The Open Source Portrait – Equipment & Environment (Part 1)

As promised, I thought it might be fun/helpful to walk through a portrait shooting session from start to finish using only Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS). This is my personal workflow, and hopefully I can do the subject some justice.

When I set goals for a portrait shoot, I set them HIGH!
A Model Idiot.

I’m going to walk through the creation of a portrait of my friend Mairi that I did not too long ago. I had been wanting to shoot with Mairi for a while, and only recently got a chance to sit down and actually do it quickly. For reference, here is one of the final results that I’ll be walking through the process for: [Read more...]

Poll: Where Are You Positioned On The Amateur-Pro Sequence?

So, this question has been on my mind for a long time now. I would love to know where do you stand on the amateur vs. pro sequence.

There are many definitions both for being an amateur or for being a pro. Some have to do with gear, some with the amount of time allocated to photography and some with passion. What I think is that as time goes by this distinction is becoming less obvious. It is not one or another but rather a sequence that starts at one end and concludes on the other.

One of the ways to make this distinction is to see how much of one’s income is made of photography.

I will be doing more of these poll, because it helps me to learn about you and because it could be fun to learn who are the readers around you.

At least for now, you can also find this (and the next) polls on the bottom right hand side of the blog as this post will slowly go down and out the front page.

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What Happens When Mixing A Drill, Some Paint And High Speed Photography

The Black Hole series by Swiss Photographer Fabian Oefner is nothing but black.

Mixing in colors, a fast spinning drill and no less than 6 modified strobes, Fabian gives color splashes a new twist (pun intended).

black hole

The strobes used in this shoot are not your ordinary strobes, they are modified speedlights that can be dialed down till 1/40,000 of a second which is what Fabian needed to freeze the fast splashing color. [Read more...]

Liftoff 360º Shows Si-Fi 3D Light Paintings

Today on the blog we are hosting master light painter Patrick Rochon who collaborated with Eric Pare on a 360 light painting project. That means that unlike “regular” light painting which are 2D, the 360 light paintings can be rotated and viewed from any angle.

360 Lift Off Show Si-Fi 3D Light Paintings

This part of the project is called Liftoff Liftoff 360º and is summed in the video below. More info, awesome light painting and gear satisfaction after the jump. [Read more...]

Amazing Aurora Lights Time-Lapse And Its Mischievous Inspiration

Photographer Toby Lockerbie sets a side some “passion time” each year for a personal project to help him recharge his creative batteries. After a year of pro shooting, it helps him to recoup some of the waning love of the craft. In 2012 he decided to hunt the Aurora lights at northern Norway.

Amazing Aurora Lights Time-Lapse And Its Mischievous Inspiration

While the resulting movie is heart taking, I find his back story even more interesting. It turns out it is not easy to shoot the Northern lights. [Read more...]

Von Wong’s 8 Tips To Help You Keep Your Shoots Entertaining While Being Productive

Hey all, Benjamin “Von Wong” Montreal Based photographer here.

Von Wong's 8 Tips To Help You Keep Your Shoots Entertaining While Being Productive

As a photographer who does creative collaborations and who freely invites fans he has never met before to attend shoots, I often end up with large sets of people to manage. Many photographers I know prefer to keep groups small and tight knit because they find that things can quickly get out of control but I have found that with a little careful management you can keep things fun for everyone AND deliver awesome imagery at the end of it.

I think one of the things that became a signature for me is that attending one of my shoots if fun. In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on what makes the shoot fun, while keeping it productive. Bare in mind that this article is written specifically for creative collaborations, not for professional work. While it’s a good idea to keep always keep shoots fun getting the image becomes the first priority when it is a paid job. [Read more...]

Shooting An Ode To While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Shooting An Ode To While My Guitar Gently Weeps

In 2006 the Beatles released a new album – Love. It was pretty weird considering John was long dead, but after some googlling I realized that it was a new reworked version of some of the songs made by the band’s original producer, Sir George Martin. It was based on the bands already exiting recordings, demo tracks and bits that never made it to any of their prior albums.

One of the songs (track #22) is an acoustic version of While my guitar gently weeps, written by George Harrison, where Eric Clapton joins the band (AFAIK the only time where anyone ever joined a recording by the Beatles). For me this song is even better than the original track (please no flame wars on this :). If you know the story of Harrison, Clapton and Patti Boyd you know how touching it is to hear those two guitar legends play together.

Back to now, I have 18 versions of this song. It is just one of these songs that everybody loves playing. I love it too. This is why I wanted to create an image for this song based on the immortal line “I look at the world and I notice it’s turning While my guitar gently weeps”.

The general idea was to shoot a Star Trail photograph with a guitar player in the foreground of the frame. This idea has been bouncing in my head till a sketch was entered into my sketch book. Well, it stayed in the book for a while till my exams were over, and then it was time to play. [Read more...]