Catching Up with the Photography Life Team
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Catching Up with the Photography Life Team

Certainly one of the nicest issues about Photography Life is that it’s each owned and run by actual photographers. I’ve had a good time writing and modifying right here, so I assumed I’d sit down just about with a few of my group members and speak to them a bit about their very own photographic journey.

Nasim Mansurov

Catching Up with the Photography Life Team
Nasim Mansurov

I feel most common readers know Nasim, who based Photography Life lengthy earlier than I even began studying it. Certainly one of the first issues I observed about Nasim’s images is its breadth, from marriage ceremony images to landscapes. Concerning this, he advised me, “I wish to check out many issues to see what pursuits me long-term. I additionally wish to study, which is the cause why I did a whole lot of totally different genres over the years.”

“Human interplay is one thing I’ve completed all my life in the company world, so I naturally began photographing folks. Amongst all genres that contain folks, I in all probability get pleasure from journey images the most.”

Fuji GFX 50R Image Sample #12
GFX 50R + GF110mmF2 R LM WR @ 110mm, ISO 400, 1/160, f/2.0

However what about his favourite style? “If it got here down to 1 style to choose, it might in all probability be panorama images,” Nasim stated. And seeing his nice panorama images, I’m not shocked! Though I personally don’t get to take landscapes as usually as I like, once I do, I discover the course of very calming.

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GFX 50S + GF23mmF4 R LM WR @ 23mm, ISO 100, 12 seconds, f/16.0

Nasim advised me that, “landscapes by no means tire me out, and I really feel like somewhat child when working with an awesome location, topic, gentle and composition. It is usually a superb excuse to get out and expertise the world. I get pleasure from these in-between moments of touring from one location to a different in the firm of like-minded folks.”

Spencer Cox


Spencer Cox owns Photography Life with Nasim, and I’ve additionally been studying his articles since I began with images nearly seven years in the past. He has an intensive, award-winning panorama portfolio and a deep information of images.

I used to be desirous to ask about his subsequent huge problem or objective. He stated, “You’ll have guessed that it’s about movie! I don’t write about giant format movie very a lot on Photography Life as a result of it’s a private challenge, however that’s the place my coronary heart is correct now. I wish to get to the level the place any panorama photograph in my head, I can tackle movie, in order that it’s not a restricted medium for me in comparison with digital.”

Plenty of readers may learn about Spencer’s love for large-format movie, however if you happen to don’t, then I recommend trying out his article, Why Shoot Massive Format Movie in a Digital World? the place you’ll be able to see a few of his wonderful giant format photos.

Yosemite Half Dome Sunset at Olmsted Point 8x10
Chamonix 8×10; Nikkor T 800mm f/12 @ f/64, 25 seconds, Fuji Velvia 50; Polarizer + 3-stop tender GND

Movie is such a distinct world than digital, however no much less fascinating. What might the challenges be with such a format? Spencer stated, “A giant a part of that is getting higher at my timing abilities. Generally the gentle is just in the excellent spot for a number of seconds, and even my smallest 4×5 camera takes 3-4 minutes to arrange. So, I have to predict what is going to occur a couple of minutes into the future and put together for it. Or I have to scout my composition on earlier days to know the way the panorama will probably be altering, right down to the second.”

Having labored with Spencer for greater than a year now, I can say that he’s very attentive to particulars, and it definitely reveals in the deliberateness of his images and in his writing as properly. In reality, after studying a few of his articles, I’ve been impressed myself to be extra deliberate as properly.

8x10 Yosemite High Country Black and White Landscape
Chamonix 8×10; Fujinon W 210mm f/5.6 @ f/64, 20 seconds, Ilford HP5+ 400; Polarizer and pink filter

As for his general feeling about giant format movie, Spencer advised me, “This in all probability sounds foolish, however once I take a big format photograph, I strive to consider it extra like an oil portray than images. I solely take one or two giant format images per day, so each element must be precisely proper. It’s time-consuming however very meditative. And I do it partly for the problem, partly for the outcomes, and partly as a result of I really like the course of.”

