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David Bickley

Staff Writer http://www.davidbickley.com +David Bickley@dbickleyFacebook
Award winning photographer David Bickley approaches his craft as he approaches life; fearless, and wholly engaged. David’s minimalistic nature coupled with his innate ability to choreograph an evocative dance between lens, light and subject have earned him an international reputation for his powerful portrait and fitness photography. His style shows raw vision, capturing people in extraordinary and powerful ways. David’s energy and ingenious artistic flair transcend the shoot; his retouching ability is among the best in the industry and effectively shatters the status-quo. Whether shooting for an ad campaign, a magazine, or an individual, his astute perspective and raw commitment to existing in the moment enable David to capture the power and voice of every person that steps in front of his lens. His poignant and simple photographic style is a wonderful representation of the easy depth which encompasses David’s personality and talent.

Panono: The Newest Throwable Camera Ball

Since around July we have started to see this “camera ball” concept come up in a few places. Thankfully they appear to be replacing the self-timer “throw your SLR in the air” approach. The most recent potential contender is the Panono, and it looks like it may blow everything else out of the sky. Thirty-six individual cameras work together with onboard processing and storage to create and save 72 megapixel, 360 degree panoramics. On top of being able to store up [more]

Instagram Account Getting Philadelphia Witnesses Murdered

We talk a lot here at Fstoppers about the beautiful things that photography has done in the world. Maybe I am naive but I never imagined that art could be used support crime. Yet here it is, and while not actually “art” by any stretch of the imagination an anonymous Instagram user is getting people killed with images. Rats215, the account in question, has posted pictures, police statements [more]

The Lollipod: An All-in-One Tri-Mono-Selfie-Boom-Pod

There are a lot of products out there that try to be the one device to rule them all, and there are a lot of failures. The Lollipod is the newest contender, and it seems to be nothing more than a colorful, collapsible light stand with a cheap tripod head. Have I used one yet? No, and truthfully I can’t see why I would. With a maximum support weight of just under one pound (420 grams specifically) I don’t see how it could really hold anything [more]

Photoshop: Mastering Selections and Refine Edge

For a long time I’ve held firm to the belief that in my compositing work, the “refine edge” is worthless. Why? Maybe I’m just stuck in my ways but it just never seemed to work as well as I thought it should. However, Glyn Dewis may have convinced me to give it another shot. In this very straightforward tutorial he shows a fairly simple series of techniques to create a precise mask using this tool. [more]

Broncolor and SEVEN BTS – The Art Is Piano

Hopefully I can stop the negative comments before they start and tell you that yes, this video is a giant Broncolor ad. However, if you can get past that and look at the lighting and resulting images there is definitely stuff to learn. That said, let’s dive into the story behind the session. Swiss pop-star Seven wanted to have a piano in unusual location for this newest album images. That unusual place ended up being the “Grimsel Pass” on the Swiss Alps at over 2100m above [more]

Greg Heisler on How to Relate to Subjects

PDNonline released a video interview in which master portrait photographer, Greg Heisler, explains an incredibly vital piece of the portraiture puzzle. In many ways I believe that relating to your subject can be one of the most difficult things to do on a set. It certainly was when I first started out. Many of you were in similar positions as well I’d bet. When I first started in photography I was so bad at interacting with my subject [more]

A Day in the Life of Jordan Matter: The Photographer Behind ‘Dancers Among Us’

There is no other way to introduce this video other than by saying that I love the Dancers Among Us series from Jordan Matter. I love it because of how beautifully simple the idea is. The word I’m actually looking for here is “elegant.” I remember when I first came across the images, the first thing I thought was simply “well, crap” because I wished [more]

Official BTS video dedicated to the Ferrari 458 Speciale

DigitalAir, a visual effects production house, just released an awesome video of the Ferrari 458 Speciale and to top it all off…they have behind the scenes footage as well. What’s cool about this is their virtual camera movement process which they apparently invented and patented. Regardless of how you feel about the whole “bullet-time” thing there is no denying that the rest of the camera work is pretty cool. [more]

First Look: Profoto Collapsible Reflectors

A reflector is a reflector. Right? That was my first thought when I was asked to be the first to review Profoto’s new line of collapsible reflectors. “It’s a reflector, are you serious?” I mean come on, in what possible way could this be any different from everything else I’ve used? A reflector is a reflector. However, obviously I said yes and here we are…and I was wrong. So very, very wrong. [more]

Incredible Timelapse of Barcelona Took 480gb of Images to Create

Alexandr Kravtsov has put together what may be on my top 3 list for best timelapses. This kind of video work isn’t exactly uncommon either so that placement is saying quite a bit. What’s even more impressive is what Alexandr went through to make this piece. In his words it took “a broken camera, lost flash drive, near 100 subway rides, 24 000 photos, endless hours of post production and rendering and [more]

Beastgrip Universal Lens Adapter Turns Your Phone Into The Camera You Already Have

Let me start this by making it clear that I am all for innovation and unique ideas. Useful products and powerhouse entrepreneurs shape the world we live in. The Beastgrip is certainly unique and if you’re looking to turn your phone into an SLR, go for it. The thing looks like it would do well in the phoneography arena. Perhaps some of you will want to [more]

Christopher Wahl Shoots a Bowie-Inspired Cover of Chris Hadfield

This behind the scenes video hit three for three on elements that I love. Christopher Wahl’s portraits, David Bowie’s weirdness, and musical astronaut Chris Hadfield. The latter being the first astronaut we’ve truly celebrated since Neil Armstrong. I wish I could say that this video offers some tremendous insight into how the image was produced, but it doesn’t. What it does [more]

Conceptual Software Produces Amazing Detail From Bad Lenses

The standard motto regarding photography equipment is “invest in glass” with good reason. While sensor technology certainly has a tremendous impact on the quality of the photograph, the real limitation often lies in the optics. One need only look at the difference between a kit lens and a top-level prime to prove this. However, new methods of image processing may soon alter the [more]

Crafting a Scene With Reflectors

With reflectors being among the most basic of lighting tools in a photographer’s arsenal you would think more people would understand how to use them properly. Sadly that doesn’t seem to be the case. Rest easy though, Jay P. Morgan is on the case and comes at us again with a very solid explanation of how he set up precise light with nothing but reflectors. Well…and an insane amount of bubbles (which, by the way are not reflectors). More often than not I think photographers [more]

Lucasfilm Develops Technology to Produce CG Video in Real Time

The claim is that in the next decade video game engines will be used in the film-making process to eliminate post production altogether. Lucasfilm is making this statement in light of rapidly progressing video game technology. Both CG effects companies and game developers essentially use the same sort of techniques to produce what they do, especially when it comes to motion capture. So why not [more]

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