At 500px, community is at the heart of everything we do. Our 500px Brand Ambassadors are community members whose passion for photography drives them to be the best in their field. As masters of their craft, they shoot for clients around the globe and lead workshops to inspire others to grow as photographers. Please meet our 500px Brand Ambassadors.
Slovenian-born Beno Saradzic is a multi-specialist visual artist who now resides in Dubai. In professional circles, Beno is known as a filmmaker, producer, conceptual 3D Computer Graphics artist, and a photographer. His many awards and achievements include an Emmy Nomination in 2014 for outstanding cinematography produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. He is regularly featured in international and local publications such as Digital Photography, Scott Kelby’s blog, Chip Foto Video, Practical Photography, and many others. Beno is a brand ambassador for Canon Europe & MENA region, NiSi Filters, and F-Stop Gear Staff Pro.
Beno is a frequent speaker and photography educator and has conducted dozens of workshops on the subjects such as Advanced HDR photography, Dynamic Image Blending & Image Synthesis, and Time Lapse Cinematography.
“I wish someone told me how little gear would have mattered in making me a better photographer when I was starting out. I was obsessed about camera equipment. I read every review online I could find. I argued with other people online over the gear I didn’t even own. Truth is, new camera bodies and lenses did nothing to better my eye and my sense of composition. They just slowed me down and made me shoot less, not more.
My advice to any new photographer would be to focus on the craft instead, with the gear they have. Shoot, practice, develop your vision and style. Forget about the meaningless specs since you’ll never be able to catch up with the latest technology anyway. Upgrade your equipment only after you’ve exploited and crossed its full potential. You’ll know when that day comes. I repeat, shoot more. Shop less.”
Chris Schmid is an award winning photographer and filmmaker based in Switzerland, although his work takes him all over the world. His subjects focus on wildlife, travel and outdoor activities. His photographs are an invitation to discover the world with wide eyes and vibrant enthusiasm. His aspiration always remains the same: approaching the environment in the midst of its elements.
He is a Sony Global Imaging ambassador, a DJI ambassador and an official contributing photographer to WildAID. He has won multiple international awards including PDN World in Focus, IPA Professional, PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris and Nature’s Best Photography Africa. Chris is also a contributor to the Remembering Elephants project, the Born Free Foundation fund-raising book and exhibition, illustrated by the worlds finest wildlife photographers.
He and his wife Carolina are the founders of Eyemage Films, a film production company whose mission is to highlight issues around conservation and the protection of wildlife through engaging and educational content. They also leads various wildlife photography safaris in Africa.
“Patience is very important in wildlife photography, but also perseverance. As a wildlife photographer, you’re gonna spend hours and hours in the bush, dreaming about “THE” shot. You may miss many shots before to get ‘THE ONE’, but never give up. It takes an incredible amount of patience and persistence. A friend advised me a long time ago that it would take 10 years before anyone would even know my name and I think that that was an incredible lesson; to just enjoy the journey and take it one small step at a time.
“Shooting as much as you can to develop your eye and establishing a strong portfolio. But every time you press the camera shutter ask yourself why you’re taking that specific picture. If there is no reason don't press it and enjoy the moment. I’m always impressed by photographers shooting at high frame rates each time a leopard turns its face, for example, finishing with hundreds of images. But what was the main goal of the images? What was the emotion they wanted to share? Don’t take a picture just to take a picture, ask yourself what story you want to tell, and you’ll see it’ll be much easier to choose what to capture during your travels. Photography is a fantastic storytelling medium. Whether you’re telling a story with one image, a sequence, a series, or an entire portfolio, the possibilities are endless."
I was born in Mauritius, originally of Chinese descent, and French by nationality. My job in the telecom industry requires that I travel frequently to multiple destinations including France, USA, Japan, Singapore, though I live in Dubai now. I've always loved photography, but only became serious about it when I bought my first DSLR in Singapore, back in 2006. This is the time where I discovered the world of High Dynamic Range photography.
I then aimed to perfect the technique of Digital Blending, which consists of manually blending multiple bracketed exposures in order to obtain the maximum dynamic range, while trying to keep a very natural look and avoiding the common mistake of many 'overcooked' HDR images. This slight element of the surreal, or hyper reality often found in painting is what I am trying to achieve.
I am a "rooftopper," I find the city most appealing when it is shot from the highest vantage points, and specially at the 'Blue Hour.'
Dany is a professional photographer, born and raised in Lebanon, now living in Dubai. Dany specializes in corporate, architecture, landscape & travel photography. He also hosts a variety of different workshops around the world. Dany is an official global brand ambassador for Carl Zeiss & a Nikon school instructor.
“There are a lot of important elements that go into having successful architectural photography: composition, lighting, and sharpness, but of course on top of all that, working with distortion and perspective control.
When shooting architecture, you always get perspective distortions of the buildings when pointing the camera upwards or downwards—even when we do rooftopping photography we have this issue. I’ve shot this place many times with a wide angle lens, but my photos always had extreme distortion because I’m pointing my wide angle lens downwards & accordingly ended up with distortion. However in this case here, I shifted down my Nikon 19mm Tilt-Shift lens to eliminate distortion and increase the depth. I blended 2 images together one shot at exposure f6.3 20sec., which was my base shot & the 2nd image was an underexposed image by 3 stops to control the highlights.”
Dina Belenko is an incredibly creative still life photographer from Khabarovsk, Russia. Dina has written several articles for 500px ISO, including “What’s Behind a Top-Selling Photo?” and “Bokeh & Light Flares: A Still Life Tutorial.”
