Interview: Cinematographer and Steadicam Operator Richard Patterson

The photographer-turned-cinematographer talks with Tenba about the delicate art of Steadicam operation, producing branded video content, and his collaborative personal video project called “Monologue”—and explains why Tenba’s video backpack is good for your health.

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War Through a Woman’s Eyes

I recently had the privilege of speaking with some of the finest conflict photographers of our time for this article in American Photo magazine. If you aren’t already familiar with their work, I encourage you to visit their sites online in addition to checking out the article. These photographers bring us invaluable insights into the very complicated conflicts and wars of the 21st century.

My thanks to Heidi Levine, Andrea Bruce, Lynsey Addario, Kate Brooks, and Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall, and to all of the hard-working conflict photographers who bring us the insights we need to be informed citizens.

Interview: Commercial Photographer Dean Bradshaw

Commercial photographer Dean Bradshaw talks with Tenba about creating composite images, working with models, and how personal and advertising work can feed each other—and explains why it’s the little things that count when choosing a bag for professional use. 

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Interview: Food Photographer Lucas Zarebinski

There’s a kind of photographer in this world who will make you want to trade your lunchbox sandwich away, sharpen your knives, and book a reservation at Per Se: the food photographer. We’ve all been titillated by this tempter’s stock in trade—glistening sauces, toothsome fruits, crickets encased in glossy lollipop . . . wait, what? Today’s most cutting-edge young culinary shooters are showing us a new angle on tastiness. So we asked one of them what it takes to be in the business of putting deliciousness on the page these days. Polish-born photographer Lucas Zarebinski talked to us about how he got into the business and what helps innovative shooters do their best work in this competitive field, and gave us some insight into what young photographers coming from abroad will find in American work culture.

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Interview: Conservation Photographer Morgan Heim

As the New York photo industry was reminded last November when Superstorm Sandy swept into town, no matter how urban our habitat may be, we all live in the natural world. The current status of our relationship with it? It’s complicated. And while many of us may pause to contemplate the complications only on a rainy day, for some photographers exploring them is a vocation. We asked Colorado-based conservation photographer and multimedia documentarian Morgan Heim, who in her early thirties is one of the younger associate fellows of the International League of Conservation Photographers, about how she has forged a successful career in this specialized, topical, and sometimes dangerous field.

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Congratulations to American Photo’s 2013 Top Ten Wedding Photographers!

There are few areas of photography that demand as broad a range of skills as wedding photography. Wedding shooters have to have the keen eye of a documentarian, the artistry of a portraitist, and the attention to detail of a food or still-life photographer. They also have to have the stamina it takes to shoot all day long. I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the best in the world this winter. Read my American Photo article to hear what they had to say about their craft and see a selection of their images.

Interview: Multimedia Documentarian Rick Gershon

If photography is the art of visual economy, multimedia work is an exploration of narrative plenty. Instead of streamlining complex issues into a series of single images, multimedia creators apply a broad array of tools to craft the right combination of video, still imagery, and sound for each story they tell. Brought to life in the online world of the 21st century, multimedia storytelling is still an evolving form of communication. Rick Gershon, an award-winning veteran in the field at the ripe old age of 30, talked to us about his own evolution from photojournalist to multimedia documentarian and explained what the landscape looks like for young multimedia creators today.

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Congratulations to American Photo’s 2012 Top Ten Wedding Photographers!

There are few areas of photography that demand as broad a range of skills as wedding photography. Wedding shooters have to have the keen eye of a documentarian, the artistry of a portraitist, and the attention to detail of a food or still-life photographer. They also have to have the stamina it takes to shoot all day long. I had the pleasure of speaking with some of the best in the world this spring. Read my American Photo article to hear what they had to say about their craft and see a selection of their images.

Interview with Retoucher Jason Tuchman

Like a master chef adding just the right amount of seasoning to bring out the flavor in a carefully prepared dish, there is a subtle hand that puts the finishing touches on the most expertly prepared photographs: the retoucher. It’s the retoucher who whisks the photographer’s raw image files away to a magical Technicolor land where their weaknesses are overcome and they become the images they were meant to be. We brought our questions about the craft to Jason Tuchman, who at 31 not only works at the highest levels of his field, but also runs his own shop, Pistol Studios.

You can read the interview in the Spring 2012 issue of Resource Magazine and (in a slightly longer version) on MAC-On-Campus.com.

Interview with Fine Art Photographer Rachel Sussman

How do you get ready for a trip to Antarctica to photograph 5,500-year-old moss or a journey to the Balearic Islands to shoot 100,000-year-old sea grass? Fine art photographer Rachel Sussman talks to Tenba about traveling the world to photograph the oldest living things.

You can read the interview on Tenba.com.

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