I often get asked for tips on how to become a better photographer. The majority asking are parents who want to take better pictures of their own children. Others just seem hungry for a quick fix. While I could easily put together a top ten list of hints or yet another “25 Ways to Become a Better Photographer” article, I feel the most important thing anyone can do to improve is to regularly practice mindful photography.
Improving Your Photography by Taking Fewer Photographs —The Huffington Post
I have seen absolutely beautiful things happen in the photo industry. I’ve seen strangers become best friends, I’ve seen grand ideas being brought to life, and I’ve seen photographers grow from beginners to mentors. I’ve seen so many things that make me proud to be a part of such an amazing community.
The sad news is that I’ve also seen the uglier side of it. I’ve seen jealousy turn into bad-mouthing, I’ve seen photographers knowingly leave out key techniques from classes or talks, and I’ve seen new photographers become discouraged and disheartened by the cold shoulders of the more popular photographers in the industry. For a lack of better words, that sucks. Nobody benefits from negativity like that so we might as well get rid of it.
Notes from Svanetia: Fourteen Years Later, a Story Comes Full Circle —Nat Geo | PROOF
The hardest part of photographing on top of a 13th century defensive tower in the mountains of the Georgian Republic, is getting everything in the frame without falling off.
So, last summer, while I was photographing a group of teenagers hanging out on this ancient structure, I was paying more attention to where my feet were than the faces in my viewfinder. But three minutes into the shoot one of them looked straight at me and said: “I know you.”
“It’s important that big brands and corporations make a concerted effort to not allow sexual harassment on shoots,” says Rocha. “The clients who hire the models, the stylists and the photographers can all cast their jobs with whomever they want. Why would they choose someone who’s known to prey sexually on others?” As long as that’s even a question, there’s awareness to be raised, work to be done.
James Hill : Somewhere between war and peace —L'Oeil de la Photographie
Whenever I look at one of my photographs, some version of the scene plays out again in my mind’s eye. It isn’t long, usually just a few seconds—a brief cinematic recollection filled with sound and movement, a return to moments buried deep within my memory. Their vividness often unsettles me, as do the thoughts they evoke. Even though these instants may be frozen visually many remain for me emotionally unresolved, still demanding my attention years after I first witnessed them.
Notes From Svanetia: A Chance Encounter Leads to a Life-Long Love —Nat Geo | PROOF
I first stumbled into Svanetia on October 20, 1998, with my first camera and a backpack full of black and white film. It was the most beautiful and isolated place I had ever traveled. But beyond the obvious beauty of the place, what really made me stay were the people. And I did more than stay. I returned three years in a row –with money I made painting houses in the suburbs of Denver on breaks from college — to make my first photo story.
Ansel Adams is one of the most famous landscape photographers known around the world. He is best known for countless, perfectly balanced black and white images of the Yosemite Valley, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, and many more iconic national parks and landscapes throughout America. He set the standard of landscape photography presented as fine art to this very day.
How Photography Made Me An Eternal Student —The Huffington Post
My one piece of advice to anyone wanting to take up photography is that it’s an art that’s not about how fancy your camera is, or how expensive your lens is; photography is all about expressing how you perceive this world. So, go grab a camera and start capturing the magical moments before it’s too late.
The other day I created a Google+ album of photos from our holiday in France. Google’s AutoAwesome algorithms applied some nice Instagram-like filters to some of them, and sent me emails to let me have a look at the results. But there was one AutoAwesome that I found peculiar. It was this one, labeled with the word “Smile!” in the corner, surrounded by little sparkle symbols.
It’s a nice picture, a sweet moment with my wife, taken by my father-in-law, in a Normandy bistro. There’s only one problem with it. This moment never happened. Read more…
Go Underwater with a Camera from the 1960s —TIME | LightBox
The Nikonos camera, invented in 1963, was one of the first commercially available underwater cameras; early models of the Nikonos were co-designed by the famous aquanaut and explorer Jacques Cousteau.
The camera is no longer manufactured, but it can easily be found secondhand on eBay at around $100. For someone looking to get involved in underwater photography without spending hundreds of dollars on underwater housing for a digital SLR, this old film camera is one of the best options available.