Inspiration

The 7 Hardest Parts of Photogaphy (and How to Conquer Them) – Photography Article

Photographer Nigel Danson recently asked his 50,000+ followers on Instagram — most of which are outdoor and landscape photographers — what they think the hardest part of photography is. After getting back 1,827 responses, Danson made this 20-minute video to share the responses. Here’s a breakdown of the 7 hardest things along with videos Danson has made that addresses them: 1. Composition 2. Lighting 3. Location Planning 4. Woodland Photography 5. Time and Motivation 6. Boring Locations This one didn’t…

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Using a 31-Year-Old SLR for Fast-Paced Photojournalism – Photography Article

Introduced in 1988, the Nikon F4 was the world’s first professional autofocus camera, and it made its way quickly into the hands of many working photographers. But despite the incredible leap in technology it represented, it was apparently quickly overtaken by the competition, which built on the solid foundation the F4 offered. Early reviews were kind, but the advances in all areas of camera technology since then have left it more a cult option for today’s users. I’ve seen the…

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The Clash of Palladium and Silver – Photography Article

September 21st, 1979. Forty years ago, British rock photographer, Pennie Smith immortalized the destruction of a Fender P-Bass guitar by Paul Simonon of The Clash on the stage of The Palladium in New York City, on gorgeous B&W 35mm film. Her soft-focus, grainy image with its blown-out highlights and development stains has been dubbed by numerous publications and music fans, “the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Photograph of All-Time.” Ms. Smith originally considered her masterpiece a throwaway. It was only until…

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How I Capture Striking Time-Blended Astrolandscapes, and You Can Too – Photography Article

My name is Paul Schmit, and today I want to describe to you the journey that led to the time-blended astrolandscape you see above. You might recognize me from my recent marathon endeavor to capture the International Space Station crossing in front of the sun at sunrise. By day, I’m an award-winning theoretical physicist working at the frontiers of nuclear fusion research on the world’s most powerful electrical sledgehammer, the Z Machine. By night (quite literally) I’m an avid astrolandscape…

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Why It’s Important to Create a Visual Aesthetic For Your Photography – Photography Article

Ever notice how some artists produce work with a unique, recognizable style? Explore four helpful tips for establishing your personal photography aesthetic. Your photography aesthetic and style defines who you are as an artist to people viewing your work. One look at your portfolio should tell a potential customer exactly what they can expect of the work you create. But what exactly do we mean by visual aesthetic? Shutterstock Images by Zolotarevs What is a visual aesthetic and how does…

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The Tools You Need to Start Shooting Stock Footage – Photography Article

Try these twelve simple tips from established videographers on the unexpected but essential tools in every pro’s camera bag. According to a recent ​study​, a whopping 67% of digital marketers plan to place video marketing as their top priority for the next year. The rise of Instagram stories, newsfeed videos, and live streaming has created a whole new avenue for filmmakers and videographers, and artists around the world are using tapping into the trend. As Nicole Glass, a news photographer…

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My Thursday Faves – The Design Souk – Photobook Photography Article

Source: A Classic Meets Modern, White Inspired SoCal Home (By Abby Larson at SMP Living) | Photography: Vanessa Lentine   Happy Saudi National Day Long Weekend! I’m so excited to have 4 days off this weekend – I hope you have something fun planned for it!! As you could probably see from my IG stories, we have been traveling quite a bit… so I’m super thrilled to be spending this weekend vegging out on my couch and watching…

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This is How to Get a Six-Figure Salary in Photography – Photography Article

She made $0 her first year. Today, LaJoy Cox earns a six-figure salary in photography. Read her motivating story of hard work and beautiful triumph. (Featuring: LAJOY PHOTOGRAPHY) LaJoy Cox’s strength is her willingness to be vulnerable: to tell the truth of her journey without glossing over the tough realities. “I was absolutely terrified to step out and start my own business,” she admits. “The feeling that no one would take me seriously because of I was young… the fear…

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5 Simple Tips for Shooting Instant Film – Photography Article

When it comes to buying and shooting with instant film, know what you’re getting into with the tips in this helpful video tutorial. Whether you’re an experienced photographer with both film and digital, you’re just starting out, or you’re somewhere in the middle, instant film is one area that proves to be much different and more expensive than any other way of taking photos. No matter the camera or film you’re shooting with, there are a few things to expect…

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Why So Many Direct-to-Consumer Brands Look the Same – Photography Article

Minimalism has taken direct-to-consumer brands by storm. Explore why so many startups are decluttering their look to connect with consumers. If there’s a single style that illustrates recent direct-to-consumer (D2C) identities, it’s this: sans-serif typography, solid backdrops, grid-based layouts, and natural textures. You may have seen this aesthetic on your Instagram or Pinterest feed, or you might have purchased from a brand that takes on this very minimalist approach. Image via 3DJustincase. Spurred by Airbnb’s rebrand in 2014, the so-called…

