Inspiration

 

Seriously Epic Drone Footage from Iceland to Get Your Heart and Wanderlust Racing

If Patrick and Lee from Fstoppers and landscape/travel photographer Elia Locardi‘s goal was to get our hearts racing, they’ve succeeded in spades with the drone footage they just released from their time in Iceland. Read more…

Adventure Photographer Andy Mann On His Unconventional Journey Into the World of Photography

Adventure photographer Andy Mann’s journey into the world of photography has been unconventional in almost every regard. Without any formal training or education in the field, it was a pure love for adventure and photographs that inspired him to pick up a camera.

In the video above, a presentation he gave for B&H, Mann tells his coming of age story, evaluating what it is that has led him to this particular point in his career.

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Make it Now: You Can Photograph It, Or Let It Pass You By, But You May Never See It Again

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This moment, this light, in Cape Churchill last week: it didn’t last long. You can photograph it, or let it pass you by. But you may never see it again.

Last week I was sitting in a tundra buggy not photographing polar bears. The bears, driven by a months-long hunger were out on the sea ice, hunting seals. If we’d been there a couple days earlier we’d have had more time with them. But you can’t do anything about the weather, and you never know these things in advance. What you do know, is what’s in front of your face, and that — at least for one day on this trip — was polar bears. Read more…

Simeon Quarrie Calls Out the Trolls, Speaks to the Hazardous Reality of Negative Comments Online

Simeon Quarrie is a talented, well-respected wedding photographer based out of the UK. But despite his impressive portfolio, humble attitude, and dedication to his work, when he shares it online, people inevitably come out of the woodwork to tear into the most minute details, oftentimes without even bothering to put his work in proper context.

It’s these individuals that inspired Quarrie to sit down with a camera before a recent shoot and spill his thoughts on trolls: the overly and unnecessarily critical individuals who slam and bring down the work we all share online.

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Dan Winters Gives an Emotional Talk on Shooting the Final Space Shuttle Launches

In 2011, when the end of NASA’s shuttle program was announced, photographer Dan Winters decided that he would photograph the final three launches and compile those images into a book.

That book, Last Launch, was released in 2012, and is well worth the $33 if would cost you to pick it up for yourself on Amazon. But, of course, sometimes the story behind the images is just as powerful than the images themselves, and Winters recently opened up about the entire experience on stage at WIRED by Design. Read more…

The Story Behind this Powerful Photo of a Black Boy Hugging a White Cop at a Ferguson Demonstration

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Amidst the many photos of hate, anger, sadness and sometimes outright destruction that have flooded the media since a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, sparking riots and protests across the US, there are glimmers of hope and humanity.

One such glimmer was captured by Oregon-based freelance photographer Jonny Nguyen at a Ferguson demonstration in Portland earlier this week. Read more…

96-Year-Old Photographer Writes a Wonderful Message to His Granddaughter and Gives Her His Gear

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22-year-old Alexis Taylor recently shared an email she received from her 96-year-old photographer grandfather, and it’s just too wonderful not to share. Read more…

This is What the Sunset Would Look Like if Your Eyes Could See Like a Hydrogen Alpha Telescope

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Astrophotographer extraordinaire Göran Strand created this neat composite image to explore an interesting ‘what if?’ scenario: What if your eyes could see the sun the way a Hydrogen Alpha Telescope does? What would a sunset look like then? Read more…

What Makes a Great Photograph? A Bit of Thanksgiving Encouragement

Despite the video’s title, the short, encouraging snippet above from photographer Joel Grimes isn’t about finding a specific set of characteristics that define “a great photograph.” Instead, it’s about finding out what a great photograph is to you.

It’s a matter of taste, discovering your personal vision, and then coming to terms with the fact that not everybody is going to love what you do. Read more…

Talented Pinhole Photographer Uses His Craft to Bring Joy to Syrian Child Refugees

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Photographer Zeb Andrews prefers to slow the world down when he captures a photograph. The Portland-based photographer first began shooting with a pinhole camera purely for fun, but little did he know that, within a matter of a few years his work would take him to Turkey where he would share his love of pinhole photography with Syrian child refugees. Read more…