Behind The Viewfinder with ​@aroundq

On this weeks Behind the Viewfinder, we bring you a talented photographer from our home state of Florida. I (@stwesley) have been personally following Q for quite sometime now, he is an exceptionally gifted shooter that provides tons of motivation with the creativity he brings with every capture.
(@aroundq) has a perfectly blended and well rounded gallery that goes from night shots, cityscapes, drone shots, landscapes and many more.
Florida has many talented photographers and @aroundq is definitely in the top 10 that we have seen, so defiantly give his answers a read and pass by his gallery for your daily dose of inspiration.
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Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.
I don’t necessarily have a particular style. I just love all aspects of photography. If I had to put myself into a category it would be travel photography.
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Which photographers influenced you.
I love a lot of work from a lot of photographers, some of the people that have influenced me are @chrisburkard and @shainblumphotography.
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What technology (camera/software) do you use most?
Currently using a few cameras Sony A7RII, Sony A6500 and Sony RX100 V and edit in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, Photoshop and Premiere
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What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
My original passion started out with capturing moments of my family and kids. That quickly grew to enjoying the many experiences through traveling and catching those moments in our lives.
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Which is your favorite lens? Why?
My go to lens is the 16-35mm, I love shooting wide and the 16mm allows me to capture the most in open spaces. With the 42mp on the Sony A7RII it allows me to crop into a picture without losing much detail. The 35mm f1.4 is my next favorite lens, its the perfect focal point for walking around and portraits.

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What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?
My current set up is pretty good. If Sony adds some additional features to the current set up then it would be by far the best. I would love to see a touch screen, swivel and flip screen, better performing ISO, better image stabilization and continued improvement with their in camera apps.
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How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
The number one teacher in the world is the internet. I always use Google and YouTube to educate myself on different techniques. I’m a student of photography and the learning never ends. There are so many shooting and editing techniques that I have yet to master.
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Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
My rocket launch shot from Cocoa Beach has to be my favorite to date. The shot took the most planning and to see your plan executed makes you feel good about the work and research you put in to get that 1 shot. Then my travels through out Europe are a close second. Seeing Cinque Terre in person was a true wish come true.
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What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Looking back at it now, I wish I would’ve taken photography more serious when I was younger. I always had a DSLR but never took the time to fully understand how to use it. I would’ve taken a few photography classes to fully understand the basics of photography. Its well worth the time.
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What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
There are many reasons why a picture stands out to me. I look at composition first then editing. Composition plays a huge part visually. Whats the subject? What are you trying to portray in your pictures? Whats the story? And is it different from the everyday picture everyone else takes?
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Where are you from, where do you live.
I’m original from Hollywood, Florida but currently live in Orlando, Florida. I love this state, it has some amazing beaches and its summer all year long.

Behind The Viewfinder and into the darkness with ​@_smurfious  

We have been watching Benji’s work on Instagram for quite sometime — just waiting for the best opportunity to showcase this artist’s work. Instagram’s multi-image post is the perfect tool to give you a peek into his gallery.

On this weeks Behind the Viewfinder we bring you @_smurfious, super dope UK shooter that has embraced the night, and does some of the best steel wool spinning on ‘The Gram.’
Launchdsigns love featuring new and unique artists and Benji definitely fits that category.
Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most? 
what’s my style? To be honest I’m still not 100% sure, I started with steelwool and no matter how much I try new things steelwool is always a constant in my feed.
Who are the photographers influenced you?
In the early days of steelwool I made some awesome friends like @roskobiwan and @genesis750 and others and we’d constantly share ideas on techniques/locations etc and all kinda grew together. These days @thecatalystmachine and @josh.perrett are hugely influential, Adam’s approach to his edits, and Josh’s unique way he looks at a shot/angle/framing is just incredible.
Do you think that photography is an art form?
Without question yes
What technology (camera) do you use?
Sony a7ii
What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
Mostly pushing myself to see what I can and can’t do, but also it’s just kinda relaxing sometimes, whether it’s spinning wool after a 14hr day at work or spending a few hours on the beach waiting for sunset, these are both good places to be
Which is your favorite lens? Why?
Samyang 14mm af or sigma 15mm fisheye lens, I love the depth when shooting wide angle, and these are both beautiful lenses, I’m saving like crazy at the moment for the zeiss batis 2/25 as well
What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?
Obviously the zeiss batis 2/25, such a beautiful lens to use, apart from that I’m pretty happy with my kit at the moment, might upgrade to the A7rii once the mark 3’s are available (and the price drops)
Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.
I am a preset whore!! I’ve only been editing on computer and Lightroom since January but I save the presets from every shot I edit!! I love them! I only use them as a starting point to edit from or give an idea of which way to approach a shot, but I’ve often ended up with a finished shot far different from anything I imagined while shooting! my presets are available to purchase from @gramslayers
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
Ask questions, almost everyone I’ve ever approached on Instagram and asked questions of they’ve been good enough to reply, apart from that you tube videos, and also especially when light painting I record my settings, exposure time, aperture etc makes it much easier next time
Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
I’m the worst person in the world, normally a week after posting a shot I don’t like it, recently the glass jar water shots – I was meeting some friends on the beach for a sunset shot and got there an hour early so went to local super market bought the jar and 5 litres of water, it was very much a spur of the moment thing but worked pretty well
What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?
Huggggeeee, seeing the crazy shots and edits that people are doing every day is hugely inspiring and obviously pushes me to want to do similar or makes me look at things in a different way
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
What aperture is/does would’ve been nice to know much sooner lol
What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
 Anything that makes you stop scrolling.
The subject doesn’t really matter, if it’s well composed, great lighting etc that’s what will make the difference
What first drew you to photography?
Steelwool spinning! I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, I bought a second hand Canon s90 about 4 years ago, then Canon 1000d a couple of weeks later, then 18 months ago @mbrookes27 took me steelwool spinning for the first time! That was it, I was hooked I would literally go out every night it was amazing
When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
There are occasions where I know exactly what I’m gonna shoot and where and what lens to use, but to be honest most my shots come from just going out in the city with the 14mm lens and just seeing what works, some nights I’ll come home with 1000 shots and they all suck, other times I’ll find some absolute bangers
Where are you from, where do you live?
Bristol UK

Behind The Viewfinder with the talented LouwLemmer

We’re so excited to present this Incredibly talented photographer on this weeks Behind the Viewfinder. @LouwLemmer has one of the most beautifully gallery that we have seen here on instagram, it has to be seen to understand what I’m talking about.

