There’s been a lot of talk–some good, so not so good–about Canon’s new 5DS and 5DSR. In June, Roger Cicala shared some his technical findings and overall impressions of the 5DSR with us, and to follow up on that post we’re sharing this in-depth and hands on review made from the guys over at The Camera Store. (And as an added bonus, they give the low down on the Canon XC10. Spoiler Alert: “It’s not looking good, folks”.)[Read More…]
Archives for July 2015
There’s a lot that goes into making a great photo and when you’re out there shooting, you probably have a million ideas and thoughts racing through your head. Of course, thinking and asking yourself questions about what it is you’re trying to shoot along the way is great way to improve your work, but are you asking yourself the right questions? In this hour long seminar hosted by Jeff Cable, he discusses 15 different things you should be asking yourself before you take the shot. I know, I know an hour is a long time to spend on one YouTube video, but Cable is a pretty amusing instructor and he has a lot of solid photography knowledge he’s willing to share.
In the clip, Cable discusses everything from which shooting modes you should be using, how to decide which lens is best, how you can determine what the best composition is, and more. The video title says 15 things, but the whole clip is loaded with advice that go above and beyond the core principles from his syllabus. [Read More…]
That’s right, ten children: Clint, Calista, Damien, Theron, Adrian, Quentin, Camille, Octavia, Elliott, and Gabriel. Each of them endearingly adorable, dazzling, and photogenic in their own way. Their mother, Lisa Holloway, is a professional photographer in the Las Vegas area. She lives, however, in a rural part of northern Arizona–the perfect place to photograph her charming family. The dreamy earth tones and gorgeous natural light she finds there seems to lend themselves perfectly to the photographer’s style, all the while complementing the natural beauty of her children.[Read More…]
Photoshop has become such a standard part of advertising photography that we don’t even blink anymore when we see it. So it takes us a little by surprise when we find an incredible image that was actually shot entirely in-camera.
The creative genius of Christian Seel shone through on the cover of Philip Preston’s new book, Immersed: The Definitive Guide to Sous Vide Cooking. Not wanting to rely on cheap tricks, Christian and his team devised a surprising way of capturing the dynamic image in-camera: by literally putting Phillip’s head into a sous vide cooker.
Lighting modifiers can have a huge impact on specialized shots. With the right ones, light becomes putty in your hand, easily molded by the skill of the potter. (Yeah, I jumble up my euphemisms frequently.)
YouTuber Theoria Apophasis believes in the the power of light modifiers, but he believes even more in ingenuity. The “Angry Photographer” shared one of his favorite homemade mods to get creative lighting that adds drama to his images. This is one of the best lighting mods and can be easily created with craft store supplies for $5.
You’re probably wondering why I haven’t responded back to your emails asking me to call off my lawyers. You are, after all, just a well-intentioned corporation doing your best to help out me–the little guy, the starving artist.
I understand that photo licensing can get pretty expensive and may not fall within everyone’s budget. Certainly, with your company selling only $10,000,000 in product a year, how could you afford to pay the $275 my agency and I ask for to use one of my images. And you needed four of them! Gasp! I see why you thought it would be better just to take them from my website and use them without asking. The point of you even putting my photos up on your for-profit commerce site was “only to promote” me anyways, surely you wouldn’t be making any money off my work. Nah, no way. All those product links and advertisements to your own inventory were totally just on there for funsies. Your numbers speak for themselves, no one’s buying that stuff…[Read More…]
Imagine this: In your 20’s you were a fashion model for Versace, Franco Moschino, and Missoni while living it up in the likes of Milan, and Paris. The success you found there led you to New York City where you found acting gigs in shows like Sex and The City and in an ad directed by the great Martin Scorsese. At the time, you were living in a one room dwelling in Chelsea, but they offered you $30,000 to vacate as the area entered gentrification. Smartly, you used the money to move to Rio and hone your photography skills, before moving back to NYC to photograph for the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and magazines like Dazed and Confused.
If that were your life, where would you picture yourself living? In swank high rise in Manhattan? Maybe a nice spread back in the south of France? What about stealthily camping under a tarp on the rooftop of a unsuspecting friend’s NYC apartment?[Read More…]
Photographing pets can be challenging, and photographing wildlife from a distance can be a tedious and time-consuming process. But, what happens when you want a wild animal to play Star Wars with your action figure collection? Photographer and Lego master Chris McVeigh was determined to show us.
Armed with a camera, action figures, and a whole lot of nuts (we’re assuming it took balls, too), Chris forged a kinship with a harmonious collective of chipmunks living in his parent’s backyard. Taking advantage of their depressed socioeconomic status, he was able to lure them into being performers in his own take on the classic saga…without having to composite any images.
A Richmond, Virginia based photographer, Meagan Abell, made a truly delightful discovery while browsing the shelves of a local thrift store. Sitting there on one of the racks, Abell found a box of old photographs, which also happened to contain four sets of medium format negatives. Like any good photography enthusiast would do, she purchased the box and brought it home so she could scan the negatives.
Much to her (and our) delight, the images on the negatives turned out to be pretty stunning. At this point, I think it pretty much goes without saying that we need to know who took the photos so we can enjoy more of their work and get a little background info on the few images Abell has found.[Read More…]
Timing is a huge component of successful filmmaking. So is framing. And director David Fincher has a good handle on both.
There are a variety of reasons to use invisible split-screen composites in filmmaking, from honing the timing of shots to multiplying your actors on small-budget projects. When properly applied, this technique can be used as a tool to craft a dynamically powerful scene and is a trick that Fincher admits to implementing countless times throughout each of his films.
In this tutorial, Ben Gill gives us a breakdown of the technique, how masters like Fincher apply it, and how you can create it yourself.