The ability of photography to capture singular moments of emotion – love, particularly – is what many of us find fascinating with the medium, particularly those of us that photograph people. Ben lost his wife Ali to lung cancer shortly after they married, but with his young daughter Olivia, paid tribute to both the love for his wife and the love for his daughter in a wonderful, touching shoot that highlights the true power of photography. [more]
Blogging is a great way to share a series of photos from your work. Sadly though many of us don’t do it any longer because let’s be honest; it’s a pain in the ass. Fortunately a new web service, Exposure, is out that looks beautiful and is a perfect replacement for those that loathe blogging. [more]
Cyber Monday continues with the biggest sales in Fstoppers history. Our 14 hour tutorial on all things wedding photography named: How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer is now $100 off. Tomorrow this product will go back up to $300 so get it now at the lowest price we have ever offered it with the code “BF2013” at checkout. [more]
I have been teaching retouching and photography for a couple of years, and I found that even my advanced students often didn’t know some basic tools or techniques. Those gaps in knowledge are to be expected among self-taught photographers and retouchers, of course. However, I have just returned from my trip to Italy where the amazing Italian Photoshop guru and Wacom evangelist Marianna Santoni organized a series of educational events, in which I taught Beauty photography and retouching. [more]
If you’ve seen our 14 hour tutorial on how to become a wedding photographer, you know that I am a huge fan of Pye Jirsa of Lin and Jirsa Weddings and the owner of SLRLounge.com. When we were planning Fstoppers Workshop: Atlantis we knew we had to get him as an instructor and I’m proud to announce that I convinced him to do his first ever workshop with us down in the Bahamas. [more]
After 2 years of planning we are extremely excited to announce Fstoppers Workshop Atlantis, our first ever live workshop event. We have 10 incredible instructors and we will be limiting the size of the event to around 200 students. The best part is the location; we are throwing this event at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. [more]
‘ARTwalk‘ is a wedding invitation project by Kobi Bachar (animator) and Matan Edri (Artist) from Israel. They decided to use their talent and creative minds to create unique wedding invitations for their soon-to-be-married friends, and create something that won’t be boring like most event invitations. [more]
With so many options out there for off-camera flash gear, how do you know which is best for you? More importantly, how do you learn how to use it in a real life situation? Maybe my techniques and approach are just what you’ve been waiting for!
Do you remember the last time you were shooting at a less than ideal time of day, or maybe a less than ideal location for light? Think back to it. What did you do? [more]
Like a kid in a candy shop, I stood on the bright fresh green grass, eyes wide open watching the Arizona Cardinals on their practice field. I wore my media badge like an Olympic gold medal. This was my first time shooting professional sports and I was quite excited to be there. At the end of the day I walked away with some great photos, but even more important I learned a lesson in the art of mastering your craft. [more]
Animoto.com has revolutionized photo slideshow creation. I believe that for my wedding photography business in Charleston, slideshows are the most valuable form of marketing I have. I’ve always had one problem with Animoto though, most of their themes were really over the top. That was until they let me design my own. [more]
The hot topic for wedding photographers is the guests and their smartphones getting in the way of photos or video during the wedding. The topic has been covered on a number of photography blogs and finally beginning to get mainstream attention as well. Fox40 News out of Sacramento, CA published this video yesterday for their viewers sharing great advice for people attending weddings. Great video to share with Facebook friends and fans.
Michael De Rubeis, AKA Michael J. Distasio Photography, never heard the timeless advice “under promise -over deliver.” Or maybe he may have completely misinterpreted the saying and ran with it. Mr. De Rubeis made a living out of scamming couples on their wedding day, which is probably one of the worst things you could do to someone. The Passaic County, N.J.police department says there are at least 70 couples who paid the Walden photographer thousands of dollars for photos and albums they never received. [more]
We have posted several articles regarding the Brenizer Method (here and here) in the past, but none from the man himself, Ryan Brenizer. Ryan is easily one of the top wedding photographers in the nation. He shoots over 60 weddings a year and probably only sleeps 3 hours a day. He is offering a full guide on how he shoots his method from the first photo through post production. When the method is done correctly your image could have the depth of field of a f/.04 lens.
It’s a growing trend in wedding photography these days to do photos with sparklers, and yes, you can blame Pinterest. Whether it’s sparkler exits, or long exposure sparkler photos, your brides will expect you to know how to do these and will very likely ask you to do them on the spot! With this system, you’ll be able to nail them every time! [more]
When I first started shooting, I would spend absolutely no time planning my shots. I would focus tons of time and energy into every other aspect (location, wardrobe, mood, etc) but in some weird turn of events, it must have slipped my mind that the end goal is “The Shot.” How that slipped my mind still baffles me. Instead of putting in the effort to plan what my actual finished images would look like, I found a model, found a location and showed up on shoot day with a plan to wing it. [more]