C-Stands have been a staple support system in the photography and film industries for longer than many of us can remember, but there’s more to this seemingly simple tool than one might assume at first glance.
GoPro cameras seem to get mounted everywhere these days, but what do you do when you simply want to attach one to the strap of your backpack and give yourself a bodycam?
For those that don’t already own something like the excellent Peak Design P.O.V. action camera mount and want to get up and running quickly, this video from Kyle Martin offers an easy and inexpensive solution.
I only recently came across the YouTube channel of Australian wildlife photographer, Derek Hilton, but it’s one I quickly became fascinated with. It’s probably the only photography channel I’ve seen on YouTube dedicated entirely to wildlife.
In this pair of videos, Derek gives us some tips on photographing wildlife at night. Interestingly, one of the tools he uses in these videos is the Gary Fong Lightsphere, something I wouldn’t have ever considered for such outdoor use.
Camera stabilisation has come a long way over the last few years, but one thing you just can’t get around is the weight. The more motors and electronics you have to add, the heavier it gets, and if you’re using a DSLR or bigger camera with a large lens, forget about it.
Netherlands based Filmmaker and YouTuber Chung Dha has come up with an ingenious way to help alleviate some of the weight of his Feiyu Tech MG stabilizer, and prevent his arms from becoming tired on long shoots.
Getting your flash away from the camera is the obvious way to start moving from snapshots towards portraits, and there are many techniques to add drama to your images with lighting alone.
In this short behind the scenes video from our friends at SLR Lounge, we see three fantastic techniques for pushing those dramatic portraits just a little bit further.
Stereoscopic images aren’t new. In fact, they’re one of the earliest forms of 3D imagery available. They also seem to be making something of a comeback, now that VR headsets are becoming more inexpensive and easily available.
The Vitrima VR Lens wants to bring this capability to the GoPro. Describing itself as “The first GoPro lens that records in 3D”, the Vitrima works with a single camera, removing the need for any 3D post workflow. In fact, you can even stream live in 3D.
Lightning is one of those that subjects many of us have tried to photograph at some point or another if we live in an area where it happens. It’s one of those topics that seems almost too well documented. There’s a million different methods and techniques to try and figuring out which one works the best can only be discovered by actually giving it a go.
Professor Ningyu Liu at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Geospace Physics Laboratory has taken things a little further by capturing a recent lightning storm at 7,000 frames per second, showing the majestic beauty of lightning as it steers towards the earth.
On set, Production Assistants have a vital, yet often thankless role to play. In this video from RocketJump Film School, we see a day in the life of a production assistant through the eyes of Colin West McDonald.
The tasks may be somewhat different for a production assistant on a movie, but there are many parallels to those of assistants on photography shoots, especially when it comes to mindset and attitude.
I sometimes worry that I’m moving from being a photographer into simply being a collector of photography equipment. You just accumulate so much stuff over the years. A good deal on a camera here, a lens there, or you bid on a complete outfit on eBay because the final price is worth the one item you actually wanted.
Swedish commercial and travel photographer Jens Lennartsson is taking a much more cut down approach these days, minimising the amount of equipment he takes on his travels, allowing him to shoot more, and worry about gear less.