Long lenses can sometimes be hard to aim. It is hardest when you try to find a subject against a featureless backdrop, and even harder if the subject is moving fast. Think tracking a bird in the sky with a 500mm lens.
This is not a DIY kinda post, it is more related to my career as a photographer. If you here for the nuts and bolts, move along, nothing to see. If you are starting out as a photographer, I think this will be super relevant and valuable for you.
Having walked the path of “What’s that black button for?” to “Chin down, eyes to me” over the last three years, one of the things that I had to struggle with is how to handle friends and family who ask for discounts (some will ask for a 100% discount :).
The next video by the awesome Jasmine Star pretty much sums up what I think is the best approach to handling this awkward situation.
Jasmine’s advice breaks into two parts, one that fits the “I’ll shoot anything that will stand in front of my lens” phase where you are benefited from sharpening your skills and spreading the word about your talent. And one that fits the phase where you move on to establishing a business where you need to be more aware of your time.
As Jasmine explains it may be hard, but it is best to have “the conversation”. To me this makes perfect sense in the way that you will probably not ask your carpenter friend for a free table.
How do you handle friends discounts? Share with us in the comments
James Bond! forget about Q, your next hyper camera will not come from MI6, it will come from an open source Arduino project.
Arduino tutorial creator Adafruit created an open source “spy camera” that uses an Adafruit SD card Adapter and a TTL Serial JPEG Camera to capture pictures. The internet integration is achieved via an Eye-Fi wireless card for storing the image.
If you are not familiar with photograms and cyanotypes, here are two new words for you: A Photogram is a photograph made without a camera by placing objects directly onto a photographic paper. A Cyanotype is the developing process used to make blue prints.
You can have lots of fun and interesting results by creating Cyanotype Photograms. Photographer Paul Eliasberg is going to show us how.
Photographer Sam McGuire takes the Lumedyne 200W/S Action Pack for a spin. The different thing about this pack is that its T.5 and T.1 times get shorter when you increase flash power. (Usually, the more power you use, the more time it takes the strobe to push it out).
Sam compares two images taken at similar conditions with a short and long T.1 and demonstrates how strobe duration, much like shutter speed, can control motion blur. [Read more…]
Here is something nice for the Shaped Bokeh lovers. Want a shaped bokeh on your iPhone? There is an app for that.
Big Lens simulates shallow DOF for images taken with an iPhone. OK, so it’s a little bit of cheating, doing this in post (and not even opening Photoshop), but it is still lots of fun.
Have you ever held an old TLR (Twin Lens Reflex)? It feels amazingly good. The top viewfinder is a delight and shooting from the hip removes any obstacles between you and your model. Well, a nice Rolleiflex TLR can set you back about 5 D800s.
But not if you make it from Lego bricks.
Benjamin Von Wong – Montreal Based photographer here to talk about a couple neat devices I borrowed from the nice fellows over at B&H for my trip to Africa. I figured that a nice little trip around Namibia would be the perfect opportunity to try out some gear that I had never previously had the use for – Teleconverters! (The Sigma 1.4x DG EX APO and 2x EX DG APO spesifically)
Teleconverters are these great nifty little devices that actually add range to your lenses at the expense of losing some light. Depending on how big of a zoom factor you go for, you losie more light as well as focus speed and overall sharpness – a little more on that later. What does that mean in terms of actual numbers? [Read more…]
One of the ways to understand how light works in photographs is to do basic exercises. We did one way by creating the portrait lighting cheat sheet that shows how positioning a single light effect a portrait, others have done similar stuff with an egg.
Photographer Pat David had another idea. Using a CC-BY 3D scan by Infinite Realities and an open source 3D modeling software called Blender 3D (Blender is darn near real rendering engine, it can even mimic shaped bokeh), he started to play with positioning various light sourced around the scanned head.
Photographer Matus Zosak was inspired by the 35mm panoramic pinhole camera tutorial we featured way back so he built one of his own. His pinhole, however, came to life using stop motion animation. It is right after the jump.
Actually, Zosak also documented the build process in a time-lapse which provides a window to how a paper camera like this comes to be. [Read more…]