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All images by Travis Burke. Used with permission.

Photographer Travis Burke has 140K+ Instagram followers, and it’s easy to see why. Travis is all about capturing and finding beautiful areas in the great outdoors; and he tries to photograph it all with a unique perspective on life. Travis is tenacious and tries to conquer whatever the world throws at him.

It started when he bought a Nikon D300–which made him slow down and appreciate beauty in nature a lot more.

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Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published by Marius Vieth. It is being syndicated here with permission.

This is the story of how I wrestled with death twice to live for photography. Before I wrote this article, I told a couple of people about it since it means so much to me. Although some didn’t understand how I could talk so openly about this topic, I decided that it’s my duty to generate awareness and help others even if it means that I’m revealing my biggest weakness in front of the world.

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All images by Chris Schmid. Used with permission.

When it comes to adventure and landscape photography, Chris Schmid has to be one of the best that there is out there. Having just completed a special project in Iceland, Chris did what every photographer does when they market themselves–contacts editors, art buyers, etc to ensure that he can get work. Naturally, we wanted to know about the trip and preparations for it.

Chris tells us that he used 500px and Google Maps to find the best locations for him to shoot on the limited time he had.

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All images by Jakob Wagner. Used with permission.

Photographer Jakob Wagner is well known for many projects. He’s worked for Adobe, Jim Beam, Victorinox, Emirates, Stern, the Royal Opera House and many more. But these days he’s marketing himself as being specialized in landscape, aerial, cityscape, industrial and fine art photography.

His latest project is called Fields; and it involves aerial photography combined with geometry and interesting compositions. Though most folks are all about drone photography these days, Jakob tells us that he’s more into gas balloon shooting for various reasons. Jakob tells us about the hardships of the project and the creative inspiration for it.

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Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published by Jenna Martin. It is being syndicated here with permission.

Ah, “photography”, you loosely defined word that everyone seems to have their own definition of. It’s amazing how polarizing you can be, isn’t it?

And one of your most polarizing aspects seems to be exactly how much retouching is considered reasonable. Purists claim no retouching of any kind is allowed (then they usually reference Ansel Adams, which is quite ironic considering the amount of dodging and burning he brought to the field), while others gladly accept Photoshop as a regular part of their photography tool-belt.

In general though, there’s a viewpoint around the photography community, that too much Photoshop is a bad thing. That it destroys photography as we know it, and those who retouch an absurd amount should be banned or beheaded or at least mildly reprimanded (depending on which Facebook group you happen to be in). But before we all start gathering our pitchforks, can we maybe examine this concept of over-retouching for just a second?

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials for th Strobist Street Photographer (2 of 9)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 3.5

Dear future photographer,

You put in the work, and you’ve learned how to hone your craft. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on an incredibly scary journey into the unknown where you will need to make decisions, figure yourself out, navigate the art world, and eventually become a responsible adult on top of this.

In 2009, I graduated college at the height of this county’s second major economic recession. Though the economy today isn’t as bad, you’re about to face an even bigger challenge–a photo industry that is evolving more rapidly than it has ever done before.

You, young photographer, have more possible options and paths to navigate than any photographer has ever had before right after coming out of school. There are so many genres, social media networks, and you’re also facing a world where photo theft is a much more real thing on top of being in a world where more and more folks question whether or not they should actually pay for photos.

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