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What Does Success Look Like For You In 2014?

As the end of the year looms, we begin to look back and reflect on the previous year and think about aspirations for 2014. What will make this coming year successful for you? Getting paid to live and work as a photographer? Producing creative, fulfilling work? Being published? Teaching and helping other photographers? One photographer I’ve worked with this year did all of these and in this interview, she shares her insights on what success is for her – and importantly, what this could mean for you and your career in 2014. [more]

Getting The Best Out Of Your Raw Files

I have been teaching retouching and photography for a couple of years, and I found that even my advanced students often didn’t know some basic tools or techniques. Those gaps in knowledge are to be expected among self-taught photographers and retouchers, of course. However, I have just returned from my trip to Italy where the amazing Italian Photoshop guru and Wacom evangelist Marianna Santoni organized a series of educational events, in which I taught Beauty photography and retouching. [more]

Fstoppers Real Estate and Architecture Photography Tutorial With Mike Kelley

Each year Patrick and I work on one extremely large project. Two years ago we created The Art Behind The Headshot with Peter Hurley. Last year we finished our 14 hour tutorial on how to become a wedding photographer. In 2013 we teamed up with Mike Kelley to produce what I believe is the best resource available on How To Photograph Real Estate, Architecture, and Interiors. [more]

[NSFW] Tyson Beckford & Transgender Model Ines Rau Bare All!

Photographer Rodolfo Martinez creates a stunning set of images for France’s OOB Magazine with Tyson Beckford and model Ines Rau. What makes these images all the more powerful is the fact that Ines Rau is an absolutely gorgeous transgender model. [more]

Was Vogue’s Daft Punk Spread Ripped Off for This WSJ Magazine Cover?

When you look at the new cover to WSJ’s magazine you might suddenly be hit with a sense of Déjà vu. Certainly you’ve seen it before, but can’t exactly remember from where. Don’t worry you’re not alone, it’s because the new cover seems to be a spin to Vogue’s August 2013 editorial spread photographed by Craig McDean . The kicker? The WSJ cover and spread was shot by none other than our favorite plaid wearing, controversial photographer Terry Richardson. [more]

Why Tamron Has a Lot to Prove Now That They Have Redesigned

Yesterday Tamron announced the development of a new lens, but what caught my attention more than specs and the PR-speak that comes with a product launch was the way the new lens looked… strikingly like what Sigma is going for. I’m excited and happy to see Tamron pushing with a new design, but they have a lot to prove with the change and, arguably, a lot to lose if it doesn’t stack up. [more]

The Lowepro Transit Backpack is a Triumph of Simple, Effective Design

When it comes to bags, I’ve come close to seeing it all. I have a bag for basically any situation plus spares in each category. Over the years I’ve seen different designs from a broad range of manufacturers, and that means I’ve seen both good and bad ideas. Bags are seen as a commodity, and I won’t argue they aren’t. But in their attempt to reinvent themselves and grow out of that box, sometimes we end up with bag designs we never needed or asked for. That’s why it’s such a relief when a bag company just makes a no gimmicks bag that just works. [more]

Looking for a New Sling? Don’t Miss Think Tank’s TurnStyle

With the growth of powerful and reliable small cameras, it’s only natural that photographers look for bag options that fit the new compact lifestyle. That said, if you’re like me, even if you plan on “downsizing,” you don’t want to give up too much, you just want a more compact version of what you already have. I took the Think Tank TurnStyle with me overseas and used it as my primary bag to see if it could act as my go-to travel satchel. [more]

A Response on the Nikon Df Distaste, and Thoughts to Consider

What ever happened to loving a camera for the camera? Why does everything we buy have to fill a utilitarian hole? What happened to a love for the craft and as much as for the tool? There has been a lot of chatter around the Nikon Df and if we as photographers need it. It’s gone so far as to suggest that it represents all that is wrong with photography these days. I want to argue the opposite. I want to argue it represents what many of us have lost as photographers: joy in the craft. [more]

The Nikon DF Represents Everything Wrong With Photography

Tonight Nikon will announce announced the “revolutionary” Nikon DF Camera. By “revolutionary” I mean that they have taken a full frame sensor from a current digital DSLR and put it into a non-ergonomic retro body and removed many features, including video. Are we excited about this camera because of the photography we will be able to capture with it or are we excited because we will look trendy and fashionable holding it? [more]

The Importance of Taking It Easy

This is it. By now, You will have been inspired, honed your ideas, found the perfect location and booked your talent. You will have taken that little bit of inspiration and nurtured it into a full fledged shoot. If you are anything like me, you will have tossed out far more ideas than you kept and you will have spent hours upon hours solidifying the few that stuck with you. It is safe to say that the hard part is over. [more]

Should The Term “Plus Size” In The Modeling Industry Be Banned?

Recently, American plus size model, Tara Lynn, graced the cover of Elle Spain’s November issue. You can see that she did an amazing job from the cover shoot. However, every time the term “plus size” is used, I see more and more people become upset. Do you think the term should be banned or is it necessary for differentiation purposes?  [more]

Ty Foster Takes a Shot at Unique Pet Photography with His “Lick” Project

A couple weeks ago we reviewed a book by Carli Davidson that was a culmination of a long-term project called “SHAKE.” Not long after, we came across Ty Foster’s project that focuses on another aspect of something many of us love about dogs. His project is called “Lick” and it’s gosh darned adorable. [more]

Fstoppers Workshop Atlantis, The 5 Day Event In The Bahamas

After 2 years of planning we are extremely excited to announce Fstoppers Workshop Atlantis, our first ever live workshop event. We have 10 incredible instructors and we will be limiting the size of the event to around 200 students. The best part is the location; we are throwing this event at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.  [more]

My Favorite New Product At PPE This Year

I was shocked at my favorite product this year at PPE. Mostly because it wasn’t digital, electronic, or even made of glass. I was most impressed with a product that helps our capture workflow in studio and on location.  [more]

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