Articles written by Kenn Tam
What better way to start your work week, after the long Thanksgiving vacation, than to ease in with some amusing animal photo bombs. You may have seen many of these before but they should still be good for a few mindless chuckles. Which got me thinking... with all of us photographers prolifically snapping away, at least some of us must have some hilarious photo bombs. If you do, please share them in the comments section.
Xerox has a new tool called Aesthetic Image Search in development that supposedly can judge photos based on whether or not they have a good aesthetic or bad. Can't wait to see what you guys think of this one. Hit the full post and let us know know by leaving your comments.
My new friend and inspirational photographer, Joao Carlos, recently did a post on "The Four Steps of Creativity". I'm always pushing creativity as the #1 factor in any good photographer's work, so, I had to copy his post for all of you. Joao's blog is chalked full of interesting insight into his prolific photography career and what it takes to make it in this industry. To read the post and see a revenant video by Ira Glass click here.
A free two hour video on the basics of studio lighting, with photographer Joey Quintero. I haven't personally sat down and watched this yet so I can't really tell you how comprehensive this is but I'm sure seasoned shooters will enjoy comparing notes and beginners will pick up a lot. Give this video some attention and let us know what you think in the comments.
The video quality isn't that great but this footage will still give you pause to think. See what happened when UK photographer Tom Bird stopped into a bar to have drinks with his mates. Bag Contents:Canon 5D Mk II(serial 0630316561), 24-70 f/2.8(serial 1398778), 50mm f/1.2(serial 1571760), 16-35 f/2.8, Dell Mini 9 laptop, Brown T-shirt with "Fox racing" logo, LONAP branded jumper and mug. See the actual video footage of the theft in the full post.
Ok, sure there are some guys like Damon Winter, David Guttenfelder, Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi who have succesfully capitalized off of the novelty of iPhone filters like Hipstamatic and Instagram and produced some compelling works. But I still maintain that the use of iPhone filters, for anything other than fun/novelty shooting, have very little to do with real photography. It's not the use of an iPhone that I find "cheap" (I think they are brilliant) but the use of cookie cutter filters in place of creativity and light comprehension. I think Sam Biddle over at Gizmodo said it best with... Read the full post here and let the comments fly.
I know I'm always pushing for photographers to be creative but maybe this is going too far. Still these photos of men wearing their own mustaches in place of their hair has the same effect as a freak show carni at the grocery store, or a car crash... you can't help but stare. See all the "Where men meets moustaches meets hair meets moustaches meets hair meets MOUSTAIR" photos in the full post.
Hipstamatic and Instagram BS always provokes an eye rolling from me. Fun apps for the non photographer but when I see actual shooters using these apps I'm often a tad revolted. But hey, pro shooters need to have fun to, so, if you're an actual photographer and want to rock out some retro vibes, check out the Lomokino. This camera is an affordable novelty item at just 79 bucks, shoots 3 to 5 frames per second (hand cranked) and used 35mm film.via [Lomography]
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Ron Edatz: "Claes Axstål regularly does something most photographers haven’t thought of, let alone tried. Axstål and his team can typically be found in the air, manning a ton of gear, and—quite literally—lighting and photographing another plane or helicopter as it flies near the one they’re working in. What makes Axstål different from any other photographer taking air-to-air shots of other aircraft? It’s the fact Axstål and crew are using artificial light to overpower the sun, just as most off-camera flash shooters do at a wedding or on a beach-at-sunset fashion shoot. Yes, that’s right. Flash photography at several thousand feet in altitude while traveling several hundred miles per hour. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the objects Axstål photographs are often a few hundred feet long, from airliners to luxury yachts, the latter of which he also photographs from planes. See sample pics and Prophoto's full post inside.
It's no secret, I hate shooting weddings. I've always felt that way and then Lee took me on an actual wedding gig and confirmed two things. 1) I really do hate shooting weddings and 2) I'm pretty shitty at it. They are way too much work, way too many creative restrictions, way too little lighting options and way to many guys and gals running around with cameras, far better than mine, pretending to be photographers. Don't even get me started on the potential for having to deal with bride-zillas. And now this story caught my eye, where a client is suing a studio for missing the last 15 minutes of his wedding. Sounds reasonable, you say? Well get this: not only was the wedding done in 2003, but the client is also divorced and is suing to have the whole wedding reinacted for $48,000 plus the original $4100 fee. Studio owner Dan Fried says that the cost of defending themselves in court has already matched the sum demanded by Remis (the client), and calls the case “...an abuse of the legal system.” I can't wait to see all your comments on this one. For links to the full story, jump in and leave your comments below.
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Nick Veasey's work has been around and you may have seen some of it before but it doesn't make it any less cool. To paraphrase Nick, he likes to counter the obsession we have with superficial appearance by using x-rays to strip back the layers and show what is under the surface. He likes to challenge our automatic reaction to physical appearance by highlighting the inner beauty. We can't all have access to an x-ray machine like Nick but at least we can look at his photography and see ourselves and the world in a whole new light. Jump into the full post to see twenty one truly revealing shots.
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As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, we are going to have guests stop by to write posts, just for you, our FS readers. Some of these well known and accomplished members of the photo industry will be here to get something off their chests. Others to plug something. Some to teach and others to entertain. This month we are happy to bring you Jeremy Cowart and he wants you to think about something. Jump into the full post to see what's on his mind and be sure to check out all that his links have to offer. Thanks for this great post Jeremy.