54 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013 by Allen Murabayashi

54 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013

  • Allen Murabayashi · Dec 17, 2013


As a self-appointed pundit, I spend a fair amount of time criticizing the photography industry, but I have a little secret … I love photography! And 2013 brought yet another year full of strange, interesting and inspiring moments in photography. Let’s go on a little journey … in no particular order.

1. Haley Morris-Cafiero Examined Our Reaction to Her Weight

We’ve all done it. Stared at the fat guy/girl on the street or in a store. Haley Morris-Cafiero’s Wait Watchers documents people reacting to her weight, the result of her hypothyroidism, and makes a strong cultural statement on how we judge people in our daily lives. When we think no one is watching, our honest, visceral reactions come through. Using an assistant to trigger the shot, this particular image of a not-so-svelte policeman mocking her with his hat perfectly illustrates the degradation of decorum in our society.

Photo by Haley Morris-Cafiero

Photo by Haley Morris-Cafiero

2. Portraits of Children Around the World with Their Prized Possessions

What was that special toy or item you had as a child that meant everything to you? Whether they inhabit the first or third world, Galimberti captured those unique items beside their child owners. I’m fascinated by the lack of gender-specific toys in this image from Malawi, where I suppose the most prized possessions are the ones you can get your hands on. This particular image, shot with a Mamiya RZ67, is a stark contrast to the Barbie dolls and dresses in some of his other images.

Photo by Gabriele Galimberti

Photo by Gabriele Galimberti

3. And Where Those Kids Sleep

James Mollison’s revealing essay looks at the diversity of where children sleep along with a portrait of a child. The portraits are masterful, and the “beds” can be heartbreaking like this one of Alex in Rio de Janeiro.

Photos by James Mollison

Photos by James Mollison

4. A Photographer Documents Domestic Violence

Echoes of Donna Ferrato resonate from the work of graduate student Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, who photographed the abusive relationship of a Shane and Maggie in Southeastern Ohio. In one particular incident, Maggie was choked, and after confirming that the police had been called, Sara continued to photograph the scene and produced this disturbing image.

Photo by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

Photo by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz

Lewkowicz was criticized for not intervening in the situation, but like Ferrato’s work, her images helped to raise more awareness into the pervasiveness of domestic violence, and for her work, she was awarded the 2013 Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award at Visa Pour l’Image.

5. Capturing the Plight of Evicted

People generally don’t like having their photo taken by strangers. I’ve found that this is especially true of the Chinese. So it was with a very curious eye that I pored over her essay on the immigrant residents of 81 Bowery, who were forced to leave their miniscule homes over safety violations. They say access is everything, and Annie Ling certainly earned the trust of her subjects, perhaps in part because her own tenement burned down in 2008 leaving her homeless for a year. The work earned her an exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in America.

This 6×6 portrait of Zhu Benjin is a perfect example of the intimacy of trust that Ling earned.

Photo by Annie Ling

Photo by Annie Ling

6. Are They Diving or Flying

Many photographers have photographed divers in mid-flight from the 10 meter platform (especially from picturesque Barcelona), but the series from Brad Harris is largely devoid of backgrounds, and his light is highly refined. The end result is a certain starkness that is reminiscent of September 11th’s “Falling Man” – devoid of the backdrop of a terrible day.

Photo by Brad Harris

Photo by Brad Harris

7. Freedom’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Usually by the time the plane takes off, I’m passed out in my seat with earplugs and an eye mask. James Kastner obviously knows something I don’t because he captured this magnificent photo of the Freedom Tower (er, I mean “One World Trade Center”) gleaming in the late afternoon as he took off from Newark Airport. I love the way the light has receded from New Jersey (no pun intended) while casting a beaming reflection in the water.

Photo by James Kastner

Photo by James Kastner

8. Studio Portraits Make Me Wish I Was an Animal

New York-based Brad Wilson has spent the bulk of his career photographing people, but he switched gears to pursue a personal project photographing “trained” animals, which he says aren’t trained like a dog, but rather, trained to not “try to attack you.” Armed with his Hasselblad and a bank of strobes, he produced stunning images like this one of an owl. How do you like them strip light reflections in those eyes? Head over to his website to buy a print.

Photo by Brad Wilson

Photo by Brad Wilson

9. A Final Embrace is a Haunting Portrait of Love
We don’t know the story of this couple — whether they were indeed a couple at all. But in the brief moment when a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh killing more than 1000 people, a man gripped a woman in an embrace.

An act of kindness? Love? Fright? Activist & photographer Taslima Akhter captured this most haunting photo as the slow excavation moved forward to find any survivors, and has spent months trying to identify the deceased to no avail. It’s a stunning contrast to Rich Lam’s “Vancouver kiss couple” from 2011. It makes me cry when I see it.

Photo by Taslima Akhter

Photo by Taslima Akhter

10. Experts Confirm Integrity of Contest Winner

Why do photo contest winners look like movie posters?” was my query in a blog post aimed towards the trend in retouching images for photo contests. Much ado was made across the industry, and World Press Photo took the unprecedented step of submitting Paul Hansen’s winning photo to forensic experts.

