One of my favorite lighting accessoris that I use on almost everyone shoot, is simple piece of white foam board. You can get them at an art supply store or even the dollar store sometimes.. So a 30 x 40 inch white board can cost between a $1 and $5 depending on where you shop. Not a bad deal for all you can do with it. Whenever I can bounce light vs. setting up a fill light, I’ll always use that option.. it adds nice fill light without being “sourcey”
Ukranian photographer Ilya Varlamov has been covering the uprising in Kiev, Ukraine over the last few weeks. He shared his experience along with an incredible series of photographs and allowed us to post them on the blog to increase the spread of the story. The post below describes two days in Kiev: January 22 and 23. Some of the photos may be hard to watch. Aside this post, Ilya has an ongoing coverage of the uprising on his livejournal account (some in Russian, some in English).
In the last days I received multiple requests to translate my posts for foreign readers, as they have very limited information about the happenings in Ukraine. This material describes events which took place in Kyev on January 22 and 23.
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G-technology is no stranger to mass storage. The company is leading the market when it come to high performance storage for creative people. The G-Dock ev with Thunderbolt is one of those storage devices. It’s has everything you’d expect from a device aimed at creative professionals and also those who see themselves as such; It’s extremely well built, looks “pro” and works as it should – fantastically. (I guess you can tell where this review is going to go… we love it!)[Read More…]
It has been said many times before, the eyes are one of the key elements that photographers try and capture.
Here is a little video showing a technique that I picked up from Scott Kelby. The book was called Professional Portrait Retouching.
If you want to follow along. I have have made a few little notes.[Read More…]
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: