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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.

[Pics] Striking Macro Shots of Bullet Impacts

My childhood was filled with shooting things and marveling at the aftermath but it took photographer Deborah Bay to capture the results for all to see. Deborah took striking shots (pun intended) of various caliber bullets, after being fired into bullet resistent Plexiglas. Armed with the support of professionals at the Public Safety Institute and her Contax 645 with a 120 macro lens, she captured a phenomenon few of us get to experience. [more]

[DIY] How to Make Your Own Studio Track Lighting

Admittedly this DIY project takes a little more effort than some but the results are pretty damn cool. Benjamin Von Wong takes a page from DIY Photography and makes a pretty slick fluorescent light track system, turning a small one room into a photo studio. Check out the video and if you decided this is something you must do, then head over to the VonStudio Blog for complete project detail. Parts, pricing, assembly, pros, cons, the works! [more]

[Gear] A Camera that Creates 3D Models of Rooms in Minutes

Creating 3D images of interiors, with furniture, colors and textures is a time consuming process to say the least. But now Matterport, a device prototyped from an Xbox Kinect, uses twin lenses on a hand held unit to render a three dimensional space. This tech obviously has a way to go but the preliminary results are impressive none the less. [more]

[Gear] 5D Mark III vs. D800 (Part 2: low light, jpeg, buffering, ergonomics)

In this second installation, Chris Niccolls over at The Camera Store TV, compares the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800, with photojournalist Mike Drew. Mike and Chris look at how these two cameras handle fast action in low light and how JPEG processing compares to the RAW files. What I really dig about this comparison is that it’s not another model shoot but rather a real working world photographer shooting under the unique and difficult conditions of a cutting horse competition. [more]

[BTSV] An HDR, 35000 photo, 7 month Time-Lapse (for the love of it)

Here’s a brief behind the scenes video featuring Andrew Geraci and Drew Breese in a Q&A regarding their haunting video, “Asylum”. This HDR time-lapse was created from 35,000 photos over 7 months. If you missed this last week on Fstoppers, it’s here in the full post. As the BTSV reveals, Drew and Andrew made this for no other reason than the love of shooting. That alone is worth your attention. [more]

[Gear] See Every Hair, Every Pore, Every Strand of DNA (A 4k Display)

If you are not a seriously hardcore, professional editor then I doubt you will give the Eizo FDH3601 a second glance. With it’s 4k display that supports a resolution of 4,096 x 2,160 pixels or the equivalent of four 1080p displays in a 36.4 inch frame, this monitor would be the perfect companion for Canon’s 1D C, C500 or any high res shooter. The display delivers 100% sRGB coverage color gamut as well as [more]

[News] 16 Cameras in a Haunted House (an interactive story)

Is there anything new under the sun? Has it all been done before? Maybe… but the shadows are a different story. “Haunted” is a paranormal thriller that takes place in a haunted house over the course of 48 hours. This awesomely interactive narrative was filmed using 16 cameras spread through out the various rooms and you are free to jump to any of the cameras at any point of the time line. [more]

[BTSV] How to Shoot a Film With an iPhone

Ryan Connolly over at Film Riot, a how-to filmmaking site, just knocked out a short film using the iPhone 4s as his only camera. The best part is, he has also provided us with a very in-depth look at how he did. Everything from app set up, lighting, equipment, the works. See both the final video and the BTSV here.

We took the challenge of making a short with the iPhone 4s. The goal was to make the iPhone’s video mode look as cinematic as possible… [more]

[Pics] Celebrity Camera Club

I came across this Tumblr blog today that features some classic people with some classic cameras. There is something about being a photographer and seeing these shots that makes me feel oddly connected. How many of these celebrities can you name or more importantly how many of these cameras? 1 point for naming the personality, 2 for the camera brand and 3 for the camera model. Or you could just enjoy them and bask in the knowledge that you are in good company. [more]

[News Discussion] Does your Nikon D800 Lock Up?

So many gear releases, so many bugs, glitches and freak outs. The Admin over at Nikon Rumors has just made a brief post about his new Nikon D800 locking up. In a picture, he provides, the D800 can be seen with the LCD on, even though the camera is off and apparently the only way to reset it is to pull the battery. When you head on over to his post you will find in the comments that this doesn’t seem to be a new issue for Nikon users but kinda disconcerting none the less. [more]

[Video] A Quick Tip: DIY Wind Machine

Have you ever wanted to give your models that wind swept look. This 56 second quick tip from our friend Benjamin Von Wong can save you from having to lug around a heavy and often expensive fan. So simple, most of us over look it and here is all you need.

Also be sure to check out Ben’s latest project “Von Wong Does Europe“.
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[News] $60 Million in Camera Gear Seized from Smugglers

Chinese customs authorities have detained 14 people suspected of smuggling approximately $63.5 million US worth of photo and video equipment. Officers at Gongbei Customs, Zhuhai City, south China’s Guangdong Province, said the smuggling ring has already transported more than 60,000 cameras, 13,623 lenses, 483 flashlight and 1,025 video cameras from Hong Kong to Guangdong from January 2011 to February 15, 2012. [more]

[News] Photoshopping the Truth (scandalous)

There are questions regarding the church’s wealth in Russian which have recently received a lot of press due to a scandal over photographs of it’s leader wearing an enormously expensive watch. The Russian Orthodox Church seemingly had editors doctor a photograph, on their site, of the leader Patriarch Kirill I, in attempt to obscure a $30,000 watch that he has claimed to not exist. The amateur shop job extended a black sleeve where there once appeared to be a Breguet timepiece but somehow managed to forget to remove the reflection of the watch. [more]

The Best Fstoppers’ Posts From March 2012

Your “Likes”, “Tweets”, comments and clicks all help us know which are our best posts of the month. And because we don’t want anyone to miss any of Fstoppers’ goodness we put “The Best of” in a monthly newsletter for you. So, if you think you may have missed anything this last month, check out the top 10 posts and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter if you haven’t already. [more]

[Video] Do More with Your DSLR Series (edutainment)

Vimeo Video School with help from Nikon are turning out a video series called “Do More With Your DSLR”, that aims to help educate photographers.
The series does a pretty good job at making, seemingly complicated topics, easy to digest and is visually entertaining to watch. Each video even comes with an in-depth post to help break it all down for you. [more]

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