When Profoto contacted Portland-based fashion photographer Rob Werlinger about doing a blog post for them, he pulled out all the stops. “The concept revolved around metallics and you can see them used prominently in the wardrobe, makeup, and also reflected in the mood and emotion of the model,” writes Rob. “Since we were using the ‘Profoto Pro-8a packs’ that feature action-stopping short flash duration times, I wanted to bring in a strong element of motion as well.” [more]
A few months ago Lee and I went out to Gulf Photo Plus to see what all the fuss was about and absolutely had one of the greatest trips of our lives. While we were filming our “What makes photographers successful” video, we were hearing rumors that Joe McNally was about to shoot from the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. If you’ve spent any time with Joe, you know he absolutely loves a challenge and lives to create images taken from exotic places (like his shoot on the top of the Empire State Building). [more]
“You need to pack up your stuff, move to the mountains, and LIVE IT.” Scott Serfas says this bluntly when asked how someone else can get a job like his. In this new behind the scenes video from the Life In Focus series, Scott talks about how he worked himself into a position as a top action sports shooter, while we get to see him work in a more urban setting for a snowboarding action shot. [more]
Stage 5 TV is known for their clever take on geek culture with high production value. Their latest project is a fun video parody of one of television’s best shows, ‘Game of Thrones’. Many times parodies are filmed with DSLRs, so it’s nice to see a company raise the level and use higher-end equipment like the RED cameras. WARNING: Vulgar Language. [more]
It never ceases to amaze me when I see how complicated lighting setups for products can be. Thankfully photographer Phillip McCordall can walk us through his process with relative ease. This tutorial video definitely doesn’t come close to the most complex setup, but of course it’s still very interesting to see especially considering how cheap most of the modifiers are. This is seriously a setup most of you could do in your living room. [more]
Peter Zeglis is a landscape and fine art photographer from Greece. I have admired his work for a while now and fell in love with his black & white series of Iceland entitled “Ísland”. I feel like any one of us would have went to Iceland and captured it in full color, picking up the rich greens of the vegetation and colors of the northern lights in the night sky. But Peter took a different approach creating a very moody series that gives Iceland an even more mystical and cinematic mood. Enjoy! [more]
Rokinon, Samyang and Bower have been releasing some exciting new lenses the last few months! They have recently announced the Rokinon 8mm Fisheye f/3.5 for only $229, the $379 Bower 35mm f/1.4 and the Samyang 16mm f/2. While these are all manual focus lenses, optically they’re not bad for the money you’re putting out. Also, Olympus has just announced a 75mm f/1.8 lens for their Micro 4/3 mount. Check out all of the links for these deals below!
Sometimes those obligatory travel photos snapped on location are great on their own, but (at least for me) a lot of them aren’t visually dazzling. Luckily, that can be rectified. Jonas De Ro recently published an absolutely breathtaking composite image psd.tutsplus that is jaw-droppingly amazing. Best part is, he shows you how to make it so all you Photoshop fans can try a similar project yourself. Turn ordinary into fantasy! [more]
As a young boy nothing sparked my imagination more than space travel. As a grown adult nothing much has changed as I see these amazing structures NASA produced. I guess having an insane budget at times can conquer all… almost. Check out these amazing super-structures that helped put the USA into space.
Although I am invested into the world of retouching, the world of creative retouching and composite work is another world. They create entirely new worlds seamlessly. We see them everyday in the form of advertisements from big companies for the most part. Check out a few videos of what goes into Matt’s work along with an in depth interview about the industry. [more]
For this shoot, Michael David Adams developed his concept from the story of Hypnos, the god of sleep. It’s moody, it’s dark, and I love it. But check this out… lately I’ve gotten a lot of questions from people looking to make the move from naturally lit location shooting, into the studio. The problem many of these photographers are running into isn’t just confined to learning strobes. [more]
James Cameron graces this months cover of National Geographic for good reason. Not long ago, Cameron took his solo manned submarine Deepsea Challenge, to depths no other human has traveled into Challenger Deep.
In the behind the scenes video, we get to see photographer Marco Grob working through pre-production with the team, how the shoot came together in a couple of hours and the tracking down a huge tank (apparently from America’s Next Top Model) for the shoot. [more]
I am a keyboard shortcut junkie. Anytime I can find a way to do something quicker using a keyboard shortcut I will force myself to use it for a few days till I have built it into my workflow. A few of my favorite keyboard shortcuts are found in the Lightroom Crop Tool. I love sharing these tips with other photographer friends and watching their eyes light up as they realize some of the great features built into the Lightroom Crop tool which help speed up their own workflow. [more]
Think Tank launched “About A Photograph,” a video series that features stories from photographers about the photographs they have created.
The videos are co-produced by Think Tank Photo co-founders and award-winning photojournalists Kurt Rogers and Deanne Fitzmaurice. Each video will feature some of the world’s leading photographers recounting the stories behind these images that captured global attention. [more]
Photoshop is such an elaborate program that it takes years to figure it all out. Then when you finally think you know everything, they add more features or you discover features that you never knew were there this whole time. This video by Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explores a variation of methods and techniques. [more]