Mike Campau is on another level, and I don’t even know where to begin to look for this level. Mike is a industry leader in CGI and photoshop composites for the commercial advertising industry. He collaborates with names like Paul Mobley and Tim Tadder. Mike can take a blank canvas and build uber realistic baseball stadiums while drinking an IPA. [more]
These days, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the advertising hype surrounding a new cinema product. All it takes is a slick promo video and clever marketing for companies to set the Internet ablaze. As the hype and expectations build, words like “game-changer” and “revolutionary” are thrown into the mix.
Talk about amazing creative commons finds… The US Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr page might take the cake for this author. I was a big fan of the Getty collection that went public a while back, even going so far as to redecorate parts of my home with the pieces. However, this is just way cooler in my book because, well, macro bugs are amazing. [more]
You may have heard the term “Hot Thread” by now, and with regard to Facebook, this is the best way to get more interaction and reach for your posts. This system engages your viewers and their friends so you can use Facebook’s algorithms to your advantage.
Did you catch the big news coming out of Apple this week? I’m not talking about the new phone announcements. I’m talking about Phil Schiller, Senior VP Marketing for Apple claiming that you no longer need to learn about photography to take better pictures, you just have to buy the new iPhone because (apparently) it does it all for us.
ExpoImaging, makers of the well-loved Rogue Flashbenders, has announced a new product that those of you who like on-camera flash might enjoy: the Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-up Flash Booster. It purportedly enhances a flash’s power by eight times. So if you’ve wanted to get that flash bulb that comes included with your DSLR to expanded distances, you could give this a shot. [more]
In my work, I do a lot of traveling for shoots and one of the most tedious and difficult parts of going to a new place to produce a shoot is the location scouting. There is a reason that people can turn location scouting into a lucrative profession. It is very time consuming, costs money (gas) and is constantly changing (because of season, construction, whatever). [more]
Photographer and historian Marc Hermann has done a beautiful job pulling historic crime scene photos from the New York Daily News archive to blend them with photographs of the same locations today. For those who live in New York now, it may be easy to forget just how rough the city was in the not-too-distant past. [more]
Many of you probably love the Vagabond/Einstein combination, and for good reason: it rocks. That said, constant lighting for video can still be a pain when you want to take the show on the road. LitePanels, who make some pretty great LED fixtures, has attempted to address this by combining one of their lights with Anton/Bauer’s portable power solutions to go beyond normal limitations. [more]
It is insanely difficult to bring an idea for a product to market. One of the biggest impediments is, of course, cost. That’s why I have the utmost respect for folks who put it all on the line to follow their dream, folks like Chris Field. Chris has invented the Lens Apparatus, a universally compatible lens controller for timelapse and DSLR videography follow focus control that looks like something all of us DSLR videographers will love. [more]
My friend Israel Groveman is a photographer and filmmaker that is always up to something interesting and unique. Recently he helped a buddy promote an online fantasy series by crafting a group of creative portraits that I thought were awesome. This is how Israel made these compelling cinematic portraits, which took a little bit of gear and a lot of ingenuity. [more]
Fashion Week in New York is coming to an end today, and is largely considered the Grammys for the fashion forward and fashion photographers of the industry. It’s not too uncommon for fashion to get its share of criticism from the public, looking largely like a marketing con for “What’s New For Fall”. So what happens when Jimmy Kimmel decides to play some pranks on those at fashion week in New York? [more]
According to the Hindustan Times the Darul Uloom, India’s leading Islamic seminary, has issued a ruling that “photography is unlawful and a sin.” The ruling came from an authority at the seminary after an engineering student requested to pursue a career in photography because it was something he was passionate about doing. [more]
Since joining Fstoppers I had planned on doing a “behind the scenes” of one of my shoots, so today I’ve put together a lighting diagram courtesy of Kevin Kertz, and a detailed description of how the finished product was produced. Fair warning, I am a bit of a technique nerd and can get pretty detailed. We’ve all seen diagrams online, and brief descriptions on what goes where, but it seems there are always details left out that can significantly impact the results. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to leave no stone unturned and give you guys as accurate of a diagram and explanation as possible. [more]
‘Whatever it takes to get the shot.’ Carlos Ayesta‘s “whatever” involves rappelling from skyscrapers to get his unusual perspectives of Paris. In this beautifully shot BTS video by Guillaume Bression, we see Ayesta rappelling from various buildings and peeking into peoples living and workspaces. [more]