Ron Edatz: “Claes Axstål regularly does something most photographers haven’t thought of, let alone tried. Axstål and his team can typically be found in the air, manning a ton of gear, and—quite literally—lighting and photographing another plane or helicopter as it flies near the one they’re working in.
What makes Axstål different from any other photographer taking air-to-air shots of other aircraft? It’s the fact Axstål and crew are using artificial light to overpower the sun, just as most off-camera flash shooters do at a wedding or on a beach-at-sunset fashion shoot. Yes, that’s right. Flash photography at several thousand feet in altitude while traveling several hundred miles per hour. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the objects Axstål photographs are often a few hundred feet long, from airliners to luxury yachts, the latter of which he also photographs from planes. See sample pics and Prophoto’s full post inside.
It’s no secret, I hate shooting weddings. I’ve always felt that way and then Lee took me on an actual wedding gig and confirmed two things. 1) I really do hate shooting weddings and 2) I’m pretty shitty at it. They are way too much work, way too many creative restrictions, way too little lighting options and way to many guys and gals running around with cameras, far better than mine, pretending to be photographers. Don’t even get me started on the potential for having to deal with bride-zillas. And now this story caught my eye, where a client is suing a studio for missing the last 15 minutes of his wedding. Sounds reasonable, you say? Well get this: not only was the wedding done in 2003, but the client is also divorced and is suing to have the whole wedding reinacted for $48,000 plus the original $4100 fee. Studio owner Dan Fried says that the cost of defending themselves in court has already matched the sum demanded by Remis (the client), and calls the case “…an abuse of the legal system.” I can’t wait to see all your comments on this one. For links to the full story, jump in and leave your comments below.
FashionPhotography.com: “Within the photo world, fashion photography is one of the most sought-after careers, and it’s easy to see why. It can be limitlessly lucrative, glamorous and high profile – making it an extremely competitive branch of the business to break into. Without the know-how to properly shoot fashion photos and the savvy to market yourself, it can be nearly impossible to get established. That’s where Fashion Photography Exposed comes in. In this utterly comprehensive and supremely educational DVD, famed fashion photographer Melissa Rodwell will show you step by step how to get started and succeed. From lighting, gear, and the technical aspects of capturing fashion images; to the importance of putting together a great team; to understanding the business side; to marketing your portfolio – Fashion Photography Exposed is a tell-all, no-holds-barred educational tool that will help you forge your exciting path in fashion photography.”
Nick Veasey’s work has been around and you may have seen some of it before but it doesn’t make it any less cool. To paraphrase Nick, he likes to counter the obsession we have with superficial appearance by using x-rays to strip back the layers and show what is under the surface. He likes to challenge our automatic reaction to physical appearance by highlighting the inner beauty. We can’t all have access to an x-ray machine like Nick but at least we can look at his photography and see ourselves and the world in a whole new light. Jump into the full post to see twenty one truly revealing shots.
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As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, we are going to have guests stop by to write posts, just for you, our FS readers. Some of these well known and accomplished members of the photo industry will be here to get something off their chests. Others to plug something. Some to teach and others to entertain. This month we are happy to bring you Jeremy Cowart and he wants you to think about something. Jump into the full post to see what’s on his mind and be sure to check out all that his links have to offer. Thanks for this great post Jeremy.
Cheryl Dunn: “Hello photographers, photography enthusiasts, lovers of history and New York City. My name is Cheryl Dunn and I am a fellow photographer and the director of “Everybody Street”, a feature documentary about NYC street photographers who have taken some of the most iconic images of the last century. Whether you take pictures with your phone or a Leica, you will relish the opportunity to hear the real stories of the men and women who are the very foundation of the street photography movement and of the medium itself. These include, to date: Bruce Davidson, Joel Meyerowitz, Mary Ellen Mark, Max Kozloff, Ricky Powell, Martha Cooper, Jamal Shabazz, Bruce Gilden, Clayton Patterson, Jeff Mermelstein, Rebecca Lepkoff, Boogie, Luc Sante, Jill Freedman, Josh Wildman.
