Stefan Kohler is a conceptual photographer, specialized in mixing science, technology and photography. He is one of the founders of Kamerakind, based in Traunstein, Southern Germany. You can follow him on Facebook, and see previous (pretty awesome) projects here.

A Free Photoshop Panel For Hassle Free Facebook Perfection

Many of us photographers are using Facebook on a daily basis. It is quite a brilliant tool both for sharing photos and doing some marketing. It is free(ish) and extremely widespread .

Sadly, facebook still has a major issue - especially for the ones who using it to showcase their work –  Image quality.

Facebook applies some heavy compression to uploaded pictures. Maybe it’s because over 90% of these images are cell phones snapshots of cats, babies and cars (or sometimes all combined).  I guess facebook does not really have a choice when it comes to managing such a big amount of “cute” images. They have to compress them. Sadly, they also do it with our pieces of art.

You can find a few tips to improve the quality online, some better than others. The topic “Facebook messing up images” is incredibly omnipresent.

A few days ago I discovered a new tool for managing the quality of facebook uploads and wanted to share it.

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An XXL sized, motorized DIY pan-tilt-head for large-sized lenses

There are a lot of panning heads out there, ranging from cheap and light all the way to uber-expensive and heavy duty. None did a decent job with a D800 mounted with a Nikon 400mm f2.8 beast. This is the story about a building a dedicated motorized Pan-Tilt-Head, used for automated panoramic shooting, if you’re not sure what those are check out our world biggest Where is Waldo project.

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How To Take Magical Family Candids

Some time ago the wonderful images of Elena Shumilova went viral. Suddenly there were dogs, rabbits and cute children everywhere. And I have to say – these images are extraordinary – we instantly begin to dream and to fell fuzzy. Something is going on with us while looking at these images. In some way, her work is magical.

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After a while threads started popping up in forums, asking about the secrets and post production in Elena’s work.

The stuff I usually do is definitely different from soft warm portraiture, also I am not the photographer on the team – my job in the process has to do more with the technical planning of shots, lighting and retouching.

As a father of a two-year-old girl, owner of a DSLR and with a girlfriend who’s blogging, I had to expand my principles. So I started analyzing Elenas images and wrote some key elements in her images down. I did not want to copy her compositions,  or wanted to recreate her image ideas – which is technically not possible, because I don’t have a big dog, or rabbit around.

The idea was “applying some of her key elements on a normal family trip”.

Last weekend the family went out, the light was quite pleasing, I had my D800 and a 85mm f1.8 lens with me and so I was following my own “ basic shumilova-rules”: [Read more...]