Using Textured Wallpaper as a DIY Product Backdrop – An Exercise

One of the easy ways to get interesting backdrop (at least for small objects) is to use textured papers. They come in small enough packaging to be comfortable to handle and the texture allows for some interesting play with light.

Using Textured Wallpaper as a DIY Product Backdrop - An Exercise

Photographer Mo Bius shared a test shoot with such papers as a photography exercise. I think the results are interesting. (Note that the actual tea pot is flagged from the strobe in all the setups and is lit separately in the final picture) [Read more…]

Building A Smooth Portable Video Dolly From Scraps

Photographer Patrick Luke built quite a clever video Dolly. While we have had our share of dollies and sliders before, I don’t think I’ve seen something this cost effective yet.

Building A Portable Video Dolly From Scraps

Here is a break down, curtsey of Patrick. We did not put any sizes down as those may vary depending on how wide or long you would like your dolly to be, but the guidelines should provide enough direction if you would like to build your own. [Read more…]

Download Adobe CS2 For Free

Update: this was too good to be true, and Adobe shut it down (the dead link is not a result of overload). Read what this download was all about after the jump.

Here is something I did not see coming. (and had to verify that it was not April’s 1st for a second). Adobe has just release their entire Creative Suit for free download.

Download Adobe CS2 for Free

It is not the latest version, but rather the 2005 CS2 version, but it rocked back then and it still rocks today if you are looking for a free photo editing program, video editing program, layout and all the rest of Adobe’s Creative suite goodies.

I figure Adobe would rather people use their (bit dated) software for free than have 60% of its users pirate it. [Read more…]

“Light Painting” Done With Light Emitting Algae

Usually we use a wide array of battery powered lights and fireworks  to create light paintings. This is not the case with the photographs below that were “light painted” by Bioluminescence algae.

"Light Painting" Done With Light Emitting Algae

Australian photographer Phil Hart tells an interesting tale about a weird tale of events.

Just like the frog rain in Magnolia, those pictures have a story of unique and rare coincidence. [Read more…]

A Timelapse Of Paris Shows How Beautiful The City Is

If you’ve ever been to Paris, you know that it a beautiful city. Director Benjamin Trancart of Trak created a beautiful timelapse of Paris, that really catches the essence of the city.

A Timelapse Of Paris Shows How Beautiful The City Is

It was shot using a Canon 7D using only two lenses: 18-135mm and 16-35mm. While it shows more conventional timelapse footage, it also shows star streaks that were taken by sequencing long exposures, and sunsets that were created by merging 3 bracketed exposures. [Read more…]

DIY Light Painting Breakdown

DIY Light Painting Breakdown

A few days ago we shared the awesome light painting and BTS videos from Vincent Bruno. If you thought you needed elaborate gear or a lot of assistance to create one of those great painting, Vincent made one more painting to prove you wrong. If you master the skills, you can make it whenever and wherever you desire. This time he breaks it down for us (and signs it DIY which we appreciate a ton). The video and textual breakdown after the jump. [Read more…]

David Hobby vs. Buzz Lightyear (The Camera) – A Close Tie

David Hobby vs. Buzz Lightyear (The Camera) - A Close Tie

Kai and Alambi at DigitalRev has an interesting video series where they conduct photography duels. Not between two photographers, but between a pro photographer and a cheap camera – the series is titled Pro Photographer / Cheap Camera.

For the latest match in this epic series they had David (Strobist) Hobby in the blue corner and Buzz (2MP kids camera) Lightyear in the red one.

To quote from an unremembered origin, “Expensive gear does not make your photography better, it only makes some photographs possible”. I could not agree more, and this video shows this point in a spectacular way. Hit the jump for a video and some thoughts. [Read more…]

Understanding Metering, Part One: Introduction by Ming Thein

This is part one of Ming Thein‘s series on Understanding Metering.

An image from my recent Introduction to Wildlife workshop, and a very tricky metering situation – more importantly, do you know why, and what to do in a situation like this to achieve the desired exposure outcome?

One of the more important – yet almost always overlooked – aspects of camera operation is metering. Simply put, the meter determines what your final exposure is, and how bright or dark your image looks relative to the scene. Unless you are shooting manual – and even then – the camera’s exposure is determined by the meter. Add the fact that the eyes of a viewer tend to go to the brightest and/ or highest contrast portions of an image first (i.e. this should be your subject) – and it’s clear to see why it’s absolutely critical to understand both how metering works as a fundamental concept and any camera-specific peccadilloes that might exist. The last thing you want is to find that your camera drastically underexposed a once-in-a-lifetime shot of some critically important event because you didn’t know (or forgot) that the meter was extremely affected by point light sources*. [Read more…]