There are certain stores that I can walk into leave with a full shopping cart and wonder, “Where did the last hour and a half go?” This is what happens when I make a trip to my local hardware store. If you are interested in photographing still life, food, or any other table top project, the hardware store is full of inspiration. Let me show an aisle that is filled with amazing ready to go backgrounds.
The “Selfie”, love it or hate it, had a pretty great year. Within a decade the term has gone from drunk forum ramblings to being accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary as of November 2013. Scrabble players rejoice! This meteoric rise to fame for the simple word has garnered the attention of celebrities and it has even spawned customized cappuccino machines that turn your morning cup of joe into a literal cup of Joe…or Frank…or Bobby. [more]
When looking at portraits, we have a tendency to look at the eyes first. We can’t help it, it’s part of human nature. This is why I personally believe it is extremely important to capture and refine the eyes in your photos to create more engaging portraits. Retoucher Michael Woloszynowicz created an awesome 4 part video series about how to make your eyes look amazing in post production. See the rest of the post below to watch video parts 2 through 4.
One of the previous year’s best and most sought after cameras is getting a makeover, and now coming to you in a stylish black design. Announced today at CES in Vegas, the FujiFilm X100S is getting a visual upgrade, showing off an all black design from it’s previous silver/black vintage look. Aside from that nothing has changed, it still sports all the same specs that we’ve loved from the past year’s model.
After our post about …an Itty-bitty Universe the question was raised as to how such images are produced. For answers I turned to the publisher of “Year in the Life of the Universe”, “Capturing the Stars”, “Treasures of the Southern Sky” and “Lessons from the Masters”, recipient of a “Hubble Prize” for contributions to astrophotography, image producer for both a UK and German national stamp, and the guy responsible for Apple’s ubiquitous desktop image of NGC 3190. Meet astrophotographer Robert Gendler. [more]
I had the opportunity to hear Greg Heisler speak a few months ago about his book 50 Portraits. I hadn’t even thought of it at the time but once it finished I immediately regretted not filming it for our readers here. As luck would have it he repeated a similar lecture in NYC Ilford, and they recorded it! Yes, two hours is a decent chunk of time to devote to watching this, but you need to. [more]
In part 1 I covered the process of building the best panoramas with little distortion by finding the no parallax spot in your lens. In part 2 we add in our model and use curves and levels to colorize the sky in Photoshop. In addition, this tutorial builds on utilizing the combination of plugins and Photoshop to target specific tones of your image, which is a great technique when building a dramatic environment. [more]
Last week John Dominis, one of the most prolific photographers for LIFE Magazine, passed away aged 92. His work was celebrated not just for the strength of his image making, but because of the sheer breadth of what he shot. Today, when we’re told to “focus and specialize” let’s take a moment to look back and remember one of the most consistent and diverse photographers of the 20th Century.
Each week, we have a segment called “Fstoppers Answers” where we ask our staff various questions from the readers. Last week, we asked “How Did You Approach Your First Agency/Client?”. This week, we get festive and ask what your New Years Resolutions are. [more]
Long time AP photographer, Dave Martin, passed away after suffering a heart attack during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Georgia. After Texas A&M’s 52-48 win against Duke, Dave Martin ran onto the field and shot many celebratory shots before finally collapsing. He was administered CPR on the field before he was transported to Emory Hospital Midtown where he passed away Wednesday morning. [more]
The Reserve Channel is consistently one of the best resources of inspiration and interesting content for creatives. We’ve featured the Emmy-nominated show Capture on Fstoppers several times. Today we bring you another of the Reserve Channel’s shows, the always fantastic ARTST TLK. In this episide, Pharrell Williams sits down with Leonard Nimoy to discuss photography, the character of Spock and what it means to be an artist. [more]
When it comes to marketing yourself, there’s no better time than on the job. There’s also no worse time to be slacking off and looking like you’re not working. This tip will kill two birds with one stone, giving a huge benefit to the couple and their guests, as well as bringing in great leads and spreading your name.
In the last article I shared, “The Most Important Setting in Lightroom is Set To Off By Default”, I believe there was a misunderstanding because while talking about auto-saving your edits, I didn’t also discuss backing up your Lightroom Catalogs. It is important to back up your catalog and as you will see in this video I’d even highly recommend changing the Lightroom default location for a more secure backup. [more]
As more and more photographers are shooting backplates on location and subjects in the studio, I’ve found the best tool for the job isn’t necessarily your lens or the camera but a specific tripod head that finds the no parallax point in your lens. This was by far our favorite purchase of 2013 here at RGG Photo. [more]
The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II is presently listed for $1999 (after adding to cart) on B&H, but you can get an addition $300 off by sending in the Canon mail-in-rebate, bringing you down to $1,699. This deal is only good until Saturday January 4 at 11:59 PM EST. [more]