[Contest] Win A Free iPad 2 And Peter Hurley's DVD Through Twitter

[Contest] Win A Free iPad 2 And Peter Hurley's DVD Through Twitter
We have a lot of contests going on each month but we wanted to give away something really special for the Holidays. What are we giving away that is so special? How about a free Apple 16GB iPad 2 and a free digital copy of Peter Hurley's The Art Behind The Headshot!
All you have to do to enter is follow @fstoppers on Twitter, and tweet the following message: "Follow @fstoppers and retweet this message to win Peter Hurley's DVD and an iPad 2 http://bit.ly/tsTufu" Make sure you tweet this message between now and the end of December 15th, 2011 because we will announce the winner the following day. Goto Peter's The Art Behind The Headshot Website for more information. Thanks to everyone who has already purchased the DVD and good luck to everyone entering the contest. NOTE: If you plan on ordering the DVD or already have purchased it, you will be refunded if you win the twitter contest.

[Video] The Canon 5DM2 Vs The New Canon C300

[Video] The Canon 5DM2 Vs The New Canon C300
Just a few weeks ago Canon announced the new C300 video camera to join the professional video world. Many people were confused because the specs didn't seem that much better than the 5DM2 but the price was way higher ($20k). In the video below Jonathan Yi does a great job of showing many of the benefits of the C300. If I had a little bit more money I would be tempted to buy one of these myself.

[Woops] The Easiest Way To Lose $2400 In 24 Seconds

[Woops] The Easiest Way To Lose $2400 In 24 Seconds
I'll always remember a friend of mine saying that he loved the Canon 5D Mark II for film making because it was expendable and cheap compared to "real" video cameras (he crashed a lot of them). For most of us, having any piece of gear break is heartbreaking especially when it comes from our own stupidity lack of foresight. Such was the case for filmmaker and 3D Animator Kurtis Hough as he was doing a little beach videography. While on set for what appears to be The Goonies II, Kurtis encountered something pretty scary. After watching the video below you might want to reconsider not insuring your photo gear.

[Contest] And the Lowepro November Facebook Contest Winner is...

[Contest] And the Lowepro November Facebook Contest Winner is...
We received over 1400 entries into our sweepstakes to win a Lowepro Photo Sport AW 200 and this morning I used a random number generator to draw our winner. Congratulations to Kara Marnell! To claim your prize, send me an email with a link to your facebook profile so I can confirm your details (this may require that you accept me as a friend). Stick around and look forward to more contests launching this month! More chances to win great prizes from awesome brands like Lowepro!

[FS Meetup] Fstoppers Unite Friday Night At The Bayou In Salt Lake City

[FS Meetup] Fstoppers Unite Friday Night At The Bayou In Salt Lake City
So you've had a long week of work and just survived a record breaking wind storm...what does one do to cut the edge in Salt Lake City? How about socializing over a few beers with other local photographers? Lee and I will be in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend hitting up Solitude (if the snow sticks around) before we head down to film the next Fstoppers Original in Phoenix. We've been told the best local watering hole is a beervanna called The Bayou (645 South State Street), and nothing cures a long flight and a little jet lag like a few cold brewskies. Meet up at The Bayou around 9PM if you are in the area and we'd love to hang out a bit. In typical Fstoppers fashion, yes this meetup is being announced within the maximum 48 hour notice :)

[Contest Entry] How To Convert A DSLR To Infrared, Light With Xbox Kinect

[Contest Entry] How To Convert A DSLR To Infrared, Light With Xbox Kinect
The final day to submit your behind the scenes video for our contest is December 31st. With 30 days left, the videos are starting to pour in and they are getting better and better. I've never had any interested in infrared photography until I saw Mark Fore's contest entry. In the video below Mark shows us how he converted his digital rebel into an infrared camera for $6. He then takes pictures lighting his subjects with the Xbox Kinect. To learn how to turn your camera into an IR system, check out this website.

[News] Melissa Rodwell's Free DVD Twitter Contest

[News] Melissa Rodwell's Free DVD Twitter Contest

Melissa Rodwell's "Fashion Photography Exposed" has started shipping to the hundreds of you who have already pre-ordered. So, to help get things moving along and to thank her fan for all their support, Melissa has decided to give away the original test/prototype DVD that she has signed in silver pen, making this a one of a kind collector's item. Full Details inside .

The Wednesday Rundown 11.30.11

The Wednesday Rundown 11.30.11
Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have some more of the entries from the 2011 Behind The Scenes Contest. We are in the final stretch for this contest and if you are still working on your video you need to finish it soon. Don't forget who we have as the judges this year, if the prizes are not enough the judges should make this contest worth your time. Check out the contest entry "Sand Storm" and see how this team creates a high fashion desert shoot inside. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on "submit content" above.




