B&H WILL BE CLOSED FOR 10 DAYSWe wanted to keep you in the loop and give you a heads up. B&H will be closed in observance of Passover from Monday, April 18th, through Tuesday April 26th. They will reopen on Wednesday, April 27th at 9:00AM EDT. So if you've been planning on making a purchase and can't wait till then, click here to place your order before 12:00PM EDT on Sunday, April 17th.
THE BEST MAGAZINE FOR GOING PROResource Magazine describes themselves as: "...a quarterly publication dedicated to the sub-culture of the photo production industry...while covering information on business, news, and sources craved by this industry, we also bring forward the lifestyle and culture experienced by those who live it. Rather than outdated industry talk and seen-it-before technical info."
Both their blog and mag are quite keen. So, if you're tired of publications with headlines like, "Canon or Nikon!?", then this magazine is for you. And, fyi, if you live in NYC, founders Alexandra Niki and Aurelie Jezequel know how to throw one heck of an industry party.
PRE-ORDER NIKON'S SHINY NEW D5100Nikon announced it's latest upper-entry-level DSLR, the compact frame D5100. At an estimated selling price of $799 and with many of it's features able to go toe to toe with the D7000, there's little excuse for todays budding shooters. You can read all about it in Digital Photography Review's preview and compare this feature packed wonder with more expensive models. With all the money you will save you can start hoarding your pennies away for glass. Like what you see? You can pre-order yours now.
IS YOUR CONTRACT SAFE FROM LAWSUIT?In case you missed it, last week's Fstoppers post, "Having A Model Release Might Still Get You A Lawsuit", caused a lot of buzz as commenters debated over the validity of model releases, model's rights, misrepresentation and advertising claims. It all started with Robert Keiley, model turned fireman, as he fights for his right to control how his likeness is used. Catch up on what all the fuss is about and if you have an opinion or related story you would like to share, leave a comment.
THE EASY WAY TO CHOOSE A LENSAre you in the market for a new lens but having trouble weighing all the option? Then let lenshero.com help you find your next DSLR glass. Budget, style, zoom factors, comparisons and suggestions, lenshero does it all in a simple and clean interface. This site is so helpful that the word, "love", gets thrown around a lot. (Do you have any photo/video related issues you need help with? Then send them along and we may solve them for you in upcoming issues.)
WANT TO SHOOT NIKE FASHION?For all our fans out there who love to swoon over Patrick and Lee but really wish there was a female version to obsess over, your prayers have been answered. "Melissa Rodwell" is a rock star in the fashion photography industry, with a list of clients that would make most of us seethe with envy. Clients such as Harper's Bazaar, Genlux and most recently Nike, to name a few. Get the real skinny on what it takes to make it as a fashion photographer via her, insightful, Fashion Photography Blog. If you haven't already discovered Melissa and consumed all her sites have to offer, do it. Do it now. No wait! Finish reading this newsletter first. Then do it. Do it then.
DEVELOPING DEAL FOR FILM LOVERSWhen you look at emerging deals and services such as: film developing with free CD copies, free web uploads, professionally developed negatives and easy Facebook integration all for 10 bucks, it's not hard to see the gap between film and digital shooters narrowing. The Darkroom.com offers all that with downloadable, print ready, pre-paid mailer and order forms or they will send you a postage paid mailer and order forms making it a lot easier to send your film in, than it is to read about it. Long live analog!
9 JAW DROPPING PHOTO MANIPULATIONSHere is a series of images by German artist Thorsten Schmidtkord that will leave you staring speechlessly and with mixed emotions. Sure, we've all done it before. Taken a photo, pushed, pulled, twisted and flipped facial features to create freakishly surreal versions of ourselves, friend and family. Still, I couldn't help but be captivated by the striking oddity of Thorsten's work. I'm not sure I'm doing you a favor by telling you this but when you check out these striking photos, click, to view them large.
FIVE PHOTO PRANKIf you saw our posts on, The Invisible Camera, then you know we here at Fstoppers can't resist a good joke any more than we can a good debate. So here are, "The Top 5 April Fools' Day photo pranks", as posted by ZDNet. Our favorite, being the RE-35, a cartridge that would allow you to use your old 35mm film cameras as a digital. Wouldn't you love for this to be real?
ILLEGAL FARM PHOTOGRAPHY?Photo District News (PDN) reports on a proposed law that would make it illegal to take or even possess, photos, video and/or audio of factory farming operations (without prior written consent from the farmer), punishable by $7,500 and 5 years in prison. What is it they don't want the world to see? And sadly, no, this one is not an April Fools joke.
A RARE, LIVE LOOK INTO AN EAGLE'S NESTNews channel WVEC has a live feed of, now get this, a bald eagles's nest in the wild. The camera tends to be down at night but during the day you can have the pleasure of viewing the life and times of two parent eagles and their young. Now that is the kind of reality TV I can get behind.
PHOTOSHOP DISASTERS, SITE BARES ALLThis week Lee found a ridiculously entertaining site that features Photoshopped images that have gone awry. It can be surprising to see how unrealistic the advertising industry can be, especially when it comes to the female form. The next time you are looking at a Victoria's Secret model and asking yourself, "Why can't I have a body like that?" or "Why can't I find a girl like that?", you'll know it's because God doesn't have Photoshop. But the real question though is, given this picture, what was Lee doing looking at her shoulders?
FSTOPPERS' MONTHLY CONTESTDo you have confidence in your work? Well that feeling of self-assurance could win you a shiny new LiteDisc Oval 41"x74" Soft Gold/White by Photoflex and a custom banner at the top of Fstoppers.com, linked to your site. How cool is that? To enter just click on the forum link below and post a shot, that best depicts this months theme, "CONFIDENCE".
Weekly Quote: "If you saw a man drowning and you could either save him or photograph the event...what kind of film would you use?" -Anon, The LIFE Library of Photography-
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