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18 Great Photography Blogs You Should Be Reading – Resource
Resource Magazine has just recently talked about the 25 tools to better show off your work online. So now, it is important to go out there and find the best blogs to follow, read and in some cases emulate. This does not mean one should plagiarize: rather, you should look at these blogs for inspiration and to see how one is properly managed. So here is the list, in no particular order, of eighteen great photography blogs that we think you should follow.
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Great Photography Blogs to Follow
1 – PhotoFocus
PhotoFocus is the website created by Scott Bourne: a man whose career in photography is over four decades long. The website, which started in 1998, serves as an educational guide for those seeking to pursue photography as a profession. On top of this, the site dabbles in product reviews and podcasts, and apparently has the industries best writers.
2 – Joe McNally
Photographer Joe McNally, who’s career has spanned decades, is an extremely famous photographer with a blog that perfectly displays his work. The two things that are important to note about McNally’s site is that it has a great layout and is easily accessible. It also does not hurt to have some gorgeous photography, as well as some firsthand accounts of McNally’s amazing feats.
3 – Skip Cohen University
When people refer to you as “The God Father Of Photography” it’s only fitting that you maintain one of the best all around photo blogs on the internet. Skip Cohen University is chalked full of education, interviews and solid business advice from a man that has been in the industry for longer than some of have been alive. Skip Cohen uses his industry influence and long time relationships to curate content that can only be described as a must read for any photographer looking to grow their business and improve their work.
4 – Sprouting Photographer
Sprouting Photographer is one of those blogs we just can’t stop going back to. With a beautiful, clean aesthetic and a plethora of useful educational content this is one site we’ve really come to appreciate. Know primarily as an educational resource for the business aspects of photography, site owners Bryan Caporicci and Rob Nowell, collaborate with some of the photo industry’s most influential players to help photographers access the knowledge and tools they need to develop their professional careers.
5 – Fstoppers
It’s hard to believe Fstoppers has only been around since 2010. I think we’ve all seen the infamous iPhone fashion shoot video that rocketed the Fstoppers team in to the spotlight. To date the video has been seen over 1 million times. Now, the online community for all things photography and video has since become a anchor site for creatives to visit when searching for online content like gear reviews, how-to’s, news and BTS videos. The dynamic photo duo of Lee Morris and Patrick Hall have built an outstanding team of contributors that continue to educate and inspire over a million photographers worldwide each month.
6 – David duChemin
If done right, traveling photobloggers have the best sites to visit. One blog everyone should visit is David duChemin’s: the man lists himself as a “humanitarian, assignment photographer, best-selling author, international workshop leader, and accidental founder of Craft & Vision.” Now, anyone could give themselves titles, but it is duChemin’s portfolios that truly back his claims up.
7 – The Sartorialist
A blog created by Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist has been featured in countless magazines (New York Magazine) and has won countless awards. Simply put, Scott Schuman has been able to create, with The Sartorialist, an amazingly famous blog because of its focus on fashion photography and worldly images.
8 – Feature Shoot
Feature Shoot is a famous blog to visit for inspiration, as well as a place to get your photos seen: the company has been known to show both up and comers, as well as distinguished photographers. On top of this, Feature Shoot “won LIFE.com’s 2011 Photo Blog Awards as “The Web’s 20 most compelling, most consistently insightful and surprising photography blogs.” By far the best part of the site is the fact that Feature Shoot covers a wide variety of topics, from fine art to NSFW photography.
9 – PetaPixel
If you are just starting out in photogtaphy, PetaPixel is a fantastic place to start; with all of their tutorials, as well as product reviews, you cannot go wrong. While this format is widely used among photography blogs, I find PetaPixel a good read because of its ‘down to earth’ writing, which does not baby the reader.
10 – Shutterstock Blog
Shutterstock is a fantastic site that offers stock photos for an inexpensive monthly subscription; as for the blog, it provides the latest Shutterstock news, articles for inspiration, artist spotlight and even written or video tutorials. Needless to say, it is jam-packed; and though the overall directory could use some work, it is a fantastic website to visit.
11 – Phoblographer
Another blog that displays the latest news, gear, events and reviews in the photography world, The PhoBlographer has an easy to use interface filled with fantastic writing by a diverse staff. While it does not do anything new for the photography blog format, its in depth coverage certainly warrants your time.
