In the latest video from Silber Studios, Marc goes behind the scenes with photographer Bob Holmes at the Hess Collection in Napa Valley. Holmes, a three-time Travel Photographer of the Year, takes Marc on a tour of the incredible gallery while offering tips for lighting, framing, and finding punctuation points in your photographs. “Know your equipment.” The saying might seem obvious at first, but listen to the way Bob explains the importance of a photographer’s familiarity with his camera and you’ll have a new-found appreciation for your equipment. Watch as he shows Marc actual examples during an impromptu photo……

  For Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary issue, the magazine enlisted one of the world’s most famous celebrity photographers to shoot one the world’s most famous celebrities. Annie Leibovitz (whom SilberStudios had the pleasure of meeting at a retrospective of her work a couple years ago) photographs model and actress Kate Upton for the celebratory cover, and the result is a glossy, stylish take on classic Hollywood bombshells. The cover shows Upton doing her sultriest Marilyn Monroe impression, all buxom and blue-eyed. Inside the issue Upton and Leibovitz even stage a moon shoot — a recreation of the cover of the……

Alligator Eats $1300 DSLR, Returns It 8 Months Later

  Photographers are generally VERY protective of their equipment. But sometimes you just gotta know when to let it go. When a huge alligator snatched his $1300 DSLR camera, Florida wildlife photographer Mario Aldecoa figured it was all but lost. But Aldecoa received the surprise of his life when the beast emerged from the swamp eight months later … with the camera still attached. As Aldecoa recalled to CBS Miami, he was taking pictures at Florida’s Everglades Alligator Farm in January when one of the reptiles leaped and grabbed his camera right from its perch on the tripod. “A flash……

  Drew Barrymore loves photography with all her heart. The actress is set to release her first book of photography, which will feature all images of heart-shaped objects. The 96-page book, titled “Find It In Everything,” showcases Barrymore’s fascination with photographing hearts in everyday situations. “I have always loved hearts,” Barrymore said in a press release. “The way that one continuous line accomplishes the most extraordinary thing — it conveys love. Hearts are my beacons. I love them man-made and natural, young and old. Whenever and wherever I see the heart shape, a smile spreads across my face. The heart……

  War photography has come a long way since the shadowy tintypes of the American Civil War. With modern equipment, photographers can capture details of combat like never before. But for some the painstaking process of working with old mediums has a special significance that current technology just can’t convey. Ed Drew, a California Air National Guard staff sergeant, has revisited the tintype technique to create a series of fascinating — and often haunting — portraits of modern soldiers. Drew was deployed this April to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan as a helicopter gunner. His job: man a 50-caliber machine……

Big (Startup) Things happening this month

The Big Stage from NYSE Silicon Valley is full of bright and ambitious entrepreneurs eagerly looking to change the world. They invent products for overlooked, or previously nonexistent, markets . They revel in solving problems that have caused many before them to throw their hands up. There’s something inherently exciting and fascinating about that process. What better material could storytellers want? Our video series “The Big StartUp” explores the stories behind the entrepreneurs turned CEOs at the helm of companies that could just be household names in the near future. We talked with guest like Aaron Levie, CEO of BOX. Aaron……

Ansel Adams! (& what we’ve been up to this month…)

Nice work if you can get it In the course of our “work” this month we got a chance to uncover the stories behind some of Ansel Adam’s most iconic photographs. Ever wonder how this legend visualized his photographs, developed the Zone system and what techniques/advice he offered his colleagues? We often have and got a chance to get insight on all of the above from a pretty reliable source: his own son, Michael Adams, with Yosemite Valley in the backdrop.  All in all, not a bad day’s work. Kudos to Rocky Barbanica and Lance Silber for their work on……

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We recently met back up with Bob Holmes and asked him to show us what’s in his bag. He gave us a look inside with some good tips along the way for cleaning dust from your camera’s card slots, packing spare equipment and packing a separate bag for use in the field and more–and catch the outtake at the end!.  Thanks to Bob holmes for sharing. Be sure to catch his other videos And thanks to our friends at ThinkTank

Remembering the Photography of Allen Ginsberg

  Here’s an interesting look into the life of Allen Ginsberg by a friend of our blog, Eve Pearce. Eve is an avid photographer who likes summer sunsets and writing in cafes. She looked into the life of Ginsberg and discovered that like all of us here, he had a keen interest in photography. Remembering the Photography of Allen Ginsberg Allen Ginsberg is best known for his poetry and his role as one of the leading figures of the 1950s Beat Generation. However many people are unaware of the fact that as well as being regarded as the poet laureate of……

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