@LouwLemmer could have been a candidate for Behind The Viewfinder, just by the portraits alone, but there is so much more to this talented shooter, Give his awesome gallery a look you won’t be dissapointed.

What’s your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most?
I’d say my style is very centered around creativity and something I call “The Human Element.” I identify most with images that have a contextual sense with regard to creating perspective from adding a person to a photo.

Who are the photographers influenced you?
Through honing my skills as a photographer I’ve looked towards guys like: @Bryanadamc, @CraigHowes and @Deancothill for inspiration.

Do you think that photography is an art form?
Of course, photography is definitely an art form.

What technology (camera) do you use?
I make use of a Canon 6D and a Canon 5D mkIII

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
My love for photography and seeing the incredible response and joy it creates within people who follow me.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?
The Canon 85 mm f/1.2 because it’s an incredibly sharp lens that performs well in low light and is generally my go-to portrait and creative lens.

 

 

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?
I am very fortunate to have great gear, but, my dream is definitely the Canon 1DX Mark II. My reason for that is I am always in search of pushing myself as far as possible, and for that, the top of the range Canon would help me create even more than I can now.

Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.
I do yes. I prefer using my own presets. But I have made use of presets from @19tones as the base of some of my favourite tones. What I do is apply the preset and do a complete overhaul in order to create that authentic and unique look to my photos.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
The internet. You can find all your answers on the internet. Rarely, I do also consult fellow experts, but, I prefer finding my own answers.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
I can honestly not name a single favourite image. I love the work I produce and it’s way too hard for me to identify a photo and call it my favourite. That being said, one of my top photos is one I took of @DeanCothill. I love it because of the story behind it, the overall photo and the fact that Dean is a good friend of mine. I also love it because I only realized how cool the photo was about 3 weeks after taking it. So there was a whole journey in it.
What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?
Instagram has been absolutely instrumental to my photography, in the paramount sense that it was the foundation to my love of taking photos. It was the vessel that transported me into the world of photography. In terms of designs, Instagram taught me to push the boundaries, think out of the box and drive myself to excel creatively.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
That gear doesn’t matter when you start. For a long time my photography was negatively affected by the fact that I thought I had to have certain cameras and lenses in order to create beautiful images. That is a lie which I urge every beginner not to believe.
What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
A few things. Composition, lighting and focus are all raw factors that makes a good picture stand out. An average picture is one that neglects one or two of those factors. From there, editing can really also set a good and an average photo apart. If you nailed all the 3 mentioned factors, but fail to edit it properly, it will be average.
What first drew you to photography?
Telling a story and creating art. I have always been a creative person, and photography just really appealed to me as an art form.

When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
That depends. When I do an official shoot, I’d say 50-75% is planned. I consider that as a high number, because when I go shooting for myself, I almost never plan ahead. I like to get out of my comfort zone, and planning too much can have an adverse effect on your ability to think out of the box. I never want to limit myself to rules when I shoot for myself. What I do plan ahead is outfits, props and so forth. But most of my personal photos are purely instinctual. When I shoot officially, I normally have to stick to guidelines and I definitely plan ahead so I can be certain of making my client happy. I don’t plan ahead 100%, because that’s impossible, and I always want to add a little twist that can surprise a client.

Where are you from, where do you live?
I was born in Windhoek, Namibia. But, for the last 17 years I’ve lived in Pretoria, South Africa.

This week Launchdsigns goes Behind the Viewfinder with thenanyc

This week on Behind the viewfinder, we bring you @thenanyc. This versatile New York shooter and moderator of @nyc_explorers captures her city well. Her feed is the perfect blend of cityscapes to sunsets to street with a touch of nature and much more.
Stop by Nancy’s feed and take a virtual trip to New York City on this weeks behind the Viewfinder.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most?
Landscape and Travel are my passions because they take you away.  Somewhere far from cubicles.

Who are the photographers influenced you?
Ansel Adams and all the badass female photographers of the Instagram community. @jdotwu for helping me pickup my first real camera canon s95 point and shoot and canon 70D , if it weren’t for her, I’d have no clue what buttons were for. @bxkiddo1 founder of @nyc_explorers whose innate talent and passion behind the lens is invigorating @daninyc who welcomed me to the community of feeds and meets. @jkhordi and @killahwave whose work constantly inspires me to go harder.

Do you think that photography is an art form?
Of Course ! Anything that can communicate thoughts and feelings  unobtrusively for me is art.

What technology (camera) do you use?
Canon 70D, Sony A7IIr, Iphone 6s

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
To find adventure whether big or small, new or old.

Which is your favorite lens?
Sony FE 24-70mm Why? Great versatile zoom lens for the streets of city.

What camera gear do you wish you had?
Dji Mavik drone and Super wide angle for the AR7 Why? Travel drone to light up the sky and I love super wide angles to make the world around us look even bigger

Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.
Yes just started a few months ago but I don’t use presets and mess with everything myself, leftover habits from PS I guess.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
YouTube is a great resource, absorbing from friends and studying other people’s work.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
They are all my babies but my first long exposure is probably most dear to me. Not because it is amazing but because I was so excited to see a star trail!

What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?
The gram constantly inspires.  I find new places and meet new people and see new things.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
The journey through photography has been amazing, I wish to change nothing about it as I appreciate the journey for what it is.  I think of all things I have loved in this lifetime that there is no better companion than the camera.  I hope to die shooting.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
The subject, the place, the time, the message, the color, the light, the shadow, the composition, the movement.

What first drew you to photography?
I enjoy vintage photographs of New York and seeing the city change so drastically over the years made me think that if we don’t document this it won’t exist.  New York neighborhoods and the people that live there make it magic.

When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
It is 50/50, you can never tell mother nature what to do, but you can stick your finger up in the air while tapping google maps furiously!

Where are you from, where do you live?
New York City.

This week Launchdsigns goes Behind The Viewfinder with TheCatalystMachine

This week we bring you another unique shooter Adam or @TheCatalystMachine — is a talented shooter and a creative photo editor that photos can best be described by what he calls “abstracted reality”

If being original on Instagram is what increases growth and reputation, then Adam’s page is definitely one to watch.

