In my work, I do a lot of traveling for shoots and one of the most tedious and difficult parts of going to a new place to produce a shoot is the location scouting. There is a reason that people can turn location scouting into a lucrative profession. It is very time consuming, costs money (gas) and is constantly changing (because of season, construction, whatever). [more]
Since joining Fstoppers I had planned on doing a “behind the scenes” of one of my shoots, so today I’ve put together a lighting diagram courtesy of Kevin Kertz, and a detailed description of how the finished product was produced. Fair warning, I am a bit of a technique nerd and can get pretty detailed. We’ve all seen diagrams online, and brief descriptions on what goes where, but it seems there are always details left out that can significantly impact the results. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to leave no stone unturned and give you guys as accurate of a diagram and explanation as possible. [more]
Just about every day I read a comment from a photographer complaining about Facebook making their images look terrible. There are hundreds of websites that have done tests and posted results to show what they feel is the best resolution to post your images to Facebook. Rather than run a bunch of tests I am going to keep things simple and tell you exactly what has worked well for me. [more]
Tomer Jacobson and Maxim Golovanov, conceptual photographers based in Israel, recently started a very interesting project together: they take songs they like, and transform them into visual photographs. They analyze each song, and try to understand who are the characters and what is the story behind them. Their most recent song-photoshoot was “Lost In The Flood” by Bruce Springsteen and the E street band. This was a complicated shoot and it involved shooting out in the water with a lot of equipment and many people. Check out the behind the scenes video and the awesome final result inside! [more]
Smoke machine (also known as ‘Fog Machine’) is one product most photographers don’t own or have access to. Many believe it is just too expensive to buy one, but the fact is, you can get a smoke machine for just $29! Those machines are not just good for parties and concerts, but great for creative shoots. Adding smoke can add depth, texture and drama to your images. Check out these 18 great photos using smoke machines (or smoke bombs).
I grew up as part of the generation of photographers that developed film (or had a lab develop it) and mounted photos in family albums. At the time, I would remember thinking it wasn’t a particularly special exercise or the photos themselves weren’t particularly amazing. But how many of you remember the feeling – often years later – of finding those same ‘mundane’ shots and nostalgically revisiting the past? Wasn’t that a powerful and often wonderful feeling? [more]
As a wedding photographer, the engagement session is probably one of the best ways to get to know your clients before spending 8 or more hours with them on their wedding day. These sessions are about the two of them as a couple and how they fell in love. Most of my sessions are held about 2 hours before the sun sets, but what about when you have a couple that wants to shoot at sunrise? I have to admit, I hardly ever get up any earlier than 9 AM most days, so the thought of being functional at 6 AM was terrifying. But the results? The light was beautiful and completely worth it. [more]
Some people go through life and aren’t sure how they can take their photography to the next level of giving back. There are many programs and non-profits such as Help Portrait and Operation: Love ReUnited, but nothing that you can say you did or created. Well these 16-year-old brothers decided they would do just that and create something worth remembering.
Since 2007, Red Bull has hosted an international action and adventure sport photography contest called Red Bull Illume. It’s where fifty winners are chosen every three three years from tens of thousands of photographers around the world. The winners were unveiled at a grand ceremony in Hong Kong on August 29, 2013.
We all know there’s some die hard breaking bad fans out there, especially with the impending end of the series. So we thought we’d give you your weekly dose a little early. Recently someone took the Breaking Bad tour of Albuquerque and took some overlay photos that are sure to make you feel like you were there.
A friend of mine who is a professional retoucher (and asked to remain anonymous) recently told me about a very interesting facet of his business. Today a significant portion of his income comes from Photoshopping cats. Yes, you heard right – retouching cats for a living. Check out the full post to see 18 examples of his cat retouching. [more]
There is a fine line between having a well defined photographic style, and constantly putting out the same stale, boring work week after week. A fine and dangerous line. A line that can make the difference between being a successful, inspiring photographer and a photographer who has lost his audience and has even lost interest in his/her own work. [more]
San Francisco based photographer Rob Prideaux makes a living shooting still-life and product photography for clients such as EuroRSCG, 7X7, Google, and Wells Fargo. But what caught my eye was how Rob experiments with “smoke and fire”, attempting to bend it to his will using motion, air and interestingly, stencils. Another
cool… hot… (trying to avoid a pun here) neat thing about the way Rob achieves this is the use of seamless white which allow both the smoke and fire to, so clearly, coexist within the same frame. [more]
A few years ago we featured photographer Kevin Kozicki in a behind the scenes video using pointsettias for a beauty shoot. Kevin is back with an amazing glamor photo and video shoot with filmmaker Christopher Park in a beautiful pool location using the Phase One IQ180 that was featured in Sessions Magazine. We had the opportunity to speak with Kevin and get his insight on the shoot. [more]
In Play with Jimmy Roberts produced a look at the happenings of what it takes to be a professional golf photographer and lets us in on some of the background stories and details of working the pro circuits.
The feature showcases photographers David Cannon, Fred Vuich, Streeter Lecka, Leonard Kamsler, Dom Furore and Scott Halleran in this behind the scenes looks at what it takes to be a professional golf photographer and some of the hurdles that photographers have to work around. [more]