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[Inspiration] ReDefine Talks Celebrity Portraits With Brian Smith

[Inspiration] ReDefine Talks Celebrity Portraits With Brian Smith

A few weeks ago, Fstoppers caught up with celebrity photographer Brian Smith . If you didn't take the time to read the article, don't worry because ReDefine just published a video interview with Brian from Tamara Lackey's recent interview out in Vegas. What I love about people like Brian is he's quick to point out the real defining element of his work: his relationship to his subject. Male photographers often get caught up in

[Workflow] PhVusion Software Lets You Edit Video In Photoshop

[Workflow] PhVusion Software Lets You Edit Video In Photoshop

While in Las Vegas for WPPI, I met Rob Adams and Vanessa Joy who are two talented videographers and photographers respectively. They are both at the top of the wedding market and often speak to photographers about how they can incorporate video into their businesses (something we have been preaching here for years). To help photographers make the video transition easier, Rob and Vanessa have designed PhVusion video editing software which allows you to trim and color correct video directly in Photoshop.

[Death Wish] How To Dangerously Photograph Gun Muzzle Blasts

[Death Wish] How To Dangerously Photograph Gun Muzzle Blasts

This video from Smarter Every Day shows how you can capture any gun's flame throwing abilities with precise accuracy. Using a Pulse Generator , Destin explains how he rigged his flash setup to fire at the exact moment the gun is fired. By dragging the shutter and combining the exposure with flash, the Alabama native created some pretty interesting photographs. Some even show the bullet leaving the muzzle!

[Fstoppers Original] Behind The Scenes With Sports Illustrated

[Fstoppers Original] Behind The Scenes With Sports Illustrated
Have you ever wondered what it takes to take the best sports images in the world? You know, those photos that become posters and magazine covers? Well recently we caught up with four of the photographers from Sports Illustrated during the biggest game in college football and asked them what makes a great sports image. Click the full post to read about our experience and hear from the masters themselves.

[Funny] Photographer MEME: What People Really Think I Do

[Funny] Photographer MEME:  What People Really Think I Do
Today my Facebook feed has been full of this funny MEME which tries to portray how photographers are seen through the eyes of their friends, society, and their clients. I've posted a few of these What People Think Photographers Do MEMEs to help lighten up your week. Feel free to create your own representation of what your friends and family think of your photography work and post them in the comments.

[Stock Photography] Yuri Arcurs Explains How To Sell Stock Imaging

[Stock Photography] Yuri Arcurs Explains How To Sell Stock Imaging
We've featured Yuri Arcurs , the worlds most successful micro stock photographer, many times here on Fstoppers. In a time when people complain that the value of photography has gone the way of the buffalo, Yuri has created an empire on images that cost less than $1. In this video Yuri explains exactly what makes a great stock image and what it is specifically [ read full story ]

[Expensive Cameras] Zack Arias Explains Why He Switched From Canon To PhaseOne

[Expensive Cameras] Zack Arias Explains Why He Switched From Canon To PhaseOne
Photographers love Zack Arias because of his no nonsense, laid back approach to photography. In his full blog post Why I Moved To Medium Format :: Phase One IQ140 Review , Zack describes some of the amazing features these DSLR alternatives have for the commercial photographer. If his posted examples aren't enough to have you foaming at the mouth, this full review video will definitely have you lusting after in-camera WB adjustments and the LCD touch screen found on the IQ140 digital back !

[Upgrades] Has The New Update To Apple's Final Cut Pro Fixed The Backlash?

[Upgrades] Has The New Update To Apple's Final Cut Pro Fixed The Backlash?
Remember when Apple released the new version of its flagship video editing program Final Cut X? If not, you might want a refresher course with Conan O'brien . Basically the backlash was almost unanimous, and it made many of us thankful we chose Adobe's Premiere as our editing software of choice. Well today there is an upgrade that apparently fixes most of the complaints from FCP X users. [ Read More ]

[Extreme Light] This Handheld LED Light Produces Over 15,000 Lumens For Overpowering The Sun

[Extreme Light] This Handheld LED Light Produces Over 15,000 Lumens For Overpowering The Sun
Now this is pretty interesting. Recently at the 2012 SHOT show (tradeshow for outdoors and hunting), Foursevens revealed their new lithium powered LED light . Unlike typical LED lights, the XM18 produces an unprecedented 15,000 lumens of light. According to my simple calculations, the XM18 might be more powerful than your low to mid level Arri HMI lights !

[BTS Video] How To Shoot Black And White In Camera For Easy Proofing

[BTS Video] How To Shoot Black And White In Camera For Easy Proofing
Jay P Morgan's Behind The Scenes Videos seem to pop up every single week. In this week's episode, Jay teaches a few tricks for shooting black and white photography. Everyone knows how to convert their images into black and white in Photoshop but Jay recommends turning your camera to BW so you can see the results real time. He then uses Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro to make the final tweaks when he gets back to the studio. Watch the full behind the scenes video to see some other useful lighting tips as well.

[Humor] A Politically Incorrect Guide To A Career In Filmmaking

[Humor] A Politically Incorrect Guide To A Career In Filmmaking
It's always good humor when someone makes a career path diagram outlining possible jobs within a particular field. If you aren't sure about whether your skills are best utilized as a Director, Studio Head, Screenwriter, Producer, or Film Critic then this is a great starting point. Hopefully someone makes one of these based on art buying and photography publishing. Without cheating, which path do you naturally fall into?

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