At @launchdsigns we are simply drawn to creativity and in any form and @TheCatalystMachine defines what our account is all about.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most?
My style? Well, I guess you could call it a type of abstracted reality due to my manipulation of color and reality in some edits. I really love architecture and cityscapes… Although I want to venture into more landscapes and portraiture in the near future to expand my knowledge and skills.
Who are the photographers influenced you?
In the very beginning I was heavily influenced by @traperture, @frvnkyvng, @aroundq @forwardtrends, @joselivinup and @ashley_sprankles due to their unique vision & amazing use of color, composition and imagination. Nowadays I take inspiration from almost anything… I also get daily inspiration from the amazing artists/photographers I feature on my pages @nocturnal_visionaries and @eyecandy_collective.

Do you think that photography is an art form?
Photography is definitely an art form.  It’s become my way of expressing myself through visuals.

What technology (camera) do you use?
I’ve been using a Nikon D3300 for all my images with mainly the kit 18-55mm for 99% of my images. I plan on upgrading lenses and my body soon to allow more creative options.
What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
My motivation comes from a lot of things. Through most of my 20’s I was a mess; consumed by self loathing, alcohol & drugs that I used to escape my problems & past. After a long hard road, mostly by my own design, I came out of that and straightened myself out. There was still something missing in my appreciation of this life we live. About a year and a half ago I started playing with a point and shoot before purchasing my DSLR & started realizing how incredible the world is around us. Over the last year I’ve really delved into this art form and I’m constantly in awe of how truly beautiful life is. That is my real motivation… To express my vision of this world, it’s beauty and energy. Hopefully people get it and can see something they pass everyday without second thought in a new light and get some inspiration.
Which is your favorite lens? Why?
My favorite lens is my trusty little 18-55 kit. It’s the only one I currently own and has been pushed to its limits and performs pretty well… Although there are much better lenses I will be getting shortly, that 18-55 has been my learning tool and I find that invaluable. Gear isn’t everything, it’s what you do with it.
What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?
The camera I wish I had is the Nikon D810. I feel it’s an extremely well rounded camera for almost any situation.

Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.
Except for my manipulation edits… I do all my work in Adobe Lightroom. I usually do every image from scratch, but recently I’ve put together a free preset pack with a help guide for photographers starting to aid them in their journey.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
YouTube is my daily education tool. Well, that and practical application in real world situations.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
My favorite? Well.. that’s hard. I think it’s a sunset image I did a while back on an ugly overpass. The reflection, sunburst, colors of the sky & emotion I felt standing there was great. Witnessing such a powerful sunset on a random dirty overpass reminded me that no matter how filthy life can get there is always something beautiful waiting for you over the proverbial horizon if you are willing to look.

What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?
An extremely heavy role… Seeing the immense talent around the globe and how they perceive things is a constant driving force into exploring new ways of looking at the world & I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
How to use aperture and shutter speed correctly.
What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
I think images with a true artistic vision or voice that sets itself from every other image is good. Like seeing a picture of the Stature of Liberty… There’s countless photos of that iconic spot, but when someone makes it stand out from the rest.. That’s what grabs me. I try to do that with locations like that.

What first drew you to photography?The artistic side of it. I play music, am a chef by trade and like to write/draw, so I’ve always been a creative type. When I discovered what could be done with photography in this modern age of technology I was instantly hooked.
When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?Other than the location I go to (which is sometimes random also) everything is instinctual… I go off the emotion I feel or one I can evoke later in post.

Where are you from, where do you live.?
I’m from Orlando, Fl. Other than a few years in Atlanta, Orlando has been my home.

Follow Adam on instagram @TheCatalystMachine or on his feature pages @nocturnal_visionaries and @eyecandy_collective.

This week on Behind The Viewfinder deftony83

iPhoneographer at heart, talented Instagram shooter pushes the envelope

I have always been a firm believer of “If it works, just do it” it doesn’t matter that much what camera gear you have, if its working for you, thats all that matters.
With that being said I was amazed scrolling through the gallery of Charlie Martinez — @deftony83 and later finding out that he uses mostly an iPhone 7 plus — and that proves that the vision of the photographer is more important than the camera he is holding.
Take a look at this creative shooters feed and his unique style of posting. By all accounts, he is the perfect example of a modern day photographer.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most?
It’s hard to come up with one in specific since I am interested in all styles to become a jack of all trades and master of all. I say Aerial photography is my top choice for the moment.

Who are the photographers influenced you?
I didnt have person that I look to for advice or that influenced me in my journey. I was rather influenced by different things like movies or videogames to incorporate in photography.

Do you think that photography is an art form?
Photography is definitively an art form because anything that requires talent and effort becomes your art.

What technology (camera) do you use?
I’m an iPhoneographer at heart ( Started with the Iphone 4 ) Currently using the iPhone 7 plus, Other cameras are my Gopro 4 and my Dji Phantom 3 Professional Drone

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
What motivates me to go out there and “Kill it” are my previous plans and locations to hit and what I want to accomplish with the shots. I post on my Instagram as Trilogies or sets of 3 since 2013 so looking for a theme for my next project is what gets me out there.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?
My Favorite Lens is the @Olloclip because it so versatile and mobile. I can take Fisheye, Wide angle and Macro shots in a matter of seconds rather than carry a heavy backpack with lots of lenses I have 4 in 1.

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?
I am not a DSLR user and probably never will but if it comes down to it I wish I have a Sony A7R II. I just love Sony products.

Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.
I dont have presets since I just use a whole system of apps to edit my images to a unique look. I edit first on the Lightroom App 70% of the image, then Snapseed 10% and Vsco Cam for 20%. I am a believer that each image deserves close attention to the edit and not a set preset. Not all images are the same.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
Trial and Error especially with editing process.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
Oh Man, … I have to say my Atom Bomb Steelwool Spin in the Iowa caves. It was very iconic and made other steelwool / lightpainting photographers to think outside the box and come up with their own designs or inspirations by me.

What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?
Instagram is my photo journal and the role that plays is huge because it helps reinvent myself in ways I never thought I could improving my vision of things and getting better at angles and post work.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Wish I knew how to tell a story with a picture rather than just taking it.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
No matter with what equipment you took the shot. I believe post work is your bread winner at all times.

What first drew you to photography?
In 1998 I borrowed my sister’s polaroid and brought it to school and began to take my school mates portraits and it became an addiction and ever since I had the need to have some sort of camera.

