Benjamin Von Wong Goes Against Cheapo P&S. Makes It Shoot Beautiful Fire Bursts

When we feature Photographer Benjamin Von Wong it is usually when he aces a photoshoot. And usually he uses all sorts of fancy gear to take the shot. From underwater lights to super slo-mo cameras. But when Ben met Kai from DigitalRev he was thrown into the cold water and given an epicly cheap Point & Shoot to create an Epic fire lit portrait.

There were quite a few challenges that Ben went through and conquered and I thought it was worth doing a minute by minute break down of the video with regards to those challenges. [Read more…]

Photographing Ontario’s Largest Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

When I recently got a call to go photograph Ontario’s largest indoor rock climbing gym, my first though was:

Yes, of course I’ll do it!

My second though was:  How the heck am I going to do it!

Do you know that feeling when you are watching a sit-com on TV and you start thinking…I swear the Simpson’s already did this…?  That is basically what I feel like when I am facing a tough lighting challenge…I swear David Hobby already did this…!

And yep – he did – back in 2010 in the Strobist article “On Assignment: Earth Treks, Pt. 1″.

I totally admit that I basically stole appropriated David Hobby’s approach to lighting a giant indoor rock climbing gym, but I think the approach to lighting a huge, dark indoor space using a combination of studio strobes, small strobes (speedlites) and ambient light is still worth further discussion.

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New Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Compared – Comes Out On Top

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Earlier this year, Sigma generated a good amount of noise throughout the photography community when the company stated the intended target competition of their upcoming 50mm F/1.4 lens: Zeiss’s $4,000 55mm Otus. That can either result in us getting one a big leap in quality for lenses on the market at a (hopefully) more consumer-friendly price, or it can end with us having some serious trust issues.

Just recently, Xitek has posted the first few pictures of the Sigma lens engaged in tests with three other lenses: the Sony Planar T 50mm F/1.4 ZA SSM, the Nikon Nikkor AF-S 58mm F/1.4G, and the targeted Zeiss 55mm F/1.4 Otus. (cheapest of which is ~$1500). [Read more…]

The Cleverest DIYP iPhone Tripod* Ever!

The Cleverest DIYP iPhone Tripod* Ever!

  • This tripod, designed by Benny Johansson, can be placed on top of bottles or stand for it self.
  • Flexible enough to fit most of the common bottle tops and caps.
  • the phone can be tilted 0-8 degrees on one side and 15 on the other.
  • the elastic can be used to secure the phone from falling out,  ( a string in the middle of the screen is not ideal but most camera controls are  at the left or right side of the screen so it works okay for most of the time )
  • can also be used as a viewing stand
  • can be folded flat ( the “holy hinges” has good durability, see my test ) [Read more…]

Panasonic Unveils the New VariCam 35 with 4K & 120 fps Capabilities

Thanks to Planet 5D for the heads up on this!

Disclaimer: if you have a weak wallet, then don’t read this.

Actually, in this case, all of our wallets are most likely crying in the corner, so it’s okay. Just appreciate the camera, I guess.

Panasonic took part in a press conference just yesterday in New Jersey, where it announced a new entry targeted towards the high-high-high end market of cinema. The 4K camera/video-recorder is titled the VariCam 35 (AU-VREC1), and it claims to be a powerhouse in handling a variety of formats.

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Morning Coffee with an Instagram Wedding Photographer

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I’m not entirely sure, but it is quite possible that I witnessed a sign of the rapidly approaching Apocalypse this morning. There was no plague of locusts descending from the heavens. No fire. No brimstone. The earth continued rotating on its axis just fine. I’m sure nobody else even noticed. Regardless of its subtlety, it still came at me out of nowhere like a brick to the side of the head.

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Photographer Cleverly Captures His Own Proposal With Timelapse Trickery

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had your proposal capture on film (or sensor) so you could not only tell your kids the story, but also show them how it went down?

proposalThis is what photographer Mike Bons thought so he set up a clever rig to capture his own proposal.

Mike tricked his (then) five and a half years girlfriend into a valentines photoshoot, where he used a Triggertrap remote control to make a timelapse where the camera captured his and his girlfriend photo every second. For lights Mike, cleverly backlit the photo with his car’s headlights. [Read more…]