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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.

Photographing Human Hides (NSFW)

You can tell a lot about a tree by looking at its rings. Likewise, if you could peel the skin off a person, you could tell a lot about their history just by looking at it. And that is precisely what Pennsylvania-based, South Korean photographer June Yong Lee does in his “Torso Series”… ok, well not precisely. [more]

Surreal Two-Faced Portrait Series by Sebastian Bieniek

Berlin-based artist/photographer Sebastian Bieniek created photo series, “Doublefaced”, depicting the routines of a two-faced girl as she goes about her daily life.

Sebastian’s visual effect is surprisingly effective given that the make-up work was created simply by drawing on the side of his model’s face with an eye lining pencil and lipstick. The results are undeniable striking. [more]

Shooting “Point Blank” – High Resolution Gun Photography

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stare down the barrel of a gun? Well Toronto-based photographer Peter Andrew teamed up with art directors Simon Duffy and Derek Blais to show us. The series, “Point Blank”, features iconic handguns in high-resolution “portraits”, some of which are printed as large as 4×8 feet. In order to achieve the incredible detailing in these shots Peter used [more]

Annie Leibovitz Shoots Kate Upton for Vanity Fair’s 100th

Get a glimpse behind the scenes as Annie Leibovitz photographs Kate Upton for Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary. Paying homage to Vanity Fair’s beginnings by drawing inspiration from the original illustrated cover, Leibovitz shoots Kate while she lounges on the moon. As the cover for the 100th Anniversary edition doesn’t actually feature any of the frames from Kate’s moon walk, I guess we’ll just have to wait for this October’s edition to hit news stands. [more]

Another Step in the Evolution of Wedding Photo Booths

It wasn’t that many years ago when our very own Lee Morris took me on one of his wedding gigs and totally opened my eyes to what wedding photography could be. I had this idea in my head that weddings were boring, cheesy and a photographic cinch to shoot. But when Lee introduced me to the idea of setting up killer seamless white photo booths at receptions, I realized they could be [more]

Shaping Fire for Seamless Photography

San Francisco based photographer Rob Prideaux makes a living shooting still-life and product photography for clients such as EuroRSCG, 7X7, Google, and Wells Fargo. But what caught my eye was how Rob experiments with “smoke and fire”, attempting to bend it to his will using motion, air and interestingly, stencils. Another coolhot… (trying to avoid a pun here) neat thing about the way Rob achieves this is the use of seamless white which allow both the smoke and fire to, so clearly, coexist within the same frame. [more]

How One Photo Changed Everything (a fish tale)

Sunday seems like the right time to tell a big fish story, so I was happy when I stumbled across director Kibwe Tavares’s, “JONAH”. It’s a visually impressive fiction that begins with every photographer’s worst nightmare (a stolen camera) and becomes the tale of how one photo changed everything. Well, one photo and some masterful visual effects executed by Factory Fifteen and Jellyfish Productions. Watch the follow-up, “JONAH MAKING OF” for a peek into how it was all achieved. [more]

Photographer “Toys” with Centrifugal Force

If you look at Toronto-based photographer Peter Schafrick’s webpage you will quickly become aware of his special affinity towards the use of liquids in his work. In one of his most recent series – “Toys” – he uses paints, toys and centrifugal force to create spectacular images full of color and motion. Bright colors, high shutter speeds, low aperture and a shallow depth of field all contribute towards achieving these unique pieces, but the special ingredient is a custom-built contraption nicknamed “The Spinster”. [more]

Photographer Asks You to “Steal My Photograph!”

Photographer Lukas Renlund shares with us the second installation in his “Steal My Photograph” series. I was very impressed with this idea when I posted his Copenhagen Exhibit last August but Lukas has added a humorous new twist to his Barcelona installation by hiding a GoPro camera behind his photos to capture the reactions of the unsuspecting, would-be-thieves. I got a chance to catch up with Lukas and asked him a few of the questions that have been on everyone’s mind. [more]

Photographing the Dead: “Post Mortem” (NSFW/Graphic)

While searching for something to inspire, educate or intrigue our readers, I came across a photobook review that damn near stopped my heart. There’s an obvious play on words in that statement, as you will soon see, but please do not access this body of work if you are sensitive to visceral images of the deceased (seriously please).
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Some of the First Footage from RED’s Epic Dragon

Recently director Moark Tola got the chance to spend 2 days testing out RED’s Epic Dragon and has shared the results with all of us. I’m not going to lie, I’ve always been afraid that the day would come when a videographer could pull any frame a video and call it photography. Now you are only $29k (the price of an Epic Dragon brain) away from being able to do just that. Then again, I suppose you could use it to make kick-ass videos. This video shows the capabilities of Red Dragon’s 6k sensor. Enjoy and drool.
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The Most Detailed Photo of Tokyo Ever Taken

io9 scored some interview time with the talented, patient and hard working, Jeffrey Martin. How do I know Mr. Martin is all these things? Simple. Because that’s what it takes to make a photo so large it took 2 days to shoot, 4 months to edit and is comprised of more than 8,000 frames, at a resolution of 600,000 pixels wide. Watch this video that demonstrates the awesomeness that is the largest, most detailed, and zoomable, panoramic photo of Tokyo ever taken. Then go play with the photo for yourself.
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The Best Fstoppers’ Posts From February 2013

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]

The Best Fstoppers’ Posts From January 2013

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]

Luminance 2012 Conference: Zack Arias

Check it out guys. Here is another great speaker from Luminance 2012. Heck he isn’t just a great speaker but also a great photographer, husband, father and friend to have (so he tells me). Zack gives us some insight on what it means to be genuine and what that means for your social media and ultimately your business. No need to learn the hard way, just watch.
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