When a Snowstorm Makes the Perfect Photo Opportunity

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. That’s when you learn to adapt. That’s exactly what photographer Ryan Taylor was forced to do when a private on-track photo shoot with athlete Claudio Caluori at Red Bull Crashed Ice in Minnesota was almost ruined by a snowstorm.

Instead of canceling the shoot, Taylor made the most of it. He even used the droplets of water sprayed onto his camera lens by the snow to his advantage.

The result? This awesome photo:

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In his blog post on CustomSLR.com, Taylor writes that his experience is ”proof that you should always go shoot during the storm”

Read the full post here.

Photographer Colby Brown on Anticipating the Moment

When people see a photo, they often don’t consider the work that went into capturing it. Photographer Colby Brown wrote a blog post on Custom SLR that talks about three photos he took while traveling, and proves there’s more to an image than meets the eye.

A Monk Walking through Angkor Wat in Cambodia

A Monk Walking through Angkor Wat in Cambodia


A dive boat returning to shore in Thailand.

A dive boat returning to shore in Thailand.


Hot Air Balloons move throughout the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar

Hot Air Balloons move throughout the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar

Though Brown says he lucked out on the first photo of the monk, the two others required a lot of preparation. The hot air balloon photo in particular was very deliberate; he planned the trip months in advance and spent four days scouting out the perfect spot just to capture that image.

While sometimes we do truly capture a “spur of the moment” image, often great photos require great planning.

For the full story, visit Custom SLR.

Do you have a photo with a story you’d like to share? Share it in the comments, and tell us what work went into preparing for it.

Premium Cameras and Luxury Cars: Photography Workshop Hosted by Professional Photographer Chris Garrison

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Spend a full day shooting luxury cars with high-end cameras under the guidance of professional photographer Chris Garrison. The Passion, Education and Exposure Photography Workshop is coming to life thanks to the partnership of Phase One, the makers of high-end medium format camera systems and software, and the duPont REGISTRY, a luxury marketplace.

Date and Location:
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EST)
St. Petersburg, FL

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New Year, New Direction: Take Our Short Survey and You Could Win a Prize!

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Can you believe today is the last day of 2014? We started Resized just seven months ago, with the goal of providing photographers with insider tips and information on the industry every week. In 2015, we will be changing direction.

Because we value you as a reader, we want to know what you’d like to see from us in the coming year. Depending upon your feedback and desires, we might decide to post more often. Otherwise, we will be publishing articles less frequently.

Fill out the survey at the bottom of this post to give us your feedback on Resized. On Jan. 15, 2015, we will select one participant at random to win a $100 B&H gift card!

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Attend Free Photography Talks from the Pros at Sports Shooter Academy XI Open House on Nov. 5

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Networking and professional development are must-haves for any photographer. Here’s an opportunity to get both: the Sports Shooter Academy XI Open House in Costa Mesa, California on Nov. 5. The event is open to the public and completely free.

Be the first to see new products from camera companies, purchase gear at discounted prices and enjoy talks from high-profile photographers.

Hear from Professional Photographers

Rod Mar (Seattle Seahawks team photographer)
Make the Big-Time Where You Are: Getting Excited About Photography

Grover Sanschagrin (VP of Business Development and Co-Founder of PhotoShelter)
Modern Marketing For Photographers

Brad Mangin (Bay Area freelance photographer)
Baseball photography from the Hall of Fame to Instagram

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This Tiny, Misunderstood Dot Improves Your Camera

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“Gellin’ Like Magellan: ProDot is Like a Dr. Scholl’s Insert for Your Shutter Finger.”

-Michael Zhang, PetaPixel

Though some were skeptical before they tried Custom SLR’s ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade, launched on Kickstarter in 2012, the little red dot has gone on to silence critics and become one of the company’s best-selling products. It was even selected by Men’s Journal as one of the “Best Camera Add-Ons of 2013.”

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