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June 2014 Newsletter

Sadly,  my friend and truly great photographer Al Clayton has passed away.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/28/1295418/-Al-Clayton-Legendary-Photographer-and-True-Southerner

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5492469

http://blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2014/04/30/al-clayton-photographer-of-both-hunger-and-plenty-passes/

http://likethedew.com/2014/06/07/look-lord-comes-al-clayton/

 

I will be conducting a workshop at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, June 28-29.  The workshop will include intensive hands-on instruction and will be limited to 6 people. Most of my workshops have anywhere from 20 to 200 students so this is a great opportunity for one-on-one instruction. More information can be found here: http://michaeltraining.com/workshops/abg2014/

 

More News from the Photo World

Leica’s unveil’s the world’s most boring ad….  http://designtaxi.com/news/365298/Leica-Unveils-The-Most-Boring-Ad-Ever-Made/

 

Photo Stealing is out of control  http://www.newsnet5.com/money/consumer/troubleshooter/north-canton-photographer-issues-consumer-warning-about-photo-stealing

 

Tips on portrait lighting form Brian Smith:  http://blog.photoshelter.com/2013/10/6-secrets-great-portrait-lighting-brian-smith/

 

Documentary on photographer Lewis Hine  http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17673213

 

Photos Trusted but Verified  http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/photos-trusted-but-verified/?_php=true&_type=blogs&smid=fb-share&_r=0

 

Interesting new camera bags  http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/able-archer-camera-bag-designed-to-keep-photojournalists-safe-miguel-hurtado/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=travel&_r=0

 

https://roadtrippers.com could be a good source for interesting things to photograph.

 

Amazon patents decades old studio lighting technique  http://www.cnet.com/news/photographers-howl-at-amazon-patent-of-decades-old-idea/

 

Here’s what Stephen Colbert has to say about it  http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/4a4ahs/amazon-s-audacious-photography-patent?utm=playershare_twitter

 

Very nice series of posts from David Hobby  http://strobist.blogspot.com/2014/05/ecosystems-101-intro.html

 

Hilariously bad stock photography  http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/unexplainable-stock-photos?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

 

Robert Capa’s Longest Day… http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2014/06/photographer-robert-capa-d-day

 

The New York Times’ streaming photo backpack….  http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/media/2014/05/8545136/emtimesem-photo-staffers-invention-streaming-backpack

 

Corey Rich on transitioning from Stills to Motion  http://blog.photoshelter.com/2014/05/9-tips-corey-rich-transition-still-photography-motion/

 

Photojournalist Camille Lepage, 26, killed in Africa… http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/bearing-witness-losing-her-life/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1&

 

Incredible new project from Renee Byer, “living on a Dollar a Day”.  http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/15/qa-renee-c-byers-living-on-a-dollar-a-day/

 

Get the free Photoshelter Guide to Copyright  http://www.photoshelter.com/mkt/research/photographers-guide-to-copyright

 

Get the free Photoshelter Photographer’s Guide to Insurance  http://www.photoshelter.com/mkt/research/what-photographers-should-know-about-insurance?utm_campaign=what-photographers-should-know-about-insurance&utm_medium=link&utm_source=members&utm_content=&utm_term=&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonsqzKZKXonjHpfsX77OstX7Hr08Yy0EZ5VunJEUWy2oADRdQ%2FcOedCQkZHblFnVkBSq2lX6INqKEM

 

Beautiful little essay from Dave Labelle  http://bridgesandangels.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/what-photography-means-to-me/

 

Pro Photographers using Instagram  http://www.forbes.com/sites/amadoudiallo/2014/05/24/instagram-develops-into-new-career-path-for-photographers/

 

The real stories behind the Tank Man of Tiananmen Square photos  http://nyti.ms/PdBdWx

 

Interesting perspective from Yellowstone’s photographer  http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/06/photography-national-parks-wildlife-advocates-view-wildlife-photography25200

 

Happy shooting,
Michael A. Schwarz
www.michaelschwarz.com

April 2014 Newsletter

Workshops

I’ve got three workshops coming up, in addition to my final Nikon School of this season May 31 and June 1 in Washington DC.

