Expert tips for taking pictures at Burning Man

The panel: Curious Josh, Ryan, Liana, Kevissimo and Paynie

A group of super-talented LA photographers got together in a downtown loft the other night to talk about taking pictures at Burning Man, and there was a ton of helpful information you want to know about, whether you're planning to bring a high-end DSLR, a disposable camera from the supermarket, or anything in between.

Here's who was there and where to see their work. Take a look. These folks are seriously good:
* Ryan Jesena - http://tinyurl.com/6k8epez
* Curious Josh - http://tinyurl.com/66mdqt3
* Steve Payne - http://www.paynie.net/
* Liana Bandžiulytė - http://tinyurl.com/5s8ucmx
* Kevin Rolly - http://www.kevissimo.com

So what they have to say about photographing on the playa is going to be worth your while. And we'll get to some of their tips in a minute, but there's some fine print that should come first. Lots has been written already about the rights and responsibilities of photographers on the playa, and we don't have to go over it all again. But what a lot of it boils down to is:


hard times in Tonopah, Nevada

hard times in Tonopah, Nevada
Originally uploaded by john curley

a road trip to Death Valley, with stops in hardscrabble towns along Route 95 in Nevada.

This is a layered exposure, and all shooting and editing was done in an iPhone.


Some of the most beautiful time-lapse photography you'll ever see, from an upcoming feature film

These pieces by photographer Tom Lowe are truly gorgeous, and the Timescapes site includes a blog with information about the locations and methods that are being used in making the film. Awesome and inspiring.


What dogs look like at 1,000 FPS

This video has been around a little while (at 3 million views currently maybe MORE than a little while), but I came across it again today, it's just plain fun to look at. (It's a commercial video, made with the amazing Phantom HD camera.)

Here's the link


Katy Perry not hot enough for Rolling Stone

Cover designers decided she needed some "help" from Photoshop. Here are the before and after shots:

The differences are obvious, but jeez! She wasn't good-looking enough already?

via Business Insider

Landscape shooters, take heart: This one sold for $1 million

Peter Lik, a self-taught Australian landscape photographer, has sold one of his photographs for a whopping $1 million to an anonymous private art collector. The photograph, titled “One”, was shot on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire just after dawn. Only one print of the photo will ever be produced. Lik states,
I will never forget this morning for the rest of my life. It was calm, and the scent of the fall forest filled my lungs. The mist cleared, and a magical reflection in the river briefly appeared. White birch trees, black trunks, a kaleidoscope of foliage combining to reveal an illusion of three dimensions. I pressed the shutter – once – and then the scene vanished with the morning breeze, never to be seen again.”
Although the amount of the sale is a first for Lik, he’s no stranger to bringing in the big bucks with his photography — according to Wikipedia, Lik has sold over $150 million in limited edition prints to date.

(via PetaPixel)