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Examples of DIY Business Cards for Photographers

Examples of DIY Business Cards for Photographers

As creatives we photographers have very little reason to be packing standard humdrum business cards (let's leave those for the door to door salesmen and insurance agents). Photographer/Blogger Katie Sokoler obviously agrees with me as she recently posted on how she made her home made cards. I love exchanging cards but am often disappointed when I'm out networking with my peers and I recieve a card that is unimaginative or worse, tacky. Whenever I hand mine out I'm often bombarded with a slew of questions like, “Is this an envelope? Is there something inside it? Can I open it?". To which I respond: “Yes it is. Yes there is. Yes you can.” Which often leads to the question, “How much did it cost to have these made?” To which I respond: "I did them myself." So I decided to follow Katie's example and throw up a few pics to show how I make my cards. See how putting in a little bit of effort can help get you remembered.

Side by side Comparison of iPhone's 4S & Canon 5D Mark II's Video

Side by side Comparison of iPhone's 4S & Canon 5D Mark II's Video

Likely not the first and definitely not going to be the last, this clip shows the video quality of iPhone's new 4S in tandem with Canon's 5D Mark II. Sadly there is no sound in this video and I would've liked to have seen some close ups of people in this comparison but it's interesting enough for a quick look. I love shooting with all sorts of cameras and have no doubt the latest iPhone will be worth the upgrade for the camera alone. In fact I was at the 5th Ave Apple Store on friday with one in hand, at the check out, when they asked, "What are the last four digits of your social security number?" Sadly being a shiny new American resident, I didn't know and had to walk away empty handed. Maybe I'll go back today. Wish me luck.

via [RobinoFilms]

Proof that Great Photography has Little to do with your Wallet

Proof that Great Photography has Little to do with your Wallet

Avanaut (aka Vesa Lehtimäki) is proof that creativity, ingenuity and photography know how, are the qualities that make an intriguing photo. With out a camera worth thousands of dollars or pencil thin models, Avanaut has turned out some dynamic shots, using primarily, Star Wars lego figures. His use of light, perspective and inexpensive props, produced some very cool dramatic scenes full of motion. See the results for yourself and check out Avanaut's Flickr Stream for more wonderful shots.


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Results from One Damn Scary Photo Booth

Results from One Damn Scary Photo Booth

If you haven't been there or heard of it, Nightmare Fear Factory in Niagara Falls is a haunted house that's actually scary shit. I know cause I've been there and still have the scars in my ribs from where my date's claws dug in. Over 100,000 people have chickened out and made the "Chicken List" and what's even scarier is they now have a photo booth inside, so you can't even pretend it didn't phase you. Picture walking in complete darkness through a maze, while clinging to the person infront of you and taking tiny unsure steps, when suddenly a car darts out of no where with its lights blasting and horn blaring. Now picture what someone's face would look like when this happens or better yet, see for yourself.

Fstoppers' New "Featured Guest" Posts...

Fstoppers' New "Featured Guest" Posts...

Besides being respected members of the photo community, what do Joe McNally, Jeremy Cowart, Greg Slater, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Brad Trent and Melissa Rodwell all have in common? Well for starters they (to name just a few) have all agreed to write something just for you, our Fstopper readers. Starting this October we will bring you posts written by some of the biggest names in photography, exclusively on Fstoppers.com. You'll have the opportunity to learn a little more about our Featured Guests and they will have an opportunity to speak directly to you and share whatever takes their fancy. Be it their latest projects, rants, opinions, advice, stories and more. Leave a comment telling us who you would like to see as a Featured Guest and we just might make it happen.

Who Has the Highest Shutter Count? Now We Can Find Out.

Who Has the Highest Shutter Count?  Now We Can Find Out.

Are you curious as to what your shutter count is? Then head on over to MyShutterCount.com, where they presumably are able to tell the shutter count of "most cameras" simply by uploading a picture. And if you want to know how many of those clicks you can expect before your camera goes kaputs then check out the Camera Life Expectancy Database. Now, I'm on the road posting from my iPad 2 and can't check this service out for myself, so once again I have to call upon you, our special team of Fstoppers' tester monkeys, to give this site a go and see if it lives up to it's claims. More importantly I want to know who has the heaviest trigger finger. So post your shutter count in our comments and lets see, who amongst us, has the strongest camera kung fu.

