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James Robertson

Staff Writer http://www.jamesrphoto.com Facebook
I'm James Robertson, a 21 year old commercial photographer & studio owner in SK, Canada. My goal in writing for Fstoppers is to bring content to the beginning professional, providing advice and tips for dealing with the parts of this industry that are often unexpected.

Ikea Incorporates your Device’s Camera for Their 2014 Catalog

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a company get creative with tablet/smartphone camera technology to advertise their products, but you have to give Ikea props for creating a very practical and, from what I can tell fairly realistic consumer experience with their 2014 “augmented reality” product catalog.  [more]

Your Eyes are Fooling You – How To Maximize your Editing Productivity

Ever spend hours editing photos, only to review them later and wonder what you were thinking? The environment and mindset we’re in will greatly effect the final results of our work, and can lead to countless hours of re-editing simple mistakes. Here are a few steps I’ve put together that help me ensure that my final product is always the best representation of what I’m capable of, simply by recognizing the conditions that my mind and eyes need to work properly, and incorporating it into my work strategy.

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DigitalRev’s Pro Tog DIY Challenge – DIY Ring Light

DigitalRev’s Pro Tog challenges are back, this time with a DIY theme. In this video see Pro Photographer Mark Chung create a continuos ring light using some basic hardware store materials, then use them in a fashion shoot.

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Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark (Workshop BTS)

Night photography is a very broad category, open to many different approaches and techniques to create a unique image of the world, or universe around us. The team at Walley Films has done a great job in this video, documenting the night/light painting photo workshop led by  Scott Martin and Lance Keimig in Texas. While you won’t get the full hands-on workshop experience, hopefully you can pick up some tips or inspiration for your own work.

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Bringing Landscapes to the Studio – Michael Jackson’s “A Child’s Landscape” Series

Upon first glance one would assume these are all old film photos of large rocks and cliff landscapes, but in reality every single photo was taken using common household items around the home of photographer Michael Jackson.

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“From the Lenz” Shoots Neon Waterfalls

With no short supply of creativity or glow sticks, photographers Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard of multimedia company From The Lenz have created “Neon Luminance” (full set), a series of Northern California waterfalls vibrantly lit with unopened glow sticks, captured by long exposure to create some very original nature photography.

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Watch your Gear – Thieves in Russia Steal Photographer’s Lens Off His Camera

Many of us travel, sometimes for work and sometimes as a tourist, but one thing I’m sure most of our readers have in common is that no matter where you travel, a camera is coming with you. This video serves as a sobering reminder that at any given time as a photographer in public you have hundreds if not thousands of dollars of equipment by your side, and as you can see this proves to be very temping for thieves with some skill in deception.

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5 Resources to Help You With Keyboard Shortcuts

Editing takes time, quite often it takes a lot of time and many of the steps can be quite repetitive and boring. The best thing I’ve ever done for myself to speed up this process is memorizing keyboard shortcuts, so I’ve put together this list of five resources (in no particular order) that I’ve found to practice familiarity with these shortcuts and become more comfortable with the programs themselves. In order to cater to the largest audience I will be focusing on Adobe-tailored tools, however some may crossover into other programs.

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Photojournalism in Koreatown during the 1992 LA Riots

In April of 1992, riots sparked by racial inequality and police brutality broke out in South Central Los Angeles, leading to widespread looting, vandalism, violence, and murder. In this video, former LA Times photojournalist Hyungwon Kang recounts his experiences covering the riots behind the lens, and shares the stories behind his incredible images. I should note that some images in the video contain scenes of gore/death and may be disturbing to watch.

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“Six Photographs” Interview with René Burri

In this interview, Port Magazine sits down with Swiss photojournalist René Burri, to discuss the unbelievable stories behind six iconic photographs from his career including a very casual portrait Pablo Picasso in Cannes, and the reopening of the Suez Canal.

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Christopher Domakis’s Hutong Series

Earlier this week my attention was caught by the compelling work of Christopher Domakis in Hutong, the areas of  Beijing that are still surrounded by dated architecture and almost seem to be frozen a few decades in the past. I wanted to know more, so I caught up with Chris for some info on the series and his inspiration for it. [more]

Jared Polin Interviews Former Chicago Sun-Times Photojournalist Al Podgorski

It wasn’t long ago that the art of photojournalism was handed another pink slip when the Chicago Sun-Times decided to lay off all but 2 of their photo staff in favor of iPhone wielding freelancers. In this video, Jared Polin of Fro Knows Photo interviews Al Podgorski who was one of the last staff photographers at the paper to talk about his last days at the paper, highlights of his career, and the future of the photojournalism industry. [more]

Instagram Meets Stop-motion Video

The Youtube channel Friends in Faux used over 1600 Instagram uploads to create a stop motion video depicting the crazy adventures of one character throughout his day, creatively manipulated using the available tools on the iPhone app.

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10 Photographers to Look to for Inspiration

No matter what skill level you’re at in photography, it’s often helpful to take a break and spark the creative process on some new ideas by looking at the work of others; this shouldn’t be confused with imitation, but rather used as a tool for building original ideas. The following list highlights the work and skills of creatives who offer inspiration throughout the industry that I, and many others turn to for a new perspective. Of course this is purely opinion, and readers who follow others who aren’t listed are encouraged to promote them in the comments.

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Behind the Scenes – Capturing a World Record Speed Attempt with Phase One

Many people go out every year to set a Guinness World Record, and for those who can succeed comes fame, money and the ultimate bragging rights. Mike Newman should know, he’s already set four… but now he wants three more to hold the triple crown for land, water, and air speeds. In this video, photographer Nathan D’Amour heads out to capture Mike’s attempt at driving over 200mph unaccompanied in the Noble M600, a British super car. You may be thinking 200mph is far below the current land speed record, and you’re right… but this isn’t just about driving fast. What makes this feat so impressive is that Mike is completely blind. [more]

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