- Top Photography Articles of the Year 2013
- How a Photographer Makes an Exploded View of a Car (Video)
- How to Get Noticed as an Animal Photographer (Video)
Posted: 26 Dec 2013 08:29 PM PST
As the year ends and a new one begins, we looked back at what articles & topics attracted the most attention. Listed below are some of 2013′s most popular posts, which range from useful tips to amazing images to tear-inducing stories. As we researched the top articles we were excited to learn that our visitor base grew nearly 20% this year (6 million photographers stopped by) and we are busy planning exciting things for 2014, thanks so much to all of you who continue to visit us! This site would not be possible without you.
1. 10 Photography Assignments to Stimulate Creativity — With a new year and new goals ahead of us, these creative assignments will get 2014 off to a great photographic start.
2. Young Elk Decides He Does Not Like This Photographer — This too-close-for-comfort interaction is a reminder to photographers that wildlife is…well…wild.
3. 23 Photos Taken a Split Second Before Disaster — Ah, schadenfreude. A quick click of the shutter can preserve life’s unfortunate–yet entertaining–moments in a still frame forever.
4. Cancer Victim’s Story Spread All Over the World Through Photography — Photographer Sue Bryce helped a woman with cancer spread a beautiful message with this heartfelt video.
5. Massive Walrus Naps on Submarine Hatch — Crew members on a Russian submarine had a fun photo opportunity when a huge sea visitor fell asleep in an inconvenient place.
6. Top 15 Photoshop Tools Every Photographer Should Know — Photoshop is a powerful program that takes time to master. Jump start the learning process by mastering these essential tools.
7. Stunning Timelapse of New York City — It took two photographers, eight cameras, and two weeks to film this energetic timelapse of New York City.
8. Photographer Captures a Perfect Moment — Zak Noyle, a world class surf photographer, demonstrated his talent when he took this stunningly well-timed image.
9. 15 Surreal Photo Manipulations — These amazing works of art demonstrate the creative possibilities of Photoshop.
10. How to Get Stunning Colors in Your Sunset Photography — Get breathtaking sunset photos bursting with color by metering properly and using neutral density filters.
11. Camera Settings for HDR Photography — We’ve all seen over-processed images. Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro show you how to keep your HDR photos looking realistic.
12. A Guide to Understanding ISO in Photography — This article explains and illustrates ISO’s integral role in the exposure triangle.
13. 5 Simple Tips for Better People Pictures — Do your pictures of people leave something to be desired? This informative list of tips will help you improve your portraits.
14. Student Wins Contests With Stolen Photos — The winner of the Smiles for the World photo contest made headlines when it was discovered that he pilfered the winning image from Flickr.
15. How to Determine Exposure With the Histogram — Relying on your camera’s LCD is often a recipe for disaster. Take control of your exposures by understanding the histogram.
Posted: 26 Dec 2013 03:15 PM PST
Fabian Oefner is known for his melding of photography and science. The Swiss artist has photographed ferroliquid combined with watercolors. He’s captured paint responding to centrifugal force and tiny colored crystals reacting to the vibrations of sound. Now watch how he created the illusion of an exploding car piece by piece:
Oefner first sketched out the exploding car concept, which determined where each piece should be positioned to create a realistic-looking image. He then carefully dismantled a model car, using a saw on some parts and tweezers to pry apart the smallest components.
Using the sketch, he photographed each piece of the car in the predetermined position, utilizing a white background and white boxes to set the correct perspective. He repeated this process for each miniature component of the model car, meticulously positioning each piece and photographing it.
During post processing, Oefner finished off his project by combining all of his photographs. It took him three weeks to complete the final photograph once the initial sketch was drawn. He called the final image Disintegrating No. 3.
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Posted: 26 Dec 2013 10:25 AM PST
Every day is an adventure for Carli Davidson—that's because she spends her time photographing a particularly wild niche of subjects: animals. Known for her stellar pet photography and especially for her project called "SHAKE" where she photographs dogs in the act of shaking their heads, Davidson's animal photography is turning heads, and for good reason. She's shooting what she loves and the joy she finds in connecting with animals manifests in her photographs.
In this video, Davidson describes how she got her start in animal photography and how she came up with the concept for the “SHAKE” project, but perhaps her most valuable bit of advice is to follow your natural leanings unto discovering your photography niche and gaining recognition as an animal photographer:
Most “noticed” photographers have one thing in common: they’ve chosen to focus on one major genre in photography and have spent years developing projects within that genre in ultra-specific niches. While shooting in a variety of genres may seem to promise larger exposure, it’s usually the focused photographers that stand out because they have devoted much time to becoming masters within their particular genres and niches.
Choosing a niche is no easy task, but for the photographer who pays attention to his or her natural preferences, the first step of choosing an overarching genre to focus on, such as “Landscape Photography” or “Animal Photography,” can be much more seamless.
Ask yourself this: If you were rock climbing in a mountain range with several people and their pets, would you naturally want to take photos of the rock climbing, the mountain range, the people, or their pets? Would it be the adventure of it all that captured your interest, or would it be the relationships and love among the members of your company, or the fun had by all during the climb? If you could pack your studio full of any type of subject, what would you want to photograph? What makes you excited and what do you love?
Davidson discovered her love for animals early in her life. Having grown up with family pets near a nature preserve that often allowed her to care for animals, Davidson's decision to become an animal photographer was a no-brainer.
After choosing a genre, it’s not only important to become a ravenous learner who is dedicated to eventually attaining some level of mastery within that genre, but it’s also important to begin thinking about particular niches to photograph—that is, begin thinking about the specific aspects of landscapes or animals that attract your interest. Then think about how you could uniquely communicate your intrigue through your photographs to future viewers of your work.
Davidson’s niche for her “SHAKE” project was born out of her love for animals. As she continued to photograph animals, she realized that one of her favorite subjects to photograph was her own dog—and eventually, she wondered what a high-speed portrait of her dog shaking his head and spraying spittle all over the walls would look like.
Once you find that sweet spot, the possibilities of what you can create are virtually endless. If you play to your strengths and natural preferences, your photography will likely reflect your passion and turn more than a few heads.
Go to full article: How to Get Noticed as an Animal Photographer (Video)
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