Here’s a super quick and relatively uncomplicated DIY build for those of you who are in need of a camera counter balance (think Steadicam) on the cheap. Using a few pieces of pipe and some basic fittings, you can make yourself a DIY version with just a little bit of elbow grease. The team over at I Like To Make Stuff created this video, showing you exactly how to make the counter balance. [Read more…]
Selfies have become enormously popular in recent years and are everywhere these days. Wherever there’s a beach, a famous landmark, a rainbow or even just oxygen, you’re likely to see someone taking a selfie. Even elephants are doing it now!
Two major problems have emerged hand-in-hand with the often duck-faced photos. The first is that people are too focused on themselves. Not in the sense that they are constantly admiring themselves through endless narcissistic self-portraits, as true as that may be, but that they are too busy trying to photograph themselves that they don’t notice the dangers surrounding them.
The other problem is the need hardcore selfie fans feel to outdo others and the irresponsible competition it promotes.
Just this month, in what might be one of the deadliest in selfie history, at least two people have died and one is currently in serious condition after their selfie attempts went horribly wrong.
Have you ever been guilty of living up to the cliché of being a filmmaker? This
long short by IFTH lists the 32 rules of becoming a filmmaker. The name is a bit misleading though, I would consider renaming it The 32 Most Annoying Clichés About Filmmakers. Sadly I am probably guilty on all 32.
Here are some of the more annoying ones:
If you feel that magazines show beauty standard that is hard to match up to, you are probably right, aside the massive photoshopping that sometimes goes into the image creation process, the models are being aided by flattering lighting and calculated poses. Both of which have tremendous impact on the look of the human body.
Photographer Gracie Hagen chose to challenge that practice with Illusions of the Body. She does so by exposing us to two different exposures of the same person. In one exposure, the person is beautifully lit, and its pose is crafted to perfection. The other exposure is juxtaposed: horrible lighting and bad pose. The result help the viewers to understand that even the prettiest of persons are getting ‘some help’ in their magazine photos.
We asked Gracie a few questions, which you can find after the jump.
[The series is full frontal nude, so only hit the jump is you are not offended by frontal nude.]
Understanding the science behind JPEG compression might not be on everyone’s agenda. In fact, it probably sounds incredibly boring, if not complicated to a lot of folks. But, in this 12-minute long clip, image analyst Mike Pound guides you through the entire process as he explains the magic of Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT)–using language that’s easy to follow. If you’ve been meaning to learn more about what happens to your images when you save them as JPEG, there’s no better time than the present. [Read more…]
In his commencement speech for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Oscar winning actor shared some brutal truths with the graduating photographers, actors, filmmakers and other creatives.
“Tisch graduates, you made it… and you’re f*cked,” said De Niro, comparing their unclear future to those who decided to study nursing, dentistry, business or law.
“On this day of triumphantly graduating, a new door is opening for you: a door to a lifetime of rejection”, De Niro added, letting the class of 2015 know what the future holds for them.
No matter where you studied, or which field you chose, if you’re a professional creative you’ll relate to this speech.
Rule number one: there are no rules. A ‘mistake’ may not necessarily be a mistake if it helps convey the message or story or feeling intended by the photographer. I can easily think of multiple examples that go against every scenario described below. That said, for the most part, I’ve found these ‘mistakes’ to hold true. And if you want to achieve something very specific, then you either won’t be reading this article in the first place, or you’ll know when to bend the rules. The general viewing public probably has some preformed opinions of what is right/good, but these are born out of as much ignorance as conditioning by companies trying to sell more software or lenses or something else. There are rational reasons why these opinions may not necessarily be right in the context of fulfilling creative intention.
Working as surf photographer that specializes in shooting some of the most frigid and icy waters on the planet is a mentally and physically demanding career. It’s the kind where you’re putting your life on the line on a regular basis and while it might be difficult and dangerous at times, it’s also incredibly alluring to those who accept it. That’s because, to see something all the way through to these sorts of extremes, you really, really have to love it–and love can make the soul do crazy things.
Take for example, Chris Burkard. A photographer who once dreamed of a thrilling life travelling to warm, tropical paradises to photograph the surf. That is until he caught a taste for the adrenaline brought about by paddling into the wicked, freezing waters of Iceland. Pushing himself to the brink of hypothermia, becoming disoriented in overhead surf, getting lost on a wave as a light snowfall suddenly turned into a full on blizzard–these are the kinds of things Burkard lives for. [Read more…]
There’s a saying among photographers, advice really, that one should always shoot what they love. After getting his start photographing extreme sports, French photographer Samsofy Pardugato decided to pay a little more attention to another of his hobbies–model making. Samsofy has combined his love of photography and legos, by creating a vast collection of “microcosms” in all kinds of environments. [Read more…]