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Lifeguard Bride Saves Drowning Boy During Engagement Photography Session

Lifeguard Bride Saves Drowning Boy During Engagement Photography Session There are a lot of reasons to pay close attention to your background when you’re shooting photos. The background has a huge impact on an image, it can contain distractions, and sometimes it can bring your attention to something you might not have otherwise noticed. In this video, ABC News covers the miraculous story of a bride-to-be who saves a drowning child during her engagement shoot, after being alerted of the boy’s trouble by a chimping friend: Becki Salmon and her fiance, Matt, were having engagement photos made at a Philadelphia park by photographer Ken Berger. When her...

Film Photography Technique Tips for the Digital Photographer

Film Photography Technique Tips for the Digital Photographer Film photography is similar in many ways to digital photography, and most of your standard digital photography techniques apply to film too. You just have to understand the peculiarities of film and its limitations and you’re good to go. That will be explained in detail in this article, which presumes readers are already reasonably proficient at digital photography and are embarking upon film photography for the first time. The main difference between actually using film versus digital cameras is a matter of getting the exposure right and this will be the primary focus of this article. I...

Nikon Facebook App Encourages Friendly Competition With Fellow Photogs

Nikon Facebook App Encourages Friendly Competition With Fellow Photogs We received a new press release out of the Nikon camp this morning, and although it didn’t announce any fresh cameras or lenses, it was eager to share a different creation with us: My Nikon World. My Nikon World is a brand new Facebook app that seeks to “Challenge photographers to shoot, share and learn,” mostly through friendly competition. In essence, the app is a game for Nikon photographers. Loaded with challenges and badges, My Nikon World is trying to create a competitive community of Nikon shooters who are consistently improving their skills by pitting them against...

Nat Geo Photographer George Steinmetz Arrested for Taking Photos of Feedlot

Nat Geo Photographer George Steinmetz Arrested for Taking Photos of Feedlot Photographer George Steinmetz has made a name for himself by taking spectacular aerial images from his paraglider. But a recent flight over Finney County, Kansas landed him not in the pages of National Geographic, but in jail. For Steinmetz, a freelancer who has been on more than 31 major assignments for Nat Geo, this isn’t necessarily anything new. If you watched his talk we shared some 5 months ago (embedded below) you might remember him saying something along the lines of “I got arrested for taking this photo … I get arrested a lot.” Many suspect that this most...

Create Custom ‘If This Then That’ Actions for Photos with the IFTTT iPhone App

Create Custom ‘If This Then That’ Actions for Photos with the IFTTT iPhone App The productivity service IFTTT (short for “if this then that”) is a popular digital “glue” that ties different web services together. If you want to create a Facebook status every time you get an email, or automatically upload new photos to Flickr, the app allows you to do that. And now, with the release of the company’s brand new (not to mention free) iPhone app, IFTTT’s influence is spreading to include a decent amount of functionality for smartphone photography lovers. In any discussion about IFTTT, the three words you have to keep in mind are:...

On the Unintended Power of David Eun’s Asiana Crash Photo

On the Unintended Power of David Eun’s Asiana Crash Photo In her seminal essay On Photography, Susan Sontag writes that “Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire.” This has never been truer than now as the ubiquity of camera phones has turned everyone into a photographer. Comedian Louis C.K. bemoans the behavior of parents who attend their children’s recitals only to block their faces with iPhones and iPads to capture poor quality images while the ultimate HD version is happening before them. But the capture of a photo provides evidence of...

Photo Legend Don McCullin Discovers the Potential of Digital in ‘Seeking the Light’

Photo Legend Don McCullin Discovers the Potential of Digital in ‘Seeking the Light’ Don McCullin is a photojournalism icon. He’s spent his life chasing haunting images that, more often than not, he’s succeeded in capturing. And even though his career has taken him all over the world — to Cyprus, the Congo, Biafra, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, and the Middle East among others — one thing has sed the same throughout his journeys: he’s always shot film. In this short documentary put together for Canon Professional Network by ICE Productions, he takes his first go at using a digital camera and discovers the potential (and potential...

Faseeh Shams

Faseeh Shams Snake Charmer. Lahore, Pakistan 2012 Faseeh Shams (b. 1984, Pakistan) began his career wandering in northern Pakistan with a small point and shoot camera. He later earned his MBA in Human Resources and an MA in Marketing and worked as a brand marketing consultant for a firm in England. Faseeh’s work has been published in Newsweek, the BBC and Reuters among other publications. His photographs have been exhibited at Punjab University and Gallery 320. He is currently based in Lahore, Pakistan but frequently travels to Iran, Afghanistan and the UK. About the Photograph: “My...

Light Blaster Turns Your Flash and Lens Into a Slide Projector

Light Blaster Turns Your Flash and Lens Into a Slide Projector Earlier today, the folks over at DIYPhotography announced a revolutionary new product that they believe will “push your creative potential to the max.” It’s called the Light Blaster, and it’s a light modifier that, with some help from one of your lenses and a speedlight, can project a 35mm slide or transparency into your image the moment you click your shutter. Several photographers were given a chance to try out the Light Blaster before it was announced today, and each of them used it in a slightly different way. Benjamin Von Wong first projected a pattern onto his...

Musician Takes on the Dreaded Vertical Video Syndrome in Song

Musician Takes on the Dreaded Vertical Video Syndrome in Song “Please film in landscape mode, turn your phone please turn your phone…” sings musician Jonathan Mann in his most recent video extolling the virtues of shooting videos in landscape. It’s a humorous short PSA music video in which Mann takes on the dreaded problem of Vertical Video Syndrome (or VVS) by taking to the streets. This isn’t the first time someone has tried correcting a problem that is as comical as it is frustrating. As YouTube’s Glove and Boots pointed out a little over a year ago: you can turn a photo vertically, you can’t turn your...
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