The Tour in Pictures

With the greatest sporting event in the world well underway, I suggest you take a look at some amazing photographs. It’s the Tour de France, and in its 97th year the course is carrying its riders across three weeks, three countries and almost 2300 miles. Even if you don’t know your maillot jaune from your lanterne rouge, there’s something for everyone in the Tour—especially in the photographs. The unique scenery and athletic intensity make the annual event a true spectacle, and a great example of interesting sports photography. The Boston Globe’s Big Picture has a nice gallery of images from this year’s Tour, as does the Christian Science Monitor. If you’d like a more historical perspective on the event, and professional cycling in general, take a look at the web site of photographer Graham Watson who has covered the sport for three decades and has assembled a body of work online that shows the modern Tour in all its splendor. He’s gone the extra mile and put together athlete tributes in pictures, allowing you to learn the context and full story in pictures of the greatest cyclists of the modern era—including Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich and more.

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With the greatest sporting event in the world well underway, I suggest you take a look at some amazing photographs. It’s the Tour de France, and in its 97th year the course is carrying its riders across three weeks, three countries and almost 2300 miles. Even if you don’t know your maillot jaune from your lanterne rouge, there’s... Read more

Lexar's Facebook Photography Sweepstakes

I resisted Facebook for what seemed like an eternity, finally signing up for the social network a year or so ago. In that intervening year I’d have to say that I now understand what the hubbub was all about. It’s a whole different way to communicate and share ideas—as well as photographs. If you’ve been resisting the social network for lack of a reason, here’s the excuse you’ve been waiting for: Lexar’s "Take the Next Shot" Facebook sweepstakes. It’s not a typical photo contest because the sweepstakes format means the winner will be randomly chosen from submitted photographs. (Maybe now I’ve finally got a chance!) Simply submit a favorite photo with a 15-word caption and be sure to become a fan of the company’s Facebook page, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a NikonD300 or Canon EOS 7D, plus a lens, Lexar cards and readers. It’s a total value in the neighborhood of $3000, so don’t miss it. Enter by July 31.

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I resisted Facebook for what seemed like an eternity, finally signing up for the social network a year or so ago. In that intervening year I’d have to say that I now understand what the hubbub was all about. It’s a whole different way to communicate and share ideas—as well as photographs. If you’ve been resisting the social network... Read more

Surf Photography Primer

I don’t surf. I like to think that’s because I live in the middle of the country, but I know for a fact that if I were to live on a coast I would not be surfing there either. I’m a scaredy cat. The worst part about this is that I would like to think of myself as the type of guy who would surf. Owner of a laid back attitude, deeply tan, shaggy blonde hair and a pooka shell necklace. But i’m not that guy. I’m an out of shape gen-xer with a job and a wife and a mortgage and absolutely no opportunity to dip my toes in a puddle, much less surf. So surfing photography is a bit of an escape for me. I like seeing photographs not only of these people who allow me to live vicariously through their exploits, but also photographs of the beautiful surf itself.

Twenty-two-year-old surfer and photographer Dane Grady recently wrote a surf photography primer for DIYPhotography.net. Whether you’re an aspiring surfer dude or just a landlubber like me who likes to live vicariously through pictures, the great gallery and useful tips are well worth your time. After that, check out more of Dane’s work at his own web site, danegrady.com.

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I don’t surf. I like to think that’s because I live in the middle of the country, but I know for a fact that if I were to live on a coast I would not be surfing there either. I’m a scaredy cat. The worst part about this is that I would like to think of myself as the type of guy who would surf. Owner of a laid back attitude, deeply... Read more
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Everybody loves Dan Winters

Rachel Hulin of A Photography Blog recently titled a post “I like you, Dan Winters.” Well I like Dan Winters too. He’s the mack daddy, the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, all rolled into one. While he may be known as the photographer’s photographer and the preeminent portraitist working today, he’s multitalented. He doesn’t just make great color portraits—which are basically the best around—he also makes stunning grayscale images of honeybees too. Check them out, but first be sure to set the stage with an overview of Dan’s great work. Watch the video on A Photography Blog, then follow the link to the Texas Monthly piece about the bees. You’ll have to register, but it’s a worthwhile adventure.

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Rachel Hulin of A Photography Blog recently titled a post “I like you, Dan Winters.” Well I like Dan Winters too. He’s the mack daddy, the cat’s pajamas, the bee’s knees, all rolled into one. While he may be known as the photographer’s photographer and the preeminent portraitist working today, he’s multitalented.... Read more

iPhone photo shoot

It’s the lighting, stupid. So says Strobist and uber-photo-blogger (not to mention pretty great photographer) David Hobby. He’s recently linked to a video that is interesting, insightful and fun—even if it is a bit gimmicky. Lee Morris, photographer and blogger at Fstoppers.com, did a whole fashion shoot with the worst possible camera—the built-in “camera” on an Apple iPhone. Tongue-in-cheek gear digs aside, the video makes an awesome point that’s all-too-easy to forget: it’s not about the camera! Even an iPhone takes great pictures if you know how to light. Whatever camera you have, you can create great photographs. Because it’s not about the camera—it’s about the photographer, the subject and the light!

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It’s the lighting, stupid. So says Strobist and uber-photo-blogger (not to mention pretty great photographer) David Hobby. He’s recently linked to a video that is interesting, insightful and fun—even if it is a bit gimmicky. Lee Morris, photographer and blogger at Fstoppers.com, did a whole fashion shoot with the worst possible camera—the... Read more

Hans Strand, a Hassy and a Volcano

Swedish photographer Hans Strand, a master photographer who was featured in this year’s Outdoor Photographer Landscape Issue, has again caught my eye with his photographs of the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. Strand used his Hasselblad H4D-40 to capture these amazing photographs in what would have to be considered extreme circumstances by anyone’s standards. Check out the photographs, read about Hans’ experience, and watch a behind the scenes video at the Hasselblad press site.