Very excited about the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Workshop that I’m doing with Bill Durrence June 28-29, 2014.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you plan on attending this workshop as it will be cancelled if we don’t have enough people registered by June 1.  http://michaeltraining.com/workshops/abg2014/

June 22-24, 2014  Mammoth Lakes, Bodie and Mono Lake, California. http://www.mentorseries.com/treks/2014/mammoth-lakes-bodie-mono-lake-ca-2014

September 11-14, 2014 Puerto Rico (Video Emphasis) http://www.mentorseries.com/treks/2014/puerto-rico-video-2014

In the News

A story of Ansel Adams’ best work  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/in-focus-ansel-adams_n_4980179.html

W.Eugene Smith and the stolen Leicas  http://leicaphilia.com/?p=29

Just looking at these photos freaks me out:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/kirill-oreshkin-photographer-russia_n_5003465.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Great discussion on how a photo can be taken out of context.. http://www.poynter.org/uncategorized/244601/what-seemed-like-a-high-school-player-flipping-off-sets-off-a-photo-firestorm/

Wonderful piece on a baseball stadium produced by Michael E. Keating.  https://vimeo.com/89970798

Here’s a wonderful tutorial on night sky timelapses  http://vimeo.com/88976219

Commentary on Calumet’s bankruptcy filing.  http://servicephoto.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/the-loss-of-yet-another-camera-dealer/

Learn Final Cut Pro X with this concise tutorial  http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/tutorials/1377-learn-how-to-use-final-cut-pro-x-in-30-minutes-or-less

GoogleDrive just got real cheap  http://nofilmschool.com/2014/03/1-tb-10-month-google-drive-upgrades-storage-pricing-big-way/

Dates just announced for the longest continuously running photojournalism seminar in the U.S. Nov 13-15, 2014.  Stay tuned for some very special announcements. http://www.photojournalism.org

Choosing the right image format for print  http://www.creativepro.com/article/how-to-choose-the-right-image-file-format-for-print

How Iwan Baan became the most wanted Architectural Photographer. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303563304579445540585409618?mg=reno64-wsj

The best advice on starting a photo business I’ve ever come across.  http://www.robertsealeblog.com/the-definitive-guide-to-starting-a-successful-photography-business/

I love the concept and the videos on this website  http://www.buskrs.com/gabriel-royal-remember-us/

Nice piece on photographer Paul Souders http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/why-this-photographer-almost-always-gets-the-shot

See if you can handle this incredibly disorienting video  http://vimeo.com/88907972

Sadly photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=efHeEJzx

See her work here  http://www.anjaniedringhaus.com

And Howard Buffett has created an endowment to honor her  https://nppa.org/news/buffett-foundation-funds-anja-niedringhaus-courage-photojournalism-award

Corey Rich profiles three of the world’s best photographers  https://vimeo.com/90558456

Rich Clarkson shot his 59th Final Four this year.  http://m.channel3000.com/sports-photographer-chronicles-59-years-of-final-fours/25333804

Wonderful essay from Dave LaBelle http://bridgesandangels.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/what-photography-means-to-me/

Gregory Heisler shooting and Brad Smith producing. How cool is this…

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20140409/sports-illustrated-boston-marathon-finish-line-photo-shoot/

And here’s how they did it..  http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/gregory-heisler-boston-strong-photo?click=main_sr

You may enjoy these glamour shots from Russian dating sites. Or not.  http://www.eatliver.com/russian-dating/#ucuWZCjOWDZA80Yj.01

10 Contemporary art photographers  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/paris-photo-show_n_5121753.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

The Story behind the Wondows XP desktop wallpaper: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/11/charles_o_rear_is_the_photographer_who_took_the_windows_xp_wallpaper_photo.html

Wonderful timelapse  http://www.fastcompany.com/3029094/fast-feed/watch-a-girl-grow-from-zero-to-14-in-four-minutes

Two New York Times photographers won Pulitzer Prizes this year, a very rare occurrence.  Here’s how they did it… http://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/2014/04/14/the-making-of-pulitzer-prize-winning-photos/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1&

The Wirecutter says the Sandisk 32gb Extreme Plus SD card is the best bang for your buck.  http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-sd-card/

Plan on photographing the Northern Lights someday?  Save this link:  http://petapixel.com/2014/04/18/beginning-photographers-guide-photographing-northern-lights/

Why you don’t want to gate check your gear.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgDizh4DMno

March 2014 Newsletter

Really excited about three upcoming workshops. Hope to see you there.  Please contact me with questions.

