Don’t Be A Creepy Photographer

Creepy Photographer forcing himself on subject
Obviously a perfectly healthy situation for all involved

We’ve all heard about them, a lot of us have experienced them and most people are worried about them, so today we’re going to talk about creepy photographers. We’re going to talk about how you might be one without even knowing it, some basic things you should just understand, both as a human being and a photographer, and we’re going to rant a bit about how much creepy photographers suck for both us photographers, and for everyone else. By we i of course mean me. Well, until we get to the comment section where I’m hope we can debate this in a lively and honest manner. [Read more…]

10 Photography Lighting Tutorials From Beginners to Pros

Mastering light — or even just taming it– is one of the biggest and most difficult challenges facing any photographer. Regardless of whether you shoot in a studio full of strobes, or venture out on location with nothing but a reflector, overcoming the stumbling blocks that lighting throws in our way all boils down to the same set of tasks– understanding how light works, and making it work for you. The Web is bursting at its digital seams with lighting tutorials for photographers of every type and skill level. Some are good, some not, but they all share a common goal — helping you take control of one of the most important aspects of your photography. We’ve compiled ten of our favorites for you. There’s no ranking system — just a little something for everyone. So, in no particular order…

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Caught On Camera: GoPro Skydivers Catch Their Two Planes Collide. From Inside The Plane

A band of nine skydivers board on two airplanes, all equipped with GoPro cameras capture the footage of their lives this week. (no pun intended).

Caught On Camera: GoPro Skydivers Catch Their Two Planes Collide. From Inside The Plane

The two groups were getting ready for their last jump over Superior Wisconsin when, for an unknown reason, one of the planes bumped the other at an altitude of about 3,600m. The result was a huge fireball and one of the planes getting torn to pieces. [Read more…]

Ditching Dark-Frame Subtraction for Manual Noise Reduction

Even with the more modern cameras and advanced sensors, noise is still a big issue when it comes to dark long exposures.

Most cameras have Dark-frame subtraction – a mechanism which should handle noisy photographs. The way DFS works is by capturing a second photograph right after the exposure with similar conditions (ISO, shutter speed) so it can detect noisy pixels and adjust them.

Ditching Dark-Frame Subtraction for Manual Noise Reduction

But, as Jim Goldstein says, sometimes the camera cannot do that extra exposure. Either because it is a time lapse / star trail shoot where you don’t want to create gaps, or because the exposure is too long and the battery cannot handle another exposure. [Read more…]

Fresh Baked Flash – How (Not) To Dry A Wet Strobe

When you spend a significant amount of time shooting underwater photography with a set of strobes in DIY underwater strobe housings, sooner or later you’re going to lose a soldier.

Underwater Fashion Portrait Underwater Photographer JP Danko Toronto Commercial Photographer

I’ve heard about phones being revived from the dead, but I’m not sure if anyone has ever done it with hot shoe flash.

ONE NIGHT  Little Geek just folded.

HIPPY  Bye, little buddy.

MONK  He can still make it.

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How To Make Instant 4×5 Film At Home

If you are a medium format photographer you could not have missed the dwindling supply chain of Polaroid 4X5 sheets. They are almost impossible to get nowadays. You can get some on eBay for an ounce of flesh or mortgaging your house, but the sad truth is that they are no longer manufactured and existing stocks will not last forever.

How To Make Instant 4x5 Film At Home

Instructable user julsdylan has been trying to create a home brew for for his 4×5 camera inspired by the New55 Film project. (new55 aims at creating a 4×5 instant film). The results are surprisingly good. [Read more…]

Using Our Photographic Super Powers for Good

This tends to be a pretty emotional time of year for me. The three-month stretch between October and December marks several anniversaries. Defining moments. For starters, it was ten years ago that I left briefcases and courtrooms behind for camera bags and studios. I think that anyone who says that they’ve “never looked back” after making such a monumental change is either getting a little too dramatic with their bio, or is just better than I am at compartmentalizing the past. My past got me to my present– and will hopefully do the same for my future. How can I not look back from time to time and reflect– or even question it on the bad days? As for other autumn milestones, it’s been fourteen years since I married WAY out of my league and embarked on one of Life’s greatest adventures. Unfortunately, though, this is also when I have to pause and remember my father, whom I lost to cancer four years ago this week.

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While my dad was not a professional photographer, he was extremely talented with a camera. I still go through his photos every so often, looking for inspiration or reminiscing about the countless hours we spent in the darkroom when I was a kid. But in addition to all of the hats he wore– husband, father, dentist, friend, photographer– he was also one of the most charitable men I’ve ever known. He was never flashy about it. It wasn’t about recognition. He knew what he was doing, and that was enough for him. He didn’t hide his generosity, but he didn’t advertise it either. It was more for their dignity than his own, that he’d often give in such a way that the recipients of his kindness never knew the source. [Read more…]

The Graying Of Traditional Photography And Why Everything Is Getting Re-Invented In A Form We Don’t Understand By Kirk Tuck

The Graying Of Traditional Photography And Why Everything Is Getting Re-Invented In A Form We Don't Understand

On the last day of the PhotoPlus Expo I finally got why the camera industry has hit the wall and may never come back again in the same way. The folks who love cameras for the sake of cameras, and all the nostalgic feelings they evoke of Life Magazine, National Geographic, 1980’s fashion and 1990’s celebrity portraiture, and other iconic showcases that made us sit up and really look at photography, are graying, getting old and steadily shrinking in numbers.

I can profile the average camera buyer in the U.S. right now without looking at the numbers. The people driving the market are predominately over 50 years old and at least 90% of them are men. We’re the ones who are driving the romantic re-entanglement with faux rangefinder styles. We’re the ones at whom the retro design of the OMD series camera are aimed. We’re the ones who remember when battleship Nikons and Canons were actually needed to get great shots and we’re the ones who believe in the primacy of the still image as a wonderful means of communication and even art. But we’re a small part of the consumer economy now and we’re walking one path while the generations that are coming behind us are walking another path. And it’s one we’re willfully trying not to understand because we never want to admit that what we thought of as the “golden age of photography” is coming to an end as surely as the kingdom of Middle Earth fades away in the last book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. [Read more…]