Spend 16 minutes with Benjamin Von Wong as he answers questions about inspiration, photography as a career and himself. Benjamin is very prolific and for that reason on it's own he is worth listening to. Getting off your ass and doing it is the hardest part and some of what Benjamin has to say may help you do that. Check out his Q&A as there are definitely words to live by.
Articles written by Kenn Tam
Seeing how this project has been running since 1995 this maybe a very old story for some of you but one that hasn't been on Fstoppers yet. Harrod Blank has a unique "studio" in the form of a van... a Camera Van. Conceived of in a dream and constructed over two years the Camera Van has since left it's home in Berkeley, California, travelled across America, into Canada, Britain and Germany, capturing the astonished faces of those it encounters
Camera/video tech is becoming ever more sophisticated to the point where we now have cameras that can recognize and track faces. So, how long will it be before we start seeing cameras that can completely change a person's face in-camera? Never going to happen you say? Tell that to Arturo Castro and Kyle McDonald.
Photographer/Diorama Artist Matthew Albanese constructs and photographs unreal real looking landscape scenes using readily accessible materials. Scroll through some of his work and be amazed at their realism, effort and the materials. Can you figure out what Matthew used to make each scene before reading it? No, no you can't.
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I am an old school Tekken fan. There was a time when I could compete against my little brother, one handed while only watching his controller. Back then my true loves were photography and the obscenely hot girls of Tekken. So you can imagine my excitement when they put out a quick BTSV for the upcoming release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 featuring the girls of Tekken.
Self taught German photographer Klaus Kampert is no stranger to the female form as his work boast amazingly beautiful and tasteful female nudes. His main interest is people-photography, focussing on beauty, portrait, nudes and dance. Although his site is filled with great work, I pulled these shots from his "Wrapped" series because of it's use of a simple length of fabric to create unique poses.
Los Angeles-based husband, father, picture maker, cyclist, Ravens fan, photoshop geek (his words not mine), Tim Tadder, never lacks creativity (these are mine). His latest series has him whacking bald dudes in the head with water ballons to form these awesome water wig images. Tim gets the job done with the help of a laser (to pop the balloons maybe) and a sound trigger to capture the perfect moment in time. Nice work Tim.
Women are often portrayed as being afraid of insects, so to combat this stereotype French photographer Laurent Seroussi mashed the two together. Put simply these shots are just damn cool but even if these images aren't for you, Laurent's site is definitely worth a click through. Landscapes, album covers, ad campaigns, editorials, video, art, this prolific artist does it all.
Director and designer Karmin Zariffa was hired by SpaFax and AirCanada to turn out their promo videos in celebration of AirCanada's 75th anniversary. The spots showcase air hostess uniforms and airplanes used over the years. Karmin used a lot of in camera effects and object building to pull these off and we are thankful to be able to see how he and his team did. Enjoy this BTSV. You can see the final videos in the full post.
Did you buy the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens, that our very own Jaron Schneider reviewed, only to be disappointed when it's autofocus stopped working? Well don't sweat it. Canon just released firmware 1.2.0 to rectify the problem. The downside is you need to be the proud owner of a Canon EOS 1D X, 5D III (at v1.1.3 or later) or a Rebel T4i/650D to install the upgrade. All others will need to send their lens into Canon Service. Eek!
Philippines portrait photographer Laya Gerlock graces the pages of DIY Photography this week as he demonstrate in great detail how to build a giant, kick ass light ring. Take a look at the sample image and video and if you like what you see head over to DIY Photography for the full tutorial on how to build your own.
Too often I find myself frustrated when I want to shoot but I don't have access to a model. Like many photographers I get hung up on the idea that I need to have the professional model, the studio, the stylist, the MUA and when I don't have those things I render myself incapacitated. Not a problem for Santlov and his series ToysR'JustLikeUs, where toys are depicted living our lives and loves. Check out these shots I pulled that show toys engaged in photography.
Singapore scientists have shrunk a portrait of Swedish Playboy model Lena Soderberg down to the width of a human hair. Measuring a mere 50 micrometres across the print was made with a device that can produce colour images of up to 100,000 dots per inch. The image used by a team from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research originated in a 1972 issue of Playboy and is commonly used for testing printing techniques. I know there is a joke in here somewhere and I invite you to drop it in the comments below.
Here is a 13 minute video of Joe McNally testing out the range and application of the built-in and SB-900 flashes. If your knee jerk reaction to TTL is that it's too limited and too problematic watching this demonstration by Joe may just have you giving TTL transmission use a second look.
Thanks to a promo for the upcoming BBC America crime drama, "Copper", it's never been so easy to become a New York criminal from the 1860's. Skip the trip to NYC, the raping, thieving, killing and oh ya the time travel and go straight to the online mugshot creator, Mugshot Yourself to quickly and easily produce your very own mugshot. Recognize any one from the sample photos?