An Epic Photography Shootout: Benjamin Von Wong vs. Rebecca Litchfield

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to participate in a project that brought photographers to Israel to share some of its nicer sides. The project was hosted by Kinetis and brought together an amazing team: Benjamin Von Wong, Rebecca Litchfield, Simon Pollock, Mike Kelly and Adam Lerner and Jared Polin of Froknowsphoto.

With so much talent condensed in such a limited geographical area, I knew I have to do something fun. The concept evolved to make a crazy shootout between Benjamin Von Wong and Rebecca Litchfield. We planned on presenting those two very unique photographers with an ‘identical photo’ themed challenge. Only instead of having them create a single photo, we upped the ante and decided on three different themes they will have to shoot in: A Fire Challenge, A Feathers Challenge and a Flour Challenge.

So, theme was identical, props were identical, wardrobe (donated by Rebecca) was identical, hair and makeup were shared, and the timeframe was tight for both. But…

Having Ben and Rebecca almost on the opposite sides of the spectrum should be pretty interesting: Ben shoots Nikon, while Rebecca shoots Canon; Ben like massive strobes, while Rebecca usually use small constant lights; Ben comes from epic and surreal while Rebecca is keen to fine art… you name it, they differ on it.

The final photos are found below for your enjoyment… (and both Rebecca and Ben will share some more detailed info about the photographs on their own channels as well so stay tuned).

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Real-Time Digital Make Up Alters Real Faces In… Real-Time

We have talked quite a bit about projections and their applications in this blog, but I don’t think we have ever mentioned one of its most artistic uses: mapping. Mapping means that you build the projection based on a scan of an object so it seems as if the projection is part of real life (as opposed to the examples above which only exist in a photo).

Nobumichi Asai and the team at Omote took this concept to a whole new level by doing real-time face tracking & projection mapping on a live model. This actually enables Asai to create ever-changing digital makeup in a split of a second.

There is not much information on this online, but I assume the technology may be limited to where you can easily project onto a model’s face, so it probably would not work with moving people yet, but I would not be surprised if we see that coming up as projectors get smaller and more portable.

[omote / real-time face tracking & projection mapping | h/t Stefan]

These Photos Of Old Iranian Mosques Redefine Symmetry

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23 years old photographer, Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji, from Babol, Iran took it upon himself to document the old beauty found in Iran. He is shooting Mosques , Hammams (bathrooms ) , Symbols , Churches , historical sites , Old houses , Special structures , Windcatchers, giving a unique point of view on those hard to shoot locations.

The symmetry in Mohammad’s photography is incredible and while the places are amazing in their own right, Mohammad’s definitely adds his touch to each photo.

While most of the photography is done in public places, getting ‘pro’ gear such as tripods is usually forbidden. We asked Mohammad how he approached them:

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15 Hard Core Lighting Setups To Have You Light Like A Ninja

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If you are struggling with your lighting sometimes it is a good idea to drop your camera for a while (ok, not drop, gently put aside) and get some inspiration from photographers who excel at lighting. Japan based photographer Ilko Allexandroff has a strong lighting style and he was kind enough to share 15 of his lighting setups with us.

If you want more info you can follow the three small little dots

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Photographing Meerkats May Just Be The Cutest Photo Assignment Ever!

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While shooting meerkats may seem like an easy task, with the comfortable nature of those animals this would probably be true. Here is the thing though, meerkats are just too cute. So cute, in fact, that photographer Will Burrard-Lucas found himself torn between completing his photographic assignment and being commandeered by the meerkats as a human lookout post.

Will explains that while meerkats are wild animals, they have grown accustomed to the presence of humans and no longer consider them a threat. On top of that Will spent some time with the meerkats which allowed them to get to know him and feel pretty comfortable with him and his gear being around. How comfortable? stand-on-your-camera-while-you-are-shooting-comfortable.

these clever little creatures take full advantage of the situation and will sometimes climb on top of the nearest person for a better view out over the long grass. Sometimes they just decide that sitting on a warm human is more comfortable that sitting on the coarse sand!

This short two minutes BTS videos form Will  explains it all:

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This Tip Will Get More Of Your Photography Bags On An Airplane

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If you are a traveling photographer, like the back-shaped-like-an-airline-seat Benjamin Von Wong, you are probably constantly struggling in finding a way to get more of your gear on the plane. The two naive alternatives are to use less gear or pay for extra luggage. Ben Von Wong and Dustin Snipes share a tip that you can use if you are a professional photographer that will allow you to get more bags onto the plane.

Some airlines will allow media bags to be checked in at a significantly lower rate if you are a media professional.

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Photographer Captures Firebird Looking Aurora At Alaska

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When we feature Hawaiian photographer CJ Kale it is usually when he is under (or) over a wave at sunny Hawaii. Even when shooting hot lava he is wearing a swimsuit and in the water. In a 180 degrees change of scenery, CJ traveled to Alaska to document the Aurora Peak which accrued in 2013. The next peak is going to be at around 2022, a good 8 years from now.

Going out of his comfort zone, CJ captured the most wonderful northern aurora photos including one that amazingly resembles a Phoenix rising from Ashes.

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Photographer Delivers Himself In A Box To Surprise Chronically Ill Fan For 21st Birthday

Sometimes photography is all about making a change. It does not have to be a big one, sometimes making a small dent in the universe is enough and this is exactly what photographer Benjamin Von Wong did earlier this year when he engaged with chronically ill Tyler Grace for his 21St birthday.

Ben’s plans were to spend some time with the cheap camera digital rev challenge took a turn when he was contacted by Tyler’s sister telling him that there is nothing more in the world Tyler would like more than to meet Ben.

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Disappointed With Your D600? Nikon Will Replace It To A New D610 For Free

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It seems that Nikon is finally ending the fiasco they had with the D600 once and for all. As you may recall, the D600 suffered a terminal illness which caused dust (or oil) spots to accumulate on its sensor. At first Nikon denied, than offered a free repair, and finally they were ordered to stop selling the camera altogether and brought on the D610 which solved the issue.

If you spent $1,800 on this camera this must have been a frustrating 2 years for you. Now Nikon is ending this marketing disaster once and for all and doing it quite well (although pretty late).

People participating the D600 class action lawsuit got this letter (cited by Fred Miranda user danh920) that explains how to replace the camera with a brand new D610.

Procedure is not hard, but it seems limited to the persons who were in the initial lawsuit:

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