Articles written by Kenn Tam
Self taught German photographer Klaus Kampert is no stranger to the female form as his work boast amazingly beautiful and tasteful female nudes. His main interest is people-photography, focussing on beauty, portrait, nudes and dance. Although his site is filled with great work, I pulled these shots from his "Wrapped" series because of it's use of a simple length of fabric to create unique poses.
Los Angeles-based husband, father, picture maker, cyclist, Ravens fan, photoshop geek (his words not mine), Tim Tadder, never lacks creativity (these are mine). His latest series has him whacking bald dudes in the head with water ballons to form these awesome water wig images. Tim gets the job done with the help of a laser (to pop the balloons maybe) and a sound trigger to capture the perfect moment in time. Nice work Tim.
Women are often portrayed as being afraid of insects, so to combat this stereotype French photographer Laurent Seroussi mashed the two together. Put simply these shots are just damn cool but even if these images aren't for you, Laurent's site is definitely worth a click through. Landscapes, album covers, ad campaigns, editorials, video, art, this prolific artist does it all.
Director and designer Karmin Zariffa was hired by SpaFax and AirCanada to turn out their promo videos in celebration of AirCanada's 75th anniversary. The spots showcase air hostess uniforms and airplanes used over the years. Karmin used a lot of in camera effects and object building to pull these off and we are thankful to be able to see how he and his team did. Enjoy this BTSV. You can see the final videos in the full post.
Did you buy the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens, that our very own Jaron Schneider reviewed, only to be disappointed when it's autofocus stopped working? Well don't sweat it. Canon just released firmware 1.2.0 to rectify the problem. The downside is you need to be the proud owner of a Canon EOS 1D X, 5D III (at v1.1.3 or later) or a Rebel T4i/650D to install the upgrade. All others will need to send their lens into Canon Service. Eek!
Philippines portrait photographer Laya Gerlock graces the pages of DIY Photography this week as he demonstrate in great detail how to build a giant, kick ass light ring. Take a look at the sample image and video and if you like what you see head over to DIY Photography for the full tutorial on how to build your own.
Too often I find myself frustrated when I want to shoot but I don't have access to a model. Like many photographers I get hung up on the idea that I need to have the professional model, the studio, the stylist, the MUA and when I don't have those things I render myself incapacitated. Not a problem for Santlov and his series ToysR'JustLikeUs, where toys are depicted living our lives and loves. Check out these shots I pulled that show toys engaged in photography.
Singapore scientists have shrunk a portrait of Swedish Playboy model Lena Soderberg down to the width of a human hair. Measuring a mere 50 micrometres across the print was made with a device that can produce colour images of up to 100,000 dots per inch. The image used by a team from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research originated in a 1972 issue of Playboy and is commonly used for testing printing techniques. I know there is a joke in here somewhere and I invite you to drop it in the comments below.
Here is a 13 minute video of Joe McNally testing out the range and application of the built-in and SB-900 flashes. If your knee jerk reaction to TTL is that it's too limited and too problematic watching this demonstration by Joe may just have you giving TTL transmission use a second look.
Thanks to a promo for the upcoming BBC America crime drama, "Copper", it's never been so easy to become a New York criminal from the 1860's. Skip the trip to NYC, the raping, thieving, killing and oh ya the time travel and go straight to the online mugshot creator, Mugshot Yourself to quickly and easily produce your very own mugshot. Recognize any one from the sample photos?
The Brookyln-based team known as The Saline Project, made up of animator Liam Kirtley, designer Jesse Roff, brothers Adam Toht and Ben Toht are putting together a great series of 3D lenticular images titled: Monsters, Villains, Heroes And Victims (MHVF). So far only 3 of the images are in circulation with another 10 on the way. Just in time for Halloween.
NYC based photographer Leland Bobbé has been getting a lot of exposure for his not only gender but mind bending series, "Half-Drag". Leland attempts to capture men with their female alter egos at the same time and in camera. I found myself holding a hand up to separate these photos into two so I could process the personas individually. I even cut the first one apart for you. Nice work Leland.
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My main man in Montreal, photographer Benjamin Von Wong, sent me two videos last week. The first is this great peek bts of David Guetta's "Titanium" video. And the second is of Ben kicking, burning and drenching the Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80 to see if it really is as indestructible as it claims. It's worth noting that this is a product Ben found and wanted to have fun with and that he is not sponsored by the product's company. You can see his torture test here. Thanks for these Ben.