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HDR Vs. Flash For Interiors And Real Estate Photography

HDR Vs. Flash For Interiors And Real Estate Photography

I know that many of our readers are real estate photographers or have at least tried their hand at real estate photography. The most common method used to create 'good enough' real estate photos is HDR: whether it is tonemapping or exposure fusion, HDR is definitely the most-used method for real estate and beginner interior photographers. In this post, I'll do a comparison between tonemapping, exposure fusion, single on-camera flash, and multiple off-camera flash, and show you the benefits (or disadvantages, rather) of each.

Fstoppers Rapid-Fire Q&A Session With Fine Art Photographer Vinny Picardi

Fstoppers Rapid-Fire Q&A Session With Fine Art Photographer Vinny Picardi

Vinny Picardi is a successful fine art and advertising photographer based in Los Angeles, CA, who has exhibited work all over the country and around the world. I recently came across Vinny's work and I have to say that I'm a pretty big fan, so I thought it would be interesting to share not only just a photo series with our readers, but also to take some time to ask a few questions to get inside the head of a successful fine art photographer.

The Long-Awaited Canon 6D Is Now In Stock And Shipping From B&H

The Long-Awaited Canon 6D Is Now In Stock And Shipping From B&H

Just a quick heads up to the many of us who have been waiting for this camera: It's finally in stock and ready to ship! Just in time for a nice holiday gift to...yourself. Because let's be honest, if you're as excited about this camera as I am, you're not going to let anyone else in your family get their paws on it before you. For more information and to place an order, head on over to B&H Photo's 6D page.

360-Degree Panoramic Video: The Next Big Thing In Video?

360-Degree Panoramic Video: The Next Big Thing In Video?

I recently was introduced to Making View, a Norwegian company that specializes in creating 360-degree panoramic video. Yep, you read that right. Panoramic video. Much like a 360-degree photo tour, you can zoom and move around the video as it plays. It is without a doubt one of the coolest things I've seen in recent memory, and I can see the technology being used in some pretty incredible ways.

Watch As Photographer And Digital Artist Erik Johansson Creates A Gorgeous And Surreal Landscape Scene

Watch As Photographer And Digital Artist Erik Johansson Creates A Gorgeous And Surreal Landscape Scene

We've featured Erik Johansson's Ted Talk before, as he is a digital artist and photographer who is on the cutting edge of his genre. Using clever pre-visualization and a lot of Photoshop, Erik is able to create some brain-melting pieces. In this BTS video, he'll show you how he created one of his newest pieces, titled Cut & Fold. Be sure to check out Erik's Website if you haven't before, it's well worth a look for any aspiring creative.

Behind The Scenes: Creating A 1930s-Themed Fashion Shoot In Detroit

Behind The Scenes: Creating A 1930s-Themed  Fashion Shoot In Detroit

Detroit-based fashion photographer Paul Manoian recently released this informative (and cold!) BTS video of him shooting models using vintage automobiles, clothing, and styling. Paul touches on what he does to keep a shoot running smoothly, especially in below-freezing weather: keeping the crew and models fed and happy, moving quickly between locations, and having a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. The final images are pretty incredible, if I say so myself. Goes to show...

FS Reviews: Scott Hargis' Lighting For Real Estate Photography Video Series

FS Reviews: Scott Hargis' Lighting For Real Estate Photography Video Series

Many of you are familiar with Scott Hargis, who has made his living as both a successful architectural photographer and in recent years, teacher. Scott has cris-crossed the world to teach his methods, including a recent trip to Dubai to teach at Gulf Photo Plus. Scott recently released a multi-part video tutorial that teaches his methods for shooting high-quality photos for real estate photography using off-camera flashes, and Scott was kind enough to send us a copy to review.

The Intersection of Art, Architecture, And Photography: The Art Of Felice Varini

The Intersection of Art, Architecture, And Photography: The Art Of Felice Varini

Ready to have your mind blown? Check out these installations by Swiss artist Felice Varini, in which he painstakingly paints patterns and designs into enormous spaces in such a way that from one specific angle, they look entirely surreal. This concept is nothing new, (we've all seen those chalk drawings on the street) but the scale and size of Varini's installations is simply incredible. But what does this have to do with photography, you ask?

FS Exclusive: Sneak Peek At Celebrity Photographer Brian Smith's 'Secrets Of Great Portrait Photography'

FS Exclusive: Sneak Peek At Celebrity Photographer Brian Smith's 'Secrets Of Great Portrait Photography'

Earlier this year, we interviewed world-renowned celebrity photographer Brian Smith, and he shared plenty of valuable insight with us. I'm happy to say that Brian has recently completed work on a book aimed at helping you improve your portrait photography, aptly titled 'Secrets Of Great Portrait Photography.' Brian has graciously agreed to provide some of the content for us to check out, and I'm happy to be able to share it with you. Check it out, I promise you'll learn something!