[News] New Nikon SB910 Speedlight Announced

[News] New Nikon SB910 Speedlight Announced
One of the biggest announcements I was really excited about this year was the release of Nikon's Flagship SB910 Speedlight. Many people were speculating that the revamped portable strobe would be smaller like the classic SB800, finally offer wireless syncing via radio, incorporate a small constant LED light for video, or add another half stop or two of power. Unfortunately none of those changes have become reality yet but the new speedlight does offer enough updates that anyone in the market for a powerful speedlight will want to check out the Nikon SB910. Click the full post to read the official Nikon Press Release. You can already preorder the Nikon SB910 as it should be shipping mid December 2011. Out of curiosity, if you could design the perfect speedlight, what features would you want that this new flash does not already offer?

[Contests] Last Day to Enter November Contests

[Contests] Last Day to Enter November Contests
Our November Contsts, sponsored by Lowepro and Westcott, are coming to a close! You have just one more day to enter to win some great prizes. On Facebook you can win the new Peter Hurley DVD just by entering a before and after photoshop image to our group page. On the Fstoppers facebook page, just click the Contests tab, answer one question, and you're entered to win a brand new Lowepro bag. On the FS Forums, submit your best self portrait and you could win a new Westcott Apollo Orb. Just click any of the images below to go to the contest you want to enter. Hurry, all contests close tomorrow!

[BTS Video] Dramatic Photography Portraits Lit With Black Lights

[BTS Video] Dramatic Photography Portraits Lit With Black Lights
The videos keep coming in for our 2011 Fstoppers Behind The Scenes Contest as we enter the final month of submissions. Most photographers use either strobe, fluorescent, or incandescent light to mold and sculpt their subjects. German photographer Julius Ise went a completely different route and used UV blacklights along with some gelled lights for separation to produce extremely vivid images. The shoot has an overall tribal theme and I really think the blacklight look brings something to the overall vibe. I'd say this is one of my top 5 submissions so far but Julius will have to impress our judges. What do you guys think? Leave Julius your thoughts below in the comments. Also check out Julius Ise's full portfolio because it's pretty awesome as well.

[Post Production] Liquifying Your Models With The Puppet Warp Photoshop Tool

[Post Production] Liquifying Your Models With The Puppet Warp Photoshop Tool
Gry Garness is a makeup artist turned retoucher/photoshop consultant from Norway. I wasn't familiar with her photoshop tutorials until I came across this video the other day, and I must say I'm pretty impressed with her articulate approach to complicated techniques. In this video, Gry teaches some interesting liquify techniques on an image by Derek Cooper. Instead of simply using the lossy liquify tool, Gry shows you how you can use warp and puppet warp selections which give you the ability to go back and change any transforms down the road. The results are pretty amazing and it's always good to know a few different ways to accomplish the same overall outcome.

[BTS Video] Fstoppers.com Inspires Another Wet Wakeboard Photoshoot

[BTS Video] Fstoppers.com Inspires Another Wet Wakeboard Photoshoot
When Lee and I started this website almost two years ago, our vision was to not only share knowledge of what some of the best photographers around the world were doing but to also create a community that could inspire other creative professionals. Our Facebook Group is full of photoshoots from our readers that were inspired by some of the top talent featured on Fstoppers, and it's always fun to see photoshoots that were inspired directly from something we first did here. The latest such video comes from the Netherlands where photographer Wouter de Winter recreates my very own Indoor Wakeboard Studio Shoot using kiteboarders. Wouter isn't the first to draw inspiration from the original video but he is the first to also create a BTS video about it, and I think you will enjoy it. The next step for other photographers should be to take this idea and create something even bigger! If you have ideas or thoughts about what direction the next "indoor wakeboard shoot" should go, leave them in the comments below. I'd love to hear where others would take this concept...it might even make for a great BTS Contest Video!

[Pics] Classic Animal Photo Bombs

[Pics] Classic Animal Photo Bombs

What better way to start your work week, after the long Thanksgiving vacation, than to ease in with some amusing animal photo bombs. You may have seen many of these before but they should still be good for a few mindless chuckles. Which got me thinking... with all of us photographers prolifically snapping away, at least some of us must have some hilarious photo bombs. If you do, please share them in the comments section.

[Video] Outside The Softbox: Giving Your Photography Clients An Experience

[Video] Outside The Softbox:  Giving Your Photography Clients An Experience
I recently came across this video produced by [Framed] Show, and it really made me stop and think about how I run my business...and this is not just for wedding photographers! Sal Cincotta takes a second to put all of the gear, lighting diagrams, inspiration, and BTS videos aside to talk about something that a lot of photographers fail to capitalize on in their own businesses. Treating your clients to "an experience" they will remember and appreciate is probably THE most important thing you can do for your photography business and gaining future clients. Little things like answering your phone and email within 24 hours seems like a no brainer but how many of you take time out to send handwritten thank you notes or personalized gifts as a token of appreciation? The winter season is a great time to revamp how you will engage your clients in the spring and summer so let me ask you this: What are some things you do to improve your relationship with your clients? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and if you have any ideas that aren't wedding based I'm sure everyone would love to hear them.

