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Photographing Star Wars Figures in Action

University of Selangor admin staffer and amateur photographer Zahir Batin spends his down time rocking out fun and creative narratives with some modest gear and Star Wars action figures. I know this isn’t the first time we’ve posted figures photographed in this manner, as can be seen here, here and here. Still, the allure of the Star Wars universe coupled with some good photography know-how is too much to resist. And when done as well as Zahir’s shots, they never fails to make me smile. [more]

Marc Jacobs Ditches Model Agency In Favor Of Twitter For Fall 2014 Campaign

In the competitive world of social media experiments it seems companies are coming up with all sorts of tactics to build brand loyalty and interaction. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is no stranger to the social media game. Earlier this year Marc Jacobs launched a pop-up shop that would trade free gifts in exchange for your tweets, likes, follows, and instagram pictures. Now Marc Jacobs is back with a new proposition. Tag your picture with the handle #CastMeMarc and you could be the new face of Marc by Marc Jacobs. [more]

New55 Film Project Seeks Production

A new product is hoping to make its way into the market in the near future, New55 Film. This product has been making waves, and is supported by those who still shoot film. New55 Film was founded by Bob Crowley and is managed by Sam Hiser, project CEO. [more]

Sacramento Timelapse That Might Melt Your Face

All great timelapses typically take a long time to produce and this piece is no exception. Justin Majeczky spent over 18 months on this project scouting locations, exploring angles, and taking over  20,000 photos for his Sacramento timelapse. He uses a few different timelapse methods and used two different pieces of hardware to achieve the look. Check out the two links below to the motion control gear. [more]

Posing To Perfection – 10 Crucial Steps To Pose A Model

As photographers we face challenges day in and day out, but one of the toughest facets of the job is posing our subject. Regardless of experience, when a model steps in front of your lens for the first time he or she will expect some direction. It’s up to you to give that proper guidance, otherwise your images will just come up short. [more]

Casting Negativity Aside And Growing As An Artist

“Oh, so you’re a photographer now…?”

It’s a question I’m sure each of us has heard. Coming to us from a friend and/or family member that we haven’t seen in a while, maybe those who we’re remotely connected to on any one of the social media platforms where we post our work. It rings of sarcasm, and while I don’t believe it’s meant to hurt us, truthfully, it kind of does. [more]

Stanislav Puchkovsky (aka Sean Archer) is a Master of Natural Light Portraits

Merely two years ago, Stanislav picked up his first camera: a Lumix G3 for $600. From that point forward his inspirational journey began. The majority of his mind-blowing work was taken in his attic using friends as models. Now he is known as Sean Archer – a natural light photographer who specializes in female portraits. His work is proof that it’s not about gear. It’s about the photographer; it’s about the vision of the artist. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Photographer Adam Elmakias (NSFW)

Adam Elmakias is one of my favorite live music photographers so I did my best to reach out to him for an interview. He was more than happy to answer a LOT of questions I had for him and left us with one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done. [more]

Tips To Avoid Creative Burnout

It’s no secret that everyone can become burnt out on what they do. Whether we are photographers, athletes, truck drivers, or teachers. If we do something long enough, maybe unless you’re a fighter pilot, professional surfer, and/or an astronaut, almost everyone will experience a period of time in their career when they’re flat-out bored and/or they suddenly arrive at a place where they question both their work and if what they’re doing is really what they should be doing. [more]

The Fstoppers Guide to Traveling Light (Without Sacrifices)

One week from today I’ll be on the other side of the world, shooting a personal project that’s been years in the making. On the one hand, I have to be prepared for all kinds of situations. On the other, I can’t bring a suitcase. What do I bring… what do I leave behind… and can I get away with only one shirt? [more]

Great Video Feature of Underwater Photographer Sarah Lee

A new video series by Smugmug featured underwater photographer, Sarah Lee. In it she talks craft and inspiration overtop of beautifully shot behind the scenes footage of her shooting in the Pacific. Back in April of last year we featured one of Sarah’s photographs in our Flickr Spotlight.

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A Message to All Artists: Use Photoshop Responsibly

In recent years Photoshop has garnered more negative attention than any other platform that is utilized for image manipulation. Photoshop can be used to create unnatural product resulting in unrealistic expectations. As photographers and retouchers, we have the power to control what the media perceives as attractive. [more]

How To Build A Successful Senior Representative Program

Tis the season, a new senior class will emerge this spring. Thus, for high school senior photographers, a new class to educate about your business.  As a senior photographer, I have already chosen and photographed my 2015 models/representatives, but it isn’t too late to get started. [more]

Putting Together A Photoshoot Part I: Moodboard And Concept Development

When we first start out on any sort of endeavor, be it creative or otherwise, we all most likely begin same way: a head full of ideas, but a distinct lack of understanding and experience of how to achieve them. Over time, through the benevolence of others, and many hours of Youtube tutorials, our ability catches up and we reach the place where creativity meets experience [more]

Fstoppers Own John Schell Featured on Framed Network

Here at Fstoppers, our goal is to hire some of the very best photographers and educators in the industry to provide some insight on how they work, and what they’ve learned within the industry they’re a part of.  Recent Fstoppers Writer and Lifestyle Photographer John Schell recently met with Framed Network to show them, and us, what it’s like to work on one of his photo shoots. [more]

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