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Stephen Alvarez
I'm a National Geographic Photograher.
Interests: food, caving, photography, technology
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I've been playing with new cameras lately. Specifically the new Sony 7s. I am shocked at the camera's low light performance. The image above what shot at night, not dusk, not twilight. ISO 40,000 1/60 sec at f 3.2 Here... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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The Nokia Rio de Janeiro site is live at National Geographic (here). It was an increadible trip. I can't believe I am making these sorts of images on a telephone. Stephen Alvarez Sewanee, TN Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
In January I went straight from the National Geographic photography seminar to Rio de Janeiro to shoot with Nokia Lumia Smartphones. This is a continuation of the project I started last year at the Grand Canyon. We are ticking off... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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The Long Shadow of Chernobyl culminates 20 years of coverage by National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig into the most authoritative photo book documenting the aftermath of the worst nuclear disaster to date. The book is being funded in part by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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Every photographer should keep a visual diary. Here is my frame from yesterday morning. Feeling very serene being at home. Stephen Alvarez Sewanee, TN Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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Hotel Balcony, NYC Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
2 weeks ago I had the good fortune to be in Puerto Rico with 4 talented photographers. We explored the island and learned about photography from each other. For me photography has aways been a way to share experiences with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
Below are a list of grants, fellowships, and contests that photographers may be interested in. I’ve posted all of the available information. When deadlines draw near I will again post a reminder. Please share. Getty Image Creative Grants We proudly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
Last weekend I had the privilege of leading a Nokia master class in Puerto Rico. 4 talented, enthusiastic photographers came from across the globe and we spent 3 days exploring, sharing, and learning from each other. I am still amazed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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I'm in Rio de Janeiro the next 10 days on assignment for Nokia shooting with their Lumia 1020 and 1520 smart phones. Camera phone technology has evolved so much in the past year. Both these phones now shoot DNG raw... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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On assignment for National Geographic Magazine in Namibia. Photo by my assistant Sky Keller. I have this feeling that most people assume my life is like this most of the time. But this is the first time in a long... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
On assignment for National Geographic Magazine in Namibia. Photo by my assistant Sky Keller. I have this feeling that most people assume my life is like this most of the time. But this is the first time in a long... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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Had a great discussion yesterday with Rob Haggart and Suzanne Sease on AphotoEditor. Listen to it here. The truth is I don't know what is going to happen in professional photography but I do know that technological innovation has always... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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Getting ready for my 2pm eastern conversation with AphotoEditor about camera phones, so I thought I'd post this picture of the 3 page ad I shot for Nokia with their Lumia 1020 camera phone for the October National Geographic magazine.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
At 2pm Eastern time I will be talking with AphotoEditor -Rob Haggart and Suzanne Seeves- about the future of mobile phone photography. Join us here https://google.com/+aphotoeditor1 Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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"What do you do when you aren't shooting" in the field is a question that I get a lot. The answer is almost always "get ready to shoot." Successful photography takes preparation and practice. Later this month I need to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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At Nokia World in Abu Dhabi last month I sat down with the editors of Nokia Conversations to talk about the Lumia 1020, the new 1520 and my relationship with Nokia. I still shoot with this smart phone every day... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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My life with dogs ********** Stephen Alvarez Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
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I encourage photographers (everyone now really) to keep a visual diary. They are just visual notes about what is going on and what you might be thinking. Here is this morning's. ********** Stephen Alvarez Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
Ahu Akivi, Easter Island 2008 Beetles ane Huxley has an exhibit of vintage and modern National Geographic Prints. The show includes Michael Yamashita, Tim Layman, Luis Marden and Matthieu Paley. It is good company to be in. Details here. Stephen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
VISIT THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN Pablo Corral Vega has beautiful Kickstarter for his new book a tribute to Carolina Hidalgo. See his letter below and please consider contributing. -Stephen Alvarez My name is Pablo Corral Vega. I am a photojournalist and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
The High Line Park, NYC Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
The Atlantic Ocean near Biarritz, France Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
above, the Colorado River near Moab Utah shot on a Nokia Lumia 1020 cell phone The Phoblographer runs a good photo equipment blog.The Nokia 1020 assignment gave me the opportunity to talk with them about the camera phone and mobile... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez
Tamara Hastie leads a parallel crack climb at Paradise Forks, AZ. I shot this with the Nokia Lumia 1020. A small light camera made shooting pretty easy as I was hanging on a rope above Tamara. It also helps that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Picture Stories by Stephen Alvarez