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Egor N & Magic of Milk

Published by Diana Tula · June 18th 2013

Egor N is a talented professional photographer from Donetsk, Ukraine. Today we’d like to introduce you to Egor & his photo series “Coffee Time” — a sequence of high speed images that capture the beauty and magic of milk.

Do you remember your 1st camera?

First camera ever? The first camera that I held in my hands was my father’s Zenit 12SD — it is the camera I photographed with back in the school days. I even remember why I’ve chosen it. I have found a roll of film lying on the street, the disposable or commercial everyday use film cameras weren’t available to me then, so I took my dad’s camera. Turns out that the film that I found was already exposed, so after I developed it I discovered that my photos were overlaid with other photos. In places my images were layered with someone else’s eyes, hands or other body parts. After Zenit 12SD I had a point and shoot film camera, then digital, and only later a digital DSLR.

What got you interested in photography?

Initially it was the desire to photograph beautiful images. I didn’t even think that this might result in anything.

At that time I was not considering any creative growth. Later I realized that a digital camera and photoshop is the cure-all for those who want to want to create, but don’t know how to draw or paint. Many others had the same epiphany as I did and all of a sudden this style became “cool”, everyone was doing it.

I still want to learn how to draw and then abandon photography, but I don’t have the time or the motivation. Camera does not require much effort in training and that’s unfortunate. As the value of each individual frame is then diminished.

How long have you been taking photos for?

If I were to precisely count all the time that I got to hold a camera in my hands it might add up to 2 years total. If the starting point would be the day when I bought my digital DSLR that would be 7 years. If the starting point is the day when I held the camera for the 1st time then it is much earlier than that.?

I don’t photograph often. I constantly get ideas and desire to photograph something great, but in the thickness of the mundane and the everyday the interest is lost, everything is lost and forgotten in time, as a result these ideas never get to become photographs. Here is one of the ideas that did make it.

Have you ever wanted to try out liquid photography? Take a look at this tutorial by Corrie White & get started.
If you’d like to add Egor to friends and follow his future uploads visit his 500px page. There you can also see the rest of his portfolio and get in touch with the photographer.

Our blog is a place to promote 500px photographers and their brilliant photos. Every week we want to introduce you to new and up-and-coming photographers, whom you may have not discovered yet. If you’d like to be featured on our blog or nominate your favourite photographer get in touch or leave a comment below.

Thanks!


     

IFTTT Launches 500px Channel

Published by Alex Flint · June 17th 2013

IFTTT means 'If This Then That' and they are a service that connects all of your online services together, using incredible Recipes to link actions from one service to another. Today we're thrilled to announce that IFTTT has added a channel for 500px! Our channel includes a wide range of triggers, with more to come. This is also a two way channel, which means you can upload photos to 500px using IFTTT, as well as push your 500px out to other places. We've put together a few sample recipes, to show you a bit of what's possible with IFTTT and 500px.

Upload From Dropbox

Upload from Dropbox

This recipe will allow you to simply put photos in a specified Dropbox folder, and have them automatically be uploaded to your 500px Library. Uploading couldn't be simpler, and this means you can share on the go as well, from your iPhone, Android or tablet! Just install the Dropbox app on your device and add photos as you take them.

Share your uploads on a Facebook page

Share your uploads on a Facebook page

We've had many requests for Facebook Page integration, and here it is! With this Recipe you can share your 500px uploads to a business Page on Facebook automatically! Just upload your photo and it will be shared with the title, description and customizable text.

Instagram to 500px

Instagram to 500px

"The best camera is the one you have with you", right? With this Recipe your Instagram photos will automatically be uploaded to your 500px Library. No more needing to upload them separately to each service.

These are just a few samples, and we have more to show you on our IFTTT page. We want to see what you can come up with too! Share your best 500px Recipes with us in the comments and we'll pick our 3 favourites. Contest closes on June 19th at 5pm EST. The winners will receive a free year of Awesome!


     

Weekly Monday Contest

Published by Alex Flint · June 17th 2013

Want to get featured on our blog? Every Monday a theme is announced and you have until Sunday to submit your entry. You may already have a photo that suits or you can see it as a weekly photo challenge. For announced theme, deadline and how to enter continue reading.

Gallery

Last week we announced “The Elements” theme and got a beautiful range of entries. We’ve chosen twelve from all the contestants to share with you today. These are gallery thumbnails, so make sure to click on each for a full size photo. Take a look at all entries & let us know which one is your favourite.

New theme: Panorama

1. Select photo that fits this theme. Upload image to your 500px profile or pick an existing photo.
2. Add a tag "panorama500px".
3. You are done. To track all entries click here.

Theme is open to your interpretation and creativity, so get snapping and tagging. Deadline is June 23rd at 12pm (EST). To make your efforts worthwhile there’s a random draw giveaway for all who enter for a chance to win 2 months of Awesome membership. Lucky draw winner is Nikolai Alex Petersen.

Good luck this week!


     

Game of Thrones

Published by Diana Tula · June 13th 2013

With Game of Thrones Season 3 now over, we wanted to share with you our favorite Game of Thrones inspired images by 500px photographers. Some of the photos are direct interpretations of characters and places, some are abstract ideas, some are creative digital manipulations and all are awesome! Please enjoy and keep reading to find out how you can photograph your own set of Game of Thrones characters.

We hope you enjoyed our Game of Thrones gallery. Do you have a GOT themed photograph? Share it with us in the comments below, we'd love to see your work.

If you haven't photographed any Game of Thrones images yet and looking for inspiration, take a look at the Game of Thrones Characters tutorial by Alex Huff, there Alex shares tips on how you can create your own character set within the convenience of your home.