When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
Great Question, I say its 25% instinctual on the spot and 75% planned since I have a vision of how my picture is going to look like.

Where are you from, where do you live?
I am born and raised in Panama City, Panama 🇵🇦 currently living in Chicago.

Visit Charlie on his instagram page @deftony83 or his feature page @_murder.com_

LaunchDsigns goes ‘Behind the Viewfinder’ with ​mrtaddeo

Master of Bokeh inspires us with beauty

One of the things I find interesting about photography is how your surroundings and the place that you live — often helps to shape you as a photographer. That can be a good thing but sometimes it can also be a bad thing, no one on instagram or in general, wants their feed or work, to be repetitious or stale.
@mrtaddeo has a dynamic feed thats overflowing with creativity, attention to detail and some ridiculously beautiful bokeh. He does have the beach shots that goes with living in sunny South Florida, but they populate his feed in just the right doses and with his own perspective and editing style.
There are very few photographers (3 actually) that I have called “Bokeh Master’ and Mark is definitely one of them.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most?
I love shooting at night. Long exposure and bokeh images are my favorite.

Who are the photographers influenced you?
The biggest influence on my work isn’t a photographer but was my father William Taddeo who was an amazing artist. He helped me develop an eye for light, color and composition. He just overall inspired my to look at the world a little different.

Do you think that photography is an art form?
Photography is definitely an art form. What I love most about it is that it gives me a creative outlet and a way to express myself.

What technology (camera) do you use?
I shoot with a Sony A7r II

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
I’m motivated by challenging myself to create new interesting images with my everyday surroundings and it’s always fun to go exploring and try to find new and inspiring spots too.

Which is your favorite lens?
My go to lens is a Sony Zeiss 16-35 f2.8

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?
I’m actually very happy with my current setup.

Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.
I edit in Lightroom and enjoy developing each image individually and see where it goes. I am not a fan of presets. I don’t like when everyone’s photos look the same.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
I enjoy reading Shutterbug magazine and other than that I just go out and shoot. I’d say trial and error are the best way to get better.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
My favorite works are my bokeh/ depth of field combined with long expo that I’ve done lately.

What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?
I love IG. It’s always inspiring to see all the amazing work being done out there. But that being said there’s a few things I really dislike about it too. These trends that everybody feels like they have to jump on such as christmas lights and jelly jars make me crazy. Just go out and do your own thing. Try and create something original.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
I wish I had learned more about exposure when I first picked up a camera.

 

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
Taking a spot you might have seen a thousand times and putting a different spin on it to make it your own.

What first drew you to photography?
I had always enjoyed taking snapshots while traveling but my real passion for photography started after first seeing some light trail photographs and wanting to learn how to do it. Luckily my good friend and talented photographer @hoovisyo was kind enough to explain the basics to me and I haven’t stopped since.

When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
A lot of the time I’ll go to a spot with a specific concept in mind but other times especially when traveling — the shots will just come organically.

Where are you from, where do you live?
I’m originally from NYC but I now reside in South Palm Beach, Florida.

Follow on Mark on Instagram @mrtaddeo

LaunchDsigns goes ‘Behind The Viewfinder’ with athomasphotography

We recently spoke with a talented photographer called Avion @athomasphotography, we would put his portrait work up against any other photographer found here on instagram.

Portraits are sometimes overlooked on Instagram, so LaunchDsigns is pleased to present this talented shooter that has mastered the art of portrait shooting for our Behind the Viewfinder series.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most?

My style of photography is mixture of cinematic storytelling and natural spontaneity. The type of images I identify with most would be Portrait and Landscape.

Who are the photographers influenced you?

A few photographers that influenced me would be; William Johnson of MAIIGO Photography Chavel Thomas of @dotkidchavy and Michael Woloszynowicz of VibrantShot Photography

Do you think that photography is an art form?

It most definitely is a art form.

What technology (camera) do you use?

I use the Canon 5dmk3

What motivates you to continue taking pictures.

What motivates me to keep taking pictures is the fact that I have the ability to create and capture moments in an image that can be remembered year after year.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

The Sigma 85mm 1.4 is my favorite lens. It’s my favorite because I absolutely love the background compression I get with it. It also allows me to move in closer or step back and include more of the background.

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?

Sigma 85mm 1.4 because it’s an improved version of my current 85mm

Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.

No I do not use adobe Lightroom I use primarily Capture One with Photoshop.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

I educate myself through tutorials and practice. I am constantly looking at the way images are lit and how that lighting was achieved.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

I would say my ‘Queen & Empress’ Series is my favorite. It’s my favorite because it encompasses both landscape and a model both of which add to the other.

What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?

Instagram has definitely played a helping role to shape my photography and allow me to share my work with a vast amount of people that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to connect with.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

The one thing I wish I knew when I started taking photos would be how to see light.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?

What makes a good picture stand out from the average would be a few things; lighting, story telling, emotion.

What first drew you to photography?

I always had a love for photography but I never had actual equipment so I would always use my phone. Then I was asked to take pictures at a club and they provided the camera and since that day I haven’t put down the camera.

When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?

For me it’s 50/50. Proper planning and execution is needed but sometimes you go with your instincts and trust your gut to get the shots you need.

Where are you from, where do you live?

I am from the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, and I live in Oklahoma.

Follow Avion on Instagram @athomasphotography

 

LaunchDsigns goes ‘Behind The Viewfinder’ with mmeyers76

At @LaunchDsigns, we believe that Instagram goes far beyond being a tool just for photographers — its a creative medium, a platform where we all can showcase our skills in photography or art and have it looked on/reviewed on a global scale.

