If you want to be a photographer, don’t forget to take pictures! Sounds ridiculous, but you’d be surprised at how many people tell me they want to become a photographer. There’s no “becoming” a photograph, just be a photographer. The only difference is you either take pictures or not!

Alex Prager, featured in Foam Magazine #24/Talent, on submitting to the Foam Talent Call (via foam-magazine)

Great advice. Get out there and shoot! 

Reblogged from foam-magazine

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A Useful Tip: The Sunny 16 Rule

When we have no light meter, when we have one but forgotten at home, when we do not know how to use it and when we did not download the app, or do not have smartphone: The Sunny 16 Rule is our salvation!

Okay, so at the moment there’s not much sun here in the UK, but when it does come out this handy tip from lomography has you covered! And if you are considering getting back into film or trying it for the first time, check out these cool Lomography cameras! 

Reblogged from lomographicsociety

Photoshop inspired interactive video (the Tanlines)

A sure sign of how successful something is when it starts to transcend into popular culture. Adobe’s Photoshop gets the music video treatment in this very cool interactive experiment with the Tanlines’ latest single -Not the Same, in partnership with Vice and Intel. 

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Of course, if you’ve never used Photoshop to edit your photos, this whole concept will be lost on you, but if you have, then the ability to turn band members on and off as layers and the ability to change backgrounds will make much more sense. Great concept and we even like the tune…

(c) Jan von Hollenben - from the series Action Heroes (c) Jan von Hollenben - from the series Action Heroes

We think really good photography should invoke a strong emotional response. Which is why when we saw Jan von Hollenben’s work, we had to feature it. If his recent work on the series Action Heroes, doesn’t invoke a smile then we don’t know what will.  

Capturing Children in new and creative ways isn’t easy but Jan does just that in his work. Using layers and playing with perspective he creates real action hero escapism in this piece of work. Do make sure you click through and visit his site to see the rest of this series but also his other work too. 

So, as ever, rather than just post the images, we wanted to get a few words from our featured photogrpaher, Jan. 

So how did you get into photography? 

"My dad is a director of photography in television and my mom is a child therapist!

For my 13th birthday I got a bright red snapshot camera and started to imitate my dads earlier stills photography when he still was very experimental with his imagery.

This continued through college taking part in photo workshops over 4 years until I started teaching it myself. A university degree in history and theory of photography and 5 years of having fun in various places within the London photographic industry as art director, photographic director, picture editor and founder of two photographic communities gave me all the necessary understanding of the ‘how to do photography’.

I never wanted to become a photographer initially, as I hated the idea of an exhausting and difficult career. However, when  my personal portfolio suddenly took off in 2006 when showing it to a few people and the internet helping spreading the images through a thousand blogs, I opted for a trial of being a professional photographer! That trial is still going on today and is the greatest job that I can imagine. I wonder when its gonna be over? Until then I will get the best and most and greatest out of it!”

What’s you dream photography location or shoot? 

"It can be anywhere friendly and peaceful (urban or rural) with 2-3 sweet and lovely people, all the time in the world and no plan at all but the goal of taking some images.

I love improvising from nothing. There is so much freedom and you can create the best photographs out of only a few very simple things.”

What inspired the Action heroes concept? 

"A few years after ‘Dreams of Flying’, the kids that originally starred in them grew up. They were becoming teenagers and started thinking very differently about their heroes and stars. 

Narrative structures changed into examination of the ego. Besides being interested in creating stories, they were eager to play roles, challenge themselves and discover their identity!

The Action heroes stem out of that interest and need to depict role play differently when being a teenager! We established some archetypal and modern characters and also added an extra level of photography to it (the complexity got thicker). The kids do not only lie on the floor, we also placed objects onto the finished photographs and rephotographed them in order to achieve a three dimensional setting.”

And finally, what advice would you give to young photographers? 

"Please please please: Make always sure when taking pictures to have fun and work hard at the same time!  :-) “