Using the image above, which was inspired by Disney’s Little Mermaid, I’ll walk you through how to employ an artform called Computer Generated (CG Photography) to create a powerful, surreal image. For the record, I have no purism in my personal style of art. I’ll use whatever I can to create the look that I’m after. I love to blend photography, illustration and 3D together to create something that doesn’t exist in the real world. It’s also worth mentioning that this image spent about a year as a showpiece on the homepage of Photoshop.com and Adobe used it in their keynote presentation when they announced Photoshop CS6. [Read more…]
Imagine taking a road trip from Montréal to Nevada and trying to capture that experience in a non trivial way.
That is what Eric Pare did in his WindScale project. Eric and his travel companion Marie-Line drove from Eric’s home in Montreal, Canada to burning man in Nevada. The trip (a 4,200 km straight line) ended up being about 13,000 kilometers there and back. [Read more…]
We have shared many bullet time tutorials over the years, from high end, through crowd sourced to pinhole driven. This time I am happy to share a build made solely on Raspberry Pi and the Raspberry Pi camera module.
One of the simplest yet most used items in my photography toolbox is simple black granitle tile. I bought a small one 3 years ago and I am still using it today. I have a small tile that I bought for $4 and a bigger one that I got for $20. Other people use plexiglass or just a simple glass table for this kind of look.
Normally I use the granite tile for my product or still life shots. Here are just some things that you can do with the granite
tile. [Read more…]
So, you really are at that last second and still don’t have anything to put under the tree? These 6 downloadable books will do the trick.
Just go down to any of the grocery. book, 7/11 stores that sell a thumb key and put a book there wrapped nicely. And you’re good.
I tried covering everything from lighting, set-ups, gear and just general photography. Paid and free, I hope you’ll enjoy the list. [Read more…]
The idea is to use the rotating end of the bubble blower (i.e. removing the bubbly part) to make a rotating filter fan. Hugo used a pack of old Lee filters, but any colored gel will do. The color plate is then rotated in front of the lens in a long exposure so the light coming from any light painting object will “shift” colors. Here is how Hugo describes it: I bought a $5 bubble blower, took its fan off and attached a round panel of LEE sample filters cut into squares brought together with transparent tape. I then made the filters rotate in front of the lens while I was light painting the scene. [Read more…]
Jeremy Jackson, a photographer from Virginia, USA who goes by the handle of tackyshack on Flickr is one of the first light painting masters I got to meet here on DIYP. And what a ride it has been. Jeremy’s recent feature on Sploid encouraged me to check his Flickr stream again, and I was lost there for way too long.
Light painting, for the ones who are not familiar with the term is the art of doing long exposures while waiving different sources of light at various object (including the camera). The hard core artists (like tackyshack) never ever use Photoshop, and this is the case with the photos displayed here.
We are going to have a full light painting resource list at the bottom, but till then, sit back and enjoy this miraculous SOOC (strait out of camera) explosion. [Read more…]
If you’ve ever given any thought to the optics behind (inside?) your camera you know that reflections should be identical to what they reflect.
This is obviously not the case with this photo by the Light Club. In what seems to defy the laws of optics, this single exposure displays an angelic figure sitting on a chair and a devilish reflection from a puddle on the floor. Here is the thing, this photo is SOOC (Strait Out Of Camera). If you think you know the answer hit the jump for the BTS video. (Here is a hint for you: Single exposure, F?, iso 100, 227 sec) [Read more…]
I like playing around with lightpainting ever since I started photography because the possibilities were endless! One night I wanted to challenge myself to lightpaint using only my gadgets, so my iphone and my ipad.
I thought of using my iPhone as my main light to highlight the subject and my iPad to use as my background. I had an app in my iPad which had some cool patterns to use as a catchlight, then I saw a pattern which I knew would look great if I used it for lightpainting.
Like most projects, this one started with a very small and vague idea. I thought it would be cool to build a set that would be kinda like its own ecosystem: something very moody/foresty/damp.
First idea was to make it rain in a random household room. While I was brainstorming and getting into the details, I found it would be too much of a hassle to redirect all the water out of the studio. So instead of a room, maybe something smaller would work? It would have to be big enough for someone to stand in it, but small enough so that you could see that there is actually a box inside a room. Then have it be very moody. [Read more…]