5 Brilliant Minutes with Gregory Heisler

This short video of Gregory Heisler packs so much wisdom and advice for photographers into a little more than 5 minutes. You can’t watch this video and fail to take something away from it.

If you want to hear more from the man, Heisler also has a recent book called Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits, in which he breaks down 50 of his portraits and reveals his creative and technical processes for each shot.

[via PetaPixel]

Watch the 2014 Gulf Photo Plus Shootout w/ Zack Arias and Sara Lando

The annual Gulf Photo Plus Shootout never ceases to impress. If you aren’t familiar with past years’ format, “it pits two or three photographers against each other in a room full of photographers and they have to shoot, edit, retouch and present a photo within 20 minutes to a brief that is revealed at the event!”

This year, it was Zack Arias against Italian photographer Sara Lando. And, man, they were both great!

Think Tank Photo’s ‘About a Photograph’ Series Asks “When Do You Take a Photo?”

In this ‘About a Photograph’ story from Think Tank Photo, photojournalist Al Diaz tells the story behind this powerful image of a nurse performing infant CPR on the side of the road. Diaz has a great breakdown of how the events happened and what went into when and why he captured the photo.

You can read more about this story here on Al Diaz’s blog.

[via About a Photograph]

HBO Documentary ‘Witness’ Follows Combat Photographers

‘Witness’ is a new 4-part documentary from HBO and executive producers Michael Mann and Davide Frankham.  It follows combat photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, South Sudan and Brazil.  The next episode airs tonight at 9pm ET.

Check out the trailer below.

More details on HBO’s website.

[via A Photo Editor]

Zack Arias Earns His “OneLight” Keep with a Crappy Kodak Compact

Kodak C142

Zack Arias is known for his OneLight mantra and has been making waves for the past few years as a standout commercial and editorial photographer in Atlanta.  Kai over at DigitalRev got him out in a Chinese back alley for a round of Pro Photographer Cheap Camera.

In this episode, Zack gets stuck with a full-auto Kodak C142 digital camera and a single speedlight.  Then, he has to figure out how to make the two work together and turn out something respectable.

It’s worth a watch to see just how much Zack can pull out of a $79 camera and a single speedlight.

Quotable: “The Future Of Photography Is Convergence”

Over at A Photo Editor, there’s an interesting interview with Vincent Laforet concerning the future of photography.  In it he discusses where these photo and video cameras are heading, including how new technology will affect the vision required to capture “the decisive moment.”

Here’s what’s important, if you can shoot 120 frames or 96 frames per second at a high resolution, it removes one of the single most difficult aspects of being a photographer, which is to capture the “decisive moment.”

Head on over to A Photo Editor the the complete interview.

NatGeo Photographer Paul Nicklen on TED Talks

Paul Nicklen is renowned Arctic and Antarctic wildlife photographer. Has a passion for these regions and the wildlife within, which is demonstrated by both his photography and words about life there.

In late-2009, I passed along a short video about his encounter with a leopard seal in Antarctica.  While it was only less than 2-minutes long, it was a very powerful video, featuring Nicklen’s world-class photography and a very cool story. [Read more...]