Documentary

Would You Photograph a Funeral? – Photography Article

Wedding photography is obviously big business for lots of professional photographers, but over on Reddit, Shian Bang (u/shian243) talks about something a little different: his first experiences as a funeral photographer. While it’s fairly common for press photographers to cover newsworthy funerals, I’d never heard of a photographer being hired to shoot a private event. My granny was kidnapped in the 1980s so her death two years ago was covered in the Irish national media, and we went so far…

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Street Photos Spark Project to Learn About Victims of September 11 Attacks – Photography Article

We say, “never forget” when we think of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. And while none of us will forget the event itself, it’s easy to lose sight of the individuals who lost their lives in the attacks.  While visiting the 9/11 Memorial in 2017, I captured these images of a white rose pegged into the name of Jonathan Lee Ielpi and of an elderly woman tenderly touching the flower.  The day I took these photos was a…

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Legendary Photographer, Robert Frank, Dies at 94 – Photography Article

When I discovered Robert Frank’s work it fundamentally altered my perception of what, and how much, photography could mean. Mr. Frank passed away Monday in Mabou, Nova Scotia at the age of 94. Though born in Zurich in the twenties, Frank immigrated to New York in 1947 where he worked as a photographer at Harper’s Bazaar. Early in his career he was rejected by Life magazine and passed over by Robert Capa at Magnum. Capa said his images were “too…

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A to Z of Photography: X-Trans Sensor and Xiaoxiao Xu – Photography Article

With the letter X we move on to looking at Fuji’s highly regarded X-Trans sensor which is very different from nearly all the sensors in other digital cameras, before looking at the work of contemporary Chinese photographer Xiaoxiao Xu. X-Trans Sensor Camera sensors count photons and the image you see on the screen is simply a representation of those pixel counts. For a black and white JPEG, each pixel contains an 8-bit number that ranges from 0 to 255. If…

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An Evening with Jay Maisel as Jay Myself – Photography Article

Are you like me? Do you look for entertainment with some elements related to photography and is more than merely “behind the scenes” or “how to type” of videos? Something that provides a different insight into photography and the photographers who create world-class images? If so then perhaps, or maybe not, the documentary “Jay Myself” is for you. The recently released documentary by Stephen Wilkes is of legendary photographer (and one of my favorites) Jay Maisel. If you are not familiar with Jay…

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Photos of Manggarai Warrior Caci Whip Fights in Flores, Indonesia – Photography Article

Indonesia is an incredible archipelago containing thousands of islands, hundreds of volcanoes, tribes, dialects, and cultures. After exploring Java, Bali, and Lombok, I traveled to Flores where I witnessed something truly unexpected. The Manggarai Caci Whip Fights are a celebration of dance and battle during Penti, a festival held after harvest to end the agricultural year. The Caci Fights are an opportunity for young men to prove their rise to manhood and, in the past, have also been a way…

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For Sama review: Syria’s revolution seen through the eyes of a mother – Aerial Photography Article

For Sama review: Syria’s revolution seen through the eyes of a mother  The Digital Fix For Sama is a tough watch but an essential one. As difficult as it can be seeing the lives of families and their children ravaged by conflict, it feels like the least we … >> Osmo Pocket vs. Osmo Mobile 2: Which One Should You Buy? Source link Share Tweet Share Pin Email documentary Edward Watts film Film Review For Sama For Sama (2019) For Sama…

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Is Documentary Photography More Trustworthy Than Documentary Films? – Photography Article

Documentary movies and photography aim at creating plausible images of certain events and phenomena. But what is plausible? Can we even catch an unaltered scene? Do You Believe in What You See? Apart from selling their work to someone, documentary photographers and filmmakers aim at creating an insight into certain parts of our world. Culture, historical events, public discourse, family, politics, street life, and natural events are just a few things on the list. Basically, documentary makers can document everything. I…

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Shooting Birth for the First Time: What I Learned – Photography Article

Documenting births is definitely not the type of photography that suits each and every one of us, but for those who are interested, here are a few things I learned from shooting it. Never in a million years would I have thought to myself I would end up shooting birth at some point in my career. I hadn’t quite researched it as a topic nor had I any inherent interest in becoming a birth photographer, mainly due to me not coming…

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Shoot as if Your Free Time Were a Documentary – Photography Article

During our free time, we often tend to hunt for the big shots and the most impressive images. To become better photographers, we also need to develop our view for the little stories on our path. The Big Shots and the Small Shots As photographers, we always tend to reach for the stars. Instagram and the global competition of photography have put us under the constant pressure of publishing new stunning images. We need an extraordinary composition under supernatural light. Make…

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The Daily Grind of a Freelance Photographer – Photography Article

Taking a peek into  the daily routine of a professional, photographer or otherwise, can produce some interesting sights. Every photographer’s professional life is unique, yet most of us face similar daily challenges and strive for similar successes. In his newest video, photographer and YouTuber Evan Ranft has just offered us a glimpse into his daily routine as a professional freelancer. And while his day-to-day life is not glamorous or unique, his breakdown of responsibilities and time commitments which all freelancers…

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This Photo Was Not Staged: Wedding Photojournalism vs Photojournalism – Photography Article

This is an unposed, naturally caught moment at Rachael and Carl’s wedding at The Vineyard in Stockcross, Berkshire. It’s recently won a couple of awards from This is Reportage and the Wedding Photojournalist Association. It’s a striking image, and drew some criticism that it must be staged, or was not photojournalism. So I thought I’d explain why I believe this is wedding photojournalism, and how I came about taking this image. The Setting The Vineyard is a 5-star hotel and…

