The majority of successful filmmakers tend to have very similar stories about their humble beginnings. Cheap cameras were often strapped to skateboards or car hoods to emulate the high budget movies or commercials. Professional jibs or sliders were considered a waste of money when there was a perfectly good painter’s pole in the garage. [more]
CamRanger, maker of one of the must-have products that architectural photographer Mike Kelley uses on a daily basis, today announced a new set of products: the CamRanger PT Hub and MP-360 motorized tripod head. If this new product works anywhere as well as the current camera control device, we all have a reason to be excited. [more]
The winter is coming. Actually, it’s already here. Temperatures are dropping quickly and snow is falling, but we need to keep shooting and working. Here are few small (and cheap*) items that can help you survive the winter as a photographer, make your life easier and make the winter less annoying.
Each week, we have a segment called “Fstoppers Answers” where we invite our community to ask our writers a question pertaining to the industry or their workflow. Last week, you asked “Does Not Having The Latest Gear Make You Feel Less Adequate?” and this week, we want to see your workstations for editing photos and video footage. [more]
UPDATED: Black Friday deals from Tottally Rad, LensRentals Promote and Photoflex have been added! If you’re one of the millions of people who are brave enough to go shopping this Friday, be sure to check in and see what great photography related deals can come your way. I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the best deals for photographers this Black Friday shopping season. [more]
Perhaps the most anticipated camera this year has shown up as in stock on B&H Photo’s website this afternoon. With a full frame sensor packed into the tiny size of a mirrorless camera body, you can bet that this camera is going to sell out quickly. Along with the Sony Alpha a7 and 28-70mm kit, the Sony 35mm f/1.8 has also shown up as in stock on the B&H Store. [more]
Recently, I started working with a new steadicam operator for my video productions in the New York City area, Kyle. Aside from his upbeat positive demeanor, I noticed that every piece of equipment seemed to be customized with velcro for maximized efficiency. Little did I know, he had started a youtube series called “The Efficiency Machine” showcasing his different velcro-inspired inventions such as his “Super Desk.” See below for more examples of his velcro madness/genius. [more]
For event videographers, shooting in dimly lit conditions can be big challenge to deal with, and in certain cases an on-camera light is the solution. In this review of the LED Science LS-S6-20, I’ll tell you why this light may or may not be a good choice for you. [more]
Ah the week of Thanksgiving. Turkey, gravy, family and the harsh realization you are horrifically underprepared for the holiday season. That’s ok fellow photogs, we at Fstoppers have your back! Over the next few weeks we will be releasing updates to our Holiday Gear Guide, first starting with the lower-cost items and working our way up to the premium stuff. This week, let’s look at the best ideas under $100. [more]
When I first started incorporating DSLR video into my photography business, I quickly realized that having smooth movement was paramount in creating great footage. In our quest to find the perfect DSLR slider, the Fstoppers team was excited with the announcement of the Redrock Micro’s One Man Crew. But would this be the end all be all for sliders…we put it to the test. [more]
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]
Each week, we ask our staff of photographers and videographers a question pertaining to the industry, from our readers. Last week, we asked “How Do You Balance Your Personal Creativity In Your Paid Work?”. This week, we as “Does Not Having The Latest Gear Make You Feel Less Adequate?” [more]
If you’re like me and shoot a lot of video, you use both an on-camera shotgun as well as lav mics interchangeably, depending on the situation. The shotgun I use is the Rode DSLR video mic, and it rocks except for the need for a 9 volt battery. Seriously, who has those kicking around anymore? It seems Rode is listening to bitter complaints like mine, and their latest microphone, the VideoMic GO, requires no dedicated battery. [more]
Sigma reached out this morning to let us know that they have put out a free firmware upgrade for photographers using Nikon mount Sigma lenses on their Nikon D5300 cameras. Sigma had discovered that, when paired with the D5300 camera, its Nikon mount lenses containing internal motors do not properly operate the optical stabilization (OS) and Live View AF functionality. [more]
A tripod is the go to device for photographers who want to stabilize their shots. The three adjustable legs do a great job at keeping a camera supported and in one position. However, these three legs create a huge problem when shooting in a small kitchen or busy restaurant. Let me share with you a piece of equipment that will stabilize your camera with no legs at all!