What Obama’s Photographer Learned About Travel

During his eight years as the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, Pete Souza, the former director of the White House Photo Office, traveled to all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Those trips added up to more than 1,300 flights on Air Force One and nearly 1.5 million miles.

“My job was to basically tag along with the president and visually capture the professional and personal moments in his life,” said Mr. Souza, 62, who was also the official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan.

He shot almost two million images during his tenure with Mr. Obama, and his new book, “Obama: An Intimate Portrait,” released in November, has 315 of the most memorable ones. Besides the tension-filled shot of Mr. Obama and his advisers in the Situation Room during the Osama bin Laden mission, there are several pictures from the president’s travels including an image of him with his family in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro at night in the fog and a picture of him looking at the Great Wall of China.

Below are edited excerpts from an interview with Mr. Souza.

Full Story @ New York Times

Shooting down the idea of free stock photos

I was recently alerted to stock photo website PixaBay by my photographer friends.

PixaBay offers royalty-free photos from its contributors, that anyone can use, manipulate and distribute without the need for permission or any attribution to the artist.

While I personally cannot fathom the thought of giving away my photos for free, I think PixaBay contributors probably want some exposure or love the thrill of seeing their photos being used instead of just getting “likes” on Instagram.

It sounds like a great deal for those in the advertising and marketing industry who need photos for their promotion collaterals.

You know, when things sound too good to be true, they usually turn out to be false. But in this case, it is actually true.

Full Story @ The Straits Times

“This Family’s Hilarious Photoshoot Went Viral Due to Some, Uh, Heavy Retouching”


Over the weekend, Pam Zaring shared the final, retouched images from her recent family photoshoot in St. Louis, which made her family look like — for lack of a better description — soulless, razor-toothed creatures who emerged from the nearby lake.

Zaring said the photoshoot happened back in May, and it’s apparently taken this long for the photographer to figure out how to edit them. After nearly a year, this is what she was sent. Brace yourselves.

Full Story @ Cosmo


Meet the Chinese sports photographer still going strong at 79

Hong Nanli stands just 153 centimetres (5ft) tall and at 79 years-old this indefatigable grandmother is almost certainly the oldest working sports photographer in China, if not beyond.

It makes her a minor celebrity in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and macho and in which many of her peers are less than half her age.

But it is not just her fellow journalists who snap selfies with her at sports matches and press conferences. Players and coaches also often seek her out because she cuts such an incongruous figure.

Full Story: South China Morning Post

Google App Finds Your Fine Art Lookalike: How to Use It

Just in case you missed the recent obsession…

Specifically, the Arts & Culture app will take a selfie you shoot and run it through a database of artworks shared by institutions partnered with Google cultural program. Then, it will present you with the top matches, with a percentage that indicates how close a match it thinks you are.

Continue at Toms Guide:

“Do NOT Fake It Till You Make It as a Photographer”

GREAT article & why I have turned down assignment offers.

Know your skill level.

I see the posts. You see them, too. A session gone wrong because a photographer didn’t know want to do. And they didn’t know what to do because they hadn’t yet acquired the skills necessary to do that thing they were hired to do. They said “yes” before they knew what they were doing.

I remember one such story. A gal had agreed to photograph a family at a beachfront hotel; a family that hadn’t been together in years. She photographed them on the balcony in the middle of a sunny day. The balcony was in shade. The beach behind them, in bright sunlight. The client wanted to get both them AND the beautiful beach in the pictures. Remember this family hadn’t been together for years and it would be years before they were together again.

Read full article at: PetaPixel (blog) 

Photography show to shed more light on dementia


A new photography show, set to open this weekend at Owen Sound’s Tom Thomson Art Gallery, is intended to depict a “different side of dementia,” organizers say.

“People have a perception of dementia that as soon as you get it, you are unable to do things or remember things or you go immediately into a retirement home and that’s just not the case,” project co-ordinator Chris Doyle of the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce said in an interview Thursday.

He said it’s still possible to live well and learn new things after receiving a diagnosis.

Read at Owen Sound Sun Times