Manfrotto Announces a New Line of Pro Bags and Apparel

Manfrotto Announces a New Line of Pro Bags and Apparel

When looking for a professional gear bag the main question seems to be Lowepro or ThinkTank. But now Manfrotto has thrown their hat into the ring by announcing it's new pro line series of bags and apparel. The Lino line has feature packed bags, jackets, vests, gloves and more. It all seems incredibly functional, with pockets that expand to hold strobes and lenses and gloves that store memory cards. I'm not so sure about the style of the clothes yet but hey, they're Italian, who am I to judge their fashion sense? To see product photos take a look at the full post.

The $199 Waterproof ContourRoam Shoots 1080p Handsfree

The $199 Waterproof ContourRoam Shoots 1080p Handsfree

If you're like our adventurous duo Lee and Patrick and can't help but want to capture every moment of your daredevil exploits be it wake boarding, rock climbing, snowboarding, etc, then this sleek little number just maybe what you need to put down your not so waterproof D7000. Contour's latest, entirely hands-free mountable camera, the ContourROAM can shoot 1080p 30fps video and 5MP still images with a lens that rotates 270 degrees and includes a freakin laser line for leveling shots even when the camera is mounted at odd angles. It supports up to 32GB of storage via microSD and has a built-in multi-directional mic for catching audio. All aluminum construction makes this nice and rugged with a battery life of three hours per charge. Sample video and product shots inside.

Photos from the Fantasy World of Marwencol

Photos from the Fantasy World of Marwencol

Mark Hogancamp suffered a brain damaging assault that left him having to relearn how to live. Lacking any memory of his past and being cut off from adequate health care for recuperation he created his own miniature fantasy world as a form of art therapy. The photographs created out of the narratives of Marwencol (his fantasy world) are creatively realistic and have resulted in the creation of "Marwencol", a documentary movie (available on Netflix). You can click here to see some of the photos and a link to Marwencol.

Two Free Books on Street Photography

Two Free Books on Street Photography

Photographer Thomas Leuthard just published a second free book about street photography called "Collecting Souls… What Street Photography means to me". That and "Going Candid... An Unorthodox Approach To Street Photography" can be downloaded here as PDF documents. Truth is I haven't looked at these books yet... I need you guys to check them out and tell me if they're worth the time to read or not. :P

Cool Tool: Easily Scan your Photos using a Mouse.

Cool Tool: Easily Scan your Photos using a Mouse.
The title pretty much says it all. Using LG's new LMS-100 mouse scanner you are able to scan pictures by depressing a button and swiping across an image with a few quick flicks of the wrist. You can save PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and PDF and the device also features Optical Character Recognition that converts text from said images into an editable Word document. The potential convenience of this mouse is enough to make me want to get my hands on one for testing... hint hint LG. Promo video and discussion inside the post.

Short Videos Go a Long Way

Short Videos Go a Long Way
We are seeing it more and more these days. Short films being produced by amateurs and pros alike, sometimes with the most minimalist of equipment, that are making it big. Whether it be Drake Doremus's "Little Crazy" (which was shot on the Canon 7D and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year and was later bought by Paramount for 4 million bucks) or this latest short done by Portal fan/filmmaker Dan Trachtenberg, there can be no doubt that all you need to "make it" is some creativity, dedication, know how and sweat. Portal: No Escape "A woman wakes up in a room with no memory of who she is or how she got there... This is a short set in the world of the Portal video games created by Valve Software." With more than 2.3 million views, "Portal: No Escape" has raised the question as to whether or not it should be turned into a feature length film and has been getting a resounding, "Hell yes!" from viewers. See the "Little Crazy" trailer and add to the discussion inside the post.

Stellar Animated Photos: Inspired by Dead Stars & Cosmic Matter

Stellar Animated Photos: Inspired by Dead Stars & Cosmic Matter

Ignacio Torres puts together a series of animated photos that are nothing short of cool. You maybe put off by the motion at first, thinking: "Just another set of animated gifs." but the more I look at these shots the more I like them, especially once you understand the concept behind them. The technique Inacio used to create galaxies, though simple, was surprisingly effective. Take a good look inside.

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