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Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 11

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these Websites:

Andrew Eccles: Andrew Eccles is a world-class photographer with a world-class portfolio to prove it. Some people who have appeared in front of his lens: Woody Allen, Richard Branson (chairman of the Virgin Group), Mel Brooks and SNL’s Tina Fey. His images are absolutely stunning.

Chris Borgman: NYC-based photographer Chris Borgman uses color and light in a stunning way. His images are bright, beautiful and surreal. This is a go-to Website on those rainy, dreary days when you need a little color-pick-me-up.  Borgman’s client list includes: Miller Lite, Coca Cola, Miami Ad School and Virgin Records.

Nick Didlick: Canadian photographer Nick Didlick has more than three decades experience behind the lens. He has covered Olympics, Super Bowls, Summits and other events that mark a photojournalist’s career.

Photographers You Should Know: Robert Doisneau

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Information for the article was gathered from Robert

French photographer Robert Doisneau’s work represents street photography, Parisian style.

‘Musician in the Rain.’ (Photo Credit: Robert Doisneau)

‘Musician in the Rain.’ (Photo Credit: Robert Doisneau)

Born April 14, 1912 in Gentilly, France, he studied engraving at the Ecole Estienne in Chantilly. Upon graduating, however, he found that his training was obsolete so he learned photography. He worked in the advertising department of pharmaceutical firm, providing detailed photographic work. He sold his first photo essay in 1932. The essay was about a flea market. The photos were purchased by the daily newspaper, L’Excelsior.

From then, Doisneau worked a variety of jobs: camera assistant to sculptor Andrei Vigneaux; military service and then as an industrial and advertising photographer for the French auto manufacturer Renault in 1934. In 1939, he was fired from the Renault job and he took up advertising and postcard photography to earn a living.

Doisneau worked for the Rapho photo agency prior to being drafted into military service in 1939. He was a soldier and a photographer for the French Resistance and he even had an opportunity to use the engraving training he received, manufacturing fake passports and identification papers. During the war, he photographed both the Occupation and Paris Liberation.

Doisneau’s cover portrait of Pablo Picasso for Life magazine (Photo Credit: Robert Doisneau)

Doisneau’s cover portrait of Pablo Picasso for Life magazine (Photo Credit: Robert Doisneau)

After the war, he worked for Life magazine and took up high society and fashion photography for Paris Vogue magazine. He also photographed many well known artists including Cocteau, Picasso and Leger.

Doisneau died April 1, 1994 in Paris.

Tips and Tricks: Look for Facial Expressions in Sports Photos

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I don’t pretend to be a know-it-all sports photographer. It’s an area of photography in which practice makes perfect but through my career – especially while working in photojournalism – I have had many opportunities to photography sporting events.

The eyes have it. Look for emotion in sports images. (Photo Credit: Jeremy Schneider)

The eyes have it. Look for emotion in sports images. (Photo Credit: Jeremy Schneider)

One of the more frequent complaints I hear from both students and photo hobbyists who photography sports is their images lack a certain “punch.” So here’s a little tip that my help: Look for emotion.

I’ve said it before on this Website … emotion is the one element a photograph needs to communicate and it holds true in sports photography as much as it does for portrait work.

Sports, fortunately, are ripe with expressive moments. It just a matter of catching the right look, the right facial expression at the right moment. It takes time, patience, practice and the right gear to do so.

Keep your eyes open and stay focused on the game. Once you get the “rhythm” of the game down, then you’ll be able to predict when the action – and emotion – will occur.

Good luck and keep shooting!

Written by jeremyparce

April 13, 2009 at 5:36 am