The film, shot in16mm and in HD, and with a score by NYC Band Endless Boogie, takes you into the studios and out onto the streets where you will see firsthand the working techniques of these incredible artists as they unfold in the theater of New York City. Many of my subjects have never been documented before, remaining instead hidden behind their cameras…” See the full story and pictures inside.
Support Cheryl on Kickstarter. And if you have an extra $10K kicking around, you can even be a Co-Executive Producer.
If I haven’t said it enough times, creativity to a photographer is everything. So, if you’re having trouble getting your creative juices flowing, watch this short video on “29 Ways To Stay Creative” by To-Fu. And remember, it’s not enough to just watch these tips, you got to actually put them into practice. Just a heads up, this video is not photography specific. So if you got your head up your @$$ and think tips on keeping creative are low on your priority list then skip this one. ;P
Every time I think light painting is a fad that will soon reach, “seen it all before” status, some one comes along and changes my mind. Enter Dennis Calvert. If you want to see some spectacular examples of this exploding art form, check out some of Dennis’s work in the full post.
You guys know me by now, right? I don’t like shooting weddings, or bowls of fruit and definitely not maternity shoots. But when something is creative and unique I’m the last one to thumb my nose at it and that’s why I had to share this little stop motion gem. Don’t expect great lighting or dynamic photo techniques from this video, just appreciate the cleverness of this simple idea and the dedication it took to make this short video.
You may remember the Lytro camera from Patrick’s earlier posts, “…An Image You Can Focus After You Capture It” and “The Focus Later Camera…”, well now Lytro has announced it’s consumer light field camera with an 8x f/2 lens and built in storage. An 8GB camera that stores 350 pictures will be priced at $400, while a 16GB with a 750 image capacity will cost $500. Lytro cameras are currently available for pre-order, shipping early 2012. The question now is, “Is this camera going to be developed for professional use or is it destined to be little more than a consumer gimmick?” Take a look at the photos and video in the full post and let us know what you think.
As creatives we photographers have very little reason to be packing standard humdrum business cards (let’s leave those for the door to door salesmen and insurance agents). Photographer/Blogger Katie Sokoler obviously agrees with me as she recently posted on how she made her home made cards. I love exchanging cards but am often disappointed when I’m out networking with my peers and I recieve a card that is unimaginative or worse, tacky. Whenever I hand mine out I’m often bombarded with a slew of questions like, “Is this an envelope? Is there something inside it? Can I open it?”. To which I respond: “Yes it is. Yes there is. Yes you can.” Which often leads to the question, “How much did it cost to have these made?” To which I respond: “I did them myself.” So I decided to follow Katie’s example and throw up a few pics to show how I make my cards. See how putting in a little bit of effort can help get you remembered.
Likely not the first and definitely not going to be the last, this clip shows the video quality of iPhone’s new 4S in tandem with Canon’s 5D Mark II. Sadly there is no sound in this video and I would’ve liked to have seen some close ups of people in this comparison but it’s interesting enough for a quick look. I love shooting with all sorts of cameras and have no doubt the latest iPhone will be worth the upgrade for the camera alone. In fact I was at the 5th Ave Apple Store on friday with one in hand, at the check out, when they asked, “What are the last four digits of your social security number?” Sadly being a shiny new American resident, I didn’t know and had to walk away empty handed. Maybe I’ll go back today. Wish me luck.
Avanaut (aka Vesa Lehtimäki) is proof that creativity, ingenuity and photography know how, are the qualities that make an intriguing photo. With out a camera worth thousands of dollars or pencil thin models, Avanaut has turned out some dynamic shots, using primarily, Star Wars lego figures. His use of light, perspective and inexpensive props, produced some very cool dramatic scenes full of motion. See the results for yourself and check out Avanaut’s Flickr Stream for more wonderful shots.
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Researcher Kevin Karsch and his team at the University of Illinois are developing software that lets users easily insert objects into photographs. It seems to have great potential for adding in animated objects with realistic lighting. Could be a powerful tool for all you creative minded shooters out there. See the impressive demo video in the full post.