Joel Meyerowitz: ‘What you put in the frame determines the photograph’

In this video from Phaidon Press, Taking My Time photographer Joel Meyerowitz discusses some deep concepts in his street photography about how he isn’t necessarily interested in photographing a singular thing but rather the relationship between things.

He also emphasizes the importance of the Leica rangefinder, which allows him to see both what’s in the frame in one eye and the context of the external world surrounding that frame.

Watch Thomas Heaton Pick His Shots in Iceland with a Midnight Sun

In this video, photographer Thomas Heaton travels around Iceland looking for just the right shot at a variety of locations. One of the unique aspects of Heaton’s video is that you feel like you are walking through the process with him as he tries to find just the right shot in just the right location.

You hear him say throughout the video that it’s worth the time to walk around and see what is there rather than just arrive and start shooting. Of course, the slow fading light in Iceland helps with that process too. As he points out, you might have 10 minutes to set up and get a sunset show in England (or the US) but Iceland gives you three hours of similar sunset light so you can wait for just the right moment.

Clocking in at over 16 minutes, it is longer than most YouTube tutorial videos; however, it is well shot and edited for those interested in the photographic process.

[via Reddit]

Need Some Pointers for Shooting Fireworks This Weekend?

Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks

There are plenty of creative ways to shoot fireworks but if you’ve never got good shots before, I’ve got some good pointers to help you get it right this year. I wrote a post a couple years ago with some basic settings for shooting fireworks.

Check it out here: Camera Settings for Shooting Fireworks

Hope this helps you get some great shots this weekend during your Fourth of July celebration…

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography – New Book

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography is a new book from photographer Glenn Randall.

“In this book, there are discussions about exposure and composition—providing the best techniques to calculate exposure in even the most challenging lighting conditions. Randall also dives into compositional techniques, moving beyond the basics to discuss color, balance, and depth. He addresses key scientific concepts that impact landscape photography, such as geography, optics, vision, and psychology. Included in these discussions is how he uses contemporary technology to aid in his preparation, as well as coverage of digital capture techniques and post-processing to achieve spectacular landscape photographs.”

The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $28.03 on