I use my iPhone camera more than any other camera I own. It is on me all the time and is so convenient to quickly share photos from. Even on photo shoots I always find myself pulling out the iPhone for a couple BTS snaps or video. I have had the iPhone 4 since it came out and it has been showing it's age. I heard of a way to get an iPhone 5 for the cost of sales tax, and so I decided to give it a shot tonight.
After all these years, Victoria's secret has just been revealed. She can't sing, not a lick. A recent VS Christmas commercial features their Angels getting ready for the holiday and singing carols while placing presents under the tree and waiting for Santa to show. The girls mess up lyrics, sing horrible notes, drop props ... and look fantastic the entire time. MERRY CHRISTMAS from me. Enjoy!
Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz best known for his amazing milk dress series is back with another amazing lighting tutorial. In this video he explains how to create some pretty nifty looking light streaks to create a fiery effect in your photographs. Using both a modeling lamp and normal flash from some Paul C. Buff Einsteins he shows how you can drag your shutter to create the effect.
Black and white or color? Some photos look better in one or the other. In the past, it wasn't much of a choice. With modern tools, we can re-envision what some of the photos would have looked like in color. We posted this series in the past that started quite a discussion. We found some more amazing black and white photos of icons of the past that were colorized.
Go behind the scenes with photographer Jens Haugen. Jens produces some amazing work. Probably because he shoots with a hasselblad,(jokes). A lot of work goes into fashion photography like this. From Mua's, Art Directors, Stylist, ect.. every person has an important role in developing the finished product. Not having a entourage should not discourage you tho, it just means you have to work harder and pay attention to detail with a fine tooth comb. For instance the color schemes in these photos are very well constructed and tie her outfits in with the BG. The balance of light and the way they use the light to shape her face is really beautiful too.
Check out a BTS editorial shoot with Brandon Hill. When i first started watching this video I was not expecting a solid finished product, but i quickly ate my own words after seeing the final photos. From looking at the images on the camera to the final product it is evident that Brandon, or a retoucher, did an excellent job in post. It is interesting how adding a different BG color can make the image come alive. It's also apparent that Brandon knows his light ratios very well. These portraits only being done with 2 softboxes is quite impressive. That rim light has just enough kick to separate it, but still have plenty of detail in it, a very delicate ratio.
PhotoRumors has a lineup from the Japanese magazine Impress' annual predictions of products to be released. The predictions include educated guesses and previously discussed products that will certainly come out, including news with Fuji's X-Trans sensor, Olympus' E-5 replacement, and a new Nikon with the D4 sensor!
As a way to spread some love this holiday season, Flickr has given us all a nice Christmas gift: three months free of Flickr Pro. Just navigate over to this page to claim the free upgrade (or extend your paying subscription by three months at no cost). Pretty kind of them! As a side note, this may be a master plan to pick up some disgruntled Instagram users while the controversy continues to brew. Either way, try it out if you're curious, I still think Flickr is a fantastic service for many reasons.
18 years ago this Christmas I received my first snowboard, and with that my first true love was born. I went from the age of 10 till 18 snowboarding as much as possible. The last 10 years have been a little more difficult as life consistently has landed me in places not nearly as conducive to snowboarding as growing up in NH was. That's how I came to fall in love with photography, a lack of snowboarding. Today I was introduced to the work of Ben Birk, and I am now left with an ache in my hear that only the mountains can cure. Check out his work, and be sure to check out his portfolio and flickr!
Ok, you're probably pretty skeptical right now reading that title alone. I hear ya, so was I. Really Right Stuff is known for extremely high quality carbon fiber tripods, not cases, and definitely not something in mobile computing. After hearing my surprise, the guys at Really Right Stuff laughed and made me think of it this way: the iPhone is the most popular camera on the market. It would be weird if they didn't support it, as they are one of the best camera support companies out there. Hearing that, I was ready to give this thing a look.
Gavin Hoey with AdoramaTV put together this simple yet informative video that includes beginner tips on techniques for bracketing your aperture, finding different materials for textures, and finally bringing it all together in Photoshop. Gavin shows how he works in Photoshop to transform images to make them fit your composites in a more pleasing way, and also uses blending modes and layers masks to make the textured vignettes fit his images.
As you all know, today is the last day of earth as we know it. Its the end of the world. So there is no better time than now to feature some great apocalypse photos - just in case its still calm where you live and you want to see how it looks around the world. Any recommendations for a spot to shoot the end of the world from?