The verdict? The position of pixels had not changed, but there was “a fair amount of post-production,” and thus there was no need to retract the award. Nevertheless, a few months later, World Press Photo announced that they will be changing the rules and protocols “to create more transparency” in the selection process.

World Press Photo of the Year 2012. Photo by Paul Hansen.

World Press Photo of the Year 2012. Photo by Paul Hansen.

11. Camera Manufacturers Tried Hard

I’ve been critical of some of the designs that have emerged from the major camera manufacturers in the past year (herehere), but in truth, I’m glad that someone is trying new things. It’s true that the best camera is the one you have with you, but it’s also true that inspiration and excitement can be found in a new gadget. Maybe it’s lighter, maybe it’s wireless, maybe it’s a new form factor, or inspired by an old one. Give us choice, and we will shoot!


12. Lightroom Got One Step Closer to the Star Trek Transporter

Using your keyboard and mouse to make adjustments in Lightroom is so 2012. The folks at PFixer use MIDI (musical instrument device interface), which was developed in the 80s to digitally control instruments, through an audio mixing board to allow you adjust multiple parameters with sliders and knobs. Contrast me up, Scotty.

13. Register Your Copyright and Make Your Images Available for Sale

Johannes Hirn’s graduate photo project on an unknown boxer suddenly went viral when people started Googling for “Tamerlan Tsarnaev” following the Boston Marathon bombing. Early in the morning of April 19, twitter user @suleyman_u tweeted Hirn’s PhotoShelter site, which he found by through Google.

Hirn’s site housed a large set of images complete with quotations. But the images weren’t set up for licensing, and they soon started to appear all over the Internet until he finally sought out Landow Media late in the afternoon to help with distribution rights. You just never know what images you have in your possession.

14. A Lovely Tribute to Boston

Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki captured the iconic image from the Boston Bombing, but it was the cover of Boston Magazine that brought a tear to my eye.

Boston Magazine design staff Brian Struble and Liz Noftle came up with the idea to take the shoes of marathon finishers and arrange them such that the negative space created a heart. They solicited shoes from friends and friends of friends, and shipped them off to product photographer Mitch Feinberg. Their ode to a city rocked by terrorism: “We Will Finish The Race.”

Photo by Mitch Feinberg

Photo by Mitch Feinberg

More great photography during and after the tragedy here, and here.

15. Documenting Civil Unrest is Still a Key raison d’etre

Victor R. Caivano’s image of an unarmed, solitary woman being pepper sprayed in Rio de Janeiro on an empty street brought back memories of the UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop and the Occupy Wall Street NYPD cop — all of which show a clear abuse of power. Without photos or video, abuse is nothing more than he said, she said, and thus photography continues to play an integral oversight role.

Photo by Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

Photo by Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

In Egypt, Ed Ou continued to produce stunning work in harm’s way like this image in Cairo overlooking Tahrir Square taken from an apartment balcony.

Photo by Ed Ou/Reportage by Getty Images

Photo by Ed Ou/Reportage by Getty Images

And in Russia, Dmitry Lovetsky caught this tragic image of gay rights activist who had been beaten by anti-gay protesters in St. Petersburg after Putin signed a bill banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”

Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky/AP

16. Portraits of Survivors Show Strength and Beauty

In a summer camp in 2011 off the coast of Oslo, Norway, a lone gunman massacred 69 young adults. Many survived the harrowing incident, but not without physical and emotional scars. Andrea Gjestvang captured beautiful portraits of some of the survivors as a testament to their resilience in the most difficult of situations.

Like Joe McNally’s “Faces of Ground Zero” series from 9/11, the images simultaneously capture the fear, strength and vulnerability of a small subsection of survivors who represent many more who suffer from a tragic event.

Photo by Andrea Gjestvang

Photo by Andrea Gjestvang

17. Peak Action Still Rules Sports Photography

They say there is only one moment that counts in sports photography. Ball on bat. A football dangling inches above a wide receiver’s hands. Hector Gabino’s image of Ray Allen’s clutch 3-pointer that sent the NBA Finals Game 6 into overtime not only captured the moment of release, but faces filled with anguish and anticipation.

Photo by Hector Gabino/El Nuevo Herald

Photo by Hector Gabino/El Nuevo Herald

But my favorite sports photo of the year was this unbelievable moment from the USC/Notre Dame football game when running back Cam McDaniel lost his helmet but proceeded to plough through the defense. Getty Images’ Jonathan Daniel absolutely nailed the moment with this fantastic photo. The internet immediately crowned him as this year’s “ridiculously photogenic” guy, taking the mantle from last year’s winner, Zeddie Little.

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

18. Selfie is the Word of the Year

The Oxford Dictionaries Online named “selfie” as the word of the year, beating out “twerk” for the honors. We love selfies! Once thought to be an exercise of vanity, the selfie also is an extension of photography as language and can be used in communication to show a person in context of a location, or simply personalize a text or Snapchat.

Subsets of selfie that we like? The bookshelfie for nerds to show how many and what types of books reside on their bookshelf.


The cop selfie.


