Missing Your Dose Of Game Of Thrones? Check Out This Top Notch Fan Fiction

Game of Throwns may be the best TV series when it comes to addiction potential. sadly, they only come out once a week, and even that, only during the season. This is where fan fiction comes in.

Missing Your Dose Of Game Of Thrones? Check Out This Top Notch Fan Fiction

Benjamin Von Wong is at it again, this time creating an awesome 7 minute short film with a group of talented local Montreal artists and companies that takes place in the world of Game of Thrones.

The story of A tale of Benjen Stark centers around a young girl hunted by a pack of Zombies and… Well you’ll have to watch the movie. (go full screen and push the volume all the way to the top before hitting the jump) [Read more…]

Time Lapse Shows Burning Man Playa From Afar – Makes You Wanna Go Closer

I have never personally been to Burning man. From what I hear it is one of the best experiences that a person can have, and it is rated high on my “things to do before I die” list.

Time Lapse Shows Burning Man Playa From Afar - Makes You Wanna Go Closer

Until that happens, I can only watch the occasional video showing how awesome it is. This time lapse by Jason Phipps shows the just how great and enormous the Playa is, starting with the week before the festival starts and ending with the night of the burn.

The picture sequence was taken from Old Razorback, aka Trego Peak about 5500 feet above sea level and over 4 linear miles from the center of Black Rock City. [Read more…]

The Power of a Print

I am constantly blown away by the power of what we do with light and the little black box that captures it. Each day, we arm ourselves with the latest and greatest cameras, lenses, speedlights, monolights, reflectors, tripods, and accessories. We create. When the gig is over we return to our computers with memory cards full of vision and inspiration. We download our creative triumphs. We back them up. We tweak them. We edit them. We retouch them. We post them. We share them. We email them to the client.

But when was the last time you printed one?

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How To Shoot A Flying Bullet Using A Sugar Cube Strobe

Here is an interesting experiment that it a little bit about high speed photography, and a little bit magic science.

How To Shoot A Flying Bullet Using A Sugar Cube Strobe

FPSoutback share a little high speed photography as he uses a sugar cube instead of a strobe to capture a speeding bullet.

As with most high speed photography, the actual exposure is a bit long – a two seconds exposure using a Sony NEX 5N. Usually in this kinds of shots, a sensor detects the bullet and triggers a strobe. [Read more…]

How To Build A Slo-Mo Photobooth With $32,900 Worth Of Gear

About a week ago we shared an epic slo-mo video from a wedding photographed by Super Frog Saves Tokyo. The video was above all, fun.

How To Build A Slo-Mo Photobooth With $32,900 Worth Of Gear

But, fun aside, it took quite a bit of gear and preparation to create. Just the lights (KONOVA Pro 900 LED) and camera (RED EPIC) are about $32,900 without all the accessories. But.. seeing what goes on behind the scenes on this is a great experience nonetheless. It is short, but packed with tips about setup, direction, and avoiding mess. [Read more…]

Possible Halo Effect with Canon 70-200 f.2.8 L IS USM II

The Canon 70-200 f.2.8 L IS USM II is quite a flagship of a lens. At $2500 and 2.9 pounds it is quite a beast, and almost every review or recommendation I’ve seen on it states that the only real issue with it is that you will never change lenses after using it.

Possible Halo Effect with Canon 70-200 f.2.8 L IS USM II

Lisbon based Photographer Rui M Leal had a different experience though. Rui was assigned to shoot a concert when he noticed a bright halo at the edge of the frame when shooting at the 90-110 zoom range. [Read more…]

Inspiration from Successful Creatives

Making money as a creative can be is a tough grind.

As an established photographer once told me when I was just starting out: “My job is everyone’s hobby.”

Essentially, what he was saying was that everyone wants to be a famous photographer, musician or actor, but so few have that special combination of talent, personality and luck to actually make it happen.

The reality is that ridiculously talented creatives are a dime a dozen (literally in many cases…), but those who are able to translate talent into commercial success are a very rare breed. 

With that in mind, I am going to look at an example from the musical side of artistic talent that I personally find inspiring because of the way these creatives have leveraged their considerable artistic talent into the kind of commercial success that we all aspire to.

Walking Dead Business Man

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How To Build A Giga Pixel Scanner

Large high resolution scans are kind of an art form, and definitely not easy from the technical aspect. Photographer/maker Charlie Romer took on creating a mega-scanner called Matrix Shot as a summer project.

How To Build A Giga Pixel Scanner

This Arduino controlled camera is just what you need to make a high precision, large format mega scan. The idea is that the camera traverses the picture while taking many, many macro shots – one row at a time. Then those images are stitched together into one huge scan. With the D800 36MP per shot combined with a 200mm lens, the resulting image is a few 1000’s MB. [Read more…]