Tag: inspiration

Kubrick’s use of 1 Point Perspective

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective from kogonada on Vimeo. I really loved this video essay about how Stanley Kubrick used 1 point perspective in his movies. 1 point perspective…

How to set yourself in a class by yourself

Step 1. Look around. Notice what your peers are doing. (examples: washed out black and whites, big soft light, “vintage” actions…..) Step 2. Make a list of what…

Avoiding the Trap of Knowledge

“Knowledge plays a paradoxical role in an individual’s ability to discover. Firsthand experience supplies the raw materials from which new ideas are forged but can carry with it…

Tim Lewis Photography Eugene Oregon Color Blur Strobe Flash Motion

Flash and Motion

I’m a big fan of Oleg Ti, and one of the things that he likes to do is bring a sort of impressionistic feel into his pictures by…

Austin Kleon Talk about Creativity and the Process

Austin Kleon, Show your work from Confab Events on Vimeo. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Austin Kleon fan. His book “Steal like an Artist” is why…

Joshua Davis Interview about being a Creative

I really liked this interview with Joshua Davis by Ryan & Tina Essmaker for The Great Discontent. Joshua has some great things to say about being creative and has…

Seth Godin by Bill Wadman

Art advice from Seth Godin

I really enjoyed this interview with Seth Godin for “On Being” with Krista Tippet. He has some great advice for how to create a career in a post-industrial…

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City Multiple Exposures by Alessio Trerotoli

I love these kinds of multiple exposures of urban landscapes… they convey such a sense of chaos and fragmentation that would have never showed up in just a…

Kubrick’s use of the color Red

Using color to provoke an emotional reaction in the viewer is a powerful way to create a connection with your audience. Study how Stanley Kubrick used the color…

Doutzen Kroes by Mario Testino

Steal from the Masters – Mario Testino Edition

I really like this picture of Doutzen Kroes by Mario Testino. Exploring and thinking about why we like or don’t like an image can be very revealing about…

Behind the Scenes of a Photo Shoot from 1946 by Horst

I found this great video on DIY Photography’s page, showing a behin the scenes look at a photoshoot by Horst P. Horst from the 1940s. I love this…

Street Photography by Fan Ho

  I’m no Street Photographer, but you can’t help but be amazed by these pictures by Fan Ho. Born in Shanghai in 1937, he moved with his family to…

Curating Inspiration

One of my favorite new websites is Curiator. It’s a website that lets people link to and upload pictures of art, and then you can put pieces you…

10 Things that Spell Disaster for Photographers, by Joel Grimes

I really liked this article by Joel Grimes. A lot of what he says here really resonates with me and what I’ve seen as a photographer, but my…

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Edward Hopper homage by Javier Vallhonrat

This picture is by Javier Vallhonrat from 2005 for Fendi and Flair. It is an homage to the american painter Edward Hopper. I really like this picture. Let’s…

Ryan McGinley Commencement Speech 2014

This commencement speech by Ryan Mcginley has some great advice for new photographers. Check it out, it’s pretty great!    

Bayhem

I’ll admit it. I’ve been a bit obsessed with Michael Bay here lately. His movies are terrible, but I’ve still been rewatching Bad Boys a lot and trying…

Great Macro shots and advice by Anick Morel

Anick Morel is a photographer who works with smashed lightbulbs, cream and soap bubbles. Hit this link for some great advice on capturing the last gasp of a…

How to Make Stronger Photographs Through the Process of Visual Design

I really liked this article by Barry J. Brady on how to make stronger photos using visual design. I always think that photographers that come from a strong…

Early Photographs by Stanley Kubrick

„Eyes Wide Open“ – The photographic early works of cult film director Stanley Kubrick.  

