov 02, 2014 · Permalink · Comment