Muhammad Ali – 25 of the best photographs of the legendary boxer

Check this wonderful curation of The World’s Greatest !!

“Our picture editor has selected his favourite photographs of Muhammad Ali from the archives. The selection includes pictures of some of the most memorable fights as well as distinctive portraits from his life outside the ring”

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2014/oct/30/muhammad-ali-25-best-photographs-cassius-clay-legendary-boxer?index=25

 

See Photos From the World’s Oldest Operating Photo Studio

In June, India’s Bourne & Shepherd photography studios shut down, buckling under legal, financial, and technological pressures.

Photographers Samuel Bourne and William Howard opened the company in 1863 in Shimla, India, later adding Charles Shepherd to the partnership. By 1865, they had opened a second location in Calcutta, and a Bombay branch popped up in 1875. With a successful flow of portraiture and documentary work, Bourne & Shepherd was considered the oldest running photography studio in the world….

Keep reading @ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/pictures-india-photography-studio/

Was Van Gogh Deaf? The story of Van Gogh’s Ear

This week, we receive an article from Florence, who leads Audioprothésiste Le Raincy, close to Paris.

Many people believe that the world-famous post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh was deaf. As with other widespread theories, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.

What’s clear is that Van Gogh lost his ear during December 1888. However, there are some question marks about the details of the event that resulted in the result. A man named Paul Gauguin claimed that Van Gogh rushed towards him while holding an open razor, although the report was never verified.

Gaughin claims that Van Goh was acting crazy. One theory based on personal accounts is that Gauguin accidentally cut off Van Gogh’s ear while trying to defend himself from the “madman.” In fact, in his last letter to Gauguin, Van Gogh said that the two of them should “keep quiet” about the incident.

Many accounts seem to imply that this is what truly caused Van Gogh’s severed ear. Van Gogh kept his pact of silence but hinted later that Gaughin had indeed removed his ear, which refutes the historical accounts that the wound was self-inflicted.

Many history accounts state that Van Gogh returned to his room in Arles, France home where he heard voices. After 10:00 PM he then severed his left ear using a razor although it’s unclear if it was entirely or in part. This resulted in major bleeding.

Van Gogh then bandaged his head wound, wrapped up the ear in a piece of paper, and delivered the package to a woman who lived in a brothel he often visited. During the next day, a policeman found Van Gogh unconscious. The famous artist was then rushed to the hospital where a young doctor treated him. However, too much time had already passed, so he was unable to reattach the ear to Van Gogh’s head. The hospital gave Van Gogh the diagnosis “acute mania with generalized delirium.”

He returned to the “Yellow House” in January 1889. He suffered from hallucinations as well as delusions that he had been poisoned. It seems he might have felt that he should have been punished for ending another friendship and dream. Have a look at ttp://www.biography.com/people/vincent-van-gogh-9515695

It is unclear what was going in Van Gogh’s mind. He had a religious background so he might have remembered the story of Peter cutting off a Roman soldier’s ear. A popular book of that time was about a character that was published by getting his ear removed. Also, one month earlier Jack the Ripper had cut off a woman’s ear.

Some experts believe that Van Gogh suffered from Meniere’s disease ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/29/vincent-van-gogh-trivia_n_6181630.html ), which could have caused him to sever his ear. Reports show that Van Gogh suffered from tinnitus, which the painter described as a ringing/roaring in his ears, impaired hearing, and low tolerance for loud sounds. These are all classic symptoms of Meniere’s.

Van Gogh is famous for painting masterpieces including “Sunflowers,” “Starry Night,” and “The Potato Eaters.” He also made a self-portrait that shows his bandaged ear after the incident with his friend. He died in 1890 after shooting himself at the age of 37.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henri Cartier Bresson : the story of a French photograph genius

Today, we have the honor of publishing a guest post by Samantha Smith, who provides French lessons in Paris (little promotion for my friend ^^).

This post is about one of the most famous French photographers. He is known for having spent  a considerable amount of time taking real life pictures. Let’s have a look at his life and vocation.

 

  • Over the past century, photographers have been increasingly acclaimed for their form of art. One photographer whose work have been one of the masterpieces in the field is Henri Cartier-Bresson. He is considerably acknowledged for its spontaneous photographs and for having established the photojournalism as an artwork.

 

  • He was deported on August 22, 1908, and established itself as a pioneer of wordlide photographs. He traveled the world, camera in hand, and have hatched some of the major events in the France ranging from French uprising to the Spanish civil war in 1968.

 

  • There are tons of renowned works that have planted themselves in the marketplace as a masterpiece and have drawn in thousands of people to have a look at. One such work is “The decisive moment” (https://www.amazon.com/Henri-Cartier-Bresson-Decisive-Cartier-Bresson/dp/3869307889)
  • a book with revolutionary 124 photographs from east to west countries of the globe. The work received praise from all over the globe and good reviews by the critics of the time. The book is available in English as easily as in French as well. It is a highly advised reading for young photographers learning photography today and who look forward to being photographers in the forthcoming age.

 

  • The variety of lessons presented by Henri Cartier-Bresson was quite practical. That’s why today his name is also held by some of the finest photographers in the globe. His learnings are already scripted into articles and are even taught while teaching photography in some of the colleges.

 

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson traveled the globe and has expended a considerable amount of time in India as well. His passion for travel, as the exposure he generated through travel is worth sharing and made him what he is today.

 

  • In his later years in the 1970s he took retirement from photography, to turn his focus towards drawings and paintings. He held many exhibitions to showcase his work.

 

  • He saw many hiccups in relationships, divorced with his first wife Ratna Mohini and later on married Martine Franck and have a daughter by his second marriage also.

