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Samyang Optics’ Unusual Three-Brand Market Testing

Market testing happens all the time. It’s not uncommon for brands to test identical products under different names in different markets or cultures. It is rare, however, to see one company brand three competing products against each other in the same industry in the same country/culture. That is what Samyang Optics appears to be doing in the United States with their Bower, Samyang and Rokinon brands. [more]

Fashion Photographer Norman Jean Roy Says Digital Is Killing Fashion Photography

If you have ever opened up a Vogue or Vanity Fair, you have seen some of Norman Jean Roy’s work. He is truly a master of his craft and a well sought after photographer. In this interview with Nymag.com Norman discusses how he believes digitial photography is killing fashion photography. [more]

Conceptual Portrait Photography By Mariesol Fumy

Looking through Mariesol’s work leaves me inspired and wanting go shoot some conceptual portraits. The way she puts everything together to tell a story with each shot really bring you in and makes you look hard at the images. [more]

How To Ask For (And Receive) Good Critiques And Comments

Being a member of a lot of online photography communities, I see stuff like this all the time. A photographer just took a shot that I can tell they are really excited about, and want some feedback on it. They’ll post it to a forum or a Facebook page with the typical “C&C please.” line. And it drives me up a wall. [more]

What is Really Behind WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Award?

My Facebook news feed is being littered with photographers today announcing from their soap box that they won the 2012 Bride’s Choice Award thereby putting them in the Top 5% of their industry. Some may call it an award, I call it a deceptive marketing scheme. [more]

Interview With Fashion And Lifestyle Photographer Mike Monaghan

I have never personally met Mike, however I can’t seem to get away from him. He definitely has some amazing shots that stand out from the rest of the crowd. I know Mike through a Facebook group called CREATIVOS, which is a group for photographers looking to share tips, tricks, and images and grow within the industry. I keep seeing his work pop up and can’t take my eyes away from it. [more]

As Toshiba Looks into Light Field Sensor, Is Lytro’s Tech Catching On?

When we all first heard about the light field sensor in the Lytro camera, there was a considerable amount of excitement. Many of us really saw something great in the ability to focus our images after the fact. But when the tech actually made it to market, it turned out that though neat, it wasn’t really practical yet. Now with Toshiba rumored to be developing a light field sensor for mobile phones, is it safe to say this is really catching on? [more]

Interview With Lifestyle Photographer Noah Sahady

I have been following Noah‘s work for some time now and have fell in love with every shot he has ever put up. His work is absolutely incredible and I feel everyone should take a look at this. I decided to do a quick interview with him to get to know him a little bit more. [more]

Actors Pose As Some Of Their Most Famous Characters

Successful celebrity portrait photographers often steer the focus away from a celebrities’ past persona. This set of photographs goes the completely opposite direction and does some fun interpretations of specific characters in famous actors’ careers. Some of the setups are simple and subtle, and some are very blunt. I think they’re all great, except maybe Tom Cruise. [more]

I Just Bought The iPhone 5 For $40.

I use my iPhone camera more than any other camera I own. It is on me all the time and is so convenient to quickly share photos from. Even on photo shoots I always find myself pulling out the iPhone for a couple BTS snaps or video. I have had the iPhone 4 since it came out and it has been showing it’s age. I heard of a way to get an iPhone 5 for the cost of sales tax, and so I decided to give it a shot tonight.

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Watch This BTS Of An Editorial Photoshoot

Check out a BTS editorial shoot with Brandon Hill. When i first started watching this video I was not expecting a solid finished product, but i quickly ate my own words after seeing the final photos. From looking at the images on the camera to the final product it is evident that Brandon, or a retoucher, did an excellent job in post. It is interesting how adding a different BG color can make the image come alive. It’s also apparent that Brandon knows his light ratios very well. These portraits only being done with 2 softboxes is quite impressive. That rim light has just enough kick to separate it, but still have plenty of detail in it, a very delicate ratio. [more]

‘Snow Fall:’ A Riveting Piece Which May Just Set The Standard For The Journalism Of The Future

The New York Times just released an absolutely incredible piece of journalism titled ‘Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,’ which is a story told through the use of still images, video, computer animations and one hell of a piece of writing. I have to say that this looks like (I at least hope) the future of editorial journalism. It’s been a long time since I’ve read, watched, or looked at a piece that captivated me like this one. [more]

Check Out These Dramatic Celebrity Transformations Via Retouching

We recently came upon this gallery of before-and-after images of a few well known celebrities as seen in fashion magazines and large scale advertising campaigns. These are, it would seem, examples of just how far an image can be taken in post to make it usable for publication or advertising use. While the value of these photographs could be debated for days (some will say they’re worthless, that the retouching is horrible, [more]

The 2012 Best Entertainment Photographs by Vulture

Vulture.com selected what they believe to be the best images of 2012 to wrap up the year. From Lady Gaga to David Cross, these are some of the most remarkable portraits made to print. Some actors, some musicians, quite of few of these portraits are just bizarre and unusual – making them all the more interesting. [more]

HDR Vs. Flash For Interiors And Real Estate Photography

I know that many of our readers are real estate photographers or have at least tried their hand at real estate photography. The most common method used to create ‘good enough’ real estate photos is HDR: whether it is tonemapping or exposure fusion, HDR is definitely the most-used method for real estate and beginner interior photographers. In this post, I’ll do a comparison between tonemapping, exposure fusion, single on-camera flash, and multiple off-camera flash, and show you the benefits (or disadvantages, rather) of each. [more]

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