Photography is a lot of fun. For the most part it’s a solo pursuit where you are completely responsible for your own success or failure. But anyone can be a great photographer! Most people in the world are professional photographers now that phones are taking world class, billboard worthy images. If you want to stand out in this sea of photographers, you’re going to have to learn how NOT to swim. So here are some tips on how to become a successful failure in the Photography Age.
Usually, it’s female bodies that cause the Photoshop controversy. This time, not so much. It seems that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has had a little Photoshop treatment for the Shot Caller movie posters, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. It looks suspiciously like the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s body from the four year old Snitch movie poster.
It was spotted by Scott Wampler of Birth.Movies.Death. It’s not surprising that many others had noticed it, as Snitch wasn’t met with the best of receptions. So, perhaps the Shot Caller poster designer was relying on the fact that so few people ended up seeing it. Scott’s initial tweet has now had more than 10,000 shares and spawned several parody images.
Posting groups of people has always been one of the most difficult things for me. I’m ok with an individual or a couple of people, but groups just rarely work for me. There’s always one person not looking at the camera, or blinking, or sneezing, or looking bored waiting for everybody to be ready. And different people in a group all respond to direction differently.
But one thing I’ve found that often makes for great photos, even if not the one you want, is humour. Getting people to be silly in front of the camera. It loosens them up, relaxes them, gets them in a good mood, and can create some hilarious shots. And this video from VGAG certainly qualifies as getting people silly in front of the camera.
“How to work in a free music video on set… when the client isn’t looking.” Guys from Droptree Productions show you how they did it, and how they ended up with one of the most hilarious videos I’ve seen this year.
Droptree Productions is a commercial video production company located in Portland, Oregon. It took them 2 years to make the video for the “HD Delivery” song. They were recording it only during breaks on commercial sets, so you can imagine why it took so long. But it was definitely worth it because both the song and the video are pretty darn awesome.
We’ve all had those awkward clients at some time or another. If you haven’t, then you will, don’t worry. I’ve been working in various creative fields for around 25 years now, and I’ve experienced all of these. In fact, one particular former client springs to mind that single-handedly embodies at least six of them all at once.
Fortunately the folks at Coplex (formerly Ciplex) have come up with this handy guide on how to deal with them. They highlight 15 of the most common types of clients, and the tell tale signs to watch out for.
If you use vintage lenses, you might have heard that some of them are radioactive. As a matter of fact, many lenses produced between the 1940s and the 1970s emit a measurable amount of radioactivity. It comes from the element named Thorium, which was used in the glass elements of the lenses. But should this concern you? Could your precious collection of vintage lenses damage your health? Mathieu Stern decided to find it out. He did some “tests” to check whether the radioactivity of the vintage lenses is harmful to the health, and it seems he even had some serious fun while he filmed the video.
Smartphone cameras are advancing and taking wonderful photos, but of course – they aren’t perfect and make mistakes. One such mistake occurred when Mitchell Flann and Erika Gomos were taking a selfie, and its result made me laugh for fifteen minutes.
The couple was trying to take a panorama selfie with Samsung Galaxy S7, for which you need to stand still for a while. But Erika sneezed and ended up with two heads in the photo. The couple laughed really hard to this, and decided to share the photo with the rest of us and make our day.
Animals stealing cameras is quite entertaining. They don’t really do it on purpose. They often just mistake it for something else. Food, usually, or… a mate. Sometimes they are just curious. This particular footage, though, shows an animal one doesn’t often interact with. Bald eagles.
On this particular occasion, glacial researcher Matt Beedle was in Juneau, Alaska. Photographing the eagles from afar, he attempted to coax them in to land with some scraps of left over salmon. To get a closer view of the situation, he left his GoPro Hero4 Silver nearby. Just as one eagle landed on a piece of salmon, another grabbed the GoPro and flew off to land in a tree.
Over the years I’ve joked frequently with my best friend Marc and my brother about things that are cocky in life. We sort of have this ongoing dialog pointing out cocky things and cocky people in the world, which is pretty cocky of us. They’ve given me a lot of shit since I became a photographer a decade ago pointing out how cocky our industry is and poking fun at me for my share of cocky moments like having an army of scarfs, our bio picture, and much much more. Typically you think of athletes or celebrities as being cocky, and of course chefs, but don’t discount photographers.
I figured it was about time to address these cocky aspects of photography. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules so I’ve pointed them out. If I offend you here please don’t take me serious, I’m just a silly dude saying silly things. If you are guilty of 3 or more of these things, consider yourself cocky.
So, without further ado, here is the 2017 cocky list:
B-roll is a fact of life for anybody shooting or editing video. It’s essential. Whether an interview, talking head piece, or something a little more cinematic. It helps to break up the monotony of a single shot, it adds context, perhaps injects a metaphor or two. Many of us will film b-roll ourselves during the course of our production.
Sometimes, though, you need a clip that you just can’t shoot yourself. That’s where stock video libraries can step in to save the day. Do you need two men pointing at an office file? An angry man stuck in traffic? Happy couple walking on the beach? “We got that b-roll” has everything you need. Created by the team at Cream Sketch Comedy, it’s a very humorous take on the topic.