Not long ago, the New York Times published an article about how the creative boom in New York and going west to LA. While that may be true, Adobe found that the heart of photography is very much still Brooklyn, NY. While NYC and LA are both known as hubs for creativity, Brooklyn and Long Beach are both bigger hubs of creativity than their respective cities. NYC in this case refers to Manhattan. Adobe revealed this information today in a post from their digital index showing that while Long Beach, CA is home to web design, industrial design and print design, Brooklyn is home of art direction, fine art and photography.
Adventure photographers are ones that trek out into the great outdoors to, well, quite honestly seek adventure and document it as they go along. They capture epic landscapes, camp out in the woods, and need to rely a lot on their gear. Think of them as the new type of landscape photographers who may also incorporate some sort of awesome sports coverage or even capture scenes from death-defying angles.
Here’s what photographers like those need to get through the trek.
Building on a piece that Managing Editor Julius Motal wrote recently is the idea that the point and shoot market is slowly dying out. Yes, it indeed is–but it’s really at specific levels. Superzooms, underwater and premium point and shoots seem to still be doing very well due to the way that they provide advantages over a phone. A larger sensor? Yup, that means better image quality potential (notice how we say potential because of the fact that it’s still about the content of the image that matters). A zooming lens? That can help you get so many photos that may be otherwise tough to do.
And like we saw with the National Geographic contest mentioned in Julius’s piece, this has been the status for years. Cameras and modern editing software are more than good enough in the right hands of a creative with a vision. Considering that many photographers make a living off of using their iPhone and Instagram, it makes sense. But this isn’t necessarily because the technology has become better.
She starts by talking about using one big light modifier and about creating positive and negative space in the photo while slimming them out. It involves turning the subject to the side and creating an S shape with the body then bringing the knees together. After that, you’re moving parts of the person closer or further away from the lens. As we always say, the longer the lens, the better it is for slimming a person out.
This demonstration worked specifically for the the model present, but it probably won’t work with everyone because of the different shapes that each person has.
creativeLive’s video is after the jump.
“Needless to say, quitting my jobs and putting myself back in school was quite stressful. To cope with the stress I would walk around Manhattan.
At some point, I wanted a way to capture the New York City I was falling in love with during my walks. Still too broke to even afford a smartphone, I bought a $79 point and shoot off of Amazon (which arrived partially broken!) and started to take photos with it on every walk.”
These are the words of photographer Vivienne Gucwa in an interview we did with her, and they’ve absolutely never been more true for so many photographers who become very stressed out by life. For many, photography is an escape–it’s a place where they can create a world of their own, capture things in a different way, and most of all focus on something else completely different from the world around them.
Photographers of all types should go on photowalks–and this ties into something even larger. When someone is filled with lots of negative energies, channeling them into something positive can always help, and in this case, channeling those energies into something that help the person become more creative and results in a positive outcome for the photographer no matter how small it is.
Beyond this, it’s been proven that walking promotes creativity. You’ll get more ideas, you’ll have new interactions, and you’ll even encounter and learn totally new things. If you’re a photographer, this is invaluable. Photowalking with a friend gives you even more value. Photographers can feed off of each other’s energies, work together, and find new and interesting perspectives.
If you’re the type that needs to face down the stress (and there are loads of you), then do it. But the lingering effects can be turned into positive creative energy just by taking a photowalk.
There’s this idea that as digital photography progresses, we as photographers won’t have a foolproof way to save and store our images the way that albums and contact sheets saved film. This is why Uconomix Technologies created PhotoKeeper–an online storage platform that is designed to automatically backup your photos without your needing to worry about it all. Its automatic backup feature works with Windows, iOS, Mac and Android devices. And in one convenient spot you can have access to all the backed up photos via a web browser, thumbnail view of all uploaded photos including RAW files. Using their platform, you’ll be able to search through your entire library by EXIF data, date, name, rating, tags and geolocation.