If you haven’t heard about Bitcoin yet then you really should pay attention to this because in the long run it could make you a lot of money. Before we get into the whys and hows and what it means for photographers though, you need to know what it is in the first place. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency designed around the idea of using cryptography to control the creation and transfer of money [more]
Working with a child is a lot like dealing with the weather. It’s unpredictable, temperamental and has the potential to wreck your entire shoot. At the same time, huge risk can mean huge reward. Children add an undeniable “cute” factor that will always have a place in advertising or event videos/photography. Unlike the weather, there are a few steps we can take to increase our chances of success when working with children. [more]
When I first started incorporating DSLR video into my photography business, I quickly realized that having smooth movement was paramount in creating great footage. In our quest to find the perfect DSLR slider, the Fstoppers team was excited with the announcement of the Redrock Micro’s One Man Crew. But would this be the end all be all for sliders…we put it to the test. [more]
Apparently, someone once said the camera never lies. Whoever that was obviously didn’t really think too much about the importance of very simple elements like lighting, posing and clothing. Melanie Ventura, an Australian fitness instructor (pictured above) has demonstrated very easily the importance of these elements that most of us as photographers are aware of but don’t always consider. Simple, basic technique can absolutely transform the people you shoot. Read on to find out more.
Jaleel King is a great wedding and fashion photographer from Philadelphia, but other than being very talented, he’s also a very special and strong person. When Jaleel was 8 years old, his neighbor shot him with a shotgun and left him paralyzed from his waist down. Since that incident Jaleel have to use a wheelchair to move around. His current wheelchair is 6 years old and breaking apart, but insurance companies deny any of his requests for a new and safer wheelchair. This is where the photography community comes in – let’s help Jaleel get a new wheelchair today! [more]
These photos completely alter my perspective on the past. A black and white photo, for me, evokes a completely different emotion than that of a colorized counterpart, especially if it’s a photo I’ve seen in black and white for over twenty five years. In any case, this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I seriously need to see a tutorial on this. [more]
Location, Location, Location. We’ve heard that for years, but if you’re in the right place with the wrong message and the wrong means, then you’re doing more damage than good for your business. Wedding Photographers know that our target demographic is on facebook, so let me show you why they are and how you can use this to your advantage.
Engineers Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi have created Palette, and it’s something to be genuinely excited about. In fact, it may be the best Kickstarter project I’ve seen in quite a while. Palette is a “freeform hardware interface” that offers a fully customizable set of buttons, knobs and sliders for hands-on control of your software. Yes, please. [more]
Having just returned from the Caribbean on an assignment last week, I thought it might make a nice subject for my first post here on Fstoppers. Photography in the Caribbean (and really any tropical island locale) presents a few challenges – or opportunities depending on how you look at it. Namely balancing good light with good water color. [more]
Wouldn’t it be fun to see one of your photos go viral? We just never quite know when one of our photos hits a thread with the right person, they share it, and the photo is suddenly being talked about by hundreds of thousands. This evening, wedding photographer Sascha Reinking, suspected he might have seen a celebrity, Zach Braff, photobombing a wedding photo he took while on the streets of NYC and tweeted the photo to him not expecting much to happen. About an hour later the photo is being seen by hundreds of thousands of people. [more]
We have been doing our best to provide you all with the most amazing original and curated content for the past three years, but up until this point that’s pretty much been guesswork. We think we know what you like, but often times we can be very, very wrong. So help us out by letting us know who you are and what you do. We will use it to tailor our content as we head into year 4 of Fstoppers.com. [more]
It’s not every day you can make one big massive sandwich tower and get paid to do it. In this behind the scenes I take you through an average shoot in our Chicago studio. You can see the team of people that come together to a shoot like this happen. [more]
Stock Photographer Yuri Arcurs definitely went big with this experimental photoshoot, to see if it would be possible to shoot a fast moving fighter jet, and actually light it up with flashes. This behind the scenes video shows us how difficult it was to pull off, but that the end result justifies the elaborate and at times frustrating work. [more]
We all have cameras and know how to operate them. But how well do you understand the image forming principles? Modern technologies spoil us and we are often not required to possess any knowledge about the process behind the functions of a device. However, such knowledge can lead you to fun experiments like the one I am going to share with you today. [more]
For the past 2 years I refused to join Instagram. I just didn’t think it was for me, I didn’t believe I need it for my business and I just didn’t like the idea of destroying my photos by cropping them and adding weird filters. So many people tried to convince me to join Instagram in the past year or two, and I always said “No chance!” But finally, after continuing insistence by friends, last month I decided to finally give it a try and just one week later, I got my first corporate client from it. Kind of crazy. [more]