DIYP Reviews The Actobotics DIY Slider for Cell Phone and GoPro Time Lapse

We received a nifty little Actobotics slider kit from ServoCity and over the winter I had the opportunity to shoot a mix of live action and cell phone time lapse video and also a little bit of GoPro video with the slider.

In this post I am going to review the Actobotics slider as a tool for creating movement in both live action video and GoPro or cell phone time lapse video.

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How To Take Beautiful Portraits of Women With Or Without Photoshop

Building on last weeks April fools joke, where I riffed on the absurd idea that women actually prefer to look awful in photos and the current anti-Photoshop and no-makeup selfie trend making the rounds on social media – in this week’s article, I am going to share how to use proper lighting, posing and the right lens to make women look gorgeous without Photoshop, and then how I touch up portraits in Photoshop.

But first, we need a before and after (complete with cheesy internet meme).

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Yes, this is the same woman…read on to find out how I went from before to after.

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How To Photograph Darth Vader With The Spiffy Gear Light Blaster

I have had a Spiffy Gear Light Blaster in my camera bag for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that I came up with a concept that I though was cool enough to really unlock the creative potential of the Blaster.

The concept that I came up with was to photograph Darth Vader with the Light Blaster, and in this article I am going to share exactly how I used the Spiffy Gear Light Blaster to create this series of photos.

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MZed – Need Light? Speedlite! Tour Review

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the Need Light? Speedlite! Tour in Toronto, Canada.

The Need Light? Speedlite! Tour is presented by MZed – Education for Creatives and is traveling to 32 cities across the United States between now and the end of May (with one more stop in Canada in Vancouver) – click here for dates.

The tour is a full day workshop ($99) that focuses on portrait lighting with speedlites with instructors Stephen Eastwood and Bob Davis.  At the end of the day, participants have the opportunity to apply the techniques they have learned to photograph live models with their own cameras.

There is also an evening hands on master class ($279 with the daytime workshop) that includes hands on instruction from Stephen and Bob.

To find out more – hit the jump.

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How To Invoice Photography Clients For Your Time

Last week, we took a look at how much should photographers charge per hour.  The next step is to explore how to actually invoice photography clients.

In this article, I will explain three billing methods commonly used in the photography industry: Time Plus Cost, Lump Sum and Upset Limit – and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.

It might not seem important at first, but how you invoice photography clients can have a big impact on the success of a job, and your profit margin.

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How Much Should Photographers Charge Per Hour?

The short answer is, of course: As much as possible.

The long answer depends a lot more on where you personally fit into the photography industry and your local market.

In this article I am going to explore the seven critical factors that determine how much should photographers charge per hour, along with an example of how to calculate a reasonable billable rate.

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Photographing Ontario’s Largest Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

When I recently got a call to go photograph Ontario’s largest indoor rock climbing gym, my first though was:

Yes, of course I’ll do it!

My second though was:  How the heck am I going to do it!

Do you know that feeling when you are watching a sit-com on TV and you start thinking…I swear the Simpson’s already did this…?  That is basically what I feel like when I am facing a tough lighting challenge…I swear David Hobby already did this…!

And yep – he did – back in 2010 in the Strobist article “On Assignment: Earth Treks, Pt. 1″.

I totally admit that I basically stole appropriated David Hobby’s approach to lighting a giant indoor rock climbing gym, but I think the approach to lighting a huge, dark indoor space using a combination of studio strobes, small strobes (speedlites) and ambient light is still worth further discussion.

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