She has also hosted the 500px Class “Bring Objects to Life” and will be hosting another online class starting July 27: “Still Life with Flying Flowers.” This will be an exciting class on how to add dynamics to a still life image, combining levitation and motion of water drops.
“There is one phrase I always use to introduce myself, it describes me precisely: “My name is Dina and I tell animate stories about inanimate objects”. I’m a person with little paper cities, sugar cubes, moon from polymer clay, dolls, miniatures, broken cups, handmade Rube Goldberg machine, repainted puzzles, wire trees, cardboard dragons and spilled coffee. And with photo camera. That’s quite essentially me.
Every object contains a kind of “folded story” inside it. Things can tell what they saw, who held them, who accidentally broke them, and who lovingly gathered up the pieces and repaired them. In every single thing there is a sense of human presence, something invisible but clear. Trying to capture this story you may see yourself as a director that gives orders to cups and cookies. You have a troupe of inanimate actors who could neither move nor speak, but still could create a narrative.
Duncan is a London UK based, award winning commercial Photographer & Director, specialising in athletes, portraits and landscapes. Duncan has written articles for 500px ISO, including, 48 Hours in Miami: Photographing Pro Tennis Player Heather Watson.
Represented by Verbatim in the UK & NYC, and specialising in Athletes, Portraits and Landscapes, his clients include Nike, New Balance, TAG Heuer, Men's Health, Virgin Media, Lacoste, & The North Face.
The magic and power of Photography, is that we all see the world in our own unique way. By creating work I love, I hope my vision will touch your senses in someway.
Those with the dedication to reach the summit of their craft inspire me greatly. This fascination is big part of my love for Sports, and why the aesthetic and emotion of my work often contains strength and passion. I love to shoot close in, immersing the viewer in the emotions of the subject - and also ultra wide, using negative space and dynamic lines to craft narrative through my work.
Iurie Belegurschi is an award-winning fine art nature and landscape photographer based in Iceland. Iurie founded the biggest photography workshops travel agency accredited in Iceland: Iceland Photo Tours.
Iurie’s two main passions in life are photography and traveling. He is a big fan of winterscapes and night photography, with the latter being his most desired activity. Capturing starry nights and the elusive Aurora Borealis is something that gives him a sense of fulfillment and peace. For Iurie, living in Iceland and having this interest is a match made in heaven.
“To take proper photos inside an ice cave you will need a sturdy tripod; you will be taking multiple shots by bracketing and this will make sure your photos have no movement and are tack sharp. You will also benefit from having a release trigger so you can eliminate any camera shakes. The best glass to use would be an Ultra Wide Angle Lens and/or a Fisheye; these lenses are able to capture enormous amounts of detail on all sides of the cave, as well as give the viewer a magnanimous view. You will need no filters of any kind for this image.”
Marco Grassi, born and raised in the northwest of Italy, is an award winning photographer focused on landscape and travel photography as well as a photography instructor. His work has been internationally published and has reached millions of people from all over the world. Before leaving a photo location he always aims to get the shot he is after, waiting days for the right moment and doing everything he can to achieve the desired result. His goal with photography is to make you wonder and inspire you to travel more and see those amazing places yourself.
Marco is also a photography instructor and will be hosting the 500px Class “Understanding Natural Light.” This class, starting August 3, will focus on how to recognize different types of light when shooting landscapes.
“You don’t always need to wait for sunrise or sunset to take good landscape pictures; cloudy days can produce brilliant work too. This picture, for example, has been taken in mid-afternoon when the diffused light created by the clouds was perfectly working with the subject.”
Oscar Nilsson originally comes from Sweden, but now resides in San Francisco where he’s a professional photographer, advertising creative, and Sony Alpha ambassador. His love for photography was inspired by the outdoors and he specializes in travel, lifestyle, and product photography, working with brands both big and small on various passion and professional projects.
"It was not until recently that I truly understood what an important role photography has taken in my life. I remember one early morning I was shooting two base jumpers throw themselves from a 3,200 feet high cliff. As I was capturing these moments I realized how much joy these guys must get out of this in order to throw themselves off a cliff into the unknown and risking their lives. But I also realized that my hands were shaking, my pulse was racing, I was sweating and was completely and utterly stoked on life. You see, at this moment I realized that the moments I enjoy most in life aren't caused by leaping cliffs, they are caused by doing what I love most; capturing moments."
I am a trained behavioral ecologist and professional wildlife photographer living in Sandnes, southwestern Norway. I'm a former Nikon ambassador in Norway and shoot with the best camera gear available. I have also been working with f-top gear on their Shinn camera bags. I have published several books, as well as won multiple international awards including category wins at BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 and 2011, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (GDT) 2010, and 2009 and also Nature Best Awards 2012. I was also awarded Arctic Photographer of the Year 2014 by the Global Arctic Awards. I work around the world and my images are published in magazines and books globally. I'm also an experienced speaker and have been presenting my work at several international photo festivals.
Besides my career as a photographer I am partner and professional photographic host at WildPhoto Travel. Here I am doing assignments around the world to destinations ranging from the Arctic to the Antarctic, also visiting destinations in Africa and South America. The company office is in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, where WildPhoto also have opened the northernmost fine-art gallery in the world. I am also freelancing as a guest photographer on private yachts.
“To me, photography is about telling stories. Striking images are such powerful tools and can evoke strong feelings in the audience. That’s what makes photography so fascinating to me. That’s also why I want my photography to be real. What I see is what you get.”