June 22-24, 2014  Mammoth Lakes, Bodie and Mono Lake, California. http://www.mentorseries.com/treks/2014/mammoth-lakes-bodie-mono-lake-ca-2014

June 28-29, 2014 Atlanta Botanical Gardens Workshop http://michaeltraining.com/workshops/abg2014/

September 11-14, 2014 Puerto Rico (Video Emphasis) http://www.mentorseries.com/treks/2014/puerto-rico-video-2014

William Albert Allard is one of the best photographers ever.  This is a great interview: http://petapixel.com/2014/01/24/william-albert-allard-national-geographic-photographer-care/

Syrian Refugees by James Nachtwey: http://lightbox.time.com/2014/01/23/syrian-refugees-by-james-nachtwey/#2

And then gets shot in the leg in Thailand.  http://world.time.com/2014/02/01/american-photojournalist-shot-in-thai-violence/

Rock Photographer Jim Marshall honored at the Grammys. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/26/jim-marshall-photographer-grammy-ceremony/

Fascinating stories about Nikkor lenses http://nikkor.com/story/index.html

Terrific Tutorial on photographing the Milky Way.. http://petapixel.com/2014/01/29/picking-great-lens-milky-way-photography/

Sobering interview with photographer Don McCullin:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uixbVTdEJE

Interview with National Geographic Photographer Randy Olson.  http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/30/randy-olson-on-bridging-cultural-differences/

Some amazing photos of remote tribes.  http://www.boredpanda.org/vanishing-tribes-before-they-pass-away-jimmy-nelson/

One man’s race to  preserve a photographer’s work.. http://www.thephoblographer.com/2014/02/05/one-mans-race-time-save-another-photographers-legacy/

Were you shocked to see Bob Dylan doing a car commercial during the Super Bowl? What would do you think about Ansel Adams doing one ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp6Ao7-NP_4

ESPN profiles three fabulous football photographers.  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10391222

http://inmybag.net  is a pretty cool site revealing the gear that photographers really use.

A similar site is http://Shotkit.com

Disruption and innovation in photography  http://petapixel.com/2014/02/11/disruption-innovation/

Here’s the gear of one Olympic photographer:  http://shuttermuse.com/olympic-photographer-leon-neal-camera-bag/

Here’s what happens when you drop your camera out of a plane.   http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/83873365/ 

Find out why the Color Run is pissing off photographers  http://fstoppers.com/the-color-run-counter-sues-college-photographer-after-he-asks-for-compensation-for-image

Beautiful photos of Native American life:  http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/rejecting-stereotypes-photographing-real-indians/?_php=true&_type=blogs&smid=tw-share&_r=0

.photography just became available as an upper level domain, like .com.  Might be a good time to register your new domain name with a .photography suffix.  GoDaddy is one of many reliable domain name registrants.   http://fstoppers.com/new-photography-related-domain-names-are-now-available-for-the-general-public

The story behind the dramatic photographs taken by Al Diaz.  http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/dramatic-moment-woman-pulled-over-her-nephew-cpr-082609339–abc-news-topstories.html

Thanks to John Wilder for this tip from the NYT, Where the World’s Greatest Photographers Go to Get Aeway… http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2014/02/23/magazine/art-of-the-vacation-snap.html#1

Nikon has a new Raw processing software, Capture NX-D, in Beta  http://beta.nikonimglib.com/index.html.en#anc002

…and it looks like it spells the end for Capture NX2  http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2014/02/25/nikon-capture-nx-d-the-end-of-capture-nx-as-we-know-it/