Libor Vaicenbacher

Libor Vaicenbacher
Libor Vaicenbacher

Libor is one other full-time author at Photography Life, and he and I’ve one huge factor in widespread: birds. We each like to {photograph} and examine birds. Little question that you just’ve already seen a few of his wonderful images. He’s been throughout the world and captured some really wonderful species.

It was fairly simple to search out one thing to ask Libor. Provided that he’s seen and photographed so many species of birds, I puzzled if there was one species that he would wish to {photograph} greater than some other!

“That’s a fairly powerful query, Jason. In fact there are species I wish to {photograph} extra and species that don’t excite me as a lot,” he replied. “My reply has to have no less than two ranges. The primary will probably be purely organic and the second will give attention to the photographic facet.”

Golden-tailed Sapphire
NIKON Z 9 + NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S @ 400mm, ISO 3200, 1/1000, f/4.5

I had a sense he would give me a little bit of a fancy reply, as a result of Libor is just not solely a wonderful photographer, he additionally has a ardour for biology and conservation.

He continued, “On the photographic facet, it doesn’t actually matter what animal you {photograph}. What issues is your authorial contribution. It might be the most commonest species in the world, however if you happen to handle to seize it in an uncommon, modern manner, it may be a profitable picture. It may very well be a Home Sparrow, a Widespread Starling, or a Purple-billed Quelea. All of those tremendous widespread birds have the potential for an awesome photograph.”

I completely agree! A few of my greatest pictures have been of quite common species, and even with the widespread stuff, it’s not simple to get a very fascinating pose.

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NIKON Z 9 + NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S @ 400mm, ISO 640, 1/640, f/6.3 © Libor Vaicenbacher

However what about biology? “My organic coronary heart yearns for species which might be uncommon and particular indirectly. Both due to their fascinating biology or just because they’re endangered. It will make me completely satisfied, for instance, if I might {photograph} an Ivory-billed or Imperial Woodpecker or Turquoise-throated Puffleg and supply proof of their mere existence. In fact, the holy grail could be to mix the two ranges. To {photograph} an endangered species in an fascinating manner, and to assist deliver it to public consciousness and conservation. I think about that the pinnacle.”

Nicholas Hess

Nicholas Hess Herp Photographer Underwater Photographer Snake Photography
Nicholas Hess

Nicholas is one other wildlife photographer on the group, with a present specialty in reptiles and amphibians, usually captured in fascinating methods with wide-angle lenses. I’ve been round fairly a number of snakes and amphibians myself, they usually’re definitely not at all times simple to get near. In reality, considered one of the very first issues that Nicholas advised me was, “Many species will flee most of the time. Due to their secretive nature, they’re merely not in a photographable place to start with. They like to cover underneath rocks, in cracks, deep in bushes, and different recesses the place they’re hidden.”

Using diffused artificial light and an external flash to create side lighting on a palm pit viper
DC-G9 + OLYMPUS M.60mm F2.8 Macro @ 60mm, ISO 250, 1/250, f/11.0 © Nicholas Hess

I assumed this was an awesome probability to get some recommendations on how to not scare away these topics, so I might strive it myself!

He advised me, “In fact as a result of they’re such masters at hiding it may be practically unimaginable to share their magnificence and majestic-ness in a photograph with out bringing them into the open the place they are often photographed in a managed and secure setting. Fortunately with reptiles and amphibians, this may be completed safely for each the animals and other people.

“When the proper protocols and strategies are used, reptiles and amphibians can safely be dealt with for a quick photoshoot with out harming them. As long as the photoshoot is stored quick and the animal is stored as calm as doable with correct dealing with strategies, and so long as they’re launched in the similar place in a well timed method, a photoshoot is usually a secure observe that yields images which will make the common public see magnificence the place they didn’t earlier than.”

I feel this is a crucial factor to emphasise as a result of animals like snakes and lizards don’t get a lot consideration in conservation, particularly in comparison with mammals and birds. Thus, pictures like Nicholas’s are essential for displaying the world simply how stunning these animals are!

