MZed – Need Light? Speedlite! Tour Review

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the Need Light? Speedlite! Tour in Toronto, Canada.

The Need Light? Speedlite! Tour is presented by MZed – Education for Creatives and is traveling to 32 cities across the United States between now and the end of May (with one more stop in Canada in Vancouver) – click here for dates.

The tour is a full day workshop ($99) that focuses on portrait lighting with speedlites with instructors Stephen Eastwood and Bob Davis.  At the end of the day, participants have the opportunity to apply the techniques they have learned to photograph live models with their own cameras.

There is also an evening hands on master class ($279 with the daytime workshop) that includes hands on instruction from Stephen and Bob.

To find out more – hit the jump.

MZed Need Light Speedlite Workshop Tour Live Model Photos JP Danko blurMEDIA Photography Toronto Commercial Photographer

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With Photography Comes Responsibility: Why Recent Paparazzi Activities Are Dangerous for Photographers and Their Rights

A group of Paparazzi outside a private establishment.

We’ve done reports over stories that we hear of how people have been treated by police when practicing photography in public. Most of the time they’re journalists, bystanders, or someone trying to expose police in acts they probably shouldn’t be committing in the first place. And we’ve always treated the subject with importance because photography isn’t a crime. A state isn’t truly free if it isn’t a state that builds on a right to a freedom of speech, and photography is one method of that freedom of speech. But what about when photography itself is used in an abusive manner? Like the case just a few weeks back involving the subway guy from Massachusetts? Photographers should never be punished for taking pictures in public, but that statement itself comes with responsibilities on the photographers themselves. I want to focus a bit on something that really blurs the line between what’s appropriate and what isn’t: paparazzi photography.

This post comes after recent news of Kanye West settling a case involving an incident last July in where he assaulted a photographer as he was trying to leave the LAX airport. Before you pick up your pitchforks at me bringing him up, understand why I decided to bring him up. Out of any of the many celebrities that are mobbed today by paparazzi, Kanye West is arguably the most controversial through how may times his impulsive actions have become headlines for paparazzi on TMZ. [Read more…]

Photographer Creates Surreal Photos Of Homeless Dogs, Helps Them Find A New Home

Budapest based photographer and artist Sarolta Bán wanted to put her talent and social impact to a good use. Over the years her surreal  style drove a following of over 124,000 Facebook fan and now she is giving something back to the community.

Photographer Creates Surreal Photos Of Homeless Dogs, Helps Them Find A New Home

Ban is using her talent to aid sheltered dogs find a new home by taking their photos and recomposing them into surreal works of art.

The project asks for photos of animals in need of shelter. Ban will then create a wonderful composite of him/her/it to raise visibility for adoption and will later award the photo to anyone who adopts the dog. On the project page she shares: [Read more…]

How Would Superman See It? Creative GoPro Usage

What if superman had was wearing a GoPro? Of course he does not probably need it having super memory, laser vision and that huge holodeck in the pole. But what if did?

His day may have looked something like this. The creative team at Corridor Digital made a short video showing the man in blue returning a camera to its owners, while flying the blue skies of LA.

Of course, CD did not actually have access to Clark Kent so they used a DJI Phantom 2 and a GoPro 3+ to take the flying shots and a real (cape wearing) actor to take the person shots and have a bit of a shake to cover the cut point. [Read more…]

Maximizing Space: Building a Video Home Studio

When it comes to building a studio at home it is always a challenge to use space in an efficient way. Movie maker Extraordinaire Chad Bredahl of  krotoflik just release a new video covering many aspects of space (and budget) optimization when setting up a home studio room.

Using a clever combo if cheap lights (4 of them) and a bunch of Styrofoam from Home depot he was able to create a high end looking studio good for medium shots.

I really like the way this guy thinks in terms of using available materials and making the most out of them.

[DIY Studio | krotoflik]

 

More Bad News for Nikon as China Orders the Company to Stop Selling the D600

Graphic by Maaz Khan

The Nikon D600 has to be a curse; it’s been causing too much trouble and more bad news is still coming in for the DSLR manufacturer. This time, that negative attention is coming straight from the likes of media giants like CNN Business after a China Central Television show aired an episode focusing on Nikon. The criticism and accusations voiced in it didn’t put Nikon under a spotlight; they placed the company on concrete under a magnifying glass on a hot summer day. [Read more…]

Meaning + Adventure is bigger than Meaning or adventure

Daniel Woods was moving from one day job to another and wan not really happy. He had it up to the point where he quite it all and became an adventure photographer. What he does is take folks about for trips out of Vegas and takes them out to have a good experience in the amazing nature in Nevada (as opposed to a night club on the strip).

Story sounds familiar, it may remind you of another creative that was bored to death in work – Benjamin Von Wong, who was a mining engineer until he decided to be a photographer full time. So it is no wonder that the two found a mutual language and collaborated in a story about Daniel’s passion and drive. With both those stories it is amazing to see where passion, courage and persistence can get you.

[Creating meaning through Adventure | Von Wong]

Facing the Demons of Camera Shame

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He is one of the most iconic American photographers, an innovator in his time responsible for aiding in the awareness that led to the preservation of some of our most spectacular natural treasures. He has left millions awestruck by the imagery he captured and inspired millions more to aspire to follow in his steps. His skills were commissioned by government agencies, and the value of his original prints stretches well into the millions. He is Ansel Adams, and his camera was an outdated, antiquated piece of rubbish.

I am certain most, if not all, photographers have experienced it at one time or another: the feeling that you and your skills are made inferior by the equipment you are using, a condition commonly known as camera shame. We shrink back into the shadows around other photographers with “more-pro” gear than us, we avoid conversations with photographers who are knowledgeable about equipment, we miss or turn down opportunities out of embarrassment, and we find ourselves tripping over ourselves in the pursuit of “the next great thing” in hopes of being able to hold our heads high in public. [Read more…]

See New York Though The Eyes Of Flo Fox – A Blind Photographer

68 years old photographer Flo Fox is winning the war against will power every day. Born blind in one eye, she has been shooting for over 40 years, ever since she got her first paycheck and bought a camera.

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She jokes that she had a built in advantage in the fact that she did not have to close one eye to take a picture going from 3D to a two dimensional state just to take a photograph.

Around 30 years ago, her eye situation deteriorated and her healthy eye started texturing and loosing sight as well, and she needed a cane. She than discovered that she had MS (Multiple sclerosis), and she slowly started to loose motoric functions. [Read more…]