The pregger selfie:

Photos by Sophie Starzenski

Photos by Sophie Starzenski

But we really don’t need the funeral selfie.


19. All You Need Is Just a Little Patience

Have you ever tried to take a photo of yourself every day like Noah Kalina? Impossible right? I mean sometimes I can’t even remember to bathe, let alone take a photo.

But I love looking at photos taken over the course of years like this series of PE teacher Dale Irby, who wore the same outfit for his teacher portrait for 40 years. The same clothes. Not similar looking clothes. The same freaking clothes. Even better than a longitudinal photo series is a guy with a sense of humor.


20. Alternately, You Could Just Recreate the Original

Maybe you lost the sweater. Maybe you grew too much. No worries. Just recreate the childhood pic yourself. I traveled each and every highway, and much more than this, I did it my way.


21. Colorized Photos are Cool

In the 1980s, Ted Turner announced that he was going to colorize old black-and-white classic films much to the chagrin of, well, everyone. But talented Photoshop users around the world have created a crowd-based movement to colorize historical photos with awesome results. Take this photo by Toni Frissell for Harper’s Bazaar from 1947 entitled “Lady in the Water” as colorized by Las Cruces, NM designer Michael Catanachapodaca.

Photo by Toni Frissell; colorized by Michael Catanachapodaca

Photo by Toni Frissell; colorized by Michael Catanachapodaca

22. …And so are Apollo Images

We love us some Don Pettit photography from the International Space Station, but equally as cool are historical photos from the Apollo missions. Lynchburg College’s Kipp Teaguetook it upon himself to re-scan negatives from the historic missions, and the images are stunning. This one reminds me of a certain movie for some reason…


23. Even the TSA is on Instagram

The TSA finally understood that Instagram is a distribution tool that can be great for marketing. That’s why they decided to post images of confiscated contraband like knives and guns.

Photo by @tsa

Photo by @tsa

Did I really just wait in line for 30 minutes for this? No, suckah! I’m TSA Pre✓™!

24. It Ain’t a Knife or a Gun

Over at Thumbs & Ammo, the crowd has been sourced to Photoshop images from popular culture and replace a gun with a thumbs up. Does this mean they turned my Like button into a gun?


25. Rise of the Drones

It’s not quite Skynet, but drones, the catch-all name for radio controlled craft with the awful connotation made waves this year as the price of a quadcopter dropped into the sub $500 region and people like our friend Eric Cheng produced cool videos with a GoPro on a gimbal. Learn more about how you can get started with drones his PhotoShelter webinar.

26. If You Only Had One Lens

The first lens I used with my Olympus OM-10 in junior high school was the 50mm f/1.8. The “normal” lens. The one they say is most similar to the focal length of your eye. But as I got older and acquired more gear, I turned to zooms, and finally settled on a 35mm focal length because I just can’t seem to “see” enough with the 50mm.

Jerome Daly only uses a 50mm lens. It forces him to be disciplined. It avoids the distortion so typical of wide angles like my 35mm. And the compact lens allows him to go unnoticed in dangerous areas. His photography is more proof that it’s not the equipment, it’s the photographer. This photo feels like a wide angle image to me, and yet, it’s not. The longer focal length with the wide aperture also gives such a nice shallow depth of field.

Photo by Jerome Daly

Photo by Jerome Daly

27. Those Creative Parents are at it Again

I mean, I wouldn’t advocate subjecting your daughter to this type of photo project, but to each his own. Joshua Hoffine decided to place his four daughters into various scenes of classic childhood fear. This must be some sort of immersion therapy, but I saw “Insidious” and this photo creeps me out!

Photo by Joshua Hoffine

Photo by Joshua Hoffine

Over in Japan, Toyokazu Nagano took photos of his 4-year old daughter, Kanna, on the same stretch of road with different poses at different times of the year. This photo is what we refer to as “kawaii!”

Photo by Toyokazu Nagano

Photo by Toyokazu Nagano

Babies need up to 14 hours of sleep per day through age 3. You might as well optimize your time, right? California mom Sionin Queenie Liao imagined a fairy tale scenes and built different sets out of household items. When her baby, Wengenn, fell asleep, she gently placed him in the center of the frame. Lucky little dude.

Photo by Sionin Queenie Liao

Photo by Sionin Queenie Liao

28. Some Guys Photograph Their Kids, While Other Guys Photograph Themselves

St. Paul Pioneer photographer Ben Garvin made one of the cutest and creative stop motion videos EVAR as he set out to shave off his bushy beard. When he showed it to his 7-year old son, “he laughed so hard a small puddle appeared at his feet afterwards – a high bar!” Sadly, I cannot grow facial hair. Fortunately, I did not pee my pants watching this video.

29. BTW, I Didn’t Love Everything

When you’re arrested and booked in the US, you get your mugshot taken. Unfortunately, these images become part of the public record, and unscrupulous entrepreneurs have built businesses around publishing the photos on their websites and using Search Engine Optimization to rank the subject’s names. Potential employer searches for your name, and voila, your mugshot front and center.

How do you get one of these websites to remove your mugshot? You pay them. Ah, the American way. Of course, sometimes, your mugshot goes viral and you become a meme like this one of Meagan Simmons.