12 – Strobist
The Strobist is extremely famous for two reasons: first it was placed on Time‘s 2010 Best Blogs List and second it is run by world famous photographer David Hobby. The biggest problem when recommending The Strobist is that the site, which is made through blogspot, appears to be the most dated on this list. But if you get past its horribly early 2000s look, you will be treated to vast amounts of knowledge about lighting.
13 – Chase Jarvis
If you want to simply go to a blog to see amazing pictures and videos, as well as read weekly insightful posts, then you should go to Chase Jarvis’ site. On top of this, Chase Jarvis, who also happens to be an award-winning photographer, hosts live conversations with other professionals through his blog and YouTube channel.
14 – Rachel Branke – The Law Tog
Resource Magazine has done countless articles about photography law, which is vital to know for anyone seeking this profession. Rachel Branke runs a fantastic blog called The Law Tog, a site that takes an unglamorous look at the world of photography. Again, as previously talked about, most sites show tutorials, reviews and gear; The Law Tog separates itself by its variety of information, like photography law tutorials and consultant services.
15 – Jeremy Cowart
Jeremy Cowart is clearly a renaissance man: part painter, graphic designer, photographer and humanitarian, Jeremy seems to be a ‘jack of all trades.’ His wonderfully designed site has a great directory that can lead any user to Jeremy’s blog, portfolio, videos and shop. His actual blog entries feel personal, as he describes his latest projects and techniques, which gives everyday readers an insight to his day-to-day life.
16 – Trey Ratcliff
Stuck in Customs is a personal favorite of mine; while it does not reinvent photo blogs, it has some of the prettiest images from around the world. Trey Ratcliff is a master craftsmen behind the camera: and it is not shocking to find out that Stuck in Customs happens to be the number one travel photo blog on the Internet.
17 – Richard Bernabe
Another traveling photo blogger, Richard Bernabe, has a great blog to subscribe to. He constantly updates his site with amazing photos from around the world: he even lists the location, type of camera and a brief description with each photo. But perhaps the coolest thing about Richard is his story: “in 2003, [he] left behind a pointless corporate life to pursue a passion: to share with the world [his] love for the wilderness, wild places, and the creatures that inhabit them.” Clearly, he is an inspiration to all aspiring photographers who are currently stuck in dead end corporate jobs.
18 – Flak Photo
Last, but definitely not least, is Flak Photo. A constant source of inspiration, the site is dedicated to showcasing the very best photography from artists, curators, bookmakers and photo organizations around the world. Editor and founder Andy Adams is constantly raising the bar and bringing attention to the industry’s rising stars, best kept secrets and names we as image makers and lovers need to know. It is without a doubt that we can say Andy Adams is one of the leading voices in contemporary photography today and is definitely someone we should all be paying attention to.
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How to Take Great Group Photos
In this post we want to give you 12 tips for taking great group photos.
One of the most common types of digital photographs is the ‘group photo‘.
They happen everywhere from weddings, to camps, to parties, to sporting teams, to school etc.
There must be thousands of group photos taken each day around the world – however unfortunately many of the group photos that I see in my friendship group and on Flickr would leave their photographers disappointed with the results for a variety of reasons.
Common group photo mistakes and problems include:
- one or more subjects always seem to be looking away or in different directions (ie at different photographers)
- subjects blinking (there’s always one)
- someone being missing from the photo
- different moods in the group (some smiling, some serious, some playing up to the camera etc)
- the group being too far away or not all fitting into the shot
While there will always be such challenges with Group Photos there are a number of things you can do to help improve your chances of getting the shot you’re after:
There is nothing that will make of people posing for a photograph turn upon you faster than you not being prepared. People don’t like to be kept waiting so think ahead about some of the following aspects of your photo:
- scope out the location of your shot before hand
- think ahead about how you will pose people and frame your shot
- one of the group’s head hiding behind another person
- make sure everyone you want in the shot knows you want them a few minutes ahead of time
- make your your camera is on and has charged batteries
The place that you have your group stand is important to group shots for a number of reasons. For starters it can give the photo context – for example a shot of a sporting team on their playing field means more than a shot of them in front of a brick wall. The other reason that choosing locations carefully is important is that it can have distractions in it.
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Choose a position where your group will fit, where there is enough light for the shot and where there is no distractions in the background. Also avoid setting up a group shot directly in front of a window where the light from your flash might reflect back in a way that destroys your shot.
