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Shooting Landscapes in Iceland

Iceland is distinctly recognized for its beautiful landscapes and scenery. The country is one of the most visited tourist destinations with over half a million visitors every year. As far as photographers are concerned, Iceland is a destination to die for. It is frequented regularly by amateur and professional photographers who remain seduced by its mystical beauty. So, if you’re visiting Iceland for some photo shooting, here are a few tips to help you capture mind-blowing pictures.   Choose the right season   One of the distinct features of Iceland is that it enjoys a weather pattern that is quite…

How to Choose the Best Photography Workshop for You

  One of the most important decisions aspiring photographers eager to hone their talent must take is choosing a photography workshop. If you’re one of them, we suggest that you give it some thought instead of ‘just going with the flow’ and choosing arbitrarily. Of course, it goes without saying that you must already have a clear idea about what genre of photography you want to pursue. For instance, if you’re a frequent traveler interested in taking better photos of your trips or you’re serious about becoming a full-time travel photographer, you must naturally take up a workshop focusing on…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Street Photography

Though people tend to underestimate the art of street photography, it is quite a complex style that requires some rules to be followed. It isn’t easy to capture life in all its honest glory outside the confines of a studio with all that fancy equipment. Street photography requires a certain set of skills. So, for anyone stepping out for a photography adventure on the streets, here are a list of dos and don’ts. Dos   1. Respect privacy: Privacy laws vary from country to country. So, enquire about the laws in your region before you start shooting. Even if your…

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The Travel Photographer’s Bucket list for 2015

The old year has gone by like a million splendid images and has brought in with it an opportunity to capture a million new ones. It’s the beginning of a new year, which means it’s time for every photographer to take up some fresh challenges. There is a big, bold world out there and a good way for you to improve your skills would be to indulge in a travel photography bucket list. Here is a list of destinations where you can capture breath taking memories and fine tune your picture clicking abilities:   1. Rio De Janeiro Carnival, Brazil:…

Geoffrey Hiller’s Enduring Love Affair with Myanmar

  Well-known Portland-based photographer Geoffrey Hiller’s first encounter with Myanmar was back in 1987. He was drawn to the resilient people of this country, whose political legacy is deep-rooted in authoritarian, repressive military regime, and went on to visit Myanmar many times. This love affair bore an award-winning web documentary and compelling photos capturing the lives of a people forgotten by the rest of the word. Hiller’s new book ‘Daybreak in Myanmar’ started out as a Kickstarter project that was successfully funded last year.   Besides being a masterful photographer, Geoffrey Hiller is also a multimedia producer and a Fulbright…

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Capturing Motion

Apart from capturing a moment or an exact second in time, photographs can also be used to denote movement. Sometimes, it is necessary to show what is happening through one single image and that is when the skill of capturing motion through images comes into play.   Here are a few tips on how to effectively capture the action of motion in your pictures:   Panning   Panning is a great way to depict motion in your pictures. It is a simple but highly effective method that allows the photographer to show that the subject is in motion. The technique…

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New York Through the Eyes of Mary Ellen Mark

Award winning photographer Mary Ellen Mark is a critically acclaimed photographer known for her expertise in the areas of advertising photography, portraiture and photojournalism. Around 16 compilations of her photographic works have been published and exhibited at various locations around the globe. She has been endowed with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award thrice and has received triple fellowships from the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts). Early life   She started her early years in photography by following transvestite culture, the women’s liberation movement and movements associated with the Vietnam War. This was how her photographic affair with the…

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Stories behind Magdalena Sole´s images – Part II

Image above: R.A Catchings & Leonard Henderson at WE J´S © Magdalena Solé   I searched for the perfect chapel all over the Mississippi Delta until I found the Brooklyn Chapel in Greenwood. Not only was the chapel and the light just right, but also the cotton was at its fullest and the clouds that day perfectly mimicked the shape of the cotton balls. I didn’t know the picture existed until I found it.   R.A Catchings & Leonard Henderson at WE J´S © Magdalena Solé   It was still light outside when I took this picture at WE’J’s bar…

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Stories behind Magdalena Sole´s images – Part I

Magdalena Sole recently shared with us some of the techniques behind her images.   MAGDALENA SOLÉ is a social documentary photographer. She is best known for her vibrant and complex color work. Visual language has been her life’s work. In 1989 she founded TransImage, a graphic design studio, in New York City. In 2002 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Film from Columbia University. Her last film, “Man On Wire”, on which she was the Unit Production Manager, won an Oscar in 2009. She has taught in Europe and the US.   Her projects span the globe….