30. On The Other Hand, If My Mugshot Looked Like This

Curator Peter Doyle of Sydney’s Justice and Police Museum has published two books of vintage mugshots from the 1920s and 1930. And by golly, these criminals look pretty darn dapper. I might just keep that mugshot online…


31. Observatories with Frickin Laser Beams

Astronomy Graduate Student Sean Goebel assembled a time lapse video of the observatories atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai’i. At 13,796 feet, the observatories provide the best viewing of the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere, and they use lasers to track atmospheric turbulence (like I know what that means).

32. Follow This Guy on Instagram

Attractive girlfriend: Check. Travel to exotic places: Check. Come up with great concept: Check. File under “I wish I had thought of this”: Check. Murad Osmann decided to use Instagram to photograph his outstretched arm grabbing ahold of his girlfriend’s hand as she leads him through various scenic vistas like this one of a field of yellow flowers against a blue sky following the girl in a red dress? As David After Dentist once declared, “Is this real life?”

Photo by @muradosmann

Photo by @muradosmann

33. STOP Instagram FOMO

Do you ever experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when viewing other people’s Instagram feeds? Maybe there cavorting in some exotic location or eating at the best new restaurant in town. Japanese photographer Keisuke Jinushi solved that problem by simulating romantic adventures with his own arms.

Photo by Keisuke Jinushi

Photo by Keisuke Jinushi

Photo by Keisuke Jinushi

Photo by Keisuke Jinushi

34. Insta-dipity

NPR’s commuting project solicited photos from people in their daily commute. Amateur (and awesome) street photographer Jabali Sawicki captured this photo of a mother reading to her son and submitted it via the hashtag #pscommute. Unbeknownst to Jabali, the mother Megan Freund was following the NPR project and saw the photo. NPR writes:

“I started crying because I was so overwhelmed,” she says. “He’s sort of curled up next to me and I’m reading him a book about dinosaurs, actually, my father had given to me when I was 8 years old for Christmas. It was pretty incredible that somebody had noticed that moment.”

In an age where photos are everywhere, but people are leery to have their photo taken by strangers, this story proves that serendipity combined with intent makes all the difference in the world.

Photo by Jabali Sawicki

Photo by Jabali Sawicki

35. 8×10 in the Hands of a Master is Stunning

About ten years ago, I wandered into a gallery and saw amazing large format images taken in Italy, and thought how nice those photos my look in my apartment. But I forgot the name of the photographer and the gallery. This year, a set of images entitled “County Fair” made the rounds on the web, and I couldn’t stop staring. Perfectly lit and composed, Greg Miller takes photos the way I wish I could like this one from a Brooklyn Fair in 2007.

Photo by Greg Miller

Photo by Greg Miller

As I browsed his website, I came across his “Primo Amore” series, and those were the images that I first fallen in love with a decade ago. How apropos. Santa, how will I ever choose?

Photo by Greg Miller

Photo by Greg Miller

36. 20×24 in the Hands of a Master is Stunning Too

Sure, anyone can composite two photos together in Photoshop. There are even apps for that. But Jeff Enlow went old school with a KickStarter-funded project to take some beautiful double-exposed nudes on a 20×24 polaroid.

Photo By Jeff Enlow. We censored the photo since it is our policy not to share NSFW content. Head over to the photographer's website to see the uncensored photo.

Photo By Jeff Enlow. We censored the photo since it is our policy not to share NSFW content. Head over to the photographer’s website to see the uncensored photo.

37. Speaking of Large Format, Photos Finally Got Big and Glorious Online

Redesigns at The New York TimesThe New York Times MagazineWashington PostSports Illustrated and PhotoShelter brought us images as large as our screens, and boy, they have never looked so good online!

“Snowfall” design with full width images

“Snowfall” design with full width images

Photo by Martin Schoeller

Photo by Martin Schoeller

Washington Post

Washington Post

Sports Illustrated “Longform” style

Sports Illustrated “Longform” style

PhotoShelter Beam Websites

PhotoShelter Beam Websites

38. More Proof that Photographers Put Themselves in Harm’s Way

Animal online magazine continues to produce some provocative imagery including a series of images by Aymann Ismail when he traveled to Egypt and was jumped by the Muslim Brotherhood. His account is harrowing as is this perfectly composed image of some burly men who had just defaced a church before turning against him. It’s hard to be any closer to a dangerous situation.

Photo by Aymann Ismail

Photo by Aymann Ismail

39. The Animated GIF Continues to Evolve

We like our animated GIFs at the PhotoShelter office whether they are lo-fi orcinemagraphs. So why not adopt them for wedding photography for an endless loop of endless love?

Photo by JLBWedding.com

Smilebooth started incorporating them into their digital photobooth technology.

And even Equinox got into the mix with highly stylized GIFs that show exercise moves. Much more practical than a video, and more informative than a still.

40. Dance, Dance Revolution

Find a breakdancer, hand him an LED wand, make him dance, and drag your shutter. Polish photograph Joanna Jaskolska captured all the fun and spontaneity of dance with her series entitled “Breakdance Baby!”

