Do you have a smartphone (or maybe more than just one) lying somewhere around the house? There is an interesting project on Kickstarter aimed at repurposing a smartphone and introducing your kids to photography. Pixlplay is a smartphone housing designed as a classic 35mm camera. It combines hardware and software, so you can connect it to your smartphone, access a Pixlplay photo app and let your kids bring out their inner photographer.
What if you could be anything you ever dreamed of. Actually, what if you could do it in your sleep. Photographer Laura Izumikawa is doing just this for her baby girl Joey, and the best thing is… when she gets older she’ll be able to look back on so many adventures.
The concept is very easy, when Joey’s asleep, her photographer mom, Laura, dresses her up as if she is in a wild adventure. Then she takes a photo. Those photos are posted to Laura’s Instagram account for the world to enjoy. And enjoy they shall. Or at least give a big smile.
Ever since she started the account it grew to have over 306,000 followers and rapidly growing with recent exposure from Huffington Post and other media outlets.
Wedding photographers, this the feature you’ve all been waiting for. The new cameras from Sony have a nifty feature that allows you to register a face and then tell the camera to look for a specific face and then try and find them in the frame and force focus on them.
This feature works by first shooting the persons you want to have priority with (say the bride and the groom), and then telling the camera to look for those faces. You can also set the priority in which the camera looks for each of the persons.
So you can, for example have the camera look for the bride, and if the bride is not found, to look for the groom, the mothers, fathers and so on, up to eight different face.
Gary Fong has a quick primer on how to set this on a Sony a6300, but I have done the same with my A7ii, and face registration is listed as a feature with many other new Sony mirrorless cameras which are becoming more popular with wedding photographers.
Russian Photographer and mom Elena Shumilova became kinda famous when photos of her kids and family went viral in early 2014. In total her photos were views over 60,000,000 times (and I guess they were viewed outside her profile some 60 million more).
Something about her photography struck a chord with almost everyone, photographers, mothers, father, young and old. I guess the innocence and feeling of childhood that projected from her photos were just irresistible.
Elena shared some great advice on photographing kids with the crew at Smugmug and agreed to share them with DIYP readers.
Let’s face it: the thought of taking an existing space and converting it into a studio can be daunting to say the least! As a newborn photographer, a studio is an absolute necessity. But creating the studio without spending a fortune (I’m talking gagillions of dollars here…gagillions) led me on a path that had very little instruction, so I had to blaze my own trail, getting creative along the way!
There are few things in life more inventive than a child’s imagination. From an artistic standpoint, we could probably all benefit from the ability to tap into our inner child every once in a while. That’s exactly what French photographer, Laure Fauvel, has done for a recent collection of portraits titled “Terrors” that show children battling off monsters of nightmarish proportion.
Some of us (me included) go to the movies when we want a piece of incredible reality poured upon us. But if your dad is a Dreamworks Animator, your every dream (and mom’s nightmare) can come to life.
In an epic series of 10-15 seconds youtube flicks, Dreamworks animator (and father) Daniel Hashimoto turns his son, James, into an action hero of the most dangerous kind. A channel called Action Movie Kid is dedicated to changing his sons everyday activities into thrilling adventures, including a Laser LEGO gun, a real light saber, a grappling gun that sticks ya to the ceiling and a bunch of other fun (yet scary) activities. [Read more…]