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Kenn Tam

Staff Writer http://www.kenntam.com +Kenn Tam@kenntamFacebook
A Canadian photographer, living and working in New York City.

A Quick Tip to Elevate Your Wide-Angle Photography Skills

Here is a short, beginner level, video featuring 30+ year veteran, commercial photographer Bryan Peterson at work. It does have a couple of jarring advertisment cuts but AdoramaTV needs to make a buck too and heck, they are providing you with free education. [more]

6 Lighting Tutorials from Joe McNally

At the time of writing this post it is a gorgeous spring day and I have no doubt our readers are out shooting and enjoying it. If you have opted to stay in, these six videos provided by Lastolite and taught by the best-in-our-business Joe McNally are what you should be watching… no studying. Seriously. If you absorb every bit of information/advice in these videos you will be a better photographer than you are right now. [more]

Photographing Star Wars Figures in Action

University of Selangor admin staffer and amateur photographer Zahir Batin spends his down time rocking out fun and creative narratives with some modest gear and Star Wars action figures. I know this isn’t the first time we’ve posted figures photographed in this manner, as can be seen here, here and here. Still, the allure of the Star Wars universe coupled with some good photography know-how is too much to resist. And when done as well as Zahir’s shots, they never fails to make me smile. [more]

Sara Lando and Zack Arias Throw Down in the GPP2014 ShootOut

I know, I know. My post last Sunday also featured Zack but when you put yourself out there as much as he does, you’re going to get noticed (a lesson for us all). Besides, this isn’t really about him. This is about one of the greatest challenges ever conceived in the photography industry. That’s right kids. It’s the 2014 Gulf Photo Plus ShootOut, pitting Sara Lando against Zack Arias with cameos by some of the best shooters in the industry. [more]

Zack Arias With A Little Q&A: How To Get An Agency Meeting

Good friend (and even better photographer) Zack Arias over at DEDPXL.com just kicked out a little Q&A video on how to get your foot in advertising agencies’ doors. As usual Zack delivers solid, straight forward, no-nonsense advice and as a bonus you get to meet Carl (the laconic squirrel). There’s even a shout out to John Keatley from the Fstoppers’ Bahamas Workshop coming up in May. [more]

Coke’s PSA Pranks Theatergoers With Some Fast Editing

Ok, sure it’s advertising but it’s creative, entertaining advertising by global ad agency Saarchi & Saatchi and executive creative director Jason Mendes. Imagine going to your favorite local theater, plopping your butt down with your popped corn in one hand and coke in the other. And just as you settle in look up to find that you have become an advertising superstar. [more]

See A $500,000 Platinum Portrait Being Made

Here’s a bit of fun Sunday watching: a halftone portrait made with tens of thousands of platinum balls will soon be available by special order from Platinum Sphere Portrait. Personally, I find this more intersting from an engineering point of view rather than a photographic one. And sure, a 58x80cm portrait done in half a million dollars worth of platinum is mind boggling expensive but let’s be honest, wouldn’t it be cool to have one of your prints immortalized in an lustrous precious metal that will never tarnish or fade? [more]

Urban Windshield Photography: Seeing Through a Different Lens

You know the old saying, “When it rains, it pours”? Then you probably also know how fitting that expression is for photographers. We can see long stretches between jobs but more often than not, when work is coming in, it comes in heavy. So sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get your Sunday Fstoppers’ post done. Which brings me to another old saying, “It pays to have friends”. [more]

Photographing Prison Inmates and Their Words of Wisdom

One of the cool things about this video is how it encapsulates the creative process. Commercial photographer Trent Bell was motivated by his personal experiences to produce a series of large-scale portraits of prison inmates, against a backdrop of handwritten letters they wrote to their younger selves. The REFLECT project video walks us through shoot day, post-production, showing, and veiwer reactions. [more]

What Do You Have For Your Photographic EDC?

EDC (everyday carry) items have always intrigued me. What people carry with them on a daily basis says a lot about who they are. Not to mention it’s a great way to discover those can’t-live-without items I never knew I needed. So I’m curious (and I know you are too): What do photographers carry with them on a day to day basis? [more]

BTSV Barbie’s Sports Illustrated Cover Shoot

Fashion icon, model, plaything. No matter how you see her Barbara Millicent Roberts (a.k.a. Barbie) proves that she’s still got it at the age of 55 by landing the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition (technically a promotional cover-wrap for the American International Toy Fair). Even though this tongue-in-cheek video was primarily created for humorous reasons you still get a good glimpse behind the scenes with legendary photographer Walter Iooss.
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Photography with a Conscience

It’s been 3 years since Fstoppers’ Patrick Hall posted on the Midway project, where Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan made us aware of the horrific plight of albatrosses living on the Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean. Since then Chris and his team have put together this short film documenting the tragedy that plagues the inhabitants of the island, where the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to kill. This short is a bit of a teaser for their featured film due to be released later this year. [more]

A Clever Idea for Getting a Good Photo Out of Your Kids… a Sound Trigger

In this video Enlight Photo highlights one of their products by showing how it can be used to get the best reactions possible from your kids. I personally haven’t tested this product myself but the idea of using an audio trigger to get children involved in the process seems like a… sound idea. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
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Comparing the Sensor in Nikon’s Df and D4 Cameras

Lately we’ve been seeing a lot about the Nikon Df. Everything from Lee Morris’ Nikon Df Hipster Review to Chase Jarvis’ First Impressions, and it seems like the early popular opinion has judged the Df as lacking. Adding to the growing list of underwhelmed reviews is this video from DigitalRevTV as they compare how the D4 sensor performs in both the Df and D4 models.

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How to Create the Illusion of Hobbit-Sized People In-Camera

Seattle-based commercial, portrait and wedding photographer Ben Lucas gives us a quick break down of some of the techniques used to create the illusion of Hobbit-sized people, using forced perspective and props. Whether used to Turns Toy Cars Into Nostalgic Life-Like Images or to Turn a Cat into a Beard forced perspectives are a powerful tool in the creative’s arsonal. [more]

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