Dracula Costume

Documentary on Costume design for Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I found this documentary about the costume work done in Bram Stoker’s Dracula the other day, and it really reminded me just how crazy the costumes were in…

Joe McNally Video mixing ambient and flash

In this video Joe McNally sketches out how he solved the problem of exposing for a subject and a city at the same time, which is no easy…

Marc Hauser Video

Marc Hauser is quite a legend. The Chicago native has been putting out amazing pictures for decades. I first came across this video of him years ago, and…

Inspiring Cinematographer – Harris Savides

DIY Photography has a great feature up right now about cinematographer Harris Savides, and his work. I had never heard the name Harris Savides, but I’ve definitely seen…

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Deconstruct this image – Yousuf Karsh

One of my favorite photographs, this image of Albert Schweitzer was taken by Yousuf Karsh in 1952. It’s a fantastic image, let’s examine it for a minute and…

Inspiring Photographer – Saul Leiter

I am amazed by Saul Leiter. I just watched “In No Great Hurry” and it was an amazing introduction to his work. All of my Reflection pictures lately…

“Steal my Ideas” by Seth Godin

This article by Seth Godin has a lot of things in it that I’ve been turning over in my head here lately. Ever since I started this blog…

Joe McNally walks us through shooting Bicyclists with Water

 

Inspiring Photographer – Michal Mozolewski

I use the term “Photographer” loosely on this one, because Michal Mozolewski doesn’t take pictures, as far as I know. Instead he starts with images from other people’s…

Inspiring Photographer – Silvia Grav

I really like this image by Silvia Grav. It’s part of her “Universe” series, and it’s one of those images that just speaks to me and makes me…

Tim Engle Framed Show Profile

There is a lot of gold in this video with Tim Engle from Framed Network. A lot of his techniques are incredibly powerful, and what he has to…

COOPH Photography Hacks Video

Photographer Leo Rosas demonstrates seven different simple and fun photography “hacks” that you can do quickly and easily on the cheap. There’s some fun stuff in here, and the…

Inspiring Photographer – Marc Lagrange

A link to Marc’s website — http://lagrange.be/ (beware, there are naked people on the other side of that link) I really like Marc’s work. His tones, his processing, his…

How to do Hard Light Portraits by Oleg Ti

I really enjoyed this hard light tutorial by Oleg Ti on the Profoto blog. One of the best things about it is the way Oleg explains his process,…

Dean Collins Lighting Tutorials from the ’80s

Dean Collins was a lighting guru in the 1980s. He shot on film (since digital didn’t exist yet) and although the post processing styles are different from today,…

Inspiring Photographer – Vincent Peters

I’m a big fan of Vincent Peters. He shoots mostly in black and white, and has really amazing light in all of his images. He shoots mostly on…

PHLearn video – “How to be a better Photographer”

I really enjoyed this video by Aaron from PHLearn. It reminded me a lot of this book I’ve been slowly reading, “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. In…

“Find an Itch” by David Duchemin

David duChemin is one of my favorite photographers. Not for his images (even though they are uniformly great) but more for what he says. He writes books for…

Inspiring Photographer – Michal Karcz

I read a lot of digital illustration type magazines. There’s a lot of overlap between digital painting and working on a picture in photoshop. A lot of digital…

Mark Wallace webinar on High and Low Key Lighting Techniques

Mark Wallace and Profoto put together this really solid webinar on High Key and Low Key lighting techniques. It’s got some good information on how to approach creating…

Inspiring Photographer – Irving Penn and his “Corner” shots

Let’s break down this shot by Irving Penn, shall we? This was a favorite setup of Penn’s in the 1940s. He set up two “walls”, large pieces of…

Interview with Ryan Muirhead about Creativity, Depression, and what being a Photographer can mean

“What could you say with one image about where you’re at right now?” – Ryan Muirhead I really enjoyed this interview with Ryan Muirhead (link slightly NSFW) by PetaPixel….

Inspiring Photographer – Heisler talks about Vision

Heisler on vision: “The answer isn’t in the techniques, the answer is within”. I’m a big fan of Gregory Heisler, and this whole Profoto series on Youtube is…

Phlearn tutorial on sparkler action

I really enjoyed this tutorial. Not only did Aaron set up really interesting lighting with a great color twist, but then he took it up to the next…

Why I love Dan Winters

Oh man, I love me some Dan Winters. He does this thing where he uses a fill light (usually a ring flash) to establish the base level of…

1940s Glamour Photography

I really enjoyed this 1940s glamour hollywood photography tutorial…. I usually use grids on speedlights to achieve something like this, but his rogue flashbenders seemed to give some…

Show Your Work!

I’m reading “Show your Work!” by Austin Kleon at the moment, and he said this: “Share Something Small Every Day” So this is my most precious idea at…