How Paul Boomsma Risked it All to Create Unique Nature Shots

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“I used to put more focus on getting the image and not thinking about my own safety”, says Paul Boomsma about his initial days as a nature photographer. “This resulted in me being in a lot of dangerous and scary situations”. Nowadays though, he plans each trip meticulously to ensure his personal safety, as well as to not disrupt the surroundings he’s headed to.

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Rob Walwyn Captures the Bushfires’ Aftermath on Rare Aerochrome Film

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“On the 1st of March, 2020, I went for a drive and bushwalk in the Blue Mountains with some friends,” the photographer Rob Walwyn remembers. Two days later, on March 3rd, New South Wales would officially announce that all fires had been contained for the first time in 240 days. When all was said and done, 80% of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area would burn during the bushfire crisis of 2019-20. 

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Will Burrard-Lucas Went on a Quest to Find a Rare Black Leopard in Africa

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“At night, it was always the black leopard’s eyes that struck me,” Will Burrard-Lucas remembers. “In fact, he was usually completely invisible in the black of night, except for his eyes reflecting brightly in my torch beam.” The wildlife photographer saw his first spotty leopard in Tanzania at the tender age of five. Just over thirty years later, he stood face-to-face with a rare black leopard in Laikipia, Kenya. With the thrum of crickets and the occasional call of a rock hyrax filling the air, their eyes met for just an instant before the panther slinked away in the dark. 

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Binly Documents the Often Forgotten Stories of Lao Americans

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“as Lao people, we often think about what home and homeland means to us”, says the multi-award-winning poet, dancer and photographer Krysada ‘Binly’ Phounsiri. “Bridging those connections in the medium of photography and art is an avenue I feel strongly for.” We’ve featured his wonderful work before. This time, Binly’s focus is on the history of Laotian Americans and people of Lao descent living in the US. He hopes to highlight the decades-long experience of their diaspora using his artistic talents as a photographer. Via an online project titled Secret No More, an Expression of Humanity, he plans to have these images in a gallery in San Diego when the pandemic situation becomes more favorable.

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Tom Hegen Documents the Polarizing World of Oyster Farming

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“I don’t judge the places I photograph,” says aerial photographer, Tom Hegen. He adds, “I see myself more as an observer, documenting those places, providing an overview and insights on our relationship with nature.” His work focuses on the connections between people and nature, especially the impact on landscapes caused by human intervention. In his Oyster Farm series, Tom takes a look at how humans farm food even in some of the most improbable places one can imagine.

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The HP ZBook Studio G8 Targets On-The-Go Photographers

The New HP ZBook Studio G8 is tempting with its ethical manufacturing and the Emmy award.

If photographers were to choose a computer besides Apple, many would reach for HP. And during the pandemic, they won an Emmy with ZCentral Remote Boost software, which basically boosts performance. I can’t see most photographers needing this though. What they’d need instead are the SD card ports, security enhancements, a screen that’s dependable, and performance. That’s what the new HPZBook Studio G8 is offering to photographers. There’s also even more power offered with the new Fury lineup. And honestly, they’re incredibly tempting since Apple just keeps letting us down.

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Justin Sullivan is One of South Africa’s Most Daring Photographers

SA photographer gives thought to his dangerous wildfire and wildlife photography, with images that are equal parts harrowing and compelling.

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“I always wanted to photograph impactful content,” says Justin Sullivan, one of South Africa’s most daring photographers. “I started chasing fires around the Cape, running up mountains in my shorts and flip flops (sandals)…Looking back now, it was extremely dangerous and irresponsible.” In only six years, Justin’s determination has taken him from the front lines of devastating wildfires, to the epicenter of the war on wildlife poaching.

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Clint Kaster Was Visually Impaired, Now He Creates Beautiful Portraits (NSFW)

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“The camera feels like an extension of my imagination and a natural part of who I am today,” explains Clint Kaster. It took Kaster a long time to get to that feeling. Somewhat of an outcast as a child, he was never sure where he fit in. He certainly wasn’t connected to the visual arts, mostly due to the struggles he faced with his vision. But five years ago, Kaster picked up a camera. And today, he’s certainly no stranger to what makes a compelling photo.

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A Spectacular Point-and-Shoot With Wings: DJI Mini 2 Review

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If a point-and-shoot camera drank a Red Bull and sprouted wings, it would look something like the DJI Mini 2. A compact folding drone, the Mini 2 doesn’t dazzle with the larger sensors and high megapixel count of the company’s pricier quadcopters. Instead, it impresses with a lower price point and easy-to-use features to get drone newbies — like myself — off the ground.

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Brad Walls Uses a Drone to Create Unique Photos of Ballerinas

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Initially inspired by an image by Olive Cotton, “Teacup ballet”, Brad Walls began exploring the concept in early 2020, pinning ideas to a virtual inspiration board that consisted of shadows, shapes and tutus, stating that “Most people had seen Ballet photographed traditionally… and while those photos are undeniably beautiful, I wanted to rewrite the composition, purely focusing on the unique shapes and shadows of the art form.” Offering an alternate view is the foundation of Walls’ work; however, he also innately knew that “ballerine de l’air” would be a gallery-worthy body of work. “I had photographed people from above – including Olympians and models – and while those shots were very compelling, I knew here that combining such a prestigious art form with an alternate view would truly be the embodiment of my work,” says Walls.

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This Photo by Stephen Dalton Isn’t Photoshopped. It’s Kodachrome!

Stephen Dalton shot this mesmerizing image in 1973 in a single shot.

If you looked at the lead image today, you might think it was done in Photoshop. But you’d be wrong. Sadly, we’ve lost the art of creating in-camera. But photographer Stephen Dalton shared with us how shot this picture. In his book Capturing Motion: My Life in High-Speed Nature Photography, he shares short stories on this shot and so many more. Would you believe us if we said that this image was shot in 1973? And most importantly, it’s a single shot!

