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National Geographic’s Animal Selfies

Have you seen National Geographic's new ad campaign? It's a good one. It features some amazing pictures of exotic animals, but these are no regular wildlife photographs you'd see in the pages of the publication. These are selfies—pandas and kangaroos and gorillas who have made self portraits just like humans do. The ad's tagline says it all: "There are lots of terrible animal pictures out there. National Geographic Collection: The Best Images are Here." Shot by Silvio Medeiros for Diomedia, these ads for great photography also feature great photography—this time, though, it's slickly produced, very well done advertising photography that's sure to provide a chuckle.

http://www.businessinsider.com/national-geographics-newest-campaign-defends-good-selfies-not-animals-2014-5.
Lisette Rose
Have you seen National Geographic's new ad campaign? It's a good one. It features some amazing pictures of exotic animals, but these are no regular wildlife photographs you'd see in the pages of the publication. These are selfies—pandas and kangaroos and gorillas who have made self portraits just like humans…

Storehouse App For Visual Storytelling

I love anything that makes it easier for me to tell a story in pictures—whether that's moving pictures or stills. And I especially love it when my story is aided by a good, proven, clean design approach that makes the content come across even better. That's exactly what the Storehouse app for iPad does, thanks to its beautiful interface and simple, functional design. Storehouse allows us content creators (i.e. photographers and video producers) to create beautifully designed multimedia stories with its simple drag-and-drop interface. The app also makes it easy to get involved in the Storehouse community too, where you can see curated, inspiring works from other photographers, and share and promote your own multimedia work as well. The app has a strong design pedigree, as founder and CEO Mark Kawano was a lead designer at Apple for a decade, where he was largely responsible for designing iPhoto and Aperture photo organizing and editing applications. This is someone who knows how to make photographs look good, and Storehouse looks like a must-have application. For a great example of what Storehouse can do, check out this wonderful piece by tremendous National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson at https://www.storehouse.co/stories/v7qz-the-end-of-night, then see more about the app at www.storehouse.co.
Lisette Rose
I love anything that makes it easier for me to tell a story in pictures—whether that's moving pictures or stills. And I especially love it when my story is aided by a good, proven, clean design approach that makes the content come across even better. That's exactly what the Storehouse…

Garry Winogrand's Photographic Life After Death

If you'll be in New York this summer, you'd be well advised to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the first major retrospective of the work of iconic photographer Garry Winogrand in nearly 30 years. This exhibition is unlike any other, however, because it's the first to include a significant number of images that were unseen until after the artist's death. It was known at the time of his demise in 1984 that Winogrand had been photographing prolifically, and that nearly 10,000 rolls of exposed film had never been edited by the photographer. Of those, fully one third—2,500 rolls representing more than 100,000 frames—hadn't even been developed. Well they've been processed now, and edited, and of the 175 prints included in the new exhibition, 56 are posthumous discoveries that have been selected and printed by the show's curator, Leo Rubenfien—including the example above. Until you're able to step inside the Met for yourself, consider starting with the thoughtful critique in the New York Times, linked below, which raises a provocative discussion of whether the art of editing and printing are integral to the art of photography, and whether or not a master such as Winogrand could (or should) ever be replaced in those tasks by even the most qualified surrogate. It's a challenging criticism that touches on another posthumous photographic body of work, the photographs of Vivian Maier that have exclusively been edited and printed by third parties. More than anything, though, the discussion is intriguing because of Winogrand's famous comments about deliberately trying to separate the act of photographing from the act of editing. Read the Times story, then see the show, and decide for yourself. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/arts/design/when-images-come-to-life-after-death.html
Lisette Rose
If you'll be in New York this summer, you'd be well advised to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the first major retrospective of the work of iconic photographer Garry Winogrand in nearly 30 years. This exhibition is unlike any other, however, because it's the first to include…

The Most Affordable Steadicam Ever

It's amazing to me just how fancy the tools surrounding smartphone photography and video production have become.
By William Sawalich
It's amazing to me just how fancy the tools surrounding smartphone photography and video production have become. I can only guess this trend will continue into the future as smartphones become ever more capable cameras. Did you know you can now get the beautifully smooth Steadicam look in your videos…

The Most Photogenic Outdoor Places In All 50 States

Looking for a spot in your home state to find a bit of natural wonder for your summer vacation?
By William Sawalich
Looking for a spot in your home state to find a bit of natural wonder for your summer vacation? Check out this CNN guide to 50 States and 50 Spots, each of which would make a wonderful photographic destination. This beautifully designed site fills the screen with big, beautiful landscape…

Essential Gear For Total Time Lapse Control

Yesterday I showed you an amazing time lapse video, so for today... how about another?
By William Sawalich
Yesterday I showed you an amazing time lapse video, so for today... how about another? This post is a twofer, though, since not only am I sharing with you a beautiful 4k time-lapse of the gorgeous landscapes on British Columbia's Vancouver Island, but I'm also sharing how it was made.…
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