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Photographer, Victoria's Secret Russell James CNBC Taking pictures of lingerie models, working barefoot and having your work showcased in every Victoria's Secret store in the world for everyone to see certainly seems like a dream job, but for Russell James it's reality. This popular photographer for Victoria's Secret loves what he does, but it's not as easy as it seems. His photo shoots can cost upwards of $20,000 a day, meaning he's got to keep 25 other people on the payroll plus the supermodels he works with operating smoothly and efficiently. The photographer's job is to "make the girl feel sexy and beautiful without being weird," said model Candice Swanepoel. "[I feel] just safe with Russell." James' photography career took off in 1997 when he took a picture of Tyra Banks that ended up on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. That's where Ed Razek, the creative director of Victoria's Secret, first took notice of him.

Marine Biologist, Filmmaker, Inventor Greg Marshall, Vice President, National Geographic Society, Remote Imaging Courtesy of Greg Marshall Greg Marshall has dedicated the last 25 years to studying, exploring, and documenting life in the oceans. He's won two Emmy awards for his cinematography and sound work on National Geographic specials, but perhaps his biggest contribution to the scientific world is the National Geographic Crittercam. In 1986, while diving in the reefs off Belize, Greg encountered a shark and was struck by the sight of a remora fish clinging to the shark's side. Imagining the unique perspective the remora must have when hitchhiking with its host, Greg conceived a remote camera that would mimic the remora's behavior. Marshall thought that if the camera were small and lightweight it could attach like a remora to a host and record the behavior of sea creatures in situations where a handheld camera could never go. Recognizing the scientific potential of such a tool he began developing a camera tool that could record images, sound and data from an animal's perspective. "The first wild animal I worked with was an alligator... but I lost my one and only unit on the very first deployment," Marshall said. "The first successful wild deployment was with a Tiger shark at Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and it was incredibly exciting to finally see what a wild, free-ranging animal does in its natural habitat over time and spatial scales that we could never otherwise experience." In 2003 Greg and his team deployed the first land-based Crittercam on wild lions in Kenya, capturing remarkable new images and ushering in a new era of behavioral science.

 

 

    Take note of and remember the following photo quotes. It's always worthwhile to learn from masters.

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated in quotations". - Benjamin Disraeli

ansel-adams.jpg1. " You don't take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams

Full awareness of what makes a good photo is essential in taking great photographs.

Why would anyone be interested in this photo and what elements can be included or excluded to make it truly great?

henri-cartier-bresson.jpg2. " Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Do you know how many photos you have taken up until now? You will have to take thousands of pictures to reach a point where you can begin to evaluate them objectively. Looking upon your photos as if you were looking at them through someone else's eyes is a good way to give yourself constructive criticism. Comparing your first photos with your most recent, do you see improvement? Do you remember how you loved some of your first photos - do you still love them or are they now not so good anymore?

 

3. " Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. - Matt Hardy

You often don't or can't see beauty in the world until someone shows it to you. Take a look around you just now - even without moving from the computer. Can you see something in a new way, a different way of presenting something common? Just take a look again...

erwitt.jpg4. " Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times...I just shoot at what interests me at that moment. - Elliott Erwitt

When the world is your canvas, so to speak, you need your tools with you to capture everything around you. Make a habit of always carrying a camera with you-you will never suffer the regret of wishing you had.

imogen.jpg5. " Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow. - Imogen Cunningham

Never be fully satisfied with what you've done.

Never stop photographing. It is very likely that your best photograph has not yet been captured.

allard.jpg6. " You've got to push yourself harder. You've got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You've got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. - William Albert Allard

We are always looking for reasons for not taking good pictures. Cartier-Bresson used film camera, same lens, no flash, same shutter speed - he didn't need the newest digital equipment to take great photos.

We all have access to some subjects that no one else has access to - look at your friends' hobbies, the workplaces of friends and family, and any place you have access to to find a vision that comes uniquely from your access. Many people would dream of having the same access you have, and you might not have considered how valuable your access is.

 

 

200px-garry_winogrand.jpg7. " If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up. - Garry Winogrand

How often have you seen a photo that is missing something, thinking, "This is a good photo but I'd make it different somehow."? Sometimes small things make a big difference. Don't be afraid to shake things up.

8. " I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn't that good. - Anonymous

Sometimes it is interesting to hear the story behind the photo and you see the photo in a new light. But in most cases a photo shouldn't need a story to back it up. It has to speak for itself.

ansel-adams.jpg9. " Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. - Ansel Adams

Even one of the masters in photography, Ansel Adams, didn't expect to get more than 12 great photographs each year.

How can anyone expect more?

Take a look at your last year in photos - do you really see 12 photos that stand out from the rest?

timothy-allen.jpg10. "It can be a trap of the photographer to think that his or her best pictures were the ones that were hardest to get. - Timothy Allen - On editing photos

Editing photos can often be the most difficult but also the most satisfying part. Sometimes taking a quick look at all the photos and then going away for a while before taking a closer look lends a fresh eye to your viewing. You may see things you did not notice previously. Stepping away from the mass of photos can make certain images stand out in your mind's eye, leaving a memorable impression that can characterize a good photo.



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