How Mylio Helps Natural Exposures Manage a Million (!) Images

Our Story: I’m an outdoor photographer who heads up a small business called Natural Exposures. We take small groups of people on photo tours in some of the most spectacular places on earth – from the Arctic to Antarctica, South Africa to South America, Croatia, to Madagascar, to New Zealand. Up to 18 trips per year. As you can see from some of my own pictures, we’re known for bringing our guests up close to amazing landscapes and wildlife; along the way we also help them learn more about conservation, how to take great photographs, and maybe even something about themselves. We promise memories you’ll never forget – and the pictures to prove it. (We must be doing something right – in 2014 the World Travel Awards, an organization that acknowledges excellence in global travel and tourism, named us the World’s Leading Specialist Holiday Company. We were pretty proud). Why Mylio? I use Mylio for finding images quickly via the rocket-fast search tool, and the super simple calendar tool. I recommend it to any small business for three reasons: volume, speed, and support. Volume. Our heavy travel schedule gives us a lot of stamps in our passports — it gives us… Continue reading How Mylio Helps Natural Exposures Manage a Million (!) Images

Four Photographers Celebrate the Rare, Hidden Grace of Albinism

Mylio is a technology company, and there’s a lot of talk in tech about unicorns, that rarest of beings with the magical ability to change everything. Unicorns came to mind recently after interviewing photographer Russ Quackenbush: among his personal projects is a series of striking portraits of people with Type 1 Albinism, a rare (and in some places, magical) genetic condition. We’ve since found three other photographers who’ve been inspired to create similar personal projects, celebrating and exploring the beauty and grace within the otherness. According to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH), about one in 18,00 people in the U.S. (other sources say one in 20,000) have some kind of albinism, marked by reduction in melanin production in hair, skin, and eyes. Severe visual impairment is common. Albinism is ethnically (and ironically) color-blind, and both parents have to carry the gene to pass it on to their children, even if they themselves don’t have the condition. A common theme reported by the subjects here: the burden of always being the center of attention. “The sun makes my skin glow,” one recounts. “I stick out like a sore thumb. You can compare it to how vampires in Twilight glow in… Continue reading Four Photographers Celebrate the Rare, Hidden Grace of Albinism

This is What Emotion Looks Like, Written With Bodies

Like other photo projects we’ve featured that play with perceptions of time and space, New York photographer Nir Arieli’s Tension project captures what the eye can’t see, but the heart can sense. These images were shot in the hallways and studios of the Juilliard School, where Arieli’s cousin was studying dance. The photographer had never shot dancers before, and at first, was at a loss: I can’t dance. I can’t in my room, nor in a club, let alone any kind of stage. Whenever I am forced to try, I stumble or freeze or drink enough to disappear. However, this time, for the first time, I found myself actively involved in dancing – even if by using someone else’s body. — Nir Arieli Lacking experience, context, or the choreographic vocabulary with which to communicate, Arieli nonetheless knew that dance is emotion made motion, so he’d describe a feeling to his subjects, and they’d improvise, translating words into form. So photographer became visual choreographer, with the resulting images curated, and manually layered to create the multiple-exposure effect. “My subjects provided me with the physical intelligence. I only had vague mental images, a camera, and a long history of unused dancefloors.”  

Escape The Rule of Thirds

A few weeks ago, I came across a Reddit post where someone asked for a simple technique that would improve their photography skills. The most upvoted response was “use the rule of thirds.” Tragically, the rule of thirds has become one of the most widely accepted myths in photography, and one of the worst habits you can find yourself trying to break. If you’ve never heard of the rule of thirds, count yourself lucky, skip this blog post, live well, be awesome, and never let anyone tell you what it is. The rest of you? Keep reading. Look, I get it. Some subjects placed right in the center of the frame are boring or awkward. When you’re starting out, there’s so much to learn and a ton of tech to keep straight in your head. Adopting something simple like the rule of thirds helps some beginners at least think about composition before snapping the shutter — and that’s good, right? Sorry, I have to disagree. There are no shortcuts to experience and developing a bad habit will actually make your work suffer longer. Once you start leaning on a crutch like the rule of thirds, your own sense of composition… Continue reading Escape The Rule of Thirds

Could These Colossal, Haunting Portraits Save an Amazon Tribe?