With that being said we present you Mike (@mmeyers76) someone that embodies what LaunchDsigns stands for CREATIVITY.
Mike takes some amazing and super creative shots of Chicago and pairs them perfectly with his own Lightroom presets, this talented photographer keep pushing the envelope with each shot and we are honored to present him on this weeks Behind the Viewfinder.
What’s your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most?
Not sure exactly what kind of “style” I’d call it. I definitely focus mostly on architecture and urban scenes, seeing as I’m lucky enough to call Chicago home. I do really love nature landscapes as well, and would love to travel more and shoot more of them. I tend to lean more heavily on colorful images, although there’s something really nice about a desaturated, moody image as a kind of palate cleanser from time to time.
Who are the photographers that influenced you?
Jason Peterson (@JasonMPeterson) was my boss at my last job, and seeing his images helped motivate me to get a camera and give photography a try about a year and a half ago. I probably owe my love of color to @DannyMota (who I also worked with). He never fails to create something striking. I really love what @mindz.eye, @jrhigz and @e4rlyr1ser are doing with urban scenes. @Andyto, @Frank.Shoots and @Vincelimphoto are probably my favorite nature photographers. I really find myself influenced by so many great photographers that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few.
Do you think that photography is an art form?
Photography is 100% inarguably an art form. Everything that goes into it, from interpreting what you’re going to shoot, to how you shoot it, to the editing process – it’s all an art. If it was formulaic, then every shot from the same spot would look the same, and it almost never does. I love each aspect of the process and enjoy the challenges and rewards that go with them all.
What technology (camera) do you use?
I just got a Sony a7rii a couple weeks ago (at the beginning of 2017), but up until then all my shots were with a Sony a6000. I’ve also had a DJI Phantom 4 for about a year.
What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
A lot of different things, actually. I love travel and discovering new places, which always pushes you to see the world in a new way through photography. I also find a lot of motivation through fellow photographers – we’re constantly pushing each other to get out and shoot more and raise the bar of our own work. I think the love of a really beautiful image is what motivates us all. There’s just something about creating something you really enjoy through photography that’s inherently satisfying – and that is always pushing us to keep shooting.
Which is your favorite lens? Why?
The Sony G-Master 24-70 f2.8. I just got it, but it’s an absolute monster and I fell in love with it immediately. Every image is so crisp corner to corner and they just seem to leap off the screen when you see them.
What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?
Considering I just upgraded from an a6000 to an a7rii, I’m really happy right now, to be honest. I’ll be grabbing some Lee filters soon so I can do some more long exposure work, which I really like to play around with from time to time to mix up the look of an image. A DJI Mavic would also be cool, just so I’d be able to take a drone with me more often. I love the perspective you can get with them.
Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.
I use Lightroom almost exclusively – Photoshop very rarely…only when I have to. I use presets but only ones I’ve made. This way I can quickly cycle through a few different looks to see what I’m liking as far as what direction I want to take the shot, then fine tune once I’ve found something I like.
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
I find the photography community to be pretty helpful. Thankfully at my last job there were a lot of photographers so they kind of helped me learn the ropes, which was great. I think the editing process is a huge part of photography these days as well, and to be honest I watched a LOT of YouTube videos – it is 100% how I learned Lightroom and Photoshop.
Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
I think this shot I took of Cloud Gate in Millennium Park – more affectionately referred to by Chicagoans as “The Bean.” For those of you not familiar, it’s a giant, bean-shaped mirrored sculpture downtown. There are a million shots of it out there, so the challenge is to find a way to create an image of it that has something dynamic about it that you haven’t seen before. Actually, to me, that is the challenge I put to myself every time I’m creating an image. I just really liked the way the final image came out. There’s nothing particularly special I can point to and say is the reason I liked it.
What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?
A huge role, actually. I’ve learned so much from people I’ve met through Instagram, and they’ve inspired me to be a better photographer. I’ve also had experiences I never otherwise would have had. My girlfriend and I took a trip to Oahu because of the imagery of @eastern_import. We met up with her, as well as @Frank.shoots, @Vincelimphoto and @As.it.turns, who are incredible people. I’d never met them in person but they were kind enough to show us the best spots and shoot them all with us. They took us around the island and shot sunrise and sunset with us every day. They made the entire trip so much better, and we got to experience some amazing places with them. I also shoot a lot with @e4rlyr1ser who I met through Instagram. He has been tremendously influential in my love for photography and introduced me to @kingmephotography, @sola.photo, @_amphoto and @timestr3tch who I shoot with frequently.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
How satisfying it was/how much I’d enjoy it – this way I would have gotten into it a lot earlier!
What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
I kind of touched on this earlier but I think just being able to find a way to create an image that has some kind of different/interesting perspective. I know that word is really overused and beaten to death these days – but I basically mean something dynamic about the image. That could be an untraditional angle, different shutter speed, unusual area to focus on, or something in the edit itself that just makes an image special. I think attention to detail in the editing process as well can really make an image stand out.
What first drew you to photography?
To be honest, boredom. I quit drinking a couple years ago and realized how many social activities are tied to it and needed something fun to do that I could do all year (a challenge here in Chicago). My girlfriend (@made_in_HK) has always had an interest in photography and encouraged me to give it a try. I also worked in an environment that had a ton of great photographers and digital artists, which contributed as well.
When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
Sometimes I have a specific shot in mind – but more times than not I just kind of walk around and look for something I find interesting. More often than not you end up stumbling upon an even better shot en route to the one you had in mind.
Where are you from, where do you live?
I’m from the suburbs of Chicago, but have lived in the city for the last 20 years.
Follow Mike on instagram @mmeyers76

LaunchDsigns goes ‘Behind The Viewfinder’ with @thanksjohn_

On this weeks Behind the Viewfinder we bring you @thanksjohn_ a versatile and creative shooter from California who goes from shooting nature and portraits to shooting street in the blink of en eye. His photos are richly colored, creative and unique. At @launchdsigns, we try to find the most talented and unique shooters on Instagram and John is definitely an exceptional shooter that deserver a place in your timeline.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most?
I don’t want to be identified with just one style of photography. I like to mix things up, however landscapes captures my attention the most.
 
