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James Robertson

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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.

Retouching – Is Credit Due?

In the world of digital photography, retouching often plays just as much of a role in the final image as taking the photo(s). There seems to be an even split of professional photographers who do it all themselves vs those who hire it out, and lately I’ve been noticing some discussion based around where credit is due when a photo’s final appearance relies more on editing than setting up lights and pressing the shutter. [more]

Insuring your Photo/Video Business – What to Consider

When you decide to get serious and make your photo/video hobby a source of income, one thing that you need to look into is insurance. With the abundance of different plans available it’s easy to become overwhelmed as to what coverage is right for you, but hopefully this guide can make that decision easier. [more]

100+ Million ISO May Not Be Far Away!

Some of you may remember this article that I wrote a while back in which I touched on the benefits of capturing wide-spectrum light rays with photographic sensors, and while I haven’t seen anything about single-pixel detectors hitting the consumer market anytime soon, I’m cautiously optimistic that we’ll soon be able to see some of these benefits anyway with the help of one of the lightest industrial materials on earth – Graphene! [more]

A $50 Pen Tablet – Too Good to be True?

I don’t think many people would argue that Wacom is the leader in the drawing tablet industry right now, with many professional photographers and graphic designers using tablets from their $200+ mid-level Intuos line as the staple for precise mouse work, and some even shelling out the thousands for the Cintiq line tablets with a built in screen display; so when I heard about a sub-$100 tablet with great reviews and competitive features, I had to try it out. Introducing the Monoprice “10×6.25 Inches Graphic Drawing Tablet w/ 8 Hot Key”!

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Life in the Future with Google Glass

The hilariously creative people over at Grovo (gogorovo on YouTube) posted this video yesterday showing what life may look like in the future of GWC photography/videography if Google Glass ever becomes the next big innovation it claims to be. While it’s obvious that this is just some tongue in cheek humor, I’d imagine that as with any popular product with a built-in camera someone will try to find their niche (ever see someone taking photos with an iPad?) and soon youtube will be flooded with videos of wedding photographers running around the ceremony staring at people.

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Scientists take 3D Photos with Single Pixel Sensors

Original BBC Article (w/video)

Prof. Miles Padgett and his team of scientists at Glasgow University’s School of  in Scotland have created a technology which can generate a 3D image using just four stand-alone pixels by capturing light frequency waves beyond what the human eye can see.

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Get a Stanford Education FOR FREE!

Okay, so maybe you won’t get the entire Stanford experience, but they do have their entire 2011 “CS 178″ Digital Photography course available online for free here. It’s jam-packed with more technical knowledge than most will ever be able to remember, including the scientific formula for DOF, diagrams showing the physics of light going through the lens, and even a downloadable animation of how to assemble an entire Canon 10D.

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How to Go Pro Without Going Crazy

I’m James Robertson, a new addition to the Fstoppers writer staff and a full time commercial photographer/studio owner for the past year. I’ve joined the team to bring content to the readers who may find themselves either ready to jump into the professional world, or have already and are looking for tips to make life easier. I thought it would be good to start with an article that will give everyone some tips on simplifying the work load that comes with the industry through organization and planning ahead.
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