In 2014, French photographer and street artist Philippe Echaroux staged a project in his native Marseille entitled Painting with Lights. The technique: video projection of images on infrastructure and landscape. The concept: monumental, guerilla public art that leaves no footprint. Echaroux dubbed the process ‘Street Art 2.0’; the project went viral within days. Really viral: Echaroux was contacted by a gentleman in the Amazon rain forest to see whether he’d be interested in creating a similar project. The man’s name was Almir Narayamoga Suri, Chief of the Suri tribe, an indigenous people teetering on the brink of extinction due to illegal logging. In a bit of cultural ju-jitsu, the Chief was using modern-day technology to wage his fight; he’d already been named to Fast Company’s ‘Most Creative People in Business’ list in 2011 because of his eyebrow-raising partnership with Google — though his isolated tribe had made first contact with the outside world only in the late 60s, Narayamoga was working with Silicon Valley to use YouTube, smart phones, and Google Earth mapping to fight the deforestation. So Echaroux’s zero-impact, mega-reach art was the perfect match. And the artist’s message is as clear as the work is powerful: “When I first met the Suri, I promised them… Continue reading Could These Colossal, Haunting Portraits Save an Amazon Tribe?

Ode to the Photographers Who Risk Life and Lens to Get the Shot

So here’s a little love song, in pictures, to all the professionals, the hobbyists, the amateurs, and the friends-of-the-happy-couple-with-the-nicest-camera who do what it takes to get the shot on one of the most drama-filled days of anyone’s life. Yours is the gift that will long outlast the Cuisinart; may your eye be clear, and your batteries be ever fresh.   Images via Bored Panda

From Kitchen to California: How Mylio Keeps My Family Connected

My Story: I’m a Microsoft software engineer who uses Mylio to keep my family connected via photo sharing. I’ve been tracking Mylio from the start because a good friend of mine, JP Duplessis, is part of the company. So I’ve been using the product from its first Beta up until today – giving lots of feedback, and loving it all along. At first, it was just me using Mylio on a single PC, mainly because I was tired of the old, boring, feature-limited Windows photo apps. The family connection came because I desperately needed Mylio to solve a problem common among tech-savvy households: syncing information across multiple devices with multiple platforms. My wife uses Apple products, my son is on Android, and I’m on Windows, Android, and Linux. So you can see our challenge. For the longest time, I couldn’t get photos from my wife. Sharing from iCloud was out since she doesn’t believe in using the cloud, and doesn’t use Facebook either. Then, she lost the photos on her MacBook – twice!  — once when her laptop crashed, the second time when it was stolen. That was a wakeup call!  Oh man, I thought, I gotta get our photos… Continue reading From Kitchen to California: How Mylio Keeps My Family Connected

Watch the Street, Shoot from the Heart

Los Angeles-based photographer Russ Quackenbush creates visual images of humanity that reflect the qualities we cherish most in each other. In his portraiture, he gently documents the relics of a subject’s life experiences as they unfold and present themselves in the emotions of their face, the language of their body, and the energy of their being.  Russ’ photography gives us license to laugh, play, rejoice, or to mourn. It is through his images that we are led respectfully and thoughtfully into the life of another. Upon starting his business in 1996, he has received a myriad of awards from the Photography and Advertising Annuals of Communication Arts, The Ad Club, and The One Show.  Creativity Magazine, Archive, and Photo District News have all featured Russ and his work. It was 2001, that Photo District News distinguished Russ in their “30 Under 30”, presenting him as a young talent worth keeping an eye on. He has certainly lived up to that prediction. How did the 5 for 5 project come about? I had a storefront workspace in Santa Monica at the time, across the street from a bar called the Cock n’ Bull. They say nobody walks in L.A., but people… Continue reading Watch the Street, Shoot from the Heart

Who Will Win NatGeo’s Nature Photographer of the Year Contest?

The deadline for National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year Contest for 2016 is this Friday – have you entered yet? Thousands of submissions have poured in since the competition started on August 15, and here’s a sampling from the four categories in play: Animal Portraits, Landscape, Action, and Environmental Issues. The Grand Prize winner will enjoy a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos, with cash awards to each of the three category winners. Be sure and click through to NatGeo for more wonderfulness, as well as downloadable wallpapers of these images for desktop, tablet, and phone.