Where to find photography inspiration? (7 replies and 3 comments)
I wanted to know where everyone goes to find photographers that they like or use for inspiration? Do you have any resources or websites that you look to or is it just a matter of finding the photographers work. Anyone have photographers that they would recommend or enjoy personally?
YouTube!! YouTube!! YouTube!!
Ted Forbes is a great source of inspiration. He has a YouTube channel called The Art of Photography. Jared Polin is pretty entertaining to watch too, though more often than not he is talking about the entertainment/business sector side of photography.
Mango Street is pretty insightful. They do both video and photography.
As far as filmmaking goes, I have a handful of channels I follow as well:
Wolfcrow - has some great essays on a variety of great cinematographers, Roger Deakins being one of them.
The Royal Ocean Film Society
Lessons from the Screenplay
Nerdwriter1 - will sometimes do a great essay on Blade Runner or something of the like 😉
RocketJump Film School
Every Frame a Painting
Great,thanks for the help! I would recommend cinematography database as well as a youtuber to follow,he is great.
You could look on the Magnum photo site. They have probably the best working photographers in the world today.
Howdy! Great question. Like Roger suggested, Magnum is a great resource. Another option is to pick up a few photo books to add to your library. Here are just a few photographers that will get you started.
By all means have a look at other people's work, you certainly can learn a lot by studying photographs. I am always looking at old and even vintage photos going back to the beginning. By blowing the pictures up you notice an immense amount of details contained in these photos not normally seen in original size. Vintage plate photos under the magnifying glass reveal a wealth of information about the period and is a social history lesson in itself. I am truly amazed at what I see. The camera does sometimes see things we don't and it takes years for us to discover what they are.
Train your eye to look for those non obvious scenes. Just sit on a park bench for a while and observe life around you, take a few 'snaps' and edit them at home and you will pleasantly surprised at what you see in the backgrounds of photos when enlarged. There's so much going these days so slow down for a while and watch life as it should be, there's plenty to shoot, humans can be fascinating to watch if you wait long enough. Inspiration is what 'your' mind makes it.
Have a look at these photos and enlarge them. Bingo!
First comment and a little late to the discussion here but...
I personally like photographers that make photo's that have three components: story, mystery and longevity.
In terms of inspiration, I tend to favour more black and white photographers such as Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, Herb Ritts etc.
Many of these photograhers have also directed and shot music videos and adverts which are worth a look at. Herb Ritts was also seen as somewhat of a master of natural lighting. If you search on YouTube you'll find plenty of documentaries about these photogs.
My personal favourite documentary: Helmut by June (2007) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52hxDJweTCs»
I agree with Justin Balog about Sam Abell - perfectly constructed and composed shots. I watched his workshop, and he explained that he would find his composition and wait... something interesting would then enter the frame and then he'd have his photo.
Also study early photographers such as, Julia Margaret Cameron etc. They knew the importance of telling a story through a visual image. I visited her house on the Isle of Wight (now a museum) and was blown away by her vision and the quality of her photography... just beautiful. She would frequently dress her subjects up and get them to act out stage plays. Her photos include a young Alice Liddell who would go on to be the inspiration for Lewis Caroll's, 'Alice in Wonderland'.
Apologies for the long comment. Great forum by the way. Roger you are an inspiration, please keep up the good work (looking forward to seeing Blade Runner).
Best wishes, David
*Corrected: 'Helmut by June' is actually 1995... apologies folks.