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6 Lighting Tutorials from Joe McNally

6 Lighting Tutorials from Joe McNally

At the time of writing this post it is a gorgeous spring day and I have no doubt our readers are out shooting and enjoying it. If you have opted to stay in, these six videos provided by Lastolite and taught by the best-in-our-business Joe McNally are what you should be watching... no studying. Seriously. If you absorb every bit of information/advice in these videos you will be a better photographer than you are right now.

Photographing Star Wars Figures in Action

Photographing Star Wars Figures in Action

University of Selangor admin staffer and amateur photographer Zahir Batin spends his down time rocking out fun and creative narratives with some modest gear and Star Wars action figures. I know this isn't the first time we've posted figures photographed in this manner, as can be seen here, here and here. Still, the allure of the Star Wars universe coupled with some good photography know-how is too much to resist. And when done as well as Zahir's shots, they never fails to make me smile.

Sara Lando and Zack Arias Throw Down in the GPP2014 ShootOut

Sara Lando and Zack Arias Throw Down in the GPP2014 ShootOut

I know, I know. My post last Sunday also featured Zack but when you put yourself out there as much as he does, you're going to get noticed (a lesson for us all). Besides, this isn't really about him. This is about one of the greatest challenges ever conceived in the photography industry. That's right kids. It's the 2014 Gulf Photo Plus ShootOut, pitting Sara Lando against Zack Arias with cameos by some of the best shooters in the industry.

See A $500,000 Platinum Portrait Being Made

See A $500,000 Platinum Portrait Being Made

Here's a bit of fun Sunday watching: a halftone portrait made with tens of thousands of platinum balls will soon be available by special order from Platinum Sphere Portrait. Personally, I find this more intersting from an engineering point of view rather than a photographic one. And sure, a 58x80cm portrait done in half a million dollars worth of platinum is mind boggling expensive but let's be honest, wouldn't it be cool to have one of your prints immortalized in an lustrous precious metal that will never tarnish or fade?

Photographing Prison Inmates and Their Words of Wisdom

Photographing Prison Inmates and Their Words of Wisdom

One of the cool things about this video is how it encapsulates the creative process. Commercial photographer Trent Bell was motivated by his personal experiences to produce a series of large-scale portraits of prison inmates, against a backdrop of handwritten letters they wrote to their younger selves. The REFLECT project video walks us through shoot day, post-production, showing, and veiwer reactions.

BTSV Barbie's Sports Illustrated Cover Shoot

BTSV Barbie's Sports Illustrated Cover Shoot

Fashion icon, model, plaything. No matter how you see her Barbara Millicent Roberts (a.k.a. Barbie) proves that she's still got it at the age of 55 by landing the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition (technically a promotional cover-wrap for the American International Toy Fair). Even though this tongue-in-cheek video was primarily created for humorous reasons you still get a good glimpse behind the scenes with legendary photographer Walter Iooss.

Photography with a Conscience

Photography with a Conscience

It's been 3 years since Fstoppers' Patrick Hall posted on the Midway project, where Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan made us aware of the horrific plight of albatrosses living on the Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean. Since then Chris and his team have put together this short film documenting the tragedy that plagues the inhabitants of the island, where the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to kill. This short is a bit of a teaser for their featured film due to be released later this year.

A Glimpse into Astrophotography

A Glimpse into Astrophotography

After our post about ...an Itty-bitty Universe the question was raised as to how such images are produced. For answers I turned to the publisher of "Year in the Life of the Universe", "Capturing the Stars", "Treasures of the Southern Sky" and "Lessons from the Masters", recipient of a "Hubble Prize" for contributions to astrophotography, image producer for both a UK and German national stamp, and the guy responsible for Apple's ubiquitous desktop image of NGC 3190. Meet astrophotographer Robert Gendler.

Watch Buzz Feed Attempt to Explain Film Photography to Today's Kids

Watch Buzz Feed Attempt to Explain Film Photography to Today's Kids

Last month Buzzfeed took the time to sit the youth of today down and teach them what photography meant when film was involved. Being an adolescent of the 80's my favorite part of this video was a brief Gizmo appearance but you gotta question the wisdom of using a character from 1984 as a comparison, for a group who apperently knows nothing about film. Wait. Is there actually a group who don't know what film photography is? I'm getting old.

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