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!
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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?
The Brookyln-based team known as The Saline Project, made up of animator Liam Kirtley, designer Jesse Roff, brothers Adam Toht and Ben Toht are putting together a great series of 3D lenticular images titled: Monsters, Villains, Heroes And Victims (MHVF). So far only 3 of the images are in circulation with another 10 on the way. Just in time for Halloween.
NYC based photographer Leland Bobbé has been getting a lot of exposure for his not only gender but mind bending series, "Half-Drag". Leland attempts to capture men with their female alter egos at the same time and in camera. I found myself holding a hand up to separate these photos into two so I could process the personas individually. I even cut the first one apart for you. Nice work Leland.
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My main man in Montreal, photographer Benjamin Von Wong, sent me two videos last week. The first is this great peek bts of David Guetta's "Titanium" video. And the second is of Ben kicking, burning and drenching the Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80 to see if it really is as indestructible as it claims. It's worth noting that this is a product Ben found and wanted to have fun with and that he is not sponsored by the product's company. You can see his torture test here. Thanks for these Ben.
I stumbled across an older post today that features English student Lisa Roux, who photographed her subjects while they wore their own portraits. Not a new concept but I found the character in this series fun, natural and a bit whimsical. This analog approach reminded me a bit of this early post where a projector was used to superimpose the subjects' face back onto themselves but far more light hearted.
Would you like to take full advantage of your shiny new Canon 5D Mark III's 1,040,000 dot Clear View II TFT LCD screen and maybe learn something new at the same time? Then you should check out Canon's product page, where you can find “on-camera tutorials” for your specific camera model. That's right you can watch tutorials right off the back of your camera. Simply choose your model and
Benjamin Von Wong gives us some tips for shooting with less than optimal conditions as he goes to work on models wearing pieces made by master leather worker Cecilio Martinez. This latest and last installment of Ben's European tour finds him in Spain, without power, light stands, experienced models or the ability to speak Spanish. So check out this video and if you want more then head over to Ben's Blog where he lays out all the juicy details.
Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé is turning out some interesting landscape photography using a 1x1 meter, suspended, glowing square. And it's worth noting that Benoit's images are not Photoshopped.
"I hate lanscape. So I decide to stage my own vision of lanscape. I create an art light installation for poetic space/time purpose...
American artist/master air-brusher Michael Rosner transforming his models into beautiful trans-human entities before unleashing them on Tim Engle to be photographed. Fortunately for you, you can watch this behind the scenes video of the painting and shooting process without having to sit through the painstakingly long 16 to 20 painting session. Respect your models.
French advertising/still life photographer Julien Palast wrapped models in vibrant colors to eliminating details such as hair, skin and eye color to allow viewers to focus on the subject's various shapes, curves and contours. As a result, looking at these portraits are more akin to looking at sculpture.
Get an inside look at German photographer Jan Leonardo Wöllert's techniques, practices and philosophy as he is featured in this Deutsche Welle TV interview. Jan Leonardo Wöllert is considered to be one of the original light painting pioneers and has done work for prestigious clients such as Diesel, Nike, Covenant and The Strokes.