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Rick Guidotti on Photographing Genetic Conditions to Reframe Beauty

CBS Evening News just aired this short segment on the work of photographer Rick Guidotti, who has spent years shooting portraits of people with genetic conditions for his non-profit, Positive Exposure. As we first shared back in 2013, Guidotti is using his background as a major fashion photographer to change the way people see and think about beauty. Here’s a slightly longer feature that aired a couple of years ago on NBC News: If you’d like to see some of Guidotti’s portraits for yourself, check out our original feature and the photo gallery on the Positive Exposure...

42 Megapixels of Garbage: An Unconventional Review of the Sony a7R II

42 Megapixels of Garbage: An Unconventional Review of the Sony a7R II The 42MP Sony a7R II has got to be one of the most anticipated camera systems in the history of cameras, and for good reason. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to play with all sorts of camera systems, from cheap point-and-shoots to $ 30,000 80-megapixel behemoths. I’ve observed as the DSLR video revolution spread across the world, and watched as the lines between photography and videography started to blur as video cameras started to shoot stills and still cameras started to shoot video. As I slowly began to dabble in videography myself and watched how much it helped build my name...

How Photographing the Milky Way Changes You

How Photographing the Milky Way Changes You Sometimes, the process of photographing something can be an inspiration in itself. But the end result may be way too awe-inspiring to be expressed just through mere words. Guess, that’s why some nature photographers prefer to speak with their images instead. This video is yet another attempt at capturing one of those moments of truth—a realization that we, humans, are a mere speck in this vastness that is the universe: Armed with a Sony A7S, a Sony a6000, a Canon EOS 6D, and a Fuji X-T1 along with a bunch of lenses, photographers Ian Norman and Diana Southern headed out to Joshua...

Thoughts on the ‘I Could Do That’ Response to Art

Thoughts on the ‘I Could Do That’ Response to Art Have you ever looked at a piece of artwork — a photo, for example — and had the thought “I could do that”? PBS’s The Art Assignment takes a closer look at the statement to explore a few questions it raises. The first: could you honestly ‘do that’? Many pieces of art are inherently more complicated to create than what is contemplated at first glance. There are also deeper and more complex questions to consider, delving into why the artist created the work, why you didn’t, and why it has an audience. Regardless of whether this 6-minute video will convince...

Photographer Loses Copyright Suit Over CC-Licensed Photo on Flickr

Photographer Loses Copyright Suit Over CC-Licensed Photo on Flickr Photographers, be warned: if you share a photo online with a Creative Commons license that allows for commercial usage, you need to be okay with if that actually happens. A photographer named Art Dragulis just learned that lesson by losing a copyright infringement lawsuit. Techdirt reports that back in 2008, Dragulis uploaded this photo of a rustic location in Maryland to his Flickr account: “Swain’s Lock, Montgomery Co., MD.” Photograph by Art Dragulis. Four years later, he was surprised to find that the atlas company Kappa Map Group had published his photo on the cover of...

The Red List Lets You Study the Work of the Greatest Photographers

The Red List Lets You Study the Work of the Greatest Photographers Photography is an art; by looking upon past examples, we can not only learn to improve our own technique, but also to study and appreciate times before ours. However, with the first photograph taken almost two-hundred years ago, it can be difficult to find a place to start. Enter, The Red List: a website with over 100,000 images that continues to cull the world of photography to find the very best images. The Red List is ‘designed as a trend book and a source of inspiration’ for the visual arts. It’s a free and not-for-profit effort, and the collection is created by ‘passionate...

This Freerunning Video Uses Perspective and Optical Illusions to Mess With Your Head

Professional free runner Jason Paul recently teamed up with Red Bull to create this wild optical illusion video that you have to see to believe — or not. The video’s description says that “Life as a free runner means the world is your playground… or is it just one big illusion?” It’s a mind-bending visual experience that will have your brain questioning reality. The video was all created with clever practical effects and illusions. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how the crew used an upside-down house and other in-camera tricks: “The most fun thing...

Capture the Magical Golden Hour With Rizon For iOS

Capture the Magical Golden Hour With Rizon For iOS A magical moment of soft and warm light, the golden hour is a period slightly before sunset or slightly after sunrise when the sun is low in the sky. Many photographers aim to shoot during these time periods in order to take advantage of the unique natural lighting. Rizon is an elegant new app for iOS that will not only find you the best time but remind you to head outside when the time approaches. Just launch Rizon to quickly see when the golden hour starts and when it ends for a particular location. Check the schedule for where you are currently located or move ahead to where your...

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a DSLR Lens

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a DSLR Lens One of the main benefits of owning a DSLR camera is the ability to utilize a wide variety of different lenses. Most professional photographers will tell you that the camera itself — as long as it has all basic DSLR functionality and records images to the memory card in a high resolution file — is not as important as the lens (or glass) that you choose to use. There are several basic categories that lenses fall under. Understanding the categories is the first step towards knowing which lens is the right one for you. “Through the Lens” captured by Adam Hinett Kit Lenses Kit...

Jimmy Chin: Tackling the Worlds Hardest Expeditions with a Camera in Hand

Jimmy Chin: Tackling the Worlds Hardest Expeditions with a Camera in Hand Last month, we shared a glimpse into the intense gym workouts of renowned adventure photographer Jimmy Chin, who constantly trains his body for his next extreme shoot when he’s between assignments. If you’d like to see what those workouts are for, check out this new 5-minute feature by VICE Sports. “Jimmy Chin has accomplished it all in the world of action sports and he’s had a camera in his hands the whole time,” VICE writes. “From skiing Everest to climbing some of the world’s largest peaks, he has made a career of taking on incredible expeditions...
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