In the days before computer modeling, testing, and digital everything else, NASA had to come up with some pretty clever solutions to test and record results for their multitude of space programs. Using long exposures and creative light setups, they were able to record the results of their testing on their most technologically advanced space suits. And the result? [more]
UPDATED WITH PETER’S Full RES FILES! New cameras are getting faster and faster each year. In over a decade DSLRs have gone from 6 fps to 12 fps, and now many can shoot 60 frames of HD video. We’ve all heard it before, “At some point photographers will just shoot video and pull the best frame out” but is this really even feasible? Fstoppers.com recently teamed up with Peter Hurley to test this theory as we compared the Hasselblad H3D-22 with the Red Epic. The results are shocking! [more]
Within the Mission District in San Francisco lies an amazing tintype photography studio called Photobooth. The best part is that you can just walk in and get a tintype portrait for yourself. Co-founder, Michael Shindler, not only talks about how it all got started but gives us a look into the process from start to finish. Check it out the next time you’re in San Francisco! [more]
If you work out of a studio, you know how annoying paper seamless backdrops can be…they always wrinkle and warp. We recently changed over to the Savage Vinyl backdrops and they seem to last a lot longer. The guys over at OKstrobist have an even cheaper alternative for those looking for a DIY approach and it’s pretty clever. Even though this can still cost as much as $170, you aren’t stuck [more]
You might remember Coco Rocha from her past ELLE controversy that we recently posted. She’s definitely one of the industry’s top models. This time, we take a look at the making of a cover for Target Style. How many shots does it take to get ‘the’ cover shot when you have a supermodel as your subject? Take a look and find out. [more]
If you’re a regular user of small flashes, you know how overwhelming it can be when it comes time to purchase modifiers for your lights. One of the more popular systems is David Honl’s line of accessories, based around his Speed Strap concept. I’ve reviewed and tested every piece in the line, and I’ve got all the info you could possibly want. [more]
Gaby Herbstein is a photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last year she created a calendar with beautiful and mysterious sets made from repurposed trash. Her end product is a collection of images that bring you back to a time before responsibility, where imagination reigns supreme … you know, your youth. Also, check out a BTS video that is on her website (en Español). Enjoy! [more]
Howdy everyone and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week Albert Manduca shows us how he gets it done in the studio with two beautiful models. We also have a great psychology concept shoot that was executed underwater. If you have a great and informative video you want to see in the Wednesday Rundown please shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Although the creation of the upcoming horror flick “Dark Harvest” has less production value than what you would get from Hollywood, it might relate to the average photographer a little better for that reason. In their behind the scenes, Tim Tabke and Joel Hinojosa team up to show us a glimpse of what it took to kick off the new indie film with a teaser poster. The mood they capture is as much about interacting with the actors as it is the lighting and drama of the shot. I find their work encouraging as it shows you dont need a hollywood budget to be able to produce a quality piece of work.
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Anyone who has picked up a magazine with photographic content is well aware of the amount of retouching and massaging that goes into many of the photos displayed in advertisements or in editorial features. But at what point does the ‘retouching’ go too far? [more]
Photographer Martin Schoeller recently shot this TIME Magazine cover on an extended method of motherhood. The featured cover shows an image of a young mom and her son, still breastfeeding at age 3. While there is no right or wrong time to stop breastfeeding, these images have stirred up quite the controversy on just that. [more]
Photographing birds out in the wild seems pretty tough. Oregon photographer Jon Myers wanted to make the challenge even tougher by bringing the birds into his studio. Using large softboxes to create a space for the birds to fly, Jon was able to photograph eagles, ospreys, and hawks perfectly while in flight. The shots are spectacular, and if you click the full post you can see them shot against grey as well. [more]
AhhhYUkin! Here is a great “blast from the past” set of Street Fighter photos from photographer Alexander Nerozya. He and his friends came together to create a pretty impressive collection of images that any gamer would be proud of. Open the post to see his full description of how he made the images, complete with BTS shots and video. Enjoy! [more]
If you are like me then you might not always get caught up in some of the super technical aspects of photography. One aspect of photography I recently investigated was the loss of sharpness caused by Diffraction. Last night while playing with the new Nikon D800 camera I examined lens diffraction and how diffraction can seriously affect the sharpness of your photography. [more]
Quite often, aspiring photographers of the world turn to the almighty interwebs to find answers to “How to take photos of __________”. Sometimes, the better question is “How NOT to take photos of __________”. Here are some examples of how NOT to take portraits of families while you’re in your basement home studio. [more]