3. Take Multiple Shots
One of the best ways to avoid the problems of not everyone looking just right in a shot is to take multiple photos quickly. I often switch my camera into continuous shooting mode when taking group shots and shoot in short bursts of shots. I find that the first shot is often no good but that the one or two directly after it often give a group that looks a little less posed and more relaxed.
Similarly – shoot some frames off before everyone is ready – sometimes the organization of a group shot can be quite comical with people tell each other where to go and jostling for position.
Also mix up the framing of your shots a little if you have a zoom lens by taking some shots that are at a wide focal length and some that are more tightly framed.
4. Get in Close
Try to get as close as you can to the group you’re photographing (without cutting some members of it out of course). The closer you can get the more detail you’ll have in their faces – something that really lifts a shot a lot.
If your group is a smaller one get right in close to them and take some head and shoulder shots. One effective technique for this is to get your small group to all lean their heads in close to enable you to get in even closer. Another way to get in closer is to move people out of a one line formation and stagger them but putting some people in front and behind.
5. Pose the group
In most cases your group will pose itself pretty naturally (we’ve all done it before). Tall people will go to the back, short people to the front. But there are other things you can do to add to the photo’s composition:
- If the event is centered around one or two people (like a wedding or a birthday) make them the central focal point by putting them right in the middle of the group (you can add variation to your shots by taking some of everyone looking at the camera and then everyone looking at the person/couple).
- For formal group photos put taller members in the group not only towards the back of the group but centered with shorter people on the edges of the group.
- Try not to make the group too ‘deep’ (ie keep the distance between the front line of people and the back line as small as you can). This will help to keep everyone in focus. If the group is ‘deep’ use a narrower aperture.
- Tell everyone to raise their chins a little – they’ll thank you later when they see the shot without any double chins!
6. Timing Your Shoot Well
Pick the moment for your shot carefully. Try to choose a time that works with what is happening at the gathering that you’re at. I find it best to do a group shot when the group is already close together if possible and when there is a lull in proceedings.
Also towards the start of events can be a good time as everyone is all together, they all look their best and if there is alcohol involved no one is too under the weather yet.
7. Think about Light
In order to get enough detail in your subjects you need to have sufficient light. The way you get this varies from situation to situation but consider using a flash if the group is small enough and you are close enough for it to take effect – especially if the main source of light is coming from behind the group.
If it’s a bright sunny day and the sun is low in the sky try not to position it directly behind you or you’ll end up with a collection of squinting faces in your shot.
8. Take Control
I’ve been in a number of group photos where the photographer almost lost control of his subjects by not being quick enough but also by not communicating well with their group of subjects. It is important to keep talking to the group, let them know what you want them to do, motivate them to smile, tell them that they look great and communicate how much longer you’ll need them for.
Also important is to give your subjects a reason to pose for the photograph. For example at a wedding you might motivate people to pose by saying ‘((insert name of couple being married here)) have asked me to get some group shots’ or at a sporting event ‘lets take a group photo to celebrate our win’. When you give people a reason to pose for you you’ll find they are much more willing to take a few minutes to pose for you.
Another very useful line to use with group is – ‘If you can see the camera it can see you’. This one is key if you want to be able to see each person’s face in the shot.
If there are more photographers than just you then wait until others have finished their shots and then get the attention of the full group otherwise you’ll have everyone looking in different directions.
Of course you don’t want to be a dictator when posing your group or you could end up with lots of group shots of very angry people. The best photographers know how to get people’s attention, communicate what they want but also keep people feeling relaxed and like they are having fun.
9. For large groups
Large groups of people can be very difficult to photograph as even with staggering people and tiering to make the back people higher you can end up being a long way back to fit everyone in.
One solution to this is to find a way to elevate yourself as the photographer. If I’m photographing a wedding and the couple wants one big group shot I’ll arrange for a ladder to be present (I’ve even climbed up onto church roofs) to take a shot looking down on the group. In doing this you can fit a lot more people in and still remain quite close to the group (you end up with a shot of lots of faces in focus and less bodies). It also gives an interesting perspective to your shots – especially if you have a nice wide focal length.
