One of the ways to do this is to use an Intervalometer, and another, more frugal way, is to set the camera on continuous shooting mode and hold the shutter release button. This can be quite painful for your index finger so here is how to make a shutter release from a button.[Read More…]
We got this great quick tip by mail from Brian Carey. He shoots a lot with off camera lighting and came up with a clever hack to switch between TTL and “dumb” PC-sync in a second. No complex menus, no fiddling with small buttons, just a straight easy swap. And it only takes a small game of Operation.
This is one of my favorite and most used photo hacks. With my portable speedlite light modifiers I use either Cybersync or TTL flash and this hack allows me to change to and from wired TTL to wireless (in this case non TTL) in seconds. The 3.5 mm, 1/8″ miniature jack also works with Pocket Wizards and other triggering devices.[Read More…]
As a photographer, it is very easy to get carried away, it was just this morning I read something on a mainstream website where this guy had posted a photo then gone on to explain how he had lit it. Using 6 speedlights, on each flash, he had some kind of funky and fancy adapter. I could not help think that, the reason for taking the image in this was more a technical reason than anything else.
Simple is good, Simple is key.
Master the basics, and only add in lights when you have no other choice. – Here is my blog about single light set ups. [Read More…]
Over the last few years I was obsessed with macro work. I decided to take a short break and experience/experiment with other forms of photography. I had a short (and enjoyable) period of underwater photography which ended abruptly when I introduced my beloved 60D unprotected to the ocean (not as enjoyable). After that unpleasant experience, I decided to stay away from large water habitats and expand my horizons by driving off to the desert and shooting the night skies (pun totally intended).
Some people get off from watching naked ____ (fill as you desire). Photographer Guy Viner gets his fix by watching naked lenses. Just his luck that he is also a talented X-Ray technician giving him access to the special camera needed to fulfill his desire.
While we’ve all see illustrations of the internals of lenses, Guy’s work shows the internal glass elements, gears, levers and CPUs that make up a lens.
Guy has worked over recent years and collected a nice collection of both classic and new lens p0rn:
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…]
Obviously a perfectly healthy situation for all involved
We’ve all heard about them, a lot of us have experienced them and most people are worried about them, so today we’re going to talk about creepy photographers. We’re going to talk about how you might be one without even knowing it, some basic things you should just understand, both as a human being and a photographer, and we’re going to rant a bit about how much creepy photographers suck for both us photographers, and for everyone else. By we i of course mean me. Well, until we get to the comment section where I’m hope we can debate this in a lively and honest manner.[Read More…]
On the last day of the PhotoPlus Expo I finally got why the camera industry has hit the wall and may never come back again in the same way. The folks who love cameras for the sake of cameras, and all the nostalgic feelings they evoke of Life Magazine, National Geographic, 1980’s fashion and 1990’s celebrity portraiture, and other iconic showcases that made us sit up and really look at photography, are graying, getting old and steadily shrinking in numbers.
I can profile the average camera buyer in the U.S. right now without looking at the numbers. The people driving the market are predominately over 50 years old and at least 90% of them are men. We’re the ones who are driving the romantic re-entanglement with faux rangefinder styles. We’re the ones at whom the retro design of the OMD series camera are aimed. We’re the ones who remember when battleship Nikons and Canons were actually needed to get great shots and we’re the ones who believe in the primacy of the still image as a wonderful means of communication and even art. But we’re a small part of the consumer economy now and we’re walking one path while the generations that are coming behind us are walking another path. And it’s one we’re willfully trying not to understand because we never want to admit that what we thought of as the “golden age of photography” is coming to an end as surely as the kingdom of Middle Earth fades away in the last book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.[Read More…]
Few months ago I released an Eccentric Pyromancers promotion picture for Andrey Das, Kev and Laury new performance (you may recall other photos done for the show by Benjamin Von Wong that were taken a few days earlier).
The meeting was at Paris, an April night, Palais de Tokyo during a very hard rainy/windy night… I didn’t know that it will be one of my most Epic shoot session! [Read More…]
Model Jen Brook have been sharing her art with the photography community for a while now. However, after seeing recent trollish remarks about females in the industry she felt the need to hit back. Here is her open letter response..
How dare you. Yes you, I see you even though you hide behind your keyboard like the faceless coward that you are. I hear every word you say and yes, they bother me…even when they are not meant for me, because just like you, I am a real person behind this avatar.
You come up from nowhere like a nasty rash, spouting bestial crap about how women are only ever successful based on their shapely figures, luscious locks or pretty little faces…attracting attention purely because of the way they look and not once because of the hard efforts they have endured.
Well more fool you my friend, more fool you.