Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes -- capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.
While recording video captures your event’s ideas, having a photographer captures the experience. Documenting the small details and most memorable moments of your TEDx event — both on and off stage — lets the broader community see the entirety of what your event had to offer.
Let's get started: Photograph your event
The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.
Nathan Myhrvold talks about a few of his latest fascinations -- animal photography, archaeology, BBQ and generally being an eccentric genius multimillionaire. Listen for wild stories from the (somewhat raunchy) edge of the animal world.
In this deeply personal talk, photographer Ryan Pfluger shares how difficult times prompted him to take a series of road trips during which he discovered the power of photography to foster connection. Describing the tradition's unique place in our image-saturated culture, he explains how portrait photography -- even if its just self-portraiture ...
Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking image...
Taryn Simon exhibits her startling take on photography -- to reveal worlds and people we would never see otherwise. She shares two projects: one documents otherworldly locations typically kept secret from the public, the other involves haunting portraits of men convicted for crimes they did not commit.
Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life's work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.
For years, tactile photographs for the blind conveyed a limited amount of information about the original image and focused mainly on basic descriptive elements. In this talk, artist and photographer Truls Nord describes a printing technique he developed to help blind people experience photography in all its glory.
Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.
Nature’s beauty can be fleeting -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
Photography is an excellent way to capture the entirety of the event experience, offering a stunning look at the general atmosphere, as well as individual emotions of the day.
Photography at your event
Ideally, you’ll want to bring in a professional photographer (or a professional-in-training) to take pictures of your event. Consider working w...
Two decades into his career photographer Levon Biss decided to cast aside humans and focus on a new subject: insects. In this visual talk, Biss explains how he developed a fascinating process using composite macro-photography to capture stunning images of creatures that measure mere millimeters.
Photography is about creating images by recording light. At the MIT media lab, professor Ramesh Raskar and his team members have invented a camera that can photograph light itself as it moves at, well, the speed of light.
Artist Ian Strange turns decrepit suburban homes into art. Using paint and chainsaws, photography and film, he interrogates our concept of home and the narratives we build around it. In this talk, Strange discusses the creative and personal impulses behind his work, and invites us to challenge our own relationships with the places we call home.
Our eyes are practically magical, but they cannot see everything. For instance, the naked eye cannot see the moment where all four of a horse's legs are in the air or the gradual life cycle of plants -- but cameras can capture these moments. Bill Shribman gives examples where photography can pick up where the eye leaves off. [Directed by Darcy V...