Photographers to Follow on Instagram: October 15, 2021

Every day, the PetaPixel Instagram account is sharing excellent photography from our readers and those who inspire us. Here’s a look at some of our recent favorite posts and the photographers behind the lens. Our @PetaPixel Instagram page has been posting all the great work that finds its way in front of our eyes. Want […]

Photographers to Follow on Instagram: October 15, 2021

Every day, Instagram account is sharing excellent photography from our readers and those who inspire us. Here’s a look at some of our recent favorite posts and the photographers behind the lens.

Our @PetaPixel Instagram page has been posting all the great work that finds its way in front of our eyes. Want to see your photos shared on our account? First, you’ll want to follow us. Then use the #petapixel hashtag in your posts to join our Instagram community of photographers. These steps let us easily find what to share.

Below, we recognize a selection of talented photographers who recently had their work featured on @PetaPixel. Keep posting your images with #petapixel and you could find yourself here next week.


Peter Jovic is based out of Margaret River in Western Australia and can be found on Instagram as @peterjovicphotography. Jovic told PetaPixel that his specialty is shooting surfing and the ocean in general, with an emphasis on movement and motion. “This image was captured at one of the local surf breaks that sometimes lends itself to this style of photography,” he said.


Mike Knight, known as @mikeyknighty on Instagram, calls himself an outdoors hobbyist photographer and is based out of Somerset in South West England. “I love to travel the world with my camera and capture moments that showcase what this incredible planet has to offer,” he said. Talking about this specific photo taken in the Final forest of Madeira, Knight commented that “the charismatic Laurisilva trees coupled with fog and morning light helped to create this surreal fantasy-like scene.”


Noel Casaje, or @noelcasajephotography on Instagram, is an award-winning photographer and guide that shot this photo titled “Rhapsody in Purple” during a trip to the Oregon coastline. “The challenge was finding wildflowers with a background that would complement them,” Casaje told PetaPixel. “It took quite a bit of hiking, scrambling, climbing bluffs, a few scratches here and there, but I did succeed in finding some comps.”


George Lin, found on Instagram as @geolio, is an educator and designer. Lin said that he enjoys spending his time “exploring and photographing the world (and sometimes other worlds) to better understand them.”


Jonas Hafner, known as @aufzehengehen.de on Instagram, is a full-time medical doctor and photography enthusiast. “In the beginning, I was mostly taking landscape pictures but nowadays I would rather call myself a portrait photographer as I really enjoying working with people and being creative,” Hafner told PetaPixel. His favorite images are ones that “stand the test of time and focus on a person’s natural beauty.”


Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see more work from photographers like you and tag photos with #petapixel for them to be considered for a feature.


Image credits: All photographs used with the permission of their respective photographers.

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Photographers, We Need to Talk About Our Office Chairs

Photographers and editors regularly get overlooked when it comes to a wide range of products. Computers, accessories, you name it, we usually end up buying something originally made for someone else. Never has this been more the case than with our chairs. I’ve been working in the camera industry for more than a decade and […]

Photographers, We Need to Talk About Our Office Chairs

Photographers and editors regularly get overlooked when it comes to a wide range of products. Computers, accessories, you name it, we usually end up buying something originally made for someone else. Never has this been more the case than with our chairs.

I’ve been working in the camera industry for more than a decade and in that time have met hundreds of photographers, seen countless workspaces, and know that pretty much all of us at one point or another struggled with this hugely important question: “What chair should I buy?”

Speaking to some colleagues, very few of them feel satisfied with the choices they were forced to make. Some are using ancient chairs they picked up years ago and haven’t upgraded due to the overwhelming prospect chair shopping comes with. I know someone who is legitimately using a dining table chair and that can’t be good for her back. Others have chairs they like for comfort, but hate how they look. Still others have aspirational chairs that just don’t make a lot of sense from a comfort perspective, but they really nail a vibe.

In all cases, not a single photographer I spoke to felt like they had an easy time buying a chair and none of them felt like the one they bought was made for them.

The office chair of photographer Ted Forbes.

I don’t necessarily blame manufacturers and marketing departments for overlooking photographers and editors in this space since the “idea” of a photographer is someone who is constantly on the road or always on their feet. A photographer stuck at a desk is not really an aspirational image. But the reality of the situation, as we all know, is that actually taking photos is at best a small fraction of how we spend our time. In reality, we spend far more of it sitting on our butts working on our computers editing, emailing, invoicing, and managing a business.

I’m willing to bet that we spend more time in our office chairs than gamers do, yet we are forced to pick over the dearth of options at Staples, Office Max, or Target while gamers get whole lines dedicated to them from every conceivable manufacturer. Even Herman Miller has a “standard” office chair with “gamer” variants.

Another popular office chair choice that does the job, but is aesthetically bland. It’s also $1,200.

The issue of style and aesthetics has, at least for me, become much more of an issue over the last year as I’ve spent so much time in my office due to the pandemic. What was once a utilitarian space is now where I spend so much time I wanted to make it feel homey and welcoming. I’ve managed to do it, but I’m still stuck with this ugly chair.

Now to be clear, I’m not advocating for all gaming chairs. I’m not even advocating for some gaming chairs. I’m well aware that most of them aren’t great and that they generally emphasize style over substance, but at least there are options. Photographers and editors, on the other hand, are either forced to pick up one of those chairs that are designed for Twitch streamers or find something hideous from an office supply store.

And that’s the crux of the issue: the chairs we usually settle for may be comfortable, but they’re often just awful on the eyes. The chair I bought for myself at the start of my career is still available today, and it’s absolutely not one I think matches the aesthetics of the rest of my office. It’s ugly, but it’s comfortable. And that’s the problem. I took the photo below a couple of months ago and there is a reason my chair is not a major player in the image.

Can’t see my chair? That was by design.

There doesn’t appear to be a middle ground, so I’m just asking: is it not possible to have something that is both stylish and substantive?

I don’t necessarily know what would make for a great chair for photographers, but I do know that comfort, good armrests, and a design that doesn’t look like I just rolled it in from an office park are high up there. I just think someone should try, because searching for an “office chair” on a photo-centric dealer website looks exceedingly pathetic (seriously, it’s recommending me folding chairs?). There is an untapped market here, and I hope someone realizes it.

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