To shrink the hobbits in "Lord of the Rings" was not a simple feat for Peter Jackson, it took a lot of set crafting and perspective tricks. Instead of going through those extra hoops for the recently released "The Hobbit," Peter and his team took a different composite approach to the process of resizing the actors. Our friends at Popular Mechanics detailed how the results were achieved.
Apparently, Instagram thinks it's worth fighting to stay alive today for the promise of a future tomorrow. While they've been under intense criticism after public outcry against revised terms of service that blurred the lines of users' ownership of their own content, the company has decided to clarify its position, now backpedaling entirely...
The New York Times just released an absolutely incredible piece of journalism titled 'Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,' which is a story told through the use of still images, video, computer animations and one hell of a piece of writing. I have to say that this looks like (I at least hope) the future of editorial journalism. It's been a long time since I've read, watched, or looked at a piece that captivated me like this one.
Alright, just when I thought he couldn't do anything more amazing, he proves me wrong, way wrong. If you have seen any sort of sports portraits, they usually do something different then your normal portrait. Adding cool lighting effects, lots of post work ect, not Wyn. His story for this shoot is a must read and great advice for anyone wanting to blow away their competition in their town. The way Wyn went about getting this all organized, shot, and edited is a pure masterpiece.
Check out this massive discount on the Nikon D7000 bundled with the Nikon 18-200mm DX VR II and a ton of extras including a free Nikon 50mm f/1.8! You'll even get free overnight shipping through January 5th! Also, Impact is offering $85 dollars off its 3 pack of 7' Parabolic Umbrellas and the Canon EOS Rebel T3 with an 18-55mm IS II Lens is only $399.00!
Adobe today announced that it has acquired privately held Behance, a leading online social media platform that enables creatives to showcase and share their work. With over 1 million members, the acquisition of Behance is designed to help Adobe's strategy to bring great community features to Creative Cloud, making it the ultimate hub for creatives worldwide.
We were talking with our good friends over at Lowepro, and decided to sneak in one more contest before Christmas. We're giving away Pro Roller Lite 150 AW, Pro Messenger 160 AW and a Lens Exchange 200 AW to one Fstoppers reader who needs them dearly. That's $570 worth of gear! Basically, we wanted to have you covered in any situation you might come across in the world of photography. To win, you just have to show us how bad your bag situation really is.
I did this post for my personal photography blog, but I figured this is an important subject that I hope the Fstoppers community will benefit from. By all means add to this list in the comments below if you have any suggestions!
I get this email all the time: "I’m a new/aspiring/struggling/young photographer and I want to know what advice you have for me?" I literally get this email or tweet or facebook message daily.
Last week we reported the possibility that Google and Apple would snatch up the Kodak patents, but news out says that instead Kodak has made the sale to Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation, who are to pay approximately $525 million for them. Kodak is touting the sale as building "Kodak’s momentum toward a successful emergence in the first half of 2013."
B&H now has the new Sony Full Frame Cyber Shot DSC-RX1 in stock with free overnight shipping! This incredible camera is one of the first of its kind, pairing a massive full frame CMOS sensor and fast Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens with an ultra compact body. In addition to this the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1 is now $160 dollars off!
Sometimes if opportunity doesn't come knocking you just have to build the door yourself, or in Judson Collier's case an epic website as an intern proposal letter. The website/fancy letter was written to famed photographer Jeremy Cowart. I was blown away at the sheer creativity, not to mention ballsy approach to asking someone for a job. Judson goes into great detail on why he would like to intern, his strengths and why he believes he would be great at the job, including making a mean cup of coffee.
Earlier today we posted this video of an Eagle lifting a baby in the park, and it started a massive debate whether its real or not. Now we have the answer: its FAKE. Check out this BTS video showing how 4 animation students from Montreal created this viral video. Did you get it right?
The folks at Candy Glass Productions have posted a cool tutorial on how to spin a camera around a building, using the CN Tower in Toronto as an example. This would be an awesome technique to highlight a landmark from a vacation if you're throwing together a video for friends and family. You could also scale down this technique for use on a portrait subject for any mixed media projects.
Google's predictive text can be a funny thing, especially with some of the suggestions it gives you. It seems to be partly based upon what other people may search for in relation to the specific keywords that you enter. I decided to see what would come up if we entered a few phrases regarding photographers such as 'Why do photographers...'. The results were hilarious and kind of sad!
Howdy everyone and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have a behind the scenes video from a German band shoot in an aircraft hanger. Also check out the Bollywood shoot for a magazine cover and acticle. If you have a great and informative video you want to see in the Wednesday Rundown please shoot me an email email@example.com .