Facebook Photo Shows Mischievous Moment – Wife Fired, Husband Only Told Off

By now you should probably know that photos you post on social media may come back to haunt you in your non-virtual life.

Laraine Cook, a (former) girls basketball coach for Pocatello High School re-discovered that truth when she was laid off for posting a personal photo of her and her husband. OK, he was touching her breast. (While her mom was peaking over her shoulder)

Facebook Photo Shows Mischievous Moment - Wife Fired, Husband Being Told Off

Cook’s contract was terminated over that photo with the school district claiming that the photo was immoral.

The photo was posted to Facebook over in July and Cook was fired in October, after the photo was on Facebook for less than 24 hours. [Read more…]

How To Take The Perfect Coffee Shot (With Multiple Exposures)

I was at starbucks the other day and saw this cool looking Mug, and was thinking that this was the perfect mug to practice my product shots. I already had the shot I wanted, but the problem was I didn’t have enough coffee beans to cover the table. So, what I did was take multiple shots and moved the coffee beans from one shot to the next, until I got the whole table full of coffee. Here is how you do it…

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How To Make a Home Brew Smartphone Film Scanner

If you have been shooting for more than a few years there is a good chance that you have a few archiving albums (you’re neat) or shoe boxes (you’re human) filled with old films.

Digitizing film is a tedious task and we have shared a great comprehensive tutorial on it before, but sometimes you need something quick and dirty (but not as dirty as a TP roll)

How To Make a Home Brew Smartphone Film Scanner

Lomography has a clever smartphone film scanner which is perfect for the job. Instructables user ASCAS has a DIY version of it. [Read more…]

Powering a GoPro With LP-E6 Canon Batteries

GoPro’s latest Hero 3+ made a cool move when (among other things) added 30% battery time bringing the camera about 40 minutes of recording time at real-life conditions.

Powering a GoPro With LP-E6 Canon Batteries

If you need more time than this you have several DIY options and several USB based options. I not a big fan of either. The folks at P&C came up with the Tehkron CagePro + GoPro cage.

Basically it is a cage like the one you’d use for DSLRs with two clever additions:

  • You can power a GoPro of a regular LP-E6 Canon battery and
  • You get a 62mm mounting thread for filters.

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15 Photographic Lighting Books and Why You Want Them

I guess I’ve had lighting on the mind lately. Except for a select few, I don’t think anyone ever truly “masters” photographic lighting. As I said in another post on the topic recently, mastering light — or even just taming it– is one of the biggest and most difficult challenges facing any photographer. For me, I find that my lighting technique continues to evolve as I continue to grow as a photographer. Lighting for portraits is different than lighting for food. Lighting for products is different than lighting for fashion. And don’t even get me started on the chasm between studio and location lighting.

And yet, when it comes to lighting, all of these genres do share some very significant similarities. The bottom line when it comes to any lighting situation is that you have to get a handle on two very important things– how the light behaves, and how to make it behave for you. To that end, I’ve pulled together a sampling of 15 of some of the best lighting books available. Not e-books. Not apps, Not videos. This week we’re going old school. Photographic wisdom printed and illustrated on actual pages and bound together into a single, hand-held volume. No batteries required.

I’ve tried to include a little something for everyone, regardless of specialty or skill level. To find out more about any of the books listed, click on the title above the cover photo. This is not a ranking– just a list of suggested reading. So, in no particular order, I give you…


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Beautiful Snowflakes Photographs Shot With A Point And Shoot And Some Gaffers Tape

When it comes to using your resources in a creative way to get good photos, we are the first to cheer. Photographer Alexey Kljatov (AKA ChaoticMind75 on flickr) is using a simple point and shoots in a pretty creative way to create wonderful portraits of snowflakes – and there are no two alike.

Beautiful Snowflakes Photographs Shot With A Point And Shoot And Some Gaffers Tape

Alexey uses an old Canon A650 gaffed equipped with a Helios 44M-5 from an old USSR Zenit camera. The lens is mounted in reverse to provide some mean macro capabilities. The old point and shoot is mounted on a piece of 2 by 4 looking down at a glass table which is lit from behind with a cold LED light. [Read more…]

How To Use The Camera Shake Reduction Filter In Photoshop CC

Love it or hate it, one of the great things about being an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber is having access to the latest photo editing technology right away.  (How much would we all love a camera and lens subscription service!?)

I first heard about Photoshop CC’s new camera shake reduction filter back in the summer and I finally had a change to shoot a series of photos specifically designed to test it out.

In this article, I will show you how to use the Adobe Photoshop CC Camera Shake Reduction Filter along with a few example photos.

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