Got an interesting idea for our blog? Send in your suggestions, email blog@500px.com


     

Your Camera Is The Key

Published by Diana Tula · June 12th 2013

We love guest posts! Today’s awesome article is by Pete Collins, both designer and a photographer from Florida, USA. Pete has extensive wedding, events, stock, commercial, portraits experience. Not just an eye for grabbing a great shot, but the technical know-how to turn a good shot into a great one. Today Pete will share with us a story of how you can treat your camera as the key to world domination. Enjoy!

Introduction

Last year I found myself doing something that I never thought I would… Photographing my kid sister’s wedding. It was a wonderfully amazing yet nerve-racking time. I mean c’mon if you mess up a client’s wedding, you can blame it on the second shooter or the computer and then move town if need be. But how can you escape your family? Honestly, it was one of the biggest privileges of my life and it reminded me of how awesome it is to be a photographer and realize how instrumental a camera has been in allowing me to have some of the best moments of my life.

Getting started

I started photography back in college during the dark-room ages as an art student. I fiddled around with my camera for years, just making nice little pictures and doing some photos for my work. Then I had kids and I became known as the camera guy at all my kids events. Then my kid’s school needed help shooting pictures for the yearbook. That led to networking with a local paper. Now I was dangerous! I had a press pass! I was no longer just shooting my kids events… I was shooting big events that I loved like college football and Indy races. At one of these very events I met Scott Kelby, which led to a friendship and a job.

Your camera may be one of the best tools to get you where you want to go. I am not just talking about being a commercial success and everyone knows you as the greatest photographer in the world, but rather letting your camera help you follow your dreams… or at least have more fun than the average person.

Let’s say you love to take pictures of animals. It so happens that you have a great zoo nearby, but you can’t afford to keep paying for tickets to go shoot the animals. What if you could go a couple of times and really work on getting some great shots of the animals, and then go to the marketing department of the zoo and offer then a couple of you photos in exchange for access? And with that access you could become known for your animal images and start going on safaris… and get eaten by a wild animal… oh wait… that might not be the right story for this blog.

Look for opportunities

Or what if you start shooting your son’s golf team? And then you hear that a big golf tournament is coming to town. It just so happens that the father of one of the other boys on the golf team works for the company that is one of the sponsors. Since you have done a great job taking his son’s picture… he will be glad to get you a press pass. During the tournament you meet some other photographers and they invite you to help them shoot a commercial shoot for Nike. Or maybe a golf ball hits your camera and you get knocked out and it becomes a YouTube sensation. That is the wonderful aspect of camera life… it is full of opportunities.

Opportunities will open up all around you… but you have to be ready when they come. The first step is to always be working on your craft. Learn how to shoot in every situation that you have access to, the knowledge is transferable. It doesn’t matter if you are just shooting your daughters first grade spelling bee… have the mindset that you are going to learn how to shoot that event like a pro. 90 per cent of all event photography is going to be in crappy light… so this dinky little spelling bee now starts preparing you for shooting any indoor event. If you want to get to shoot big sporting events, then go shoot the local high-school or junior high games. You will get to learn how to shoot in really tough conditions and you may even make some contacts that get you into shooting bigger events.

What that means is that you have to plan and practice and sacrifice to learn how to shoot the events or situations that you love. For instance, I like cars; I like to drive them and I like to shoot them… and because of my background in shooting some races for the paper, I was able to meet with a client that wanted myself and my friend RC to shoot their exotic cars for there website. Next thing you know, not only are we getting to shoot some beautiful cars… but at the end of the day we are getting to drive them as fast as we possibly can around the track. Talking about getting to check off a bucket list item! It wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have the skill set to give the client what they wanted… But I did thanks to the experience I had shooting other smaller car events, which seemed like a waste at the time.

Having a camera and getting to shoot one type of opportunity then leads to other opportunities. I can trace a line back to early events that I had to shoot that I rolled my eyes at when I started, but now I think God I had the opportunity, because it prepared me for the events that put a permanent grin on my face. Like getting to shoot inside the ropes with Tiger Woods at a pro golf tournament? Or, getting to sit at the feet of two photographic legends and hear them discuss their work. Just two weeks ago I was so privileged to get all access passes to shoot onstage with one of my favorite bands. The camera will allow you to get access to people and events that others only get to dream about, but you must be purposeful in how you use it.

Have a goal

I have four kids and I live semi-near Orlando… so we go to theme parks quite a bit. Now I get motion sick so easily (I am a big wuss and I admit it). However, what that means is that I am holding the bags and gear while the rest of the family is riding rides. This gives me time to scout and shoot at the various parks. Now, I have a plan which hasn’t come to fruition yet, but I am creating a portfolio of amusement park images in the hopes that one day I will be able to show the right person and they will give me credentials to shoot at the parks freely. (Mickey Mouse if you are reading this… call me :D) I am both enjoying my photography, but I am also trying to use it to meet a goal in my life — world domination.

Your camera is a passport to a world of new opportunities, now your job is to figure out how to best use it to get where you want to go. I hope this will inspire you to go out and get even better at shooting the things that you love, and in the end, it will open doors that will let you check off some of the items on your own bucket list.

This is our last guest blog post in collaboration with the awesome Kelby Media Group & Kelby Training. If you’d like to read previous posts visit How To Get A Photo Pass for Concerts and Listen to the inner voice. Do you want to write a guest blog post for our blog? Get in touch.

Thank you for taking time to read! If you'd like to add Pete Collins to friends visit his 500px page.


     

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