Photographer’s Guide to the First Amendment  https://vimeo.com/87121992

Insights from a National Geographic Editor  http://www.burnmagazine.org/in-the-spotlight/2014/02/photo-tips-2-natgeo-editor-speaks/

Amazing time-lapse video of snowflakes  https://vimeo.com/87342468

There have been some incredible photographs coming out of Ukraine, here’s a small collection.. http://kiev.vgorode.ua/news/212594-chtoby-nykohda-ne-zabyt-60-samykh-vpechatliauischykh-foto-protyvostoianyi-v-kyeve

Interesting Q&A on the future of photographers from Susan Meiselas  http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/26/empowering-photographers-to-embrace-an-uncertain-future/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Getty Images will start giving away images for free…  http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/5/5475202/getty-images-made-its-pictures-free-to-use

DxOMark tests a camera with the best sensor ever.  You’ll be shocked at what they found…   http://nofilmschool.com/2014/03/red-dragon-best-camera-sensor-dxomark/?awt_l=7NlOA&awt_m=3bC044k3MUBjwS7

Sadly, Calumet Photo files for bankruptcy: http://voices.suntimes.com/business-2/calumet-photo-files-for-bankruptcy/

A nice tutorial on using a GoPro with a quadcopter.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tnQLPO-8TY

Interesting story if you like wildlife photography  http://www.thephoblographer.com/2014/03/13/photographer-face-year-jail-100000-fine-violating-endangered-species-act/?fb_action_ids=10203498591204871&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B1431717860405845%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

A really amazing look at colorized historical photos  http://www.tickld.com/x/29-incredible-colorized-historical-photos

The new Nikon V3 looks very cool http://petapixel.com/2014/03/14/pro-photographer-shows-nikon-1-v3s-sports-photography-chops/

Did you remember to check the time on your camera after Daylight Savings Time kicked in?

 

Happy shooting,
Michael

www.michaelschwarz.com
www.michaeltraining.com
www.twoheartscinema.com

 

January 2014 Newsletter

What happened to our October, November and December newsletters?  We moved! I’ve spent the last 3 months packing, unpacking and re-arranging so I took a hiatus from the newsletter.  Now that I’m back I have lots of news from the photo world to share.  I’ve got two workshops coming up in June, that I’m excited to announce.

Bill Durrence and I will be doing another of our popular Atlanta Botanical Garden Workshops on June 28-29.You can read more about here.
I‘ll be doing a Mentor Trek on June 20-22, at Mono Lake and Bodie in California.  Both of these places are spectacular. More info here.

And now the links…….

 

Another photographer fighting misuse of her photographs. http://resourcemagonline.com/2013/09/sara-lewkowiczs-copyright-battle/

 

Photographer Carrie Mae Weems wins a MacArthur Grant: http://www.pdnonline.com/news/Photographer-Carrie–9115.shtml?utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=42723403&utm_term=96312&utm_content=

 

Breaking Bad fans will enjoy this story about the still photo shoot for the series. http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/08/breaking-bad/

 

Revisiting Minamata. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/revisiting-minamata-and-a-storied-mentor/?smid=fb-share&_r=0

 

And more W. Eugene Smith news.. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/w-eugene-smiths-big-book-his-way/?_r=2

 

A few minutes with Greg Heisler https://vimeo.com/47043002

 

R.I.P. Bill Eppridge, one of the great photographers of our time.  http://www.pdnonline.com/news/Obituary-Photograph-9192.shtml

and http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/the-moment-a-photographer-became-a-historian/?smid=tw-share&_r=1&

 

What a beautiful set of photographs by Melissa Cacciola  http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/the-type-who-takes-her-time/?_r=1

 

Really good advice if you’ve ever thought about becoming a professional photographer http://fstoppers.com/every-photographer-should-read-and-study-this-infographic

 

Somewhat tongue in cheek  http://petapixel.com/2013/10/04/save-big-money-hiring-professional-wedding-photographer/

 

Richard Avedon doc. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1f3egvLwVE

 

Ever wondered how a RAID could help your photography workflow, this fast talking dude explains RAID 1, RAID 10 and RAID 0.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE7Bfw9lFfs

 

Here’s the backstory on a great sports photo.  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304330904579135973520797720

