Shooting a Commercial Image With Trash and Walmart Gear

The heart of DIYP is about creating much from little, using what is on-hand or can be cheaply fashioned to achieve quality results. That is exactly what this post is about. Not gun control, not gun rights, or even the timeless tradition of hunting. As we know, there is no better way to send a conversation with an American into verbal bloodshed than by mentioning the Second Amendment, socialized healthcare, or the fact Tampa Bay actually has an NFL team.

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I attribute a great portion of my rekindled interest in photography to the late Bill Simone, a phenomenal commercial photographer whose work for one of my previous employers was dynamic and emotive, especially to a young adult whose previous exposure to photography had primarily been relegated to a 35mm camera. Some of my favorite images from Bill were simple, single-light setups that seemed to draw the viewer into the photo, and they looked great in a glossy catalog!

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Much Anticipated Instagram Update Offers Users Ability To Edit Captions After Posting

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New edit feature and People tab added to Instagram

One of the top most requested updates asked from Instagram users is the ability to go back and edit captions after their photo had been posted. This simple fix would allow them to correct typos, add additional information, or change the caption altogether. Seems like an obvious enough option to include in an app, especially one with a user base as wide as Instagram’s. Thankfully, in an update that is being rolled out today, the pipe dream of being able to edit captions is finally becoming a reality.

The update also introduces a new People tab on the Explore page which has been designed to make it easier to find new accounts to follow. In an email from an Instagram represenative, it was shared that 40% of Instagram users visit the Explore page on a daily basis, making it an excellent resource to discover and be discovered.  [Read more...]

This 40 Second Timelapse Of A Sunset Behind Mt. Torghatten Took 3 Years To Make

 

norway sunsetPatience doesn’t always come naturally to some of us, but as photographers it’s definitely a characteristic we should all possess. Take timelapse artist, Harald Warholm, for example. Had he not been determined and patient as a the year is long, we might never have been treated to the timelapse he just completed–3 long years after he started. Though The Sun In The Hole of Mt. Torghatten is only 45 seconds long (that’s short compared to most timelapse videos we share here) watching it, you begin to understand just why it took so long to complete. [Read more...]

How To Shoot A Watch Using One Light And All The DIY Gear In The World

I’ve never been a fan of watches, normally I just use my cellphone if I need to check the time. My girlfriend, on the other hand, is a fan of G-Shocks so I went ahead and bought my first watch last January, and bought another watch – a G Shock - just recently. As I always practice my photography with everyday items I thought about using my new watch as my subject.

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I’m going to share you how I shot this using one main light and all the DIY equipment in the world.

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How To Become A Pro Photographer In Four Steps

With the rise of digital cameras it is becoming increasingly easy to become a photographer. It is not enough to own the gear for the job anymore and you need to bring something extra to the plate.

With this in mind we shared a tongue in cheek post a while back demonstrating how you can become a wedding photographer in ten easy steps. It looks like satire facebook page Being Satan did us one over and is now sharing an easier way to become a pro in only four steps.

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Have you had a job taken by a pro photographer like that?

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Revisiting Shinichi Maruyama’s “Nude”; 10,000 Photos Of Nude Dancers Composited Into One

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A well made photograph never gets boring to look at. As proven by the images that make up Shinichi Maruyama’s Nude series, which features gorgeous photographs of nude dancers. The photographs, however, are not your average studio shot and that beautiful display of the dancers motion wasn’t captured using long exposure techniques as you might suspect. Rather, Maruyama photographed the dancers using frame rates near 2,000 frames per second. In total, each individual image you see is actually made up of about 10,000 frames that were composited together during post production. [Read more...]

Wedding Photography Prices: ON or OFF Your Website?

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It’s the age-old question, should a wedding photographer put his/her prices on the website, or leave them off? I’ve asked myself this, and seen many photographers ask the same thing. Lots of opinions, some of them very strong opinions, but no one seems to back it up with actual data.

An argument I’ve heard for putting prices online is that the potential client wants to know if you’re within her price range. If you make it too difficult to find that information, she won’t bother to contact you because there are plenty of other photographers to look at. Would you go look at a new car if they wouldn’t tell you the price until you got to the dealership?

The counter-argument is that wedding photography can be expensive, clients don’t always have an understanding of how much they should expect to spend, and placing too much emphasis on price means that the client misses out on less-tangible benefits that the photographer has to offer. If you make the client ask for pricing, you can then strike up a dialog with the client and build a relationship before getting icky with numbers.

Both arguments seem reasonable. And those photographers who can’t make up their minds usually wimp out and put a “starting at $xxxxx” on their site! (That’s what I do currently. :) )

But I’ve got some Actual Data!

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Shared a Night-Time Photo Of The Eiffel Tower? You Are Breaking The Law

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One of the most iconic places to visit in France (and in Paris in particular) is the Eiffel tower. And while anyone is free to take its photos by day or night, sharing a photo of the light-show that the tower is engulfed in is pretty much infringing on the copyright of the show.

torrentfreak aims a spot light on this weird copyright situation by explaining that some architecture and some landmarks are copyrighted.

Actually, the Eiffel tower official website states this pretty clearly:

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Parachute Wraps Around Gopro, Skydiver Calmly Untangles It And Moves On

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A lot has been said about the dangers of skydiving with a camera attached to one’s helmet. The bonus of awesome footage comes with the risk of having a weird pong camera mount sticking out of your helmet. And while most of the time the camera will provide some sweet memories there are occasions where it can put you in a life threatening situation.

There is not much info about the footage below. But it clearly shows the dangers of using a GoPro Helmet Mount while skydiving. One of the divers had his bridle tangled in another diver’s GoPro camera (bridle is part of the parachute extraction mechanism).

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