A couple weeks ago, fellow Fstoppers writer Peter House wrote an article on focusing your work. I got excited at the possibilities of him giving tough love on the photography community as a whole. This article however, while exceptional, was centered on focusing your business efforts to grow to new clients. I’m here to do it a little different, and going to tell you what you’re doing wrong and why you need to stop. [more]
There is one lighting modifier that I never leave home without. Its compact size and light-weight build has earned it a permanent place in the outside pocket of my gear bag. I made this modifier about 4 years ago and have brought it to every food shoot since. If you are shooting food, it is a must have and it won’t break the bank to make it. What is it you wonder? It is a collapsible Tabletop V Reflector. Let me show you how easy it is to make!
The Photo Plus Expo in NYC October 23-26 is a big deal and I know that photographers from all around the world will be visiting this year. Last year Fstoppers threw a massive party with Peter Hurley and this year we are doing it even bigger, plus we’ll also be at the expo. [more]
Over a year ago we wrote about Brandon Stanton’s project named ‘Humans of New York’ where he photographs random people in NYC and post the results on his blog (and Facebook). Back then his project was still small and not-so-known, but today he has millions of followers and each one of his photos go viral within seconds of posting. Brandon just released his first book this week featuring his best ‘Humans of New York’ photos, and to promote it, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ spoke with him about his project – worth watching! [more]
Photoshelter has some pretty sweet webinars relatively regularly, and this week they’re hosting one on aerial photography: “How Eric Cheng Is Democratizing Aerial Photography.” Eric Cheng spent over 10 years mastering underwater photography before deciding to try his hand at aerial videography. Now he’s already turning the industry on its head with a new innovation that allows photographers to capture above-ground footage without the massive expense of a helicopter. [more]
How can you take HOURS of footage from completely different projects, and edit together a montage that’s only a few minutes? Here is the second part of the Making A Better Demo Reel article where I’ll share a few techniques on reducing the number of clips you have, selecting music, and more. [more]
A couple of months ago, I created a video tutorial to show how camera movement can affect your story. The take away from the video and article was that filmmaking should be about the sexiest camera movement, but instead the focus should be on camera movement that fits your story. Learning how to put my story first was something repeatedly drilled into my head while attending a workshop by filmmakers “Stillmotion” last year. Stillmotion’s story-first approach has been the key to their success and has helped them land huge contracts shooting the Superbowl, Callaway Golf and Canon just to name a few. [more]
In this useful video by Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens he walks you through how to pack your gear to be ready for airplane travel whether it be within the United States or overseas. Jay explains the proper paperwork you should have for your gear when traveling internationally and what gear he typically packs when flying and most importantly why. The video and the advice that Jay gives you is very detailed and extensive. It’s a great resource to watch every time you’re about to fly out to your next location and might just save you a headache or two. [more]
While looking for something to share with you all, I did a search for “the world’s greatest sports photographer” and the first return I got was this: 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time. Now if I counted correctly, a staggering 16% of those 100 frames came from iconic sport photographer Neil Leifer [more]
Canon Rumors is reporting an image of what appears to be a legit image of the rumored 24-105mm f/4 that Sigma has purportedly been working on. It will supposedly be heavier and larger than the Canon 24-105, but that’s not unexpected given the build of the previous pro lenses Sigma has released. [more]
I love order. I’m kind of crazy when it comes to organizizing (Taxi Driver reference). One of my favorite Tumblr blogs is is all about unrelated things fitting into each other. So when I saw this series on Reddit submitted by yamsilem, I got really excited. They are images from the book “The Art of Cleanup,” by Ursus Wehrli (Author), Geri Born (Photographer), Daniel Spehr (Photographer). It speaks to my soul. It makes me want to organize my sock drawer. Or my liquor cabinet. Or everything. [more]
Cameron Davis is a photographer, cinematographer and creative director based in New York. Growing up in Southern California, Cameron has developed a style that blends East Coast with West Coast, adding in flavors of London and Paris. Focusing primarily on shooting editorial fashion imagery, Cameron’s work has been published in treats!, GQ Italia, Fault and S Magazine. [more]
Alexandr Kravtsov has put together what may be on my top 3 list for best timelapses. This kind of video work isn’t exactly uncommon either so that placement is saying quite a bit. What’s even more impressive is what Alexandr went through to make this piece. In his words it took “a broken camera, lost flash drive, near 100 subway rides, 24 000 photos, endless hours of post production and rendering and [more]
For those of you who shoot video, want to get better at shooting video, edit your own video, or edit video shot by others, this article is all about you wonderful guys and gals. As someone who is editing a lot, I thought this short video was fantastic. The great hints and tips provided here are totally free, you don’t have to buy anything to get something out of this article, and if you aren’t doing this stuff already, this is guaranteed to make you both a stronger video shooter, and a producer of stronger edits.
I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom rather intensely for several years now. Overall I’ve been quite happy with how the program streamlines my workload, organizes my photos, and how often it get’s an update. Having said that, I am rather surprised that Adobe hasn’t improved one area of Lightroom and it’s wasting both me and my clients valuable time every week. The following letter is written on behalf of photographers everywhere that use Adobe web galleries. Please share this so Adobe listens and improves. [more]