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2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Shortlist Captures Nature’s Beauty and Its Brutality – Photography Article

The covered Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition—a contest developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London—has revealed a set of 15 “highly commended” images from this year’s competition. The winners won’t be revealed until October 15th, but this shortlist gives you a sense of the incredible submissions the judges had to choose from. The competition, which is in its 55th year, received some 50,000 entries from photographers hailing from 100 different countries. Overall winners will be announced on…

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A Mini Guide on When, Where and How to Photograph the Aurora – Photography Article

The aurora season is here again and I figured I’d do a short post here regarding when and where to photograph it. When I’m browsing pictures online, sometimes seeing aurora pictures and checking the comment section, I see a lot of questions and responses from people that all have something to say about the northern lights (aka aurora). As someone who has seen and photographed the aurora many times, here is my little guide. Where? The northern lights can be…

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5 Tips for Finding Commercial Photography Clients – Photography Article

Want to start shooting commercial photography work? Try these five simple tips for finding and keeping photography clients. For up-and-coming photographers, shooting commercial photography work can be easy once you’ve built a professional photography portfolio you’re proud of. And nowadays, it’s easier than ever before to share the art you create with potential clients around the world. First off, what is commercial photography? Commercial photography is creating photographs for commercial use by a business. Often, these images support a particular…

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Tips for Capturing Authentic Stock Photos in Office Spaces – Photography Article

How do pro stock photographers keep their work from looking staged? Try these seven simple tips for shooting realistic and relatable office scenes. In recent years, workplaces around the world have undergone major shifts, from open-plan offices to metropolitan co-working spaces. The idea that collaboration breeds innovation has changed the way we understand our 9-to-5 jobs, and depictions of office life have also evolved with the times. Forget posed, generic photos. 2019 is all about relatable, authentic imagery that speaks…

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“I Took My Own Selfie Engagement Photos. Here are the Results!” – Photography Article

Can’t find a photographer? If you’re already a photo pro, maybe it’s time to try selfie engagement photos! This couple did – and the results are astounding! (Featuring: JEN MONTGOMERY PHOTOGRAPHY) What do a camper van, one trusty tripod, and the finest attire have in common? All three were necessary for photographer Jen Montgomery to make her own engagement photos with her fiancé Alex Johnson. Selfie Engagement Photos by Jen Montgomery Photography The pair ventured to Iceland from their home…

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500px Blog » – 500px Blog – Photography Article

The 500px community contains some of the most talented photographers in the world who push creative boundaries, explore the unknown, and evoke emotions in their viewers. That’s why we created Quests—creative challenges designed to help 500px photographers test their skills, get recognized for their work, and win exciting prizes. But even more importantly, it’s a platform that encourages you to take risks and try out new concepts, rather than recycle old ideas that have worked in the past. Today, we’re…

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Winners of Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 Revealed – Photography Article

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has revealed the winners of the prestigious Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 competition, and as always, the winning images are spectacular. This year, the competition received over 4,600 entries that were captured in 90 countries across the globe. The judges had the unenviable task of identifying a winner, runner up, and highly commended image for each category, a winner for the Robotic Scope category, and a winner for the new Sir Patrick Moore prize…

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10 Tips for Shooting Stock Travel Footage that Inspires – Photography Article

Try these ten expert tips for capturing stock travel footage, and invoke a bit of wanderlust in your potential customers. Whether it’s your side hustle or full time career, creating stock travel footage is an incredible way for a well-traveled creative to earn money from anywhere in the world. Shutterstock customers use stock travel footage to tell stories and to share inspiration from every corner of the globe. Screen grab from footage by R.M Nunes in Rio de Janiero, Brazil…

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Artist Series with Photographer and Blogger Dani Ayee – Photography Article

Explore the art of finding yourself with Toronto-based photographer Dani Ayee in this installment of Shutterstock Presents: Artist Series. Shutterstock Presents: Artist Series is a video series highlighting creative artists on Shutterstock’s marketplace. Today we’re introducing Toronto-based photographer and blogger Dani Lyn Ayee, who creates diverse lifestyle content for Shutterstock Custom as well as her independent freelance clients. Dani Lyn Ayee for Shutterstock Custom As an artist, Dani didn’t start her creative career as a photographer. First, she had stints…

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Capturing Zero-Waste and Plastic-Free Photography – Photography Article

Can a photo save the world? Explore tips by top photographers on how they empower environmental issues through powerful images. Image by ​Kev Gregory​. Gear: ​Canon EOS 7D​ camera, ​Sigma DG 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM​ lens. Settings: Focal length 373mm; exposure 1/320 sec; f6.3; ISO 320. When UK photographer ​Kev Gregory​ made his way to Horsey Beach, he expected to see the famous gray seals and their newborn pups, but he didn’t anticipate the scene that greeted him when…

