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And The Winners For the Fstoppers Workshop In The Bahamas Are…

On May 28th – June 1st, Fstoppers is hosting our first ever Fstoppers Workshop in the Bahamas. Over the month of January we ran two contests where one lucky reader would win a free flight, classes, and accommodations to attend the event. The second contest winner would win free classes to anything he or she had already signed up for at the workshop. The random two winners have been picked and you can find out who won in the full post [more]

How To Pre-light With A Non-edible Stand-in

In a perfect world, you will have a stand-in and hero version of your food subject. You will be able to pre-light the stand-in and have everything perfect when the final hero version is ready. Then, all you have to do is add the hero and take the final shot. Unfortunately, most food assignments don’t take place in a perfect world. There are times when you will have to use a non-edible stand-in for your pre-lighting.

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Hasselblad Stays the Course on Sony Rebrands, Releases “Hasselblad HV”

Well despite the CMOS back announcement last month, Hasselblad hasn’t done much in the ways of innovating (and it can be argued they haven’t really done anything yet since the back was only announced, but no specs or information on it has been released). That didn’t change yesterday when they announced the Hasselblad HV, a rebranded and reskinned Sony a99 that will retail for €8500. [more]

The Robocop Photoshoot By Douglas Sonders

The concept of doing a Robocop photoshoot has always been on my wish list, but have not been able to find someone with the proper original costume… until now. You see, my friends and I have always obsessed over the original Robocop film since it first came out (don’t mention the sequels). I am just thankful that my photography career has allowed me to recreate the daydreams I had as a kid. Read below about how I put this ultimate personal shoot together and see the final results.

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FS Review: Sigma Hits Success Again with 24-105mm f/4 OS HSM Lens

I don’t know about you guys, but when Sigma announced the 24-105mm f/4 lens last year, I got very excited. The Canon 24-105mm f/4 was one of my favorite video lenses early on. It’s an extremely versatile focal length that, besides the slow f/4 constant aperture, was largely pretty usable in nearly any environment. Sadly, the lens was only good for video because it just wasn’t very sharp. That’s why Sigma’s attempt got me so jazzed. Based on prior experience with their Art line, I had high expectations for Sigma’s new zoom lens. [more]

Fstoppers Review Of The Strahlen LED Light

Last month we posted an article about a unique LED lighting solution called “Strahlen” that was crowdfunding. On paper, the specs of these lights look great, but how well do they perform in a real production setting? I got my hands on a kit of Strahlens, and after an interview shoot with them I found out that they were the real deal. [more]

How To Clean Dust Off Your DSLR Sensor: Sensor Gel Stick

Over time every DSLR will collect dust on its CMOS or CCD sensor; there really isn’t anyway around it. Cleaning your own camera’s sensor with liquid wipes or other wet processes has always been a bit risky. Luckily the Sensor Gel Stick is a safe and easy product that top manufacturers like Leica, Nikon, and Canon have been using in their own factories for years. Now YOU can use it too! [more]

RØDE Announces a Lav-Hiding Solution called “invisiLav”

If you don’t like lav mics rearing their ugly heads in your video productions but love the sound quality (like we saw in a video from Wistia), then maybe Rode’s latest product is the perfect solution. It’s called the invisiLAV, and it adheres to the interior of clothing and skin and supposedly eliminates the need for those pesky lav clips. [more]

Become A Better Director With These 6 Tips

I recently came upon an exhibit entitled “Faces In The Crowd” by photographer Alex Prager and it really got me thinking. Not about the creativity, the concept, or the message. I wasn’t even thinking about any of the technical aspects that would have gone into creating these images. As my eyes wandered across the sea of people represented in her images I had but one thought in my mind; it took one amazing director to pull this off. [more]

A Clever Idea for Getting a Good Photo Out of Your Kids… a Sound Trigger

In this video Enlight Photo highlights one of their products by showing how it can be used to get the best reactions possible from your kids. I personally haven’t tested this product myself but the idea of using an audio trigger to get children involved in the process seems like a… sound idea. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
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Fstoppers Reviews the Flashpoint 14″ Fluorescent Dimmable Ring Light

Flashpoint’s 14” Fluorescent Dimmable Ring Light ($140) is by no means a perfect product. It’s not the sturdiest of creations; it seems to have about as much metal in it as a pair of sunglasses. It’s bright but not powerful; bright enough to want those sunglasses if you find yourself on the business end. With all that said, this light may be the best value in the lighting market today. [more]

Finally – The PoV Video From The 127,000ft Space Freefall Is Released

A little over a year ago Felix Baumgartner made history with his record breaking “space jump”, the world’s highest skydive from 127,852ft above ground. The jump was incredible but what many of us couldn’t understand is why there seemed to be no POV footage from Felix’s perspective. Yesterday, GoPro released an edit of what many of us have been waiting more than a year for. The video, shown here in it’s entirety, is stunning. [more]

One Frame Inspires Millions of Others

The following is a guest post by Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion:

As image makers, we know the power a photo can have. Whether in the context of a wedding, a magazine ad, or even a simple a snapshot of your kids when they weren’t expecting it; the emotional effect of a photograph can be all-encompassing. Worth a thousand words, as they say. But can a photograph change the lives of thousands of people around the world?

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iPhone Only Photography Re-touching Tips From David Molnar

Being an avid iPhone shooter myself, I’m always looking for more ways to make my images better without adding the computer to the process. In this quick video tutorial, David Molnar shows you how to use the app TouchReTouch to clone out distracting spots in your iPhone and Android phone photos. [more]

Print Your Photos For Free With The Simple ‘Flag’ App

When was the last time you printed your family photos instead of just posting them on Facebook? when was the last time you made a real photo album instead of just posting on Picasa? The creators of the ‘Flag‘ app decided to make people print again, and to do that – they created a simple and free high-quality printing service. The catch? An ad will be printed on the back of each print. [more]

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