There Goes Your Workday: Toronto Star Photojournalists Show Us How They Get Their Shots

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Three nights ago, the Houston Rockets were taken out of the NBA Playoffs after Damian Lillard made a layup with 0.9 seconds left in the game. Before that 0.9 seconds, everyone was already sure that Houston was about to move on to the next game. A shot of Damian Lillard finishing that throw needs to be taken by a photographer that can keep up with the pace that game was going at. Photojournalism is a relentless job. Everything is unpredictable, and photographers have to be ready to capture that unpredictability.

The Toronto Star offers an archive of videos made by their very own photojournalists; in them they try teaching us exactly how they execute their work when they’re put in positions where they need to be quick on their feet.

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You Can Close The Studio, Amazon Patents Photographing On Seamless White

I am not really sure how to tag this other than a big #fail for the USPTO, or a huge Kudos for Amazon’s IP attorneys. In a patent simply called Studio arrangement Amazon took IP ownership on what we all call shooting against a seamless white backdrop.

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The patent describes the arrangement of elements in the studio to make a product shot. it even details the F-stop, ISO value and focal length you need to use [bold text by me]: [Read more…]

Mother’s Day Photography Gift Guide

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Hopefully, you’re doing nice things for the mothers in your life on a regular basis and don’t need any suggestions from us. For those who may need a little extra help finding the perfect gift for their photography-minded mothers– or for photography-minded mothers looking to drop a few hints around the house– we offer this year’s Mother’s Day Photography Gift Guide. Choose wisely. She brought you into the world, and quite possibly wanted to take you out once or twice along the way.

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Breaking Bad: The Cinematography of Michael Slovis

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When AMC called filmmaker Michael Slovis offering him a job as a cinematographer for a show being filmed in New Mexico, he was quick to dismiss it. He’d been traveling too much, and there was no way New Mexico was going to be his first option for leaving town. Then his wife told him to call them back, and he listened. A writer named Vince Gilligan sent Mr. Slovis the pilot episode of a new project he started called Breaking Bad. It didn’t even take until the end of the first scene for Michael to forget about any complaints he had over traveling.

He said to his wife, “Oh my god, this is filmmaking.”

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Taking Amazing Photos Of Waves While Being Chased By Hot Lava

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Photographing lava is not for the faint of heart, but for some, standing away from an eruption is neither close nor epic enough. Photographers CJ Kale & Nick Selway, from Kailua Kona, Hawaii, takes this concept to the extreme taking photos of waves while engulfed with Lava.

The concept sounds simple enough: stand in water next to an active eruption; wait for a waive to come in; shoot said waive while engulfed in Laval. A walk in the park. [Read more…]

DIY Doorway Dolly Presentation

Back in the days when blogs were just starting out, there were probably two DIY centric blogs for the creative industry. Your truly ran a small site called DIYP for stills-DIY and cheesycam ran a similarly oriented video site.

If was great to see that they are back at their origins today sharing a Doorway Dolly build. The idea behind a doorway dolly is that an operator can push and pull the dolly while a tripod or a photographer is standing on it. The nice thing about it is that you can operate it without tracks and still get tracking shots. The down side is that you need a super smooth floor (like a PVC floor) to get good shots. [Read more…]

Moon Games Forced Perspective Shows That You Can Make Interesting Photographs Anywhere

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If you’re stuck looking for inspiration here is an idea that we have all seen before taken to new places. Husband and wife, Laurent & Sabine Laveder collaborated their Photography, graphic design and astronomy  and graphic designer duo took the familiar forced perspective concept to new heights by playing games with the moon.

While a few of the photos are composites most are simply using long focal length to achieve the effect. Some goes up to 480 mm using a Refracting telescope. [Read more…]

Yosemite National Park Puts A Ban On Drone Usage

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It seems that the next battle on photography is about drones. Between photographers, videographers, police, FAA and courts, this battle is still wide open.

The last swing is coming from an unexpected participant – the US National Park Service (NPS). In a plainly titled notice – Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) Prohibited in Yosemite National Park the NPS issued a notification that use of drones is prohibited while visiting the park.

While also addressing the legalities (or lack there) of using drones within the park perimeter, the NPS is also concerned with the safety and enjoyment of both park visitors and the wildlife living in the park [Read more…]

How To Edit Underwater Photography With Lightroom and Photoshop

If you have ever tried your hand at underwater photography, you will quickly realize that there is quite a bit of post production work required to produce professional quality images that have good white balance, nice contrast, sharp detail and vibrant colors.

In this video tutorial, I explain my personal underwater photography editing workflow in detail, using both Lightroom and Photoshop.

 

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Relics of Technology Makes Me Miss My Childhood

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With all the iPhones, iPads and Androids devices that we use today, it is pretty hard to deduct the functions of a device from the way it looks. This was not always the case. Consider the Gramophone.

It was pretty easy to understand the function of each component of this gadget. This part turns, this part senses the music and this part outputs the voice. Can you do this with a Smartphone? I don’t think so. This is why I miss those old gadgets so much.

Photographer Jim Golden must share similar feelings. His series Relics of Technology is a  collection of technology from past times, when you could still understand what a device does just by looking at it.

Jim picks thrift stores finding his relics, and then poses them in a most appetizing ways. [Read more…]