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What’s In Your Camera Bag?: Sports Illustrated Photographer Walter Iooss

Walter Iooss

Walter Iooss

Kate Upton, shot for the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Iooss has shot over 10 covers of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, the first one being in 1973.

What’s in your camera bag?
My gear is Canon. I carry 1 EOS 1D, 1 EOS 5D, 24-105 zoom f4, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.2, 1 extra camera battery, 1 card reader, 1 hard drive, 4 Sandisk cards, a lens tissue, swim goggles and golf glove for my two favorite pastimes, and mints for safe breath.

What’s in your bag that’s specific to the type of work you shoot? I shoot mostly portraits and all the lenses are geared for that—my action days are few. For the swimsuit shoots I would bring a 70-200 f4 zoom and a 300mm f4, along with 3 portable Profoto strobes. Sunlight is only good for a short period of time, early and late, especially for women. Light is always the most important element in my pictures, if I am free to control it. Some jobs are only cover shoots—for those, you start with light and backgrounds, and go from there with the poses.

What’s the most unusual item in your camera bag? My goggles and golf glove—I use these anywhere I can swim or hit balls.

Photo du Jour: A Storybook Village in Greenland

Kari Medig

There are some places so picturesque, it’s hard to believe they exist. While in Greenland on assignment aboard a renovated Dutch schooner, British Columbia-based photographer Kari Medig happened upon this storybook village off the west coast of Greenland. No stranger to capturing snowy terrain, Medig was taken by the vibrant colors smattered across the stark, treeless landscape, and knew he couldn’t pass up snapping this shot.

101 Photo Industry Professionals You Should Follow on Twitter

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Want to keep up with what’s happening in the photo industry? Then this list is for you. We were planning to stop at 50, but before we knew it we ended up with a whopping 101 photo professionals that we think have the most engaging Twitter feeds out there.

We’ve included feeds that are informative, entertaining, and most importantly that offer us a window into the interests and inspirations of some of the most creative people in the photo world. Whether at the pinnacle of their careers or just starting out, the overriding common thread of those that made the list is that they all share a passion for photography and want to share their knowledge and findings with their followers.

Note: The list is in no particular order.

1. Donald R. Winslow / @donaldrwinslow
Editor at News Photographer magazine for NPPA. Teaches at John Cabot University & John Felice Rome Center.

2. David Campbell / @davidc7
Visual storytelling, politics, social media. Secretary to World Press Photo 2014 contest jury.

3. Kathy Ryan / @ryan_kathy 
Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine.

4. Ken Geiger / @kengeiger
Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.

5. Michael Wichita / @MichaelWichita
Director of Photography for AARP Media in DC.

6. Vaughn Wallace / @vaughnwallace
Deputy Photo Editor at Al Jazeera America.

7. Kira Pollack  / @KiraPollack
Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise at TIME and Executive Producer of Red Border Films.

8. Alessia Glaviano / @AlessiaGlaviano 
Senior Photo Editor at Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue.

9. Patrick Witty / @patrickwitty
Director of Photography at WIRED.

10. Judith Wesch / @judith_photo
Photo Editor at Le Figaro.

Manhattan’s Godzilla-Sized Billboard Models Dwarf Passersby in this Amusing Photo Series

Natan Dvir

Juicy Couture 01 © Natan Dvir

Natan Dvir

Zara 01 © Natan Dvir

NYC-based photographer Natan Dvir, with his series Coming Soon, has captured a bizarre interplay between Godzilla-sized models and regular-sized people, going about their normal daily routines.

Photo du Jour: Daily Life in a Hutterite Colony (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Kelly Rofer

Growing up on a Hutterite colony in Manitoba shaped Canadian photographer and Squarespace user Kelly Hofer in many ways, although he had to foster his passion for photography on his own. A branch of Anabaptists, Hutterites live in rural, self-sufficient communities that practice pacifism. Photography has long been unaccepted in these communities for it is seen as a violation of religious rights—in fact, in 2007 Hutterites won the right not to have their photos taken for their drivers’ licenses. This was, however, overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada in a ruling in 2009.

Being a photographer in a culture that didn’t approve proposed quite an obstacle for Hofer, who eventually moved out of the colony at age 19 to pursue his passion. Here Hofer captures fellow Hutterite mother and daughter, Mary and Ava, playing in wheat fields back in 2009, just two years before moving away. At the time, he had coined himself resident photographer of sorts despite the mixed feelings, capturing daily life in his fellow community.

See more of Rofer’s Hutterite work on his Squarespace site.

Nomadslife: Portraits of Nomads Around the World Reveal A Way of Life Soon To Be Forgotten

Jeroen Toirkens

Sami girl in front of Lavoo, in Murmansk Oblast. Sami of Russia, 2006. Photo © Jeroen Toirkens

Jeroen Toirkens

Tool holding two reindeer in Baruun Taiga. Dukha of Mongolia, June 2007Photo © Jeroen Toirkens

Rotterdam-based photographer Jeroen Toirkens has been photographing nomads of Russia, Central Asia, Mongolia, and the Arctic region since 1999. This traditional way of life, which in some cases is thousands of years old and therefore one of the oldest forms of civilization, is increasingly threatened by the encroachment of modern industrialized civilization and globalization.

Campfires on Steroids: Photos of Weapons-Grade Explosives Bursting into Flames

Alain Declercq

H-Bomb © Alain Declercq

Alain Declercq

Napalm 2 © Alain Declercq 

Paris-based artist Alain Declercq’s simple images of explosions are both visually arresting and politically significant. Blast is a series of pictures of various chemical compounds used for weaponry (TNT, C4, napalm, etc.), both currently and historically, photographed as they combust.

A Short History of the Highrise: 2500 Years in One Fascinating Interactive Documentary

A Short History of the Highrise is a series of four short films covering our 2500-year global history of vertical living. Toronto-based documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek in collaboration with The New York Times and the National Film Board of Canada made this interactive documentary that explores living high above the ground, as well as issues of social equality in an increasingly urbanized world.

Portraits of Indonesia’s Last Sea Nomads

James Morgan

Ibu Ani looks on as her son, Ramdan, forages the reef for clams. Since Ani’s husband died of the bends while compressor diving, she has relied on her son to support her during the months they spend at sea together. © James Morgan

James Morgan

Jatmin surfacing with an octopus. The spearguns the Bajau often carry are handy for rooting the creatures from the holes in which they hide. Sulawesi, Indonesia. © James Morgan

These beautiful photographs of the fishing practices of the Bajau Laut, who live in the Coral Triangle in Indonesia, belie a harsher reality. For over half a year in 2011, London-based photographer James Morgan photographed the Bajau Laut, a traditionally nomadic people who used to live almost their entire lives at sea. The Bajau fish for both income and food, with traditional practices involving the use of nets, lines, and handmade spear guns to catch fish. Unfortunately, the live fish trade, a global industry worth an estimated US $1 billion, has driven them to employ homemade fertilizer bombs and potassium cyanide to increase their catch.

Photo du Jour: A Stunning Stallion With Hair To Die For (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Marc Vonstein

After a 16 year career in fashion photography, Squarespace user Marc Vonstein shifted his focus to animals—more specifically horses, and has combined his new subject matter with a sensibility not forgotten from the fashion world. Here he captures Nanos, a Haflinger (stallion) during an international Haflinger stallion show in Lubbeek, Belgium. Vonstein jokes that Nanos was busy styling his hair for the photo—we do admit, he does look fabulous.

Check out more of Vonstein’s horse photography on his Squarespace site.