Monthly Archives: November 2016

Photographer Overview: Pete Souza

Pete Souza is a world famous photographer who began his career in the late 1970’s and is currently the Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and the director of the White House Photography Office. 

Holding the title of Chief Official Photographer means he gets to tag along with President Obama and take photos that show a side of our president many people don’t get the chance to see. Souza’s whole job really consists of showing Obama on a personal level and his day to day life in the Whitehouse.




Here is an image of President Obama doing his best Pete Souza impression


These “behind-the-scenes” shots have caused Souza to rise to a level of Internet stardom since he began uploading them to the web in 2009. Souza takes pictures in a unique way as well, where his pictures never seem staged, never seem forced, he is really a master of being a fly on the wall and capturing candid, quality images.


His pictures make the viewer feel like you are there living in the White House, seeing what the President does from day to day, sneaking into stressful meetings, and seeing the president interact with his family.


This is the second President Souza has worked for, formally working for President Ronald Reagan in the 80’s. Souza says he takes around 20,000 pictures each week! Thats over 1 Million a year!


Pete Souza has also had the ability to meet all the high profile celebrities that find their way into the White House ranging from the one and only Michael Jackson to Ellen DeGeneres, from George Clooney to Michael Jordan, he is one person that can scroll through his camera roll and say he really has shot them all!


Here is a link to Pete Souza’s actual website for more information and pictures, all photo’s posted were shot and uploaded by Pete Souza I do not own the rights to any of them. 


– Brennan Weber





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Keith Mosher is the owner and photographer of KAM Photography which opened in Lewes Delaware in February of 2002. He is a full-time photographer working with weddings, portraits, food, commercials and editorial work and has been published in magazines, brochures, billboards and a cookbook. He also teaches at Delaware Technical and Community Collage. He graduated with a Bachelor of fine arts degree from Shepherd University in Sheperdstown, WV in May of 2001.

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Long Exposure Photography

Long exposure photography offers some of the most breathtaking shots man has seen, it shows the world in a much different aspect, different than any human eye is able to pick up on its own.

Long exposure photography is a photo which captures any light that became visible during the time span of the shutter process. This is accomplished by generally slower than average shutter speeds, which leaves the shutter open for a longer amount of time.


While the shutter remains open however it becomes extremely suseptable to any movement to the camera body itself, one false move and the whole shot will become distorted. This is why many professional photographers suggest using a tripod, where they can just set up click the shutter and hang out until the shot is done.

Primarily the best aperture to use when going for these long exposure shots is anywhere between f2.8 and f4 if possible. As for ISO I’ve seen many people have varied settings for this it really depends on what time of day and how bright the setting you’re in already is.



The ideal area for long exposure photography is urban and city areas with a high volume of traffic and lights. However there have been some in wide open desserts capturing a 24 hour image of the sky which I think is very cool.


Interesting Info: There is an article I read about a man in Arizona named John Keats, the article is from 2015 so I do not know if it happened or not, but this photographer was planning to take a photo that lasts until 3015.

That 1,000 year photo would easily break every record for worlds longest photograph, however, no one living now will be able to see the results. This camera would be plated with gold and built to deteriorate with grace. Could you imagine waiting 1,000 years for a photo and then realize the lens cap was on the time…..

Here are some of the longest photographic exposures we’ve seen to date by German photographer Michael Wesley:










-brennan weber




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Alexander Yakovlev- Dances with flour

Nothing quite captures the combination of strength, grace, and art like dance. Alexander Yakovlev is able to capture all of these elements in his dance collection.


Alexander Yakovlev is a photographer from Moscow, Russia. Alexander focuses photographing professional dancers, In a way that even though the image is still, you can see the movement. He is able to capture the motion in the moment. In a specific set of shots, he was able to take his art a step further. Using flour, he was able to add an additional effect to the image, emphasizing  movement in that exact moment the picture was taken at. His dust dancers made the pictures ‘come alive.’



As a dancer and an extremely amature photographer I was particularly inspired by these shots. I felt as if the flour like substance adds on to the grace and flows with the dancer, adding to their beauty.  Something I’d like to try myself!