Glass frog with good diffused lighting using an external flash and artificial lighting setuo
DC-G9 + OLYMPUS M.60mm F2.8 Macro @ 60mm, ISO 400, 1/250, f/4.0 © Nicholas Hess

Even so, it was clear that Nicholas could be very cautious when he advised me, “When taking in-situ pictures of reptiles and amphibians, I at all times advocate transferring extraordinarily slowly, holding a low profile. Both by crouching, crawling, or transferring little-by-little whereas approaching. I like to watch my topic’s habits. Small head actions could point out they’re getting uneasy, at which level I decelerate my strategy. I could cease for 30 seconds to a minute to get the animal to turn out to be extra snug with my presence earlier than persevering with to get nearer. Conserving actions to a minimal is what’s most essential.”

“I realized from consultants in the area, and attempt to show individuals who wish to do such a images the proper methods to do it. There is usually a wonderful line earlier than herp images turns into too worrying for the animal. I’m at all times open and sincere about my images and wish to educate folks what I’ve realized about what is sweet for the animals and what’s unhealthy for the animals, in order that we will share their under-recognized magnificence with the world in a manner that doesn’t hurt anybody.”

Alex Coleman

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Alex Coleman

When Alex first joined Photography Life, I instantly observed a definite, clear model in his images of actual property, landscapes, and cityscapes. He advised me, “I’ve been lucky to construct my enterprise round topics that I’d wish to {photograph} anyhow. I’ve tried a variety of totally different genres over the years, together with portraits and weddings, and located that I loved myself the most when working with issues like industrial shoppers, actual property, and product images.”

ILCE-7RM5 + FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II @ 69mm, ISO 100, 1/100, f/4.5 © Alex Coleman

Since he does industrial work and educating, I puzzled how he retains his ardour whereas having to deal with the enterprise points of images as properly. “Earlier than images, I labored in finance, and so managing the nitty-gritty points of a enterprise didn’t pose a giant drawback. For all photographers, I’d recommend specializing in what you wish to shoot. I’ve additionally taken each alternative to develop my enterprise: as an example, increasing my work with drones and video supplies new skillsets to study, and helps maintain issues recent.”

As for combining enterprise with your ardour, Alex advises that “whereas some genres are inherently extra ‘business-ready’ than others, there’s no sense ruining your enjoyment of images basically, simply to make it commercially viable. A few of the most profitable creators I’ve labored with are working in very specific niches that they’re enthusiastic about.”

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14mm, ISO 64, 1/100, f/5.0 © Alex Coleman

Jason Polak

Jason Polak

Since I’ve the barely uncommon activity of asking myself a query, I’ll simply go with the primary one and let you know how I’d like to enhance my very own images.

The reply is modifying! Though I really feel very snug in modifying and I really like modifying, I wish to turn out to be much more cautious and attentive with it. I’ve just lately gone again by means of my very own Uncooked catalog and I’ve discovered many issues I might do to enhance my unique try. I at all times really feel like I’m studying one thing, or making the camera’s start line even higher, and I’ve like to additional develop my course of this year.

Yellow-eyed Junco – Nikon D500 + 500PF @ 500mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000, f/5.6 © Jason Polak

In fact, my shut second objective is getting out a bit extra. A giant a part of wildlife images is simply spending time in solitude, ready for one thing to occur. Not solely do I really like taking footage of birds, I additionally love the peace that comes when I’ve a superb composition in my viewfinder and I do know I’ve the shot.

I’ve been a bit occupied with a number of different issues this year, which included quitting my job as a programmer and even transferring nations, however now it’s time to get again on the market and {photograph} some birds!

Our Freelance Writing Team

Past the folks I interviewed as we speak, Photography Life additionally works with a big community of freelance writers and photographers to assist produce our in depth content material! To not point out the earlier writers for the web site who’re much less energetic at the second, however are nonetheless members of the Photography Life group.

I’d like to offer a shoutout to Meg Faehl, Madhu Manickam, Elaine Lansdown, Elizabeth Grey, John Bosley, Iliah Borg, John Sherman, and others with whom we incessantly seek the advice of for recommendation and who periodically write articles for the web site. It takes lots of people to maintain up a web site like Photography Life! I’d love to do an prolonged Q&A with these of us, and others, if that’s one thing that pursuits our readers.

In any case, like me, I hope you’ve loved attending to know a few of the writers and photographers of Photography Life somewhat higher. I and plenty of others have realized loads from studying their articles and viewing their images, so keep tuned, as a result of there may be far more on the manner.

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