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Corey Melton

Staff Writer http://www.CoreyMelton.com @theCoreyMeltonFacebook
My name is Corey Melton. I am a portrait photographer based out of NYC. I love the photographic community as a whole and am stoked to be a part of the new generation of photography that is rising up. Feel free to contact me with any photographic needs or questions. I am always here to help!

In A World Of Bodybuilding Children

Kurt Stallaert is a very talented fashion and advertising photographer from Belgium who’s “Bodybuilder’s World” is a series of digitally-manipulated photographs that portrays how children would look if the Jersey Shore was on Nick JR instead of MTV. At first I thought there really was this subculture of weight-lifting nuts out there doing this to their kids, oh wait, there IS?!?! Ugh [more]

Shooting Jimmy Fallon: Interview With Lloyd Bishop

A month or so ago I was touring NBC’s studios at 30 Rock with a friend of mind who works on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and he introduced me to the show’s photographer, Lloyd Bishop. After meeting Lloyd I checked out his work online and discovered that this guy has an impressive portfolio! I knew I had to catch up with him for an interview to share his work and his story with all of you. Enjoy! [more]

New “MeCam” Will Change The Way You Shoot BTS Video

So this is pretty cool! MeCam is a tiny helicopter that follows you around capturing video of you “all day”, or as long as the battery lasts I suppose. This new technology, which is still being refined by the creators Always Innovating, boasts that MeCam will be able to instantly upload the video to your social networks such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more! This could be a great way to film yourself during a shoot, while setting up your lights or while stuffing your face full of Doritos while you’re waiting for the “models” to “show up”. [more]

Brilliantly Minimalistic Food Still Lifes

I have always been a fan of concepts so simple that the simplicity is almost the subject. Paris’ own Florent Tanent has come up with a gorgeous little series of food still lifes, entitled “La grande Epicerie de Paris”, that showcase the minimalism as much as it does the food being photographed. I really dig some of these shots, hope you will too, Enjoy! [more]

Gorgeous Images Of Scanned Seeds

Artist, Svjetlana Tepavcevic, has made an incredible series of images by taking exotic seeds and scanning them on a 6400-dpi flatbed scanner and blown up to as much as 60 inches in size! The portraits of the pods she has captured are mesmerizing. Check out her site for more of this project. Enjoy! [more]

3D Video Can Now Be Projected In 3 Actual Dimensions

Poland’s video superminds, White Kanga, have come up with a way to project video onto a 3D object that can move and is capable of viewer interaction. Im not going to try explaining this and act like I know a dang thing about it, but this is VERY cool technology and will definitely change the game for lots of display, gaming and maybe even cinematic applications. Also, watch this video which shows the video software calibrating the projector with the target object, it gives you more of an idea how it works. Really incredible stuff! Enjoy

A Chemical History Of Photography

When I bought my first DSLR 4 years ago, I offered a very enthusiastic “SAYONARA!” to the film era. This wasn’t because I’m not grateful for the journey that photography has endured to end up where it is, but because my ADHD spark plug of a mind needed a process that was faster and more efficient than it’s film and darkroom roots. Even with the mindset that I have towards the film era and the process of early photography, this video is pretty cool and goes through a brief history of photography via the paradigm of a chemist. Enjoy!

Expand Your Skillset: Commercial Food Photography

Photography is an enormous, multifaceted industry that ranges from portrait and product to macro and landscape. As photographers, we owe it to ourselves to learn as much as we can about each specific genre of our trade. Even if you only shoot weddings or cars, it’s important to learn and practice new techniques, which will allow you to hone your skills and can keep you out of creative ruts. Recently, I have had the opportunity to take on several types of shoots that I either have never done before or have had very limited experience with. [more]

Fun With Angles: Photo Optical Illusions

Lately I have been forcing myself to try different points of view and angles when I am shooting. Just taking a few extra seconds to move up or down, left or right, can bring a shoot from good to great. And then there are some photos that are defined by the specific angle that they are taken at. Here is a collection of photos from around the web that achieve some really cool optical illusions due to angle/orientation. Enjoy! [more]

Polaroid Changes The Game With In-The-Lens Camera Sensors

On December 17th, Fstoppers briefly introduced you to Polaroid’s upcoming IM1836 (dumb name for such an innovative product). But what we didnt know at the time was that this camera is not only the first camera to feature interchangeable lenses and Android Jellybean, but also the first camera to have the sensor built right into the lens instead of the camera’s body. Polaroid is hoping to eliminate sensor dust that is caused by changing your lenses by putting the sensor in the lens itself. [more]

David Hobby Now Shoots With A 2MP Buzz Lightyear Camera

For the past few years DigitalRev has done the “Cheap Camera Challenge” with a professional photographer and a crappy little toy camera. This year’s challenge consisted of Strobist‘s David Hobby, a 2MP Buzz Lightyear toy camera and 3 of the best named speedlights of all time, the Family Jewels FUQ 690. Kai of DigitalRev gives Hobby 5 photo tasks in 5 different locations and Hobby handles it pretty dang well considering the slight limitations. Enjoy!

DIY 3 Point Lighting For $26!

DIY photo/video gear projects can almost always save you a few bucks if you have the skills and time to make it. But there are a few DIY gems out there that can save you hundreds of dollars, if not more. One of these gems is stillmotion‘s tutorial on 3 point lighting for video interviews made from a whopping total of $26! They did a great job of pinching every penny while still yielding a great DIY product. If you end up trying this (or variations of it) we’d love to see your outcome in the comments below. Enjoy! [more]

Now You Can Wear Pantone Around Your Neck

Do you really, REALLY love Pantone? Did you forget to send your all important retoucher a gift this holiday? Do you have some Christmas money left over that you want to blow on your beloved Pantone? Check out the new Perfect Matching Scarf. This collection of 6 scarves will leave you set for life to match any outfit you could ever wear. Also, you will look like a moron. Enjoy!

Victoria’s Secret Models: Great On The Eyes, Painful For The Ears

After all these years, Victoria’s secret has just been revealed. She can’t sing, not a lick. A recent VS Christmas commercial features their Angels getting ready for the holiday and singing carols while placing presents under the tree and waiting for Santa to show. The girls mess up lyrics, sing horrible notes, drop props … and look fantastic the entire time. MERRY CHRISTMAS from me. Enjoy!

Slow Motion Junky? Now You Can LIVE In Slow Mo!

Meet the Decelerator Helmet, it is quite a ridiculous experiment in time and space dreamed up by German artist, Lorenz Potthast. The DH is made up of a camera that leads to a notebook computer which is connected to 2 monitors, all of which is mounted to a bicycle helmet that is encapsulated inside an XL silver globe. The wearer controls the speed of what they see via a wireless hand control. The helmet allows the wearer to view their surroundings at 0.1x-3.00x. Enjoy?

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