The music we use in our work, whether for videos or slide shows for stills images, is an integral part of the narrative and story we are trying tell. The genre, artist and music track we choose, sets the tone for the entire story we wish to tell. I treat music as the keystone that underpins the visual story of a BTS video, commercial work, documentary piece or creative editorial shoot that I am working on.
Being a professional photographer isn’t just about the thrill of shooting photographs or the endless hours of work editing them behind a computer screen. A photographer worth their salt knows that the business aspect of marketing is just as important. Jolie O’Dell’s new book, Blogging For Photographers, explains how a blog can help expand your business. [more]
We can often get swept up in the world of digital video. Topics like ‘What it will mean for the future of photography when we can pull stills from video?’ occupy a lot of time and thinking.
Discussion like this is relevant but I sometimes think we miss the most important element of all. The single biggest contributor towards great video is actually making sure we understand what it is that makes a great still image in the first place. To go faster, we should actually slow down. Maybe even stop.
Have you ever thought what will happen in 10 or 20 years to all those digital images you take every day? Have you ever thought what photos the younger generation of your family will have access to when they grow up? We all pretty much stopped printing photos and making real photo albums because we just don’t need to do it anymore (and because we are lazy). So what can be done to make those photos available and easily accessible to next generations? Here is my solution. [more]
Since 2008, The Impossible Project has kept the Polaroid flame alive with their line of instant films. Today, in the Apple app store, they’ve released version 1.2 of an iPhone app designed to integrate mobile photography with analog instant film. The features allow for instant digitization and photo sharing for your Polaroid prints as well as a way of making Polaroid prints from iPhone captures with their soon-to-be-released Instant Lab. [more]
Casey Neistat was approached with an unusual proposition from Mercedes Benz. They wanted Casey, a successful Youtube filmmaker to make a car commercial for the new Mercedes Benz CLA, even though Casey has never filmed a car commercial or anything close to resembling one. The following set of the three videos is his rather interesting journey so far. With Casey’s charismatic personality it’s curious to see how the commercial will turn out. I will update this when the final commercial is released. Enjoy. [more]
As a wedding photographer I am always on the hunt for that perfect second shooter. Over the last 4 years I have shot 120+ weddings and worked with over 70 different second shooters. Most of them have been fantastic but I have always thought it would be nice to have a list of second shooter tips I could send them before the wedding day. I’d love to hear what you think of the tips in the comments section below. Let me know what I left out and feel free to share stories (good or bad) about working with second shooters in the past. [more]
Running a photography business is hard work. As many of you know, it’s usually more pencil pushing and email writing than standing behind a camera taking photos. With it being among the art community, it’s incredibly easy to find excuses on why your business isn’t reaching its full potential. But is it your business thats lacking, or your motivation? [more]
There are times when I find myself shooting the same stuff or using the same lighting setup over and over again. Repetition helps to improve and fine-tune my skills, but sometimes it just feels boring and degrading, let alone useless for my portfolio.
But as much as I dislike feeling stuck and repeating myself, I now realize how such times in fact help me to become a better artist and shooter. It’s usually the desire to entertain myself and experiment that leads me to new personal artistic discoveries. It’s when I’m bored and want to “spice it up”, I start searching for new lighting ideas, tricks and techniques. [more]
As many of you know I am a big fan of social media. Search for me on Google and I hardly show up in the results, you won’t find me at a bridal show, nor in paid ads inside a magazine. Instead all my business comes from word of mouth referrals and exposure via social media. When I heard about Mercedes-Benz launching a new campaign focused around social media, particularly Instagram, I decided to look into it. What I found is a perfect example of how companies can use social media contests to market themselves. [more]
Since the dawn of digital cameras, the megapixel has been the one stat that camera manufacturers and uneducated consumers identified with quality. Sure, back in 2003, the difference between 1.3MP and 3MP was astounding, but in recent years, its became much more arbitrary. With phones like the Nokia Lumia 1020 sporting a 40+MP sensor, is the war back upon us? If so, how can we kill it? [more]
Guest writer Julia Kuzmenko McKim is an Internationally published Beauty, Fashion & Portrait photographer, digital artist, retoucher and educator. An International College of Professional Photography (Melbourne, Australia) graduate represented by Aston Models Agency, Beverly Hills, CA. You can find more of her work on her website, Facebook, or blog. [more]
If you don’t know Casey Neistat’s name, you probably know at least one of his viral videos (like this). Gizmodo just did a great multi-part video series showcasing Casey’s nearly OCD attention to detail that he used when creating his New York City studio and workspace. You have to admit, it’s quite admirable the way he meticulously designed his workspaces for maximum functionality. As I am moving my photo and video business to New York City myself, I hope to take a few notes. Click to see the full post with video part 2 below.
We’ve been listening to feedback, and it seems as though you all like contests that engage your skill level. Well prepare to be engaged! We will be hosting more photo contests in the future, starting with this one brought to you by Nations Photo Lab and hosted by our pals at Viewbug! Just submit your best photo that features bright colors for your chance to win! [more]
There’s no denying the growing popularity of Lomo photography in recent years – especially if you’ve ever visited an Urban Outfitters. The motto for Lomography is, “Don’t Think, Just Shoot,” – which is kind of ironic considering their newest offering requires quite a bit of thinking. The Konstruktor is a $35 build-it-yourself camera that should give hipsters a better understanding as to how their ‘antique Instagram machine’ actually works. [more]