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How To Create A City Of Ice | BTS with Erik Almas

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?

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Playing With Shadows

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.

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Get Ready For The Winter With These Must Have Items

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.
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Save $100s On The Fstoppers.com/store Black Friday Sale

This my favorite time of year. Not only are there great deals to be had on the year’s coolest photography products, but it’s also the time when my accountant reminds me to spend money needed for end of the year tax write offs. From now until the end of Monday, we are discounting many of the tutorials featured in our Fstoppers Store. For the coupon code and all deals [more]

Now You Can Print Your Photos and Eat Them Too

It’s not a brand new idea to incorporate printing photos on food. Recently we talked about printing photos on coffee with the selfie-latte, but Boomf takes photo printing a little bit more out of the box. Well, maybe more out of the cup. With this product I will preface with one question: do you like marshmallows? Yes or no, this product is for you.

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Just the Two of Us by Klaus Pichler: Costumes and the Lives Behind Them

Around the world people participate in dressing up in cosplay, LARP, Star Wars characters, Medieval Knights and many other fascinating characters. They live in a fantasy world in their costumes but they also lead normal, day to day lives. When you think about it, rarely do you get to connect their two identities and Klaus Pichler did just that in his newest project titled Just the Two of Us.

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Looking For A Low Cost On Camera Light? This New, High Output LED Might Be For You

For event videographers, shooting in dimly lit conditions can be big challenge to deal with, and in certain cases an on-camera light is the solution. In this review of the LED Science LS-S6-20, I’ll tell you why this light may or may not be a good choice for you. [more]

It’s Not All About The Money

Tired of hunting for budgets as if they were unicorns? A few weeks ago I wrapped up our commercial pricing guide which is a great reference IF you can get a paying client. As many of us know, sadly, that can be a pretty big IF. Here are a few strategies to help you turn a client with no budget into a winner! [more]

How To Build A Tower Of Sandwiches | BTS RGG Photo

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]

How Instagram Brought Me Business After Only One Week Using It

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]

A Tripod Without Legs

A tripod is the go to device for photographers who want to stabilize their shots. The three adjustable legs do a great job at keeping a camera supported and in one position. However, these three legs create a huge problem when shooting in a small kitchen or busy restaurant. Let me share with you a piece of equipment that will stabilize your camera with no legs at all!

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Photographer Has A Close Encounter With An Elk

They say photography opens doors to new adventures and experiences. Well, for photographer James York, he literally went head to head with a wild Elk in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The story goes as such: while James York was photographing an elk from a distance, the animal decided to do something unusual: it decided to get closer and investigate the human and his camera. As interesting as this sounds, unfortunately the ending of this story is a sad one. [more]

Styling With Final Layout In Mind

In choosing how to style a dish, there are many decisions that you have to make. What color background will you shoot on? What props will you use? What camera angle will you shoot from? These are just a few of the questions that you will have to decide. Let me show you why styling with the final layout in mind is something you should always consider.

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Instagram Account Getting Philadelphia Witnesses Murdered

We talk a lot here at Fstoppers about the beautiful things that photography has done in the world. Maybe I am naive but I never imagined that art could be used support crime. Yet here it is, and while not actually “art” by any stretch of the imagination an anonymous Instagram user is getting people killed with images. Rats215, the account in question, has posted pictures, police statements [more]

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