When I started doing stock photography, one thing I struggled with was whether or not to photograph something that had already been covered. With food photography, there’s a good chance that a certain dish or food item has been photographed by at least one person, and there is a part of me that feels like […]
She’s a mother, former Air Force nurse and a wife that communicates all aspects of her life as poetic images of beauty. She made children swimming in her back yard pieces of fine art with international awards of recognition. I could write numerous articles on her work, her consistent portfolio and my admiration for her […]
Every weekend we spotlight a photographer who’s work has impacted the industry. Diane Arbus (1923—1971) was an American photographer and writer. Her specialty was black and white photography. She produced square photos of “deviant and marginal people or of people whose normality seems ugly or surreal.” Her goal was to reveal the difference between what people […]
I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.
— Diane Arbus
My lens of choice was always the 35 mm. It was more environmental. You can’t come in closer with the 35 mm.
– Annie Leibovitz
She’s my 7-year-old and her world is a fascinating place. Her daily needs are simple; food, sleep and adventure. Her notebook is full of friendly monster doodles and has a clockwork morning report of her nightly dreams. In one particular instance, she woke to tell me that she dreamt that she could fly. And she […]
In a technically driven world with advanced digital cameras and pixels, it’s very unique to find an artist who dwells solely in the analog medium. Yes, there are many that still shoot film but this man’s work is captured a little different than with just a medium format or 35mm camera. Due to some incredible […]
Photo by Maurizio Zanetti (Creative Commons) Editor’s Note: Each weekend we take a look at a photographer of influence who’s helped shape our industry. This week’s article is an updated version of one by Scott Bourne. Henri Cartier-Bresson lived from 1908 until 2004. He was considered by many to be the father of street photography. […]
To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
– Ansel Adams
Here is the new podcast feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes. This week’s show is both a look back and a look forward with Photofocus founder Scott Bourne. Scott shares with us the history of Photofocus. We also talk through his upcoming plans and […]
The picture above shows the classic Hollywood look that is created when the nose shadow touches the cheek shadow to enclose a triangle of light on the unlit side of the face. The pictures in this post are the result of my summer 2013 project. I started my quest to revitalise the classic Hollywood look […]
There are those that are talented, and then there are those that are graciously talented that share their expertise. This guy just so happens to be the latter. Not only is he a very gifted photographer and artist, but he also has educated artists in our industry and has given endless time to helping others […]
This is another of my ethereal posts. Sorry – when you’re old, you feel the need to delve into the deeper end of the ocean. I’ve been editing photos to music lately as well as playing some music. My friend Neil Vineberg (AKA Shambhu) has inspired me to create an album. As I’ve been listening […]
A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.
– Annie Leibovitz
Watch out folks, this girl can shoot. Literally. Originally from China, this talented artist was a national record holder for the women’s air rifle team in Singapore at the young age of 14. Then just a few years later, having a published photo campaign for Mercedes Benz Taiwan, it seems that she is lethal with […]
Photography helps people to see.
– Berenice Abbott
It’s hard not to love her. And it’s even harder not to appreciate her work. Even though her portfolio might be filled with dark, engaging and heavy components of emotion, you won’t necessarily feel those same characteristics when you meet her. Just as we discussed in her podcast interview, she aims to create magical and engaging new […]
Photography is still a very new medium and everything must be tried and dare.
– Bill Brandt
This is how I light some of my street portraits using the two point lighting technique that I learned way back in the 1980s while I was training at the BBC. The two point light principle is simplicity itself with the subject being lit from two opposing directions with the light sources are 180 degrees […]
I wanted to give you a little perspective on today’s quote. Be sure to read Scott’s article on her. Here’s an excerpt from a documentary about her work. Thanks to the Getty museum for posting :http://bit.ly/gettygoogleplus Dorothea Lange’s stirring images of migrant farmers and the unemployed have become universally recognized symbols of the Great Depression. Later […]