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“Paddling Tranquility” Showcases the Epic Glacier Landscapes of Alaska

Alaska remains one of the world’s most fascinating destinations for anyone in search of adventure, as this stunning project proves.

For many travel and landscape photographers, all the wanderlust-inducing destinations that await not only make the promise of great photos but also epic adventures. The latest in our list of outstanding work that proves this is a project by buddies Toby Harriman and Jussi Ruottinen, which document their epic time in Alaska where they paddled on glacier rivers they described as “beyond incredible.”

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Creating the Star Wars Photograph: Vesa Lehtimäki’s “The Longest Night”

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We’ve got a very special Star Wars edition of Creating the Photograph in store for you today in celebration of Star Wars Day. Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Vesa Lehtimäki is better known by the mononym Avanaut online through his various social media platforms. While you may be learning about Lehtimäki’s work for the first time, you’ve likely seen his images floating around the web. In fact, Vesa’s previous Lego-centric photography projects actually inspired the hugely popular (and Hugo Award nominated) Lego Movie.

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Bayard Wootten: The Pioneering Female Photographer You Haven’t Heard About

Bayard Wootten deserves a spot on your list of remarkable female photographers to look up to and recognize.

This month is about recognizing and honoring the works of women in all fields and industries, photography included. We already got started with 20 contemporary women photographers to inspire you this year. But we’d love to add one more, an important yet mostly unheard of photographer at that: Mary Bayard Wooten, one of the most important photographers of the early 1900s. She was way ahead of her time, rising above the challenges she faced as a single, divorced mother, an entrepreneur, and a creative in a male-dominated society.

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Tiffen Offers Two New Lens Filter Kits for the DJI Mavic Mini

These Tiffen lens filters for the DJI Mavic Mini will really help elevate your drone photography and videography.

If you recently purchased or received a DJI Mavic Mini, and had wished there were some lens filters you could use on its capable camera, you’re going to love this news. Earlier this week, Tiffen announced they would be releasing two kits of lens filters for the spiffy little drone, which should help you get even more out of your flying camera. Join us after the break to find out more details

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Capturing the City from Above

Been wanting to get into aerial photography but aren’t sure where to begin? We have a quick photography cheat sheet just for you.

Aerial photography has become one of the most popular photography genres as of late, thanks to the widespread availability of drone cameras. With the latest innovations in drone photography, aspiring aerial photographers and videographers can now create stunning, pro-quality photos and footage. But, as with all kinds of photography, it can be confusing for beginners to figure out what camera settings to use. Today’s photography cheat sheet addresses just that.

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Heavenly Creatures Turns the Mundane Into Abstract Works of Art

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“We need to pay more attention to it, artistically, spiritually, ecologically, environmentally, and simply for our mental health.” These are thoughts of photographer Sally Gall, as we discuss the human relationship with the natural environment. Her work spans over 30 years, focusing on the gifts the earth bestows upon us. Looking at her photographs, for a split second, they can be mistaken for paintings because, and this is no overstatement, they are a work of art. We were thrilled to learn Sally is releasing a new book. Heavenly Creatures is an exploration of how a natural element – wind – impacts the prosaic objects of the nurtured world. In the book, Sally takea something as uneventful as laundry and turns it into colorful, impactful images. We connected with Sally to discuss her artistic approach and learn more about her latest release.

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Julieanne Kost Gives Us a Stunning Bird’s Eye View of Iceland

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Our recent fascination for breathtaking aerial photography continues today. This time, we turn to the work of California-based Julieanne Kost, who recently shared the abstract beauty of Iceland’s landscapes as seen from above. Whether you’ve been looking for inspiration or great examples of aerial photography, or like seeing well-known travel destinations in a new perspective, we’re sure this series is worth checking out.

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Brush Up on Your Fireworks Photography Skills with These Tutorials

With fireworks season coming soon, it’s time to learn how to get stunning snaps of these aerial light shows or brush up on your skills if you already have an idea how it’s done. Cover photo by Andrew Harnik.

Whether you’re already planning to shoot fireworks during the upcoming Independence Day celebrations or will soon be attending events with fireworks displays, it’s always worth preparing to photograph the big day. We have loads of tips and tutorials you can use to learn how to shoot fireworks, whether you’re a total novice or someone who needs a refresher. Don’t know where to begin? We’ve picked a bunch for you to check out first!

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X-Rite ColorChecker Family Now Comes in Nano to MEGA Sizes

X-Rite ColorChecker is now available in new sizes to make sure every photographer and filmmaker will have access to the iconic color management tool.

Still missing a color checker in your photography accessories? X-Rite Incorporated, currently one of today’s trusted companies for color management and measurement, has recently expanded its ColorChecker product line with new sizes for both the ColorChecker Classic and Color Checker Video targets. With sizes that now range from Nano, Mini, XL, to MEGA, every photographer and filmmaker will be able to use the right colors and save production time whatever the size of their shoot.

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7 Super Telephoto Lenses Perfect For Stunning Airshow Photography

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These telephoto, and super telephoto lenses will help you excel at airshow photography.

Airshows are going on all around the country right now, and if you want to be able to capture these electrifying aerial displays with ease, you’re going to need a super telephoto lens that will let you get up close and personal with those incredibly fast metal birds. All of the super telephoto lenses listed here offer incredible image quality, ridiculously fast autofocus performance (perfect for locking on to planes flying 700mph), they produce colors that will make your jaw drop, and they are all easy to use despite being on the heavier side of things. Regardless of which lens you choose, you will absolutely love the results you get. Check out our favorite lenses for airshow photography below.

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