BTS On The International Space Station: Discussing The Cameras, Techniques, And Difficulties Involved When Shooting In Space

BTS On The International Space Station: Discussing The Cameras, Techniques, And Difficulties Involved When Shooting In Space

Astronaut Donald Pettit has spent more than a year of his life in space. Between two long-term stays on the ISS and a six-week Space Shuttle trip, he's racked up an incredible 370 days living, working, and photographing in the most hostile environment known to man. In this video, Donald shows us the techniques he's developed to create some of the jaw-dropping images and timelapses that he's created

Chasing Obama: A Day In The Life Of A Reuters Photographer On The Campaign Trail

Chasing Obama: A Day In The Life Of A Reuters Photographer On The Campaign Trail

With the United States' presidential election decided with Barack Obama as the winner, I thought the timing would be perfect to share this video created by Reuters' White House photographer Jason Reed. Jason follows the president on his campaign trail, and offers some interesting behind the scenes views of a job that most of us dream of having. While not an earth-shattering video, it gives us a better idea of how many hats a modern photojournalist must wear, and how incredibly hectic it gets when photographing the world's largest election...

Kamil Tamiola Shows Us How To Create Awesome Nighttime Images

Kamil Tamiola Shows Us How To Create Awesome Nighttime Images

Alpine photographer Kamil Tamiola has made quite a name for himself shooting landscapes and people in hostile high-altitude environments. His work is stunning, and he admits that a large part of what sets him apart from other photographers is his use of nighttime and twilight imagery, which can be incredibly difficult to capture in this environment. In this video, a very cold Kamil will walk us through what it takes to create one of his gorgeous high altitude images.

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm, Star Wars Franchise: More Star Wars Films Coming

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm, Star Wars Franchise: More Star Wars Films Coming

In the most unexpected yet earth-shattering news in recent film and video memory, Disney has agreed to purchase Lucasfilm for a reported $4.05 billion. Along with that purchase, Disney has stated that it will continue to produce original Star Wars films and related material. Since I know that most all of our readers grew up watching Star Wars and at some point in their life have pretended to wield a lightsaber, this has got to be the greatest Star Wars news in some time.

Yet Another Outrageous Deal: Rebel T3i Kit With Two Lenses, Printer, And More For $599

Yet Another Outrageous Deal: Rebel T3i Kit With Two Lenses, Printer, And More For $599

B&H strikes again! This time it's a Rebel T3i, 18-55mm IS, 55-250mm IS, PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II printer, 16gb Sandisk Extreme SD card, shoulder bag, and glossy paper pack. All of that for $599 after a mail in rebate, which is just an amazing deal. If you're a new enthusiast, looking to pick up a gift for a loved one, or looking for a backup option that will create high-quality images for a great price, you need to look no further. Click here to see the deal on the B&H website.

Go Behind The Scenes With Brad Wilson As He Creates Incredible Portraits Of Live Animals

Go Behind The Scenes With Brad Wilson As He Creates Incredible Portraits Of Live Animals

Brad Wilson, a commercial and fine art photographer who splits his time between New Mexico and New York, recently released this video of him shooting exotic animals in a studio. Take a look at how Brad works with giraffes, elephants, alligators and more to create breahttaking studio portraits of animals that are never seen in this environment. To be honest, the fact that Brad has the guts to get six inches from some of these huge cats to take their picture with studio lighting is just incredible.

FishLove Works To Promote Sustainable Fishing By Posing Celebs With Fish (Totally Naked)

FishLove Works To Promote Sustainable Fishing By Posing Celebs With Fish (Totally Naked)

In an effort to raise awareness of overfishing in the Atlantic Ocean, a coalition of photographers in Europe came together to work on a project known as FishLove. By showing how much these celebs love fish (enough to get naked with them!) they're hoping to bring attention to the plight of many overfished species. While the photos are certainly attention grabbing, I think I much would have preferred video of naked celebrities trying to pose with live fish. In case you were wondering, this post is definitely NSFW and, while I'm at it, not safe for schools, either.

Fstoppers Reviews The Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter: A Must For Any Landscape Photographer

Fstoppers Reviews The Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter: A Must For Any Landscape Photographer

Most photographers and videographers have felt the need to slow down their shutter speeds on more than one occasion: whether you're a landscape photographer looking to get scintillating blurry water and clouds, a portrait photographer trying to slow down a shutter speed to use shallow depth of field with a wide aperture, or a videographer in search of that cinema-like look. While there are a number of solutions, one of the most well-known and most flexible is the Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter.

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