Free to Fly

Free to Fly

Photograph by Logan Swayze, National Geographic Your Shot

Picture of a woman running through the Sahara desert in Morocco

When photographer and Your Shot member Logan Swayze and his wife spent two days in the Sahara in Morocco, they were inspired. “We absolutely fell in love with the simplicity of the landscape, and I wanted to capture the feeling of freedom the Sahara offers its guests,” he writes. “This image represents just that for me—freedom—a woman running, almost taking flight [within] the infinity of the landscape.”

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This Photographer Will Annoy You And Leave You In Anxious Anticipation 

For Kinfolk Magazine’s recent Adrenaline Issue, photographer Aaron Tilley and Director Kyle Bean were asked to recreate that awful moment when something terrible is just about to happen.

The project emphasizes the curious relationship between what the mind perceives and how the body reacts. The anticipation causes the body to release adrenaline, even if nothing actually happens, and it is believed that this reaction is closely connected to the fight-or-flight response that was so essential for the survival of our early ancestors.

Take a look below to see what they came up with. The pictures are designed to invoke a sense of anxiety and discomfort as we anticipate the sometimes disastrous event that’s just about to occur. Feeling slightly uncomfortable yet?

Leica to ‘Reinvent Smartphone Photography’ with the Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei


Leica wants a piece of the smartphone photography boom. The iconic German camera company and Chinese telecom giant Huawei announced today that they’re teaming up in a long-term technology partnership to reinvent smartphone photography. The goal is a “visual world renaissance,” the companies say.

Huawei became the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in 2012, and in 2015 it became the first Chinese phone company to sell more than 100 million devices in a single year.

“Leica is a legend in the world of photography; we believe no other manufacturer has revolutionised the industry as much as them,” says Huawei Consumer BG CEO Richard Yu. “We, HUAWEI, take the utmost pride in exceptional quality and Leica is in a class of its own in its sector.”

The partnership will “span research and development, design, co-engineering, user experience, marketing and retail distribution,” the companies say.


“The strategic alliance between HUAWEI and Leica Camera demonstrates the desire of two rapidly growing and globally active brands to continuously push the envelope of the technologically possible,” says Leica Camera AG CEO Oliver Kaltner. “The technology partnership with HUAWEI offers Leica Camera an excellent opportunity to introduce its proven optical expertise into a new product segment and to unlock exciting business areas in the field of mobile devices.”

“Smartphones make a very important contribution to the world of photography and open an important door for Leica to new target groups and fields of application.”

No word yet on what types of products we might see created from this alliance, but from Kaltner’s words, it appears that Leica will be providing its optical technologies for use in future Huawei phones. The companies say that more details about their projects will be revealed as time goes on.

Netflix Will Pay You $2,000/Week to Travel and Take Instagram Photos

If you’re constantly posting photos of plump lobster rolls and gorgeous cityscapes on Instagram, then there’s a good chance you’re uniquely qualified for an actual job that will pay you thousands of dollars to travel around the world and keep doing what you do best. That’s right, you can get real money and free travel — just for taking Instagram photos.

As in previous years, Netflix and Instagram are teaming up to hire what they call “Grammasters,” or proven Instagram wizards who will be tasked with traveling to Europe and the Middle East to photograph sets of popular Netflix original shows and movies, according to the job description. Sure, it’s no full-time dream job with salary and benefits, but the company will pay you $4,000 for the two-week gig and cover all of your travel arrangements… for taking good Instagram photos.

To apply for the ‘gramming gig, all you have to do is follow @Netflix on Instagram and tag three of your best photos with #grammasters3 by March 6th. It’s unclear exactly how Netflix will select candidates for the job, but the description vaguely states, “We’re looking for TV & movie fans with a talent for taking pictures. Choose photos that show off your interests or passions.” So, basically, if your Instagram profile already looks like scenes out of “Marco Polo” or “Sense8” then you’re probably in luck. Also, we’re jealous


Travel Photos Are Instantly Better With Dinosaur Toys

Paraguay photographer Jorge Saenz uses classic perspective tricks to bring dinosaurs to life in his epic travel series #Dinodinaseries. His photos document the dinosaur tourists’ travels around South America, a journey that began with Dino the green Brachiosaurus in Bolivia.

Saenz bought Dino at a flee market in La Paz, Bolivia, and then posted a silly picture of him online. The photo was a surprise hit, so Saenz decided to give Dino some friends: “Dina the Stegosaurus, Spiny the Spinosaurus, and Brachy, a brown Brachiosaurus who also happens to be Dino’s girlfriend.”

Check out some photos of their adventures below!


A Wonderland Walkway

A Wonderland Walkway

Picture of a stone path along lake Morskie Oko in Poland

Your Shot member Sara Delić submitted this image of “heaven on Earth,” a view of the serene Morskie Oko, taken from a stone path running alongside it. Morskie Oko is a Polish lake located high in the Tatra Mountains.

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