You might find this clever and funny.
You might find this clever and funny.
Photographers are visual storytellers similar to filmmakers and writers. While many photographers looking to expand their business are choosing to put their HD dSLR to work creating video, others are choosing writing to tell their stories. Photography and writing have always made sense for outdoor photographers.
When you think about it, somewhere online is a great photograph of just about every location of interest to travelers making stock photography a tough business. While it is often said that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ in some cases a photograph without supporting text might not tell the complete story while a written article without photography may have less appeal to a reader. Photographs sell magazines and convince readers that a story is worth reading, making writing and photography a perfect marriage.
Since many photographers travel to photograph and then promote their images to the editorial markets, they can increase their sales in both domestic and foreign markets by offering photo/text packages. Editors have always been interested in working with qualified photographer/writers who could provide the total package. The ability to write is important and can be learned, but teaming up with an established writer is another option. … Continue Reading
If you are into adventure and action photography, you will clearly enjoy the top 50 images selected in the 2013 Red Bull Illume photo competition. There are great images, jaw dropping action, and some very creative techniques.
Eldorado Canyon has a long history. From early Spanish explorers to the Native Americans, the canyon was home to the native people and those seeking their fortunes. The Spanish found silver but never did find the gold deposits they were seeking. Today Techatticup is a popular tourist site and a great place for those seeking old and historic subjects to photograph.
Prospectors found their way to Eldorado Canyon by way of the Colorado River and by the 1860s it was home to prospectors and Civil War deserters, who found the canyon a great place to hide out. Interestingly the canyon had a population of nearly 300 people the future city of Las Vegas only had 40 inhabitants.
It was a ruthless and lawless land with fights over gold, women, claim jumping, and countless incidents of vigilante justice. There was no sheriff in the area with the closest living 200 miles away by horseback. Eldorado Canyon was one of the earliest and richest mining districts in Nevada. The mine was started around 1858 and lasted until 1945 when it was abandoned. During this time the mines produced about $5 million dollars worth of ore. (Below are images from my visit this year) … Continue Reading
Nancy Falardeau is a Canadian photographer in Quebec. She is not a nature photographer, but rather an architecture photographer and it’s her unique portfolio videos that prompts me to highlight. Her unique style is very cool and the concept could be applied to any photographer.
Interactive multimedia is easier than ever to create while the concept and style is the main challenge in telling a creative story about who you are and your photography.
Watch both videos on her home page.
While Yosemite National Park is not on the radar for fall colors to the extent that, for example, New Hampshire and Vermont are, landscape photographers can still “reel in some keepers” if they know the best locations and the best times to catch the respective areas at peak color.
Of course with nature, there are seasonal variations for timing of fall color due to autumn average temperature ranges, etc. from one year to the next. The best conditions are warm, sunny days, and crisp nights without a hard freeze. A storm sweeping in with strong winds can strip the trees of autumn leafs overnight as well. Probably the best conditions for dramatic fall color landscape photography, is after a light snow, which flocks the brightly colored trees and bushes in a dramatic color contrast. The downside of this situation is that usually the light snowfall is followed with freezing temperatures that turn the gold leafs to muddy brown. Still, to be present during that short period of time is a photographer’s delight. … Continue Reading
Certainly you heard earlier this year about Adobe’s plan to move to a software subscription program with much of its software. The Creative Cloud was introduced as a way to have access to many of its programs by introducing a monthly usage fee to access those programs and it was offered in several layers. This is a trend that’s evolving within the software development community where buying programs and upgrading as needed or whenever you feel like it, is fading with many developers.
Adobe’s announcement about Creative Cloud months ago sparked some anger among users. While I am not sure how designers and ad agencies and corporate users felt, I was tuned into the voices of photography community and i heard a lot of anger. Many Photoshop users are not making money off their photography and even those who are, are having a tough time about it these days. So adding a new monthly bill to an already tough business or expensive hobby, was for some to much. … Continue Reading
I like using flash for my outdoor photography: occasionally with nature subjects and quite often with adventure imagery and there are many options to choose from. I have quite a few and I started using them many years ago in my commercial photography.
I started with the Quantum Radio Slaves as triggers and they worked great allowing me to trigger flash/strobes or trigger my camera as well. They are still out there but no longer the market leader as far as I can tell. That goes to Pocket Wizard, which I also have a few of.
Mine is an older version that still going strong and I use it as well for triggering strobes or flash. These guys make many variations and have a solid reputation for quality. I also have a TT1 and TT5 for my Canon flashes and unlike other PW’s, the TT1/TT5 allow the use of TTL with flash while other PW’s only trigger the flash. But it is this unit that I am quite impressed with. … Continue Reading
It’s old news that photographer’s rights are under assault and have been for many years. Most of the problem has to do with the advent of the web and the world’s mindset that what is online is free.
There is outright image theft, there is pinning on Pinterest without permission, there is duplication of blog posts, and often under the guide of “gee I didn’t know” or “I thought I could use them for free.”
I have found exact copies of Pro Nature posts running on Russian websites and one Pro Nature contributor found images from her guest posts pinned on Pinterest and from there images copied and posted on another website.
Then as if struggling photographers don’t have enough challenges, Facebook and Instagram’s new Terms of Service are no help to photographers. So is there anything you can do about it? … Continue Reading
In a recent post we wrote about Mora and Moynihan and the preparations to embark on a sailing adventure across the South Pacific filming nature, the environment and the cultures. Here is the first of their many (to come) field reports.
Opensea Film and Photography duo, Nia and Jon Moynihan, have set sail again across the Pacific. This time we have crossed 1,100 nautical miles of deep blue water to reach the Melanesian shores of Vanuatu – a nation known for the happiest people in the world. Along the way we have come to more realizations about the conviction it takes to
photograph the natural world. Though the long passage was filled mostly with beautiful weather, at times the extremities of the wind strength and the wave size was overwhelming.
Sometimes we ask ourselves “what makes people do it?” What makes a person head out into the middle of nowhere? Maybe for us its to be alone, away form the world, and then to arrive in new places filled with adventure and the unknown. Perhaps its also the peace and mental tranquility that comes with being the only person around for hundreds of miles, only accompanied by the repose of nature, birds, and sea creatures. Therese a sense of connectedness that comes over a person when confronted with the strength of raw nature. … Continue Reading