Writer/Director Paul Ratner was doing research for his 2013 film "Moses on the Mesa,” a love story about a German-Jewish immigrant and an Acoma Pueblo woman, when he discovered a treasure trove of beautiful color photographs of native Americans. Because color film wasn’t readily available until the 1930s, many of these striking images had been colored by hand.
Here’s an inspirational video by the Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) with the power to make you smile, laugh and cry in less than six minutes. It’s a poignant look at the unique power that iconic images have to invoke moments of fun, defiance, bravery and love, and will make you proud to be a photographer.
Miggo has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Pictar camera grip—an ergonomic device that enables iPhone users to take mobile photography to a whole new level thanks to an array of SLR–like external controls. The unit includes five user-programmable wheels, and an ergonomic grip for one-handed operation.
Instagram is, unquestionably, the hottest social network right now for sharing photos. While the service is simple to use, getting your work noticed is not easy considering you’re competing with over 400 million other Instagram users. So what’s the “trick,” if any? We interviewed three photographers who have found success on Instagram to learn more about this social media phenomenon. Along with checking out (and liking) their Instagram pages, don’t forget to visit (and like) Shutterbug’s own page (@shutterbugpix), where we’re sharing our favorite work from readers.
“A mobile device can display still images and video, and it can broadcast audio,” Sciorio says. “The creation point for all three of those is my camera: it shoots stills, video and records audio. So why was I using only one-third of the tools I had? Why was I trying to sell only one kind of product?”
Interested in learning more about how to be a better portrait or wedding photographer but not interested in paying a lot for it? Well, The Wedding School is offering three days of live online classes this week from some of the leading names in portrait and wedding photography. And the price is certainly right. It’s free!
Fotodiox has unveiled the Pro Flapjack LED Ring Light kit offering photographers soft, beautiful lighting with minimal setup, a variety of mounting options, and a custom-fitted carrying case with shoulder strap. The versatile unit runs on either AC power or rechargeable batteries, both of which are included in the kit.
Reuben Wu is an artist with the fascinating vision of creating otherworldly landscape photographs that evoke both science fiction and 19th century Romantic paintings. He does this by selectively light-painting his scenes with a powerful done-mounted light.
Street photographer Omar Z Robles has spent the past two years photographing ballet dancers among what he refers to as the urban landscapes of New York. Thanks to a grant from the Bessie Foundation, he recently traveled to Cuba—a country with a long tradition of dance—and the images he captured are amazing.