Some of the iconic portrait photographers, like Annie Leibovitz have a very common look for their studio portraits, they are shot against a hand painted textured backdrop. You know what I am talking about. Those gorgeous backdrops with random soft patters. Those backdrops are hand painted on canvas (just like works of art), and show great details and spectacular color.
A Light Blaster is a device that projects slides or transparencies onto walls and models. There is a commercial Light Blaster version for small strobes out there and it does have a studio adapter. But I, as always, prefer to go the DIY route 🙂
Though this article will have a lot of build info, the reason I made this is because I had a photo in mind and wanted to create it. Of course that once the tool is built, it pushes me to use it in creative ways.
Growing up I remember hearing about one of the crazes from when my parents were younger. It was a super low maintenance pet that did not need to be fed, walked or groomed. In fact, it didn’t really come with any requirements as it was a rock – a pet rock.
Unlike the pet rock, and although it’s mostly a joke, the NoPhone actually helps solve some real issues – people’s inability to eat without photographing their food or enjoy a concert without taking crappy photos, and a complete disregard for other humans in the area.
As you’d expect, the NoPhone includes no camera and no screen to show those lovely photos you can’t take with it. Not wanting to lose the photography market altogether, the company offers a selfie edition including ‘the only feature available for the NoPhone’.
When you edit, and especially when you colorize, you want to do it in a relatively dim environment. And if you cannot achieve that, you at least don’t want any direct light falling on your monitor. That can really screw up the color your eyes perceive. If you are using a calibration tool like Datacolor’s Spyder (reviewed here) it will notify you when there is too much light hitting your monitor.
But even if you don’t have a tool for that, it is always better to work with a hooded monitor. Hoods for 21 inch screens run for about $30–$35, which is fairly reasonable, but I could not get one locally and did not want to wait. So here is how I made my $5 hood in 5 minutes flat.
Some short require camera shake for authenticity, but are so much easier shooting on a tripod. Think about any effect where you need to cut between two shots, or wanting to shoot something quickly while still making it seems like it was shot hand held. This gets even harder if you want a significant shake.
Now of course, some will say, just get the camera off the tripod and shake it as you shoot, but if you tried that you’d realize that shooting while shaking a camera is not that trivial. There are many things to consider, like focus, framing the way the camera moves, and having the shake look realistic.
Sam & Niko share a relatively simple method for adding the camera shake in post. The secret to making it look real? They break the shake into its individual components and add them as linked NULL objects.
It seems like everything these days is either Star Wars or inspired by Star Wars. However, unlike many photos I’m seeing lately, this set is kickass in its own right.
The concept itself isn’t new, but Barcelona-based photographer Manu Cabañero hit the nail on the head with his milk-splashed characters of Princess Leia, Like Skywalker and Darth Vader. And there’s more to come…
In case you didn’t know, there’s such thing as smart goggles.
Designed for skiers and snowboarders who are looking to get the most out of their equipment, smart goggles are traditional snow goggles with integrated technology that pairs with your smartphone or other devices to display stats and information onto a heads up display (HUD) inside the frame of the goggles.
One such pair is Oakley’s $650 Airwave 1.5, equipped with Recon’s Snow2 HUD unit. Now, thanks to a new goggle-connected app called Airwave GoPro Connect, backcountry snowgoers can remotely control and see footage from a connected GoPro through the Airwave’s HUD. [Read more…]
As artists, we find the ‘Fair Use’ doctrine to sometimes be beneficial, but sometimes to be extremely disturbing. I guess illustrator Danny Quirk subscribes to the latter according to a post he made concerning Madonna using his work on her shows under that doctrine.
Danny has a series of illustrations called Dissections which shows medical sketches (the kind you find in old medical books), combined with living humans. This was his senior project for Pratt institute.
Danny claims that an artist called BessNYC4 [NSFW] pasted a photo of Maddona’s face on his drawing and that they were used in her social media. Any many young artists, Danny was first very happy for the fact that his art was so widely exposed. But then he realized that he was not getting any credit for his illustrations. Danny claims that he tried contacting Maddona’s agent and got no response.
Danny got even angrier when he discovered that those illustrations were also used in Madonna’s shows. Being annoyed he posted about it until his lawyer told him to take the post down as BessNYC4’s work was protected under the Fair Use doctrine for being transformative enough.
Danny got annoyed enough that he shared his frustration on his page which got thousands of likes, shares and comments. I am attaching his letter after the jump.
Short answer: Some Latex, A hat, cardboard and smoke. Hit the jump for the long answer. Be aware that it is mildly NSFW.
Earlier this week, we shared with you how Peak Design became Kickstarter ninjas, crowdfunding numerous products and – so far – delivering on every last one of them. But that’s not always the case with crowdfunding projects.
Just look at TriggerTrap’s Ada, a Kickstarter project that failed a year after it successfully raised over £290,386 in funds. Or, more crushing, look at Zano, a handheld drone whose manufacturer went under, even after raising a $3.4 million on Kickstarter.
It’s for these failures that those who pre-ordered the Lily drone should be severely concerned that their drone might never come to fruition. Thursday, the San Francisco-based drone manufacturer announced that its production schedule has been delayed, citing a problem with the flight software that controls the autonomous drone. [Read more…]