What Stella Artois Can Teach Us About Thriving In The Creative World

Stella Artois - Up There

Here’s a tradition that’s been all but replaced by photography and large format printing. This short documentary, commissioned by Stella Artois, shows the passion it takes to be a commercial mural painter today (jump to post to watch the video).

A Reminder From A Dying Breed Of Artists

The few painters in this trade still endure lengthy apprentice-master relationships before touching a brush. This is their passion and they commit to learning it thoroughly over many years.

This guild-like approach is rare in today’s world. The patience required of the apprentices is even more remarkable in our hyper-speed world. But the choice to keep a lasting respect for our work is available to all of us—we should take it.

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Mark Seliger Interviews Martin Schoeller and Private Joker

Woman Breastfeeding -Martin Schoeller

I recently discovered Capture—a great online series in which Mark Seliger interviews iconic photographers and celebrity photo-buffs. If you are a photographer, you’re going to love it.

This episode reveals the creative process behind Martin Schoeller’s and Matthew Modine’s most memorable images. Discover details on the controversial breastfeeding cover for Time Magazine, camera tips from Stanley Kubrick and more.

I particularly like Schoeller’s story about scotch-taping Steve Carell’s head for an image (at 13:44).

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Why Talent Isn’t Everything (And What Matters More)

Olympian Alexa Loo with trainer Lucinda Jagger.

Here’s a beautiful excerpt from The Audacity of Dreaming by photographer Jasmine Star. There are times when I find someone else’s images and they leave me breathless in a swimming-at-the-bottom-of-a-pool kind of way. Deep, aching breaths. And I know I’m no where near that level of oxygen deprivation.   There are moments I battle with myself […]

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16 Tips For New Freelancers: A Cheat Sheet For Jumpstarting Success

Do More Graphic - Ami Sanyal Photography

The roller coaster of victories and defeats is something all freelance creatives are familiar with. I’m closing in on four years of freelance photography and, while I love my job and my lifestyle, my resolve has been tested since day one. This game takes grit—but succeeding at it takes more. Here are sixteen things that all new creative […]

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The Portfolio Mistake That Makes You Look Like An Amateur

Ami Sanyal Photography - Specialize Your Portfolio

KBS+ is looking for a photographer for an upcoming BMW campaign. The agency lands on two photographers’ websites, both have great images. Photographer A’s portfolio features photos of burlesque dancers, cars, pets and newborns. The web design and copy lacks direction. Photographer B’s portfolio features only automotive work. The web design and copy supports the images. […]

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