 

Cameraman Fails: http://videos.komando.com/watch/4217/viral-videos-the-best-cameraman-fails?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=tvkim&utm_content=2013-10-11-article-screen-shot-h

 

New York Times Year on Pictures. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/year-in-pictures/?src=se&slide=29YIP-JAN1&name=generic_modal

 

Picking the perfect monitor.  http://lifehacker.com/how-to-pick-the-perfect-computer-monitor-1489862871?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_facebook&utm_source=lifehacker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

 

Incredible photos of rare cultures http://www.culturainquieta.com/es/fotografia/item/3252-antes-de-que-desaparezcan-jimmy-nelson.html

 

Allen Murabayashi’s reasons to love photography  http://blog.photoshelter.com/2013/12/reasons-love-photography-2013/?fb_action_ids=10151901789014141&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B183956925133146%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.likes%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

 

Preston Mack reviews the Cam Ranger: http://prestonmack.blogspot.com/2013/12/cam-ranger-ultimate-camera-control.html?m=1

 

Amazing story of the discovery of 100-year-old negatives: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2013/12/27/on-ice-100-year-old-negative-discovered-in-antarctic-ice

 

Interactive storytelling from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2013/12/30/year-in-interactive-storytelling/

 

Wall Street Journal’s Photos of the year,: http://graphics.wsj.com/Photos-of-the-Year/2013/?mod=e2tw#l=en&o=2&q=&x=&y=&p=216

 

Sadly, AP photographer Dave Martin passed away while shooting the Chik-fil-a Bowl in Atlanta.http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2014/01/01/dave-martin-associated-press-photographer-collapses-dies-chick-fil-a-bowl/4275313/

 

Photographer John Dominis passes at 92 http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2014/01/01/258662653/the-incredible-versatility-of-photographer-john-dominis?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprfacebook&utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook

 

A brilliant essay on the future of cameras.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/12/goodbye-cameras.html

 

Review on the new Phantom Aerial Drone  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/technology/personaltech/review-the-phantom-2-vision-photo-drone-from-dji.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20140102

 

Two excellent articles on the difference between cinema zooms and still camera zooms.http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/video/hands-reviews/cinema-zoom-lenses?cm_mmc=EML-_-Holiday-ArticleRoundup-_-140107-_-Body_Indepth_Cinema-Zoom-Lenses

 

And this http://blog.datacolor.com/c-david-tobie-dedicated-cinema-lenses-and-your-dslr/

 

Lifehacker’s best photo apps for the iPhone http://lifehacker.com/the-best-photography-apps-for-iphone-2014-edition-1496689753?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_facebook&utm_source=lifehacker_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

 

Good advice for photographers http://www.burnsautoparts.com/blog/2013/12/30/2013-top-ten-list/

 

Moving story of an ordinary photoshoot that turns out extraordinary http://jeremycowart.com/2014/01/john-schneider/

 

A beautiful set of photos of her children… http://www.boredpanda.com/animal-children-photography-elena-shumilova/

 

Incredibly useful cheat sheets on Nikon Camera Accesories:  http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014/01/17/nikon-accessories-a-complete-guide-dslrs-ports-sockets-connectors/#http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014/01/17/nikon-accessories-a-complete-guide-dslrs-ports-sockets-connectors/%23

 

Sobering study on hard drive reliability: http://techreport.com/news/25940/hard-drive-reliability-study-names-names

 

Akira Kurosawa on moviemaking: http://nofilmschool.com/2013/12/how-to-make-beautiful-movies-from-the-master-akira-kurosawa/
Happy shooting,
Michael

September 2013 Newsletter

September 2013 Newsletter

Things that made my life easier this month:

Beachtek has a couple of new video products that work really well, their Kamkit and MCC-2 audio adapter have been essential tools for me.

Just picked up Nikon’s 60mm Macro lens and really like it a lot.

Been using the Fader variable neutral density filter a lot, to enable a wider aperture, for more shallow depth of field when shooting with flash outside.

Been choosing to use the Tascam DR-40 field recorder a lot more than the Zoom H4N.