Who are the photographers influenced you?
Fellow local photographers. When I started photography, I learned so much just by seeing how they shoot without even meeting them. They are @ashley_sprankles, @eric_scire and @djace17.
Is photography an art form?
Yes. What isn’t?
What technology (camera) do you use?
Sony A7 and Sony A7Rii
What motivates you to continue taking pictures?
In hope, that one day I’ll make someone get off their couch and see the good and bad the world has to offer.
Which is your favorite lens? Why?
Wide angle lens. It gives a dramatic look to pictures. Plus seeing more in a shot is always good.
What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?
A drone. I want that aerial shots!!!
Do you use Adobe Lightroom for edits? If so what presets do you use? Your own or downloaded/purchased.
I own and use Lightroom. I don’t use plugins or presets. I like to start my edits from scratch.
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
I watch photography tutorials on YouTube but the real lessons starts outside during a shoot.
Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
My favorite would be my shot of the Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona. I took a shot, looked at my monitor and that’s when I really succumbed to photography.
What role has Instagram played in your photography/designs?
It definitely played a major role in my photography. It’s very convenient to share photos and it has a great community of photographers.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
How addicting it is and damn expensive haha
What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
There’s no such as thing as an average nor good photograph.
What first drew you to photography?
I’ve always wanted to travel back in time.
When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
I’m a planner.
Where are you from, where do you live.?
San Diego, California
Follow John on Instagram @thanksjohn_

LaunchDsigns goes ‘Behind The Viewfinder’ with thirdoptic

Creativity knows no limit with this shooter

I believe that every photographer is an artist, true photography is much more than just pointing and shooting, there are many things to consider — like lighting, perspective, composition and editing, this weeks artist thats Behind The View Finder seems to have mastered all of the above and more @thirdoptic seamlessly bends photography and design and has one of the more unique accounts on @instagram.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.

I would say my style of photography is more on the landscape/street/urban side.

Which photographers influenced you.

I was heavily influenced by Estevan Oriol, Atiba Jefferson, Mike Miller, Willie Toledo, Martha Cooper, Sally Mann and of course Stephen Vanasco and Timothy McGurr.

No distance left to run

No distance left to run.

What technology (camera/software) do you use most? 

I was using a T1i for like 5 years but now I use a Canon 6D and edit mostly on Lightroom. If I do any photo manipulations, I just bring it into photoshop.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures?

Just being able to create and inspire people through an image.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

Canon 24mm f/1.4 just because it works well with the type of photography I shoot.

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?

Hmm probably a Canon 1D X Mark II because of the shutter speed.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures? 

Just shoot and experiment on different subjects. Learn from other photographers you admire. Not being afraid to try something new.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why? 

Not too sure. I am usually never satisfied with my work. I feel like I always need to improve.

I’d say my favorite photo is the one I haven’t shot yet. Still Searching for that.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Having a better sense of composition to an image and not just snapping away. Timing is everything.

Stay patient and trust the process.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average? 

The subject and composition. Coming from a different angle that you don’t normally see.

Where are you from, where do you live.

I was born in the Philippines and raised on Guam. Moved to San Diego in 2007.

I am currently based in Seattle. Been here since March 2015.

Follow Jan on instagram @thirdoptic

LaunchDsigns goes ‘Behind The Viewfinder’ with Cinnaavox

There is nothing wrong with a little editing

This Week on Behind The Viewfinder, LaunchDsigns presents you with with an exceptional photographer and manipulation master @cinnaavox, we got a chance to question June about her worflow and motivation for doing what she does. Instagram seems to be dominated by men, so its awesome to feature talanted females that are in the minority.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.

I love to try different style of photography or mix them. I like to do folk, urbex and manipulation. I love to create something new. Mixing the styles. That’s fun.

Which photographers influenced you.

@photified on Instagram is a huge Inspiration! I love his work. Also @annamcnaughty is so amazing.

Shine bright like a star.

What technology (camera/software) do you use most?

Canon EOS 6D and my main lens is a Sigma 35mm 1.4f and I create all my edits with apps on my iPhone.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures

All this amazing feedback of my followers and friends and also I just love it. It’s my way to relax. To feel Free and happy.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

Sigma 35mm 1.4f is my Favorite and why… hmm the pics are so sharp and you can use it so many different Styles.

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?

The camera of my dreams is the Canon EOS 5D and also some more lenses would be cool 🙂

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Just trying all the time. Work work work

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

This is my favorite because I love the Tones and also it was a great time with some Amazing people I met because of Instagram. @lost140601 and @djamd are really good friends that I met through Instagram.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

The settings it’s always a little bit tricky when you start photography.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?

That you always put something of yourself in it. Something of your Soul.

Where are you from, where do you live.

I am from Berlin, Germany

Follow June on Instagram @cinnaavox

LaunchDsigns goes ‘Behind The Viewfinder’ with Camarank

Camaran Khiev is on top of the nature scene on instagram

This Week on Behind The Viewfinder, we highlight Camaran Khiev or @Camarank on Instagram, he takes the types of photos that you just want to live in, the tones in his nature shots are unbelievable. His account features some unbelievable locations complimented by his rich earthy tones and stunning perspectives. His account is most definately worth a follow for all nature shooters.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.

I tend to do a lot of landscapes, nature photography. Also long exposures.

Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii

Which photographers influenced you.

@stel72, @JudeAllen, @thirdoptic

What technology (camera/software) do you use most?

I use my Sony a6000, and i use Adobe Lightroom

What motivates you to continue taking pictures

My friends always pushes me to surpass the last pictures i take

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

Currently working with the sony 16mm f2.8 wide angle lens. It allows me to capture sharp images and is very good at night shots.

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?

I wish i had the Sony A7r2. Ive never had a full frame camera.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Surround myself with other photographers and collaborate ideas.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

I have to say my Mount shasta shot is probably my favorite. It was just one of those where I was at the right place at the right time.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

I wish i knew about other editing softwares to help me achieve what I wanted to portray.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?

The concept, the wow factor, and the execution.

Where are you from, where do you live.

I’m from LA, But now live in Oceanside, CA

Follow Cam on instagram @Camarank

LaunchDsigns goes ‘Behind The Viewfinder’ with m.visuals

Creative Instagram photographer using his camera to beautify his city

 

Compiled by @stwesley

Mike is talented photographer from across the pond (London), @m.visuals as he is called on instagram refuses to boxed into one style of shooting. Though relatively new to the game this talented photographer mastered his camera and has quickly developed a style of his own and we are proud to feature him on this weeks Behind The View Finder.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.

I guess my style would be anything creative, from the angle to lighting to props, just something a bit different.

Image of Big Ben in London England by m.visuals camera

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Which photographers influenced you.

One of the biggest early influences was my cousin @nightsnlights in Aus. Over here it would be @cooperexplores, we started shooting together so he was a big influence as well.

What technology (camera/software) do you use most?

I use a Sony a7ii with a 35mm Zeiss prime and 14mm Samyang prime. To edit I use Lightroom but will be starting to use Premier Pro in the next month when I start videography.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures

The enjoyment and buzz I get when taking photos is what motivates me! Getting “that shot” and constantly challenging myself to reach new levels is a big factor as well.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

I’ve only been shooting since May, and I only had the 35mm Zeiss up until late October haha so I’d say the 35mm but I love the 14mm and probably use it more right now just because it’s newer and I haven’t shot with it as much.

