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We’ve done an internal revamp to refocus what we want right now. To make us stand out even more from other sites, we’re adding a few other positions to the staff. Women make up half our staff, lots of our staff are internationally based, and we’re still growing. To that end, Women, POCs, and anyone else are very encouraged to apply. Want a steady gig? Take a look. Want an internship? Take a look!

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This Is the Best Time to Get Into Infrared Cameras! Here Are 3 Great Ones!

It’s always super fun to use infrared cameras, and right now is the best time to get one!

If you’ve been taking long hikes to get away from it all, infrared cameras might be for you. They deliver a look that you can’t easily get otherwise. The entire way you work with them is much different. So if you’re heading out on a hike, one of these cameras might be great! You’ll be able to get that surreal, ethereal look that is otherwise just not possible. We delved into our reviews index to share reviews of some of our favorite cameras. And luckily, the folks over at KEH have them converted to infrared!

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David Williams Puts American State Fair Food Under the Spotlight

Photographer David William’s series may induce nostalgia and a hankering for those often greasy, always good state fair grub. 

One of the most important highlights of any state fair is the food, and these are what photographer David Williams is putting the spotlight on in his ongoing personal project, State Fare. State fairs have been around for a long time – Wikipedia says that the first U.S. state fair happened in Syracuse, New York in 1841 – and as such have become tightly interwoven into the American experience. Some of you might have memories of visiting state fairs: going around to take in all the sights and enjoying state fair grub as you go along.

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Cate Wnek’s Intimate ‘Raising Goosebumps’ Serves as an Experiential Escape

In her series, writer and visual artist Cate Wnek bares parts of her soul through words and images.

Cate Wnek photographs as beautiful and poetic as she writes. This much shines through as we look at her series, Raising Goosebumps. Each image that comprises it might not easily make sense individually, but collectively – words, pictures, and all – they seem to invite the viewer to take a closer look and see the inner workings of her mind.

Raising Goosebumps is a process of holding on and letting go, facing fragility with curiosity and reflection,” Cate says. She expresses hope that the images serve as an “experiential escape” both for the viewer and for herself, in which she “can escape from expectations to reconnect with my own childlike imagination and kid eyes.”

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7 Videos on Sebastião Salgado’s Iconic Documentary Photography

Anyone who picks up a camera wanting to do documentary photography should definitely study intently the works of celebrated photojournalist Sebastião Salgado.

Sebastião Salgado is one of the names you’ll encounter once you tread down the path of documentary photography (especially social documentary) and photojournalism. The Brazilian photographer is especially known for his dramatic black and white images which explore the relationship man and nature have with each other. There’s nothing like getting first-hand insights, opinions, and ideas from the photographer himself, so we’ve put together a collection of interviews and talks where Sebastião Salgado talks about his life and work.

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These Five Ansel Adams Interviews Will Inspire Every Landscape Photographer

Ansel Adams may have chosen to specialize in landscape photography, but his eye for detail, humility, and creative vision remain inspirational for all photographers today

Whether you’ve chosen to follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams and mainly do landscape photography or dabble in the genre once in a while, one thing remains certain: he remains an inspiration for generations of photographers, regardless of the kind of photography they practice. Today, we want to stoke the fires and bring you some insightful and inspiring interviews with Ansel Adams.

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The Vision Comes First: An Interview with Bob Tempera

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All images by Bob Tempera. Used with permission.

“Sometimes even with the cheapest camera you can make great photos, if you have the right spirit. My motto is: the vision comes first.” – Bob Tempera

Bob Tempera is a 29-year-old self-taught photographer from Finland whose style is applies glossy fashion photography and pop art aesthetics in capturing what many others would simply see as the mundane. The 29-year-old Tempera’s compositions use high contrast colors and DIY sets are a reminder that we are only stifled by the limitations we place on ourselves. We recently had the opportunity to speak to her about her work.

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Julien Douvier on Creating Hypnotic, Looping Cinemagraphs

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All images by Julien Douvier. Used with permission.

Julien Douvier is a cinemagraph master. We’ve seen plenty of artful GIFs containing one small moving object. Julien, however, takes it to an entirely new hypnotic level with his frames of seamlessly looping motion from passing trains, this shot of a Ferris wheel above, to people walking down the street.

The 24 year-old Strasbourg, France resident says he has been creating cinemagraphs since 2013. At the time Julien says he did not even know there was a specific name for the images he created and it all started with a simple video he shot for a school project a year prior.

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Michael Kunde’s Myanmar Photo Series Takes Us to an Exotic, Beautiful Land

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All images by Michael Kunde. Used with permission.

Last winter Michael Kunde was traveling all over South East Asia from Thailand, Laos, to Cambodia. Little did Michael know that his favorite time abroad would be in Myanmar. Late into his tour around Asia, Myanmar was only meant to be a six day stay. However, after just spending a day in the city he fell in love with the people and the culture and pushed back the flight back home by two weeks.