10. Use a Tripod
There are a number of reasons why using a tripod when taking photographs of groups can be useful. Firstly a tripod communicates that you’re serious about what you’re doing and can help you get their attention (it’s amazing what a professional looking set up can make people do). Secondly it gives you as the photographer more freedom to be involved in the creation of the posing of your subjects. Set your camera up on your tripod so that’s ready to take the shot in terms of framing, settings and focus and then it will be ready at an instant when you get the group looking just right to capture the moment.
11. Use an Assistant
If you have a very large group and assistant can be very handy to get the group organized well.
An assistant is also incredibly handy if you are taking multiple group shots (like at a wedding when you’re photographing different configurations of a family). In these cases I often ask the couple to provide me with a family or friend member who has a running sheet of the different groups of people to be photographed. I then get this person to ensure we have everyone we need in each shot. Having a family member do this helps to make sure you don’t miss anyone out but also is good because the group is familiar with them and will generally respond well when they order them around.
Yes YOU should smile! There’s nothing worse than a grumpy stressed out photographer. Have fun and enjoy the process of getting your shots and you’ll find the group will too. I usually come home from a wedding which I’ve photographed with an incredibly sore jaw-line from all the smiling because I find the best way to get the couple and their family to relax and smile is to smile at them. It really does work.
One more quick tip. Get a little Creative!
This post has been updated from its original form – originally posted in June 2006.
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Great Photo Pro – Best all-in-one photo editor (Photography)
Great Photo Pro is the best all-in-one photo editing application!
Produce amazing results with the one application that gives you all the tools you need! With brilliant editing and Visual Effects, Realistic HDR, Big Aperture, 1-Click Enhance, RAW Converter, Color Splash, Collage, Text, and a comprehensive toolbox of editing tools (rotate, crop, straighten, re-size, plus many, many more), you will be amazed by how user-friendly and addictively fun your experience with Great Photo Pro will be. Wrapping it all up is the most addictive user experience you've ever had making great images.
Features: • 1-Click Enhance 1-Click Enhance is perhaps one of our most powerful features. “Picasa's 'I feel Lucky' and other image editing tools look shabby in comparison” (user review). Instantly transform “dull,” “bad,” or “iffy” photos with our pixel-by-pixel enhancement that optimizes the brightness, contrast, saturation and exposure values. With a single click your original photo will be transformed into something you will definitely want to keep and share!
• Visual Effects & FramesStretch your creativity further with a huge palette of effects and frames that were designed with input from experienced graphic designers and photographers. Simply select a source image, and give free reign to your creativity and imagination.
• Realistic HDR Everimaging's award-wining HDR Technology captures the real beauty you’ve seen, and rapidly restores every detail in both the shadows and the highlights of the scene. Using three or more bracketed photos (normal, over and under exposed), our HDR module systematically combines the images to produce a final photo with the best tone and light, and with top-notch speed and ease. The “anti-ghosting” and “alignment” features take your image to the next level, allowing for the best possible results with the least amount of effort.
• Raw ConverterRAW converter with tone mapping supports over 100 camera RAW formats. Import the RAW files and Great Photo Pro 2 will take care of the rest, producing great images.
• Big ApertureBig Aperture module gives your images effects normally only seen with professional grade DSLR cameras. Unleash your creative inspiration with a mix of sharp and blurred areas, controlling both sharp focus and selective blurring. Further simplify the process with presets for portraits, natural scenes, architecture and macro photography.
• Color Splash Color Splash makes you the master of color control! Choose any color you want to stand out in your image, while transforming the rest of the photo into black and white. Artistically use your mouse as a “brush” to paint while using adjustable parameters to further control the effects you want (size, radius, transparency).
• Collage Enjoy the flexibility to arrange your pictures however you want with three different modes of collage: Template Collage, Photo Stitching and Free Collage
• Add Text Personalize your photos by adding your own commentary, thoughts and messages for others to see, or just add notes to help you remember. Define the color and font of the text however you want.
• Sharing via Social MediaOur 1-Click Share feature lets you upload your edited photos to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and other social media platforms.
Great Photo Pro new updating includes the following new and improved features:1. Even more user-friendly interface2. Crop & Straighten3. Free Collage4. Photo Stitching5. RAW Converter6. Add Text 7. Support Mac OS X 10.9
64 Great Gifts For Photographers
64 Great Gifts For Photographers
If you’ve got a photographer that you’re going to shop for over the holidays or are having trouble figuring out what to get them for their birthday, then you’ll appreciate these 61 great ideas to help you find that perfect photography gift. We’ve updated this list from time to time with great gifts.
