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The Photo Society – National Geographic Photographers United

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Check out The Photo Society. You’ll get lost in fantastic photography by top photographers. Who are they?
“We are a group of contributing photographers for National Geographic Magazine, committed to telling the world’s stories through pictures.”
“Explaining the diversity of this group is the easiest way to answer the question, “How do I become a National Geographic photographer?” I usually answer this question by saying: ‘It is not easy or glamorous (see Reality Check). And this is not where you begin your career. You are competing with world-class documentary photographers and within that genre there are men and women who are the absolute best at their specialty. There are a number of specialists — underwater photographers with different skills — one works in very deep water; a couple photograph at all depths and temperatures; one dives in caves, another holds his breath under whales; and then there is a guy who just works in puddles. One photographer travels all over the world to strap a big fan on his back to shoot aerials. There is a bug guy, an archeology specialist, and a number of folks that photograph critters. There are climbers, conflict photographers, portrait photographers and landscape specialists.’ Then I usually end with how amazed I am that I can survive in this crowd as a generalist… in such esteemed company.” – Randy Olson
Find out who they are here.
Visit The Photo Society here.
Plus, find out the top hazards of being a National Geographic Photographer.

22 Quotes By Photographer David LaChapelle

 
Here’s a selection of quotes by photographer David LaChapelle.
“I believe in a visual language that should be as strong as the written word.” – David LaChapelle
“I was always painting when I was a kid. But then when I handled a camera when I was 17, that was it for me. I loved photography. I would work 4 or 5 hours a day. It was like a calling.” – David LaChapelle
“I went to art high school and thought I’d be a painter. Unfortunately I didn’t finish high school, but that’s always been part of my work.” – David LaChapelle
“I’m a photographer, period. I love photography, the immediacy of it. I like the craft, the idea of saying ‘I’m a photographer.” – David LaChapelle
“People say photographs don’t lie, mine do.” – David LaChapelle
“I didn’t see any difference between being a photographer or being an artist. I didn’t make those boundaries. If someone wants to think it’s art, that’s great, but I’ll let history decide.” – David LaChapelle
“Then I got this idea in my head that magazines were like a gallery and if you got your magazine page ripped out and someone stuck it on their refrigerator, then that was a museum – someone’s private museum.” – David LaChapelle
“You just do what you love, and then a style happens later on.” – David LaChapelle
“I was working in this very bombastic style. I didn’t really know about style. I didn’t think about it: I did what I was interested in, what I was attracted to, what I was drawn to. I was drawn to color, and I was drawn to humor, and I was drawn to sexuality and spontaneity. It was all really intuitive. I never really thought, “Well this is the style…” – David LaChapelle
“I wanted it to provide an escape route, I wanted to make pictures that were fantastic and took you into another world, one that was brighter. I started off with this idea.” – David LaChapelle
“For me, it’s easier to like more things than to dislike them; I’m not a critic in that sense. I find it easier to like more, to be more open and enjoy more things, which has given me more opportunities.” – David LaChapelle
“I never want people to be repulsed with my pictures; I always want to attract people.” – David LaChapelle
“Just as Renaissance artists provided narratives for the era they lived in, so do I. I’m always looking beyond the surface. I’ve done that ever since I first picked up a camera.” – David LaChapelle
“In the fashion world, I was always an outsider, but I made people look good, so I had a career.” – David LaChapelle
“My idea was that if I took a picture of somebody and years later, or whenever, they would die and if someone wanted to know who this person was, they could take one of these pictures and it would tell who the person was.” – David LaChapelle
“I have this idea that you can use glamour and still have it represent something that matters.” – David LaChapelle
“The tools I learned photographing celebrities, now I want to use them to sell ideas.” – David LaChapelle
“The adornment of the body is a human need. I don’t see anything superficial about it unless your life becomes very materialistic.” – David LaChapelle
“I like thinking about the fragility of the human flesh and our bodies – our decay and eventual death.” – David LaChapelle
“It’s much harder to work for yourself, by yourself, than to create work for a gallery, because there are no limits and you can do anything you want. It’s always easier when you have a parameter, when you have a limit. You can work within the limit and push it and walk the line, but when you’re given absolutely no limits, it’s harder. You must really think. It’s more challenging.” – David LaChapelle
“I’ve never wanted to be part of an inner circle of any scene. I’ve always been an outsider looking to question and subvert.” – David LaChapelle
“Success to me is being a good person, treating people well.” – David LaChapelle
Visit David LaChapelle’s website here.
View 12 Great Photographs By David La Chapelle.
View video about David LaChapelle here.
Read more Photographer’s Quotes here.

David LaChapelle – Portrait Of A Photographer


The colorful world of David LaChapelle’s riotous photographic collaborations is exposed in this documentary.
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Read 18 great quotes by David LaChapelle.
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New Photoshop CC Feature – Perspective Warp


“Watch as Photoshop Product Manager, Stephen Nielson, shows new Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC. See how you can fluidly adjust the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area, change the viewpoint from which an object is seen, and seamlessly composite images with different vanishing points or camera positions.”
Find out more about the new Photoshop CC (14.2) features here.

View more Photoshop Videos here.
Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

New Series – Incubation

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Incubation IX, 2013

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Incubation XIII, 2013

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Incubation III, 2013

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Incubation XI, 2013

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Incubation XII, 2013

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Incubation XIV, 2013

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My newest series of images Incubation uses a dynamic approach to representing both spaces and objects within those spaces, blending images of the same subject taken from multiple angles – panoramics, duplications, nestings, symmetries, tesselations, etc – that take on complex perceptual responses and psychological overtones.
Currently, all of the images are drawn from the same location made during two separate adventures (2012 and 2013) to the Atacama Desert in Argentina.
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28 Quotes On Being Connected

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Here’s a selection of my favorite quotes on being connected.
“I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” – Alan Watts
“I see a world in the future in which we understand that all life is related to us and we treat that life with great humility and respect.” –  David Suzuki
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” –  John Muir
“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” – Chief Seattle
“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”-  Albert Einstein
“All is connected… no one thing can change by itself.” – Paul Hawken
“The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.” – Fritjof Capra
“All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. . . The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” –  Aldo Leopold
“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” –  Thomas Merton
“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.”  – Charles Eames
“I am a part of all that I have met.” – Lord Tennyson
“A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. Our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville
“I am saddened by how people treat one another and how we are so shut off from one another and how we judge one another, when the truth is, we are all one connected thing.” – Ellen DeGeneres
“The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.”  – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
“We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”  — Herman Melville
“Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. ” – Margaret J. Wheatley
“Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” – Augustine of Hippo
“We are members one of another; so that you cannot injure or help your neighbor without injuring or helping yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr
“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono
“There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’” –  Howard Thurman
“In everybody’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner fire.” –  Albert Schweitzer
“Maybe we are not here to see each other but to see each other through.” – Anonymous
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” – Margaret J. Wheatley
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