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Color Grade Like A Pro – The Secret To Cinematic Imagery

Getting it right in camera is one of the most important steps to achieving a great photograph, but color grading is what can really take your work to entirely new level. It has taken me nearly 2 years to find the right process and perfect combination to obtain the right look. And, over the course of my time writing for Fstoppers, I’ve been asked dozens of times about the coloring and process behind my imagery. Well, I’ve finally broken it all down in one quick tutorial. [more]

Mary Ellen Mark To Receive “Outstanding Contribution To Photography” Award

Mary Ellen Mark is one of the world’s greatest and most influential documentary photographers. Next month, 65 years after she took her first photograph, she will be the recipient of the Sony World Photography “Outstanding Contribution to Photography” 2014 Award. What is it that earns a photographer such an esteemed accolade? Let’s take a brief look at her work to find out. [more]

Peter Hurley Teaches From Zero To #Shabang!

When it comes to getting the best expressions out of your subject, Peter Hurley is one of the best out there. Two years ago we teamed up with Peter and produced the critically acclaimed The Art Behind the Headshot. This year Peter Hurley is joining us in the Bahamas for the 2014 Fstoppers Workshops. His two day headshot intensive has already sold out but there is still room in his newest lecture series From Zero To Shabang! Check out this video for details [more]

“This is Boy”: Solitude, Wildness and Beauty in the Life of a Young Boy

Effingham, Illinois-based photographer Tytia Habing’s ongoing series “This is Boy” beautifully captures the dichotomy of peace and wild energy inherent in its subject-her young son. The series, presented exclusively in black and white, features Habing’s son over a period of several years. Usually with her son as the sole subject, the series displays a remarkable range of emotion as he shifts from contemplative, to vivacious, to vulnerable. [more]

National Geometric – Helping Others With Print Sales

Introducing a new project cleverly entitled National Geometric that helps bring food, water and other basic life necessities to the children of India using the sales of unique and one of a kind prints of the child in need. Using exchange rates and economic principles to their advantage, National Geometric is able to sell prints at a very affordable rate, that is then able to drastically help those in need. [more]

Living Photos: Fstoppers Reviews Flixel Cinemagraph Pro for Mac

Recently I had an opportunity to try my hand at creating the new hotness in cyberspace, Flixel Photos Inc.’s Cinemagraph Pro for Mac, what they are calling a living photo creation software. Cinemagraph Pro allows users to easily create Cinemagraph images, a media form that combines elements of a moving video to a high quality still photograph or referred to as ‘hybrid photography.’ [more]

Posing To Perfection – 10 Crucial Steps To Pose A Model

As photographers we face challenges day in and day out, but one of the toughest facets of the job is posing our subject. Regardless of experience, when a model steps in front of your lens for the first time he or she will expect some direction. It’s up to you to give that proper guidance, otherwise your images will just come up short. [more]

Stanislav Puchkovsky (aka Sean Archer) is a Master of Natural Light Portraits

Merely two years ago, Stanislav picked up his first camera: a Lumix G3 for $600. From that point forward his inspirational journey began. The majority of his mind-blowing work was taken in his attic using friends as models. Now he is known as Sean Archer – a natural light photographer who specializes in female portraits. His work is proof that it’s not about gear. It’s about the photographer; it’s about the vision of the artist. [more]

New “Expendables 3″ Promo Posters Show Lights Doing Nothing

I get it: sometimes it’s cool to have lights showing in a photo. It adds a kind of “Hollywood” effect to an image, and can make a subject look like a star. I think that is what the Expendables 3 promotion team was going for, but they added lights that not only aren’t doing anything to a photo, but straight up don’t make any sense. [more]

How To Build A Successful Senior Representative Program

Tis the season, a new senior class will emerge this spring. Thus, for high school senior photographers, a new class to educate about your business.  As a senior photographer, I have already chosen and photographed my 2015 models/representatives, but it isn’t too late to get started. [more]

Fstoppers Own John Schell Featured on Framed Network

Here at Fstoppers, our goal is to hire some of the very best photographers and educators in the industry to provide some insight on how they work, and what they’ve learned within the industry they’re a part of.  Recent Fstoppers Writer and Lifestyle Photographer John Schell recently met with Framed Network to show them, and us, what it’s like to work on one of his photo shoots. [more]

Danny Santos II Shoots High ISO Portraits with the Nikon Df

Danny Santos II, portrait and editorial freelance photographer, recently published an awesome blog post where he pushed his new Nikon Df to the limit, taking portraits in low light at crazy high ISOs. You won’t believe the image quality he gets out of the Df at up to ISO 4,500. While in the past we’ve railed on the Dhere, here, and here for it’s “hipster-esque” aesthetic, there’s no denying that it contains one of the best sensors on the market today. [more]

“Omey Island: Last Man Standing” The Solitary Life of an Irish Island’s Last Resident

Irish photographer Kevin Griffin’s series “Omey Island: ‘Last Man Standing’” captures the calm, solitary life of former daredevil stuntman Pascal Whelan. The series is intimate and honest, capturing the everyday existence of a man who, after the tragic loss of a colleague and the end of his career, chose to return to his childhood home in Ireland. [more]

The Ultimate Guide to Bokeh

Bokehliscious photos. That is the ultimate goal for any photographer no matter the experience level. When “bokeh” is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is the lens and the aperture. Although both play vital roles in bokeh, there are a few key elements that play an even more important role in achieving the finest milkyness in a photo. These requisites aren’t often discussed or even seen as necessary. [more]

Say Yes To Noon Sun – Create Amazing Portraits With One Simple Tool

I’ve been there, standing in the middle of a field on a hot day with a scorching sun, mulling back and forth on how to capture a quality shot. In the back of my mind, I’m wishing for some cloud cover or an overcast sky to magically move in. A commercial client or art director doesn’t care what time it is, they just want the right image. It’s up to you to capture that image with the weather Mother Nature has dealt.

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