1. Photography EducationYou can buy these online classes as gifts from Crafts. They also offer a free one. Pretty cool. (link)
2. CamerasAlthough more expensive, no photographer will complain about receiving another camera to add to their collection.
3. LensesReceiving a quality lens will bring tears of joy to a photographer’s eyes.
4. eBooksPhotographers are constantly looking to learn and improve their craft. What better way to help them by getting useful (and affordable) photography ebooks.
5. Digital Picture FrameYour photographer can fall asleep looking at all their photos in one frame by their bedside. (link)
6. Camera Phone LensFor the ultimate phone photographer geek. (link)
7. Flexible TripodProbably extremely useful for the outdoor photographer. (link)
8. Lens BraceletNothing screams you love photography like one of these. (link)
9. Toy Camera (Holga)Cooler than it looks. (link)
10. Memory CardsAlways a good idea, but make sure you know what type your photographer uses. (link)
11. Camera Lens Coffee MugIt looks like a real camera lens but keeps your coffee hot. (link)
12. Photographer JewelryPhotography bling. (link)
13. Lightroom PresetsIf Lightroom is the editing tool of choice, this gift card will be perfect. (link)
14. Camera StampWhen not taking photographs, one can get creative with some ink and rubber. (link)
15. T-ShirtRepresent with some awesome photog clothing. (link)
16. PhotojojoPretty much anything from this site. (link)
17. Camera BagIf they don’t have something to protect their camera, this one is a no brainer. (link)
18. Christmas OrnamentPhotography themed Christmas trees? (link)
19. CufflinksAdd (or subtract) extra points for style if someone shows up to the party with these on. (link)
20. WatchRetro style watch featuring a F-Stop lens design. (link)
21. Custom Camera StrapBecause there are better alternatives than the standard straps that come with cameras. (link)
22. Carbon TripodThose cheap metal tripods weigh a ton…and a carbon tripod is up there on every photographer’s dream list. (link)
23. External Hard DriveEveryone backs up their photos, right? (link)
24. Professional LED LightingPhotographers are attracted to great light. (link)
25. Camera Dolly, Camera Slider and Camera Mounting toolsCan be used to build DIY camera dollies, sliders and skate rigs for photography projects. (link)
26. C-Loop Camera Strap MountBottom of the camera swivel mount for camera straps improves the shooting experience. (link)
27. Disposable CameraA great stocking stuffer. (link)
28. ThinkTankPhoto ProductsProbably our favorite camera bag and gear company out there. (link)
29. Apple iPadReally handy traveling with and showcasing one’s portfolio. (link)
30. Photography Related BookGetting a book of another photographer’s work is inspiring and provides quality coffee table reading. (link)
31. Lens FiltersAn important tool in every photographer bag. Just make sure you know what size to get. (link)
32. Colorful Camera StrapStandard ones that come with cameras are so boring. (link)
33. Photoshop PluginsPhotoshop and Lightroom Plugins. (link)
34. GoPro Here4Who doesn’t want on of these? (link)
35. Photo Project IdeasThis book is full of great ideas that can help you display your photos around the house, take more interesting photos, and in general, have more fun with them. (link)
36. Wireless Shutter ReleaseThis is always a handy gadget to have around. (link)
37. Lens Cleaning KitBecause using your shirt to clean a lens is not good! (link)
38. Protective Case for FiltersInexpensive and worth every cent! (link)
39. Microfiber Cleaning ClothFor those who don’t need the kit, but still need a cloth that won’t leave scratches. (link)
40. Camera EarringsLooking good never was easy. These should do the trick. (link)
41. Parking SignJust in case they need one. (link)
42. License Plate FrameProbably nothing cooler, right? (link)
43. Film Canister Toilet Paper DispenserMight be the most useful photography themed item around the house. (link)
44. Waterproof CameraIf someone has dropped their camera in the water on multiple occasions, this is probably for them. (link)
45. Photo Editing for MacMacphun makes some of the best, and most affordable, photo editing apps for photographers. (link)
46. Custom PrintsPersonalize your image into custom canvas prints, mugs and more. (link)