Alexander Yakovlev: Dynamic Dancers Portraits


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Why Black and White?

People often turn to black and white for its expressive power. Most people see in color, but color can sometimes be too descriptive,according to It can fail to show the depth and mood that black and white’s contrast, and shadowing can communicate. Black and white can bring the focus upon the individual, while the distraction of color can pull it away.


(Henri Cartier- Bresson)

Sandro Baebler, a portrait, and advertising pro based in  New York, prefers black and white for many reasons, but mostly for its timelessness. “Black and white conveys more about the qualities of light.” ” When the subject is well lit,the interplay of light and shadow in black and white can create a more powerfully three-dimensional effect. Color, on the other hand, can lack dimension,” said Baebler.

10-famous-black-and-white-photojournalists-eddie-adams(Eddie Adams)

I selected to do research about this because I am choosing to do my final project in Black and White and was looking for inspiration and tips or tricks to help with the process. As I was reading about why photographers prefer there photographs in black in white these are a few tips I stumbled across for shooting black and white:

Set LCD screen to black and white-preview the scene in black and white

Use flash-often the problem with shooting high-contrast black and white is that you can’t see much in the shadows. Put your camera to “P” mode and experiment using a flash. (Unless in this class!!!!!)

Shoot RAW- gives you the option to go back and edit things like fine tuning skin tones- higher quality

10-famous-black-and-white-photojournalists-nick-ut(Nick Ut)

Why Choose B&W


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Horror Photographer Joshua Hoffine


Joshua Hoffine was born in Emporia Kansas in 1973. He graduated high school in 1991 and earned a B.A in English Literature in 1995.
He started in 1999 as an intern with Nick Vedros photography then became a photo-assistant at Hallmark Cards in 2000 before branching out in 2001 as a freelance photographer.
He doses commercial work, wedding photography along and photographs on many movie sets but started 2003 making his horror photographs. In 2008 he released a series of images exploring the nature of childhood fears titled “After Dark, My sweet” using his wife, Jen their 5 daughters, and other friends as models and crew. It was this project that giving him a good standing reputation and opened so many possibility’s.
“We are all born with certain inherent and instinctual fears, such as fear of the dark, the rear of lurking danger, and the fear of being eaten. As we grow older these fears lose their intensity and are slowly shuffled away into our unconscious.”
He stages his photo shoots as if they were movie sets using costumes, elaborate props, fog machines, special effects make-up all while everything is acted out in front of his camera. By using this technique, he can capture the fear and horror he is portraying with minimal use of photoshop or other editing software.
Since then his work has been in several magazines, anthologies and news outlets around the world.laststand
“Innsmouth Portraits” is a series of photos depicting monstrous fish people called the Deep Ones created by J. Anthony Kosar and team at Kosart Effects inspired by the story Shadow Over Innsmouth written in 1931 by H.P. Lovecraft. While shooting these photos Joshua Hoffine used photo technology form the 1800’s shooting the portraits as genuine wet plate.
He is releasing a coffee table book in early 2017 titled, Joshua Hoffien horror photography, that is covering his 13 years of photo-shoots, behind-the-scenes photos, production notes, artist commentary, and more.nosferatuweb

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Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter was a South African photojournalist and a member of the Bang-Bang Club. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1993 famine in Sudan. He committed suicide at the age of 33.

Kevin Carter and the Bang-Bang Club put themselves in very real physical danger to photograph what they considered atrocities.  Kevin Carter struggled with standing aside and photographing starving children in Sudan while vultures loomed in the background just waiting for that poor child to die. Here are a few Photographs of Kevin Carter’s during his time in Sudan.

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Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter

 Mr. Carter’s photographs are painful to look at and many of them show acts that are depraved and inhuman. Kevin Carter may be best known for his vulture picture but Mr. Carter also is credited with being the first Photographer to capture the brutal act of  Necklacing which is the practice of summary execution and torture carried out by forcing a rubber tire, filled with petrol, around a victim’s chest and arms, and setting it on fire. The victim may take up to 20 minutes to die, suffering severe burns in the process.

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Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter

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