Articles written by Kenn Tam
Here's a trippy little video by Belgian artist/photographer Pierre Debusschere in collaboration with creative studio 254forest for Under/Current Magazine. For some this may give you a bit of inspiration. For others it will give you something to complain about comment on. But for me I personally like the animated portrait gifs that come out of this video as the 5D Mark III's multiple exposure feature has had me on a multiple exposure/light layering exploratory kick lately.
Gary Fong takes 2 minutes to show us how you can trick your camera's custom white balance into producing a colored background in white environments. If you have some gels on hand you could play with this technique to turn out a multitude of colors.GFIGARYFONG on Youtube: "Gary Fong shows how playing with
Pinpin Co, a Japan raised Chinese artist, spends as much as 5 hours drawing amazingly intricate patterns on her subjects with a 0.38 pen to draw out their ..."physical and mental scars in full view of the world...". Check out some of her work and maybe it will help inspire you on your next creative project.
Michael Zhang (PetaPixel) dug up this promotional video that shows in great detail how digital cameras work and how they are made. If you are a photographer (and I know you are) or have an engineering background then you will find this video fascinating.
Canon Premium Library: "An introduction to how digital cameras work that also highlights Canon's unique
Watch as a young boy passes from childhood into his golden years in a few blinks of an eye in front of "Le Miroir" (The Mirror). This bit of creative inspiration by Directors Ramon and Pedro comes with a behind the scenes video that provides some great side by side views of what went into this clever production. This is a must see, even if you haven't been keeping up on your French. I recommend watching the video first then the BTSV and then maybe the video again.
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Canadian-Hungarian artist Eszter Burghardt, based in Vancouver BC (represent!) has photographed some amazing landscapes from the comfort of her own studio. All it took was some edibles elements or wool, lighting, a keen understanding of DOF (depth of field), the talent of a sculptor and the inspiration she gained from her time and studies in Iceland. Ok, so that's a lot but you can draw from your own experiences and know-how to turn out some awesomely creative work too.
It's sometimes hard for me to believe that people can be so unscrupulous as to blatantly take steal someone else's work and pan it off as their own. But sadly it happens far more often than we are aware of. Which is why someone has created a Tumblr site dedicated to outing offenders in our industry. So, if you catch wind of a "photographer" or service that is clearly ripping off your fellow shooters you should consider submitting the intel to Photo Stealers Submit Form.
A Japanese university student who goes by Chooo-san creates some amazing realistic effects with nothing more than acrylic paints and talent. She does everything by hand with no digital editing at all.
Seeing her work has definitely fired a few synapsis in my brain and has me mulling over some fun shoot concepts. If you can get your hands on an MUA (make up artist) with this kind of talent your imagination is the only limit.
While scooting through Paris, prolific photographer and Fstoppers submitter, Benjamin Von Wong set to the task of photographing master pyrotechnician Andrey Das. Ben has already done a couple shoots with fire (1-2) so to keep growing as an artist and a professional his team decided to challenge themselves. Check out the resulting video and the photos in the full post where
Back in May our very own Noam brought you this mind face blowing picture post where Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern, had taken portraits of people as their faces where being blasted by g-force winds. Since then Tadao has put out a slow motion video that shows all the lip flapping, teeth rattling, eye twisting, jaw dropping (you get the idea) action from his “Blow Job” series.
I love projectors. I've been trying to come up with a cool photo project using a projector for years now just so I had an excuse for my wife to buy one. Alas inspiration has yet to strike, a problem John Clang doesn't seem to have as can be seen in his series, "Blind Spot". Check out these portraits John took by projecting the subject's portrait back onto their own face. Well done John truly an inspiring idea if not a tad creepy.
Here is a short video featuring Charlie Sheen commentating on his RollingStones cover shoot. No offense Charlie but I would personally love to see this video with comments from Peggy Sirota, the photographer taking the shots. Maybe if we ask nice, our very own Reese Moore could track her down for an FS Spotlight. I mean let's be honest.
An idea can start small but very quickly grow into something bigger and better. Such was the case with "The Silent City", a web series written and directed by Rubidium Wu. Listen/read as Rubidium talks about how his small 3 person project grew into a full scale production. Another perfect example of how all you really need is creativity, initiative and motivation.