On November 1st, I let you know that the Fstoppers team was participating in Movember, and asked for you guys to join us. The month is half over, and we wanted to share some of our spectacular facial growth. Check out how Blair, Lee, Mike and I have been doing, and lend us your support! [more]
When a movie or video aims to make the viewer truly feel, it can be a tough mountain to climb. Emotion is difficult to compress into a visual and auditory experience but when it’s done right, it can really make viewers think and share in a cohesive moment. This short video about the soul of Leica is one of those short films that excels at that experience, and now I’m going to shut up so you can enjoy it. [more]
There is something magical about having your 2D photos seem like they’re actually 3D. It brings them to life in a way none other method can. The depth, the complexity and the subtle movements give your regular 2D photos more meaning and context, and it makes the viewer focus on the image much more than normal. Joe Fellows is a master of the 2.5D (Parallax) Effect and in this short video he shows you everything you need to know to make this effect yourself on your own images. [more]
I’m calling it. This commercial for Volvo Trucks that came out today is the best commercial of 2013. What makes it – or other commercial shoots – so successful? Beautiful, simple ideas, a great concept, seamless execution, a bit of good old nostalgia and a pinch of the unexpected all mix beautifully to give us 70 seconds of pure brilliance. With
four eight twelve twenty four thirty million views and counting, let’s take a look and see why this ad has been so successful. [more]
As a wedding photographer and workshop instructor I travel quite frequently. In the last couple of years I have been all over the world and throughout this time I have picked up a number of great travel tips. Here are six of my favorites that will hopefully make your next trip more enjoyable. [more]
Currently the only black and white instant film available in the 3×4 size is the Fujifilm 3000b, and it’s being discontinued. Yes, you read that right. One of the single most popular instant films will no longer be around. The photography industry isn’t a stranger to films being discontinued. It happened with Kodak, so it was only time before it trickled to other manufacturers.
We’ve all heard the news already, Adobe was hacked. But surprisingly I have found that a lot of photographers haven’t taken the 30 seconds to go and reset their password. Have you? If the answer is no, I would highly recommend you doing it now. Even if you haven’t yet heard from Adobe. Over 150,000,000 user accounts were in the stolen database, good chance you were one of them. [more]
Probably like most of you, I have a plethora of different memory card sizes from 2GB up to 32GB. When I head out on a big shoot I tend to wonder if it would be better to use the smaller cards and spread the shoot out across a number of cards or shoot entirely with one. It seems every photographer has a different opinion on this one, here’s what I think. [more]
In this video Canon Australia challenges singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian and Canon Master photographer Graham Monro to change the story of three different scenes simply by changing between lenses. Specifically the macro Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens, the portrait Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens , the landscape Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens and the sports Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens. [more]
Martin Schoeller is one of my all time favorite portrait photographers. In this behind the scenes video we go on a journey with Martin in one of his campaigns for one of my favorite Italian coffees, Lavazza. I’ll go so far as to say this is my favorite BTS video of the last six months. Below is another BTS video from Lavazza and a link to more. [more]
I remember in middle school when our science teacher showed us images of snowflakes and being blown away. They really do contain a little bit of magic in each flake. Russian photographer Alexey Klijatov has been capturing images of snowflakes on his balcony with his hacked together point and shoot. Check out his setup and simply beautiful images.
For the opening of the new Tate Britain art gallery, Miles Aldridge set out to reimagine the painting ‘Merry-Go-Round’ by Mark Gertler. The painting was originally created in 1916 while photography was still pretty much in infancy and hardly considered an artistic medium by many. Aldridge’s approach was to take elements of the painting and create a series of photographs that hold the true form of the original while still delivering something definitively Miles Aldridge. [more]
Last week Tamron announced a new lens that sported a new design, a move that I argued made it even more urgent that Tamron show consistent image quality and amazing results from their glass. I’ve spoken to Tamron corporate a couple times since then, and they seem quite confident in the new glass and if these new images from Naver.com are any indication of quality, I’m a believer. [more]
Anyone who happened to see me speak at Photo Plus this year knows that I am obsessed with both photography and business. I love learning from those who have been big successes in any field because the idea of building something in general is so exciting to me. This 60 minutes interview with Nick Woodman, the creator of the GoPro Camera is the most inspiring video I’ve seen in years. [more]
One of the most popular lens lengths on the market is the 50mm. As a Canon shooter I have a few different choices to pick from at that length, but the three most popular seem to be the 50mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4 and 50mm 1.2. While on a shoot last week I decided to play with all three lenses and shoot a few photos to see how different each lens was from each other. Here are my results. [more]