Chris Arnade photography | Maddie Griffin

Chris Arnade from South Bronx , NYC is well known for his multi-year project called “Faces of Addiction” on Flickr.

He goes around different parts of the city throughout the year and photographs addicts on the streets after bonding with them and listening to their stories.


He then posts the photographs onto Flickr along with several paragraphs all about the addict’s story.

Over the years Arnade has become friends with many of the addicts that are seeking help; he has gone well out of his way to help many of these lost, kind souls get back up on their feet or at least has given them companionship.


Some of the addicts allow Arnade into the homes they’ve created in small places that help them survive. I found that very interesting when i was going through all of his pictures.

When reading about these addicts stories, it makes you feel almost connected to them.






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Maritime Photography

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Philip Plisson is a French photographer known for his maritime photography. His photos are based on the life of the ocean. The photos he takes are just insane and very well put together. All of his photos are unique and he has multiple studios for the audience of his work to view his photos. The detail on how they are caught is just eye-popping. The scenery taken in the photo is just what makes Plisson so cool.

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In this photo, you can see how unique this is. Two men on a sailboat in Madagascar surrounded by hundreds of seabirds. Moments like this make his photos so extraordinary.

Above, you see more photos of waves just crashing. A boat plowing through the rough waters. A lighthouse on the far end of land surrounded by roaring waters. Then a city surrounded by crashing waves literally outside their back door. Scary but so intense.


You can tell Plisson is all about his action shots of waves. This is what makes him so famous.

– Brayden Ostan

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Trey Ratcliff and the Art of Travel Photography

treyTrey Ratcliff is an American born photographer who has taken over almost every social media account with his mesmerizing images of places and people all over the world. He uses his accounts and his blog to give tutorials on how to make photos more interesting while its being taken, and in post production. He doesn’t just go step by step on how to take a good photo. Ratcliff explains that its all about experimentation and offers a few techniques to help his learners.

His photos captivate millions with their bright colors and illusions. For a man that is half blind, he sure does have a good eye for art. Some of the techniques he uses are motion, reflection, and emotion to really draw the viewer into his images.

Copyright Trey Ratcliff

Not only is this picture very eye catching with all the bright colors, it is interesting because the cars and people are blurred out. You can tell he slowed the camera shutter speed down to a few seconds and used a tripod to capture this moment. It almost feels like you’re in that city watching them.

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He does not always put reflections in his landscape photos, but when he does the reflections are so clear that if you cut it in half it could look like another photo. It’s breathtaking and just makes you want to visit those places so much more.

It is not just the places he photographs that make him so famous, it is the people too.

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The way he photographs people really draws in different kind of emotions. In this photo of a man from Papua New Guinea, Ratcliff has him staring right into the camera, and has the focus right on his face. It can make the viewer feel so much more connected to this man’s feelings and his culture. It makes you want to know more.


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Preparation for photographing the Northern Lights | Katelyn Phillips

Photographing the Northern Lights is something a lot of travel photographers have on their bucket list. The Northern Lights are a beautiful feat of nature, and knowing how to correctly photograph them will allow one to capture an equally beautiful photo.

One very important part to any type of photography is proper planning.

Dave Morrow, a landscape photographer, provides three initial steps to take when planning a trip to photograph the Northern Lights: finding dark skies, finding clear skies, and checking the aurora activity.

Northern Lights in Norway

A dark sky is needed to be able to properly photograph the Northern Lights. Morrow suggests a using a light pollution map to determine dark locations around the globe with which to explore.

“Unlike Milky Way photography, you can photograph the Northern Lights under the moon light and still get fantastic results,” Morrow says.

Northern Lights

A clear sky is necessary to get quality photographs of the Northern Lights.

“You can get some nice shots with 20-30% cloud cover, but 0-10% cloud cover is preferred,” Morrow says.

Using infrared (IR) satellite imagery provides information on cloud coverage at night, while visual (VIS) satellite imagery provides information on cloud coverage during the day.

Aurora, Godess of Dawn - East Fjords - Iceland by Dave Morrow on 500px

To photograph the Northern Lights, the Northern Lights should be present. Using the right tools to check aurora activity can ensure the proper conditions.

Space Weather Live provides an easy way to check aurora activity live using the Kp-index. Results range from 0-9, with 9 being the greatest amount of aurora activity.

With the proper planning, photographing the Northern Lights becomes a simple matter of showing up at the right place at the right time.

-Katelyn Phillips

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Photographing Fireworks (Maddie Griffin)


Fireworks can be captured in many different ways but it can be difficult to capture them at the right time. There are a few techniques a photographer can use that can help them photograph fireworks.

Things you’ll need:

  1. tripod (to keep the camera stable)
  2. cable release
  3. a flashlight
  4. a stool


Before the fireworks start going off, make sure you set your camera up on your tripod so that it will be steady when the fireworks start. This is important for capturing the trails of light by lowering the shutter speed.

Once that’s done, focus your camera on the fireworks once they start going off; make sure the image isn’t blurry and the aperature is set right so the camera isn’t overexposed.

Here’s some more tips:


  • Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction.
  • A good starting point for aperture is f/11.
  • Shoot the highest quality file you can. NEF is ideal.
  • Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts.
  • Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200.

Turn off the autofocus, otherwise it might have difficulty locking onto focus. Manually focus your lens at infinity.



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Photographing Galaxies By: Jacqueline Bayly

Although it is far away and hard to see, it is possible to take photographs of galaxies like the Milky Way for example with a DSLR camera.

From “How to Photograph the Milky Way” by Matt Quinn


First, you’re going to want a clear sky for your photos. Also, consider how close you are to cities and their light pollution. Light pollution maps can help you decide where to set up.

14mm, f/2.8, 30s, ISO3200

Camera Settings:

  • ISO: A 3200-6400 ISO is ideal for absorbing enough light while also keeping the photo from becoming blurry.
  • Shutter Speed: A long shutter speed is necessary to capture the light in a galaxy, but too long of a shutter speed will make the stars streak because the earth is rotating. 30 seconds is a frequently used SS for these photos.
  • Aperture: You want the lens to be as open as possible, so the correct aperture is the lowest setting.


Photographer Jim Harmer explains how he took his galaxy photo “Milky Way in Idaho.”

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Imogen Cunningham

Imogen Cunningham was born in 1883 in Portland, OR. She began her career in photography by studying the chemistry behind it at the University of Washington and at the Technische Hochshule in Dresden, Germany from 1906-1910. After graduating, she opened her own studio and began her portrait and pictorial work. Her work was featured in many exhibitions across the country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Seattle Fine Arts Society. Her focus shifted many times throughout her life, going from portraits, to pattern and detail, then plants, industrial landscapes, the hands of musicians and artists, and finally documentary street photography. She was also a faculty member of the fine arts photography department, formed by Ansel Adams, at the California School of Fine Arts. She died at the age of 93 in June of 1976.


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