The Wednesday Rundown 6.22.11
Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have medium film format shoot with the band Honor Society. Chris Brock also shares some behind the scenes of a portrait shoot. Don't forget to drop in your vote on the poll at the bottom of the WR post. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on "submit content" above.

Creating Vignettes with Curves: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta
Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, feel free to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. Feel free to connect with me on the right side bar and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about retouching. Today I demonstrate how to use a curves adjustment layer to introduce a vignette to your photograph in order to give more separation between your subject and background. Because you will be using an adjustment layer that has a mask attached to it, you will have a great amount of flexibility with the amount of vignetting. I also do photography and retouching workshops over at On June 25th, we have a retouching workshop aimed just for photographers who want to develop a more efficient post production workflow.

Irina Werning:  The Creator of The Back To The Future Photo Trend
A few years ago, photographer Ze Frank started an online photo concept called Young Me, Now Me where he took current versions of old photographs. The trend was huge on websites like Myspace and Facebook and was sure to put a smile on your face. Well Argentinian photographer Irina Werning has taken this concept even further by creating images that replicate the scene exactly from the location to the wardrobe and even down to the lighting. Irina's series called Back To The Future is a awesome example of pushing your work into the mainstream by thinking outside the box and creating something everyone will remember (and can partake in themselves). Click on the full post for a few examples of her work.

Chopper With 5DM2 Automatically Follows Wakeboarder With "FollowMe" Transmitter
If you like gadgets as much as me then you will probably find this really interesting, and probably a little scary as well. The guys over at Mikrokopter put a "FollowMe" transmitter on a wakeboarder's head and the chopper automatically follows and films him around the lake. The chopper was at a very high (and safe) altitude but I can see these getting a lot closer as the technology improves. The concept is really remarkable but I'm not sure I want a flying machine with 6 blades following something attached to my head.

Red Sox Photographer Michael Ivins Talks Baseball
Now that we are in the thick of the major league baseball season, you are probably going to see a lot more images from the league's best photographers appearing on issues of Sports Illustrated and ESPN. One such photographer is Michael Ivins who is the official photographer for the Boston Red Sox. Check out this little behind the scenes video from the Boston University Today on how Michael captures athletes and creates interesting portraits quickly and on the fly.

What Photographers Do To Entertain Themselves In An Airport
Okay this video has no real educational value at all but I really enjoyed it. Larry Chen and Joe Ayala, two drifting photographers and videographers for Tandem of Die, recently were stuck overnight at the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport. Instead of trying to sleep on the fluorescent soaked vinyl benches, they decided to create a fun video of them playing around the empty airport while security was apparently asleep. Using a few Gopros, their Canon 5D Mark II DLSRs, and some really clever camera angles, Justin and Joe have made a video that is sure to go viral. Already there is a lot of debate going on about the lack of security in Dallas causing the DFW Airport having to issue the statement found in the full post. This isn't the first time something like this has happened, but I'm pretty sure things are soon going to change. Hopefully as photographers and videographer, you can appreciate the cinematography and clever camera angles. UPDATE: Full article from the guys themselves Link Inside!

How To Trick People Into A Great Pose
No matter if you are photographing people in a wedding, an advertisement campaign, a fierce fashion spread, family portrait, or just a headshot, chances are you are going to need your subjects to show a real human emotion. Throughout my own photography career, I have realized that only about 1% of people can turn on a fake emotion that comes across as genuine in the final photo. The remaining 99% of the population have to experience an expression real time as it happens spontaneously. Jasmine Star is one of the most successful and trend setting wedding photographers on the scene right now and she has created a great video explaining how she strategically fools her clients into "moving into a pose". This technique can work with everyone from normal people to professional models, but where you will really see this sort of coaching succeed is with people who are self conscious and camera shy. Get them to focus on your funny personality or another human interaction around them and let your shutter roll! Do you have any phrases or techniques you have found successful time and time again? Share them in the comments

FS Weekly News #10: The Week’s Best Photo/Video Related Stories
I want your sex... no wait that can't be right. Sorry, that's what happens when you spend your impressionable years growing up in the 80's. I meant to say, I want your content. If you have something to share or think you know of anything your fellow readers would like to see, then send it along and I may feature it in future issues. FS Weekly is a great way to get your work seen by bunches and bunches of people, so don't be shy, let's see what you got. Missed past issues? You can find them all right here and don't forget to subscribe to have FS Weekly News delivered straight to your inbox.