Photo by Joanna Jaskolska

Photo by Joanna Jaskolska

41. Milk, It Does a Body Good

Speaking of Polish photographers, London-based Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz decided to shoot a pin-up series. Except he didn’t use clothes, he used milk. No, really. A series of milk splashes were composited into a final photo and the results are stunning. You might want topre-order the calendar.

Photo by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz

Photo by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz

42. An Autistic Son

A fantastic photographer starts shooting images of his autistic son, and learns to accept all the idiosyncrasies of this curious diagnosis through his own photography. Timothy Archibald’s “Echolilia” created a visual language shared between father and son in one of the most poignant essays of the year.

Photo by Timothy Archibald

Photo by Timothy Archibald

43. We’re Still Finding Troves of Photography

At some point, it will end. In the meantime, we’re still finding old film prints in closets, basements and attics. Santa Fe Workshops Digital Lab Manager, William Van Beckum, came across a box of old photos while helping his father and step-mother move. And contained in that almost discarded box was an Andre Kertesz photo worth $30,000.

Photo by Andre Kertesz

Photo by Andre Kertesz

44. White Guy Photography Or Great Portraits?

Nick Vossbrink penned a provocative article about the proclivity for what he calls “white guy photography” – the tendency to travel to some “exotic” place with the intent of “documenting and photographing so as to ‘explain’ or ‘capture’ it for others.”

This is exactly what British photographer Jimmy Nelson did with his “Before They Pass Away” essay, by visiting 31 remote tribes around the world. But these are no iPhone photos, Nelson uses a 4×5 and obviously spends time gaining the trust of the various groups.

Photo by Jimmy Nelson

Photo by Jimmy Nelson

45. You’ll Be Swimming with the Fishes

Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich loves fish. But one fish is not enough. Instead, brilliant photos of Siamese fighting fish is more his style.

Photo by Visarute Angkatavanich

Photo by Visarute Angkatavanich

46. The Condition of the Frog, However, is Uncertain

Zach Braff did it. Johnny Football did it. But why leave all the photo bombing fun to the humans. A NASA remote camera with an acoustical trigger captured this frog in mid-air as the LADEE spacecraft lifted off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo was authenticated to be real, but according to NASA, “The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.”

Photo by NASA/Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry

Photo by NASA/Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry

47. Cute + Cuter = Cutest

You know what’s cute? Puppies. You know what else is cute? Babies. But what happens when you take two great tastes and combine them into one? Puppies and babies, dude.Jessica Shyba ain’t no fool, fool.

Photo by Jessica Shyba

Photo by Jessica Shyba

48. We Don’t Need No Stupid Lens Mounts

F-mount? EF-Mount? Nah, that’s not how they do it in Mother Russia. Alexey Kljatov taped a $50 lens to his point and shoot camera and then photographed snowflakes. Why? Because they look like this!

Photo by Alexey Kljatov

Photo by Alexey Kljatov

49. Maybe I’ll Meet My Friends in Real Life After All

I love my computers. And the Internet. But Julien Mauve’s “Lonely Window” series makes me want to throw my laptop out of the window. What sort of self-hypnotic trance have we fallen under?

Photo by Julien Mauve

Photo by Julien Mauve

50. Shed a Tear for Photography

First it was bees, and now Rose-Lynn Fischer has aimed her microscope at tears. “I started the project about five years ago, during a period of copious tears, amid lots of change and loss—so I had a surplus of raw material.” Amen to that. Strange landscapes emerge from the crystalized salts that form on her slides like this one entitled “Tears of Change” that combines geometric and more organic shapes with a beautiful vignette.


51. Photographing the Lion Kings

Nikon Ambassador Chris McLennan isn’t satisfied photographing lions from a jeep, so he teamed up with HP engineer Carl Hansen to refit an old camera “blimp” with a remote-controlled buggy. Inside the housing was a 36MP Nikon D800E, which provided Chris with much sharper images than the GoPro he previously experimented with. The result, great photos and over 4 million views on YouTube.

52. We Said “Photograph” not “Shoot”

Television personality Melissa Bachman found out the hard way that shooting lions (legally, mind you) and then posting your victory photo to Instagram is frowned upon by pretty much everyone.

Photo by Melissa Bachman

Photo by Melissa Bachman

53. If Only for a Second

At some point in your life, you will be affected by cancer. Cancer of a friend, loved one, family member or even yourself. This horrible disease can sap the energy and optimism from even the heartiest of souls. But what if you could, for even one second, restore joy and happiness. The Mimi Foundation works to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, not from a medical view, but by striving to improve emotional well-being.

The Foundation worked with Leo Burnett France to make-over 20 patients and then photograph their reaction when they finally saw themselves in a one-way mirror. Maybe the sensation was ephemeral and fleeting, but the photos will last beyond their dying days as a testament to their vivaciousness.

54. Why Do You Take Photos?

I took over 60,000 photos this year — more than I ever have before in a year. Photos from my Nikon D4, D800 and Sony RX-1 live on two separate RAID sets and on PhotoShelter. A few thousand more reside on my iPhone, and many were lost forever to Snapchat. But why bother? Photos are a visual language that connect me to places, people and memories. They are a reminder of all the things that make life interesting, banal, happy, sad, and the entire gamut of human experience.

