As many of you have probably already read, Sony Corp announced that it is cutting 10,000 jobs, which translates to 6% of its global workforce. Sony has been struggling with negative profits for four straight years, mainly due to its floundering television division. But what does this mean for Sony’s camera division? With the television sector likely getting the main force of the cuts, will Sony rely on growth in their digital imaging division to make up for the numbers? [more]
I just came across a couple of behind the scenes videos from Nike’s 2011 ‘Be Free’ campaign. I love the movement and simplicity of color in these images. They were inspired by the idea of being suspended in time, floating in an elevated reality. I’m sure this is what I would instantly feel like if I donned all of this Nike gear. French art photographer Denis Darzacq shot the stills. The mini-film was directed by British photographer/film-maker Barnaby Roper, see the BTS and final version below. [more]
The next evolution on the Intuos line is here with the Intuos5. After our initial first impressions, we decided to take a closer look at this tablet, along with a comparative look at what changes Wacom has made from the Intuos4. With this review, you’ll be able to get a full undisclosed look at one of the best tablets to date.
Canon France has just released what has got to be the most interesting promo video for a new camera in some time. Not only do we get a sneak peek at the video quality and capabilities of the 5d Mark III, but we also get a look into the sport of Radball: something I can only describe as “soccer meeting BMX meeting Urban Outfitters.”
Big fan of tablets? Today, Wacom announced the release of the newest addition to the Intuos family, the Intuos5. With the addition of multi-touch options (recognizing both Windows and Macintosh gestures), a heads-up display system called Express View, an upgraded ergonomic pen (although all Wacom pens will work with the Intuos5), and optional wireless connectivity, the Intuos5 looks to offer everything current tablet users have been clamoring for. [more]
Last week Pocket Wizard released all the specs for their new PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers. Along with the specs being released, so have a bunch of BTS videos and reviews. Our friends over at the McNally camp did their own testing on many of the features on the new PW3 as well. [Pre-order your PW3 here]. Enjoy! [more]
Shooting interiors and still lifes can be notoriously difficult. And when done poorly, it can be downright boring… which is why I love photographer Lisa Hubbard and her work. Hubbard’s work is fresh and quirky, with a style and sense of humor that never gets old. Her impressive list of clients, including Anthropolgie, Absolut, Bon Appetit, Burberry, Kmart, and Martha Stewart, certainly agree. Check out this week’s FS Spotlight with Lisa Hubbard to get the scoop on her life as a successful interior and lifestyle photographer.
Here is another video that shows the HDSLR capabilities of Nikon’s recently announced D800. Although the plot may be quite corny, this short film shows some incredible examples of the D800′s HD image quality. Need more D800 info? Then click here for everything else D800 on Fstoppers. Enjoy!
Today at iWorld/MacWorld, a tradeshow in San Francisco, CA, Schneider Lenses debuted their new iPhone series lenses. We’ve seen third party adapters for Nikon and Canon lenses, but Schneider is taking a leap and developing the glass specifically for the popular mobile. Click the full post to read more.
Every photographer needs a few things in their bag of tricks. An easy trick is to add some smoke to your images for effect. You can always create photo smoke on a budget if you want to MacGyver it but there is another solution – two solutions in fact. Click the full post to watch a video on how easily smoke can be created with two liquids.
31 megapixel? with a wireless interchangeable lens (yes, a wireless lens!)? and all of that inside a phone? at least that’s what the guys from WVIL claim. Watch this video from CES 2012 (world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow in Las Vegas) and tell us – is it real or is it fake?
Product photography can get pretty tedious at times, but this shoot for the new Volvo FH 540 is on another level. Tim Bjorn shows us how to shoot a massive, shiny vehicle all while having an incredible workflow and paying much attention to detail. Check out the full post and see how you can incorporate these techniques into your shots where you’re model is larger than your lights can cover.
The new Nikon D4 has some amazing capabilities on paper, and by now most people have seen the amazing video by Corey Rich. The video below demonstrates many of the D4′s new video features, including using an iPhone or iPad to control the camera, clean HDMI out onto an external recorder, and selecting the crop modes. Nikon really did this one right, but it looks to me as though that the focus tracking makes the aperture breathe, which would make it unusable during recording. See if you can spot where he knocks the camera over by mistake!
Update: Also, check out the full post for a demo of the D4 working with the new WT-5 wireless transmitter and the iPad.
This video is a couple years old now but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. One part Geico caveman, two parts Macgyver, Bryan Peterson shows how easy it can be to create a simple yet eye catching stock photo. Using nothing more than a Nikkor 200mm Macro Lens, some sparkling water, a glass, a lemon, and some old Christmas wrapping paper, Bryan shows you how easy a product shot can be if you just focus on the composition and some easy reflector lighting. What shocked me even more than this DIY photoshoot next to an interstate setup was the realization that someone gave me his super popular book Understanding Exposure as a gift years ago and it’s here on my bookshelf. His tips make photography look so easy, even a caveman can do it!
It’s pretty amazing what you can create by folding a piece of paper in a million different ways. I’m not talking about Origami – but a carefully orchestrated image of Absolut’s limited edition “Absolut Purete” Vodka. Artist Simon Schubert used nothing but light and shadows by making over 1,000 different folds into the paper, each fold capturing a different shadow to illustrate depth and dimension. Click the full post to watch the full behind the scenes making of this ad.