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7 Penny Pinching Locations When Shooting On A Budget!

There are many hurdles that a new photographer tries to overcome early in his or her career, one of which is simply that we don’t have the funding and massive budgets that some of our more well established peers might have. When it comes to choosing a location for our photo shoots we often find ourselves restricted. Here are 7 places you can shoot on a budget! [more]

Sam Hurd’s New Photography Trick

About a year ago, portrait and wedding photographer, Sam Hurd, shared his prisming technique and practically sold out prisms across the internet. Sam is always pushing his work to the next level and staying ahead of the curve. Here is his latest technique, “Lens Chimping”, and some advice on trying it yourself.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr Nascar Photoshoot by Douglas Sonders

About 9 years ago, I was a tour photographer for the rock band 3 Doors Down and I had the chance to attend my first Nascar race (from the infield no less!) As a car guy, it was a great chance to watch all of the action from the front row. Never did I imagine in my wildest dreams that I would be getting a call from the National Guard nearly 10 years later to do the official 2014 photoshoot of one of my favorite drivers and his new car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. [more]

How To Find Your Best Natural Light Source

You probably know by now that natural light from a window will create beautiful images. This free and readily available light source is my first go-to when shooting food and portraits. It yields beautiful results, but has a downside. It can change on you throughout a shoot. In order to achieve the look you are after, it is best to understand your options and find the best natural light source for you!

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Chasing Grizzly Bears And Career Dreams With Wildlife Photographer Charles Glatzer

In another beautifully shot segment from F-Stop Gear’s Life In Focus series, wildlife photographer Charles Glatzer shares his passion and background. Formerly a commercial photographer, Charles decided to follow his dream and now teaches outdoor photography workshops as his primary business. [more]

Ingenious Camera Work Allows Photographer To “Time Travel” In Self Portrait Series

I’m always intrigued by those photographers who shoot self portraits, particularly when they bring something new to the mix. Chino Otsuka used her camera and some skillful Photoshop work to not only carry out a self portrait series, but to transport herself back in time, into photographs featuring her younger self – sometimes from almost three decades in to her past. The results are both thought provoking and mesmerizing. [more]

Add Color To Your Portraits Using Rosco Gels & Duratrans Film

Are you bored of shooting portraits on white, black, or gray? Are you looking to add some color and creativity to your subjects and environments? Are you looking to shoot more composite photography using backplates you’ve made on location and subjects you’ve shot in studio? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions and aren’t already a genuine wiz at using gels, then this post is for you. [more]

Schwartz Wins Most Beautiful Commercial of the Year

I know it’s only a week and a half into the new year, but I’m calling it early. Schwartz Flavour Shots has the most beautiful commercial of the year. Created by DJ MJ Cole with filmmaker Chris Cairns and a brilliant assist from the pyrotechnic wizards ‘Machine Shop,’ this video is a pretty spicy set of slow motion explosions. Schwartz calls it a ‘Sonic Flavourscape.’ [more]

Great New Workflow Management System Launches Today – TERMINL

If you’re a checklist kind of person and you want to know what you’ve already done and what’s next, then Terminl is the product for you! All of your progress is tracked and accessible from wherever you are through this new online system. This complete workflow management system is just as slick as it is useful. [more]

Building a Futuristic San Francisco in Star Trek: Into Darkness

Follow Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) as they explain how they created the design for the city of San Francisco in the year 2259 for the film Star Trek: Into Darkness. They also go into depth over the creation of the visual effects for the scene where the USS Vengeance crashes into the city and exactly how large some of the files ended up being.

BTS “Year of the Horse” Shoot with Profoto Gear

I’m a huge fan of the Profoto gear. When I came across this behind the scenes video on Profoto’s blog, I just had to share it with you guys. To kick off the “Year of the Horse” Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong came up with a creative shoot in the middle of the forest. [more]

How To Balance Strobes With Constant Light Like a Pro

One of the most important things to know as a photographer is how to balance available light with controlled light. Unfortunately, many in the industry lack the knowledge and the techniques of how to do it. Watch this short video to learn the basics on balancing light bulbs (constant light) with strobes (controlled light) – simple and important.

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Our First Shoot With The Canon C100 And Atomos Ninja

The release of the C series of cinema cameras from Canon has garnered a lot of attention of filmmakers as a great alternative to cameras like the RED. After much debate, our studio purchased the camera a few months back and recently flew to Austin to shoot two commercial spots. We couldn’t have been happier with the results. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews The Griffin PowerMate

It’s no secret that I have an unquenchable, near fetish-like lust for buttons and sliders or anything really that makes image processing akin to playing some freaky, incongruous musical instrument one might find in the Mos Eisley Cantina. This year, at CES 2014, Griffin announced an updated version of their PowerMate – an all-purpose, aluminum knob that will be wireless and wonderful and not out for a few more months. Luckily, there is a pretty great (and relatively inexpensive) wired version available now. [more]

The World’s Quickest Lens Review – Fuji XF 23mm 1.4R

So here is probably the shortest review on a lens in the history of photography. Ready? Do you own a Fuji interchangeable X series camera? Yes? Go buy this lens. That’s it. Not sure what else you need from me. The new XF 23mm F1.4 from Fuji is a BEAST. This thing renders stunning images and just gets out of the way. If you grab one lens before you go out to shoot all day, this is the one you’ll want. If you really want more detail, read on, otherwise, just go buy this thing and have fun. [more]

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