Photographer Dustin Snipes had only 20 minutes with Oakland A’s pitcher Scott Kazmir, but that didn’t stop him from getting stunning shots for ESPN Magazine. In this post, check out behind-the-scenes photos and video from the shoot.
If you can make it work, earning a living being the viewfinder is awesome. Here’s why:
1. You’ll find yourself in places you never expected because a camera grants you access.
For example, I flew over New Orleans in a Chinook helicopter with the back down taking pictures right after Katrina. I’ve photographed people climbing in Chamonix, France, and I’ve been on the field during NFL games.
2. The feeling you get when you make a great picture is unlike anything else.
That’s usually because you’ve been working really hard and then the picture you’ve been chasing finally happens. It’s sort of like summiting a peak: You work and scramble for hours then finally reap the rewards.
3. You get to share your experiences with thousands, if not millions of people.
If you’ve ever been published in a newspaper or magazine you’ll know why this is important. It’s great to have other people react to the moments you’ve captured.
4. You can be self-employed.
Freelancing is not easy, but the flexibility is worth it. No 9-5, and no annoying bosses.
5. You get to play with gear all day long.
Half the job is making pictures, but the other half is deciding what cameras, lenses, lights, software, etc. you’re going to use to make the picture.
What’s your favorite part of being a photographer? Share in the comments below!
Often in the midst of our busy lives we can lose our sense of wonder. Then along come photos that remind us of what an incredible world we live in, like these images gathered by The Open Mind. Explore the photos below. They just might ignite your urge to get out in nature and capture some awesome shots of your own.
A clownfish and eel come face to face
Being a photographer isn’t an easy job. That’s why we’ve rounded up six photography apps that’ll make your life easier (we even found one that makes all that legal paperwork a breeze!).
Like a scene straight out of a fantasy movie, Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova has captured images of exotic, large animals in harmony with human beings.
Believe it or not, these photos were created not with the magic of Photoshop, but with the help of some daring models and professional animal trainers. Plotnikova even gives us a peek behind the scenes with some photos showing the trainers in them (see the one with the trainer feeding a strawberry to the bear).
Stan Evans, a professional photographer and avid motorcyclist, noticed a pattern with motorcycle videos and photos: Almost all of them feature male riders. So he decided to do something different.
“I grew up in a household around a lot of strong women…my mother, my sister,” Evans said in his behind-the-scenes video. “I was really interested in the idea of having a female rider.”
The photography industry is constantly evolving; nothing demonstrates this more than the uptick in usage of compact mirrorless cameras, whether it’s the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras – or even smartphones.
Recently PhotoShelter asked professional photographers which non-DSLR they like to use, and their varied responses might surprise you.
Back in the day Photoshop was great for toning photos. It’s a robust and brilliant piece of software. But I’d like to personally thank Adobe for following up with Lightroom. It’s much easier to use and has streamlined the toning process in important ways. Here are five quick tips in Lightroom 5 that will help you produce well-adjusted photos every time.
Ever wonder what it’s like to snap photos of sharks in their natural habitat? Wonder no more.
In honor of Shark Week, the wildly popular annual series on the Discovery Channel, we’ve got a roundup of photos from two prominent shark photographers.