Articles written by Pratik Naik
Through the years of excitement, down turns, and overall joy of our beautiful love for photography, we share a lot of experiences as we progress in the industry. No matter how divided we are in opinions, one thing we share is our love for photography. We may bicker over camera brands and techniques but you're reading this because like me, you love this industry.
If you're familiar with Fstoppers, you'll know our love for Benjamin Von Wong. We've featured him so many times over the past couple of years on our site. We just can't help ourselves! With his equally educational and entertaining BTS videos, everyone seems to love them. I decided that it would be a great time to take a moment and look into his world to learn more about him and what keeps him going.
Fstoppers recently brought you an exclusive interview with photographer Joey L. In the process, we took a peak into some of his latest projects and revisited some of his previous work. He recently also photographed the national campaign for National Geographic's film, Killing Lincoln. He teamed up with Variable to execute the campaign.
Canon has given us a look at their recent prototype that makes progress on low light performance. To say it's sensitive in low light is an understatement. Take a look at the couple of sample images they've released along with their sample video, showing how great it captures the night sky. It's quite remarkable to say the least.
We've seen this great post about pulling stills from video before. It really opens up the discussion about what technology can do for us. Will video really replace photography? The reality is it probably won't. There are quite a few pros and cons that go along with it. The Slanted Lens goes in depth with this behind the scenes video with a Canon EOS-1DC.
Visual effects artists are very much like our cousins, in the sense that our industry is visually based much like they are. We felt that we had to post about this for the sake of awareness in case you aren't familiar with the news. Also, we wanted to create an open dialogue and hear from our readers about what they thought about all of this.
I recently came across the work of Miller Mobley on Twitter on a random chance of browsing through a few recent tweets. I was linked directly to his blogwhich had a post about his recent shoot with Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx. What I loved, more than his impeccable results, was how he was quite giving in regards to the details of the shoot.
Everyone remembers the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover. It brought a lot of discussion for the wrong reasons. If you don't, you should refresh your memory here. This time around, the 2013 cover also features Kate Upton. Although it is much better, it seems that some people are still unhappy with it because she's the cover model again. At least the focus went away from the processing of the image.
Reality is sometimes funnier than fiction when it relates to something we all do. In this situation, I asked my network of colleagues to fill in the blank, “You know you're a photographer when, ____.” The responses were better than I was expecting! Here are some of the best answers given by other photographers in the industry. Be sure to post your own answers in the comments as well!
If these were airplanes, it would be an air traffic control nightmare! Photographer Paul Schneggenburger wanted to find out how people behave once they are asleep. The end result was that he found it much like a dance in slow motion. If you've seen long exposure shots of dances, they reflect a similar feel. It gave a unique insight to how couples also interact in bed while they're asleep.
At just 19 years of age, photographer Taylor Marie McCormic is one to watch. With her dream-like style, her work is quite intriguing. She has a really great way of telling a story in a single frame. Conceptual photography is a hard genre to execute, especially when it's heavy in post production. The end image also has to captivate the audience for it to work. Both ends have to mend together well.
Photoshop, it's either a scary program or a fun one, depending on how much you understand it. There are times where it just becomes a nightmare. Specifically, extracting a model with flyaways from a backdrop. There are indeed many methods to do so. Here's one more that really gives us a good solution.
Inside of you, lies a child, still playful and inquisitive. At least, we hope it does to a certain extent! What if that child came back to life for a second? What if your current form suddenly reflected it? That is exactly what photographer Quentin Curtat did in this concept.
About a year ago, we featured the work of Joel Robinson here. He continually pushes himself to produce better work each time we see more. Here are a new set of conceptual photos that will hopefully command your attention and interest. The mood of his work is always surreal. Although these photos aren't a cohesive series, each of them seem to tell their own stories.
Self portraits are everywhere! Facebook, Instagram, you name it. The Cape Times newspaper in South Africa took important moments in time and turned them into self portraits. Modified through the power of Photoshop, they were able to make them quite realistic. The entire purpose was to tell readers “how they get their stories straight from the horse’s mouth via a first-hand accounts.”
It's always wonderful seeing the world of painting and photography come together. Norman Rockwell is an iconic painter that depicted the everyday American life in a unique way. Recently, the Norman Rockwell Museum showcased some of the images that served as an inspiration for his paintings.
It's that time again, where we wrap up the year and reflect back on some of the best pictures of the year. National Geographic released the editor's picks of the best space pictures. We can't help but look in awe and appreciate the images as well as the vastness of space itself.