Ep. 73: Warrants Issued for Three Photographers

At 1:21am on May 6, 2016, SpaceX continued its run of aerospace brilliance with a night launch of its Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Japanese communication satellite payload to geostationary orbit.

Over on Tumblr, there’s a new blog called Guns Replaced with Selfie Sticks. As the title suggests, the site features movie stills from action films with all the guns Photoshopped out and replaced with selfie sticks.

A veteran French photographer is facing criminal charges in France over a photo she took during the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France.

Portrait photographer James Allen Stewart wants to show you how to break the old rules of composition… with some new rules. In a recent video, he introduces two of his own rules that have helped him compose more interesting, dynamic images.

It may not be the first place that comes to mind, but the Soviet Union is a great place to start if you’re looking for a good quality piece of glass on the cheap…. well, what’s left of the Soviet Union anyway.

Steve McCurry is, perhaps, one of the most iconic names in the National Geographic pantheon. A travel photography giant, his vibrant images have inspired millions, but he’s recently come under fire over Photoshop use after a botched print at a show in Italy was found to have a serious issue.

This is some serious dedication. When wedding and adventure sports photographer Nathan Welton fell through the ice and into a frozen lake while shooting a wedding ceremony in Colorado, he didn’t stop or let his assistants take over. Nope… he just kept on shooting.

Mercedes-Benz Canada commissioned me in 2014 to shoot photos for the 2014 Sprinter lineup. In addition to those photos, I was also asked to piece together brochure images for the newer and not-yet-released 4×4 Sprinter model. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Photoshop work that went into the 4×4 images.

Want to see the world’s most advanced selfie stick? Check out the video above, which shows the Automated Selfie Stick.

On April 3, The New York Times Magazine photography critic Teju Cole penned a piece largely dismissing the work of renown photographer Steve McCurry. The piece caused a minor ruckus in photography circles with people (like myself) writing in his defense, while others castigated his imperialist eye and amplified whispers of staged scenes.

BuzzFeed’s “Try Guys” are just average guys. But in this new video, they put themselves at the mercy of professional makeup artists, photographers, and (of course) some Photoshop retouching masters to see if they could recreate photos of buff, sexy male celebrities… and find out how those photos made them feel.

Photographer Murad Osmann’s wildly popular “Follow Me” project features photos of his girlfriend leading him by the hand to exotic locations around the world. Now some folks over in Taiwan are parodying the style with a strange new meme called “Hold My Head.”

Sad news in the photography industry today: Michael Reichmann, the founder of the popular website Luminous Landscape, passed away yesterday at the age of 71 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Coldplay just released the official music video for the song “Up&Up,” the 3rd single from the band’s new album, A Head Full of Dreams. The 4-minute video is filled with creative composites that combines footage in a way that plays with perspective.

There are only a few people alive as qualified to give photography and composition advice as Huntington Witherill. A former “artist of the year,” he studied under the great Ansel Adams and in this video he describes his approach to composing eye-catching images.

The group of traveling filmmaker/photographers were caught on camera disturbing the delicate ecosystem of Yellowstone’s iconic Grand Prismatic Spring for the sake of a few pictures this past weekend, and now they’re paying the price.

Accurately selecting a subject’s hair is not an easy task; a bit of frizz is enough to make a photographer pull their own hair out. But have no fear, there’s an advanced Photoshop tutorial for that.

Several cameras have now been released that feature some type of “high resolution mode”—the Pentax K1’s Pixel Shift and Hassy’s Multi-Shot, for example. But it sounds like Olympus is planning to change the game with their own high res mode that will work handheld, no tripod required.

It always staggers me that each time I’m in the shower, or camping in my tent, or having a coffee in a rural town in the middle of nowhere in France, I keep getting fantastic ideas for future projects, blog posts, photographs, travels, discoveries, and world domination.

Gregory Crewdson is one of the best known and influential fine art photographers working today. He is currently the director of the photography department at Yale University where he received his MFA early on.

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