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We Speak to the Photographer Documenting Love Stories of Couples and Families Impacted by the Global Refugee Crisis – Photography Article

One photographer recently travelled to both Turkey and Mexico to document the global refugee crisis in pictures, a series that went on to earn him a win at the World Press Photo Awards. We spoke with the man himself to uncover more details about the inspiring love stories of couples and families who have been forced to flee their native countries in search of a better life. Pieter Ten Hoopen is a photographer and photojournalist based in Stockholm, Sweden, whose projects…

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A Unique Photography Journey Between Father and Son – Photography Article

National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey explored a different perspective on photography when he traveled with his four-year-old son. Seeing the same journey through his sons eyes opened Huey up to the differences in how adults and children see the world.  In 2014, Hawkeye Huey was just four years old when his father bought him his first camera. The duo started their travels around the American west meeting strangers and photographing their time spent with them. The journey led them to visit Navajo Nation,…

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How Edward Weston Processed His Photos – Photography Article

Legendary photographer Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers in American history, and in this short video, we get to go back in time, visit his home, and watch him process one of his negatives from start to finish. The video–which is mostly footage from a 1948 documentary about Edward Weston—was just release by Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography. It’s part of a broader series on Weston, which included a modern-day tour of his darkroom with Weston’s…

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Behind the Scenes at Ilford Photo’s Factory – Photography Article

Far from dying out, film photography still has a place in many people’s hearts. One of the companies which has warmly occupied this space is Harman technology Limited, which has been trading as Ilford Photo since 2005. This lovely short film documents what still goes on in their factory today.  When it looked like digital was going to completely steamroll the film photo industry, the smart companies that maybe weren’t as thinly or widely spread as their competitors manged to survive the cut and now…

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New Exhibition Shows How a Look at the Dark Side Can Show a Photographer the Light – Photography Article

An amazing new exhibition has just opened, depicting images once lost to history and giving us a behind the scenes glimpse at some of the greatest mysteries of our time. I love history. As the saying goes: the past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme. And there are few better ways to understand the current world we live in than to look into our past to recognize similar patterns to the waves we currently find ourselves riding. I am also a…

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New Exhibition Shows Unseen Crime Scene Photos From the Mid-1900s – Photography Article

A revealing new exhibition in Los Angeles is set to feature black and white photos from real crime scenes between 1925 and the 1970s, taken by police officers who worked for LAPD. The exhibition comes as a result of Fototeka founder Merrick Morton receiving access to Los Angeles’ records department, and the entire photo archive that comes with it. Morton is himself a photographer and LAPD reserve officer. Upon gaining access to the cardboard crates held within the City Records…

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Photos of Kyrgyzstan, The Beauty of the South – Photography Article

The first time I visited Kyrgyzstan, I explored a bit of everything. The second time, I focused on the south shore of Issyk-kul Lake, where I mostly found impressive canyons and dry landscapes. This time I decided to visit the South of Kyrgyzstan. Starting at Osh and surroundings, I made my way back to Bishkek and explored locations that I didn’t know before. The main thing that surprised me here was how green the landscapes were. Especially in contrast with…

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Fujifilm and Elia Locardi Team up in New Webseries – Photography Article

Elia Locardi, famous for taking beautiful landscapes and cityscapes, and refusing to go skydiving, has recently teamed up with Fujifilm, Smugmug, and Flickr to create “Moments in Time”, a new webseries following Elia around the world on his photographic journey. Fstoppers has produced, not one, not two, not three, but four tutorials with Elia and this new web series differs quite a bit in both format and content, concentrating more on the travel and adventure aspect rather than the actual photography (though that…

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Almost 2,500 Unseen Images From 9/11 Have Been Discovered on a CD at a Yard Sale – Photography Article

There are many defining images from the devastating events that occurred in New York on September 11, 2001. But now, almost 18 years later, thousands of previously unseen photos showing the extent of the ground zero clean-up operation have been discovered on CD-Rom discs at a house clearance sale. Precisely 2,389 photos have been acquired by archivist Jason Scott, giving new visual insight into September and October 2001 as officials cleared the devastation that was left behind after the Twin…

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An Inside Look at How the Fujifilm GFX 100 Was Born – Photography Article

Last month, Fujifilm announced the GFX 100, a game-changing 102-megapixel medium format mirrorless camera. cinema5D has released a 2-part documentary that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how this monster of a camera came to be. Fujifilm granted Johnnie Behiri and cinema5D inside access through several trips to Japan over the past 8 months to witness and document the camera’s development after Fujifilm announced the development of the camera in September 2018. Part 1 of the self-funded documentary is a…

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Photographing Noctilucent Clouds | Fstoppers – Photography Article

During a few weeks around the summer solstice, the situation in the highest regions of the atmosphere can be ideal to form a rare kind of clouds. Invisible by day, these clouds can be lit by the sun when its beneath the horizon, showing up as noctilucent clouds. For years I knew about these rare night shining clouds but I never really looked into it. I always thought these clouds were only visible above the polar circle, since really low…

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Frank Hurley With Ernest Shackleton: Photographing Antarctic Adventure – Photography Article

“Men Wanted For Hazardous Journey: Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful, honour and recognition in case of success.” Do you think you’d answer this ad if it popped up on Indeed or Monster?  The next time anyone wants to complain about lugging camera gear, inhospitable locations, or demanding clients, perhaps they should turn their minds to Frank Hurley’s dedication to photography and the camera gear he needed to take his place in history.…

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