The Turbo Scan iPhone app saved my butt many times over the last few months when I couldn’t get to a fax or scanner.

The Wescott Apollo Orb got a lot of use this month as my go-to light modifier.

With memory card prices continuing to fall I have started buying bigger cards.  The SanDisk 32gb Extreme Pro card is now my primary memory card.

Three new clients that were a joy to work with.

The Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini Lithium battery, which I used to power some Einstein strobes on 3 outdoor portraits I shot this month.

 

Things that made my life more difficult this month:

My web and email host Fat Cow, who improved their email system so much that it randomly failed to send my emails.  Embarrassing when a client doesn’t get your emails.

 

 Interesting Links:

This guy’s camera collection is out of control.  http://lavidaleica.com/content/think-youve-got-gas

Bruce Davidson interview. http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/08/28/civil-rights-photographer-the-march-on-washington-was-only-a-beginning/

Hilarious Nokia ad spoofs smartphone cameras. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vR4LeL0yzE

 

Steve McCurry is profiled for his upcoming book: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/08/30/afghan-girl-photojournalist-steve-mccurry-looks-back-on-his-storied-career.html

 

Amazing underwater photos from a National Geographic Photographer will blow your mind. http://gizmodo.com/5405892/national-geographic-photographer-meets-deadly-leopard-seal

Here’s a world class photographer who only shoots with one lens.http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/the-lens-is-standard-the-photos-anything-but/?hp&_r=1&

The importance of registering copyright: http://petapixel.com/2013/09/10/250-million-reasons-register-photo-copyrights/

An old interview with Magnum’s darkroom master.  http://theliteratelens.com/2012/02/17/magnum-and-the-dying-art-of-darkroom-printing/

Vietnam War photos that made a difference: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/vietnam-war-photos-that-made-a-difference/?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Twenty years of combat photography: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=858V4S_w_xI

George Mitchell getting his due: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24026054?SThisFB

Apple is really pushing the envelope with the new iPhone 5S camera features.  I love that the flash has an adjustable color temperature: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7329/some-thoughts-about-the-iphone-5s-camera-improvements

A year in the life of New York Times Photographer Tyler Hicks: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/at-photoville-hickss-photographic-year/?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Conversation with Nick Nichols and Brent Sirton about their groundbreaking National Geographic story on Lions. http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/18/conversation-with-nick-nichols-and-brent-stirton/

Adobe has wisely created a sub-classification of its onerous Creative Cloud subscription model, this one just for photographers and it’s not a bad deal. http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2013/09/adobe-introduces-new-photoshop-offer-for-creative-cloud.html

Very nice lighting handbook from Arri. http://www.arri.com/fileadmin/media/arri.com/downloads/Lighting/US_Lighting_Products/lighting_kits/ARRI_Lighting_Handbook_3rd_Edition_March_2012.pdf

Cool behind the scenes on a Duck Dynasty photo shoot.  http://fstoppers.com/see-how-art-streiber-photographed-the-cast-of-duck-dynasty?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fstoppersfeed+%28fstoppers%29

And this is why you should always carry a camera with you.  http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/witness-to-a-massacre-in-a-nairobi-mall/?smid=tw-share&_r=0

 

Happy shooting,

Michael

August 2013 Newsletter

Things that made my life easier this month:

Nikon D4 with its’ incredible low-light performance.

Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 for it’s amazing sharpness and f/1.4 goodness.

Kessler Pocket Jib for being the most compact and easiest to carry around jib I’ve ever seen.

Edelkrone Slider- for being so compact and easy to use.

Switronix Torch- LED light that goes all night.

GoPro Hero Black- For cool hide-the-camera shots.

Buff Einsteins- Mine broke. Out of warranty.  They sent me a new one anyway.

 

Things that made my life more difficult:

Rode Video Mic Pro- My go to DSLR compact Mic, which insists on having its mount fall apart

Pocket Wizard Flex- My love-hate relationships veered into hate as it failed on an outdoor shoot.

 

 Workshops:

Nikon School Schedule has been announced for 2013-2014. Go to www.nikonschool.com to see the full schedule.