A few weeks ago, I headed over to the Big Island of Hawai’i for the first time since 1981. We hiked down into Waipio valley, a sacred place to the ancient Hawaiians. As the sun dropped low in the sky, we made our way back across where the river meets the ocean. It was a magical moment with great friends. Photons bombarded a sensor which converted analog into digital, and when my own memory fails me, the photo will be an indelible reminder of an incredible day.

Photo by Allen Murabayashi

Photo by Allen Murabayashi

I love photography.

About the author: Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and Co-founder of PhotoShelter. Allen is a graduate of Yale University, and flosses daily. This article originally appeared here.

Generalized Photographers Rights (please check you local laws)

1. You can make a photograph of anything and anyone on any public property, 
except where a specific law prohibits it.

e.g. streets, sidewalks, town squares, parks, 
government buildings open to the public, and public libraries.

2. You may shoot on private property if it is open to the public, 
but you are obligated to stop if the owner requests it.

e.g. malls, retail stores, restaurants, banks, and office building lobbies.

3. Private property owners can prevent photography ON their property,
but not photography OF their property from a public location.

4. Anyone can be photographed without consent when they are in a public place unless 
there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

e.g. private homes, restrooms, dressing rooms, 
medical facilities, and phone booths.

5. Despite common misconceptions, 
the following subjects are almost always permissible:

* accidents, fire scenes, criminal activities
* children, celebrities, law enforcement officers
* bridges, infrastructure, transportation facilities
* residential, commercial, and industrial buildings

6. Security is rarely an acceptable reason for restricting photography. 
Photographing from a public place cannot infringe on trade secrets, 
nor is it terrorist activity.

7. Private parties cannot detain you against your will unless a serious crime was committed in their presence.
Those that do so may be subject to criminal and civil charges.

8. It is a crime for someone to threaten injury, detention, confiscation, 
or arrest because you are making photographs.

9. You are not obligated to provide your identity or reason for photographing unless 
questioned by a law enforcement officer and state law requires it.

10. Private parties have no right to confiscate your equipment without a court order. 
Even law enforcement officers must obtain one unless making an arrest. 
No one can force you to delete photos you have made.

These are general guidelines regarding the right to make photos and should 
not be interpreted as legal advice. If you need legal help, please contact a lawyer.

LightZone Photo Editing Software is Now Open Source and Completely Free

LightZone Photo Editing Software is Now Open Source and Completely Free

LightZone Photo Editing Software is Now Open Source and Completely Free ScreenHunter 16 Jul. 09 11.27

Photographers still chuffed about about Adobe’s decision to make Photoshop rental-only have a new alternative with the re-release of the pioneering LightZone application as a free, open-source program for Windows, Linux and (eventually) Mac OS.

LightZone, initially released in 2005, was one of the first programs to offer 16-bit. non-destructive editing of RAW images, plus the ongoing ability to selectively withdraw adjustments and innovative batch-processing options.

Light Crafts Inc. sold Windows and Mac versions of the program until 2011, when the company abruptly shut down. Within a few months, fans had formed the LightZombie Project to keep the software going, and Light Crafts released its code under an open-source license.

Windows and Linux flavors of the new version 4.0 were released a few weeks ago.  Mac users can download a beta version of 4.o or stick with 3.9.2, the final commercial release. The new version includes all the old tools users relied on, including detailed tonal adjustments, plus a slew of new RAW profiles.  Check here to see if your camera is supported in the RAW profiles yet.

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The commercial versions of LightZone drew consistent praise from serious photographers, including a Macworld review that compared it favorably to Adobe and Apple competitors and concluded: “If you long for simplicity in photo editing in an un-bloated piece of software, give LightZone 3.0.6 a try. Its unique visual approach to editing, time-saving Styles, and well-designed help system will aid the learning process.”

LightZone: Open-source digital darkroom software (via PDNPulse)

22 Things Happy People Do Differently

This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy!

There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a homeless person could be right outside, smiling and content with their life. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.

The question is: how do they do that?

It’s quite simple. Happy people have good habits that enhance their lives. They do things differently. Ask any happy person, and they will tell you that they …

1. Don’t hold grudges.

Happy people understand that it’s better to forgive and forget than to let their negative feelings crowd out their positive feelings. Holding a grudge has a lot of detrimental effects on your wellbeing, including increased depression, anxiety, and stress. Why let anyone who has wronged you have power over you? If you let go of all your grudges, you’ll gain a clear conscience and enough energy to enjoy the good things in life.

2. Treat everyone with kindness.

Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that being kind makes you happier? Every time you perform a selfless act, your brain produces serotonin, a hormone that eases tension and lifts your spirits. Not only that, but treating people with love, dignity, and respect also allows you to build stronger relationships.

3. See problems as challenges.

The word “problem” is never part of a happy person’s vocabulary. A problem is viewed as a drawback, a struggle, or an unstable situation while a challenge is viewed as something positive like an opportunity, a task, or a dare. Whenever you face an obstacle, try looking at it as a challenge.

