“The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.” - Abraham Maslow
Shooting musicians and doing it well is no easy task. The lighting is often bad and they are constantly moving, making it extremely difficult to get a decent composition. Herman Leonard was one of the best. He has been called “the greatest jazz photographer in the history of the genre by Bill Clinton” and in the intro for one of Leonard’s books, Quincy Jones wrote , “When people think of jazz, their mental picture is likely one of Herman’s.” [via Professional Photography Blog]
I didn’t get the chance to see the transit of Venus past the sun on Tuesday, but this incredible time-lapse video shows a view that no one else was able to get. [via John Knack]
Have you ever wondered about the different kinds of light and how they affect your photography? Karl Taylor does a great job explaining the four main types and how they will change the way you shoot in this short 10 minute video. Karl also has a great set of instructional DVDs geared towards beginners all the way to professionals.
The Lively Morgue, that is what they are calling the photo archives at the NY Times. They recently launched a Tumblr feed to share as many of these photos as possible with the world. Unfortunately, because there are so many (over ten million is the estimate) they say that if they digitize and publish ten photos a day every weekday on Tumblr, they wouldn’t have the whole thing online until the year 3935. [via NPR The Picture Show]
Although I do like the iPad (whenever I can get it away from Jeffery), I have never understood the purpose of the camera other than Facetime. I could never imagine using it to shoot seriously. After reading this article by Hopper Stone I’ve definitely changed my mind. Using his iPad and Snapseed for post-processing, he is getting some very impressive shots. I can see why he is now calling it his favorite camera. [via Nik Software]
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