Creating Compelling B&W Aerial Images in Backlit Situations

Creating Compelling B&W Aerial Images in Backlit Situations

For a bit over a year now, I have been taking regular flights over the city of Los Angeles, photographing the city from a helicopter. I get a lot of questions about how I'm editing the images to get the look and feel that I am, and the answer is actually quite simple. Using only carefully considered exposures and Lightroom adjustments, I've come up with a consistent and somewhat unique look for the project.

Working With a Muse: Is the Search for a Creative Soulmate Worth the Trouble?

Working With a Muse: Is the Search for a Creative Soulmate Worth the Trouble?

Having your own muse, a person on call who is willing and able to bring your creative ideas to life, is a gift. Traditionally female, muses have been the source of many artistic inspirations and great works of art, due to their beauty, character, or some other mysterious quality. Problem is, these collaborations can become murky as conflicting goals, crossed boundaries, and trust issues seep into what was “a good thing.” How can working with a muse revolutionize your work? Are the benefits of finding one worth the trouble?

Graphic Designer Uses Manfrotto Tripod and Apple Magic Trackpad to Work Hands-Free

Graphic Designer Uses Manfrotto Tripod and Apple Magic Trackpad to Work Hands-Free

Well, now we've seen everything. In this wild video, graphic designer Michelle Vandy shows off her — ahem — unique technique for working without the use of hands. Vandy developed this unusual workflow in order to combat her RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), and with it she is able to take movement of her arms and hands virtually out of the picture. She further credits this method with subtly influencing her design work.

Is It Possible To Produce High End Video With A $600 Point & Shoot?

Is It Possible To Produce High End Video With A $600 Point & Shoot?

If you’d asked me this question last week, I would have said no. What a difference a few days makes. Ruslan Pelykh, a New York City-based videographer and photographer, is creating outstanding video with a Leica D Lux 6, a 10 megapixel, $600 point and shoot. This post is a kick up the butt for anyone hanging on for a piece of gear as being the reason they can’t create with what they have. Welcome to creating more, with less.

The Smithsonian Just Gave You 40,000 Pieces Of Art, Including 400 Photos

The Smithsonian Just Gave You 40,000 Pieces Of Art, Including 400 Photos

Early last year, the Smithsonian announced that they would be opening up their digital collection for the world to see. The first phase constitutes over 40,000 pieces of art, including over 400 photographs, from the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Freer Study Collection, all of which focus on the museum’s Asian gallery collections. The collections are available for anyone to download and use for free for non-commercial use under a program they call Open F|S.

Preparing and Packing A Portable Studio Efficiently

Preparing and Packing A Portable Studio Efficiently

When people walk through my living room studio, they are puzzled that I do not own or rent a permanent studio space. What many do not know is that when I’m contracted for a commercial assignment, about 80% of the time I must travel to a location or shot at the client’s home base. And, in many cases that requires transporting several 9 foot seamless backdrops and a whole lot of equipment. I don’t have a giant bus to haul all of my studio gear, so it’s been a trying experience to find the right tools to efficiently pack and tote my mobile studio.

G-Tech Hits CES 2015 with a Major Focus on Rugged Lifestyles

G-Tech Hits CES 2015 with a Major Focus on Rugged Lifestyles

While familiarity with LaCie's signature, bright-orange-accented Rugged series hard drives comes with the territory of being in the photography business, G-Technology has always relied on the simple reliability of its HGST hard drives and Apple-inspired looks to gain them the same notoriety -- until now. G-Tech's announcements for CES 2015 concentrate on introducing greater shock, dust, drop, and even water protection for those reliable drives inside with an array of bumpers, enclosures, and even lightweight Evolution-series-compatible drives for the mobile creative.

Fujifilm Unveils Long-Awaited XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens, Available February

Fujifilm Unveils Long-Awaited XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens, Available February

Setting off CES 2015, Fujifilm has officially announced the new Fujinon XF16–55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. This 16–55mm (24–84mm equivalent) standard zoom lens is proudly described by Fujifilm as the perfect companion for photojournalists who favor a weather and dust-resistant design, a highly practical wide-angle to standard-telephoto zoom, and a wide f/2.8 aperture throughout.

SanDisk Drops Three New Products at CES 2015

SanDisk Drops Three New Products at CES 2015

Each year over 150,000 people flock to Las Vegas for CES, the world’s largest consumer electronic showcase. Major tech innovators from all over the world kick off the new year by showing off their latest and greatest gadgets and innovations to the public. This year, SanDisk unveiled three new products that are designed to increase your productivity and give your workflow a boost.

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