4. Express gratitude for what they already have.

There’s a popular saying that goes something like this: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.” You will have a deeper sense of contentment if you count your blessings instead of yearning for what you don’t have.

5. Dream big.

People who get into the habit of dreaming big are more likely to accomplish their goals than those who don’t. If you dare to dream big, your mind will put itself in a focused and positive state.

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Happy people ask themselves, “Will this problem matter a year from now?” They understand that life’s too short to get worked up over trivial situations. Letting things roll off your back will definitely put you at ease to enjoy the more important things in life.

7. Speak well of others.

Being nice feels better than being mean. As fun as gossiping is, it usually leaves you feeling guilty and resentful. Saying nice things about other people encourages you to think positive, non-judgmental thoughts.

8. Never make excuses.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Happy people don’t make excuses or blame others for their own failures in life. Instead, they own up to their mistakes and, by doing so, they proactively try to change for the better.

9. Get absorbed into the present.

Happy people don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. They savor the present. They let themselves get immersed in whatever they’re doing at the moment. Stop and smell the roses.

10. Wake up at the same time every morning.

Have you noticed that a lot of successful people tend to be early risers? Waking up at the same time every morning stabilizes your circadian rhythm, increases productivity, and puts you in a calm and centered state.

11. Avoid social comparison.

Everyone works at his own pace, so why compare yourself to others? If you think you’re better than someone else, you gain an unhealthy sense of superiority. If you think someone else is better than you, you end up feeling bad about yourself. You’ll be happier if you focus on your own progress and praise others on theirs.

12. Choose friends wisely.

Misery loves company. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with optimistic people who will encourage you to achieve your goals. The more positive energy you have around you, the better you will feel about yourself.

13. Never seek approval from others.

Happy people don’t care what others think of them. They follow their own hearts without letting naysayers discourage them. They understand that it’s impossible to please everyone. Listen to what people have to say, but never seek anyone’s approval but your own.

14. Take the time to listen.

Talk less; listen more. Listening keeps your mind open to others’ wisdoms and outlooks on the world. The more intensely you listen, the quieter your mind gets, and the more content you feel.

15. Nurture social relationships.

A lonely person is a miserable person. Happy people understand how important it is to have strong, healthy relationships. Always take the time to see and talk to your family, friends, or significant other.

16. Meditate.

Meditating silences your mind and helps you find inner peace. You don’t have to be a zen master to pull it off. Happy people know how to silence their minds anywhere and anytime they need to calm their nerves.

17. Eat well.

Junk food makes you sluggish, and it’s difficult to be happy when you’re in that kind of state. Everything you eat directly affects your body’s ability to produce hormones, which will dictate your moods, energy, and mental focus. Be sure to eat foods that will keep your mind and body in good shape.

18. Exercise.

Studies have shown that exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft does. Exercising also boosts your self-esteem and gives you a higher sense of self-accomplishment.

19. Live minimally.

Happy people rarely keep clutter around the house because they know that extra belongings weigh them down and make them feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Some studies have concluded that Europeans are a lot happier than Americans are, which is interesting because they live in smaller homes, drive simpler cars, and own fewer items.

20. Tell the truth.

Lying stresses you out, corrodes your self-esteem, and makes you unlikeable. The truth will set you free. Being honest improves your mental health and builds others’ trust in you. Always be truthful, and never apologize for it.

21. Establish personal control.

Happy people have the ability to choose their own destinies. They don’t let others tell them how they should live their lives. Being in complete control of one’s own life brings positive feelings and a great sense of self-worth.

22. Accept what cannot be changed.

Once you accept the fact that life is not fair, you’ll be more at peace with yourself. Instead of obsessing over how unfair life is, just focus on what you can control and change it for the better.


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Mark Laita started this black and white portrait project “Created Equal” that focuses on the contrasts between people, and how their lives and cultures mold them. This fine art series shows in a rather beautiful way how similar we really are and possibly the only thing that really separates us is how we view each other. “At the heart of this collection of diptychs is my desire to remind us that we are all equal, until our environment, circumstances, or fate molded us and weathered us into whom we have become”.

“For over twenty years, advertising agencies worldwide have asked Mark Laita to bring his expertise, problem-solving abilities and signature style to their most important campaings. His clean, colorful, graphic photography has earned him a reputation for award inning work for clients such as Adidas, BMW, Van Cleef and Arpels, and MINI. Based in Los Angeles since 1986, Mark also maintains a studio in Manhattan for his New York clients. His grace, wit, and straightforward manner help to create a relaxed and efficient work environment that can handle all aspects of print advertising from elaborate prop building to complicated retouching. Mark’s images have been featured in campaings for clients as diverse as Estee Lauder, Budweiser, Visa, and IBM. His photography was used in the introduction of Apple’s iMac, iBook, G3 and subsequent campaigns for Apple products for ten years. Mark’s first book, Created Equal was published by Steidl in 2010. His second book, Sea was published by Abrams in late 2011. His upcoming book, Serpentine was released in 2013. His work has been exhibited at galleries in the U.S. and Europe.”

