A Day on Set: Janna Park’s Fashion Shoot

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A while back, we had the chance to interview fashion photographer Janna Park. In that interview, I rambled on about sad movies and her work’s intimacy (you know, the usual dramatic flairs I never put down). Anyway, we really liked her work, so when she asked if we’d like to feature her again, we said, “Sure, but can we do something different?”

Different means different things to different people. Differences are just similarities for different things. For example, I love reading poetry, and assuming you’re mature and saved yourself from suffering from it, you probably don’t, so we might have that difference between us, but in reading poetry, I’m also similar to someone who loves poetry (these are my most special people). But different right now, for this particular article that you’re reading, means that this interview isn’t really an interview. It’s, well, an interview + MORE!

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Catherine Scrivener Interview: The Beauty of Photographing Life’s Many Small Moments

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If you divide your life into its many great movements, you’ll find a year, or maybe more, to every great change in your life. Then, if you continued and repeated — separating from these movements, these parts of a song, your life’s similarly themed notes — you’ll find, from the years, the days you considered your worst; days where nothing could be better. Then, it all again: dividing, separating, repeating.

After some time, you’ll see your days separated into its many small moments. And you’ll soon discover in these small moments even more smaller impressions. At the end, you’ll see your life’s enormity divided into its indivisible instances. You’ll have reached the fabric of memories, the instances of one smile, one word, one image: you’ll have arrived at the language of photography.

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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create Naturalistic Lens Flares

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When shooting outdoors and facing the sun, or backlighting in a studio, the option to include a lens flare is always there. But that doesn’t mean your best photo from that shoot included it. If you’ve ever wanted to go back and include a lens flare, or another beam of light, then, with this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to do that, naturalistically.

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We Need Your Help Photography Lovers, says NASA

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If you’ve ever had dreams for working with NASA, now’s your chance. Though, I’ll be honest, you won’t get to go to space, or even have to leave your bedroom. All you have to do is help them sort through millions of satellite images of Earth. In doing so, you’ll make accessing their archives of rare satellites images much easier for other researchers and scientists.

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Maja Daniels Interview: Heartbreaking Photos of Those Suffering from Alzheimer’s

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The ward’s entrance is also its exit. Once you enter, the door behind you locks. To look back you’d have to see through windows that are hardly larger than your face. To the residents entering this ward, the door and its windows are the first things they see of their new home. Soon, however, in being a locked exit, the door will become the only thing between them and the memories outside.

Swedish photographer Maja Daniels hadn’t anticipated that this door would become Into Oblivion’s main focus. But after working three years inside a geriatric care center for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, she began to understand the door’s hold on the residents there. She saw, firsthand, how they interacted with it.

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Ira Chernova Interview: Elegant Monochrome Portraits of the Fashion World

You won’t meet many people like Ira Chernova — unless you already know a heavily tattooed Russian who’s both a well-known model and a highly talented fashion photographer. Named by Complex as one of 25 young photographers to keep your eye on, Chernova’s been gaining attention for her moody, highly intuitive, and largely black-and-white portraits.

Based in New York, Chernova has already worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion industry — both behind and in front of the camera. And being a music lover, she’s even toured with one of the most popular experimental metal bands in the entire world: The Dillinger Escape Plan (that video above is hers). She’s excellent proof that you can find success doing what you love.

In this brief interview, Chernova talks about how she got her start in photography, explains how she made a couple of her photographs, and reveals why she shoots in black-and-white.

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Quick and Painless iMo Strap Giveaway

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Update: Winners are Kasia M, Elizabeth Scott Pool, and Joaquim Ribeiro – email kevin@photowhoa.com to claim your prize

iMo Strap approached us with a quick and painless giveaway for one of their straps. For those of you that don’t know, iMo Strap is a producer of really cool unique straps for photographers who want to show off their individuality.

Here’s how to win:

Step 1) Like iMo Strap on Facebook

Step 2) Like us on Facebook

Step 3) Comment on this blog post with which strap you like the best. Go here to search for your favorite strap here. We’ll choose 2 people to get a free iMo Strap.

UPDATE: Deadline has been extended 3 days.

We’ll choose a winner on August 20th, 2014 and announce it here and on our Facebook page.

(NSFW) Betty Tompkins Interview: Photorealistic Paintings Made from Photos Your Dad Used to Hide

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In 1969, the Supreme Court ruled that possession of obscene material — porn, if you’re of the Xvideo generation — was protected as a right. Around that time, artist Betty Tompkins, recently graduated from art school, had her first two showings. She called her work Joined Forms, then later Fuck Paintings. The latter title described exactly what was displayed. The art world had never seen anything like it — except, wait, that’s incorrect. The art world never noticed her then.

You see, after her first two showings, the Fuck Paintings weren’t seen by anybody, anywhere, for the next two decades. These large scale paintings of photorealistic intercourse, of sheer explicit sex — of anus, of cock, of vagina, equally – were taken off their stretchers, rolled up, then stored underneath a pool table in Tompkins’ living room. They idled in the dark for nearly thirty years until they were given a second-life.

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Need Some Street Photography Inspiration? Check Out This Doc

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Going through Fstoppers today, I ran into a really great doc that I knew I had to share. It’s short, less than 10 minutes, and about street photography. Considering the lack of educational products out there about street photography, I’m beginning to realize that these docs and sites like Eric Kim’s might be the best way for street photographers to learn and get inspired. That’s why I wanted to share this one.

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