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Should Your Guests Take Pictures at Your Wedding Ceremony?

The topic of wedding guests taking photos at the ceremony, has started to gain more and more interest in the last couple of years.  I was just getting started in the industry and was second shooting for another photographer  the first time I saw a wedding where the guests were NOT allowed to take photos at the ceremony. The minister announced that the bride requested that all cell phones and cameras be turned off. In this particular case, I was a bit turned off myself by the idea. I thought maybe because the delivery was a bit harsh and abrupt…….

Getting Your Photography Groove on

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan Watching the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, I couldn’t help but remember all those images that coincide with the soundtrack of my life that was generated by those 4 amazing artists. Do you remember Joe Holmes telling me the major inspiration for his photography was born out  of the Beatles’ last concert  in San Francisco at Candlestick park?  I must say this really surprised me: I expected him to tell me it was some sort of fairly conservative element. Instead he said it was the sheer raw enthusiasm that was being generated by……

Beatles Fans Recreate Famous 1964 Photo Taken By Ringo Starr

    Five friends are reunited, and Ringo Starr couldn’t be happier. A 50-year-old photographic mystery was solved when five Beatles fans got back together to recreate a classic photo taken by Starr during The Beatles’ first trip to the United States in 1964. Last week Starr wondered about the identities of the five young fans seen in the picture. The former drummer snapped the picture when their Chevy Impala rolled up next to his limousine when the Fab 4 visited New York City for the first time. “They’re looking at us, and I’m photographing them,” Starr writes in his……

RFK Assassination Photographer Bill Eppridge Dies At 75

  Bill Eppridge, a celebrated photojournalist most famous for snapping Senator Robert F. Kennedy as he lay dying from a gunshot wound in 1968, has died at a hospital in Connecticut. He was 75. Eppridge’s career lasted more than five decades and included stints working for magazines like National Geographic and Sports Illustrated. He photographed athletes and celebrities, documented Woodstock and the Beatles’ first concert in the U.S., and contributed award-winning photo essays to Life magazine. But it was his picture of a dying Kennedy — a ghostly, back-lit image of the Senator lying on the floor of the Ambassador……

Miley Cyrus Wanted To Study Photography At NYU

  Miley Cyrus didn’t always want to be America’s reigning Twerk Queen. In fact, the “Wrecking Ball” singer says she seriously considered going to college to study photography. In her recent highly-publicized interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Cyrus, 20, says she almost opted to enroll at New York University after finishing her television show Hannah Montana in order to study photography. She told Rolling Stone, “Once I ended (Hannah Montana), I thought I might go to NYU or something and study photography. Or to Savannah – they’ve got a really good school in Savannah. I love photography. I have a……

Fake Wedding Photographer Scams $140,000 From Couples

    When it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, never underestimate the power of background research. A man in New Jersey was arrested after playing wedding photographer and bilking thousands from unsuspecting couples, ruining what should have been the happiest day of their lives. Michael De Rubeis has been charged with six counts of theft by deception and six counts of impersonation after allegedly scamming 38 couples out of nearly $140,000. Arrested in April, De Rubeis used aliases, several different business names, and an intentionally disorganized operation to keep from having to deliver precious photographs to the clients that……

National Geographic Celebrates 125 Years With Photography Issue

  Over the last 125 years National Geographic has been host to some of the most iconic images ever taken, and now the magazine is honoring its most celebrated shots with an issue devoted entirely to them. The October 2013 issue will feature instantly recognizable photographs from the magazine’s past — including National Geographic’s most famous image, Steve McCurry’s “Afghan Girl.” The issue also includes a stirring essay from writer and photographer Robert Draper. “Today photography has become a global cacophony of freeze-frames. Millions of pictures are uploaded every minute,” Draper writes. “Correspondingly, everyone is a subject, and knows it……

Priest Stops Wedding To Scold Photographer [VIDEO]

  In the rush to capture all the best moments at a wedding, photographers should always be aware of when to get closer … and when to take a big step back. One wedding photographer found this out the hard way when he was reprimanded in the middle of the ceremony. In a YouTube video posted last week, an officiant at a wedding can be seen delivering vows to the bride and groom when all of a sudden he turns around to address a cameraman. “Please. Sirs. Leave.” Stunned, the cameraman asks “Where do you want me to be?” “Anywhere……

‘Astronomy Photographer Of The Year’ Winners Announced

  Space may be the final frontier for man, but his cameras have been probing its depths for quite some time. The annual Astronomy Photographers of the Year competition draws entries from some of the world’s best “big-picture” photographers, and this year’s class lived up to its name. This year’s winners consist of beautiful images of everything from our own solar system to the furthest reaches of the galaxy. The top images were revealed during a presentation at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, in association with Sky at Night Magazine. Australian photographer Mark Gee took top prize at this……

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