Kenn Tam

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

Watch Camera Tutorials Right on Your Canon DSLR Screen

Would you like to take full advantage of your shiny new Canon 5D Mark III’s 1,040,000 dot Clear View II TFT LCD screen and maybe learn something new at the same time? Then you should check out Canon’s product page, where you can find “on-camera tutorials” for your specific camera model. That’s right you can watch tutorials right off the back of your camera. Simply choose your model and [more]

Von Wong Shoots Superbowl Leather Designer

Benjamin Von Wong gives us some tips for shooting with less than optimal conditions as he goes to work on models wearing pieces made by master leather worker Cecilio Martinez. This latest and last installment of Ben’s European tour finds him in Spain, without power, light stands, experienced models or the ability to speak Spanish. So check out this video and if you want more then head over to Ben’s Blog where he lays out all the juicy details. [more]

Surreal Landscape Photography

Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé is turning out some interesting landscape photography using a 1×1 meter, suspended, glowing square. And it’s worth noting that Benoit’s images are not Photoshopped.
Benoit Paillé:
“I hate lanscape. So I decide to stage my own vision of lanscape. I create an art light installation for poetic space/time purpose…

BTSV of “Real Painting, Real Life, Unreal Art”

American artist/master air-brusher Michael Rosner transforming his models into beautiful trans-human entities before unleashing them on Tim Engle to be photographed. Fortunately for you, you can watch this behind the scenes video of the painting and shooting process without having to sit through the painstakingly long 16 to 20 painting session. Respect your models.

Skin Tight Color: Creating Sculpture from Photography

French advertising/still life photographer Julien Palast wrapped models in vibrant colors to eliminating details such as hair, skin and eye color to allow viewers to focus on the subject’s various shapes, curves and contours. As a result, looking at these portraits are more akin to looking at sculpture.

Light Art Photographer Jan Leonardo Wöllert

Get an inside look at German photographer Jan Leonardo Wöllert’s techniques, practices and philosophy as he is featured in this Deutsche Welle TV interview. Jan Leonardo Wöllert is considered to be one of the original light painting pioneers and has done work for prestigious clients such as Diesel, Nike, Covenant and The Strokes.

BTS Shoot with Olympic Paradressage Rider

Benjamin Von Wong walks us through a shoot he does with Olympic paradressage rider Natasha Baker.
As always Ben goes into great detail about the shoot’s subject, preparation, setup and the execution and even more detail in his blog.

From Video to Animated Gif Portraits

Here’s a trippy little video by Belgian artist/photographer Pierre Debusschere in collaboration with creative studio 254forest for Under/Current Magazine. For some this may give you a bit of inspiration. For others it will give you something to complain about comment on. But for me I personally like the animated portrait gifs that come out of this video as the 5D Mark III’s multiple exposure feature has had me on a multiple exposure/light layering exploratory kick lately. [more]

How To Use Custom White Balance to Create a Colored Background

Gary Fong takes 2 minutes to show us how you can trick your camera’s custom white balance into producing a colored background in white environments. If you have some gels on hand you could play with this technique to turn out a multitude of colors.

“Gary Fong shows how playing with [more]

Pinpin Co Pens her Portrait Photography

Pinpin Co, a Japan raised Chinese artist, spends as much as 5 hours drawing amazingly intricate patterns on her subjects with a 0.38 pen to draw out their …”physical and mental scars in full view of the world…”. Check out some of her work and maybe it will help inspire you on your next creative project.

See How Canon Makes their Digital Cameras

Michael Zhang (PetaPixel) dug up this promotional video that shows in great detail how digital cameras work and how they are made. If you are a photographer (and I know you are) or have an engineering background then you will find this video fascinating.

Canon Premium Library:
“An introduction to how digital cameras work that also highlights Canon’s unique [more]

Le Miroir/The Mirror: A Creative Short & BTS Video

Watch as a young boy passes from childhood into his golden years in a few blinks of an eye in front of “Le Miroir” (The Mirror). This bit of creative inspiration by Directors Ramon and Pedro comes with a behind the scenes video that provides some great side by side views of what went into this clever production. This is a must see, even if you haven’t been keeping up on your French. I recommend watching the video first then the BTSV and then maybe the video again. [more]

The Best Fstoppers’ Posts From June 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]

Landscape Photography In the Studio

Canadian-Hungarian artist Eszter Burghardt, based in Vancouver BC (represent!) has photographed some amazing landscapes from the comfort of her own studio. All it took was some edibles elements or wool, lighting, a keen understanding of DOF (depth of field), the talent of a sculptor and the inspiration she gained from her time and studies in Iceland. Ok, so that’s a lot but you can draw from your own experiences and know-how to turn out some awesomely creative work too. [more]

How Google Was Made (BTSV of their Splash Logo)

See how the insanely skilled, commercial photographer Alex Koloskov and his passionate retouching counterpart Genia Larionova (aka AKELstudio) turnout the Google splash logo in this fun and insightful behind the scenes video. I love these two already. [more]

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