Most of us started out the same. Having got our first camera the hunt for a subject/model ensued. And sooner or later your early muse comes along. Usually your girlfriend, boyfriend, child or even yourself. But Theron Humphrey may have found the perfectly balanced model in Maddie. A Coonhound with cat like equilibrium and a propensity for posing.
So you’ve learned how to shoot smoke, big whoop, we all tried it. And what makes your pics of trailing smoke any different than mine? Pffft that’s right nothing. We both suck. But not Italian photographer Stefano Bonazzi. As I was standing back, looking at my smoke shots, trying to figure out what to do with them, Stefano was turning out this wistful series simply entitled “Smoke”.
Another humorous video from Kai over at DigitalRev has him training a complete newbie to try and pass him off as a pro photographer in under a week of not so intense training. Then they face him off against a real pro in a final challenge with Hasselblad Master Eric Wong as the judge. Will the judge know the difference? Can Kai’s fake pull it off? Watch to find out.
Remember the likes of Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Roddy Piper and Ric Flair? Well the ghost of wrestlers past maybe nothing more than nostalgic memories of the 80′s for you but the spirit of entertainment wrestling is alive and well in Congo. If you don’t believe me check out documentary photographer, Colin Delfosse‘s, PDN Photo Annual Award 2011 winning work on Congolese wrestlers.
Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton teams up with Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes and designer John Spatcher, to make this stunning short that features a very unique light source, an LED suit. Just picture it, a lone surfer illuminating his way down the slopes of Tignes in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France, captured on a Red Epic camera. Can’t? You don’t have to. Just watch!
If you don’t get sarcasm then this video, from photographer and YouTube poster MyAngryGirlfriend, is not for you. She’s been “pissing people off since 1983″ and her latest video maybe aimed straight at you. It’s a sarcastic take on the DO’s and DON’Ts of shooting. Although it’s meant to be a humorous guide, you should take it seriously if you find yourself guilty of any of these points.
This simple trick to get up close and personal with primates at the Los Angeles Zoo may not be rocket science but it did take a rocket scientist to come up with it. Mark B. Rober is an engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and he seems to have a propensity for coming up with clever ideas. See a couple of Mark’s videos after the jump.
If you had 4 months in Mongolia, would you make the best of it? Well French photographer Remi Chapeaublanc sure as hell did. Check out this magnificent series entitled, “Gods and Beasts”.
For the gear geeks:
My french isn’t what it use to be but if I read correctly, when not shooting film, Remi’s cameras of choice are Minolta Dynax 5D.
Update: Remi tells us he took these shots with a Sony A77 prototype on loan from SONY.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What ever happened after Ken and Barbie’s Wedding?” Well I found the answer and I’m not sure you’re going to like it. Or you display the same sinister sense of humor as doll photographer Mariel Clayton then you’ll like it a little too much. And let me be clear about this. These shots are not safe for work or younger viewing.
See Luma Labs promo vid for this strap or better yet, if you have one, let us know how it performs.
Designer Jean-michel Bonnemoy believes that a traditional camera’s design is dictated by the need to hold a roll of film in the back. But with the advent of digital tech there is no longer a need to maintain a form factor that is inherently contrary to smarter ergonomics. Enter the D-CAN. What are your thoughts on this new camera design? Should we shake off the shackles of design’s past? Do we even want to?
Check out this clip from, “Bigger Faster Stronger”, where photographer Rich Schaff explains how some companies hire him to take before and after photos on the same day, for misleading supplement advertisements. Is this why some photographers get into photography? Is this even legal? I mean, how far are you willing to go to make a buck? Please leave your comments, thoughts and rants in the full post. UPDATE: Looks like this video got pulled. Can’t imagine why but that’s ok, we found another source.
Thanks to The Wired’s Jakob Schiller for reminded me of one of photography’s most creative, comedic and provocative shooters out there. I’m of course talking about sculptor and photographer Terry Border, who is well know for his “Bent Objects” anthropomorphic photography. Looking at Terry’s photos will remind you of how you use to feel when you heard a wickedly dirty joke during your childhood. More inside.
Do you have have a lot of photographer friends? Well if you do then you will know what I’m talking about when I say that, we spend a lot of time arguing about techniques, lighting, gear and each other’s individual style/aesthetic. It’s all in the name of good fun and education. I’ve personally taken more than my fair share of pot shots at friend and fellow photographer Peter Hurley, while sitting across the bar or poker table. But he has shut me up with his lastest video, over on Scott Kelby’s, “Guest Blog Wednesday Featuring Peter Hurley”. In 15 short minutes Peter demonstrates what it means to accentuate your subject’s jawline in a portrait and I gotta say, it’s 15 minutes well spent. Get sample pics and a link to the video in the full post.
Russian photographer Daniel Korzhonov has turned out some hauntingly beautiful winter landscape photography while trekking around the Ukrainian republic of Crimea. Armed with only his Nikon D80 a propensity for soft focas and the unique weather patterns of Crimea, Daniel has pulled off some shots that look nothing short of alien… mystical… surreal…? Ah! Take a look for yourself and pick your own adjective.