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Into the Unknown: How I Reinvented Myself After 25 Years at Sports Illustrated

Over the years I’ve been contacted through social media, emails and in person by young photographers seeking advice on being a sports photographer. I never try and discourage them, but I also have to try and be honest: Sports Photography is dead as a profession… sad but true. I know very few who are scratching out a living shooting sports.

Picking the Brain of Renowned Sports Photographer Neil Leifer

Renowned sports photographer Neil Leifer has captured some of the most recognizable photos in the history of sports, particularly of Muhammad Ali, one of his long-term subjects. Here's a fantastic 17-minute video by The Art of Photography in which Leifer talks about his life, the stories behind his iconic photos, and his experience in the ever-evolving photo industry.

I Just Had 20,000 Slides Returned from Sports Illustrated

Ever since I was a kid, I loved saving stuff. I saved all my baseball cards in rubber band stacks in shoe boxes. I collected stacks and stacks of 7-Eleven Slurpee baseball cups in 1973. Every San Francisco Giants yearbook and media guide going back to the early 1960s? Yup, got them too.

This is the First Sports Illustrated Cover Shot with a Smartphone

When veteran SI photographer Michael J. LeBrecht II got an email from a DOP at Sports Illustrated offering him the chance to shoot "an A-List Celebrity," he immediately said yes. It wasn't until a later, on the phone, that he hear the catch: "we would like you to try and shoot the cover with a Smartphone."

Here Are the First Real-World iPhone 7 Plus Photos: NFL and US Open

Announced last week, Apple's new iPhone 7 Plus claims to pack the world's most advanced smartphone camera -- a dual camera system that can zoom optically and simulate depth of field. Now the first real-world iPhone 7 Plus photos have emerged: they were shot this past weekend at an NFL Sunday Night game and at the US Open.

Searching for a New Look at the Rio Olympics

Every time the Olympics roll around, there are more photographers and less spots from which to shoot the games. Not an ideal way to express your creativity. If you are not a member of the pool photographers gang it’s even worse... everybody huddled in the same pen shooting the action with the same lenses.

Snickers Just Turned the Photoshop Fail Into an Ad

There are often stories of huge (and often hilarious) Photoshop fails in the advertising industry, in which models are seen with extra limbs or ridiculous body proportions.

Snickers just released a clever advertisement that pokes fun at these Photoshop fails.

Sports Illustrated Lays Off 3 Top Photo Heads

There's more bad news in the photojournalism industry today: Sports Illustrated has laid off Director of Photography Brad Smith, Photo Editor Claire Bourgeois, and Photo Director John Blackmar. This comes almost exactly 1 year after the magazine laid off its entire roster of staff photographers.

10 Iconic Photos from the First NFL Super Bowls

This year's NFL championship game is Super Bowl 50, and it'll be played on February 7th, 2016, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (the home of the 49ers). To celebrate what is often the most watched TV broadcast of the entire year in the United States, Sports Illustrated is spending 50 days posting 50 iconic photos from each Super Bowl to the magazine's Instagram page.

A Look at Serena Williams’ Photo Shoot for the Cover of Sports Illustrated

Here's a short behind-the-scenes video showing how fashion photographer Yu Tsai recently photographed tennis superstar Serena Williams for Sports Illustrated magazine. Williams was featured in the cover story after being selected as the publication's Sportsperson of the Year, the first time an individual woman has taken the award in over 3 decades.

Shooting a Skyline Portrait of NBA Star James ‘The Beard’ Harden

I’ve dreamed about shooting Houston Rockets guard James Harden for a long time. How can you go wrong with that beard? He’s just awesome looking. I wanted to pose him with ZZ Top for the last couple of years -- or at least with Billy Gibbons -- but alas, no one has bitten on that idea yet. (You hear that Texas Monthly? It would be a great cover. Trust me.)

Anyway, the call finally came some weeks ago from Sports Illustrated. Harden had a super tight schedule with the All-Star Break coming up, and the editor asked if we could put together something with the iconic Houston skyline with only 24 hours notice.

How I Photographed the US Men’s National Soccer Team for Sports Illustrated

Looking back at this year, I was fortunate enough to photograph a lot of cool things and meet a lot of great people. It’s only right that I write about my biggest shoot this year -- well actually, the biggest shoot of my career to date. I'll start off by saying that everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong.

My First Cover: Photographing Andrew McCutchen for Sports Illustrated

Being a freelance photographer has its ups and downs, its pros and cons. We all know this going into it. One of the most exciting parts, for me, is that anything could happen, at any time. Most jobs we get come out of nowhere. And this is a perfect example.