“My trip to Myanmar was one of the most unexpected and delightful surprises I have ever had,” says Michael, a professional advertising and travel photographer hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. Michael says his style of travel photography often tows the line between candid documentary style photography mixed in with his commercial shooting background. The result is a rich mix of very intimate photographs of the locals and gorgeous vistas.

“I love eating where the locals eat and hanging out in the non-touristy areas of the towns and countryside,” Michael expounds. “Trying to see and experience the country through the eyes of a local plays a big part of my photography while traveling.”

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Justin Brosey Captures Tiny Micro Habitats from his Makeshift Forest Home

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All images by Justin Brosey. Used with permission.

Images can show us a whole new way of looking at the world whether it’s an image that captures the big picture or an intimate scene typically hidden from the public eye. Likewise Justin Brosey, a passionate passionate photographer and mycologist (a biologist specializing in plant diseases) who shows us the hidden beauty of nature’s tiny micro-habitats that surrounds us all.

The Florida-based artist specializes in taking macro images of small animals like insects and spiders as well as mushrooms growing in the forest. If these gorgeous images themselves aren’t enough proof of Justin’s work, the 26-year-old photographer has been published in National Geographic in 2013.

Justin says his curiosity has been piqued since he was a child watching ants and other small animals go about their lives for hours. “I always tried to put myself in their shoes and wonder about how the landscape looked from their tiny perspective,” Justin expounds. “I see micro-habitats everywhere and I like to make these little worlds visible to others who don’t observe so closely.”

More recently, though, Justin has fallen on hard times having lost his old job as a plant doctor and eventually losing his home. His photography is not only his passion, but also his only means of supporting himself, his wife, and their daughter. Currently Justin and his family are homeless while they temporarily live out of a small camper parked in the forest. Justin explains that the camper gives his family enough shelter from the rain, but the heat and mosquitoes are torturous.

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Roman Jehanno’s Latence II Captures the Stillness of Life

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All images by Roman Jehanno. Used with permission.

Photography is all about capturing a moment whether it’s action, comedy, despair, or any moment in life. Roman Jehanno, on the other hand, is in search of that perfect moment of stillness with his Latence II photo series. In each frame there’s a character standing beside themselves with a bleak skyline overhead and desolate backdrop behind them.

Roman says he was originally in search of the image walking around the suburbs of Paris. Night after night he would look for this moment where he was the only one left in the city. “One night I stopped myself on a crossroad and just froze in the perfect silence of the night,” Roman, a Hasselblad Masters 2014 contest winner, says. “I think this is exactly the moment when I started to think about this work.”

“I wanted to picture these fictional characters exactly at the moment where they disappear,” Roman explains. “In their mind they are thinking about their past life, and how was the world before.”

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Meggan Gould Turns Dirty iPads Into Ghostly, Erratic Art

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All photographs taken by Meggan Gould. Used with permission.

How often do you touch your iPad? Twenty? A hundred? Hundreds of thousands times? The average iPad users probably leaves well over a million invisible fingerprints strewn all over their tablet and while most of us would wipe our screen clean before things get too gross, Meggan Gould turns our daily electronics addiction into photographic art.

In the latest volume of her Surface Tension series Gould documents how often we use our touchscreen our devices using a photocopier. Her images start off by passing around two tablets between herself, her husband Bob, and their four-year old daughter. Once the touchscreens have been marked up she scans the tablets using a photocopier. Using Photoshop she extracts these ghostly markings to create erratic images. Read on to read the full story and to see more of Gould’s images. Continue reading…

10 Successful Practices I’ve Learned from Interviewing 200+ Photographers

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Over the past 8 years, I have conducted well over two hundred interviews with photographers on my show, The Candid Frame. These conversations have featured well-known master photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Sam Abell and Greg Gorman. Other conversations have featured lesser known names, but whose work was no less exceptional such as Penny De Los Santos, Rinzi Ruiz and Jerod Foster.

These in-depth conversations have taught me a lot of things about photography, but it’s also demonstrated what it takes to be a successful photographer. And by success, I don’t just mean achieving financial security or fame, but rather creating  bodies of work that are exceptional and express a unique vision and point of view. Here are ten things I feel I’ve learned most from my many conversations.

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Proof: National Geographic Photographers on Photography

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“It is an addiction to be in the presence of powerful human emotions…”

Whenever you hear photographers talking about their work, you’re either treated to a slideshow with barely any meat to it, or story after story. National Geographic has put together a video called, “The Photographers on Photography” where they interviewed lots of their photographers about the experience of shooting. And some of the words that they say are incredibly powerful. Plus, their words are juxtaposed to their images.

The video is after the jump.

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