The turbulent life of Robert Mapplethorpe – British Journal of Photography

The turbulent life of Robert Mapplethorpe – British Journal of Photography

Fascinating Photos Inside China’s Toy Factories by Michael Wolf

Fascinating Photos Inside China’s Toy Factories by Michael Wolf

Gordon Parks’s Long-Forgotten Color Photographs of Everyday Segregation

Gordon Parks’s Long-Forgotten Color Photographs of Everyday Segregation

Woman Slammed for Photoshopping Her Face Onto African Tribeswomen

Woman Slammed for Photoshopping Her Face Onto African Tribeswomen

This Dog Has Explored More Abandoned Places Than You

This Dog Has Explored More Abandoned Places Than You 

Amy Schumer Shares Beautiful, Strong, Thin, Pretty, Sexy, Flawless Photo Of Herself

Amy Schumer Shares Beautiful, Strong, Thin, Pretty, Sexy, Flawless Photo Of Herself

Annie Leibovitz opts for natural and effortless style in portraits of Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Amy Schumer and others

 Pirelli Calendar Slideshow on New York Times

“On Monday, a new kind of Pirelli calendar was unveiled for 2016, showcasing 12 months of fully clad women (mostly) chosen for their achievements. Though the calendar has, on rare occasions, featured women in clothes, this is the first time there is no provocation in the posing, and the first time the attraction of the subjects is in their résumés, not their measurements.” – Excerpt from the forward of the calendar, Yao Chen.

CreditAnnie Leibovitz for Pirelli

How to Make a Portrait Look Like Wet Plate Collodion Using Photoshop

How to Make a Portrait Look Like Wet Plate Collodion Using Photoshop

“Retoucher Antti Karppinen is starting a new YouTube channel called Alias Academy, and his first video tutorial is on how he recreates the look of wet plate using Photoshop.”

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6 Photographers Asked to Shoot Portraits of 1 Man… With a Twist

“Canon recently conducted an interesting experiment on the power of perspective in portrait photography. They enlisted the help of 6 photographers and asked them each to independently shoot portraits of a man named Michael. But there was a twist: each photographer was told a different thing about Michael’s background.

The photographers were told that Michael was: a self-made millionaire, someone who has saved a life, an ex-inmate, a commercial fisherman, a self-proclaimed psychic, and a recovering alcoholic. Michael, an actor, did his best to take on the personality of each character.”

Ways of Seeing: Portrait Series

Ways of Seeing: Portrait Series

Whether through digital channels, print or on exhibit, the impact, influence and reach of the still image has never been greater. But with so many images fighting for our attention, how do photographers make work that most effectively stands out and connects with an audience. In this seven-part series, TIME looks back over the past 12 months to identify some of the ways of seeing—whether conceptually, aesthetically or through dissemination—that have grabbed our attention and been influential in maintaining photography’s relevance in an ever shifting environment, media landscape, and culture now ruled by images.”

Time Magazine chronicles a number of portrait photographers and portrait trends for 2014.

COMBO - This combination of 6 images taken between Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 and Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, shows Afghan refugee children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the worldís largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.ís refugee agency. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

COMBO – This combination of 6 images taken between Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 and Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, shows Afghan refugee children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the worldís largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.ís refugee agency. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Motivation, 1/9/15, ASTONISHING SETS IN THE STREETS OF NYC

Motivational Exercise: “Do Now” – Friday, 1/9/15

PHOTOGRAPHER BUILDS ASTONISHING SETS IN THE STREETS OF NYC USING DISCARDED ITEMS

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  1. Read the essay and describe the image(s) above from featureshoot.com, in three individual sentences using photographic compositional terms. Explain your ideas clearly.
  2. Post your response directly into the blog under “Leave a Reply”.

Take time to look at the image(s) and review the story for greater understanding of the artist(s) vision.  

  • What do you see? What are the visual clues?
  • How do the images make you feel?  
  • What visual threads tie the images together?  
Refer to the photographic compositional link above for ideas and accurate terms to describe the image(s), then choose three concepts to elaborate on, for example:
  • Speak about the camera angle / lens choice / background / the props and lighting.
  • Does the image follow the rule of thirds (please explain in detail)?
  • Describe the compositional elements of the image(s); shape & form / line / space / value / texture and color within the image.
  • Describe the compositional principles within the image(s); emphasis / balance / unity / contrast / movement & rhythm / pattern / repetition within the images.