47. Gift CardWho doesn’t like spending money! (link)
48. Novelty Photography MugReminding yourself every morning that you’re an awesome photographer. (link)
49. Photography Magazine SubscriptionGood reading material that comes in the mail, and isn’t spam! (link)
50. MousepadSometimes you’re just desperate to find something original because they have it all. (link)
51. Pen HolderBeing organized is important. (link)
52. DVDSit back with your popcorn and learn about how to take better photos. (link)
53. Ultimate DSLR Protective CaseFor those who really care about their gear and travel a lot. (link)
54. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6Probably the best photo editing software out there. (link)
55. ReflectorsPerfect for portrait shoots. (link)
56. Business Card HolderIf they run their own business and have their own cards (maybe another idea), this might be perfect. (link)
57. Quadcopter for GoProFeel free to send me this for Christmas. (link)
58. Lens WrapTreat your precious lenses like babies and they’ll last a lifetime. (link)
59. Photography StickersFor your car, computer, phone, wall, gear… (link)60. Photography Studio Strobe Lighting KitYou’ll be loved forever if you get an aspiring portrait photographer this. (link)
61. Memory Card WalletAn inexpensive and useful gift to keep track of memory cards. (link)
62. SpiderLight HolsterThe SpiderLight Holster is the perfect companion for anyone that wants an easy draw-from-the-hip, no strap solution to take their camera anywhere. (link)63. Camera Connection Kit for Apple iPad5 in 1: USB 2.0, SD Card Slot, Micro SD card Slot, Sync data & charge, AV output. (link)64. Thule cellphone and Laptop CasesBar none, the best product on the market to protect your products. (link)
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Epic Edits » Archive » 87 Great Photography Blogs and Feeds
OK, so this may be a bit overkill, but I wanted to share with you some of my photography feeds that I try to keep up with. I’m subscribed to a little over 200 feeds, and just over half of those are about photography.
Below are 87 of the photography blogs I follow, though some more closely than others. So if you’re looking for more reading material, I’m sure you can find one or two in this list that suit your needs. I tried categorizing everything, but there are several blogs that cover many topics and I was having a hard time coming up with concise categories. So basically, you’ll have to dig around. The blogs I find more interesting are near the top of the list, but it’s not an exact ranking of favoritism.
If you’re new to feed reading and the world of RSS, take a look at the Problogger’s explanation of RSS technology. And before you hit this list, DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO MY FEED if you haven’t already.
You can also see all of the feeds I subscribe to via my Google Reader shared items for my “Photography” and “Photos” folders (thanks for the idea Bryan). And also many thanks to Alick for putting together an OPML file for those in the list.
- digtal Photography School — (RSS)
- JMG-Galleries — (RSS)
- Photocritic — (RSS)
- 365 Portraits — (RSS)
- Strobist — (RSS)
- Kwerfeldein — (RSS)
- Joseph Szymanski — (RSS)
- File Magazine — (RSS)
- PhotographyVoter — (RSS)
- Photopreneur — (RSS)
- The Daily Critique — (RSS)
- Catchy Colors Photoblog — (RSS)
- photodoto — (RSS)
- daily dose of imagery — (RSS)
- NYCgraphix Blog Photo — (RSS)
- Photoshop User TV — (RSS)
- DIYPhotography.net — (RSS)
- Earthbound Light — (RSS)
- Earth Shots — (RSS)
- fotohacker — (RSS)
- Digital Shot — (RSS)
- DSLRBlog — (RSS)
- goldengod — (RSS)
- Neil Creek – Photographer — (RSS)
- Words: Irrational — (RSS)
- Alphatracks — (RSS)
- MAKE: Imaging Blog — (RSS)
- outafocus — (RSS)
- Stuck In Customs — (RSS)
- A Walk Through Durham Township — (RSS)
- Photography Tip — (RSS)
- Tips From the Top Floor — (RSS)
- Planet Photoshop — (RSS)
- Chase Jarvis Blog — (RSS)
- Beyond the Obvious — (RSS)
- Rick Wezenaar Photography — (RSS)
- Motivation — (RSS)
- LeggNet’s Digital Capture — (RSS)
- Digital Photography Blogs — (RSS)
- Photojojo — (RSS)
- Absolutely Nothing — (RSS)
- Words in Images — (RSS)
- About Photography — (RSS)
- Photowalking.org — (RSS)
- photonovice.net — (RSS)
- Single-Serving Photo — (RSS)
- Assignment Construct — (RSS)
- San Miguel Photo of the Day — (RSS)
