Photographing Rock N Roll’s Biggest Stars – 36 Years Of Shooting Austin City Limits

Ray Charles; Photo by Scott Newton

Ray Charles; Photo by Scott Newton

Austin, Texas based photographer, Scott Newton, has many aspiring music photographers dream gig. For the past 36 years, Newton has been the photographer for Austin City Limits (ACL), a well known music series that hosts popular musicians for special one-off live TV performances. As ACL photographer, Newton has put together an expansive portrait collection of stars such as Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Coldplay , Dave Matthews Band, and more.

Back in 1979, the first year of Newton shot for ACL, he was limited to shooting only two rolls of black and white film per show. Those earlier images were used for promotional shots in newspapers, so “You couldn’t get too fancy,” Newton told the Wall Street Journal in a recent interview. Newton now revels in artistic freedom and digital photography, taking upwards of 2000 photos per show for ACL’s website. [Read more...]

The Where To Start Chart Is An Ultimate One Stop Educational Tool For Learning Photography

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If there’s one thing we I love more than kittens and infographics, it’s flowcharts. And Mark Wallace has made the ultimate, interactive flowchart aimed at educating photographers one step at a time. Wallace, who aside from being a great photographer, is well known for his awesome teaching style, having produced 100′s of informative video tutorials for AdoramaTV. Wallace has come up with a great way to help keep all those videos organized into an easy to follow photography guide, by way of the Where To Start Chart.

The flowchart starts by asking photographers simple questions about the photograph they are taking and, based on their answer, the chart then guides them to the next step they should take. (Just like any good flowchart does.) However, The Where To Start Chart ups the ante by making each of the questions link (should you choose to click on it) over to Wallace’s corresponding video tutorial. So, you’re not only being told specific steps to take, you are also learning why you should be taking them. Now that is helpful.

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Canon Unveils… Self Promotion Site, Disappointing Millions Around The Globe

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Two days ago Canon started a 48 hour countdown under the domain seeimpossible.usa.canon.com, hinting on a something new and big technology (and as much as I hate to sar game changer, there have been talks about that as well).

Canon signed the message with “AT CANON, WE SEE IMPOSSIBLE”.  Previous similar announcements have been quite a disappointment with Canon starting a contest or releasing a camera bag. We were hoping to see something big this time as Canon also invested in a full page ad in the New York Times.

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How to Take A Photo of A Pellet Colliding with A Water Droplet

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If you thought shooting beautiful water droplets is hard, how about shooting a water droplet colliding with a pellet?

Does not sound too trivial, right? At the end it has to do a lot with timing. In addition to you need to time the strobe and droplet, now you also need to time the pellet.

Maurice Ribble of CameraAxe did an entire walkthrough on how to make such magic happen in the video below. It is not a fast pace polish video, but rather a very meticulous detailed explanation and fine details on how the entire contraption works and how to make one yourself.

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8 Reasons To Do A DIY Photography Project

 

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I started photography about 6 years ago. I was doing a 365 day project in flickr when I saw all the great strobist shots people were taking. I wanted to give it a try but I only had one sb-24 speedlight (it’s a 1988 flash) and no light modifiers whatsoever so I needed to DIY my own lights.

I remember the first DIY project that I made, it was a 1 foot  x 1 foot  softbox made out of illustration board and tracing paper. After that I used a silver umbrella and a white shower curtain to create my own studio look and after that was history in the making.

So here are my 8 reasons why you’d wanna do a DIY project

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A Quick Pre Shoot Checklist For Shooting The Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow

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This october is quite a fest for astronomers having both a FULL lunar eclipse tomorrow (Oct. 8th) and a partial solar eclipse on the 23rd.

While the two events are somewhat different in nature, there are some similarities in preparing for both. We asked photographers Josh Bury and Alan Erickson what should we be aware of before going ahead and shooting any of those eclipses?

Like most things in life, the secret is with preparation and Josh and Alan were kind enough to prepare a list for us:

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Adobe Rolls Out Creative Cloud 2014.2 Updates at AdobeMAX; Photoshop Gets New “Layer Inspector” Workspace

As expected, mobile and touch capabilities were the star of the show at Adobe’s Keynote this morning. The majority of the presentation revolved around product demos of their mobile apps, some of which are new as of today. Photoshop Mix, a mobile app that caters to non-destructive photo editing on the go, looks surprisingly strong for composite photography, and is now available on iPhone (iOS7 or greater).  All of the mobile apps are deeply integrated into their desktop versions thanks to Adobe’s Creative Profile, which makes all your projects accessible throughout all your Adobe programs, mobile or desktop.

Adobe Mix now available on iPhone.

Adobe Mix now available on iPhone.

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Angle Grinders And Sparks Make For Manly Photo Shoot Special Effect

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As a former software engineer I can completely relate to the need SmugMug programmer Ryan Doherty had do build and drive LeMons cars to let out some of the cubical fever amassed during the day.

But how to you take the dissonance between (daytime) programming and (nighttime) car-havoc-ing? Photographer Benjamin Von Wong spent a night in a car shop with Ryan, a LeMons car, some angle grinders a bunch of Broncolor strobes and a Mamiya Leaf to show that excitement.

Interestingly the first thing Ben has to say has to do with the criticality of gear in his vision:

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The Downfall of Photography Blogs

downfall-photography-blogsThere is a problem plaguing photography blogs, waiting in the wings, ready to ensure their demise. And, as all of you armchair pundits are excitedly clicking to the comments section to inform me of my blatant hypocrisy, allow me to save you the effort and admit right here: I know there will be multiple examples of hypocrisy throughout this post. Good…I saved you thirty seconds of valuable input. [Read more...]

Adobe Keynote Teaser; Adobe Unveils New Mobile Editing Apps, Optimizes Photoshop And Lightroom For Touchscreen Use

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In just a few hours, Adobe will deliver it’s keynote address at the company’s annual MAX conference where they are expected to announce a host of updates to their existing line up of image and video editing software. As they continue to push their mobile editing services, Adobe hopes the star of the show will be their slew of all new and/or updated mobile editing apps, including the release of Photoshop Sketch and a new mobile video editing app, Premier Clip.

Adobe is poising themselves to grab the mobile editing industry by the horns, as they have also optimized the user interfaces of their desktop applications for mobile and touch devices. Users of popular editing programs like Photoshop can expect to see some changes in the visual aspects of the program, like bigger buttons and a new “Libraries” palette….

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