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Swedish photographer Hans Strand, a master photographer who was featured in this year’s Outdoor Photographer Landscape Issue, has again caught my eye with his photographs of the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. Strand used his Hasselblad H4D-40 to capture these amazing photographs in what would have to be considered extreme... Read more

Make Large Format Negatives from digital files

I encounter even film photographers on a regular basis who say they wouldn’t think of printing without the intervention of the computer. That doesn’t mean they all make inkjets; often it’s as simple as digitally optimizing or retouching a file, or creating an unretouched digital output at a massive print size. The only real drawback to digital printing is that it’s not analog. There are some great processes—particularly old-school alternative processes like cyanotypes, platinum prints and lith printing—that just don’t look the same by any other approach. For those, photographers can now use their HP Designjet Z3200 photo printers to create large format negatives that can be used in all sorts of non-digital printing. Care to make an 8×10 contact print of a digital capture in your chemical darkroom? Now you can. The software is free to use for Designjet owners (who are most likely to be serious professionals who can afford the $5000 device). Presumably photographers will begin to see their favorite labs and printing professionals also offering the service too. The only limit is the substrate size and imagination. I’m excited to see a resurgence in non-silver printing as photographers begin to once again explore alternatives to traditional silver and digital printing techniques. Read all about the Large Format Photo Negative application on HP’s web site.

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I encounter even film photographers on a regular basis who say they wouldn’t think of printing without the intervention of the computer. That doesn’t mean they all make inkjets; often it’s as simple as digitally optimizing or retouching a file, or creating an unretouched digital output at a massive print size. The only real drawback... Read more

Solar Eclipse Imagery

As I’ve stated on this blog many times before, I know almost nothing about astronomical photography, yet I’m totally hooked on finding the best examples of it. It’s a classic, “I don’t know much, but I know what I like” scenario. And the most recent astral work that really impresses me comes courtesy of the National Geographic Blog. It’s a composite of 55 calibrated images made by a team of astronomers, and it’s simply stunning. In the accompanying text, Jeremy Berlin explains that I’m clearly not the only one hooked on these total eclipse images. In fact, there’s a tour company dedicated to traveling the globe specifically for optimum eclipse viewing, and a web site all about eclipse chasers. Check it out, whether or not you plan to ride a freighter to the South Pacific to watch the sun disappear briefly behind the moon.

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As I’ve stated on this blog many times before, I know almost nothing about astronomical photography, yet I’m totally hooked on finding the best examples of it. It’s a classic, “I don’t know much, but I know what I like” scenario. And the most recent astral work that really impresses me comes courtesy of the National Geographic Blog. It’s... Read more

Nikon Contest

Nikon has just announced the 33rd iteration of its Nikon Photo Contest International.

Nikon has just announced the 33rd iteration of its Nikon Photo Contest International. The 2010-2011 challenge is open to photographers of all skill levels, all around the world, working with any digital or 35mm film cameras. Entries will be accepted September through November of this year, so start working on your prize-winning entries now. All the... Read more

Launching a Career in Commercial Photography

Selina Maitreya has built her own successful 30-year career by helping photographers polish their portfolios and position themselves most effectively to build the type of creative and commercial success crucial for a long-lasting career in photography. She offers inspiration and guidance to photographers interested in their own business development. Now she has also moved her personal consulting approach into the online world with a series of MP3 downloads called “The View From Here.” To accompany this program she’s also created a brief introduction video, as well as the first in a monthly series of video challenges for photographers who are up to it. She promises that if you take her challenge you will move your photo business forward. Tune in to learn more at Selina’s web site.

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Selina Maitreya has built her own successful 30-year career by helping photographers polish their portfolios and position themselves most effectively to build the type of creative and commercial success crucial for a long-lasting career in photography. She offers inspiration and guidance to photographers interested in their own business development.... Read more

Get the Shot

Speaking of great video tutorials to be found online, here’s a great one from the creative duo of Larsen & Talbert put together by the folks at PhotoShelter.com. Ever been to a celebrity photo shoot? How about dozens of them? In this hour-long webinar, the photographers explain how they made their way in photography and walk viewers through shoots with top celebrities. Check it out, as well as a number of other PhotoShelter-sponsored webinars, on Vimeo.com.

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Speaking of great video tutorials to be found online, here’s a great one from the creative duo of Larsen & Talbert put together by the folks at PhotoShelter.com. Ever been to a celebrity photo shoot? How about dozens of them? In this hour-long webinar, the photographers explain how they made their way in photography and walk viewers through... Read more

Heisler on Lighting

I’m such fan of Gregory Heisler and his masterful, understated use of strobe lighting, I’d watch him diagram a passport photo. Thankfully I don’t have to resort to that since Profoto has recruited him for a series of explanations about some of his most well-known portrait setups. Most recently he diagrammed a portrait of Yankees great Derek Jeter for the cover of Sports Illustrated. It’s a perfect example of using precisely placed lights to recreate a natural illumination, totally ambient in appearance. And it’s well worth a look. Check it out at Profoto’s YouTube channel.

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I’m such fan of Gregory Heisler and his masterful, understated use of strobe lighting, I’d watch him diagram a passport photo. Thankfully I don’t have to resort to that since Profoto has recruited him for a series of explanations about some of his most well-known portrait setups. Most recently he diagrammed a portrait of Yankees great Derek Jeter... Read more
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