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Photographers Stop… And Have Some Fun!

Clients, deadlines, prints, taxes, insurance, equipment maintenance, paperwork… these are all responsibilities that can quickly fall on a full-time professional photographer’s shoulders; the weight swiftly dragging you to the floor. Between trying to make a living and trying to be creative all at the same time, sometimes it’s hard for us to just, ‘stop and smell the roses’, but it’s important to. Let me tell you why. [more]

SOLOSHOT: Now You Can Film Yourself Without Bugging A Friend

Have you ever wanted to film yourself while doing a photoshoot for some behind the scenes action, but not one of your videographer buddies wanted to get away from whatever indie marathon was running that weekend and help you film it? Well, now with SOLOSHOT you don’t have to worry about picking up the phone and degrading yourself by begging to your cinephile friends, you can do it yourself. [more]

Sick Video Uses Full Moon As Backdrop During A Highline Walk

Adventurer Dean Potter is the subject of a Nat Geo project called “The Man Who Can Fly“. For part of this project, filmmaker Bryan Smith with shooter Michael Schaefer worked on this stunning clip of Dean doing a highline walk in Yosemite with the moon filling the sky. Read on to find out how he got such an amazing perspective. [more]

Special Offer For Those Who Purchased Peter Hurley’s DVD

We are ironing out all of the details for our new wedding tutorial: How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer which we be released on January 6 at midnight. Until then we wanted to give back to those who have supported us in the past. Anyone who purchased our first tutorial “Peter Hurley: The Art Behind The Headshot” can actually purchase and download the wedding tutorial right now plus you will also get another special offer. [more]

Photographer Killed While Shooting Justin Bieber’s Ferrari

According to gossip site TMZ a paparazzo photographer was killed while trying to take pictures of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari during a traffic stop earlier today near the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Details are still developing, but apparently Justin Bieber was not in the car when it happened. [more]

View The Histogram Of Any Image In Your Browser With A Simple User-Friendly Plugin

If you’re a geek like me, you love to reverse-engineer images you come across, view EXIF data, or otherwise pull as much info out of an image you like as possible. A recently released browser extension allows you to view the histogram of any image on the web, and boy oh boy do I love it. [more]

Nominate Fstoppers For “Best Online Media/News Resource”

Fstoppers is a young brand: in three short years, we’ve come a long way. What started as a small video blog for founders Lee Morris and Patrick Hall has grown into a media/news site that brings you the latest from the world of photo and video every day. We’ve been working hard to continue to grow, and we do it because we are just a bunch of photographers who love what we do and love sharing it. 2012 was a breakout year for us, and we would be hugely appreciative if you helped cap it off by nominating us for a [F]ramed award. [more]

Changing The Lives Of At-Risk Teens Through Nature Photography

“In A New Light” is non-profit that uses nature photography to empower, teach, guide, and ultimately change the lives of it’s students- students whose background often includes struggling in school, abusive homes, and general hopelessness. Both the photos captured and stories told are simply inspiring. Read on for an interview with Ben Thwaits, pro photographer turned teacher for IANL, and to see some of the students’ impressive work. A Kickstarter to publish a photobook along with stories of the students is in the making as well. [more]

Behind The Scenes Of Epic Indie Film: The Underwater Realm

Two years in the making and with a Kickstarter budget to start them off, Realm Pictures has finally released the indie epic The Underwater Realm. The five part series that was released on Christmas Day sets you on a cinematic journey through time and under the waves as you follow the mysterious underwater Atlanteans. [more]

Happy Holidays from Fstoppers!

We are all at home visiting our families right now but we just wanted to wish all of our readers and fans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! We’re going on almost three years strong now and are so lucky to have such a strong group of creative people that continue to support what we’re doing. You can look forward to not only to the release of the most thorough Wedding DVD you’ll ever watch, but more FS originals (it’s about time, right?).

I Just Bought The iPhone 5 For $40.

I use my iPhone camera more than any other camera I own. It is on me all the time and is so convenient to quickly share photos from. Even on photo shoots I always find myself pulling out the iPhone for a couple BTS snaps or video. I have had the iPhone 4 since it came out and it has been showing it’s age. I heard of a way to get an iPhone 5 for the cost of sales tax, and so I decided to give it a shot tonight.

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Get Three Months Of Flickr Pro For 100% Free; No Strings Attached

As a way to spread some love this holiday season, Flickr has given us all a nice Christmas gift: three months free of Flickr Pro. Just navigate over to this page to claim the free upgrade (or extend your paying subscription by three months at no cost). Pretty kind of them! As a side note, this may be a master plan to pick up some disgruntled Instagram users while the controversy continues to brew. Either way, try it out if you’re curious, I still think Flickr is a fantastic service for many reasons.

The Most Epic Photography ‘Intern Letter’…Ever!

Sometimes if opportunity doesn’t come knocking you just have to build the door yourself, or in Judson Collier‘s case an epic website as an intern proposal letter. The website/fancy letter was written to famed photographer Jeremy Cowart. I was blown away at the sheer creativity, not to mention ballsy approach to asking someone for a job. Judson goes into great detail on why he would like to intern, his strengths and why he believes he would be great at the job, including making a mean cup of coffee.   [more]

What Google’s Predictive Text Says About Photographers And Models

Google’s predictive text can be a funny thing, especially with some of the suggestions it gives you. It seems to be partly based upon what other people may search for in relation to the specific keywords that you enter. I decided to see what would come up if we entered a few phrases regarding photographers such as ‘Why do photographers…’. The results were hilarious and kind of sad!  [more]

Instafail! Instagram Explains New Terms Of Service

Earlier I posted about Instagram’s new terms of service. Instagram has now released a statement concerning their new terms of service that was under the scrutiny… of the entire internet. Following in the footsteps of sites like Twitpic it seems that Instagram either got ahead of themselves or didn’t think that users would catch on to its confusing and/or misleading jargon on its TOS update announcement. In a statement entitled, ‘Thank You, and we’re listening…‘ on their blog, Instagram clears up some of the perplexing language on the new terms of service. [more]

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