I will be teaching in New York, Hartford, Atlanta, Orlando, Raleigh, Chicago, Palm Beach, DC, Boston. Come out and take the class or at least stop by to say hello.

 In the News:

ThinkTank Photo has a great video series called “About a Photograph”

http://blog.thinktankphoto.com/about-a-photograph/?utm_source=newsletter-subscribers&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=monthly-newsletter&utm_source=July+2013&utm_campaign=May+15%2C+2013+newsletter&utm_medium=email

 

Maybe the stupidest trash the dress session ever.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2365764/Smile-youre-The-moment-brides-wedding-gown-goes-flames-dramatic-Trash-The-Dress-photo-shoot.html

 

Have you seen the photo of this guy on fire? Not what you think it is….  http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2013/07/17/pkg-photographer-talks-about-viral-lava-volcano-photo.khnl.html

 

Last chance to purchase the definitive volume on the making of “film”:  http://www.makingkodakfilm.com

 

Ron Vesey talks about all the work that went into making the White Sox team picture. http://vesphoto.net/2010/taking-the-white-sox-team-photo-behind-the-scenes-insight-on-my-tips-tricks-and-lighting-techniques/

 

Interesting article on wedding photography  http://petapixel.com/2013/07/17/unplugged-and-crowdsourced-the-new-age-of-wedding-photography/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29

 

Fascinating article on photojournalism in the age of Instagram. http://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/07/bending-the-frame-fred-ritchin-photojournalism-instagram?

 

Wonderful footage of Niagara Falls shot with a Phantom quadcopter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfoLYTKObiU#at=59

 

David Gilkey on photographing war: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2013/07/22/202736337/looking-back-to-move-forward-13-years-of-photographing-afghanistan?utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20130722

 

Collection of photographers pushing the boundaries of time-lapse imagery. http://petapixel.com/2013/07/24/5-people-doing-time-lapse-photography-right/

 

Instagram secrets of pro photographer Brad Mangin  http://blog.photoshelter.com/2013/07/instagram-secrets-from-a-pro-sports-photographer/

 

April Saul Interview  https://nppa.org/page/photo-journal-april-saul

 

Excuses people use when they steal photos  http://petapixel.com/2013/08/03/10-bogus-excuses-people-use-when-they-steal-photos-from-the-web/

 

Interesting new cloud storage for photographers called Stream Nation.  http://twoeight.co/blog/stream-nation-may-solve-the-problem-of-cloud-storage-for-photographers.

 

Touching blog by a laid-off newspaper photographer  http://maddiemcgarvey.com/2013-08-02

 

Amazing quality still images from a video camera http://filmmakermagazine.com/75331-stunning-first-images-and-video-from-the-red-epic-dragon/

 

A new look at some old photos http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/a-new-look-at-walk-evanss-american-photographs/?_r=1

 

Can’t resist this timelapse  https://vimeo.com/shainblum/mirror

 

Looking to add a drone to your toolkit? Better learn how to fly it first. http://petapixel.com/2013/08/16/photographer-flies-his-drone-camera-into-the-grooms-head-during-a-bridal-shoot/

 

Nikon now has a blog covering use of their cameras for video  http://cinema.nikonusa.com/blog/

 

This amazing piece of video from National Geographic utilized remote and robotic cameras. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/serengeti-lion/index.html

 

Really interesting article on the “Decisive Moment” http://petapixel.com/2013/08/12/the-decisive-moment-and-the-human-brain/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PetaPixel+%28PetaPixel%29

 

Interview with author Marvin Hiferman on ihs new book “Photography Changes Everything”  http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/08/raw-meet-marvin-heiferman/

 

Behind the scenes at a Seattle Times Photo shoot.  http://seattletimes.com/html/picturethis/2021683279_thehandsoftheseahawks.html#.UhmQ6QwlBGQ.facebook

 

Some great tips on traveling with gear from the folks at StillMotion. http://stillmotionblog.com/2013/08/26/ultimate-travel-guide/

 

Nice piece on sports photography:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/77165653/Video-Photographing-sports-from-Payton-to-Jordan

 

Happy shooting

-Michael


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