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“The Image Story” takes you behind the scenes with dozens of different images and photographers

 
 

Behind every image there is a story. Not just the the final product, once it's ready for everyone to see, but every step leading up to that point. The idea behind the image, where it was shot, why it was shot, the technical details of taking the photo, and editing it. All of those come together to create that final,...

Behind the scenes with incredible aerial photographer Jessica Ambats (VIDEO) (update: with more pictures!)

 
Image by Jessica Ambats

SmugMug has continued its interesting series of interviews with prominent photographers, this time profiling the mind-blowing work of aerial photographer Jessica Ambats. Ambats specializes in air-to-air photography, shooting planes while in one herself. A trained pilot, she has managed to combine a...

The ultimate photobomb: Once-in-a-lifetime shot captures exploding meteor

 
 

I've been shooting photos for 20 years. I've made my living in the profession for the last 15. I can count on one hand the number of times that everything lined up perfectly and a truly rare image was created. Now, I don't want to toot my own horn about this shot, but the fact that, during a 30 second exposure, after a 10...

Photographer discusses beloved Minolta camera that shot iconic photo of Mick Jagger (VIDEO)

 
 

Richard Crawley's most famous image almost didn't happen. The photo, an iconic shot of Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones sticking out his tongue during a show in Australia in the 1970s, was captured on a classic Minolta SR-T 101, which was a cutting-edge film SLR at the time.

Crawley couldn't afford a ticket to the...

National Geographic photographers talk about their life and work (VIDEO)

 
 

To help christen National Geographic's new blog "Proof," the magazine has posted a video compendium of interviews with some of the publications most famous photographers.

The clip, which you can see embedded below, features excerpts of video chats with 44 National Geographic photographers who visited the magazine's...

The best photography documentaries to watch online for free

 
 

Here's something to do with your free time if you have a rainy weekend ahead: watch a selection of the best photography documentaries out there, all for free on YouTube.

Expert Photography has a nice round-up of its 20 favorite photography documentaries on YouTube. It's quite a bountiful list, covering everything from...

Your Daily Inspiration: Watch Albert Watson’s advice to aspiring photographers (VIDEO)

 
 

Photo Shelter has dug up a great little video nugget: famed fashion, celebrity, and commercial photographer Albert Watson offering some trenchant tips to aspiring photographers out there.

Short but sweet, Watson's advice regarding digital technology vs. technique, is something most photographers should take to heart....

Photographing portraits in the London Underground: Chris Gale lights it up with an 80MP Phase One back

 
 

Last week, we featured a difficult shoot in England, where Drew Gardner had to photograph a fox and a nude model in a winter forest amidst some terribly inclement conditions (even by England's standards). Now, here's a shoot that sounds nearly as challenging: photographing portraits in the pitch black of the London...

A model, a fox and a winter forest: Photographer Drew Gardner gets the shot with Phase One

 
 

If summer feels unbearably hot to you, just try imagining you're totally nude in a winter forest in England with only a fox to keep you company. That's the scenario photographer Drew Gardner set up last March while capturing the dramatic image below using a Phase One medium-format camera system.

Gardner borrowed an...

Photographer John Free lays out tips to “remove the tension” from street photography and capture better photos (VIDEO)

 
 

Street photography is a tricky business. It takes a certain amount of self-confidence to put yourself out into the public and photograph strangers. Photographer John Free is very accomplished at the art of street and documentary photography, and in the brief video below he lays out his best tips for helping people take...

Taxi driver turned photographer captures “Drive by Shootings” (VIDEO)

 
 

There's a million stories in the naked city and taxi driver turned photographer David Bradford aims to capture some of them. The multi-talented Bradford first started shooting photos from his New York City cab in 1990, mostly using these early shots as reference points for his illustration work. (Bradford graduated from...

Here’s a wonderful little film about nature photographer Peter Beard (VIDEO)

 
 

Nature photographer Peter Beard opens up about his work and life in the wonderful short film embedded below. Titled "Peter Beard: A Wild Life," the poetic and probing five-minute video from director Derek Peck, was shot at Beard's home in Montauk, Long Island.

In the film, which is featured on Nowness, Beard ruminates...

The artist known as JR: Photography as activism, from Tunisia to Marseille

 
The Artist Known as JR

Photographer and artist JR claims that he owns the largest art gallery in the world, a statement that is pure JR because his art gallery is the world. He's a provocateur who believes that photography can be an agent for social change, and he brings his art directly to us in the cities and streets...

Check out these crazy macro photos of spiders wearing raindrops as hats

 
 

Macro photos of insects can be amazing because they give you a close-up view of what these tiny creatures really look like. But what if you discovered your favorite bugs were partying it up with silly hats on their heads? And what if those hats were made of water?

Yes, it doesn't get much stranger -- or sillier --...

Photographer creates otherworldly images of “icebergs” using fishtank, stones and breadcrumbs

 
Photograph by Michael G. Jackson, used with permission.

There's something magical about the photographs taken by old explorers, before all the corners of the globe were mapped. The characterisically beaten and worn images gave a glimpse of the astonishing, almost unreal areas these people discovered. One contemporary...

Delightful photos of golf balls cut in half: James Friedman explores the hidden beauty of “Interior Design”

 
 

Photographer James Friedman is not a golfer, but he knows a lot about golf balls simply from slicing them in half and photographing their inner beauty. Titled "Interior Design," Friedman's delightful photo series shows how each sliced golf ball's core has a distinctive, colorful texture hidden inside. Some balls resemble...

Playfully purr-fect photos of hairless cats: Serenah Hodson captures the feline Sphynx

 
 

Serenah Hodson is a pet photographer but she may have found her greatest muse with the strange-looking Sphynx cat. Hodson, who is from New Zealand but is now based in Australia, is drawn to photographing these hairless felines both for their bizarreness and their unusual beauty.

While hairless cats have been around...

Surreal street photos capture human patterns: Photographer Pelle Cass shuffles time in Selected People

 
 

At first glance, the world in Pelle Cass' mesmerizing photo series called "Selected People" seems so familiar. Linger on his street photography-style images for a few seconds more though, and you'll see something a bit more surreal. The apparently random movements of people in the photographer's images reveal what appear...

Photos of bullets cut in half: Sabine Pearlman’s series showcases the dangerous beauty of “Ammo”

 
 

Sabine Pearlman's photo series "Ammo" makes a serious impact. Photographed in a World War II bunker in Switzerland last October, the series features images of ammunition that have been cut in half. Pearlman shot a total of 900 cross-sections of ammo, documenting the meticulous and dangerous beauty that lies beneath the...

Q&A: Sebastian Magnani combines humans and canines into hilarious “Underdog” photo portraits

 
 

Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani isn't exactly sure where the idea for his wonderful "Underdogs" series came from but it may have been divine inspiration.

"It was the flash of an idea, like the beginning of the universe," he told us about his anthropomorphic portraits, which combine dogs and their owners into a...