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These 5 Simple Setups are All You Need – Photography Article

Create a gorgeous gallery of 50 photographs with these five perfect maternity poses. We walk you through it, step-by-step. (Photographs: KAYTLIN LANE PHOTOGRAPHY) Are you overwhelmed at the thought of delivering a gallery of 50 maternity portraits because you imagine you’d have to come up with 50 poses? Guess what? It’s SO MUCH EASIER than that! All you need to create a stunning series of up to 50 photographs are these five maternity poses. They work with every pregnant person…

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Photographing the Last of the WWII Veterans – Photography Article

This is a year for monumental anniversaries of events in American history—particularly the WWII 75th anniversaries of the D-Day invasion, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge. With those in mind, I started a project in April photographing WWII veterans, knowing that the numbers still surviving are dropping rapidly each day. I called the project WWII Portraits of Honor. I simply wanted to use my talent as a photographer to give something small back to as many WWII…

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Macro Video of Bioluminescent Shrimp Shot with a Sony a7 III – Photography Article

Sometimes the world blows you away. It was like that for us when we first started shooting sea fireflies on rock formations back in 2016. The visual power of these creature lighting up the shoreline was just stunning. It made us want to learn more about these creatures and think about innovative ways of shooting them. Light at the End of the Tunnel? We were busy with other projects in the summer of 2017. In 2018, Okayama, the region we…

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The Power of Color in Landscape Photography – Photography Article

Color is so important in landscape photography. The correct harmony of colors can make a huge difference to an image and help to create your own style. In this 20-minute video, I talk about how I create a painterly look in my photos and how I edit in Lightroom. One of the most powerful ways to improve your photos is to consider how colors in your image relate to each other and to think about how you can edit the…

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Find Inspiration from Works in Neon by 14 Illustrations – Photography Article

Want to go neon? Capture the look of this vibrant, retro-futuristic trend with tips from fourteen pro stock illustrators. Image by ​Ivan Mollov​ (​IM_VISUALS​). A few years ago, neon officially made its return to popular culture stardom, fueled in part by our collective nostalgia for the 1980s. But as the art critic ​Jonathan Jones​ pointed out in 2017, it’s much more than that. Once the domain of Las Vegas nightclubs, neon signs and motifs have since been elevated to the…

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A Modern Boho Living Room & Dining Room Makeover – Photobook Photography Article

Debby, Dom and their 2 kids moved to Dhahran from Abqaiq from a fairly spacious home to a really spacious home. They brought all of their furniture with them, but it wasn’t quite enough to fill this new, very large house… Originally, they had thought to arrange the room so that the dining room was closer to the door that leads to another door that leads to the kitchen. Makes sense, but since the kitchen door is actually close…

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Lessons from My First Photography Trip – Photography Article

I recently took my first ever photography trip to California. My plan was to hit up Mt. Shasta, Lassen Volcanic NP, and Lake Tahoe. I wanted to share some of the things I did right, as well as some of the things I did wrong. What I Did Right I planned ahead – Thanks to my research, I was able to get some great shots of Mt Shasta, The Milky Way, and Lake Tahoe. I went at the right time…

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Wake Up and Don’t Settle for Powdered Milk as a Photographer – Photography Article

When I was a little girl, I lived in Incirlik AFB, Turkey. We lived for a year off base on the third floor of a very large apartment building. My parents spoke no Turkish and the landlady spoke no English, but somehow, they managed just fine. My dad was a lot cooler about the whole thing than my mom. But then, dad left and went to work on base each morning, while my mom had to deal with things like…

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Tips for Capturing Instagram-Worthy Photos in Cafes – Photography Article

Shooting in a studio isn’t the only way to find perfection. Try these expert tips and tricks for capturing sharable photographs in your favorite cafes. Chances are if you’re on Instagram, you’ve taken photos in cafes. Taking beautiful images of top-down lattes, paired perfectly with the daily New York Times, has blown up on Instagram over the past few years. The reason? Not only is taking photos in cafes simple to do, it’s also a fantastic way to create a…

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How One Man Photographed His Own Transplant Team 17 Years Before They Saved His Life – Photography Article

When Australian documentary photographer Andrew Chapman was invited to Austin Hospital in Melbourne to photograph open heart surgery for TIME magazine, the transplant team in the operating theatre next door invited him to come photograph them as well. Little did he know, this same surgical team would be saving his life 17 years later. Chapman’s incredible story is the subject of the poignant short doc above by filmmaker Chris Franklin. The 14-minute documentary covers Chapman’s entire journey—from photographing a liver…

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