University of Selangor admin staffer and amateur photographer Zahir Batin spends his down time rocking out fun and creative narratives with some modest gear and Star Wars action figures. I know this isn't the first time we've posted figures photographed in this manner, as can be seen here, here and here. Still, the allure of the Star Wars universe coupled with some good photography know-how is too much to resist. And when done as well as Zahir's shots, they never fails to make me smile.
Articles written by Kenn Tam
I know, I know. My post last Sunday also featured Zack but when you put yourself out there as much as he does, you're going to get noticed (a lesson for us all). Besides, this isn't really about him. This is about one of the greatest challenges ever conceived in the photography industry. That's right kids. It's the 2014 Gulf Photo Plus ShootOut, pitting Sara Lando against Zack Arias with cameos by some of the best shooters in the industry.
Good friend (and even better photographer) Zack Arias over at DEDPXL.com just kicked out a little Q&A video on how to get your foot in advertising agencies' doors. As usual Zack delivers solid, straight forward, no-nonsense advice and as a bonus you get to meet Carl (the laconic squirrel). There's even a shout out to John Keatley from the Fstoppers' Bahamas Workshop coming up in May.
Ok, sure it's advertising but it's creative, entertaining advertising by global ad agency Saarchi & Saatchi and executive creative director Jason Mendes. Imagine going to your favorite local theater, plopping your butt down with your popped corn in one hand and coke in the other. And just as you settle in look up to find that you have become an advertising superstar.
Here's a bit of fun Sunday watching: a halftone portrait made with tens of thousands of platinum balls will soon be available by special order from Platinum Sphere Portrait. Personally, I find this more intersting from an engineering point of view rather than a photographic one. And sure, a 58x80cm portrait done in half a million dollars worth of platinum is mind boggling expensive but let's be honest, wouldn't it be cool to have one of your prints immortalized in an lustrous precious metal that will never tarnish or fade?
You know the old saying, "When it rains, it pours"? Then you probably also know how fitting that expression is for photographers. We can see long stretches between jobs but more often than not, when work is coming in, it comes in heavy. So sometimes it's hard to find the time to get your Sunday Fstoppers' post done. Which brings me to another old saying, "It pays to have friends".
One of the cool things about this video is how it encapsulates the creative process. Commercial photographer Trent Bell was motivated by his personal experiences to produce a series of large-scale portraits of prison inmates, against a backdrop of handwritten letters they wrote to their younger selves. The REFLECT project video walks us through shoot day, post-production, showing, and veiwer reactions.
EDC (everyday carry) items have always intrigued me. What people carry with them on a daily basis says a lot about who they are. Not to mention it's a great way to discover those can't-live-without items I never knew I needed. So I'm curious (and I know you are too): What do photographers carry with them on a day to day basis?
Fashion icon, model, plaything. No matter how you see her Barbara Millicent Roberts (a.k.a. Barbie) proves that she's still got it at the age of 55 by landing the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition (technically a promotional cover-wrap for the American International Toy Fair). Even though this tongue-in-cheek video was primarily created for humorous reasons you still get a good glimpse behind the scenes with legendary photographer Walter Iooss.
It's been 3 years since Fstoppers' Patrick Hall posted on the Midway project, where Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan made us aware of the horrific plight of albatrosses living on the Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean. Since then Chris and his team have put together this short film documenting the tragedy that plagues the inhabitants of the island, where the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to kill. This short is a bit of a teaser for their featured film due to be released later this year.
In this video Enlight Photo highlights one of their products by showing how it can be used to get the best reactions possible from your kids. I personally haven't tested this product myself but the idea of using an audio trigger to get children involved in the process seems like a... sound idea. Sorry, I couldn't help myself.
Lately we've been seeing a lot about the Nikon Df. Everything from Lee Morris' Nikon Df Hipster Review to Chase Jarvis' First Impressions, and it seems like the early popular opinion has judged the Df as lacking. Adding to the growing list of underwhelmed reviews is this video from DigitalRevTV as they compare how the D4 sensor performs in both the Df and D4 models.
Seattle-based commercial, portrait and wedding photographer Ben Lucas gives us a quick break down of some of the techniques used to create the illusion of Hobbit-sized people, using forced perspective and props. Whether used to Turns Toy Cars Into Nostalgic Life-Like Images or to Turn a Cat into a Beard forced perspectives are a powerful tool in the creative's arsonal.
After our post about ...an Itty-bitty Universe the question was raised as to how such images are produced. For answers I turned to the publisher of "Year in the Life of the Universe", "Capturing the Stars", "Treasures of the Southern Sky" and "Lessons from the Masters", recipient of a "Hubble Prize" for contributions to astrophotography, image producer for both a UK and German national stamp, and the guy responsible for Apple's ubiquitous desktop image of NGC 3190. Meet astrophotographer Robert Gendler.
Last month Buzzfeed took the time to sit the youth of today down and teach them what photography meant when film was involved. Being an adolescent of the 80's my favorite part of this video was a brief Gizmo appearance but you gotta question the wisdom of using a character from 1984 as a comparison, for a group who apperently knows nothing about film. Wait. Is there actually a group who don't know what film photography is? I'm getting old.
I always felt that Kai and the rest of the Digital Rev crew had a sadistic, if not humorous, streak in them and now I have proof. Their latest Cheap Camera Challenge gives filmmaker Philip Bloom till days end to producing a short film with nothing but a 240p resolution Barbie Video Girl doll.
The Mimi-Foundation with Leo Burnett France gave the gift of carefreeness, "Ne Serait-ce Qu'une Seconde" (If Only For One Second), to 20 cancer patients. They accomplished this by applying hair and make-up while the subjects kept their eyes closed. They were then placed in front of a one-way mirror, where photographer Vincent Dixon waited to capture their reactions as they opened their eyes.
YouTuber Mark Rober, the guy who brought us a creative DIY Rotational Filming techique using a GoPro, has taken it 10 steps further with the help of a NASA engineer. Obviously we won't see photographers building rigs like this in their studios but it's a damn nifty idea. Check out the video in the full post to see their, more entertaining, failed efforts with Dustin from Smarter Every Day.