AimishBoy In Wonder Land (Interview)

In the following post, Tomer Jacobson interviews AimishBoy (aka Nadav Bagim).

Every once in a while a photographer comes along and makes you drop your jaw. You stare flabbergasted at the screen and for long minutes try to understand how the hell did they accomplish this shot. How he had you stop and marvel a new thing after you think you’ve seen it all.

AimishBoy In Wonder Land (Interivew)

This is exactly what happened to me (Tomer Jacobson) when I saw the amazing pictures of AimishBoy for the first time. [Read more...]

Shooting In Public? This Is How Ben Did It!

Hey guys, this is Benjamin Von Wong, Montreal Based Photographer, and I wanted to take a couple minutes today of your time to give you guys a couple quick tips on how to control your sets when shooting in public!

Shooting In Public?

In my latest tour across Europe with fellow videographer Erwan Cloarec , we happened to be in the middle of a bunch of ruins with girls dressed in leather… and of course before we even began to shoot we were interrupted by busloads of tourists that came to check out what was happening. Before continuing on this blog post, I invite you guys to check out the BTS video!

[Udi: Ben recently started a blog, and if you like the stuff he's been posting on DIYP, there is a pretty good chance you'll get addicted to Ben's fast pasted, tons of info style posts over there as well]

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So, Lets Talk Negotiating With Clients

I don’t usually shoot for the corporate market. I mainly shoot family portraits so I don’t negotiate a lot. There is a fixed price per session and that’s about it. Very simple. Sometimes, someone will ask for a discount, and I either give it or not.

But a few days ago I got a call from a corporation who wanted a set of head shots. We estimated the work at about 5-6 hours of shooting as folk will trickle in as time goes by. The other technical details are really not that crucial this discussion.

I got neck deep in negotiating. It was not a pleasant experience and I had just about every cliche thrown at me. I wanted to share their comments, my answers and what went through my mind as we were talking. Of course, this is totally me, so other, more corporation-savvy photographers may have dealt with this whole situation way better. Still I think there is a good deal of info, and even if you don’t like my answers if a good thing to know the comments so you can prepare your own answers.

We went a few time back and forward with mails, sending a brief, some questions and finally a quote. (I did some research and between that research and my estimation of the work, the quote was kinda in the middle range. Not too high, not too low) Then they asked to call to finalize the shoot. [Read more...]

Are Cellphone Cameras Good Enough For Today’s Screens?

A lot has been said about the demise of the point and shoot camera over the last few years. In a world where every Smartphone has a camera (and some are pretty decent cameras), the it seemed like the point and shot will follow the path of the dedicated GPS, alarm clock and address book. All have been assimilated into the smart phone.

And with cellphone packing more and more decent cameras it seemed that the point and shoot market is unlikely to get End-Of-Lifed.

Are Cellphone Cameras Good Enough For Today's Screens?


John Herrman of buzzfeed FWD points out that going from long ruling SVGA monitors to retina display enabled monitors takes a huge toll on cellphone photographs. [Read more...]

Dancer Shoot Anatomy – The Workout

I’m Antoine Willaeys, I’m a French 25 years old photographer & retoucher from France. I am, at present, creating a series of various images with artists and athletes during and after their workout. I really love these different universes and the stories which we can see there. Every person is different and every image has its strength. I chose to create this series, every time, in the same way : as a composite.

Dancer Shoot Anatomy

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No, This Is Not A Projected Slide

If you’re following this blog for a while, you know that I am a little bit obsessed with using slide projectors while shooting. (either for background or for lighting the model). I’ve am starting to try this technique out myself, though there is still much to refine.

I saw this image on reddit and was sure that it is a projected slide, but photographer Stephen Davies from Swansea, UK shared a tutorial that shows it was done in Photoshop. I was surprised at how easy it was.

How to Blend Nature And Portraits

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Creating Multiple Exposures Of Man Spitting Fire

Hey guys,

This is Benjamin “Von Wong” and I am a Montreal Based Photographer. Recently I just did a tour across Europe and one of the shots that I did that got selected as Editor’s Choice on 500px featured something quite new that I haven’t quite seen around and that’s blending Fire and Multiple Exposures. I’ve outlined the general storyline of how the whole shoot and project came about for those of you interested on my blog but figured I’d give you DIY’ers a little more technical breakdown for those of you who want to attempt to create your own Multiple Exposure shot! Before going into any explanations, be sure to see this video of how the entire photoshoot came together:

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The Back Side Of Model Releases

The Back Side Of Model Releases

Last summer I was traveling in Central America and as a photographer, it was obvious to me that I will take this as an opportunity to add photos to my portfolio.

In the past, I’ve already licensed, sold & published some of my photos and was sure that I know all the details & restrictions about licensing a photo and whether I need to have a model release (written permission to use my photos for any purpose) or not.

When I arrived to the beach town Puerto Viejo I started photographing surfers and tourists and since I knew that I was not gonna start signing each and every one of them on a model release form, I made sure to photograph them from angles that did not reveal their faces. I assumed that this was my subjects will not be recognizable and I won’t need a model release. Boy I was wrong (: [Read more...]

Developing Paper With Red Wine

We have talked developing film with coffee before using a substance called caffenol. Bet what if you are more of a wine guy than a coffee guy?

Dirk Essl of the Caffenol blog just shared a video on using red wine for developing paper.

Developing Paper With Red Wine

Same as the caffenol process it uses vitamin C and washing soda and is done in the almost now disappearing dark room.

The process gives a bit of a brownish duotonish look to the final developed paper, which I find very interesting, A video after the jump [Read more...]

How To Transfer Prints To Wood

If you have a picture that you want to transfer onto wood you have two options, pay for a service to do it, or have a go at it yourself.

Photographer James Brandon shows how to transfer a print onto wood at the leisure of your home, using a laser jet print and a gel medium. (Yes, it has to be laser, inkjent won’t cut it for this project).

How To Transfer Prints To Wood

The results are gorgeous and the entire project is fairly simple.

You can read the entire tutorial on DPS, or watch a video demo after the jump. [Read more...]