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7 Tips for Photographing Kids

Digital Photo School over in Melbourne have many useful tutorials and guides, this one caught my eye as I had recently seen some very poor examples of kids photography. This article is by Darlene Hildebrandt

Notice something about the title of the article? It doesn’t say how to take “portraits” of kids! Kids, especially those five and under, pretty much dictate how the photography session is going to unfold, and it usually involves moving. Fast! Over the years my style has evolved from format portraiture with medium format film camera (which is NOT conducive to movement) to 35mm, and finally to digital. Digital allows much more freedom of motion and with a few tips you should be on your way to some great photos of kids. 


  • have patience
  • be ready
  • get down to their level
  • using natural light or flash
  • choose your focus mode carefully
  • be a goofball
  • let them run the session, don’t try and control it

_MG_6388©Keith Barnes

Read more: http://digital-photography-school.com/7-tips-for-photographing-kids#ixzz2e2Mo7UyI

Firecracker award goes to Nadia Sablin, for photographs full of intimate power

Firecracker :

Firecracker is an online platform dedicated to supporting european women photographers.

Despite many fantastic women working with photographic media, the industry continues to be dominated by male counterparts.

Firecracker assists the promotion of women photographers by showcasing their work in a series of monthly online gallery features.

Photographers are brought to our attention via a network of industry professionals and guest curator spots from high profile individuals.

In 2012 the annual Firecracker Photographic Grant was launched to assist a woman photographer born or residing in Europe with the completion of a documentary photographic project.

The annual award was won this year by Nadia Sablin, Sean O’Hagen reports in The Guardian, and as a judge for the competition should have insights

A stunning photographic portrait of Sablin’s two elderly aunts, living quietly in rural Russia, has won a documentary prize – and deservedly so

Nadia Sablin has won the 2013 Firecracker award, which provides funding for a female photographer to complete a documentary photographic project. She is the second recipient of the award; last yearJo Metson Scott took the prize for her series, The Grey Line.

Two Sisters, Nadia Sablin, Firecracker award 2013

Love and wonder … Sablin’s two aunts puzzle over a crossword

I am not sure the value of work should necessary be selected by the sex of the artist but I do think Firecracker are doing a good job, you should go and have a look at their rather minimal site, here is a link


Pictures of the day from the Guardian

Brazil Art Rio

A man looks at a photograph titled Monkey by Oleg Dou at the ART Rio-International art fair in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Silvia Izquierdo/AP


We’re not giving you one cute panda picture today but 12! This is one of Lun Lun’s newborn twin cubs at Atlanta zoo, US. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media


People cool off at the Place de la Republique in Paris, France. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images


A worker sprays paint on the beak of the “Rubber Duck” that will measure 18 metres high . Photograph: Pichi Chuang/Reuters


See more of the pictures of the day here

What Every Photographer Ought to Know About Successful Event Photography

Written by Jason Little is a photographer (shooting macros, portraits, candids, and the occasional landscape), part time writer, and full time lover of music. You can see Jason’s photography on his photography blog or on Flickr. Find him on Lightstalking

A lot of my professional photography could be thought of as event photography and although I do believe the subject is wider than the advice here these 6 points all fit into my thoughts, read and learn

I know that many people, upon hearing the term “event photography,” immediately begin to think of fancy gatherings like award shows, corporate fundraisers, weddings, proms, any manner of so-called black tie affair. But in reality — as far as a photographer should be concerned, at least — as long as you have a gathering of people doing something, loosely speaking, you may very well have an event on your hands. 

It could be an elementary school fundraiser, a community bake sale, a family reunion, a photography meet-up. It doesn’t matter how the people are dressed or whether there are any celebrities in attendance; introducing your camera to a crowd of people represents an ocean of interesting possibilities and observations, in terms of both human behavior and photography.

Regardless of whether you’re shooting in a very formal atmosphere like a wedding, or a more laid back, casual setting like a birthday party, there are a few universally applicable tips for successfully photographing any event.

_MG_0345©Keith Barnes – Photographers Workshop

Click Here: What Every Photographer Ought to Know About Successful Event Photography 

Interview with Steve McCurry

“I’ve never been interested in accumulating stamps in my passport,” says Steve McCurry, who nonetheless has gone through many little blue books during his decades as a photojournalist traveling up, down, and around six continents. Work has carried him from the temples of Angkor to refugee settlements at the Afghan-Pakistan border to India, where he tracked a monsoon—the “gift of the gods.” Everyone knows his most famous photo—the haunting green eyes ofAfghan Girl, which made National Geographic’s cover in 1985 and gave a face to the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan—yet it’s only one image in a career that has spanned the globe.

“I have never thought of my pictures in terms of covers,” says McCurry, who’s a recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal. “I look for pictures that tell a story of what it is like to be that person in that place at that time.”

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Steve McCurry/Magnum

Though he has traversed six continents on assignment as a photojournalist, McCurry says a good subject can be found anywhere.

McCurry, 63, is one of an increasingly rare breed. He’s still sent to some of the most dangerous and newsworthy locations in the world to capture a particular moment in time. An engrossing new book about his career,Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs (to be published by Phaidon Press on September 3), contains photo series, essays, journals, and assignment letters fromTime, National Geographic, and, yes, even one from Newsweek granting permission to shoot a story about refugees in Pakistan. Now magazines and newspapers are more likely to cut their photo staffs (as was the case at theChicago Sun-Times this May) than to groom the next generation of McCurrys. But, as McCurry says, a photographer’s duty is to adapt to a changing landscape.

Here, he allows the attention to turn to a rare subject: himself. McCurry shares withNewsweek his thoughts on the ubiquity of iPhone photography, his advice for photojournalists of the future, and some of the most haunting images he’s ever seen. Read more here

This interview has been edited and condensed.