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?

To be honest I’m really happy with my A7ii, I’d obviously like the A7rii or the A7iii when it drops soon just because both are beasts!!

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Just shoot, I go out as much as I can and learn every time what works and what doesn’t work.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

My favourite… hmm that’s a tough one, I really don’t know, I shoot so many different styles. Probably one of my creative steel wool shots? Although I love my crystal ball shots as well and can’t wait for summer to get some more of those!! Or rooftopping, those are mad the rush is amazing and the shots are just epic. So in reply, I can’t pick one.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Probably how the camera works haha. I remember the first few months just battling with the settings or asking @cooperexplores constantly what settings I should have my camera at. I guess that is part of the learning process but I look back and wish I had the knowledge I have now.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?

I would say the framing along with the originality of the shot, and for mine its often the creativity and edit.

Where are you from, where do you live.

I am originally from a town called Lewes, near Brighton on the south coast of England but now I live close to London.

Follow Mike on Instagram @m.visuals

 

Launchdsigns holds 10K editing contest on Instagram

At @launchdsigns we appreciate the love and support that we have gotten from the @instagram community, we have met lots of talented photographers and artists all over the world these past months and we are really honored for the support of our growing followers.To commemorate our 10k following, we would like to give back by ‘Launching’ a 10K FFA called #LAUNCHDSIGNS10KFFA loaded with awesome prizes.

The rules are simple. To enter;

• Choose any photo from the dropbox link in our bio and apply any type of edit.

• You must be following @launchdsigns on Instagram and all photos must be tagged #LAUNCHDSIGNS10KFFA and @launchdsigns

• ONLY photos that are that are on the dropbox link are eligible

• Please tag the relevant owner on the photo

All edits must be posted by December 9, 2016, enter as many times as you like. 

The winner receives one 8″X8″ print from @Woodsnap, a copy of the pixomatic app and a $10 giftcard from @clickgear and will also be featured on @launchdsigns and its affiliates/Alliances totaling over 100K followers 
Two Runner ups will each Receive a 8″X8″ print from Woodsnap and will also be featured on @launchdsigns
Many thanks to our awesome partners on Instagram 

@nocturnal_visionaries @depthobsessed @photography.in.focus @leagueoflenses @levitatetheshot @ig_killerz @globalkillerz @nyc_explorers @PlayOfTones @AGameofVisions

Contributing photographers:@hi_tola | @twice.twice | @higher.aperture @girlgonecoastal @abrel0sojos @stwesley and a special thank you to our sponsor @woodsnap and @pixomatic_app

Visit us on Instagram at http://instagram.com/launchdsigns

Woodsnap prints can ONLY be shipped to the continental U.S.

LaunchDsigns releases 10 nature themed wallpapers for iPhone 6

LaunchDsigns has released 10 stunning nature themed wallpapers compatable with iPhone 6 models and above. These free wallpapers can be downloaded from below by right clicking on image and select save/download. Created from various images that were taken in Florida in 2015, these high quality photos — will make a beautiful addition to your wallpaper collection. For all your stock photo, photography and Graphic design needs visit www.launchdsigns.com. or email.

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Help Further my passion in photography

  
I am a talented and driven photographer and graphic designer ready to take my skills to the next level and invest in a professional DSLR camera. Please assist me in my creative endeavour with a small donation of any amount. http://e.gofund.me/me25axac

  

Behind the Viewfinder with Stefano Bortoletto

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I am honored to showcase an awesome talent by the name of Stefano Bortoletto (@sbortoletto on Instagram).

This guy does not have a specific style, he just shoot interesting and beautiful stuff and does it well, and its one of the reasons why he is a contributing photographer on launchdsigns.com.

So here is Behind the Viewfinder with Stefano Bortoletto.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.

I think I’m a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to style, but in general I like symmetry in my pictures and I don’t usually take pictures of people. I really enjoy clean, simple images that are symmetric.

Which photographers influenced you.

Many Instagram photographers like MeetJulian and Sezyilmaz.

What technology (camera/software) do you use most?

I phone 6 and VSCOcam to edit.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures

The fun of creating something that looks beautiful or interesting to me is enticing.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

I never really experimented with different lenses, but I feel like a large zoom lens would be something I would love to shoot with because of the unique perspectives that come out of seeing something that is far away up close and personal.

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?

I just wish I had a better camera in general. I have had a Sony nex-5 for a couple of years now, and an older Canon AE-1 film camera. I feel that a modern Canon or Nikon will be my next step.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Looking at other peoples photographs is the best lesson to get better with your own photos.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

I don’t exactly have a favorite image, but I do have a favorite series of images. I shoot a lot when I am on trips, and in particular in NYC where there are so many things to look at from different angles.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

How time consuming it would become haha. Also, that having expensive equipment isn’t everything in photography. Having an eye to see things in a frame and visualizing the photograph before you take it is the most important skill.

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?

When a picture is really good, it makes you stop, admire, and reflect.

Which City/State do you live in.

Miami, Florida.

Look up Stefano Bortoletto on Instagram @sbortoletto.

LaunchDsigns is running a Summer Special on Creative Photo Editing

This summer, www.launchdsigns.com is running a special promotion on creative photo editing. See you, your child or any family member — realistically and beautifully placed in impossible and fun places. See yourself in the palm of someones hand, or riding a bird as it soars above the beach. For $50 you get a high resolution digital file that can be printed at Walmart, Walgreens or any business that prints photos. Please note that your photo may or may not be suitable for this promotion however for an additional charge and for best results a quick and simple photoshoot can be arranged to get the ideal shot. Email us or see our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/launchdsigns for more information.

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Behind the Viewfinder — with packsphoto

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I remember coming across this guys feed and was so captivated by his night photography, that I nicknamed him “Master of the Night,” this is not to take anyway from his other images — I just personally feel that the photos that he takes at night are extra special ‘awesomeness.’

Here is www.launchdsigns.com Q&A with the highly talented photographer called @packsphoto

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.

