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    [Bill Frakes was one of the first photographers in the world, alongside Joe McNally and Corey Rich, to get his hands on the Nikon D4. Here's his story on shooting Istanbul and Its Many Faces.] We had an intense 10 days in Istanbul making this short documentary shooting exclusively with the Nikon D4. Exhausting and invigorating. Crazy great fun. It's a wonderful place. The only major city in the world spanning two continents. Divided by the Bosphorus, this place is packed with activity and people, but yet is comfortable and calm. This is where East meets West. It is an ancient city with modern rhythms. It has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years, every stone is steeped in history -- while every day new fascinations emerge combining eastern style with European flare. I picked Istanbul because of its history. A city of one thousand names, it has…

    1-Rick_Wenner

    Photo by John Michael Cooper First of all, what the heck am I doing posting on Scott Kelby’s blog? I haven’t shot for any major magazines. No advertising jobs have come my way. I’m not involved in any speaking circuits or training seminars. Haven’t published any DVDs about lighting. So basically, there’s a pretty good chance you have no idea who I am. Although this may or may not be true, I am determined to make sure that you know who I am through my work, whether it is sooner or later. My determination to succeed has got me this far into my career and I only see it bringing much more success as time passes. I always say to myself "I have to succeed. I have no choice otherwise." But I also know that it takes a lot of hard work and time.…

    Kill Hannah

    When I moved to Florida, I needed to find something to get me behind the camera regularly, so I took up concert photography. With lots of advice and help from Alan Hess (whose new book you should order), I made the leap into the world of high ISOs, slow shutter speeds, long nights, and tight spaces between rowdy crowds and sweaty rock bands. And I loved it! A fan sings along with The Word Alive during their performance at The Ritz in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida� Shooting concerts has helped me learn more about how I see, and to develop my vision. Through shooting regularly, I've been able to find my style, and to hone in on the type of lighting scenarios I enjoy having in front of my lenses the most. I've learned where to position the camera in relation to the light…

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    Hey guys, RC jumping in the line over here to just share out a couple of things that came across my Google plus feed. Amazing Nikon D4 Video WHY - Nikon D4 Release Video from Corey Rich on Vimeo. I know many of you are interested in the Nikon D4 as much as we all are over here. That said, the biggest question that i've had on the brain is just how good will the video footage be coming out of the camera? Thankfully I didn't have to plunk down the 6K in order to find out. Corey Rich has made a phenomenal video not only highlighting the features of the D4 from a video POV, but showcasing three amazing people in sports. I dont know about you guys, but the saving of the pennies has been on for me to land one of…

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    Why choose photography as a career?
    In general terms my interest started from a very early age, 7, but was first in the printing side of things, I loved the magic of the print starting to come up in the developer, to some degree the first part of my life in photography was very much based on the printing side and as such I still approach my work with the final print in mind when I shoot, looking at the tone and texture of a scene to light it so that I achieve as much as possible in camera but know what I will do in post edit to get the final image that I require, the image that I have in my head firmly before I even unpack the equipment and start the shoot.

    I worked initially within the newspaper industry as a printer, then went on to work as a photographer for some UK picture agencies shooting mainly press related and editorial work. At the age of 20 I made a drastic career move and joined the Royal Marines, serving 6 years before moving back into media as senior operations manager for Virgin Media. Just over 4 years ago I was made redundant, and at this point I took a long hard look at my future and decided to move back to photography. After a long 5 days drawing up my business plan, Ambient Life was born. A lot of people don’t realize when they look at my client list and my work that we started just 4 years ago and that what we have achieved so far has all been done in the last 4 years… From that point I have not looked back.

    How has photography changed your life?
    I count myself as very fortunate that I do something that I simply love, I get paid well for my work and also get paid to do something that I am extremely passionate about, the old adage that if you do a job that you love you will never work another day in your life is very true in my case. I see the world I think slightly differently than others, and as a photographer that is a key gift I feel. I travel the world and work with some amazing people and see some amazing sights. Sure it is very hard work, and there is a lot of pressure that people don’t always appreciate, but it’s what I was born to do and I think if you are lucky enough to find that one skill that you were born to do, then life is somehow complete…

    You have spoken previously about being self taught in photography – how did you teach yourself?
    I did what I believe is the best thing to do in learning photography, getting out there and shooting stuff, even if it’s just to see what something looks like photographed… Looking at light… no camera required, trying to understand light and how to use it to create a scene that you want, shape it and change its property for the photographer’s benefit. I think that photography is a little like riding a bike, you need to get on the bike and start riding and falling off, not reading books about it only…

    There is no secret. It’s a case of learning your craft and exploring the possibilities yourself as this will often be the building blocks to you developing a strong style of your own.

    What are your secrets to obtain such a strong style of images?

    Rick-Sammonsm

    Getting Ready for 2012 - Or 12 New Year’s Resolutions for Photographers When my friend Brad Moore at Kelby Training emailed and asked me to do a guest blog post about getting ready for 2012, I said, “Absolutely.” That’s after I said “thank you" to Brad, Scott and RC for thinking about me for this post. Saying “thank you" is important. More on that topic later in this post. I said “Absolutely” because that’s exactly what I have been doing for the past few months. As a photographer, professional or enthusiast, you gotta plan ahead. After carefully considering the many things we, as photographers, need to do in the planning process, I picked my top 12 recommendations for 2012. Here goes. 1. Set goals If you don’t set goals, you really don’t know where you are going - and how you are going to…

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