Tag: Chip Litherland


  • expired at the kentucky derby | Redlights and Redeyes

    expired at the kentucky derby


    My goal, now – albeit pretty lofty – is to spend the next year trying to shoot every major sport’s biggest game with expired film. I’ve been buying lots of film off eBay, friends have been sending it to me (hint), and now I’ve accumulated rolls in varying speeds and ages (all the way back to the 60’s) to go after this thing. I don’t care if I make money off of it, for me this is a challenge, a way to recharge my thinking and to be honest just to have fun carrying around three clanky Nikon F series cameras around my neck.

  • expired at the daytona 500 | Redlights and Redeyes

    expired at the daytona 500


    This was an awesome experience to approach a shoot with a different process – and that art-making process gets lost in the craziness of this business. Getting imagery out to the world in the matter of seconds just because we can seems to have taken over the fun and thought of what it was like in the film days (which makes me sound old at 38). Slowing down that process and having an interactive, personal experience with pictures is something I’m so happy to bring back into my workflow – if even for just a single shoot. All that being said film is a pain in the ass. We have it so easy now

  • auto focus | the player’s tribune | Redlights and Redeyes

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    I’ve never shot IndyCar before this shoot for the fine folks at The Player’s Tribune, but what I learned in a couple days of running around the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg reaffirmed everything I thought it would be from covering other racing:  it’s extremely loud, painfully hot, but so much fun to shoot

  • A Look Back: 4 of PhotoShelter’s Longest Standing Members Reflect on the IndustryPhotoShelter Blog

    A Look Back: 4 of PhotoShelter’s Longest Standing Members Reflect on the Industry

    These photographers, including Chip Litherland, Brad Mangin and Ami Vitale are continuing to amaze us, churning out fantastic work and staying on top of their game.

  • broncos + chiefs | one day + one game

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    Link: broncos + chiefs | one day + one game | espn the mag | Redlights and Redeyes

    I don’t know how I drew the long straw on these series of gigs, but I’m happy I did.  This is my third One Day One Game for ESPN the Magazine and every time it’s a complete and total visual mosh pit I never want to leave.

  • leica en méxico

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    Link: leica en méxico | Redlights and Redeyes

    Color is what drives me and how I see.  It’s the first thing I look for when breaking down a scene, and the last thing that stands in the way of a good photo.  Without it, you’re in black-and-white-land, and as much I love BW photography, there’s nothing like an oversaturated gratuitous explosion of color within four corners of a frame.  It is my mistress, my muse, and my mission.

  • visual playground | leica workshop | south beach + calle ocho

  • preseason pigskin | tampa bay buccaneers

  • airscapes | tampa, florida

    Link: airscapes | tampa, florida | Redlights and Redeyes

    Client:  ”Want to spend five hours in a helicopter for us over Tampa?”  Me:  ”Sure, what do you want me to shoot?” Client: “Whatever you want.”  Me:  Big smile.

  • color and composition | leica x2 workshop

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    Link: color and composition | leica x2 workshop | miami, florida | Redlights and Redeyes

    the X2 is what I carry around now when I’m not working.  This thing is just plain fun to use.

  • a week with wolverines | espn the mag

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    Link: a week with wolverines | espn the mag | Redlights and Redeyes

    I love gigs for this client.  ESPN the Magazine sent me to follow around the University of Michigan Wolverines for a week as they entered a tough stretch of games in the BIG 10.  I travelled with the team on their plane and buses all day with full access to whatever we needed.  Quite refreshing access, and the University was amazing with their hospitality.

  • go irish and/or roll tide

    Link: go irish and/or roll tide | Redlights and Redeyes

     I sat there after the first half with Alabama up several touchdowns up on Notre Dame and ate a terrible hot dog in a media room where all the photographers just looked depressed.  All of the excitement, the adrenaline, and preparedness was sucked right out of everyone.  No hopes of a comeback.  There were just a lot of shocked Notre Dame faces and chants of “Roll Tide!”  Over.  And over.  And over

  • lebron, wade, and i

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    Link: Redlights and Redeyes

    So LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and I were there together hanging out and….well, there really isn’t going to be a time I get to say that again, so I’m going to take advantage now. I was lucky enough to be part of the huge team that the fine folks at ESPN the Magazine put together for their latest One Day, One Game series. The point is to give fans a glimpse into everything that it takes for one single game to be put on with vignettes from every angle imaginable.  It was one of my most fun shooting days ever, and I don’t think I can really go back to “normal” access after this.  Of course I will, but now will at least have a hard time wondering why I can come back into the locker room and photograph a player in the ice bath.

  • From Photojournalist to Wedding Photographer: Video with Chip Litherland

    Link: PhotoShelter

    Our live webinar with editorial photojournalist and wedding photographer Chip Litherland was a huge success – nearly 1,000 photographers came out to learn how Chip made the move from taking photojournalism assignments to building a successful wedding photography business. After 10 years in the business, and now shooting 20-25 weddings per year, Chip had a lot of advice and best practices to share.

  • I-4 or bust

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    Link: Redlights and Redeyes

    I-4 is an interesting road.  Connecting Daytona, Orlando and Tampa, it slices the nub of South Florida right off the map, it provides a vast array of landmarks – strange kitschy theme parks, vasectomy billboards, and rest stop oasis after oasis.  It is also fertile ground for voters and an area candidates target every election cycle.

  • newt, mitt, ron, and rick…

    Link: Redlights and Redeyes

    here are some random rectangles from the week of covering Mitt Romney’s win in the Florida Primary with some scraps from the cutting room floor as a bonus.

  • the creamsicle strikes back

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    If I walk away with the same pictures I’ve made before I feel like a complete failure.

  • black and white friday


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    I need an intervention.  I went to land of red – Super Target – and converted everything to black-and-white.  I must be in a post-turkey, up all night haze.

  • legoland florida (aka primary color heaven)


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    My main objective is to make compelling imagery that tells the story…sound familiar?  I’m just telling it from a different point-of-view, ironically ending up on the same pages where my photojournalism used to appear.