- How to Dress as a Wedding Photographer: Fashion Dos and Don’ts
- Ink Droplets in Water: Creative High Speed Photography
- Unsettling Video Shows Staged Photojournalism in the Middle East
- The Art of Portrait Photography: Expression and Exploration
Posted: 14 Aug 2013 09:23 PM PDT
No matter where you live in the US, if you Google “wedding photographer,” your search engine will generate a list of at least ten professional party photographers in the vicinity. In addition to those listings, another dozen or so sponsored links attract clicks with discounts, free albums, and other deals.
So if you’re running a photography business, you can bet your clients expect you to show up on time and dress professionally. While different types of weddings will have different dress codes–for instance, you probably don’t have to wear a suit to a beach wedding–there is one crucial rule to keep in mind when dressing for the job: Don’t stand out.
How do wedding photographers dress? Here are some general rules for how to dress at any type of wedding, regardless of location or religious affiliation:
Most wedding photographers can gauge appropriate attire during their interview with the bride and groom, during which it will be revealed if the reception is going to be religious, black tie, informal or have a theme. Here are some general guidelines to keep in mind when asking yourself, how to dress:
Since it’s impossible to predict what kind of expectations your bride and groom will have for the wedding staff, asking your clients how they expect you to dress is the best approach. And don’t hesitate to remove your tie or stash less formal wear in your car if you show up in a nice suit and find that you’re sticking out like a sore thumb.
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Posted: 14 Aug 2013 06:15 PM PDT
Ink drops have been a favorite among photographers when it comes to shooting liquids. Perhaps it’s because of the freedom to choose any color and combination which makes for an unlimited number of possibilities. Photographers and videographers have explored different ways to capture the beauty of ink drops over the years.
The result? Yet another stunning assortment of images displaying the wonderful imagery created just by letting ink drops flow freely (for those of you reading this by email, the album & video can be seen here):
If these stills weren’t enough of a treat, a 4K Ultra HD video is also available for your viewing pleasure:
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Posted: 14 Aug 2013 01:57 PM PDT
“The camera cannot lie.” So goes a phrase that became popular when printed photographs became available to the general public in the 19th century. But as consumers grow more and more savvy about the integrity of the media, the camera (and, more importantly, the photographer behind it) is no longer considered to be the epitome of truth.
To demonstrate the lies that photography can tell, watch this video of a crowd of people staging a fake riot as photographers capture the scene (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
The footage, posted by El Badil, an independent news source based in Cairo, Egypt, shows a group armed with signs that suggest they are Morsi supporters. The supposed protesters freeze for a photographer as they fake injuries and appear to be in the midst of violence and chaos. Meanwhile. the area around the staged commotion seems to be calm and quiet as onlookers chat with one another and snap pictures with their phones.
Videos such as these are evidence of just some of the ways photographers can suggestively manipulate a scene, even without the use of Photoshop. While a camera may record the scene in front of the lens accurately, the resulting image may not be as forthright as the viewer would like to believe.
Go to full article: Unsettling Video Shows Staged Photojournalism in the Middle East
Posted: 13 Aug 2013 09:21 PM PDT
Humans have been creating portraits of one another since the beginning of time, when rocks served as canvas and paints were made from charcoal and animal fat. Throughout history, portraits have been used to document appearances, but photography has drastically changed the medium, opening up new opportunities in expression and exploration. Watch this video to find out how four skilled portrait photographers conceptualize their work as art, and why (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here):
Matt Hoyle, an award-winning celebrity portrait photographer, conveys perfection and beauty in his portraits to demonstrate why we worship celebrities, just like the ancient Egyptians worshiped their gods and deified them in sculptures and hieroglyphics. However, Hoyle will be the first one to admit that the philosophy of portraiture has expanded to deify "everyday folk" as well.
For Bex Finch, each portrait tells a story, even when subjects can't tell the stories for themselves. "A face can say so much," she said. Finch is the professional photographer behind "The Sleepwalker" project—a series of portraits of Finch's father, which document his physical and mental decline due to Alzheimer's, and a series of self-portraits of Finch as she tries to empathize with his disconnectedness.
Jamie Diamond's photos are social experiments that invert what we know, such as the family portrait, into "those really unnatural, awkward moments" that feel wrong but serve as "masks behind the smiles," pulling viewers into a deeper sphere of meaning. Diamond's photographs may appear to be simple documentation, but each photo has been carefully constructed to challenge viewers' preconceived notions about her subjects.
For Ethan Levitas, portraiture is all about collaboration. This photographer does whatever it takes to involve his subject in the process of creating portraits, even if that means handing them the shutter release remote. Levitas doesn't try to impose ideas onto his subjects; instead, he gives his subjects "power" over their own images, space to self-reflect.
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