I wrote a column last week about the ten or twelve qualities that I think are necessary for someone to be a really good photo assistant. It pretty much all boiled down to this– you need to look, act, and work like a professional. Simple stuff. Most of the feedback from the post has been positive, but a few people have pointed out that I came off a bit demanding and one-sided. One person commented on Facebook that “there are some good points there, but after reading it would you really want to work for that guy?” Don’t even get me started on the email (Apparently, I’m a pompous ass).
It’s pretty obvious that internet marketing is critically important to a photography business.
When I started my business, the argument was: Do you need a website? At the time, I don’t think anyone could have predicted that a website would become only a small part of an overall photography business internet marketing strategy.
But, when was the last time that you checked your virtual personality?
In this article, I am going to review what I find when I search my own name and my business name – with at least one curveball thrown in.
We have seen quite a few a-photo-a-day or a-photo-a-week projects. We usually love them as they are a great way to keep inspiration coming.
We never saw a photo a month project spanning exactly nine months. Buenos Aires based photographer Sophie Starzenski accepted an advice from a friend to take on this nine-months project. She took a selfie for nine month, hiding her face and upper body, and showing the progress of her pregnancy. The project is dubbed Proyecto Pyokko.
The result is simple yet very powerful.[Read More…]
Over the years we have featured quite a few DIY cameras. Some were quite simple pinholes, while others were more elaborated or complex. But I believe that this is the first time we are featuring a fully functional SLR completely machined from scratch.
France maker Denis MO built and documented the DM-Flex in early 2010. He estimates it took him about 500 hours to complete – design, build and fine-tune a third each (probably making it one of the more expensive SLRs ever made – even at a babysitter hourly rate). While the actual project took place around 2010, Denis has dreamed about making it for 25 years. but only at 2010 he had enough know-how and tool to undertake this project.[Read More…]
Jaroslav’s latest endeavor involves nostalgia, naked girls and some incredibly well executed high speed photographs of milk.
The project aims at creating a pin up calendar inspired by the popular pinup calendars of the 40’s and 50’s. Only instead of clothing, the models are wearing milk. Milk frozen with high speed strobes.[Read More…]
Taking a perfectly timed photograph of a jumping person is not trivial. You both count, 3…2..1…jump!
Wait, I should have jumped on “1” or jumped on “Jump!”. Let’s try again. And again. and again… Would it be nice if we could do it perfect every time?
Imagine the photobooth opportunities it can open for events and weddings – an unattended booth that takes jump shots (no pun intended)
Instructables member Andrew Maxwell-Parish (A.K.A ElectricSlim) used two open source programs Processing (a programming language for visual creatives) and OpenCV (computer vision and learning) to create an automatic photobooth that takes pictures when you jump. It actually does better – it takes them at the peak of the jump and does not even require a fancy camera.
Here is a funny little movie that shows what this booth is capable of (please… speakers on full volume)[Read More…]
One of my favorite photography quotes comes from long-time National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson. “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” Like so many pieces of Life’s really great advice on topics big and small, it is both ridiculously simple and deeply profound at the same time. It’s the simplicity, though, that really resonates with me. I was discussing this with my students the other day when they pointed out to me that much of my advice to them is just as basic, simple, and straight-to-the-point.
I think it is not a know fact that Ben has only been shooting professionally for about 18 months. And actually quit his first job as an event photographer to peruse a career in engineering.
But then Ben quit his engineering life, and without a safety net jumped into the (cold, crowded) pool of making his job (and his life) 100% photography. Always seizing opportunities and never letting anything escape (even if the personal price was high).
The video below from Kevin Kubota’s Photographers Ignite pokes at bit at Ben’s brain. I am sharing this because I think Ben’s finishing words are strong and inspirational:[Read More…]
Facebook wants to know all about you. Aside from using your statuses, tags and like Facebook is also using visual data found in pictures uploaded to the network to better map your relations, locations and patterns. They do this by recognizing your face and tagging them with your Facebook user name.
While not all that data is public, Facebook did not spend $55,000,000 to have a face recognition software sitting on a shelf. You can of course choose if you want to enable autotagging being public for yourself, but whatever your privacy choices are, there is a good chance that Facebook may know more about you than you think.
Amsterdam based designer Simone C. Niquille created a line of T-shirts designed at disrupting Facebook’s autotagging. The shirts, while hideous as a fashion statement, work by adding more faces to each picture. Each T-shirt from the Facial Recognition Dazzle line features multiple portraits of a known celebrity – Michael Jackson, Britney, Obama and Britt & Laura.[Read More…]
Usually when we talk about reflector we opt for a nice diffused reflected light. Something like a foamboard or a big bed sheet. Those produce nice soft light when reflected by the sun.
Photographer Rich Meade shares a DIY for a different kind of reflector, a High Fashion Specular Reflector or “shiny board”. This reflector is not diffused at all, it is rather mirror like, with the exception that is it not as smooth.