Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Released

Adobe just announced the release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.(I never really got this long name, my first feature request for LR6 would be to remove Photoshop from the name).

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Announced

It seems like a features packed release, that could apply to a wide variety of users. LR5 will be offered both as part of the creative cloud service ($49.99), and as as a single purchase license ($149 for new LR, $79 for an upgrade).

You can buy LR directly from Adobe today, or from retailers starting tomorrow (Tuesday). LR5 new features after the jump [Read more…]

Awe Inspiring Time Lapse Of Hawaii Volcanoes

Photographer QT Luong made repeating visits during 2011 and 2013 to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shooting a time lapse of the volcanos on the park.

Awe Inspiring Time Lapse Of Hawaii Volcanoes

The tasks was not a simple one, some of the shoots were taken mere feet next to an active lava flow using a respirator, while during some other shots, at night temperatures were completely freezing. The results however are awe inspiring. This is how QT describes the shoot: [Read more…]

How I Shot A Fire Breathing Street Fighter Series In Paris

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I started shooting fire after participating in a shoot by Von Wong and DAS in Paris in November 2012.

I took a few snaps while the shoot was going on and I carefully looked at Ben’s methodology and setup. Back home, I said: “whaoouuu, I really want to explore fire and photography more”.

A few months later, and a lengthy discussion with DAS, we put together my first fire shoot. The tale unfolds after the jump. [Read more…]

Realtime Bullettime Effect Coming Soon To A Boxing Ring Near You

I love a good time freezing Bullettime effect. And we have shared quite a few rigs on the blog. All with varying degrees of sophistication and effort. From a LO-FI pinhole rig, through a crowd funded version to a high end light painting 360 rig. And quite a few others too.

Realtime Bullettime Effect Coming Soon To A Boxing Ring Near You

They all had one thing in common, after taking the footage with the multi-camera rig needed a significant amount of post processing time to create the bullet time effect, making it practically unfitted for live event coverage. [Read more…]

About Photography, Failure And Success – An Inspirational Video

So. What does it take to be a successful photographer? This, I guess, is a question that bugs (or bugged) you if you are in the field. More specifically, what does it take to be a successful working photographer.

While everyone probably have their own take about it, an interview with a few names you may have heard about reveals that many shares a similar view on what makes a successful photographer.

Surprisingly (or not), none of them talk gear. And almost every single one talks about commitment and balls.

This video shot by Fstoppers’s Lee Morris and Patrick Hall while they were doing the BTS coverage over at 2013 Gulf Photo Plus. It is full of inspiration, love and some hard truths. bewarned, it may just give you that final push you did not even know you needed.

[Success in Photography From Gulf Photo Plus 2013 | Fstoppers] [Read more…]

Win A Dream Lomography Package – A Diana F+ And 9 Rolls Of 120 Film

UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. roll to the bottom for more details.

If you ever shot a roll, you know how great it feels to photograph on actual film. If you never shot film this is your change of starting out big time shooting on medium format 120 film camera.

Win A Dream Lomography Package - A Diana F+ And 9 Rolls Of 120 Film

The good folks over at Lomography are joining us today in an absolutely fabulous giveaway (yes, I said absolutely fabulous) of a complete kit to get you started shooting on the best Lo-Fi analog cameras in the world – the Diana F+.

To complete the experience we are also including 9 rolls of film (3 roll of each: Negative, Slides and B&W). The entire package is valued at 126.88.

This is waaaay better than Instagram, trust me. [Read more…]

Using Chroma Key Water For Special Effects [NSFW]

Usually when we hear about Chroma Key projects it is connected with altering the background of an image or a video (like this awesome BTS footage from Pacific Rim).

Brazilian photographer Bruno Lanzone took another route for his Rainbow Splash project. Instead of keying the background, he used Chroma Key painted water to splash his subjects. He then overlays the keyed pictures with color splashes. The results are mesmerizing. [Please be advised that some of the photographs after the jump may be NSFW]

Using Chroma Key Water For Special Effects [NSFW]

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A Humorous Flowchart On Choosing Royalty-Free Music For Your Project

If you are shooting indie projects or editing wedding videos, you know how hard it is to find good music for reasonable prices. This is why many opt for Royalty Free music licensing. This is very similar to Royalty Free photography – you pay a lump sum and can use the music regardless of how many seconds of it you need / how it will be used / where geographically it will be played. (there are different fees per different uses, but the idea is similar – a one time buy out).

Like with anything off the shelf, Royalty Free music is not tailor made for a specific movie or a specific scene. Tumbler David Marino has a funny flow chart describing how he handles Royalty Free music in his movies.

A Humorous Flowchart On Choosing Royalty-Free Music For Your Project

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