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]
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]
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]
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]
As photographers, we spend hours on fixing colors on our images every month. Some people might even spend hours on just one image before they will be satisfied with how the colors look (me included). This is why seeing this video, of someone who NEVER saw colors, is so interesting. Tommy Edison is blind since birth, and have never seen any color in his life. Something I cant even process. Not knowing what color is. Its too crazy for me to even imagine.
Fewer things get me as excited and enthusiastic about gear in my studio than something reliable. I just want it to work. Part of the reason I haven’t shot much on a Nikon is that it takes too much thinking for me. Having shot on Canon for 10 years, I just like using something that my hands just understand. The same goes for tripods, lights, and most definitely applies to lenses. For me, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens just works, and might be have the best combination of speed and sharpness in and auto focus-enabled lens I have ever had the pleasure of shooting. [more]
We look up to other people in all aspects of our lives. Most of us admire our parents or an older sibling. We desire to be like those who have “made it” like actors, musicians, or wealthy business owners. As photographers, we probably all have a list of our favorite people in the industry. I’m here to tell you that they are no better at photography than you are. [more]
Photographer Ingrid Berthon-Moine was born in France, works out of London and loves a man covered in hair more than Freddie Mercury ever could have. Okay, I don’t really know how she likes her men, but in 2010 she created a collection called “V” which features the glory of chest hair ranging from full bush to barely visible. It is a series of 15 C-Type photographs of men’s chest hair. Have fun interwebs, enjoy! [more]
This morning our pals at PopPhoto tweeted, “The most popular photography story this morning is the Exif of Reuters’ best images of the year. Not the pictures. Doing it wrong.” I have to agree with them here. Instead of focusing on the images, the story is instead focused on what they were shot with. Is that what we are reduced to? Oogling over gear? [more]
It could be the aftermath of a war, or the result of a strong Tsunami. It could be the destruction of a Hurricane, or the Devastation of a terror attack. The moment after something horrible happens, is also the moment people capture powerful images of (bad) historic events. We all remember few iconic shots of such events, photos we’ve seen for hundreds of times on TV, in newspapers or just online. This is why I chose to feature very powerful images you probably never saw before.
Model and DJ Alexandra Richards, Daughter of Rolling Stones Keith Richards photographed by Benjamin Kanarek for Harper’s BAZAAR
I love fashion photography. It has been a dream of mine to shoot for magazines such as BAZAAR. Benjamin Kanarek did just that and had the opportunity to shoot Model and DJ, Alexandra Richards who is the daughter of Rolling Stones Keith Richards. From the looks of it, Benjamin went for a very simple look. Looks to me like a single Light source from overhead and a white wall with harsh shadows. Thats a bit different from most fashion shoots. Usually photographers go for soft shadows and use key lights, rim lights and fill lights. So seeing a high fashion shoot done with a simple technique is quite refreshing. [more]
Wedding photography to me, is the hardest form of photography. There are so many different elements you have to deal with on extremely shot notices. However from the looks of it, Omar has that taken care of. His wedding/engagement shots are different from anything I have seen. From old vintage looks to high fashion James Bond inspired shots, Omar does it all. [more]
Happy Thanksgiving Fstoppers. I hope you are all having a wonderful day with friends and family (if you are somewhere which celebrates Thanksgiving). Today I give thanks for friends, family, and many other things, including Ben Von Wong’s latest behind the scenes for his video and still shoot for Filler Magazine, entitled “The Red Mistress.”
Many of you may might have already heard of her and she’s been unofficially labeled as the ‘human doll’. Recently, she’s even become a bit of an internet sensation. Meet Valeria Lukyanova. Though she’s not unfamiliar to most, V Magazine decided to run a feature on her, shot by photographer, Sebastian Faena. [more]
If you’ve been paying attention to Sigma over the past five months, you know that they have been producing better and higher quality lenses than ever before. I personally have been extremely impressed with the pro-level glass that Sigma is producing, with few complaints during testing. Recently, their new lens lineup has piqued a significant amount of interest from you readers, so we took a few minutes to sit down with Sigma and pose some of your burning questions regarding their new lenses, the business, and what we can expect in the future. [more]