 

  • He traveled without any bounds and that is depicted in his work as well. As he is an artist, he has captured each and every moment very artistically and shared his techniques with the world. In his later years when he stopped photography, he always said that he had kept his camera at a safe place in his house and rarely had a look at it.

 

  • Today his wife and daughter have a foundation on his name where he put his legacy. He will always be commemorated for his work and as a founding father of photojournalism. A founder who has given photography a worldwide recognition.

The best 5 photography hacks that will make top pictures

Taking a picture is more than just turn on the camera and click a button, making a great picture (1) includes art, science, creativity, practice and lot of passion, but there are some tricks that will help you, and these are the best photography hacks that will make top pictures in every shoot:

1) Create magical landscape with a slow shutter speed

Have you see the magical pictures of rivers or waterfalls where the water looks like foam, hair or smoke? This is one of the easiest tricks to get amazing pictures of landscapes, to get this done, you just need to slow down the shutter speed (2), and if you want to add something more, you can use a neutral density (ND) filter.

The slow shutter speed will help you to make the water or clouds looks calm, or even the highways, while the filter helps you to regulate the amount of light to get the same amount of exposure that you would have if you just take a regular picture, so the take doesn’t look overexposed.

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2) Create an easy Macro Lens on your Smart Phone

If you need to take a picture using a Macro Lens, but all you have in hand is your cellphone, there’s no problem, because you can put a droplet of water on the lens of your smartphone using a straw, and with this you can magnify your image and photograph amazing details; if you do it be sure to put just a small droplet of water, since it won’t fell off the lens while you are taking pictures.

3) Make a low budget Beauty Dish to portraits

This is one of the best photography hacks that will make top pictures, because one of the main subjects that can ruin a photograph is not having the best type of lighting, one of them is the Beauty Dish, a photography lamp that helps to get the best portraits because of the way that it reflects the light into the subject.

An easy way to do a Beauty Dish is with an Aluminum Turkey Pan, you just have to cut a hole in the center of it, insert the flash or the bulb, and put some aluminum in the front of it, so the light will just reflect on the aluminum in a nice silver color.

4) The burst mode: an underestimated help

Some people never touch the burst mode on their cameras, and this is a mistake, as you can use it to get jumping or groups picture easily, because once you shoot with the burst mode on, you will be having different pictures of the same moment, and one of them will be the perfect high of the jump, or the best faces and expressions, and you will not have to repeat multiple times the same picture.

5) Look for a different and interesting perspective

Must of people will take pictures in areas where they are comfortable, but this kind of pictures becomes so common that it gets boring, so here is one of the best photography hacks that will make top pictures and will help you maintain alive your passion: Try to find a new perspective.

For instance: everyone will take a front picture of a tree, but how can you make it different? You must look for that different perspective that nobody sees often, this will be not easy at first, but the more you practice the better pictures you will get

 

The Studio Photography Industry – Why is it Broken

Our industry is broken

I took some time to really look at the state of the professional photography industry today. I looked at it objectively as both a photographer and as a client to really try to figure out the next direction for the industry.

We know as photographers the industry is under a great deal of pressure form different sources and different reasons.

One of the most radical changes in the photographic industry is the emergence of high-quality affordable equipment. Anybody…

You can read the article here

Photo Studio Business Plans: Three Choices to Make

Starting a photo studio entails the creation of a business plan to sell the idea to lenders, investors, and other types of partners. Three key choices that you must make within this plan are the design of your space, your equipment needs, and the division of labor.

Studio Design

Although the design of your space may be somewhat constrained by the specific rental spaces you find available, you do have a great deal of control over the finishing and renovation of your studio. A flexible studio…

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Is Instagram User Generated Content Legal?

 

Social media sites have made a lot of influences of people from different walks of life. Everyone shares information that they possess and post it online, whether this is viewable only to a limited number of people or open to the public. For people to be able to share whatever they want online, they have to sign up to one of these sites. Every online user that has signed up have gone through the Terms and Conditions page, where it states there once you checked the box, you have agreed to all the points that they have established so that you can use their service. The common thing that most users do when they get to this page is that they spend only between 6 to 8 seconds reading – or can you call that reading? What users do not know is that their information may be agreeing to a breach of the law.

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Is it Legal?

What the root of the problem lies is one of the pointers that most social media networks have established. You do know that such sites are running a business and for their sites to keep running, they have to gather data from their users and it will be used as a basis for their study. This is where it can get alarming for users.“ They are not aware that there are parts of the agreement they signed up have given the permission to the site to share their information freely.” claims Nicolas who runs Divorce avocats – Fain Paris.

 

What is going here is that, despite what most online users believe that their privacy is protected, it may be the reverse. One lawyer tried to dig further and studied the Terms and Conditions established with Instagram. Keep in mind that what Instagram has established is similar to other social media networks ( ref https://help.instagram.com/126382350847838 )

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There is a part in the licensing section that is very alarming. As the lawyer has suggested, users have granted Instagram free rights to do anything that they want with whatever you are sharing online, without paying a single dime for it.

 

Brands Should Ask Permission

This is where it can get tricky. Most users are very privy to their personal information, yet they trust social media to protect their privacy.

 

There is one report saying how brands can get away from the legal pitfalls with user generated content. Since Instagram started back in the year 2010, they have enjoyed rapid growth. For about 6 years, they have reached the $35 billion mark, overtaking another social media network Twitter and turned out as the second largest coming from the US.

Portable Photo Studio

Photo studio is something which consists of several things and is all a real set of things which include all that is needed to bring up the real photo effect. The place would be just fine if it is in the studio itself where everything is all set earlier itself. Today, the changing trends have resulted in bringing up something new in the market known as the portable photo studio.

It consists of a box where everything is set inside. The product also looks something similar to a briefcase…

You can read the article here