- F/1.0 — (RSS)
- RDD Photo — (RSS)
- Current Photo Contests — (RSS)
- xlt’s photo blog — (RSS)
- Photoshop Insider — (RSS)
- Photo Business News & Forum — (RSS)
- kebrunella — (RSS)
- Camera Porn — (RSS)
- Paddling with a Camera — (RSS)
- PopPhoto Flash — (RSS)
- Flak Photo — (RSS)
- A Visual Treat — (RSS)
- Light and Shadow — (RSS)
- Dan Heller’s Photography Business Blog — (RSS)
- Photoshop Support — (RSS)
- Autofocused — (RSS)
- Rickmann Design Photography — (RSS)
- The Work of Daniel Hellerman — (RSS)
- Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection — (RSS)
- Taking Pictures — (RSS)
- Sharing My Light — (RSS)
- Brian Larter — (RSS)
- Hey Girl, Nice Shot — (RSS)
- Schauplatz — (RSS)
- LiBeCo.nl — (RSS)
- Jeff’s Photo Gallery — (RSS)
- eclectic — (RSS)
- John Nack on Adobe — (RSS)
- Rob Galbraith DPI — (RSS)
- Found Photography — (RSS)
- mannedspace — (RSS)
- The Online Photographer — (RSS)
- My Camera World — (RSS)
- Phill Price — (RSS)
- Changing Perspectives — (RSS)
- Complete Digital Photography — (RSS)
- Itsy-Bitsy Photo Blog — (RSS)
- Pengkuei Ben Huang — (RSS)
- Thalia’s Musings — (RSS)
UPDATE: I knew this would happen — I forgot one two. Lau reminded me that her site wasn’t in the list, and it IS in my feed reader; has been for some time now. Then Chris mentioned his being missing too. So here’s the 87th +1 and +2 on the list.
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6 Great Photo Editing Apps To Use Before Instagram
As the Instagram + iPhone super-fan I am, I have tested quite a few photo editing apps. Some apps are great, some to advanced for my taste and some are…well, not so good.
For me a great app is one that is intelligent in the way it´s set up. I want to be able to edit my iPhone photos fast and on the go. If I can create a look I like in just a few seconds I´m happy.
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Today I´ll share with you my 6 favorite editing apps:
I love PicFX! Maybe the app I use the most. It´s regularly updated with fresh new filters and overlays. PicFX has many options like film filters, retro filters, vintage style filters as well as light leak overlays.
Most importantly I find it easy and logical to navigate in. What makes me go back to PicFX again and again is that I can control how much or how little of the filter effect I want to add. That´s really great!
MagicHour is mostly for fun and play. As soon as you´ve uploaded a picture you can scroll through many pre-views of filters. It makes it easy to see how your image will look in the end.
I like the filters faded memory, snap shot and sx-70 8 (polaroid). I try to avoid the filters that take to much focus away from the image itself.
3. Wood Camera
Just like PicFX, Wood Camera let´s you control how much filter effect you want on your photo. That´s an important function in my opinion because when you apply a filter it´s very extreme, so often I choose to lower the effect.
If you´re into textures Wood Camera offers great quality textures, which you also can control via sliders.
What I like the most about Snapseed is the tilt-shift function which is excellent. You can add filters, grunge textures and frames one at a time, so it´s possible to make your own style.
Controlling the filters are a little bit more advanced in Snapseed because you get to control several options within each filter. Snapseed stores your photos in the app itself so even if you delete your photo from the camera roll it will still be available in the app.
It was my son Marco who recommend KitCam to me. He is into videography and Kitcam is a super video app – even in low light situations. What´s fantastic about this app is that you get to set your settings before you take the photo or record a video.
What I love about kitcam is that I can easily set the white balance + it has exposure-control, so you can add more light to your photos in low light or lower it in bright sunlight. Very clever app.
VSCO is a wonderful editing app with a great camera. I love the VSCO app mainly for it´s filters. They are subtle and don’t distract much from the image itself.
The filters are few but have a great variety. I´m especially a fan of their fade effect, which I use to create a matte effect in my photos.
What about you, do you have a favorite photo editing app you recommend? Then feel free to share in the comments area.
