The best portrait photographs are always the ones where the subject looks relaxed and natural, and Miki Jourdan’s photo here does a great job of that. Looking directly into the camera, the woman looks comfortable as she rests her head against the mirror’s frame gracing the viewer with a soft smile, and I, in turn, found myself smiling back at her. For many subjects who are not professional models, it can be tough for them to get into a confident mental state. As the photographer, it is your job to help them with that. One suggestion is to get your subject into position then forget about controlling the pose and just start shooting! Talk to your subject, make them laugh and capture those in-between moments. The results will often be far better than taking photos of a subject in poses that are rigid and static.
Have you entered our annual contest yet? Submit your best images of the D.C. metro area by February 28 for the opportunity to have your work included in the show at Dupont Underground in May.
- Tuesday the exhibition “Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes” opens at National Geographic. Admission to the exhibit is $15, and there will also be a talk with Stephen Wilkes on Tuesday the 13th from 7:30-9:00 p.m, $25.
- Kyler Zeleny has amassed more than 6,000 orphaned Polaroids and invites people to create fictional stories behind the images.
- Jonathan Higbee seeks out human interaction with the urban environment in his street photography.
InterAction is accepting entries to its 16th Annual Photo Contest which seeks to illustrate innovative, effective, and inspiring efforts in international relief and development. The deadline for entries is April 6.
VSCO Voices, a six month grant program that provides mentorship and $20,000 in funding for creators dedicated to empowering marginalized communities in the United States, is accepting applications through March 4. This year’s project theme is home.
Driely Schwartz has photographed the likes of Beyoncé, Kanye West, Questlove, and other popular celebrities. She shares some of her experience and advice in this interview with Forbes.
- Google began selling its artificial intelligence Clips camera last week for $249. Its website says the camera is “smart enough to recognize great expressions, lighting and framing. So the camera captures beautiful, spontaneous images. And it gets smarter over time.” Google began marketing the camera for parents who take a lot of photos of their children.
- “To satisfy an elitist, narrative fetish about ‘Trump Country’, photographers from outside have long ignored my region’s diversity.” Historian and Shenandoah Valley resident Elizabeth Catte sets out what people keep getting wrong about Appalachia.
- Einstein’s Camera–how one renegade photographer is hacking the concept of time.
- The New Yorker explores the bohemian rhapsody of Peter Hujar, who said of his portraiture work, “I like people who dare.”
The ability to manipulate shadows with varying shades of light can result in significant variations of the same composition. Having the ability to work with these elements is a mark of a skillful photographer. In this image, John J Young uses the shadow of the tree trunk to direct the viewer’s attention to the tree and its branches that stretch across the frame. From this, we become aware of the extensive detail of the branches of the tree, as its silhouette is highlighted against the light emanating from the sky. As a side note, when the sun is closer to the horizon, the shadows will be longer, which can add a sense of drama to a photograph as demonstrated here. Kudos to Young for his excellent photo!
In this photo, Harrison Jones presents a unique perspective of the Super Blue Blood Moon that graced our skies not too long ago. This multiple exposure was taken as a time-lapse over the course of an hour. As Jones described it, “The unmodified combined images were taken roughly every four minutes for the duration of the moonset, and then finished with a brighter exposure of Washington once the moon was obscured by clouds.” Thanks for sharing your skills with us, Harrison!
Join us TONIGHT for the opening of our latest Crystal City Fotowalk exhibit.
We’re featuring a series of work from 13 local photographers. You can start the walk by taking a left off the Crystal City metro, and once you reach the end (there’s a break in the exhibit past Synetic theater) join us for a First Friday reception at Gallery Underground between 5 and 8 p.m.
- Focus on the Story has announced that its first International Photography Festival will be June 7 to 10. Get a preview of the wonderful line-up on their site with this interview with Martin Parr.
- Order the inaugural issue of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora featuring over 100 photographers, and then clear your afternoon for a discussion and signing from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Howard University.
- Bayard Wootten first picked up a camera in 1904, and was so successful at selling her personal postcards, she was hired as the first woman in the North Carolina National Guard, who dubbed her “Chief of Publicity.”
- WETA launched the miniseries “Animals with Cameras” this week. Look up broadcast times here.
- An investigation by Vox revealed that photo editor Patrick Witty was fired from National Geographic after allegations of sexual harassment, but the publication didn’t explain this to the staff until Vox forced its hand.
- Washington Post photographers produced a series on “What Unites Us?“
- Shutterfly announced plans to buy photography company Lifetouch, which takes school photos of around 25 million kids, for $825 million.
- People just can’t seem to get enough of spiritualism and ghost photography.