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The Photographer's Guide to a Ten-Minute Passport Photo

The Photographer's Guide to a Ten-Minute Passport Photo

If you're anything like me then you feel pretty strongly that your face belongs behind a camera, not in front of it. I absolutely hate getting my picture taken, and I'm never more displeased than when I get my photo IDs made. From garish drug store / post office lighting to a poorly executed smile there's always a reason to dread whipping out my driver's license or ID. While I can't really help you with your DMV escapades, passports are unique in that you can actually provide your own image for the document — something I recently took advantage of and you can too. So here it is, The Photographer's Guide to Taking a Passport Photo You Won't Want to Destroy with Fire. All in 10 minutes or less.

Casey Neistat Reviews His Favorite Video Camera, Google Glass

Casey Neistat Reviews His Favorite Video Camera, Google Glass

YouTuber, Casey Neistat is known for his over-the-top viral videos, his sometimes eccentric working and organizational methods, and countless little DIY studio and life hacks. Rather than working with dedicated cine gear or even DSLR kits, Neistat typically uses $100 point-and-shoot cameras for their compactness, accessibility, cost, and their innocuous appearance. For these reasons, it's pretty easy to see why he'd be interested in taking Google Glass for a spin.

Look "Through the Ground Glass" in a Short Film About Large Format Photography

Look "Through the Ground Glass" in a Short Film About Large Format Photography

Through the Ground Glass is a beautiful short film by Taylor Hawkins that features large-format photographer, Joseph Allen Freeman as he — very candidly — talks about the process, frustrations, difficulties, and joys of shooting with large-format film. Even if this type of photography isn't your cup of tea, this video is worth a watch.

Warning: NSFW for language.

How an Elementary School Teacher Took the Most Popular Viral GoPro Photo To Date

How an Elementary School Teacher Took the Most Popular Viral GoPro Photo To Date

Elementary school teacher turned shark tour intern, Amanda Brewer, recently took a photo of a great white shark emerging from the depths with her GoPro. After sharing the image with GoPro on Instagram and it being published as their Photo of the Day, the image has received international press coverage, amassed over 360K likes, and already been commissioned for a billboard near the port at which it was taken. In this interview with Jared Polin, of Fro Knows Photo, Amanda tells the story of how the photo was taken and, in Jared's words, "What to do when your photo goes viral, real bleeping viral."

Dan Saelinger on the Importance and Rewards of Personal Projects

Dan Saelinger on the Importance and Rewards of Personal Projects

Dan Saelinger is a Portland, OR based conceptual photographer with a signature, meticulously clean and refined, style with a flare for simple, graphic-based images. Dan's work has appeared in Newsweek, IEEE, Popular Science, Field & Stream, and Reader's Digest, his advertising portfolio includes work for SKYY Vodka, Nike, and Google. In this interview Dan takes us back to his time as an undergrad photography student, his journey through his MFA, his career in high-end conceptual photography, and the role personal work has played through out it all.

Faded + Blurred to Close at the End of the Year

Faded + Blurred to Close at the End of the Year

Yesterday, Jeffery Saddoris, co-author and curator of the photography inspiration site Faded + Blurred announced that they will post their last article this Friday, September 26th, 2014. Faded + Blurred has been in operation since 2009 and since then has published over 1,000 beautiful, inspiring articles and really pushed the industry in new and exciting directions. In the podcast On Taking Pictures which is co-hosed by Saddoris he explains the decision to step away from F+B coming as a result of the need to engage a larger, non-niche (strictly photographic), audience.

Voigtlander Releases a Quirky Little 40mm f/2.8 Heliar Pancake Lens

Voigtlander Releases a Quirky Little 40mm f/2.8 Heliar Pancake Lens

Photokina saw some really awesome product announcements, one release that you might have missed was the Voigtlander 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens for Sony's FE mount. This weird little lens is will come in Leica's M mount but will not, I repeat, will not, work on Leicas due to the lack of helicoid for focusing. Rather, it's been designed to be used with the VM-E close foucs adapter.

