As I’ve said numerous times before, I love black and white photography. This is exactly why I’m looking forward to watching In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter, a documentary about the man who is widely regarded as the pioneer of colour photography.
I’ve only been pursuing photography for three years now, and it’s a little too soon for me to declare with any degree of certainty that I am better at or prefer one style of photography over the other. So while I favour my black and white photos over my colour photos, it may simply be because I need to learn more about working with or seeing colour. At the end of the day, it’s not necessarily about black or white or colour; as Leiter says, “I go out with my camera and I take pictures because I enjoy catching certain moments”. Simple.
Here’s a short trailer of Tomas Leach’s documentary. At only two and half minutes long, there’s plenty of words of wisdom from a man who has plenty to teach us.
If you want to know more about the film you can visit its website.
This has nothing to do with photography, but it’s just the most adorable video ever and I had to share it with you. Plus, it’s in Paris, and you may be able to tell by now that I’m a little Paris obsessed. I just got back a few weeks ago and I’m already itching to go back and explore the city some more and take more photos!
This might be the most fun way to spend four minutes today.
Check out DesignMom, the blog by Betty’s mother Gabrielle Blair, for a behind the scenes photo
When you’re starting out as a photographer, it’s very important to study the works of the masters. Whether it’s Henri Cartier-Bresson or Diane Arbus, there’s something to be learned from everybody.
With the modern marvels that are video and the internet, it has become possible to go one step closer – you can now watch and listen to these great photographers themselves. Galería 64 in Santiago, Chile, has made this fantastic video of a short interview with Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey, who talks about his life, photography (of course), and technology.
If you have 10 minutes to spare, do yourself a favour and watch the video. If you don’t, make 10 minutes and watch the video.
When I started learning photography, I used the standard 18 to 55 mm kit lens for a year and a half. It was a good lens for a beginner, but when I upgraded my camera I purchased the new one with a 50mm f/1.8 lens instead. In hindsight, it was most certainly a good decision.
The nifty fifty is my go-to lens for most occasions. I do use a zoom for when I specifically need a wide angle lens and the ease of using varying focal lengths (like when I’m shooting interiors), but using the 50mm has really changed how I take photographs. The biggest challenge with a fixed lens is that it really makes you think about your framing and composition, while the biggest advantage is the wide aperture that lets you shoot in low light and get some great bokeh.
In this video, Kai from DigitalRev TV gives five reasons why you need a 50mm lens in your camera bag. The one I most identify with is, as aforementioned, that it forces you to pay attention to what you’re shooting instead of shooting without giving it a second thought. “With a prime like the 50 you’re spending a lot of time thinking about what’s in the frame,” says Kai. “You pick things that look right in that 3×2 box . Zooming makes it all to easy to just point and shoot without making sure the bits in the frame look right.”
I’ve used the 50mm to shoot two weddings, an engagement, a vacation, a baby shower, an art gallery preview, a dance class, and a concert series, in addition to general shots when I’m out and about. I’m not saying I will forever use only the 50mm and no other prime lens (I currently covet the 24mm f/2.8 that I can’t seem to locate anywhere in Mumbai). I’m saying that when you’re building your collection of lenses, the 50mm is one that you absolutely must have.
There’s fashion photography, there’s street photography, and then there’s a combination of the two – street style photography. Among the most famous street style photographers and bloggers today is Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist. He lives in New York City, which is undoubtedly one of the most fashionable cities in the world and home to several other street style photographers as well (there’s enough stylish gentlemen and ladies in New York for them all to shoot!)
New York City is also home to one of the biggest fashion weeks in the world, and I can only imagine how amazing that must be for street style photographers. New York Magazine created a short video with interviews from street style photographers doing their thing during fashion week. Even if it’s not the type of photography that interests you, it’s a good way to spend three minutes of your day to see how they do it.
Most of us have probably been on airplanes before, and for most of us that fly economy our view from the plane is probably obstructed by the giant wing. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sit in the cockpit, pilot Jakub Vik has created this time-lapse video that sure to make the majority of non-pilots in this world jealous.
Vik took his camera with him to work and created this beautiful time-lapse that goes eight times faster than real-time. Watching the flights in and out of places like Prague and Nantes from this point-of-view might be a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us, and that may be what makes this video such a pleasure to watch.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation has created this short and extremely informative video featuring Bangkok-based Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj sharing his seven tips for taking good photojournalistic pictures.
One of the best pieces of advice he gives is researching before you begin your assignment. “[The] story doesn’t start the moment you land in the country,” says Sagolj. “It starts way, way before. You have to know a lot. You have to know almost everything about the places and the story that you will possibly cover in the future.”
The video is comprised almost entirely of Sagolj’s voiceover and his photographs, which are of an incredibly high standard and a great introduction for people like me who have not seen his work before. While his intent is to help you take better news photographs, his advice also holds true for other kinds of photography.
To see more of Sagolj’s photographs, you can visit his Reuters blog and his absolutely fantastic PhotoShelter page.