[BTS Video] Joe McNally's Epson Photograph Is A Circus In The Air

[BTS Video] Joe McNally's Epson Photograph Is A Circus In The Air
Most people know Joe McNally for his photojournalism or his editorial work. Others know him as the author of some of the best photography books on lighting. But Joe "numnuts" McNally is also one heck of an advertising photographer too. Recently Joe photographed the Anti-Gravity Dancers in an ad campaign for Epson's new R3000 printers. By using huge Octobanks and powerful gridded rim lights, McNally and his team were able to create some dramatic portraits of the dancers flipping and soaring above the New York City skyline. Click the full post to see the final image and a BTS lighting setup and head over to Joe McNally's Blog to view a ton of images throughout the day. This shoot looks like a ton of fun and has my wheels turning a bit!

[News] The New Nikon D800 Might Actually Look Like This

[News] The New Nikon D800 Might Actually Look Like This
Everyone has been waiting for the new Nikon D3s and D700 replacement cameras for what seems like forever. Nikon Rumors recently opened a whole can of worms as they released photos that the rumor blog owner stats as being 99% legit. However new speculations have come out from another reliable source over at DigitalRev. We here at Fstoppers aren't going to claim we know what the next Nikon DSLR will actually look like so instead we pose this question: Which version of the Nikon D800 do you think is more accurate and which one excites you the most? Click the FULL POST to view a side by side comparison of both speculated versions of the camera and leave your thoughts below in the comments. I'd actually be more interested in the DigitalRev version but that's just me.

[Deals] The Best Photo Related Black Friday Deals

[Deals] The Best Photo Related Black Friday Deals
All day today we have been posting photo related deals on our Twitter and Facebook account. Here are a list of the top deals that are still currently available but will probably die after midnight tonight. Top Deal: Canon Rebel T3i + 18-55mm usually $799 on sale today only for $650 here. Canon G12 usually $499.99 on sale today for $379.95 here. Adobe Lightroom usually $299 currently on sale for $149.99 here. Capture One software normally $399.99 on sale today for 50% off with code BL2011 here.

[Video] Quechua Brings The Animal Kingdom Together For A Commercial

[Video] Quechua Brings The Animal Kingdom Together For A Commercial
These days it's not surprising to find out that most of what you see in a movie or commercial is completely green screened or created with CGI. So I was pleasantly shocked when I saw the behind the scenes video for the outdoor clothing company Quechua's latest advertisement. The slow motion footage of wild animals interacting with hikers and campers is nothing sort of amazing. Hopefully you guys enjoyed this video as much as I did. Click the full post to watch the final video. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

[Gear] Fstoppers Holiday Buying Guide

[Gear] Fstoppers Holiday Buying Guide

Happy Thanksgiving Fstoppers! I know we all haven't even started carving into our turkeys yet, but I wanted to let you know that I have just completed the Fstoppers 2011 Holiday Buying Guide. I made this guide to help narrow down some of the best ideas for gifts for the photographer or videographer in your life. I also made the guide easy to navigate based on budget by dividing the Guide by price. Don't have a lot to spend? Not to worry. There are plenty of great gifts under $100. Want to melt their face off with a ridiculous and unexpected gift? Check out the over $500 category. I will be updating the Buying Guide frequently all the way up until Christmas as more products go on sale or come to my attention. Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to receive quick updates on fire-sale-priced products that won't last long enough to warrant adding them to the Buying Guide. Happy shopping Fstoppers!

[BTS Video] Irina Shayk Exposes An Elle Magazine Photo Shoot

[BTS Video] Irina Shayk Exposes An Elle Magazine Photo Shoot
It's pretty rare that a solid behind the scenes video comes from a super high end photoshoot. Usually they aren't full of much photography insight and instead focus on the model. But that doesn't mean you can't get inspired and learn something from the best of the best. In this video supermodel Irina Shayk and makeup artist Baltasar Gonzalez Pinel talk about their recent cover shoot for Elle Magazine Spain which involves a lot of body beads. In the second video below, you can see how a simple hard light with some reflectors can produce a super high end fashion result. Check out Santiago Esteban's website for some amazing fashion images.

The Wednesday Rundown 11.23.11

The Wednesday Rundown 11.23.11
Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have some of entries from the 2011 Behind The Scenes Contest. It is amazing how great these videos are and it's great to see our readers' own work. Check out these four shoots and send them some feedback on the forum. Hurry up and finish your video before you go into a food coma over the holidays! If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on "submit content" above.




[DIY Video] How To Build And Light A Set For A Product Campaign

[DIY Video] How To Build And Light A Set For A Product Campaign
Yesterday we got an interesting email from our friend Pye Jirsa over at SLRLounge.com. Pye recently helped film a video campaign for a friend's Kickstarter product launch called One and he decided to film a quick behind the scenes video on how he lit and filmed the different scenes. Pye is a big DIY guy and many of the lights he used on this production can be found for super cheap. We don't usually post a lot of Kickstarter proposals but the lighting tips from this one were simply too good to pass up. Watch the BTS video below and then click the full post to view the final video.