John Free street photography

Spend ten minutes in the entertaining company of John Free.

Los Angeles-based photographer John Free is one of the great street photographers of our generation and one who regularly shares helpful advice videos and inspiring behind-the-scenes looks at how he works.

Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography recently traveled from Texas to California for a private photography lesson with Free. The 10-minute video above is that lesson he received.


Common file types and when you should use them

You’ve spent the last few hours working on the perfect photo shoot and everything went better than you could have possibly imagined. After importing the RAW files to your PC and making a few edits in Photoshop, it is time to save your masterpiece. But, what file type do you select? With over twenty different file types to choose from, we are here to break down some of the most popular and tell you a bit about their strengths and weaknesses.

An excellent summary of the most common file types in digital photography and when you should use them, on Petapixel:

William Eggleston resources

The American Suburb X website has a great collection of films, articles and interviews about William Eggleston, one of the key taste makers of the last 40 years.

He is one of those artists after which the medium is never quite the same. These people are very rare.


My first cyanotypes

These are my first cyanotypes, a photographic process invented in 1842.



This second one is extremely flat. I realised that cyanotype is a very contrasty process, so to avoid losing too much of the image, I developed this one in white vinegar. The results are probably a little too dramatic, much more than I was expecting. I want to try toning these to see what they will look like.

Selective inattention and gorillas

How could they miss something right before their eyes? This form of invisibility depends not on the limits of the eye, but on the limits of the mind. We consciously see only a small subset of our visual world, and when our attention is focused on one thing, we fail to notice other, unexpected things around us—including those we might want to see.

(Daniel J. Simons)

Article from the Smithsonian Magazine: ‘But Did You See the Gorilla? The Problem With Inattentional Blindness‘.