Enchanted Images – Amazing portrait photographers!!!

April 15, 2010

Today’s post we’re featuring one of our favorite portrait photographers out there, Enchanted Images. The awesome photographers behind this great portrait photography business is James and Stephani Hays.  They are from Roseville, California, near Sacramento if I’m not mistaken.

I first became fans of theirs on photoSIG when James would post images for critique. His work made me an instant fan and I’ve been one ever since. He’s an inspiration of mine and his work just gets better and better and more classy all of the time.

Enchanted images specializes in seniors and family portraits. A great combination for these guys as they know how to do it perfectly with the right artistic touches. They are so inspiring to me I think because they never cease to produce images that look  beautiful and cutting edge, fashion forward and timeless, artistic and perfectly flattering for each individual subject. I just love these guys!!!

If you haven’t ever checked them out or it’s been a while, stop what you’re doing and go there now! It will be well worth your time.

Check out their site or their blog. How about their facebook page? If that’s not enough, you can even check out their photoSIG page! If you talk to them, let them know you found them on our site!


RangeFindermag.com – great online source!!! and FREE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION!!!

April 9, 2010

Are you a pro? If so, you may already know this, but if not, let me let you know that if you are, you can get a free subscription to Range Finder Magazine just for signing up!

RangeFinderMag.com is also a great site with lots of resources and information for professional and amateurs alike.

RangeFinder Magazine has a long history of photographic excellence and being a leader in this industry. Check it out!


Todd Owyoung’s Concert Photography

April 2, 2010

No Doubt

Music is something that we don’t usually think of when we think about photography. Imagine if you will, going to see one of your favorite music performers play and you get to shoot the show.

Roots

Todd Owyoung

The excitement of being on the side or front of the stage doing what you love (photography) and being able to shoot one of your favorite bands is really a rush. Unfortunately, when the lights start flashing red, blue, green, on, off, on, off, on, you’ll find that things can quickly become difficult as your light meter does sprints from one side of your view finder to the other. Please allow me to introduce to you Todd Owyoung. Todd is a Professional Concert Photographer whose work will give you the feeling of being in the front row.

John Mayer

Todd’s work has been published in publications such as Spin, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Alternative Press, Metal Hammer, Entertainment Weekly, and Billboard Magazine. Some of Todd’s portfolio includes Metallica, Kiss, Aerosmith, John Mayer, Dave Mathews, Willie Nelson, and many others

Todd’s site is full of fantastic and inspiring concert photography. His work captures the excitement of the show. His site contains a “gear” section in which Todd discusses in detail the gear he uses for each situation.

Street Drum Corp

Todd also writes about how to meter under the constant change of lighting while shooting a concert. If you’ve shot a concert before you know the challenge with the lighting changes. It can really be crazy, but fun! Todd also provides tutorials and Q&A’s on how to capture some great shots under extreme lighting conditions.

The Devil Wears Prada

If you’ve ever wanted to get into concert photography Todd’s site, I Shoot Shows is a great place to check out.


Q and A #1

March 26, 2010

I find it interesting to read about other photographers. It’s always fun to read about others that share our passion. I put together a few questions that I thought I would ask you (our readers). I’d like to know a little about YOU and your photography journey. I guess it’s only fair that if I’m going to ask you these questions I should start by answering them myself, which I will do in the comment section. Feel free to answer all or the questions or just the ones you want to answer. Thanks for stopping in at Cool Photo Sites and look forward to hearing from you.

1. What type of photography do you prefer to shoot?

2. Do you shoot for a hobby or for a living?

3. What specifically are you working on to improve? Name one.

4. Canon, Nikon or other?

5. I’m stealing this important question from a friend…..Coke or Pepsi?

6. Is there something you’d like to see on Cool Photo Sites?

7. What editing software do you use and what has been your best learning tool for it?

8. Who is your inspiration(s)?

9. Do you use lights or natural light?

10. What inspires you to shoot?


The Cool Hunter

March 23, 2010

Today’s site is an amazing blog that is the epitome of cool. I could try to sit here and explain what “The Cool Hunter” is all about, but I’ll leave that up to them. Right from the site, here is a description of what they are all about:

Led by founder Bill Tikos, The Cool Hunter celebrates creativity in all of its modern manifestations. Since its inception in 2004 The Cool Hunter has become the world’s most-read culture and design site,  a leading authority on all things creative and a truly global hub for what’s cool, thoughtful, innovative and original. We value global relevance, not trends, channeling our discoveries to our worldwide audience.

The Cool Hunter is a natural fit for its readers – creative influencers who stay in the know and ahead of the curve. Global in outlook, culturally discerning, The Cool Hunter readers are connected, creatively aware, confident, stylish and sociable. They value architecture, design, style, music, fashion and entertainment. They work, play and travel internationally and bring with them distinguished tastes and a demanding appetite for quality information.

The Cool Hunter is not a trend-spotter, trend-watcher or trend predictor. We select and celebrate what is beautiful and enduring from all that is sought-after in architecture, design, gadgets, lifestyle, urban living, fashion, travel and pop culture. We remain relevant by staying ahead of and outside of trends and fads — the fickle shifts in taste and style. The Cool Hunter digs deeper, finding tomorrow’s icons and classic phenomena. We are a prized reference point of choice for a global creative community.

I love it. They are what we want to showcase on our blog. I think photographers who seek to be relevant and contemporary need to dedicate time to this blog on an ongoing basis. I find it a source of creative inspiration and realize that it is possible to be the one who will do something that others will strive to achieve: to have creative success that would be a goal in someone else’s eyes.

It is indeed a site worth being part of your weekly creative routine. A great source of brain stimulation here.


Don’t Let Your Genius Go Unnoticed!

March 21, 2010

Today’s post is a tremendously helpful and inspirational video about self promotion and creativity.

Contrary to popular belief, talent does not always get noticed. Behance’s Scott Belsky breaks down the necessity of self-marketing for creatives. This video explains how and why genius talent can certainly go unnoticed if it isn’t put in the right context and it isn’t talked about to people that matter, your clients, customers and those who could spread the word about you.

If  you are in the photography business or want to be, you have to check this video out. I hope it inspires you like it did me.


The Big Picture – Amazing Photojournalism

March 3, 2010

I am personally not that into photojournalism. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen powerful images as that found on our site we’re featuring today. It’s called The Big Picture.

It’s a photoblog run by the Boston Globe Newspaper. An editor there selects the best photographs from AP, Reuters and other news agencies and organizes them by a theme or event.

Some of the events are hard news stories, like the inauguration of Barack Obama and the tragedy in Chile. Other topics are more slice-of-life—check out this collection of photos of dance from around the world.