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50 Great Photographers You Should Know (with portfolios)
Lots of wonderful things happen around us all the time; being able to see is easy, but being able to capture that very moment is probably the hardest part. A good photo comprise of many things, not only you must hit the shutter at the right time and moment, the perspective, composition and color coordination plays a big role too.
Being a good photographer is not easy, let alone getting to that professional level. This weekend, we want you introduce you some of the greatest photographers around the globe and their awesome portfolios. We hope you’ll be able to get some sort of inspiration from their work. In no particular order, here’s 50 Great Photographers You Should Know. Full list after jump.
Note: All photos used in this article are property of their respective photographers.
Ciril Jazbec “Do everything for what you dream or think that is in your strengths! There are hiding geniality, strength and magic in the courage.” – Ciril Jazbec
David Lindsey Wade. David Lindsey Wade made a few important choices during his prime teen rebellious years. Raised by a pair of artist, his way of challenging his parents (who were already a bit off the grid) was to embrace his attraction to speed and excitement through his passion for machines.
Senol Zorlu. egofoto.net presents selected photographers by Senol Zorlu. The focus liew on potraying people, places and their cultures. egofoto is an independent and headstrong project. The photos display the expression of a personal view of people and instances.
Lee Towndrow. Lee Towndrow was a designer upon starting out. Made album covers. Was moved by kissing robots to become flame*artist. Built a darkroom, made bread (the kind you eat). Moved to Buenos Aires to try to grow up. Learned Spanish, loved, lost. Worked with great artists. Became a photographer.
Lyndon Wade. Lyndon Wade’s Vibrant compositions often depict subjects in a kind of suspended animation; their halted motion suggests a larger narrative in the space of a single incident.
Sarah Cheng-De Winne. Sarah Cheng-De Winne is a freelance photographer-artist specializes in portraiture, fashion and conceptual photography and keen to discover new ways of representing identities through photography.
Cornelia Adams. Founded 20 years ago by Cornelia Adams, as an agency representing photographers whose work appeared as editorials in magazines.
Thomas Kettner. Thomas Kettner, photographer and BFF board member from Stuttgart, Germany. His talent: beauty, hair and fashion for women and men.
Andrew G. Hobbs. New Zealand born photographer, arrived in London from Sydney in 1992 to pursue a career in the international portrait market which has included covers for Esquire, Rolling Stones, The Sunday Times Style, editorial for i-D and etc.
Aaron Ruell Photography
Nicholas Samaras. Nicholas Samaras is a new underwater photographer, but he made an impressive entrance in underwater photography area in Greece and out of his country borders.
Alex Prager. Cinematic and darkly playful The Big Valley is a series of highly saturated staged portraits by Los Angeles based artist, Alex Prager.
Quentin Shih. A Chinese photographer based in Beijing, China, specializes in fine art, editorial, fashion, advertising photography.
Alessandro Rocchi. Alessandro Rocchi is an Italian photographer based in Pesaro (on Adriatic sea) near rimini and ancona. He does commercial work as well as ‘art’.
Simon Powell. Working mainly with models, Simon is renowned for his ease of style and real approach to commissions. He is passionate about his work and brings much more to shoots than just a photograph.
Adam Von Mack
Carlo Bellavia. Carlo Bellavia’s portfolio is presented in the official website through a gallery of his most beautiful photos.
Zhang Jingna. Something Beautiful, a photography exhibition by Zhang Jingna
HervÃÂÃÂ© lefebvre. HervÃÂÃÂ© Lefebvre, specialist advertising photographer, is proud to present a selection from his current portfolio of different commissions (clients, magazines and agencies) and invites you also to preview some of his private work. His studio is based in Bordeaux.
Pierre Choiniere. Pierre Choiniere is a photographer based in Montreal.
Nobuyuki Kobayashi. Born in Japan in 1970. AFter graduating “The Technical School of Photography”, gained experience as a publishing and editing -related photographer before turning freelance in 1993.
Michael David Adams
Last but not least
We’ve added more to the list. If you know any good photographer with great portfolios that is worth featuring, please let us know. Have a great weekend ahead.
Update: We received massive input of suggestions for more greater photographers. We’d like to thank you you the recommendations and we’ll create another sequel featuring these great dudes. While we are working on it, you can subscribe to our RSS feed to get first hand notification when entry is released.