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Nat Geo Photog Says Amazon Won’t Stop Selling His Stolen Photograph

Nat Geo Photog Says Amazon Won’t Stop Selling His Stolen Photograph Earlier this month, National Geographic photographer Tomas van Houtryve had one of his photographs selected by TIME magazine as one of the Top 10 Photos of 2014. It was a high honor, but also one that opened an unexpected Pandora’s Box for Van Houtryve: his photos began appearing on third-party products on Amazon without his permission. And that’s not all: Van Houtryve says Amazon isn’t responding to his requests to have the products completely taken down. Here’s the photo by Van Houtryve at the center of this story; it shows house boats floating in California’s...

6 Tips for Beautiful Candid Photography

6 Tips for Beautiful Candid Photography Candid photography focuses on what the subject is naturally doing and not on what the subject must be doing. It is a photo similar to that of a stolen shot. Most images taken in candid photography are of people not looking directly at the camera. Read on for five helpful tips to successfully snap a candid photo: “And the beat goes on…” captured by Sarah Horrigan 1. Always Carry Your Camera Bringing cameras along with you as you go about your everyday routine will help you take better candid pictures. You must be alert to any situation and be very observant about what is...

Photo Shoot Gone Wrong: Bride Thrown Off of a Horse

Photo Shoot Gone Wrong: Bride Thrown Off of a Horse One thing that you should always keep in mind when you plan a photo shoot—whether as a client or a photographer—is safety first. Apparently, somebody overlooked that little detail during this bridal shoot at Myrtle Beach: Jarrett Hucks‘s enthusiastic client thought she had a fun idea when some horses happened upon the shoot location. Luckily, there were no injuries. While this situation turned out okay, a word of caution: be realistic when you plan a photo shoot. As a photographer you should always warn the client of risks if they insist upon something that doesn’t sit...

Then-and-Now Photos Capture How Illinois Tornado Victims are Rebuilding Their Lives

Then-and-Now Photos Capture How Illinois Tornado Victims are Rebuilding Their Lives Back in November 2013, an EF4 tornado tore through Illinois, killing several people and destroying hundreds of homes. Photojournalists at the Journal Star in Peoria, Illinois captured numerous photographs documenting the devastation from both the ground and the air. Last month, at the one year anniversary of the disaster, those same photojournalists went out and rephotographed those same scenes. The resulting before-and-after photos document the process the community has made in rebuilding their lives. Photojournalist and visual news editor Fred Zwicky writes: These image pairs are only...

CameraBands: Turn Your Junkyard-Bound Camera Gear Into Custom Rings and Bracelets

CameraBands: Turn Your Junkyard-Bound Camera Gear Into Custom Rings and Bracelets In Brook, Indiana, a town of about 1,000 people, there’s a small business called CameraBands that specializes in recycling camera equipment into bracelets and rings. If you ever break your favorite gear far beyond repair (i.e. it’s destined for the junkyard), you can ship it to CameraBands instead of tossing it to have it transformed into very different forms. Starting with various cameras, lenses, and accessories, Levi Arnold and Eli McDonnell use various tools and machines to cut, sand, and finish certain components. Each custom-made (and fitted) oval bracelet and circular band...

How Does National Geographic Choose Its Photos?

How Does National Geographic Choose Its Photos? How do you land your photo on the cover of the National Geographic? And how does the magazine choose the few photos they publish out of the thousands offered to them? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at the video below, in which this year’s judges of National Geographic’s annual contest reveal a bit about how they choose that one extraordinary photo: Digital cameras have become ubiquitous in our society. With the advent of social media, images have increasingly become the way we communicate as a society. (Just look at Facebook...

Photographer Shares How He Spent Two Years Living on Photos Instead of Money

Photographer Shares How He Spent Two Years Living on Photos Instead of Money Back in 2012, we wrote about a project called “Pixel Trade” by Australian photographer Shantanu Starick. The basic idea was simple but crazy: Starick wanted to travel through all seven continents on the globe without ever spending any currency. Instead, he would try to trade his services as a photographer to people willing to provide him with shelter, food, and transportation. Starick recently appeared at Behance’s 99U to give a 20-minute talk on spending the past two years living on photos instead of money. In his presentation, Starick talks about how photographers are...

Interesting Photo of the Day: Merry Chrismukkah!

Interesting Photo of the Day: Merry Chrismukkah! It’s not often you see a holiday card photo of strangers that makes you take a second glance. This one took some planning, tons of creativity, and a great idea but Scott Burry and Dani Vernon pulled it off: Merry Chrismukkah! By Dani Vernon and Scott Bury (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.) Burry celebrates Christmas. Vernon celebrates Hanukkah. The idea they had was to show how they celebrate together as a family. The couple had to build the whole set to achieve the awesome image. Luckily, they both work in the photography industry, so they had access to some great studio...

Heavenly Photographs of Dubai Skyscrapers Poking Through a Sea of Clouds

Heavenly Photographs of Dubai Skyscrapers Poking Through a Sea of Clouds The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is known for its impressive skyline, which features the world’s tallest building. Every so often, the city will become blanketed with a thick layer of fog that opens the door to beautiful photos of skyscrapers rising above clouds. Daniel Cheong is one photographer who’s always on the lookout for this particular photo opportunity. Over the years, he has built up an impressive collection of shots showing skyscrapers poking through Dubai fog. Cheong tells us that he was born in the island nation of Mauritius, is Chinese by descent, and...

These Are the Photographs That Took My Freedom, and This is the Story of How It Happened

These Are the Photographs That Took My Freedom, and This is the Story of How It Happened My name is Abe Van Dyke. I am a photojournalist who was arrested by the Milwaukee County Sheriffs department for being on Interstate 43 photographing protestors on 12/19/14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is my story. Friday started as any other day. I woke up and checked Facebook like anyone else and saw on the Coalition For Justice page that another event would be taking place. I decided that once again I would go photograph the event and headed into Milwaukee, WI that afternoon. As usual I found myself rushed driving into the city from my home in Waukesha, WI as there are multiple...
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