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Nine straight-forward tips from an award-winning travel photographer

13 Jan

Travel photographer Bob Holmes recently put together this quick-tips video for Advancing Your Photography in which he shares nine useful photography tips; or, as Holmes puts it in the video, nine ‘crutches’ for when you feel like the muse has deserted you.

They’re basic tips, but this is what Holmes looks for when he goes out to shoot—lines, punctuation, and energy—and they’re the reason he has managed to continue producing award-winning work year after year after year.

For those of you who prefer reading to watching, here’s a quick summary of all nine tips:

  1. Look for leading lines – they can lead your viewer through the composition
  2. Look for diagonals – they give a dynamic feel to your photos
  3. Look for horizontal lines – they will give a calm feel to your photos
  4. Capture gestures – they can really help your photo pop
  5. Try to find ‘punctuation’ – like a splash of color or a solitary person in a larger landscape
  6. Put energy into your photos – you can do this by capturing movement in the frame
  7. Be receptive – let the picture ‘impress itself’ upon you
  8. Look at art for inspiration – famous paintings are often examples of fantastic composition and great lighting at work.
  9. Look at photography books for inspiration – there’s a reason the Irving Penn’s and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s of the world are still remembered today.

The tips might seem overly simplistic, but simple isn’t always a bad thing when you’re trying to get out of a rut. And it’s not like Bob Holmes doesn’t know what he’s talking about: he’s the only photographer to ever win the Travel Photographer of the Year Award 5 times, most recently in 2017.

Check out the video above for photo to go with each of the tips, and then let us know if you have your own “get out of a rut” routine in the comments.

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Award-winning wildlife photos capture candid moments

09 Nov

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An owl in mid-flight, a polar bear peering from under icy waters, to a monkey being blasted by snow are some of the winning images from this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Elephants surrounding a watering hole in Botswana by South African photographer Greg du Toit was the overall winner. See gallery 

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Future Architecture: 7 Surreal Award-Winning Skyscrapers

09 Apr

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The first skyscrapers were impossible drawings at the times they were imagined, yet today glass towers that scale to the skies are everyday structures.  On land, by sea, in the air (or in one case: outer space), these entries are daring and visionary, defying convention, technology and at times even gravity.

skyscraper polar umbrella project

First, the winner of the 2013 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, the Polar Umbrella (by Derek Pirozzi), a buoyant skyscraper that protects and regenerates the polar ice caps. The umbrella helps shade the ice below it, which is, in turn, rebuilt via water frozen by energy generated “through an osmotic (salinity gradient power) power facility housed within the building’s core.”

skyscraper first place award

It can much more than just a remote outpost: “Through its desalinization and power facilities, this arctic skyscraper becomes a floating metropolis equipped with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) research laboratories, renewable power stations, dormitory-style housing units, eco-tourist attractions, and ecological habitats for wildlife.”

skyscraper flying light park

From the sea we shift our sights to the sky, where a high-flying design (third-place winner) aims to supplement dense cities with much-needed recreational and green space. Capped with a helium balloon and supported by solar-powered propellers, Light Park (by Ting Xu and Yiming Chen) is a floating skyscraper.

skyscraper sky park diagrams

Lofted greenery helps clean the air above urban centers, and the plan balances program and structure: “Programmatic platforms that host parks, sports fields, green houses, restaurants, and other uses are suspended from the top of the structure by reinforced steel cables; the platforms fan in different directions around the spherical vessel to balance its weight. These slabs are also staggered to allow for maximum exposure to sunlight on each level.”

skyscraper space gravity grid

Before we get to a few back on the ground,  we have covered sea, sky and the next step? Space. That’s where the Stratosphere Network of Skyscrapers comes in – a bold idea by a Chinese team to create a skyscraper grid in space. The Buckminster-Fuller-worthy hex network of globe-spanning architectural infrastructure is mind-boggling in its implications. Independently, these incredible towers are impossible to support, but as a network, they reinforce one another, and are mutually suspended above the Earth.

skyscraper futuristic network diagrams

If is a tall order in practice, but a brilliant concept in theory: “In this case the network of buildings and bridges connected to each other, covering the entire circumference of the earth, will no longer need structural ground support and can be suspended in the air by the effect of the earth gravity. The elevated bridges and buildings that relate the grid can reach any height with out worrying about overturning, earth-quakes, floods and any other natural disasters.”

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Award-Winning Photographer Dan Winters in-studio on The Alex Jones Show 2/4

05 Mar

Alex also talks with noted and award-winning Austin, Texas, photographer Dan Winters, who has published photographs in New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Los Angeles Magazine, Fortune and other periodicals. www.danwintersphoto.com www.infowars.com www.prisonplanet.tv

Excellent short! Kinda reminds me the SAMURAI JACK style (especially the episodes with mercenaries/pirates/thugs), if you know what I mean… So, tonight we’ll rock with the rocking vikings on their boat. Feel free to sing along, even thought there are no lyrics: you can always improvise something. Jason Forrest is an electronic music producer known for noisy experimental electronica and breakcore. Until 2004 he recorded under the name Donna Summer. He created the record label Cock Rock Disco to release his own recordings. (Source: Wikipedia) War Photographer is featured on his album Shamelessly Exciting, released in October 2005. As I said, the author of the video is Joel Trussell. He’s currently represented by Abacus and One Small Step.

 

Award-Winning Photographer Dan Winters in-studio on The Alex Jones Show 1/4

19 Nov

Alex also talks with noted and award-winning Austin, Texas, photographer Dan Winters, who has published photographs in New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Los Angeles Magazine, Fortune and other periodicals. www.danwintersphoto.com www.infowars.com www.prisonplanet.tv
Video Rating: 4 / 5