Sony Reveals Four New Lenses

Sony Reveals Four New Lenses

Breaking: The guys over at Sony Alpha Rumors have reported on the four newly announced lenses offered by Sony for their FE mount α7 series cameras. According to Sony Alpha Rumors the long-speculated Zeiss fast-aperture prime is a 35mm f/1.4 distagon. While details are still incoming we now know that the lens I had hoped would be an 85mm is, in fact, a 35mm. Heartbreak.

In addition to the 35mm f/1.4 Sony also...

Behind the Scenes of a 50s Inspired Music Video Shoot

Behind the Scenes of a 50s Inspired Music Video Shoot

Martin Melnick is a Portland-based director and colorist. His studio, Tree House Post, specializes in color, VFX, editing, and motion graphics. Recently he along with his team put together an amazing music video for the band Adventure Galley based on classic 50s and 60s scifi shows such as Men into Space, Destination Moon, and Dr. Strangelove. The video has already received quite a bit of attention from various film and music video festivals and Martin was kind enough to share a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the video in a brief interview.

Sony Releases Teaser for the FE 16-35mm f/4.0 Lens

Sony Releases Teaser for the FE 16-35mm f/4.0 Lens

Among the biggest complaints about the Sony α7 line is the lack of glass available for the new FE mount. So far they've done a good job producing two semi-fast standard primes (a 35mm f/2.0 and a 55mm f/1.8), and two slow-ish pro-zooms (a 24-70 f/4.0 and a 70-200 f/4.0). Yesterday, Sony Japan released a teaser image for a 16-35mm FE lens. The 16-35mm would round out the "Holy Trinity" of FE lenses, making the α7 line an even more appealing option to people who rely on those focal-lengths — though it would be nice to see them make some f/2.8 zooms, too.

Fstoppers Reviews: RadLab, an All-in-One Ps-Based Editing Platform

Fstoppers Reviews: RadLab, an All-in-One Ps-Based Editing Platform

I hang out with a lot of wedding photographers and have heard them raving about RadLab, the Photoshop-based editing platform from the guys at Totally Rad!, for the last three-or-so years. The thing they love most about RadLab is the ability to visualize the change a setting will make before applying it — no more Command Z. Over the last couple months I've been using RadLab in tandem with my normal Lr and Ps workflow and have, overall, been very pleased with the results.

A Conversation with Ryan Muirhead on Finding a Calling

A Conversation with Ryan Muirhead on Finding a Calling

If you've had a chance to check out Framed Network's fabulous mini-series, Film, you'll be familiar with the awesome, inspiring work of Ryan Muirhead. Ryan's career as a photographer started only around five years ago, since then he's made quite a splash in the film-shooting (and otherwise) community and become a constant source of inspiration for me. In this interview he chats with The Artist Report about the importance of living in the present, embracing (or at least learning to live with) failure, and how he's gone about weighing what he wants to do against what he needs to. If you have an extra 25-odd minutes this afternoon I'd highly encourage you to check out this video, you may be a better photographer for it.

Bill Wadman Photographs People in a Corner: a DIY Project Turned Portrait Series

Bill Wadman Photographs People in a Corner: a DIY Project Turned Portrait Series

If you listen to the podcast On Taking Pictures, you know that co-host of the program Bill Wadman is a New York-based portrait photographer who's worked with the likes of Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Philip Glass, Ze Frank, and many, many others. Though his traditional portrait and conceptual work are tremendous in their own right, Bill has gotten quite a bit of attention over the years for his projects such as his critically acclaimed Dancers in Motion, cinematic Drabbles, and the 365 Portrait project that helped him to start it all.

Get the Catchlights of Your Dreams: A Tutorial to Build LED Ring Lights in Any Shape

Get the Catchlights of Your Dreams: A Tutorial to Build LED Ring Lights in Any Shape

Photographer and educator, Tony Northrup, was inspired by Fstoppers' own Dani Diamond's awesome larger-than-life ring light and put together his own tutorial video showing you how to build a light source in just about any shape you set your mind to with supplies picked up at a hardware store. This nifty little tutorial will get you up and running in an afternoon with catch lights that'll make your buddies green with envy and left scratching their heads.

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