Have you ever noticed how a person’s ears sometimes glow in portraits when they are backlit? Because ears are more transparent than the rest of our bodies, they tend to catch and diffuse any light that is shining through them, kinda like the way a softbox works. To that end, you can imagine how silly it would look if the subject of a portrait had two tiny, glowing softboxes on each side of their head. You can see why glowing ears just aren’t that desirable in portraits. If you’ve ever spent time in Photoshop trying to fix it, you’ll be grateful for this little tips from professional photographer, Glyn Dewis. [Read more…]
As you know, taking a compelling portrait is more difficult than just aiming your camera at someone and asking them to smile. There a lot of tiny details that are easy to overlook unless you are purposely keeping tabs on them. That being said, if you’re looking to get into portrait photography or just improve your craft a little more, award winning photographer Tamara Lackey delivers a handful of good tips you can use to do just that.
After studying art history and archeology in university, German born photographer, Thomas Hoepker was soon recruited by a magazine where he would assume the role of a staff photographer in the early 1960’s. One of his first jobs after he began working at the magazine sent him on an open ended assignment to the United States where Hoepker and other members of the magazine staff rented a car in New York City upon their arrival and spent 5 months touring around the United States. During that time Hopker amassed a large collection of photographs, all the while sharpening his skills as an image maker.
In the mini-documentary below, Leica interviews the Magnum photographer as he shares some of the stories from that epic roadtrip along with the fascinating story of he was able to capture his iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali. Listen to his insightful wisdom, here: [Read more…]
And impact is delivered in Olivier Valsecchi’s work Time Of War. But Olivier does not use flour or pigments and he opted for ashes instead. Which makes sense as this series is about Samsara – “the denial of death, and the hope for an extended or endless living”
In an interview to resourcemagonline Oliver shares that
Since I’m a full time professional photographer, the question I’ll try to answer in this review is: can the Nikon D750 be used for professional wedding photography? It’s not an easy question to answer, because there are numerous factors to consider, and the first factor is obviously the photographer’s particular style of shooting. I’ll try to respond based on my own actual experiences and real needs in the course of a day’s work, comparing the Nikon D750 with the camera I currently use (check out my ShotKit to see what’s in my backpack), and thus not limiting myself to evaluating solely technical aspects.
With the holiday season in full swing, I thought that it might be a good time for a fun article.
I don’t know a photographer that doesn’t enjoy a drink or ten in the middle of a marathon photography editing session, so here are my choices for the top 5 drinks to pair with photography post processing.
While there are many sliders out there (some even at $75), the secret to getting a good slider is getting it to slide smoothly. The team at Rhino did something I truly appreciate in a brand and released a video showing how to build a cheap (semi) pro slider.
You can see the video above, and get some tips after the jump, but for me this video goes beyond the simple idea of a how-to video. I would love to see more brands giving free education even if it not directly associated with their sales. (I assume that if you are building a $75 Home Depot slider, you are not gonna buy their $800 slider). But I love the idea that educating young filmmakers and making “fancy gear” accessible to them will drive the industry higher and hopefully make the cake bigger.
More about the DIY slider after the jump
The holidays are the time of year we all like to relax and spend time with our friends, family, our favorite filmmakers. Well, sorta anyways…Last year, when Foreground Films released the first version of “The Auteurs of Christmas”, it saw widespread popularity, quickly going viral. The team brought back the theme this year with “The Auteurs of Christmas 2” in what we are all hoping has officially begun a new holiday tradition.
The short film features the creators interpretation of a scene as though some very well known filmmakers were directing it. It’s impressive how on point they were able to get. The real film buffs out there will marvel in the attention to detail that went into making the shots truly match their individual directors style and quirk. For example, you can look for appropriate screen ratios, foley arts and sound effects, color grading, cinematography, even Godard’s take on color theory was so accurately executed you can’t help but to grin at the perfect silliness of it all.
In part two of The Auteurs we’re treated to the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Charlie Chaplin, Terrence Malick, Christopher Nolan, Alfred Hitchcock, Morgan Spurlock, David Lynch, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay, & Jean-Luc Godard. [Read more…]
I’ve been a professional photographer for 6 years and like most photographers I have invested in a number of high quality lenses (check my kit over at InMyBag), but have recently concluded that this has been a waste of money.
It’s not that these are not great lenses, but I truly prefer to use a single lens.
At first, I used other lenses and always changed lenses during the shoot. Once I started using my 50 mm prime lens, I slowly started using the others less and less, until now I shoot everything with that ones.
I’ve hesitated from selling my other lenses because they can occasionally be useful for some jobs, but what 50 mm gives to me, it’s totally great. I feel comfortable with it, and now I know it so well, that I really do use it constantly.
So, here’s why I think that you only need one lens to make world class images:
As soon as photographer, Gordon Buchanan, and the BBC film crew approached Ellesmere Island, deep in the Canadian Arctic, via a helicopter, the team knew they were in store for a something special. As the helicopter began landing, a pack of wolves began approaching the aircraft, propelllers still whirring, as the wild animals curiously investigated the crew and cameramen. They expected the wolves, whom most likely have never had a single interaction with a human, to be curious, but they never expected how quickly the wolves would adapt to human presence, much less allow the photographer to be in such close contact with them. [Read more…]