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The Holy City Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

The current issue of TIME Magazine is focusing on the growing population of the ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem and the way it changes the city. They sent Israeli photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner, Oded Balilty, to photograph ultra-Orthodox families and neighborhoods, and the results are really amazing. It looks like the images were taken in a different universe or time.
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Finally! D.C. Police Announce a Sensible And Reasonable Cell Phone and Camera Policy

I’ve written a number of articles about how the police and other law enforcement agencies, both in the US and abroad, have been interfering with and hassling photographers and videographers who are only trying to document a scene that’s in front of them. There have been multiple instances of people in power (such as Obama himself) saying that this is unconstitutional. And finally, it would seem, one police department has begun to realize that. [more]

Inside Vogue’s June Cover Shoot With Annie Leibovitz

In the June 2012 issue of Vogue, photographer Annie Leibovitz had the amazing opportunity to photograph eight very talented US Olympic athletes alongside supermodel Karlie Kloss. Over the years, Annie has become known for her over-the-top sets and detailed lighting set-ups. [more]

New Female-Oriented PDN Magazine Too Stereotypical?

Our friends over at SLR Lounge just brought up an interesting topic that Jezebel posted on a few days ago. I personally received an email alert letting me know that the new magazine Pix, which is aimed specifically at female photographers, was now available. I pointed it out to the rest of the Fstoppers staff, but we didn’t know what to make of it without looking at the content. Well apparently the content can be construed as particularly offensive. [more]

What One Photographer Did When f/1.0 Just Wasn’t Fast Enough

Many of you are familiar with Blair Bunting, one of the premier commercial portrait photographers in the United States, and a good friend of mine. A couple weeks ago we were chatting about lenses when he brought up this project he did several years back. I instantly wanted to share it, and we tweeted an image of his 50mm f/1.4 next to his 110mm f/.95, which many of you thought was fake. It wasn’t. [more]

Sony’s RX100 Looks Amazing, But Do You Care?

I’ve been looking at the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 for a couple weeks now, and as awesome as the specs look on paper, I’m somehow still in a fog of “meh.” The compact point-and-shoot camera used to be relevant, but I haven’t felt that to be the case for some time now. These days, the compact camera market belongs to the cell phone, and for anything else I’ll just pick up a DSLR or a mirrorless. So what do you think? Do you care this camera exists? [more]

Fstoppers Reviews the Canon 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens

When the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens was announced a couple weeks ago, Canon fans all over were squealing with joy- myself included. This tiny lens would be great for life on the go, had a brand new AF engine called the Stepping Motor (or STM), and looked to be extremely versatile. But does it live up to the expectations? [more]

PostalPix is the Hassle-Free Way to Print Your Mobile Photos

We all take a lot of photos with our phones. And you know what? That’s ok. The camera on the iPhone takes pretty darn good images, and the plethora of mobile editing apps gives us all more flexibility than we would ever need. But what happens to all these photos after we edit them and post them to Facebook or Twitter? We forget about them. Well now we can actually make use of those photos, and bring them into the physical world hassle free, insanely cheap, and unexpectedly gorgeous. [more]

Preview ESPN’s Body Issue 2012

If you’re a sports fan, or even if you just like toned and tan bodies, you’re going to want to pick up the next issue of ESPN (hits newsstands Friday). It’s filled with some pretty sexy images of the United States’ favorite athletes in nothing but their birthday suits. [more]

Eleven Beautiful Architectural Photographs And How They Were Made

As I continue my articles on interior, architectural, and real estate photography, I thought it would be interesting to see different approaches to shooting these types of subjects. So, for this month’s article, I’ve invited a number of professional interior, architectural, and real estate photographers to share their images and techniques with everyone who reads Fstoppers. [more]

DIY Project: Build Your Own Unique Ring Light

Last weekend, my buddy David Cross who works with our friends over at BorrowLenses sent me a text that he was building something unusual and really cool. When he sent me the photos after he finished his project, I was immediately excited. His DIY ring light (which they are calling the spider light, tentatively) not only leaves really unusual catch lights, but is easy and fun to build. Ok, so it’s not really a “ring” light, but it casts similar light and I don’t know what else to compare it to. So let us show you how to make yours! [more]

Fstoppers Reviews the Delkin Fat Gecko

Clever camera angles and captivating b-roll are important when making a solid and complete video product. When you’re on the move in a car, dune buggy, sailboat or tank, great videographers create enthralling footage by capturing unusual angles and movement. The Delkin Fat Gecko shines as a low-cost, effective suction mount for any slick surface that allows you to get your camera in the face of the mobile action. [more]

Fstoppers Exclusive Look at Art Streiber and Paramount’s 100th Anniversary Masterpiece

Days of preparation, hundreds of people, and 57 Profoto strobes culminated in just five minutes and forty-two seconds of fast-paced shooting. In photographer Art Streiber’s own words, “it was pretty huge, and a little out of control.” I’ll say. In an Fstoppers exclusive, we go behind the scenes of one of the largest and most sensitive group photo shoots ever undertaken with 116 of Hollywood’s greatest stars on one stage at one time to celebrate Paramount Studio’s 100th anniversary. [more]

Nevada Journalist Tackled By Police While Covering Wildfires Near Reno

Today’s edition of “The Law vs. The Photographer” brings us to Reno, Nevada, where 60 year-old Reno Gazette-Journal journalist Tim Dunn was tackled and then cited by police for documenting wildfires on public land near Reno, NV. The offense? Wearing protective clothing, which was apparently seen as an attempt to impersonate firefighters. [more]

The New MacBook Pro, a Photographer’s Perspective

Blair Bunting is a good friend of mine, and by far one of the best commercial portrait photographers out there today. He just published a blog post regarding the highly lauded (while simultaneously seriously attacked) new MacBook pro with retina display. While the display is absolutely breathtaking, it has a serious disadvantage. Is the display too good? [more]

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