Summing Up An Entire Day In One Photo
Peter Langehahn is a photographer from Germany who approaches most of his images a bit differently than most of us. Instead of photographing a single moment, Peter captures the "collective scene" of an entire event. Standing at just one vanishing point, Peter takes panoramic images throughout each event and combines them in a unique composite image that features the best moments throughout the day. Sometimes these images total over 3000 captures and the edits can take up to 60 - 90 days. I must say I've never seen anything like this but it's definitely a way of branding your own photography into something no one will forget. I'm sure someone out there has done something like this before; what are your thoughts on this technique?

The Wednesday Rundown 6.15.11
Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. If you have never checked out this section then this week is a good one to start. A Fstoppers reader, Christian, sent in a composite image he created in the forest. The results are stunning. Drop in and leave a vote for the weekly poll at the bottom of the post. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on "submit content" above.

Sitex Computers:  The Photoshop Of the 80s
Every now and then it's fun to go back in time to see how photographers approached photoshoots requiring a large amount of production. Back in 1988 Brian King was on the cutting edge of digital photography with his use of Sitex imaging computers. Well before the advent of Photoshop, Brian was able to piece together multiple images by scanning negatives and turning them into primitive digital media. By today's standards, the final product is pretty comical but this is what the first results of 'digital photography' looked like in the advertising world. I have to say, if a single photograph took this much effort and planning today I would probably have given up on commercial photography a long time ago.

The Canon Pro9000 Mark II Is Currently $50 After Rebate
Every once in a while a deal comes a long that is too good not to share. I've owned the Canon Pro9000 printer for years and have never had a problem with it. I paid $450 for it and I thought that was a great deal at the time. Currently BH is selling the Pro9000 for $250 (hit EMAIL ME A BETTER PRICE on the BH page) and after the $200 mail-in rebate, the printer only costs you $50. If you need a printer, you simply cannot beat this deal.

Projecting Your Photographs Back Onto Your Photographs
This video was recently featured on Strobist but since we've been getting so many emails about it I figured we'd share it with those of you who missed it. David Myrick decided to try something rather strange when the electronic group Glitch Mob strolled into his studio. Basically he shot portraits of the band members on a white seamless background and then projected those images back onto the artists as they wore white clothing. If this sounds confusing just watch the video and it will all make sense. Fresh ideas like David's "projection technique" continues to inspire me in my own work. What do you guys think - anyone tried this technique before?

Art or Pornography?  The Life and Work of Sally Mann
Sally Mann is an American photographer who has pushed the limits of black and white fine art. Early in her career, Sally captured both real and staged moments of her children's youth that quickly became subject of much controversy. Immediate Family, a collection of images of her children under the age of 10, showcased mainly normal, happy childhood moments. However other images featured her kids unclothed with themes of depression, anxiety, and even death. Obviously Sally's work sparked strong emotions, and the debate about what is exploitation and what is art became synonymous with her name. The acclaimed What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann is an interesting documentary that focuses on Sally's work and how she approaches her craft. Now a praised nature photographer, Sally discusses her contraversal early images as well as many of her current projects including landscapes in the deep south and portraits of her husband as he deals with muscular dystrophy. Check out Sally Mann's bookstore for great reading material from this revolutionary photographer. Click the full post for the full documentary.

