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The folks over at KatchUp have created this very long and intensive infographic introducing photography to beginners. While everyone often tries to focus on the technical aspects, this infographic also tries to show you how to be a better artist.

The infographic includes things like exposure and apertures but also shines light on leading lines–something that isn’t really spoken about to beginners.

It’s above, and you’ll enjoy looking at it.

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When Cosyspeed came out with the Camslinger a while back, it proved to be a product that showed potential in the right camera market. Now, they’re back with the new Cosyspeed Camslinger Streetomatic–a new version that seems a bit larger, comes in new colors and can even act as a small sling for those of us who ride bikes often.

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All photographs are copyrighted and used with permissions by Spyros Papaspyropoulos.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Spyros Papaspyropoulos, a street photographer from Greece who is also the founder of Street Hunters, an online community and resource for street photography. The website is known, at least in part, for its series of Street Hunt videos, in which Spyros and his mates can be seen photographing on the streets of any given city, which makes for a good insight into process. There’s often a sense of humor in Spyros’s images that makes them wholly enjoyable. He uses a flash at any time of day, and he shoots almost exclusively in color these days.

A selection of his work and the episode are embedded below. For more of his work, check out his website, Flickr, and follow him on Instagram.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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All images by Tracie Maglosky. Used with permission.

Wedding and Portrait photographer Tracie Maglosky isn’t only one heck of a creative, but she’s also the first female Olympus Trailblazer. We’ve featured her work before on the site, but this time around she’s outdone herself. Via her Facebook page, she shared a photo from an underwater engagement shoot that she recently finished. The idea had been cooking up in her mind for a while, but the execution and creating the images in her unique vision were quite a challenge.

We talked to Tracie about how she did it.

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All photos by Einar Otto Stangvik. Used with permission.

“When shooting motion, which martial arts tend to bring, I figure you can go one of two ways: Show the motion as a blur, or freeze it entirely – stopping bodies in weirdly wonderful positions. Anything in-between, half frozen / half moving, tends to look sloppy. That’s my opinion, though, and others may disagree.” says photographer Einar Stangvik about his vision for a recent shoot he did featuring Aikido practitioners. His work has been featured here before as we have showcased his liquid vortex imagery.

He describes it as beautiful, fluid motion that is fast paced and tough to capture. And his setup was quite intensive. It included:

  • One 420 watt/sec Elinchrom ELB-400, with a 150cm indirect octa as key light. Full power.
  • Two Nikon Speedlight SB-910 with a white reflective umbrella as fill light. 1/8th power.
  • One SB-910 with a diffusor hat for the background. 1/16th power.

Why this much light? Stopping fast motion partially has to do with a fast flash duration. What this means is that even if you set your camera to a two second shutter speed but fire the flash once and that flash has a fast duration, then it will freeze to speedy motion. It’s part of the idea behind the TriggerTrap flash adapter.

Einar states that timing the exposures was really simple to do despite the fast moving actiong happening so quickly. More of the images are after the jump.

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All photos by Nathan Wirth. Used with permission.

“I also don’t work on photography unless the weather is shitty.” says photographer Nathan Wirth, who was born and raised in San Francisco. He is a self-learned photographer that uses a variety of techniques— including long exposure and infrared— to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence by attempting to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. This is partially the foundation for his project: Slices of Silence.

It also has a bit to do with Nathan’s recent studies involving Japanese traditions of Zen, rock gardens, and calligraphy– as well as the transience, impermanence, and imperfections of wabi-sabi. Nathan’s studies of calligraphy and Zen writings have led him to the practice of trying to achieve, while working on his photography, a mind of no-mind (mu-shin no shin), a mind not preoccupied with emotions and thought, one that can, as freely as possible, simply create.

This project features infrared landscape shot with a Sony camera–and while we think they’re quite dark and foreboding, Nathan personally does not.

We chatted with Nathan about his work for Slices of Silence and about how he almost didn’t become a photographer.

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