Inspiration

 

Behind the Scenes with Retired Combat Photographer Stacy Pearsall and the Veterans Portrait Project

In the US, today is Veterans Day. For those in the British Commonwealth, today is Remembrance Day (also referred to as Poppy Day). It seemed right to end this day with a post that would, in some small way, honor the men and women who serve in the armed forces across the globe.

To that end, we have for you a short, inspirational video by B&H featuring retired combat photographer Stacy Pearsall.

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Capturing Elusive Moments With Whale Sharks

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In August, I undertook an exciting personal project, an attempt to create underwater fine art images of a beautiful swimmer arcing alongside enormous whale sharks. After a busy year of shooting, I’ve had a welling desire to create imagery that speaks to my deepest soul; and to forge a large-format print for my house.

Now that we’ve released the photos, I wanted to share more details about how I captured the images. Read more…

Nikon Repairs Ontake Eruption Victim’s Camera and Recovers Photos for His Grieving Family

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Out of tragedy, a small ray of light and corporate kindness shines through today. The eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake on September 27th took many hikers by surprise, claiming at least 56 lives. One of them was 66-year-old photography enthusiast Kazuo Wakabayashi.

His brand new Nikon camera was found and returned to his family in October — as were many others — but, sadly, almost all of the data was corrupted and the ash-covered camera unusable. Until, that is, Nikon did something wonderful and offered to repair it for the grieving family free of charge. Read more…

Vemödalen: The Fear that Every Photo Has Already Been Captured by Someone Else

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows has put together an inspirational video that defines and elaborates on vemödalen, “the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist,” using a clever collection of photographs to do so.

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The Photography of 4-Year-Old Hawkeye Huey, Son of Nat Geo Photographer Aaron Huey

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There’s an intensity on Hawkeye Huey‘s face as he looks out from Salvation Mountain in California, Fujifilm Instax 210 in hand, goggles askew on his forehead, eyes searching the horizon for the next exposure. It’s the kind of intensity typified by at least two kinds of people: 4-year-olds and National Geographic photographers.

Which makes sense, since Hawkeye is the first, and his father, celebrated photographer Aaron Huey, is the second. Read more…

Intimate, Painterly Photographs of London Bus Passengers On Their Nighttime Commute

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Photographer Nick Turpin‘s series Through a Glass Darkly takes a different approach to candid street photography than we typically see. Turpin captures London bus commuters on their way home after a long day, and his photographs are at once artistically compelling and potentially controversial. Read more…

Product Photography with the Light Blaster, a $3,450 Cheaper Alternative to Broncolor’s Optical Spot

We introduced you to the Light Blaster when it first came out in July of last year. A neat light modifier, it allowed you to use a lens and flash to project all sorts of patterns, slides and other non-digital backgrounds (or foregrounds) into your images.

The creative possibilities are pretty vast, but if you want to see what happens when a professional studio photographer gets his hands on it and starts experimenting, Alex Koloskov of Photigy is more than happy to oblige. Read more…

Remarkable Time-Lapse Created from 80GB of ISS Pictures is the Best ISS Edit We’ve Seen

If you’re interested in using the many hundreds of thousands of photos taken from the ISS to create a time-lapse — and people have done a pretty spectacular job in the past — the bar has just been raised significantly.

The video above, put together by French photographer and filmmaker Guillaume JUIN, is bar none the best edit of ISS photographs and footage we have ever seen. Read more…

Steve Huff on Street Photography: Seeking Connection Rather than the Decisive Moment

There is no ‘right’ way to go about street photography. There’s the laid-back, voyeuristic style, controversial in-your-face methods, and more personal relationship-building approaches.

Well-known photographer and blogger Steve Huff prefers the last of these. Rather than trying to capture a candid image or the ‘decisive moment,’ Huff takes a more humanistic approach by emphasizing making a connection and not just a picture.

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

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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…