Instagram is evolving as a platform; it’s surely come a far way from just being a place where you slap on a vintage looking filter. Instead, Instagram has evolved to become more of a marketing platform involved with advertising and keeping someone going through feeds. Facebook, who owns Instagram, has seen where the social media world is going and is working to ensure that they’re always ahead of everyone else. With that in mind, all that one has to do is look at the way that modern marketing and advertising is evolving to see how Instagram will evolve.
I got the brand new Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus lens in and I’ve had it for probably less than eight hours from my publishing this post. But within these few hours that I’ve spent with it, it’s easily becoming one of my favorite 35mm lenses ever made. I really like the Sigma 35mm f1.4, the Canon 35mm f1.4 and the Sony 35mm f1.4, but there’s something about a Zeiss lens that produces absolute magic. Perhaps it’s the fact that one needs to manually focus and then put extra work into actually creating and paying attention to a photo before putting it out there in the world.
The Zeiss 35mm f1.4 Milvus lens was just announced yesterday though and here are a few image samples I’ve done thus far on the Canon 6D.
All words and images by Jonathan Higbee. Used with permission.
Let me tell you about my day. It was odd and saturated with adrenaline thanks to an ambitious group of security personnel who are now schooled in civil rights!
A gang of security guards outside the Time Warner Center decided it was a good use of their time and mine to harass, intimidate and threaten me. I was photo-waiting (like I do) at a beautiful scene with filtered afternoon light combined with gorgeous bounced light that Midtown and its skyscrapers so generously afford sometimes. I was on the sidewalk, photographing urban geometry-type work. The first guard to approach me came up and told me I had to leave, that I was a threat to national security. You know how Manhattan has pretty much become an open air psychiatric hospital in recent years? Well, yeah, I thought he was insane and ignored him.
He persevered (bless his heart), so I realized he was serious and removed my ear buds one by one (modern day equivalent of taking off earrings) to play ball.
All images by Martin Gonzalez. Used with permission.
Photographer Martin Gonzalez describes himself as a “regular dude with a camera.” He works during the week and like many others, makes photography a priority on the weekends and holidays. “I’ve always done photography for myself but if it inspires someone to grab their camera and get out there on the weekend that makes me quite happy.” says Martin. “I myself know how hard it is to get motivated to just get out and shoot.” And so his submission has really been a part of him finding his own photographic identity.
Lots of folks consider themselves hobbyists and amateur photographers–and they always wonder how they can take better pictures. Lucky for those folks, The Project Photography came up with a number of great tips the advanced photographers use and consider (because of course they have experience) but that others may not. Even those more experienced in photography may find something they have forgotten about.
All images by Andrew Harnik. Used with permission.
In Format’s latest edition of the InFrame web series, they’re following AP Photographer Andrew Harnik through the White House. This episode focuses on Andrew talking about how his goal was to always be a photographer and his evolution as a photojournalist. Andrew was an Art Photographer but realized later on that the most important thing for him was people–which got him into photojournalism. Combine this with the fact that the Washington Post was always the newspaper that was read each and every morning growing up, and you’ve got something that makes more sense when putting the puzzle together. Of course, Andrew’s work also surely speaks for itself and is incredibly inspiring.
All images by Steve Gosling. Used with permission.
Photographer Steve Gosling is a true black and white artistic photographer. To him, the gear is only secondary to his creative vision. This is evident in his choice of mediums. He’s used pinhole cameras, large format, and even works with Phase One cameras and lenses. His affinity for the artistic side of photography started when he was really young. He had no interest in math, science, etc. Instead, he was captivated by photography. Luckily, that passion never died out for him.
But if you’re a lover of landscapes, you’re surely going to enjoy his photos and his thought process.
All images by Nicky Hamilton. Used with permission.
Many creatives and photographers have always had an interesting relationship with at least one parent; and Nicky Hamilton’s “The Lonely Man” explores that just a bit. Nicky calls it a fine art photography project–and it isn’t only that in terms of its substance, but in terms of its creation as well. In fact, Nicky himself built each set by hand and each photo took around three months to finish. If that isn’t dedication to your craft, I’m honestly not sure what is.
Nicky himself was born in 1982, and he’s the former Head of Art at the ad agency M&C Saatchi. He describes his methods as being filmic in that he puts a lot of work into set design, details and narrative. His work explores characters’ emotional states by playing with performance and symbolism in order to produce deeply evocative moods. Think of it as being a character driven story with a bit of story drive added into the mix. To that end, Nicky also uses continuous lights and sometimes even shoots with film.
Be sure to follow Nicky on Instagram.