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Ways to Avoid the Aches and Pains of Shooting

We constantly talk about websites, marketing and everything gear related under the sun, but rarely does the topic of health come up. We’re usually crouching down, rolling around on the ground or balancing on our tiptoes to get a couple inches higher for the shot. So the reality is, one of the most important topics should be your health. You can replace gear but there is only so much you can do for your body.

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A Cheap LitePanels Alternative? A Review Of The Zabolight LED Light Kit

An LED light kit for video is something I’ve always wanted to own. After years of using hot ARRI and Lowel lights, and renting LitePanels when the budget allowed, I discovered a company called Zabolight that was making LED panels and other fixtures at a much cheaper price. I purchased a kit of these, and did some testing to see how they compared to other more expensive brands. [more]

How to Shoot Behind the Scenes Videos for Your Business

A few days ago Creative Live posted this video of Benjamin Von Wong explaining the importance of creating meaningful behind the scenes videos and how they can help shape your career. It’s no secret that I do post Ben’s videos to the site often. His videos are not only educational, but fun to watch, as well. You too can go on to create your own informative and noticeable BTS videos with these tips. [more]

14 Tips For Shooting Your Next Chaotic Event

In my filmmaking career, I’ve had the opportunity to film some pretty unique events. While shooting I often come across other event shooters and realize that we’re a unique breed. Essentially, we’re people willing to sacrifice food, rest and comfort to tell an amazing story.  Even though we accept the stresses that comes with event shooting, there are a number of ways we can plan ahead and minimize headaches. [more]

The Unwritten Rules of Facebook for Creatives

Do you ever come across someone and think “what were they thinking, why would they even do that?” Well, I will bet money you’ve scrolled through your newsfeed or Facebook groups and said this at least once. There are three main sections you should probably pay close attention to while using Facebook.

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DIY Win: How To Connect a MIDI Controller Desk to Lightroom 5

About seven months ago, we posted an article about an application called ‘Paddy’ that connects a MIDI controller desk to Lightroom. Unfortunately for me, that application is Windows only, so I set out to find a solution for this gadget that I needed in and around my life. The solution is something called ‘Knobroom.’ [more]

Five Kind-of-Weird Photography Tips No One Ever Told You

In the past 10 years I was able to work and see the industry from so many different perspectives: as a celebrity shooter, as a photography writer, as a photo-consumer and as an agency photographer. All these years I have heard so many tips and so many “rules.” You know, stuff like “know who came before you,” or “it’s not about the equipment.” Now It’s my turn to give tips – and mine are way weirder. [more]

Fstoppers Answers – “Why Did You Choose Your Professional Niche?”

Each week, we ask our viewers to submit questions in the comments for our writers to answer in a series we call “Fstoppers Answers”. Last week, we asked our writers to give marketing advice to the viewers. This week, we’re asking them what made them choose their career with “Why Did You Choose Your Professional Niche (Wedding, Commercial, Sports, Etc.)?” [more]

Lost Signed Copy of Gregory Heisler’s 50 Portraits

Two nights ago we threw another successful Fstoppers party in NYC for the wrap up of Photo Plus. After hauling out all the remaining booze, breaking down the “Terry Richardson Photobooth,” and sweeping up a million glow sticks, we saw a heavy bag full of goodies. What we found was a brand new copy of Gregory Heisler’s 50 Portraits….and it was signed by the man himself! [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]

Win A FREE 2-Day Bahamas Workshop Pass

On November 7th, 8th, and 9th Rob Grimm of RGG Photo will be giving away a 2-day pass to the Fstoppers Bahamas Workshop in May of 2014. It’s free to enter, just tune in live for your chance to win on CreativeLIVE next week where we will announce the instructions for how to enter. The pass we are giving away is for our liquids, liquor, beer, and splashes workshop  that will cover everything we know about shooting liquids. [more]

Day Three of Photo Plus Expo in New York City

This weekend, Fstoppers has been at PhotoPlus Expo in New York City to give an inside look at all the new products being announced to the photography community. Yesterday, we showed off new products from Samsung, Spider Holster and more, and the day before we showed off the impressive DEFY gimbal system and others. Today, we were able to look into Sigma, Canon and Nikon’s new product lines. [more]

Day Two of Photo Plus Expo in New York City

All this weekend, we’re giving you exclusive coverage of PhotoPlus Expo in New York City, where all brands meet, announce and show of their latest products and innovations. Yesterday, we were able to give you an inside look at the Sony A7R, TriggerTrap RedSnap, DEFY Gimbal system and others. Today, we’re able to show you an inside look into Samsung, Manfrotto, and more. [more]

Day One of Photo Plus Expo in New York City

Photo Plus Expo is upon us, and I’m here to give you an exclusive look at what all that happened yesterday. If you’re in New York, you’re highly encouraged to check out all that is happening. If you’re not able to check it out, I am here to show you the new products, exclusive interviews and all the events and news going on in New York this week. [more]

A Fast and Efficient Workflow for the Traveling Photographer

I’m fortunate to get to do a lot of travel with my work. However it can also be a bit of a hassle because I can’t really use the same workflow I do at home. I have a very specific and efficient way I handle, capture and deliver work when I am at home, but when I travel, things change quite a bit. Most out of necessity. One of the biggest components to that is my travel workflow. [more]

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