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Check Out The New Features On The Fstoppers Community

Check Out The New Features On The Fstoppers Community

It has been a long time coming but the newly redesigned Fstoppers.com has finally become a reality! The biggest change coming to the website is an active community run by YOU - our readers. Today marks the first public release of the new site design and hopefully you are as excited to become a part of this community as we are!

Re-Watch the Fstoppers Workshops Spreecast Here!

Re-Watch the Fstoppers Workshops Spreecast Here!

With over 100 students spanning 20 different countries, the first ever Fstoppers Workshops was a HUGE success. Join us this Sunday at 3pm Eastern (NYC time) as we recap some of the most interesting moments, catch up with newly made friends, and start taking suggestions for next year's event! Lee and I will be hosting the video chat and who knows what famous photographers will pop in to answer some of your questions. This is open to anyone and we look forward to seeing everybody again!

Three Easy Steps To Improve Your Lighting on Webcam

Three Easy Steps To Improve Your Lighting on Webcam

Last week Fstoppers and Peter Hurley hosted a free Illuminating the Face release party on Spreecast ( view it here if you missed it). Since I had learned so much from Peter's tutorial I figured it would be exciting to use some of his studio lighting techniques for my own webcam session. What I didn't expect was all the emails, tweets, and live questions concerning my lighting setup. So in this post I'm going to share my lighting setup with everyone so you can reproduce it with your video sessions.

Join the Fstoppers and Peter Hurley Live Tonight at 9PM Eastern

Join the Fstoppers and Peter Hurley Live Tonight at 9PM Eastern

As you know, today we released our newest collaboration with Peter Hurley: Illuminating the Face . To celebrate the completion of this 4.5 hour tutorial, both Lee and I will be joining Peter Hurley live on Spreecast to talk about photography, lighting, headshots, and pushing yourself as an artist. If you have any questions for Peter or about the photography community in general this will be a great hangout tonight....

Last Chance To Sign Up For Fstoppers Workshops 2014

Last Chance To Sign Up For Fstoppers Workshops 2014

We have reached that time....the Fstoppers Workshops in the Bahamas is only a month away! The response to our first workshop has been amazing and we cannot wait to meet everyone down in paradise. If you are still considering going, you only have 24 more hours to decide as our super affordable hotel room rate at the Atlantis Resort is about to expire. Monday is the last day to take advantage of our $169 room rate ; after the 28th

All the Winners of Last Week's Fstoppers Workshops Contests

All the Winners of Last Week's Fstoppers Workshops Contests

Last week we had a ton of contests for our first ever Fstoppers Workshops in the Bahamas . Each of the 10 instructors gave away free classes to their workshops through a ton of different platforms. Every winner is listed in this full post. If you missed out, don't worry. LensRentals and four of the instructors are currently giving away an ALL PAID EXPENSE TRIP to our workshop in the Bahamas and it ends in less than 12 hours. Less than 14 entries have been made so your chances of winning are extremely high!

Win Free Admission To The Fstoppers Photography Workshops In The Bahamas

Win Free Admission To The Fstoppers Photography Workshops In The Bahamas

Just a few hours and/or days left on these! The first ever Fstoppers Workshops taking place in the Bahamas May 28th - June 1st is quickly approaching. Our crazy Atlantis Hotel Discount Room Rate is expiring on the April 22nd , and all of the instructors are each running a social media contest for those of you wishing to attend. Collectively there are over 15 free spots in a variety of workshops. To enter, simply check out the full post

Lighting A Lighthouse With A Strobe Attached To A Drone

Lighting A Lighthouse With A Strobe Attached To A Drone

As a photographer, I'm always looking to capture something in a unique way. This is the craziest landscape photoshoot I have ever done. By taping a tiny Nikon Flash to my DJI Phantom II Drone, I was able to fly my remote helicopter up the side of a lighthouse and light the entire thing with flash. Creating this photograph was one of the most tricky shoots I've ever done, and this is how I made it happen.

Peter Hurley Teaches From Zero To #Shabang!

Peter Hurley Teaches From Zero To #Shabang!

When it comes to getting the best expressions out of your subject, Peter Hurley is one of the best out there. Two years ago we teamed up with Peter and produced the critically acclaimed The Art Behind the Headshot . This year Peter Hurley is joining us in the Bahamas for the 2014 Fstoppers Workshops . His two day headshot intensive has already sold out but there is still room in his newest lecture series From Zero To Shabang! Check out this video for details

Superman Flies Through Los Angeles With A Gopro

Superman Flies Through Los Angeles With A Gopro

What happens when you combine a GoPro Hero +3 , a DJI Phantom II , an actor dressed as Superman, and some clever video editing? How about one awesome simulation of what it must be like to be Superman as he flies through Los Angeles. If you were upset with our recent Phantom 2 Gopro height test last week, you are definitely not going to want to watch this video. Be sure to check out Sam and Niko's behind the scenes video

Fstoppers Workshops: Don't Let Your Class Sell Out

Fstoppers Workshops:  Don't Let Your Class Sell Out

As you can see from our site take over, we are hosting our first ever Fstoppers Workshops down in the Bahamas from May 28th - June 1st . During these 5 days, we have 10 of the top photographers teaching small, intimate classes on all genres of photography. Today Peter Hurley was the first instructor to sell out spots for his flagship course The Headshot Intensive. Every other class from the other instructors still has availability, so if you are planning on attending we don't want you to miss out. For the full

Only 9 Spots Left For Pye Jirsa's Wedding Photography Workshop

Only 9 Spots Left For Pye Jirsa's Wedding Photography Workshop

Update: 7 seats left . Are you planning on attending Pye Jirsa's Ultimate Wedding Workshop down in the Bahamas? If so you better reserve your spot soon. Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge will be teaching his 2 day course on all things wedding photography down at our first ever Fstoppers Workshops . If you have seen the wedding work of Lin and Jirsa Weddings then you know Pye and his team are at the pinnacle of the wedding genre.

Learn How To Light: 32 City Speed Light Tour!

Learn How To Light:  32 City Speed Light Tour!

No matter where you are in your photographic journey, one thing is certain: you need to know how to manipulate light. The team over at Monte Zucker Education have put together an interesting speed light tour featuring pro Canon shooters Bob Davis and Stephen Eastwood. The Need Light? Speedlite! Tour starts March 9th and hits 32 cities throughout the US. If you have never used off camera lighting or are looking for unique ways to add excitement to your photographs, this workshop is definitely worth checking out.

And The Winners For the Fstoppers Workshop In The Bahamas Are...

And The Winners For the Fstoppers Workshop In The Bahamas Are...

On May 28th - June 1st , Fstoppers is hosting our first ever Fstoppers Workshop in the Bahamas . Over the month of January we ran two contests where one lucky reader would win a free flight, classes, and accommodations to attend the event. The second contest winner would win free classes to anything he or she had already signed up for at the workshop. The random two winners have been picked and you can find out who won in the full post

How To Clean Dust Off Your DSLR Sensor: Sensor Gel Stick

How To Clean Dust Off Your DSLR Sensor:  Sensor Gel Stick

Over time every DSLR will collect dust on its CMOS or CCD sensor; there really isn't anyway around it. Cleaning your own camera's sensor with liquid wipes or other wet processes has always been a bit risky. Luckily the Sensor Gel Stick is a safe and easy product that top manufacturers like Leica, Nikon, and Canon have been using in their own factories for years. Now YOU can use it too!

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