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Fstoppers Review: SmartAlbums

We talked about SmartAlbums a few weeks ago with their black friday launch and there was an overwhelming majority that agreed it was a complete game changer. I’ve been on the beta for about two months and have had the chance to do a review for you guys. The program is so simple to use but if you’re too lazy to read there is a screen-share video at the end. It’s a quick walkthrough of me building a personal album, it’s silent though, so you should probably suck it up and read it, oh and then buy it.

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Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway Winner

Thanks to our friends at Photography Life, we have recently organized a Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway, which ended on the Christmas day. After the list of participants was cleaned up and a bunch of entries were disqualified (fake email accounts from mail services like yahoo.de, inbox.ru and mail.ru, plus newly created Facebook accounts), we were left with a total of 33523 entries (Facebook and non-Facebook participants combined). Well, it is now time to announce the lucky winner, who gets to pick his favorite camera. Random.org picked a number for us and it is…

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Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer Omar Carter Dies at 29

We’ve featured his work on Fstoppers before, New York native photographer Omar Carter was always known for his infectious smile, warm heart and talent as an up-and-coming wedding and lifestyle photographer. The photography community is shocked to hear of his passing on December 24 2013 from meningitis.

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Shoot Above The Fog To Make Your Photos Look Dreamy

Many times having heavy fog outside means you can’t really shoot much – it’s hard to see anything and it’s uncontrollable (unlike fog/smoke machines). But what happens if you decide to change your angle of shooting and go above the fog? taking a car to a nearby mountain or going on a tall skyscraper will give you a unique angle and view over the city where you can shoot great images of the city covered with clouds, images that not too many others have in their book. Here are some of the best Flickr photos of cities covered by fog. Enjoy! [more]

Now Available For Pre-Order Tamron 150-600mm

If you have a little bit of Christmas cash from grandma burning a hole in your pocket consider this lens. BH Photo just announced  the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens for Nikon and Canon. It is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship January 17th, 2014. Also check out the link below to save $400 on the Nikon D800.  [more]

Stillmotion Teams Up With A 9 Year Old To End Child Slavery (And How You Can Help)

It seems like Stillmotion is never content sitting still for long. These Portland based filmmakers have spent the better part of a decade chasing their dreams and doing so on their own terms. The one consistent thread for Stillmotion has always been executing amazing stories that need to be told. [more]

Photographer Surprises Father With Dream Car For Christmas

This year for Christmas I wanted to surprise my father with his dream car, an original Chevrolet Camaro convertible in hugger orange with white rally stripes. Being that I’m a photographer I decided to photograph the car and give my father a framed print of the car before I revealed that I am actually giving him the car.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Fstoppers.com!

As most of us are off spending time with our families and loved ones we want to wish all of our readers and fans a Happy Holiday season. Next February (2014) marks Fstoppers’ 4th anniversary. It’s unbelievable just how much we’ve grown thus far. With an amazing staff of writers putting out fresh and informative content each and every day, we have grown to over 10 million readers worldwide. [more]

The Best And Worst Cameras And Lenses Of 2013 By The Camera Store

It isn’t the end of the year just yet, but The Camera Store released this great video depicting the best and worst lenses and bodies of 2013. They typically make great videos and this is one of them. It may give you a great insight on some lenses to consider for the holiday season as well! If you received gift cards or cash for the holidays, these suggestions may tempt you.  [more]

Knowing When To Say No – Is This Too Much Photoshop?

Long gone are the days of being pro- or anti-Photoshop. Today, it’s use is ubiquitous in advertising and fashion. Rather, the discussion is now centered around how much Photoshop is appropriate, and at what point is it that something becomes “over ‘shop’ed”. Ad agency Victors and Spoils aptly demonstrates in this video how marketeers will stop at nothing to get the perfect message across when using Photoshop. [more]

Matt Barnes Creates a Mountain Range In Studio for RedBull

Since the very beginning of my photographic career I have been completely opposed to the use of scenic backdrops. I had always felt that they were cheesy and needed to stay within the confines of cookie-cutter yearbook studios. Please feel free to criticize that opinion, because I was completely wrong. Matt Barnes put together an amazing winter set utilizing [more]

Phil Jones and Faces of Real Estate

Art director, designer and photographer, Minneapolis-based Phil Jones’ recent self-initiated project focused on real estate portraits on bus stops. Working with producer Alexis Jones, he posed as several local agents and then pasted his portrait parodies over the existing advertisements. Published to his website last week, it was soon picked up by Good Morning America and has gone viral on the web. [more]

Lynn Goldsmith Shares Her Stories Of Working With The Biggest Stars In The World

Lynn Goldsmith is considered to be one of the best music photographers in the world. She was one of the only female photographers in the scene in the 70s and 80s, and photographed pretty much all legend we can think of. From Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and The Beatles. In this interview with CBS she shares some of the stories and experiences she had as a rock and roll photographer. [more]

Introducing Photographer “Teddy Richardson” – SEMI NSFW

There is a new photographer on the scene and his name is Teddy Richardson (no relation to any other popular photographers). Some may think he may not be real or this is merely some sort of parody, but I can tell you for certain that he is a full-fledged bear and photographer that is and has been accepting new paying clients. [more]

Choosing Between Action and Still Food Shots

When working on a multi-page editorial spread or a cookbook, it is important to showcase a variety of different food shots. If there is an author or chef involved in the shoot, including them in a few action shots will blend nicely with a variety of still shots. Here is a look at a recent shoot I did where I was assigned to shoot both action and still shots of the same dish.

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