I guess I would say I have an urban sort of style. I’m into all types of photography but I have focused heavily in landscape and most of all urban Photog.  I love to shoot nature and wildlife it’s definitely an amazing type of photog! It so rewarding when you get that epic capture with that exact time of day, weather, clouds or water movement and it comes out right!! I like the challenge aspect of it and the peaceful side of being out in the middle of nowhere! I’m also into shooting symmetry and street shots just as much!! I like the exploring part of it and the game of getting into these places just as much! I’ve always had a thing for angles and lines since I first started shooting!!

Which photographers influenced you.

Since I was young Ansel Adams has always been my biggest inspiration and as I got older Pual Nicken who is a famous nat geo photographer.

What technology (camera/software) do you use most?

I use the canon 5dmkii and Photoshop CS6 for post.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures

I get a lot of motivation from my dad who was a photographer and a ton from Instgram and very close friends!!

packs

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

17-35 canon L series’s  because I’m normally shooting landscape or urban so I need to be able to get the whole image in without being cropped out!

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?

I wish that I had a hasselblad  phase 1 with the digital back so I’m able to blow up my images at huge size and still be high res.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

I read magazines and look at other photographers pictures but for the most part it’s trial and error!

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

That’s hard to say my favorite shot but probaly a pano I took many years ago of the LA skyline from the hollywoods hills it was amazingly clear and a beautiful sunset that day and I’ve shot up there so many times and it never came out like this one!! Its printed out at ten feet long and it just has the feeling like I’m standing in the hills.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

I wish I  understood more about how to change the f stop to chang the depth or make it sharper!

What makes the good picture stand out from the average?

I think composition makes a good pic stand out!

Where are you from, where do you live

I’m originally from the Bronx and reside in Culver city Los Angeles.

Behind the Viewfinder: Khanh Nguyen, kh4nye

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Khanh Nguyen @kh4nye is a talented photographer that lives in Australia, his creative way of shooting and the natural looking tones of his images is what attracted me to his feed.

I believe that every photographer — no matter where you live can showcase their surroundings and, in such a way — create this inviting feeling that makes the viewers want to experience that location. Nguyen achieves to the fullest with his breathtaking photos and killer tones.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.

My style of photography would mainly be urban/landscape photography however, I think I am shifting towards being mostly landscape/nature photography.

Hopefully I will pick up portraiture soon!

Which photographers influenced you.

The photographers who have influenced me are definitely my close friends (@mecding) and (@nakyy) along with a few big names like (@jarradseng), (@chuck), (@deanraphael) and I’m sure there are many many more. These are just the first few that came to mind.

What technology (camera/software) do you use most?

When I started off I would use my Galaxy S3 the most and VSCOCAM, however after purchasing my Olympus OMD EM 5, I have been using that the most along with Adobe Lightroom to touch up the photo and then adding a filter in VSCOCAM.

What motivates you to continue taking pictures

What motivates me to keep on going is the rapid growth of the people I follow on instagram. Seriously, the amount of talent and growth of the people I follow is just ridiculous. What drives me is to try and better myself just like they have!

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

My favorite lens would have to be the recently purchased 25mm 1.8f Zuiko micro four thirds lens. Since mine is a micro four thirds, the crop factor is a x2 meaning that it equates to a ‘nifty fifty’. It’s my multipurpose lens. I find it works for almost every situation and it’s also SO compact!

What camera gear do you wish you had? Why?

I wish to have a full frame DSLR maybe like a Canon 6d with a 25mm lowest aperture available haha! I just love the bokeh.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

In order to educate myself on improving, I go out to shoot with people. I learn tips and tricks that they all use and try to fix what I have been doing wrong or find the more efficient way of doing something.

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Are you ready for the beach?

The perfect beach body Launchdsigns photo by Rich Jackson

The perfect beach body Launchdsigns photo by Rich Jackson

A few tips to get you ready for the summer season 

The most common hazard of going to the beach is sunburn.  Avoid the sun’s peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be sure there’s enough sunscreen to go around, and that everyone’s using it. Use sunscreen of at least SPF 15 about 30 minutes before going out.

Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In the time it might take for lifeguards or paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could save someone’s life.

Avoid drinking alcohol

Heed warning flags. Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags.

Avoid rip currents. Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents.

Look for lifeguards. Select swimming sites that have lifeguards if possible.

Pay attention to kids. Closely supervise kids at all times

Fence it off. Barriers to pool access should be used to help prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregivers

Follow this excellent guide on www.fitnessmagazine.com on getting the perfect beach body in 21 days

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Behind the Viewfinder: Chris Negron, suicidal.shotz

BEHIND-THE-VIEWFINDER

This week on Behind the Viewfinder, I bring you a radical photographer with a name to suit his photos, Chris Negron or suicidalshotz on Instagram has some amazing shots that will make you do a double-take and make you say to yourself “why my photos don’t look like that.”

I am a big fan of this brothers work and proud to give you some insight as to how he do what he does.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most. 

I honestley dont consider myself to have a style i just shoot everything anything that catches my eye.

Which photographers influenced you. 

Instagram users: @trashhand, @black_soap, @on__amission and @hi_tola

What technology (camera/software) do you use most? 

The camera I use is a Canon t3i and the software I use are Lightroom 5 and VSCO on my phone.

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Behind the Viewfinder: Morgan Stone Grether

BEHIND-THE-VIEWFINDER

There are many talented photographers on Instagram — each with his or her own style and special techniques that make their images standout among an already crowded field of creative individuals. This guy is a really special breed — one whose talents are unique among the pack.

Our featured artist this week, is one of the most talented photographer that I have come across on Instagram, Morgan Stone Grether’s (@grether on Instagram) photos speak for themselves, and he has a way of reeling you back to visit his feed — eagerly anticipating the next post.

His account on was suggested to me by Instagram, shortly after I joined the service and I have always kept up with his feed, admired his portraits, learned from his macro shooting and tried to pickup whatever tips that I can on this profession that we call photography.

I had to reach out to this talented individual and ask him to talk about how and what makes him do what he does, and perhaps offer some tips that could help the beginning photographer in this competitive field. I am honored that he said yes.

Whats your style of photography, what type of images do you identify with most.

Portrait and travel photography are my mainstays. The old adage of “the key to photography is to stand in front of pretty things” is one I certainly carry with me. I look for the beauty around me everywhere I go, in every face or landscape I see. Probably the single most fun type of shooting though is macro. I revel in the glory of all the tiny, shimmering things that escape our normal attention.

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