The Fstoppers Holiday Gear Guide: Time to Get Ideas!

It’s becoming that time of year again, and we photographers are difficult to buy for. There is just so much in the market, it’s hard to know what we will love. Not to worry, Fstoppers is here to help. Not only are we compiling a list of the best stuff for photographers, we break it down by price so you don’t break the bank. 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]

Would You Pay To Watch Select Vimeo Content?

Vimeo recently rolled out a Tip Jar feature for it’s content creators, where you can tip a donation to the artist. Coming up next for Vimeo is a Pay-To-View service, where audiences will actually have to pay to watch the video. It’s controlled solely by the creators, but will Vimeo take a cut of the money, like they do with the tip jar? [more]

Infographic: Getting the Most Out of Your Smartphone Camera

When it comes to portable cameras, it’s hard to ignore phones. They’re everywhere, you have one on you all the time, and in recent years they have gotten to be pretty darn good quality as well. Camera Awesome today released a this sweet infographic that can help you get the most out of your smartphone camera. [more]

Same Day Wedding Edits With Sasha Leahovcenco

I have a deep admiration for wedding photographers. I believe wedding photography is probably one of the most challenging things you can tackle in photography. The pressures of shooting and then editing hundreds of photos from the event can become daunting. For photographer, Sasha Leahovcenco, he takes on the added pressure of same day edits. Sasha explains how he accomplishes his wedding reception-ready slideshows.  [more]

The Fstoppers Photo Plus Party Pictures Are Live

On Friday we threw a party at Peter Hurley’s studio and opened it up to the public to celebrate Photo Plus in NYC. Over 400 people showed up and luckily we never ran out of drinks (in other words it was a big success). Peter built a wacky photobooth out of some AstroTurf he “found” and the characters that showed up for the party knew exactly what to do with it. These photobooth pictures are finally available here. Now that we know we can draw a crowd we will plan to do it even bigger next year.

Fstoppers PhotoPlus Party In NYC Tonight

We’re celebrating PhotoPlus with an all inclusive Fstoppers party in NYC at Peter Hurley’s studio tonight Friday, October 26 at 9PM. If you’re a photographer or videographer, this is one you won’t want to miss. We’ve hired bartenders and the drinks and food will be covered by us all night long (or until we run out). We hope to have hundreds from the industry show up over the course of the evening. [more]

On Photo Critiques: Treat Others How You Wish To Be Treated

I never went to college or any other secondary school for photography. I have been blessed to fall into this hobby turned career in an era when photographic knowledge is readily available online, and a vast amount of it is 100% free. However when it came time to make my work public on the web, the outcome wasn’t always pleasant. You see, constructive criticism is a great tool for learning and growing, but the keyword is constructive. [more]

Getting Inspiration: What is Your Favorite Photography Book?

Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, but I’m guessing that seeing the works of others has always been big for you. Seeing someone else’s work probably is what got you interested in photography to begin with. So what gets your creativity flowing? For me, though my work in photography resides in the Advertising / Editorial realm, inspiration for my work comes in the form of photojournalism. [more]

Fstoppers Hits 100,000 Facebook Fans

Yeah, I know. None of us really love Facebook anymore, but it can’t be denied that it is still a great tool to communicate to a vast community of people. For us, that means staying in contact with the people that make us who we are. Fstoppers has never been about us, but about the creative community that is constantly growing. Today we hit a big landmark: 100,000 fans. Thank you everyone, and now we humbly ask you to tell us what we can do to keep getting better. [more]

Last Day Dream, A Man’s Life Flashes Before His Eyes

Check out Chris milk’s interpretation of what a man’s life flashes before his eyes looks like in Last Day Dream. Filmed in a 1st person POV, this intriguing video did a wonderful job of high lighting someones life and showing it in under a minute. I’ve always been fascinated by POV videos and this video has a such a awesome story line. This video shows that you don’t always need a expensive equipment to create such a inspiring and unique video, but that creativity can go a long way. Chris filmed all of this with a Canon 5D mk ii and Lensbaby lenses.

How Famous Images Look With Terrible Watermarks

Kip Praslowicz had an idea just a couple of days ago, how would memorable images look if they had used watermarks? Obviously, this was made to make fun of people who spend a lot of time making elaborate watermarks on their images. The results sparked a lot of commentary as well as thought. What’s your opinion? Take a look and let us know.  [more]

FS Contributor Blair Bunting to Speak for Apple on Oct. 12

This Friday in Scottsdale, AZ Fstoppers Contributor Blair Bunting will be speaking at the Apple Store about how their products make his life easier. This includes workflow, travel, editing, advertising on the iPad and iPhone photography (which we have proven can be pretty awesome). Blair is seeing this as more of a free workshop of sorts and will be glad to answer any and every question asked. Not in AZ? Not to worry! Blair will also be answering your questions via Live Tweet. [more]

Charles Eisenmann Photographs “Freaks” In The 1870′s

In the 1870′s and 80′s, Charles Eisenmann had a studio in NY. Aside from shooting regular people, he had a passion for shooting ‘freaks’ as he would call it. In reality, these people were show people. Over his life span, he shot over 700 portraits and sold them as collectibles. [more]

Snowboarding With Frickin Laser Beams: The X-Games Meets TRON in “Black Snow”

Using a unique blend of black lights, LEDs, and course sharks with frickin lasers, the crew from Burn put together a fantastic short video that shows snowboarders sliding on some rails and even doing flips in the dark. The rails light up as they slide across them! Check out the video and tell us what you think of this style. [more]

Five Unusual and Perhaps Innovative Camera Designs

Some might argue not to fix what ain’t broken, but then again, where’s the fun in that? Whether or not these designs actually result in a camera that works better than those we have become accustomed to, I’m happy that there are some out there who just aren’t satisfied with resting on the design laurels of others. Check out these five interesting, and perhaps really innovative, camera designs. Would you pick one up if you saw it on a shelf? [more]

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