Check out this clip from, "Bigger Faster Stronger", where photographer Rich Schaff explains how some companies hire him to take before and after photos on the same day, for misleading supplement advertisements. Is this why some photographers get into photography? Is this even legal? I mean, how far are you willing to go to make a buck? Please leave your comments, thoughts and rants in the full post. UPDATE: Looks like this video got pulled. Can't imagine why but that's ok, we found another source.
Thanks to The Wired's Jakob Schiller for reminded me of one of photography's most creative, comedic and provocative shooters out there. I'm of course talking about sculptor and photographer Terry Border, who is well know for his "Bent Objects" anthropomorphic photography. Looking at Terry's photos will remind you of how you use to feel when you heard a wickedly dirty joke during your childhood. More inside.
Do you have have a lot of photographer friends? Well if you do then you will know what I'm talking about when I say that, we spend a lot of time arguing about techniques, lighting, gear and each other's individual style/aesthetic. It's all in the name of good fun and education. I've personally taken more than my fair share of pot shots at friend and fellow photographer Peter Hurley, while sitting across the bar or poker table. But he has shut me up with his lastest video, over on Scott Kelby's, "Guest Blog Wednesday Featuring Peter Hurley". In 15 short minutes Peter demonstrates what it means to accentuate your subject’s jawline in a portrait and I gotta say, it's 15 minutes well spent. Get sample pics and a link to the video in the full post.
Russian photographer Daniel Korzhonov has turned out some hauntingly beautiful winter landscape photography while trekking around the Ukrainian republic of Crimea. Armed with only his Nikon D80 a propensity for soft focas and the unique weather patterns of Crimea, Daniel has pulled off some shots that look nothing short of alien... mystical... surreal...? Ah! Take a look for yourself and pick your own adjective.
See Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes as he runs us through some of PS6's new advanced features in their Content-Aware technology. Is it just me or did Photoshop make it sickeningly easy to recompose shots, doing away with the need for any of those pesky composition and distracting element considerations, while shooting. Damn!
There is definitely no shortage of models out there but if you feel there is or you can't get them to risk their lives for your art then maybe it's time you made your own. It may not be what American street installation artist Mark Jenkins had in mind but hey, it's a cool idea none the less. Mark's work is actually aimed at making people take notice of their surrounding environment and fellow man/woman rather than their smartphones. He creates life-like sculptures from packaging tape and even clothes some to “to camouflage the art as reality”. See pics of Mark's striking installations and a video on how he makes his models in the full post.
It's hard to get Lee (see 5:44) to be anything less than southern gentlemanly but I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the amount of times I've heard him curse under his breath as some New Yorker casually strolled in front of his lens. So Lee, this one is for you. Scalado has created an aptly named, photo-taking system that allows you to selectively remove people in a photo by isolating those pesky, inconsiderate, moving objects from that of the static background, with a touch. What am I talking about? You can see what I mean in the video. "Remove" will be available for Android and iOS in the near future but picture being able to perform this action from the screen on the back of your DSLR. Take that New York tourist!
I know I know, this post is a bit of a throw back but not everyone surfs the web as much as you do and I don't want anyone to miss anything good. Besides, even though London-based artist/photographer Slinkachu's ‘Little People Project’ started way back in 2006, it's the project that keeps on growing, even if the models don't. So check out more than 50 pics in the full post.
Don't let me ever hear you say, "Man there just isn't anything worth shooting anymore. It's all been done before." Cause if you do I'll point you to artist Brock Davis and say, "If dude can make a shoot with nothing but creativity, imagination and cauliflower you have no excuses." Brock recreates three famous explosions: The Hindenburg disaster, the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and the Challenger disaster.
Sharon Vaknin, Associate Editor over at Cnet.com, runs us through 4 clever yet simple iPhone feature that many of you may not know about. If you want to know how to use your headphones as a remote shutter trigger, how to easily crop shots in camera, how to apply the rule of 3rds or how to lock your focus and exposure, then watch this quick video.
French photographer Thomas Czarnecki's series, 'From Enchantment to Down', has been called twisted by some but for me there's more scintillating than a sinister dark fable. Thomas's work depicts alternate endings for some of Disney's most noted heroines to portray, what he calls, 'the naive universe and the innocence of the fairy tales' with 'much darker reality that is as much part of our common culture'.
Nikon Rumors is reporting a delay in the shipping of Nikon's D4 and are citing firmware issues as the cause. So if you've been eagerly awaiting your February 16th pre-order, sucks to be you. But hey, what's an extra month's wait for one of the best cameras ever? The delay seems to be global, so don't expect yours to ship until March 15th. That just means more time to save your pennies. Pre-order yours now.
I'm not a big fan of memes. Let's be honest, they're pretty much junk food for your brain. But with the recent slew of "sh!t ___ say" memes kicking around I actually couldn't resist checking out the ones related to us in the photo industry. I mean, seriously, if I hear "That's a nice camera. You must be a good photographer," one more time I may have to slay someone. See if any of this sounds familiar to you.
You'll never look at your breakfast the same way again, thanks to Anna Franz's 1st place winning entry of Nikon's 2011 Small World in Motion Competition. Unlike the second place and third place winners that use widefield fluorescence microscopy and darkfield thechniques, Anna's work is done using a straight up reflected light source. See all three videos here.