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See It Now: Making Faces with Celebrity Photographer Andy Gotts

British photographer Andy Gott shoots celebrities. But he does it a little differently from most other photographers. His distinctive style -- he's known for grainy, black-and-white photos lit dramatically -- and his low-key shoots have made him a favorite with the likes of Ian McKellen, Harrison Ford, Kate Winslet and others, even though he says he refuses to Photoshop the icons he photographs. Gotts's work is now being featured in an exhibition at the Maddox Gallery in London and in a new book.

Spotlight: Drones Diving Down Waterfalls, Timelapse Spring in Denmark, and More

You've got to be good to fly a drone down a waterfall. Swiss-based remote pilot Ellis van Jason is. On a recent trip to Venezuela, he was able to capture a "birds-eye" perspective of a deep dive down Angel Falls - the tallest waterfall in the world. We include it in today's roundup of remarkable videos. Also on the bill: A timelapse of spring busting out in Denmark; an aerial tilt-shift featuring an abandoned winter Olympic site; a slow-mo video turning a second into and hour, and some timelapse tips from a master.

Let's Make Letters! with Kelscey Gray

  Doing hand lettering is like being a flaneur—both involve suspending judgement about place, space and time and just letting things happen. So when a new book from Princeton Architectural Press, Let’s Make Letters! Lettering for Beginners and Beyond thumped against my threshold, my curiosity peaked.  Created by Kelcey Gray, a graphic designer who also teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, the book starts out with the basics. Once the reader/lettere...

Spotlight: A Moment from Colombian Photographer David Betancur's Travel Journal

David Betancur travels in order to find "character and scenarios." The Colombian photographer's portfolio is filled with people he finds on assignment and on his excursions throughout his country, which he records in what he calls "a sort of travel journal." Among the images in his journal is a shot of a girl resting on the edge of an abandoned swimming pool. "She told me, 'For enjoying the pool, there is no need to get wet in the water,'" Betancur recalls. His photograph was named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 8 competition.

American Photography Open 2019: Meet the Winner, Alain Schroeder

Last month we revealed the ten finalists. Today, we introduce the winner of the American Photography Open 2019 competition - Alain Schroeder, a Brussels, Belgium-based photojournalist who has worked all around the globe, from Thailand and Tuscany to Crete and Vietnam. From October 2018 through April 2019, he was in Sumatra, Indonesia, to document efforts to aid the area's critically endangered orangutans. His photograph of an abused three-month-old female orangutan named Brenda being treated for a severely broken arm earned Schroeder the top spot in this year's contest.

The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say

"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.