Demanding anything is a scary notion but the trend towards social and global responsibility is growing in 2014, and having the right voice and attitude can result in elevating your brand. As we enter the New Year it is no longer enough to make separate personal and professional goals. The distinction between the two is blurring for many businesses as the global marketplace looks towards feel good solutions. How can you be part of the change? [more]
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You probably know by now that natural light from a window will create beautiful images. This free and readily available light source is my first go-to when shooting food and portraits. It yields beautiful results, but has a downside. It can change on you throughout a shoot. In order to achieve the look you are after, it is best to understand your options and find the best natural light source for you!
There are certain stores that I can walk into leave with a full shopping cart and wonder, “Where did the last hour and a half go?” This is what happens when I make a trip to my local hardware store. If you are interested in photographing still life, food, or any other table top project, the hardware store is full of inspiration. Let me show an aisle that is filled with amazing ready to go backgrounds.
Last week John Dominis, one of the most prolific photographers for LIFE Magazine, passed away aged 92. His work was celebrated not just for the strength of his image making, but because of the sheer breadth of what he shot. Today, when we’re told to “focus and specialize” let’s take a moment to look back and remember one of the most consistent and diverse photographers of the 20th Century.
Change is afoot and 2014 could well be the year that completely redefines the photo and video landscape as we know it. It doesn’t matter if you you shoot weddings, fashion, portraits, landscapes, products, food or concerts – these changes will affect us all. Here are three game changers – let’s take a look at what they are, what they could mean for you, your photography and your business. [more]
Yesterday, I posted about the most viewed post from this past year. While those posts are great pieces in their own right, there is so much more content for learning on Fstoppers. So this time, I want to show you the absolute best original content posts of this past year. These aren’t organized by views, or anything arbitrary like that, these are just some of our favorite posts from this past year. [more]
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.
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]
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]
When traveling to a restaurant, you never know what type of lighting environment you will find yourself in. There could be a large window with beautiful soft, natural light, or it could be dark like a cave with only overhead fluorescent lights. If you want to add restaurants to your portfolio, reading the light in a room is a great habit to get into. Not sure what I mean by reading the light? Let me show you what I found on a stop for some Texas barbecue.
Composite photography seems to be the standard in advertising these days and Erik Almas is one of the photographers leading that race. In this behind the scenes video from Erik, we also see the use of CGI to turn his hometown into an ice winter wonderland. [more]
Fstoppers Answers – What Is Your Photo Education? How Important Do You Think Formal Education Is In The Field?
Each and every week, we feature a segment called “Fstoppers Answers“, where we invite our community to ask a question to our writers to answer. This week, you asked “What Is Your Photo Education? How Important Do You Think Formal Education Is In The Field?”
When shooting an ingredient shot, shadows can make or break an image. Sometimes you want less noticeable shadows while other times dark shadows can add a lot to an image. In the case of this pomegranate, I shot it both ways. Let me show you how playing with the shadows will have a dramatic effect on your final image.
The winter is coming. Actually, it’s already here. Temperatures are dropping quickly and snow is falling, but we need to keep shooting and working. Here are few small (and cheap*) items that can help you survive the winter as a photographer, make your life easier and make the winter less annoying.