A while ago we wrote about the Kickstarter project aimed at bringing the historic Petzval Lens to modern day 35mm DSLRs. Shortly after another Kickstarter was launched to bring this Petzval to the medium format crowd. While off the shelf options such as these can appeal to the masses there remain a few inventive photographers such as Dr. Dirk HR Spennemann who prefer to mix their passion for photography and history with some good old ingenuity to bring us a project simply called “The Antique Camera Simulator”. [more]
Lately we’ve been seeing a lot about the Nikon Df. Everything from Lee Morris’ Nikon Df Hipster Review to Chase Jarvis’ First Impressions, and it seems like the early popular opinion has judged the Df as lacking. Adding to the growing list of underwhelmed reviews is this video from DigitalRevTV as they compare how the D4 sensor performs in both the Df and D4 models.
When it comes to shaping the light sources photographers use, there are a lot of modifiers available. Each lighting modifier has it’s own characteristics which can make it difficult to determine the best light for your project. Karl Taylor has produced one of the best videos I’ve ever seen showing exactly how the light fall off, contrast, and specularity differs between the parabolic reflectors, beauty dish, and large octabox softbox. [more]
When a photographer wants to start expanding their lighting options they usually look to something beyond their pop-up flash. However, if you are one of those stubborn ones that simply must use what is probably the worst possible flash option…you’re in luck. Preston Vance has launched a Kickstarter campaign that attempts to make your mostly worthless pop-up flash somewhat less so. Apparently based on the idea of a beauty dish, [more]
Your quickest way to becoming a better photographer is real world experience from a seasoned photographer. As studio manager for a busy studio servicing the commercial advertising world we have a crew of assistants in multiple cities that we rely on heavily. All of which need to understand the following rules, mores, and tips to get you to become the best assistant in the industry. [more]
Whether you love or loathe Instagram, today’s post looks at just how powerful a tool it can be. Last week, a friend took a simple shot from his bedroom window. Within an hour, it was picked up by the AP, and began appearing in major publications nationally. Depending on how you treat it, Instagram can be a firecracker or a stick of dynamite for your business and social presence. The punch it packs is up to you. [more]
Anyone interested in fashion photography owes it to his or herself to watch this documentary. In the 1960s, three photographers dominated the British fashion scene – David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy. “DUFFY: The Man Who Shot the Sixties” is a fantastic film that follows the rise, the (literal) flameout and the comeback of an iconic photographer. [more]
OnOne Software is certainly not a new name to the retouching world. Building software since 2005, OnOne has brought us a long line of Photoshop plugins and Lightroom presets. Continuing their goal to make retouching a far less painstaking process, onOne Software has decided to give away their flagship Perfect Effects 8 software for free, but only for the next few days. But what exactly is onOne Perfect Effects 8?
Adventure Sports Photographer Tim Kemple was one of the only photographers in the world who was lucky enough to try out the new Phase One IQ250 that was just announced earlier today. Check out the behind the scenes video, but also read the full article for my interview with Tim, where he shares his thoughts on the system, as well as what it’s like to beta test cameras. [more]
Just couple of months ago ‘Selfie’ was chosen as the word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary. Now that pretty much everyone have a camera in their pocket, taking self portraits is easier than ever. It seems like everyone are doing it, and you can see it all over social media. The thing is – because the subject controls everything about the creation of the image – from posing to angle of shooting, it’s easy for them to hide things they don’t like. In this beautiful short film, Dove shows girls how including their insecurities in their selfies can change their opinions about their own beauty. [more]
For years, medium format cameras have been stuck with digital CCD sensors that are poor-performing at high ISO’s because creating medium format CMOS sensors was prohibitively expensive. Well, that has all changed now. Hasselblad teased their new CMOS medium format camera earlier this week, but today Phase One announced their new CMOS digital medium format back and not only is it ready to ship on Monday, but it already looks like it will be a class dominator. [more]
Cranes can add that extra bit of “oomph” to a video, giving it that one extra piece to make for compelling and dynamic footage. If you saw Patrick Hall’s review of the Rhino Slider, you probably noticed some footage from a crane in there too. Pro Am just announced a new $300, 12-pound, 3-foot crane that can support a camera rigs up to 20 pounds and manually tilts cameras up to 10 pounds. [more]
Sometimes tattoos can add a lot to the character and the general feeling of your images. The problem is most models you’ll work with wont have any tattoos, or won’t have the type of tattoo you would like to have in the image. In this 15 minute video tutorial you can learn how to add any tattoo to your subject in Photoshop, and make it look real. The techniques used in this tutorial are very useful for many other uses, so if tattoos are not your thing, it’s still a great video to learn from. [more]
Lets face it, it takes awhile to get the absolute perfect double exposure. Although the Canon 5D Mark III might make it a little bit easier with it’s live view, the truth is that it takes time. For these double exposures, Francesco Paleari was able to do just that. He merged people with architecture in the most perfect sense.