It’s been a looong time since I’ve posted one of these. The main reason is that I now have a fan page on facebook, and I’ll often share stuff like this over there.
But recently, I’ve come across sooo many inspiring websites, videos and blogs that I thought I’d share a few.
The first is a nearly hour long interview with Tim Mantoani for Photoshelter. A bit long for the casual viewer, but one of the best interviews with anyone, on any subject that I’ve ever seen. His passion for photography will definitely rub off on you. Definitely a must see for anyone working in a creative field.
Please continue reading for more inspiration.
Just a few quick notes today:
I’m happy to report that I’ve had another photo picked up by National Geographic. It’s a photo of Keelung’s Miakou Night Market I shot while on assignment a few years ago.
I’ve also recently won an award from the website Taiwanderful for “Best Taiwan Photography Blog” along with Craig Ferguson.
Craig and I are also jointly starting a virtual stock photography agency currently called Asia Stock Photo Agency (I know, clever name). It’s in its infancy and we’re still uploading tons of photos, but already we have nearly 2,000 photos from all over Asia.
At the same time, I’ve been busy processing, keywording and captioning thousands of stock photos from my travels and my commercial work so have a look at my new website when you get a chance.
We’ll start off this installment of “Interesting Links” by tooting my own horn. I just set up a new portfolio/stock website that can be found at neilwade.com. I set it up using PhotoShelter’s “Custom” website maker. It’s really not all that custom unless you really go crazy with the CSS, but I’m still very happy with the results. It’s fast loading and clean, and allows me to sell my stock straight from each gallery. I’ll be stocking the “Archives” with lots and lots of photos over the next few weeks, so check back if you want to delve deeper into my photography than I usually show publicly.
The second link is actually much more exciting and much more funner! It’s my good friend Errandboy’s new website. It’s the best flash based website that I’ve ever seen, and a lot of fun to just play around on… Remember, don’t act you age unless you’re 8.
One of my partners-in-crime switched platforms recently. Stu Dawson went from Blogger to WordPress and now has a beautiful blog still called Hiking Taiwan. Check it out for good information on many hikes in Taiwan’s beautiful mountains.
Taiwanderful is holding a Taiwan bloggers contest for the best blog in Taiwan. Myself, Stu, and many of our friends are entered. Have a look to find interesting blogs about all aspects of life in Taiwan and vote for your favorite.
Like to look at pretty (and smart) women? Have a gander at Jaclynn Joseph’s new modeling portfolio website. She’s professional model and an expat here in Taiwan and recently put this website together.
Thanks for reading. If you have any links you’d like included, add them in the comments below!
I haven’t posted a “Links” post in a long time, so I have quite a few… Let’s get to it:
My good friend Bryan Lathrop finally got a website up. He’s a freelance photographer in Philadelphia shooting all kinds of different stuff. Check the “Things” gallery for some real cool “Painting with Light”-type still lives. This is a technique I’ve been meaning to write a post about but I’ve been having trouble fining the equipment I need in Taiwan… Soon though… soon.
Cool Iris is a great add on to Firefox. (I’m not sure if it works with other browsers) It a much faster and cleaner way to view multiple photos on flickr or facebook or most sites that have a lot of photos. I found that I needed to change the settings a little to keep myself from getting sick as I scrolled through (you’ll see), but it’s definitely cool.
Anther great add-on I found for Firefox is Autopager. It automatically loads the next page when surfing many sites with all those numbered pages at the bottom. It also works great with flickr and similar websites and saves a lot of time.
Here’s just an awesome photo of a volcano erupting.
From the “Fake Human Being Files” comes a fake woman. It’s just an example that portraits are so easy to take now that you don’t even need a subject… or flashes… or a camera.
Want to go to college for photography? PhotographyColleges.org has all the info you’ll need on choosing the right one.
And lastly is the most comprehensively written article on choosing photo equipment that I’ve ever read. Alexandre Buisse wrote an article for The Luminous Landscape about the photography equipment he chooses to take mountain climbing and why. I know most of you aren’t going to go on a big mountain expedition anytime soon, but reading this article is a reminder of the thought that sometimes needs to go into choosing photography gear. Whether it’s for a big mountain adventure or a walk down the street… And it’s also a reminder that you don’t need all that flashy-super-expensive equipment!!!
Just one for you today.
I saw this video and it reminded me of what sets great photographers apart from good ones. Besides the fact that it was shot with still images, both artists (the photographer and the painter) reminded me of some simple advice that I once heard.
I’d like to open it up to discussion and hear what you guys think. (Please comment below!)
I’ll tell you what it reminded me of in a few days!
The first set of links is a bit like watching a video in high school… I swear it even has the same commentator! Someone posted three videos that Canon made to show people how their long glass is made. Here’s the first, second and third in the series. They might be a bit boring if you’re not a bit of a science or photo nerd.
Next to the blog of David Tejada. I’m not sure exactly what to call it: either “The F-Stops here” or “Annual Report Photographer”… whatever, he has some good narratives and videos on small strobe lighting.
Number three is called PixSylated. It’s another blog about small flash/strobe lighting and has LOADS of information.
And the last one is your cool, artsy link of the day. I’ve linked to Simon Hogsberg before. Remember “We’re All Gonna Die“? This one is a project he did where he stopped random people on the street and asked them what they were thinking about at that very moment. It’s called “The Thought Project.” Cool.