I’m sure many of you are familiar with Help-Portrait, an organization of photographers who shoot free portraits to share their art and enrich others lives. Most photographers shoot free portraits around their communities but Sasha Leahovcenco wanted to shoot people that may never get the opportunity to have their picture taken at all. Sasha and his crew traveled to Chukotka, Russia and produced an amazing video of their experience.
This months Fstoppers Photoshop contest is all about helping Noam Galai (The Stolen Scream). His image was stolen hundreds of times and to make a small portion of his money back he is selling a few of his personal “scream designs” in his scream store (both Patrick and I have already been sporting a couple of his shirts around town). The winner of this months contest will win a shirt with his or her design and an Urban Design 70 bag from Think Tank.
Learn all of the details and download the high res image here on the forum.
When I shoot video I like keeping things simple but after watching this tutorial, I feel like I may have to use this technique in my next production.
Instead of lighting a stationary background to perfection, why not take a few RAW images and create the perfect setting in Photoshop.
I’ve seen a lot of videos that attempt to explain why you would use a beauty dish over a softbox but I’ve always had a hard time understanding the subtleties. Jay P Morgan created a video that not only explains everything in great detail, but he also shows 3 lighting examples with each type of dish configuration. If you have always wondered about the magic of the beauty dish, all your questions will now be answered.
Ben Von Wong just sent over a quick video explaining his latest band photoshoot. Their isn’t any actual video footage of the shoot (feel free to scold him for that) but Von Wong does a great job of explaining his process without it.
When it comes to my photoshoots, I almost always look for shade. I find managing harsh, direct sunlight to be a problem for a number of reasons but I may have to give it another shot. In the video below Phillip Dixon shows us that not only is it possible to directly light your subject with the sun, it can produce stunning results.
Now we don’t usually post product review videos on Fstoppers, especially for gear that we don’t currently use, but in this case I have to make an exception. Although I may never get my hands on a Red camera, I can dream can’t I? Honestly this video isn’t even really a review but by the end you will know that this camera is “pretty coo’”. But hey, it still got me all excited.
The guys over a Lighten Up And Shoot have created a quick video that shows how they quickly created some very compelling images of a model with very little work. I think its very easy for us to over-think when we are on a shoot but sometimes the easiest answer is the best answer.
I’ve had some great BTS videos piling up here so I am going to post them all now. Check out the video below where Mike Folden shoots an album cover for “The Resume”.
The Stolen Scream
5 Days ago we released The Stolen Scream, a story about Noam Galai’s stolen photographs. So far, it has been viewed by over 130,000 people and hundreds of websites have already picked up the story. As you know, Noam has made almost no money from his images being used around the world but I think that we can help him in a small way.
How you can help
We have decided to make the Fstoppers March Photoshop Contest a t-shirt/graphics contest to support Noam. If you want to donate your talent to help Noam, please download either his original image, or the graphic image of his scream and create your own design from it. Once you create a graphic, post it here on our forum. At the end of the month Noam himself will choose his favorite graphic and it will be sold in his scream store. All proceeds from the design will go to Noam but the winner will receive a t-shirt with his or her winning design on it plus an Urban Design 70 bag from Think Tank.
If you don’t have the time or the talent to be a part of the contest, you can still help by sharing this contest on Twitter or Facebook. You can also support Noam by purchasing his original scream designs.
In 2011, Greenpeace – the world’s largest environmental campaigning organisation – celebrates its 40th anniversary. French photographer Pierre Gleizes has shot some of the organisation’s best known photographs over the three decades he has worked for Greenpeace. Some of these pictures have truly changed the way we look at our planet and the environment.
I just saw this video pop up on the front of Vimeo.com and I knew I would love it before I even saw it. Chris Gregory does a fantastic job of capturing the life of a Capitol Hill photographer. There is so much more too it than I ever really thought about. Make sure you head over to his website and check out his amazing portfolio.
Remember a few months back when we posted the video about the guy that found the lost roll of film in NYC? Well the mystery has been solved and the owner of the film finally saw the video and emailed Todd.
In the video below Jay P. Morgan shows us the setup for his latest sports image. Using a special body harness, the goalie is able to move in a very realistic way without the potential for injury. As always, Jay does a fantastic job of also breaking down his lighting scheme.
What if you took a set of images that became so popular that they were used hundreds of times all around the world by hundreds of artists, businesses, websites, and publications? As photographers, it’s what we all dream about but what if you were never paid for your work? What if you weren’t even given credit? What if your images were being stolen for years and you never had any idea? If there was ever a video to share, this is it. This is Noam Galai’s story. (Full story)