I can think of at least five times where a client has pulled me aside in the past year to ask how they can use their camera better, outside of the automatic setting – I’ve drawn out countless exposure triangles on napkins, newspapers, even an iPad drawing app, and despite my best efforts I can sometimes tell they’re still confused from my brief lesson. For now on, no more triangles, I’ve found a great website that anyone can learn from.
Often when it comes to professional photography, I get asked one simple question. That question is – How do you get clients to pay? It’s not uncommon to have some troubles jumping from the TF (Trade For) world into the paid world, so I’m here to share with you the tip that every single Fortune 500 company has used to get payment out of clients and build a successful business. [more]
Today marks the release of the remake of 1976′s supernatural thriller “Carrie”. In these three behind the scenes videos you get a sneak peek at how the movie was filmed. What I find interesting about these b-roll movie clips is all of the practical lighting equipment they use and how it’s utilized including the ever resourceful human light stands. No matter how the movie does at the box-office this weekend, it’s nice to see the inner workings of a big-budget Hollywood film. Will you be watching “Carrie” this weekend? [more]
In this useful video by Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens he walks you through how to pack your gear to be ready for airplane travel whether it be within the United States or overseas. Jay explains the proper paperwork you should have for your gear when traveling internationally and what gear he typically packs when flying and most importantly why. The video and the advice that Jay gives you is very detailed and extensive. It’s a great resource to watch every time you’re about to fly out to your next location and might just save you a headache or two. [more]
About a week ago we featured the behind the scenes of the groundbreaking film “Gravity”. I am a firm believer that the sound of a film is what connects the viewer to the feel and cinematic experience of the story. In this featurette with director Alfonso Cuarón and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay they explain how sound works in space where there literally isn’t a sound to be heard. [more]
Most camera bags have a place to fit your tripod. It adds weight to your camera bag, but it keeps the tripod out of the way while being easy to grab if need be. Apparently, MindShiftGear is unaware of this ancient advancement on tripod holding technology, and are now building harnesses for you to awkwardly strap a tripod to your body. [more]
This weekend’s release of Gravity has proven that Hollywood can still be on its toes with fresh and compelling stories. So far, most people have described the flick as being emotionally intense and almost frightening at times and critics are tending to agree. Watch these behind the scenes featurettes that cover how and why they decided to shoot in 3D, shooting with IMAX, utilizing Previz and the preparation that Sandra Bullock and director Alfonso Cuarón did to create the film. [more]
Anyone with good business sense knows how strong networking can influence the way you build your career, but how about the rest of us who may not be as networking savvy? Proper etiquette says much about the way you conduct yourself and your business. Here is a guide on how to appropriately interact with your photographer peers in and out of your area to insure that the relationships built are positive and productive. [more]
Often as photographers we put in long hours on our feet, walk quite a bit, bend, crouch, shimmy and shake all while carrying heavy gear on our shoulders and back. At the end of the day my feet would be sore, my legs tired, my thighs chaffed and my back aching. If you have felt the same way, here are three things that will help you be more comfortable and pain free while out on long shoots. [more]
Game of Thrones has got to be my favorite series on television right now. Its rich storytelling, amazing character development and stunning cinematography has entranced millions of viewers around the world. Season 4 doesn’t premiere until spring of next year, but instead of just catching up with George R.R. Martin’s books take a look at this awesome fan-made film centering around Ned Stark’s younger brother Benjen who goes missing after the first book. [more]
In our newest segment, we’ve turned to the public to ask some of our writers about working in the industry as professional photographers, and invite all of you to participate in the discussion. Last week, we asked about our favorite light modifier, and the week prior, about commercial photography. This week, we ask “Your camera is suddenly only able to mount one lens. What is it?” [more]
In our newest series, we’re inviting you the viewer to ask a weekly question for the writers of Fstoppers. Last week, we touched base on what we each individually believe commercial photography to be. Coming from different fields of photography, we all shared similar thoughts on the subject, but with different arguments and approaches.
For the second installment, we’re asking each of our staff ‘What is The One Light Modifier You Couldn’t Live Without?‘.
Certainly you’ve seen them on Facebook and other social media avenues before. I’m talking about those oversimplified “I’m an artist, I don’t work for free” posters that photographers always have the desire to post and share. The people over at Shoppe Designs have decided that perhaps those are too polite, and built some with a little more sass and attitude.
In a latest video by Vongspoth and John Burcham, we’re shown a total of 15 seconds at a local county fair, shown to us in 2 minutes and 10 seconds of beautiful footage. Using a Sony NEX-FS700, Vongspoth and John looked to create a video that “would capture all the magic and fun a child experiences.” What they left us with, is an incredibly mesmerizing video. [more]
Here is a great little video by the people over at SLR Lounge that really has nothing to do with productivity, speed, or even making you a better photographer. It’s just cool feature that allows you to brand your Lightroom with your own logo, making the entire program appear custom to your own business. [more]