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You can purchase the book HERE at amazon.


31 Tips For Taking The Perfect Wedding Photo

Avoid disaster and embarrassment by following these simple rules.

1. Rule number one: No guns in shot.


Rule number one: No guns in shot.

Source: Matt Wright  /  via: mattwright

2. Can’t stress that one enough.


Can't stress that one enough.

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3. No snakes or iguanas either.


No snakes or iguanas either.

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4. Ensure everyone is appropriately attired.


Ensure everyone is appropriately attired.

5. Or puts a shirt on, at least.


Or puts a shirt on, at least.

6. Make sure the groom remains calm.


Make sure the groom remains calm.

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7. Do not, under any circumstances, get photobombed by an alpaca.


Do not, under any circumstances, get photobombed by an alpaca.

Photo by Caroline Tran.

8. Or a horse.


Or a horse.

9. Or a beluga whale.


Or a beluga whale.

10. Or a cat.


Or a cat.

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11. Or a sloth.


Or a sloth.

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12. Or this couple.


Or this couple.

13. Or Death.


Or Death.

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14. If the groom wants to ride the bride like a horse, politely discourage him.


If the groom wants to ride the bride like a horse, politely discourage him.

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15. If horses must be involved, choose your steed with care.


If horses must be involved, choose your steed with care.

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16. And be wary of this sort of thing.


And be wary of this sort of thing.

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17. The whole “miniature bride” effect is not ideal.


The whole "miniature bride" effect is not ideal.

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18. In fact it’s slightly unsettling.


In fact it's slightly unsettling.

19. And even when the tables are turned, it’s still not a good look.


And even when the tables are turned, it's still not a good look.

20. It’s great for the bride and groom to show affection, but there are limits.


It's great for the bride and groom to show affection, but there are limits.

Source: votklyuchke.ru  /  via: twicsy.com

21. Marriage is a sacred occasion, so cultivate a sense of sober refinement at all times.


Marriage is a sacred occasion, so cultivate a sense of sober refinement at all times.

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22. Dignity. Always dignity.


Dignity. Always dignity.

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23. Use Photoshop sparingly.


Use Photoshop sparingly.


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24. Because, really, you’re not fooling anyone.


Because, really, you're not fooling anyone.


25. Make sure every member of the wedding party shows how deliriously happy they are.


Make sure every member of the wedding party shows how deliriously happy they are.

Source: guyism.com  /  via: i.dailymail.co.uk

26. Scope the area out beforehand to avoid embarrassing mishaps like this.


Scope the area out beforehand to avoid embarrassing mishaps like this.

27. Or this.


31 Tips For Taking The Perfect Wedding Photo

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28. In fact, beaches generally are a bad idea.


In fact, beaches generally are a bad idea.

29. So choose your venue with care.


So choose your venue with care.

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30. This last point is worth reiterating.


This last point is worth reiterating.

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31. But most of all, it’s your special day, and you’ll be looking at these photos for the rest of your life – so remember to put on a happy face.


But most of all, it's your special day, and you'll be looking at these photos for the rest of your life - so remember to put on a happy face.

Source: i.imgur.com


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Marty Knapp – Portrait of a Photographer


This short profile film on Marty Knapp is a personal project. Marty has been photographing the landscapes of Northern California and the surrounding areas near Point Reyes for over 25 years. His work portrays the coastal wilderness area in the classic manner of the great American landscape photographer.


Director: Logan Kelsey

Camera: RED Scarlet-X
Editing: Final Cut Pro X
Music composed and scored by: Dexter Britain

The Official Trailer for Finding Vivian Maier

The Official Trailer for Finding Vivian Maier

The Official Trailer for Finding Vivian Maier

on Feb 17th 2013

Just because you didn’t get to go to that awesome photography conference doesn’t mean that you can’t learn something from the pros! Occasionally, we’ll be featuring a recommended photography lecture or interview on Phototuts+.

If you don’t already know the story of Vivian Maier and how her name has risen to the top of influential street photographers, then go look her up now. She went her entire life without being recognized as a photographic genius, only to have her work discovered in a auctioned-off storage unit. The entire story of Vivian Maier is incredible, and soon they’ll be releasing a documentary about the discovery of her work.




Download free Canon Picture Styles

Did you know that you can download additional Canon Picture Styles for free from Canon’s website?

It’s a little-known fact, but a  number of additional Picture Styles are available fromweb.canon.jp/imaging/picturestyle. Here’s how to download and use these new creative filters.

How to download free Canon Picture Styles: step 1

01 Select some styles
Open Canon’s Picture Style web page in your browser, and click on one of the ‘Extended Function’ Picture Styles listed to see more information about that particular style.


How to download free Canon Picture Styles: step 2

02 Download the styles
Each picture style comes complete with example images and a description of the effect. Click the Download button for any you want, to save them to your computer.


How to download free Canon Picture Styles: step 3

03 Install to camera
Connect your camera to your computer and run the EOS Utility program supplied with your D-SLR. Click on Camera settings/Remote shooting and then Register User Defined Style.


VIA: http://www.photoplusmag.com