Both Van Elder and myself were asked lots of questions so he came up with two follow up posts that explain some of the pitfalls and keys to make such a photo-shoot a success. [Read more…]
Some things are not made for digital (yet). This beautiful wooden anamorphic pinhole camera by instructables user Matt Bechberger is probably one of them. If not for the curved film plane than for the lacquer finished wood.
This wonderful device takes 120 film and then spins it around a cylinder. It is housing a mechanism that keep tension on the film so it stays at a circular form around the lens pinhole. This lead to the creation of an anamorphic image. [Read more…]
If you are shooting (or wanna shoot HDR) this is good news. The fine folks at SLR Lounge recently released a new 3 DVD set called Comprehensive Guide to HDR. Like any of their DVDs it is packed with information and has great educational value. It covers bracketed HDR, in-camera HDR, single-shot faux HDR, single-shot bracketed HDR, panoramic HDR and more! (see the complete pitch here). I asked their permission to post an expert of one of the tutorials on the blog as I think it’s awesome stuff. Here we go.
HDR photography has become more and more popular due to recent technology. However, a great HDR image can be done with any DSLR camera. The process is actually pretty simple as long as you understand a few fundamental concepts and techniques. In this article, I will explain some basic information to help you reach your goal of producing a professional HDR photograph. [Read more…]
When people talk about photobooth, I usually think about an old school, van-sized box with a curtain and a few slots. The folks at HYPERHYPER have a completely different view on the subject. It is innovative in every single way.
Where conventional thinking is box & curtain, they think totally exposed
Where conventional thinking is hit a button, they think automation by facial recognition
Where conventional thinking is Printed strips, they think animated Gif
Where conventional thinking is hidden camera, they think ring light surrounded iPad [Read more…]
So, you can spend hours and hours on Halo, but wrist gets tired after 20 minutes of culling photos? It could be related to fun vs. work, but it could also be related to wrist fatigue.
Hitting the forward/backward arrows and assigning numbers/colors hundreds of time can be hard on your wrist. Compared to say hitting hundreds of buttons while playing Call of Duty. There is a reason for this. The gaming industry wants you at your game controller so they heavily invest in ergonomics R&D. That investment pays off in terms of being able to play for prolonged period of time (yes, I would definitely not play prolonged periods of time if it wasn’t for the comfy controller. HA!).
This concept of ergonomic controller cane be taken to the editing process. Here are three ways to use a game controller with Lightroom. [Read more…]
Everything is about personalization today. We personalize our iPhone cases (OK, OK, androids too), put decals on laptops and stickers on cameras. One element which was left untouched so far is the lens cap. (not lens cap keepers, those did get personalized).
On the other hand, cheap lens caps are a buck a dozen which makes them the perfect item for personalization.
Assuming you have a CNC machine… [Read more…]
Photographer Oriol Domingo sent in this tutorial which I find very interesting. It is a poor man’s high-speed trigger for shooting balloons. It is one part cable, and two parts sewing needles, but no electronics or fancy laser activated triggers. Oriol connects his trigger to the shutter port, but of course you could connect it to a strobe and get some crazy explosions.
One of the interesting techniques I hadn’t still tried until now was to capture an exploding water balloon just in the moment the plastic breaks, but the water still has the shape of a balloon. I didn’t want to invest any money in laser barriers or something similar, so I built a very simple mechanism that wouldn’t give me the perfect timing but maybe an acceptable approach. [Read more…]
Hey all, Benjamin “Von Wong” Montreal Based photographer here.
As a photographer who does creative collaborations and who freely invites fans he has never met before to attend shoots, I often end up with large sets of people to manage. Many photographers I know prefer to keep groups small and tight knit because they find that things can quickly get out of control but I have found that with a little careful management you can keep things fun for everyone AND deliver awesome imagery at the end of it.
I think one of the things that became a signature for me is that attending one of my shoots if fun. In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on what makes the shoot fun, while keeping it productive. Bare in mind that this article is written specifically for creative collaborations, not for professional work. While it’s a good idea to keep always keep shoots fun getting the image becomes the first priority when it is a paid job. [Read more…]
Film is not dead. Actually it is so much alive that they were still making cameras for film only two years ago. Well… pinhole cameras. but that only makes it cooler.
The Rubikon 2 is a paper-fold pinhole camera designed by Jaroslav Juřica and released in 2010 under a Creative Commons license. (Which means its free for personal use, as long as you attribute). It is based off the 1970’s Dirkon camera. [Read more…]
We have had our share of DIY strip lights over the years, but I feel that we never got the right mixture of stability, great light and parts availability.