I’m often amazed by how many photographers don’t really know all that much about the technical aspects of operating their gear. While I’m not expecting everyone to go out and study how the mechanics of a lens works, I think it is utterly paramount when you are on a shoot that the actual act of operating your equipment to achieve a professional-quality image should be trivially easy so that you can focus on the more important aspects.
When I first looked at placing my camera into the water I noticed that there was a lot of different options. The most practical and safe method was the big and very expensive dive housings that are used for scuba diving. The cheapest, most dangerous option was the little plastic zip lock bag-type housings that can be found on eBay for $100. I wanted something that would not break the bank, but would also be safe enough that I could put in an expensive DSLR plus a lens, and trust it would be safe. These stipulations are what brought me to the Outex underwater housing.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't know who Trey Ratcliff was until a few months ago. Being that I was engulfed in landscape photography for the last 10 months of my life, Trey's name eventually came up in conversation. If you didn't know, Trey is "the most followed photographer in the world" and now he has created a camera bag.
Whether you’re just starting out in product photography and are trying to figure out where is the right direction to head, or have been in the business for a long time and want to hear another professional’s perspective, this interview with Tony Roslund is going be well worth watching. From starting up and getting his first clients, to maintaining relationships with those clients and running a business, to establishing a style and making an impression on potential clients, Roslund’s stories and experiences that he shares are a perfect mix of interesting and informational.
I remember when Fuji was struggling about 10 years ago. I worked at Ritz Camera and I recall trying to convince people to NOT buy Fuji as I assumed they would be going out of business very shortly. In the last few years they have rebuilt their brand and have basically created their own unique high-end retro photography market.
Solid state hard drives are the future. They aren't just a little faster, most of them are at least twice as fast as their mechanical grandparents. If your computer has enough ram, upgrading your primary drive to a SSD is the cheapest way to boost your computer's performance, especially with these deals.
Last week Google released its DeepDream code to the public to play with. This code was created while attempting to enhance a computer's ability to recognize a certain scene or object. This code was capable of doing some pretty creepy things to your photos, and now it has become a web app.
I’m always fascinated when a photographer uses their talents for a greater cause than themselves. SlickforceGirl is a commercial and creative pinup brand that helps raise awareness for women’s causes and breast cancer. I recently had the opportunity to review creator Nick Saglimbeni’s Mastering Lighting series, and I wanted to sit with Nick to discuss his SlickforceGirl campaign and how he uses the techniques taught in Mastering Lighting within the campaign.
We love to look at beautiful, flawless people in our ads, tv shows, and movies. For some reason drenching someone's face in makeup is totally acceptable but for many people, Photoshoping skin imperfections or removing fat is unrealistic, disgusting, and dangerous. Well most of these people haven't even considered video retouching.
Still cameras have gotten so good that professionals are now starting to purchase smaller camera systems rather than the high megapixel monsters that have owned the market for years. We may have reached the edge of diminishing returns when it comes to standard still cameras and their functions but we have only scratched the surface when it comes to video.