Cindy Crawford in without a doubt one of the most famous and photographed models of the past 30 years. In the 80’s, Cindy along with Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Kate Moss became known as the original “Supermodels”. I think it’s a safe bet to say that she’s worked with the best of the best photographers over that time.
I have previously worked in an advertising agency as a web developer – so working on web sites is not a strange thing for me. On the other hand, I am a photographer and a retoucher, and I have yet to find a venue to host my work. I keep asking myself “Where can I present my pictures?”. I usually don’t answer, because talking to myself would be crazy.
Yesterday, Adobe announced a new feature to Adobe CC users – ADOBE portfolio. Now, I have a huge amount of confidence with Adobe’s product (even if they screw up here and there) so I wanted to test this new platform and see if I can use it for my portfolio platform.
So far I was always disappointed by portfolio providers, and could not find the one that will quite fit my taste. Now, I’ll admit that I probably did not test all the portfolios on the market, but I did test quite a lot. Well – Adobe has some experience in the field: both as the top dog for image editing software, as well as a having a strong presence in the web development arena on the other. Lastly, Adobe are Behance, so they should know something about portfolios and presentation.
Everything above the jump, was my thoughts. The rest of this review is written in real time as I experience the platform.
So, Nikon has spoken and the D5 is now a $6,500 14 frames per second, 20.8MP, 102,400ISO beast. But how does it run in the field? Nature Photographer Ole J Liodden took a beta D5 (or actually two beta D5s) out of the spin for two months and came back with a very positive state of mind.
Ole tells DIYP that while he had the cameras for two months, those were beta units so he only had access to the JPG functionally of the camera and had not have the opportunity to edit any NEF files, but still he was very impressed. Ole was also told that the final non-beta version of the sensor is even better:
A while back we needed to shoot some action so we looked for a GoPro Gimbal. The market has a ton. We got the Feiyu Tech G4 from RCgeeks (if you live in the US you can get it here), and we were very pleasantly surprised.
As a gimbal, it does what you’d expect from a gimbal – keep the camera smooth, but the marker-sized form factor along with the the great performance made it into a trusted companion. I carry it around and it produces instantly usable footage.
You can check the full review after the jump
If you are unfamiliar with the work of Benjamin von Wong (previously), you have probably not read DIYP in the last few years. Ben creates epic, inspiring, larger than life art and now he released a set of video tutorials explaining how he works. But I am going too fast, let me take it from the start.
Von Wong has done some amazing work, but many of his first creations can be related to his crowd-funded trip to Europe. In this tutorial, Ben breaks down those photographs and explains his entire workflow on editing them. After watching this section of the tutorial, I can say that this alone is worth the package, as the amount of information that Ben fires while editing is incredible. If you know Ben, you know that the pace is pretty fast and expect a rate of about one tip per ten seconds.
But Ben does you one over and also includes two more sections: a Lightroom tutorial section and a Photoshop section. Both are critical for understanding how to optimize your workflow. Hit the jump to see the full review.
Despite having a direct impact on one’s ability to capture fleeting moments, not to mention the amount of shoulder and neck pain at the end of a long day, many photographers don’t spend the time or money upgrading the strap that came with their camera.
For some the camera strap is arguably one of the most important pieces of gear after the camera and lenses, and when you’re using two cameras it becomes twice as important.
Whether you’ve already discovered the wonderful world of ergonomic camera straps or you’re still using OEM junk, you owe it to yourself to check out Custom SLR’s Dual Strap.
I have written before on the highly respected Sigma Art Series lenses (here and here) and I haven’t been let down yet. Sigma is now set to release the widest f/1.4 lens on the market, with the upcoming 20mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens to be released in the latter part of the month. Pre-order it here.
Sigma is courting the wide-angle photographer in all of us with this new lens, and Midwest Photo was given a rare pre-production model to get a feel for what is now the fastest 20mm lens on the market.
Note: Because this lens is not a production model, the maximum resolution of the sample photos in this article is 1200 pixels on the long edge (click any of the photos to enlarge).
If an amazing light painting portrait has caught your eye sometime over the last few years, you’ve probably seen the work of Montréal, based visual artist Eric Paré.
Since then Eric and his long time collaborator Kim Henry have been busy traveling the world combining dance, environmental portraiture, and light painting with gorgeous results (check out Eric’s 500px portfolio here and his work with Adobe Max here).
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Eric and Kim in Toronto where they were presenting a Creative Photography and Light Painting Workshop…