Michael Levin:  Master Of Black And White Landscapes
When I first saw this video I was completely blown away. Michael Levin is an outstanding black and white landscape photographer. Recently Michael teamed up with Brad Kremer to produce the most artistic behind the scenes video I've ever seen showing a day in the life of a photographer. I really really wish there was more technical information to this video but unfortunately like most landscape photographers their secrets are hard to pull from them. Brad shot this whole video on a Canon 5D Mark II and the highly praised Dynamic Perception Dolly. Michael is primarily shooting on a Hasselblad body but that shouldn't come as any surprise. Make sure you check out Michael's portfolio -- much of his work features spectacular locations around Japan.

FS Weekly News #9: The Week’s Best Photo/Video Related Stories
Welcome to another Issue of FS Weekly News. The response to the newsletter has been great so far but I would love to feature more content from our readers. If you have something to share or think you know of anything your fellow readers would like to see, then send it along and I may feature it in future issues. FS Weekly is a great way to get your work seen by 1000's, so don't be shy, let's see what you got. Missed past issues? You can find them all right here and don't forget to subscribe to have FS Weekly News delivered straight to your inbox.

The Wednesday Rundown 6.8.11
This week we have Lindsey Lohan's last photo shoot before hitting up her mug shots. This shoot has some huge light modifiers and a photographer with a unique portfolio. We also have a fashion shoot with a berry farm as the backdrop. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on "submit content" above.

Kicking Off the Summer with 2 Sizzling Contests
Here at Fstoppers we are kicking off summer with 2 ways to win some hot prizes. In our Flickr group you have the chance to win a Lowepro Pro Roller x100 Case in our Behind The Scenes contest. Last month was our 1st Flickr contest and we had 440 entries! Thank you to everyone for making the contest such a success. You can also head over to our Forum's June Photo Contest to win a StarLite Digital Kit from Photoflex. This month's theme is "Sand". So put on some SPF 50, find yourself a beach or desert and have fun creating. Good luck everyone!

Photoshop 101: Basics of Layers and Masks an Fstoppers PPT by Sean Armenta
Hello Fstoppers! My name is Sean Armenta, and this is my little spot on Fstoppers called The Post Production Tutorial. If you enjoy these videos, please to subscribe to my new Fstoppers PPT Youtube Channel for the latest updates. This week we are back to the very basics to help out those viewers who don't quite know their way around layers and masks. This is a crash course on the bare essentials of what you need to know, and is just a way to get you started on the right track so you can keep up with future tutorials. We will be back to regular programming in the weeks to come. I just wanted to thank you all for your kind words, encouragement and support. They are very much appreciated. Feel free to interact with me on Facebook, Twitter, and my Blog, and check out Prep To Post for my upcoming workshops.

BTS Of Nike Chosen Campaign: Extreme Sports At Night
I just ran across an incredible ad by Nike called "Nike Chosen." The concept was to grab the best surfers, snowboarders, skaters, motocross, and BMX riders and film them doing their thing at night. The BTS footage (that can be found in the full post) is not as informative as I would like but if you pay attention to the details, there is a lot to be learned. The lighting, especially for the surfing session, is really amazing and although you may not ever do a shoot of this size, the same techniques could be used for your still photography at night.

An Inside Look At Car Photography Post Production
Have you ever seen a car ad in a magazine and wondered "how did they do that?" The car itself seems to be glowing and the location is always perfect. I've always known that tons of photoshop is involved by I didn't know if the car was actually shot in that location or if it was shot in the studio and dropped into the scene in post. In the case below, the car was shot on location and lit with a very simple rig (umbrella on a stick). The magic happens in Photoshop afterwards.

Best Technique for Shooting Interiors:  HDR or Flash?
Have you ever tried to shoot an interior photograph and have it look like the shots in magazines or high end property brochures? If so then you probably know there are two routes to go: HDR or Flash. Photographer Dom Bower recently made a video showing the differences in both techniques and how you can combine them both to create a sort of hybrid image. Keep in mind that Dom is only using one single speedlight directly above the camera. Many of the amazing images you see for high end hotels and expensive properties often have dozens of light sources accenting very specific elements in the image. What techniques have you guys used in your interior photos? If you have examples, feel free to post your images in the comments below and check out Dom's final photos in the full post.