Brian Bowen Smith speaks at Chicago Ideas Week about utilizing the creative process and relying on your subject to allow your work to reach it’s potential. This amazingly successful photographer takes us through the successes and challenges of three different shoots all the while touting the importance of trusting your gut. The common misconception is that great shoots require a great investment. I love the fact that the first shoot he discusses was done for under $500. [more]
For the launch campaign of the new H5D, Hasselblad asked Henrik Sorensen to put their new camera through its paces while shooting the new campaign. What he came up with is nothing short of spectacular. Denmark is known as the land of fairytales and castles so Sorensen opted to do a twisted take on that with a floating fairy in an 18th century palace…underwater.
Honestly while I think the whole shoot is awesome, my favorite thing is the backdrop. In a time where the prevailing [more]
Most cameras are not designed to be any more modular than switching a lens out. They are next to impossible to user-service or upgrade, and if you want to use a different lens system and there isn’t an adapter…too bad. That’s where Korean designers Dae jin Ahn and Chun hyun Park come in. Their modular camera concept envisions a future where the user can upgrade or completely change key aspects of their system with ease. [more]
The advertising agency Rethink has developed some awesome work for their client Science World over the years. Catching people’s attention in the midst of their busy lives is a difficult thing to do well. Combining weird facts with strong visuals is in my opinion what makes these work so effectively. Also the fact that they offer no explanation for the facts presented. Instead you have a call to action to go to the museum to learn. [more]
Annie Leibovitz is, in my opinion, one of the only photographers that has managed to become a household name. She is so iconic that even people that don’t care about photography seem to know who she is. That’s why this video is so cool. In it we get to hear a young version of the 63 year old icon talk about her hopes for the future. [more]
If you are anything like me your Wacom tablet is nearly indispensable in your creative process. I would even go so far as to say that for me personally I could never use another device for sketching or painting on a computer. When the painting apps for the iPad started surfacing I got excited, hoping that it would be a portable version of what I had loved for 10 years already. [more]
HP may not be making cameras anymore but they still have a strong hold in the printer market and they are still moving. To expand on their existing offering they are trying to build excitement about a new consumer printing experience which embeds a video into a printed photo via augmented reality. So far the app HP Live Photo appears to only be available on the iPhone and uses video (45 seconds or less) [more]
Many states are struggling with how to deal with drone technology, more specifically “mini-drones” and the adoption of UAV’s by law enforcement. Spurred by this, Representative Neal Kurk has recently proposed a bill to squash any sort of aerial imagery.
The bill says this:
A person is guilty of a class A misdemeanor if such person [more]
There’s one pet peeve I have above all else in the studio, and any assistant can attest to it. Coiling cables around your elbow is wrong. Really really wrong. Of course I realize that it’s how you were taught, I learned the same way. Until the day I was working with an audio engineer and nearly made him cry. You would’ve thought I set fire to his birthday cake and kicked him in the shins. [more]
Anyone who has ever tried it can tell you…photographing highly reflective surfaces can be very challenging. This behind the scenes video shows photographer Michal Tomaszewicz tackling this issue as he photographs a series of knives for Masahiro’s product catalog and website. Specific things to note for those new to product shooting. Pay attention to how close his reflectors [more]
Watching behind the scenes videos with tons of lights is always interesting to me and this one from leading fashion pro David Thompson is no different. Not to mention the workflow insights he gives. This is a two-part video so be sure to tune in after the jump for the other half. [more]
By far the thing I hear most often when I’m teaching Photoshop is “there’s just so much to remember.” We have tons of tools at our disposal and more ways to use them than I can count. This only grows more problematic when you try to edit on a small portable device…but what if you could just say what you wanted to your editing program, and have it done? [more]
Freddie Child-Villiers was invited as one of two photographers worldwide in November of 2010. “He was officially allowed to photograph the only White Lions to be successfully reintroduced back into their endemic habitat after being technically extinct for over two decades.” The images in the series were shot with the Hasselblad H4D-50 for entry into the wildlife category of the 2010 Hasselblad Masters competition [more]
The commitment to do anything every day for a whole year is a difficult one. So difficult in fact that the very concept of a New Year’s resolution is a joke to most. It’s no surprise then that for a photographer to commit to a 365 project takes some serious dedication. Doing so means that you will create and publish something new, every single day. The question is: Is forcing yourself to be newly creative every day really worth it? [more]
Macro photography is already difficult enough to master in my opinion. You have very small subjects that are usually moving around and capturing them at the closest possible distance takes loads of practice, and patience. Russian photographer Andrew Osokin has obviously put it some serious time honing his craft. He shoots wonderful images of your standard flowers and insects, but in my opinion his winter work is where he truly stands out.