As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but think tax season is just around the corner. Taxes are surely my least favorite things to do, even worse than a root canal in my book. We cannot avoid giving money to our loving & watchful government, but we can make some last minute buys to invest in our business before forking over the remainder. Here are my top 10 “buy it before the government takes its chunk” purchases. Spoiler, #1 is a nice trip to a tropical location.
If you recall, we partnered with Profoto USA this month to give away their new B1 TTL location light. The new Profoto B1 makes it easier than ever to use your flash off camera. With battery-power/ without cords, the 500w/s B1 goes wherever you go. Combining performance and the legendary Profoto light shaping system the B1 makes great light easy. We picked a random winner and it turned out to be Ryan Williams who isn’t just a photographer, but a United States soldier actively deployed in Afghanistan. [more]
A champagne toast at midnight. There is no more iconic way to make the transition from one year to the next. To celebrate the beginning of 2014, I decided to shoot a glass of champagne. Let me show you how I created this shot with items I had laying around my garage.
In this behind the scenes video for Malibu Island Spiced Rum, various members of the video crew share nuggets of useful information about the work that went into the commercial. Multiple locations, a huge pirate ship, and fake food are just the start of what it took. The final, edited ad is at the end of the video. [more]
A group of conservators restoring one of the century old supply depots established by Robert Falcon Scott during his expedition to the South Pole found more than they bargained for. In the corner of one of the huts lay a solid block of ice containing 22 negatives that have been quite well preserved for an entire century. [more]
Last month Buzzfeed took the time to sit the youth of today down and teach them what photography meant when film was involved. Being an adolescent of the 80′s my favorite part of this video was a brief Gizmo appearance but you gotta question the wisdom of using a character from 1984 as a comparison, for a group who apperently knows nothing about film. Wait. Is there actually a group who don’t know what film photography is? I’m getting old. [more]
Here at Fstoppers we featured both Brooke Shaden and Lindsay Adler countless of times for their great photographic work as well as their methods of working and handling business. Today they joined forces once again and did an hour and a half live broadcast answering questions asked by fellow photographers – from inspiration to business and struggles. Bring some snacks, sit back and enjoy! [more]
Academy Awards season is swiftly coming and to get the buzz going a little earlier the Oscars have come out with a brand new trailer with talk-show darling Ellen DeGeneres and 250 dancing extras. The trailer was directed by Paul Feig who is best known for “Bridesmaids” and “the Heat”. It looks like they used an ARRI Alexa to film the trailer. It’s a fun and cute glimpse into what we can look forward to at this coming year’s Academy Awards show. [more]
Creativity is not some mysterious, elusive attribute that only the lucky people get. It is a skill that can be learned and developed. A muscle that can and will get stronger with work. One of the most painful statements I hear from discouraged aspiring photographers is “I love photography, but I’m just not creative enough.” It is akin to saying that you have a dream but no faith in your ability to reach it. The statement of “I’m just not creative” denies [more]
Some photographers have the wonderful ability to marry creative technique with technical application, and then convey this to us in a way that is genuinely interesting and educational. I picked up three such books this year and would describe them all “inspir-cational” – a wonderful mix of both inspiring work, combined with a high level of educational value. If you’re looking for a little learning as well as something to inspire in the New Year, I can heartily recommend all three. [more]
I think I speak for all of us here at Fstoppers when I say the last few years has been one hell of a ride. Fstoppers went from being a tiny little speck of a niche interest blog to over 10 million readers in just shy of three years. We’re hugely proud of what this site has become to all of you, and hitting the 200,000 Like landmark means a lot to us. So thank you! [more]
Each week on Fstoppers Answers, we answer a question asked by the photography community. This week, we were asked – “How do you market to social media? (When marketing your photography on social media, is it more effective to always be trickling out content constantly, or less frequently but higher quality and more content at once. For example, if I do a shoot with a model, should I post a photo a day, or a set a week?)” [more]
If there’s one thing we know about the Holiday Season, it’s that diamond rings seem to be a popular gift! These few weeks usually end up being the highest proposal time of the year, quickly followed by Valentines day only just over a month away. This means that there are thousands of people around the world, and in your area that are looking for a photographer. How do you make sure they can find you? [more]
Gravity was one of those movies I went to watch by myself this year. I wasn’t sure what to expect and none of my family members were interested in seeing it so I grabbed my popcorn, a large orange soda and sat down for a movie experience I won’t soon forget. But, watching this recently released BTS of how the movie was put together made the movie even better! [more]
You finally got that Canon 5D Mark III camera you have been desiring and now you are trying to figure out how best to take advantage of all it’s great new features. Here are five ways I have customized my camera to best fit my needs while shooting weddings, events and portraits. [more]