MORE FSTOPPERS, MORE FREE GEARFstoppers would like to introduce the latest addition to our arsenal, Corey Melton. Corey is currently a contracted freelance photographer for the New York Post and will be running the Fstoppers Flickr Group. Now that we have Corey, expect to see great thing coming out of our Flickr group. Discussions, critiques, contests, collaboratives, meet-ups and as always FREE STUFF! The first of which is the latest addition to the Lowepro line up, the Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack so join the group and keep your eyes open for more details.
HOW TO: INSURE YOUR GEARTruer words were never written when Gary Miller typed, "It pays to keep your stuff protected, even if you're not a pro". Gary continues in his post by weighing all the best options for insuring equipment for both amateur and pros alike. Read Gary's post on PopPhoto and learn how to cover your @$$.
CREATIVE WAYS OF BLOWING THINGS UPI remember the first time I saw samples of high speed photography; projectiles erupting through everyday household objects. It was a whole new perspective. Wondrous and almost magical. But over the years I found myself asking "How many times can we be subjected to high speed photography of a balloon popping, a light bulb cracking or an egg being shot with a pellet gun?" I'm sick of it! Bored to tears. If I see one more "unique" photo of a water droplet on the rebound I'm going to... Oh wait... hold on a second. What's do we have here now?
IT'S MORE THAN HELPFUL, IT'S A MUSTSchool maybe out but for the working professional the learning never ends. That being said, memorize your Photoshop shortcuts or remain a hobbyist forever. Cause in this business time really is money.
ONE WAY TO FIND YOUR STOLEN CAMERAEvery photo you take with your digital camera contains hidden information. This information, called exif data, can also include a unique serial number which identifies your camera. When you use the drag & drop feature, stolencamerafinder reads the serial number from the exif data and attempts to match it against serial numbers it finds on the net. Neato.
SHOOTING KIDS MAY BECOME A CRIMEOk, the title is a bit misleading but it was fun to write. It should read, "Photographing Children Without Parental Consent May Become A Crime In NJ". A hot topic since a 63-year-old man was questioned, by Police, for taping kids at a swim meet. When questioned he said he found girls 8 to 10 sexy. Having nothing to hold him with, he was released. Similar situations have led legislators to propose a bill that would make shooting photographing kids, without parental consent, punishable by up to 5 years in jail and/or a fine of $15,000. In my opinion such a bill would set a bad precedent and could easily be abused and twisted to seriously hinder the rights of legitimate Photographers. Would you be for or against such a bill? Leave your comments.
FOR THE SHOOTER THAT HAS EVERYTHINGFor the photographer that has everything you may want to buy one of these: Rolleiflex 24611 Mini Digi AF 5.0 Camera. That's right it's a tiny digital camera designed to look and operate just like the Rolleiflex 2.8F 6x6cm twin lens reflex camera.
THE ART BEHIND THE HEADSHOTDon't let the title fool you. A complete understanding of how to get the perfect headshot from your subject is not the only thing you'll learn from this quintessential DVD. It's overflowing with tips, tricks, techniques and advice from world know Photographer, Peter Hurley. This DVD will educate and entertain even the most seasoned shooter and if you pre-order now you will receive a $300 credit towards any of Peter's future workshops. This effectively makes this invaluable DVD free. Peter is also going to personally sign all of the pre-ordered DVDs which has an estimated release of summer 2011. Details for Peter's two day workshop can be found through the link below.
13 LINKS FOR EDITORIAL INSPIRATIONWhen it comes to fashion photography and editorial inspiration Melissa Rodwell is my goto girl. In her latest post, "Links That Will Visually Inspire You", she highlights some of her goto sources for inspiration. If your aim is to shoot fashion editorials then every one of these links are worth bookmarking.
SITES AND APPS ARE STEALING YOUR $#!^The ToS for popular photo-sharing sites and apps such as, picplz, Color, yFrog, Instagram, Flickr, Lockerz, Twitpic and Facebook, allow for them to profit by selling your images. For some people this may not be a big deal, especially when you consider that many of these services are free and we use them to promote ourselves. But as a working Photographer this doesn't quite sit right with me. These days I'm reluctant to post my work anywhere, including my own home page. Which often has Lee exclaiming, "Dude, whens the last time you've shot!?". Read the post on TheNextWeb and then leave a comment telling us how you feel about these kinds of ToS agreements.
GET YOURSELF PUBLISHED IN FS WEEKLYFstoppers is driven by our friends, fans and peers. We define ourselves as a community and being apart of any good community is a two way street. So this week we are featuring one of our readers. Alex "the Photo Guy" Arnett and his fiancee Keri, wanted to save a bit of coin on their Save the Date invites. So, they decided to make a stop motion animation video. Now, not to sound unmanly or anything but this video is cute and Alex even went a step further and provided us with a behind the scenes post.
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MAY MEANS MORE FREE STUFF!This month we're giving away a 42" Multidisc Reflector by PhotoFlex ($100), a RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap from Black Rapid ($70) and a Fstoppers' Custom Banner linking to one lucky winner (Priceless!). Simply take the best photo you have with the theme "Underneath" and submit it to our contest forum using the link below and you have a chance at hauling in all that wonderful loot.
"A photographer went to a dinner party where he showed many of his photographs. The lady of the house said, those are very nice pictures, you must have a great camera. He said nothing, but when leaving for home offered the following compliment to the lady of the house “The meal was very nice, you must have great pots and pans."-Anonymous
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