The guys over at Immaculate Infatuation are a little, well, obsessed with food. Their restaurant reviews are honest and refreshing; they tell it like it is. So when I saw that they wrote a piece about how to take “perfect” food photos, I knew I had to check it out. Now this isn’t a guide for professional food photographers (far from it) but if you’re one of the types that likes to Instagram every meal you eat, chances are you could learn something from their post. [more]
Images have been posted of the first tests with the soon to be released Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. Photos Rumors recently posted the following info about a release they found from Xitek. The images look VERY nice and if the price is right, I might be ditching my Canon 50mm 1.4 for this. [more]
Eric Paré is back with another breathtaking timelapse project known simply as “Windscale”. Eric is best known for his amazing light-painting and bullet-time project, “Lightspin“. While on a vacation journey from Montréal to Nevada for the popular Burning Man festival Eric and friend Marie-Line Migneault stopped to film this breathtaking short film. [more]
Earlier today the Dali Lama announced via Twitter that he and his staff would be joining Instagram. So far His Holiness has already gained 18,000 followers and has posted 16 images. The Dali Lama certainly isn’t the first religious figure to be on Instagram, Pope Francis has been posting since March, 2013 and has 30,000 followers. Instagram has brought with it a dramatic increase in the number of images we consume, and a revolution in the way we take and share them. [more]
Comodo, a new member of the MAC Group and manufacturer of advanced camera stabilization systems, has announced the release of their newest camera stabilization device: Orbit. Utilizing advanced engineering in mechanical gimbal technology combined with application of basic physics, Orbit is the first mechanically driven, twin grip gimbal stabilization device of its kind to be introduced to the HDSLR and small camcorder segment of the filmmaking community. [more]
Last summer, my friend Andy and I, and his six year-old son, were out location scouting. As we drove around, the three of us were playing a very intense game of word association. One of us would say a word, and the others would quickly say the first word that came to mind. As we neared a potential location, Andy called out, “Key West” to which I mindlessly responded, “Jimmy Buffett…” In that instant, I realized that everything I thought I knew about marketing myself as a photographer was completely and utterly wrong. [more]
Knowing the importance of color matching strobes indoors is crucial when combining strobes and ambient lighting. Fixing mismatched lighting temperatures can be extremely difficult in post process. Ian Christmann, a commercial and lifestyle photographer discovered a method which will change your life. [more]
Being a freelancer means you’re in total control of your schedule and tasks. It’s great to be your own boss and you have the freedom to focus on the things YOU want to focus on and decide when and how to do them. Being a freelancer also means you have no* real structure or workframe to rely on, nothing to really push you to do what needs to be done. Being your own boss makes it very easy to become a lazy boss-employee. Here are few tips on how to get some structure in your life. [more]
Remember when Jean-Clade Van Damme released his awesome Volvo Trucks commercial? Then, it was followed by an even more awesome Chuck Norris doing the splits between two planes video response? Yah, we do. Turns out Chuck Norris truly can be beat though! [more]
“Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Quick-Draw Strap and the Quick-Draw Strap S, two new products developed in cooperation with world-renowned American camera accessory manufacturer, BlackRapid.” That’s right! Nikon is going to be pushing a new strap into the photography market. This is pretty exciting, minus the fact that I finally just bought my BlackRapid. [more]
After a class action lawsuit, Nikon has announced they are performing free sensor cleanings and shutter replacement for all D600 cameras. As an owner of a D600 I am glad to see Nikon is being held to fixing this very common issue. Funny enough I had my sensor cleaned on Sunday for oil spots.
Introducing ShotKit, a fresh new take on a concept that people have been curious of for years. Sure, gear doesn’t matter – we’ve all been battling with the concept for ages now. A great photographer can take a great photo with any camera, but that doesn’t change all of our allure to new gear. ShotKit is now a service dedicated to showing you what’s in your favorite photographers bag. [more]
Profoto just released the first of 20 videos highlighting different aspects of a wedding as shot by wedding photographers Justin & Mary as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day. Each video reveals the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. For instance, we get to see how the bridal couple’s dance was shot and how the kiss in the church was eternalized. [more]
I don’t think there is anything sexier in the lens world than the Zeiss 28-80 T2.9 Compact Zoom Lens. Its robust cine-style housing and calibrated focus scales make pulling tack sharp focus a joy. What is lacks in affordability it drastically makes up for in the most epic of lens performances you can find. If you have the option to rent this on your next shoot, don’t think twice. Make sure to check out the Carl Zeiss showreel below as well. [more]
According to PetaPixel, some iStock Photo photographers were notified recently that they were paid too much in September and October of 2013. Not surprisingly, Getty wants their money back. Apparently this was discovered in December, 2013 by the iStock Photo accounting department, prompting them to notify a reported 9,000 of the 25,000 contributors, seeking reimbursement.