Paddle Boarder Close-Up Orca Video

"Rich German says he had been dreaming of getting a close look at orcas. That dream came true recently, as a pod of five orcas swam around — and even under — German while he stood on his paddle board off of Laguna Beach, Calif..." (via NPR)
  • "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." - Robert Capa (see Black Star's article on Telephoto vs. Wide-Angle Lenses.)


Shoot Better Portraits via Phoblographer

  • The Phoblographer’s Introduction to Shooting Better Portraits (See Entire Lesson)


For Creatives Just Starting Out

"Nobody Tells This to Beginners: An Inspiring Video for Creatives Just Starting Out" READ IT (via PetaPixel)


50 Photo Tips in Under 15 Minutes

A Beginner's Guide: 50 Photo Tips in Under 15 Minutes
  1. UV filters are a waste of time
  2. Lens hoods aren't a necessity
  3. If you're not using the hood, put it away
  4. Don't treat your DSLR like it's your baby
  5. Stop hating on others
  6. Get cheap lens caps
  7. Pack light
  8. Use a zoom for convenience
  9. Prime lenses will make you think more
  10. The 35mm is the most practical one lens setup (on the 1.5 crop)
  11. The 50mm looks better
  12. Better cameras don't make better photos
  13. Know how your camera works before you go out to shoot
  14. Always be ready for the shot
  15. P-mode isn't just for beginners
  16. Bump the ISO if needed
  17. Auto ISO is your best friend
  18. Rely on the Rule of Thirds
  19. Take lots of shots
  20. Don't take photos of any old sh*t
  21. "If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough" -- Robert Capa
  22. Contemplate your shot
  23. The best equipment doesn't help if you're not standing in the right spot
  24. Sharpness is overrated
  25. Concept is king
  26. Don't look like a wrongun (i.e. a creep)
  27. Don't drink and shoot
  28. Shoot when you're full of energy
  29. Sometimes it feels great to wake up really early and shoot
  30. Think about what light you want
  31. Emulate the style of the greats to get started
  32. ...but don't keep doing it
  33. Photography is as much a reflection of the person taking the photo
  34. Shoot to please no one apart from yourself
  35. Discreet or direct -- it isn't all that important
  36. Setting themes keeps you focused
  37. Change things every once in a while to keep things fresh
  38. Remember, everyone has creative blocks
  39. Be critical of yourself
  40. "Seeing is not enough, you have to feel what you photograph" -- Andre Kertesz
  41. You need to be there with the camera
  42. The relationship is about you and the subject, not you and the camera
  43. Stop chimping (checking every photo after snapping)
  44. Be brutal when it comes to deleting awful photos
  45. Show only your best work
  46. Changing photos to B&W doesn't make an uninteresting shot interesting
  47. Look at other people's work
  48. Post your work online, let others critique your work
  49. There is no easy way
  50. ______


Keep Ancestry Alive with Family Photos

Image/Save Family Photos via Mashable

"Sharing Family Photos Helps Keep Your Ancestry Alive...." READ STORY


Story Behind Jonny Nguyen's Ferguson Photo

Photo by Jonny Nguyen/www.chambersvisuals.com

"...One such glimmer was captured by Oregon-based freelance photographer Jonny Nguyen at a Ferguson demonstration in Portland earlier this week.

The photo shows 12-year-old Devonte Hart, his eyes welling with tears as he hugs Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum, and the story behind it was reported first by The Oregonian in an article published earlier today..." READ MORE via PetaPixel

Walker Evans on What Makes a Good Photo

Elizabeth and Dora Mae Tengle (1936)/ by Walker Evans

Walker Evans interviewed (excerpt) by Paul Cummings for Smithsonian, NYC, Oct-Dec, 1971 - READ ARTICLE via American Suburb X


Last Stop: A photo book by George Georgiou

Last Stop: A photo book by George Georgiou (See More Photos)

Childhood Photos of Frida Kahlo by her Father



‘It’s Not the Gear, It’s the Photographer’

"Maybe the ‘it’s not the gear, it’s the photographer’ is the proverbial dead horse that’s occasionally given a beating, but it’s a message that we never tire of sharing with a gear-loving, often gear-obsessed, photography world.

To that end, the short tutorial video above by our friends at SLR Lounge puts some numbers to this idea. The question they’re asking: Does taking a picture with 6x more expensive gear, get you a 6x better photo?

The answer, of course, is no..." READ MORE via PetaPixel