UPDATE: A huge thank you for everyone who took part in this adventure. It was overwhelming. You can see the final results here.
Ring lights have a very specific light signature. Mostly it is connected with fashion photography as it gives out a very flattering light. The light is coming from around the lens, but since it is symmetrical it seems as if the light is coming right from the center of the lens.
Small strobe powered ring lights can be used for stills but if you want something really impressive, you would go with a huge wooden bulb-driven ring light. While those are a bit harder to transport, they give out a spectacular light that can also be used for video.
(Oh, and make sure to check out those crazy catch lights at the sample pictures at the end of the post!)[Read More…]
From the first time I saw the power in geotagging images I was immediately hooked. My Nikon D90 is capable of geotagging, but, unlike the S100 (for example) it has no internal GPS and requires the somewhat pricy GP-1 GPS Unit. I set out to make a better cheaper solution.
I started by doing a lot of research on this topic and it turns out that there is a fairly simple way to connect a receiver to a Nikon camera. Simple, if you don’t mind a bit of makering :)
B&H put the “sent” in century a couple months ago when they mailed me the Impact Master Century C Stand Kit to review.
I’ve been making films in Hollywood for nearly twenty years so I’ve not only used more than my fair share of C (C is for Century) stands, but I’ve also (imagine a hilarious cinematic montage of C stand related violence) tripped over them, received monster finger pinches, and worst of all dropped them more than once on various extremities. Yet despite the abusive relationship I LOVE a well made C stand.
Why? C stands are not exactly portable. Yes, you can move them from one place to another, but they are huge and weigh a ton. But their weakness is also their strength. A well made C stand stays where you put it and can reach for the stars. If you’ve got a huge soft box, movie light, monoblock, etc. that you don’t want taking a dive, C stands are the way to go. Just make sure you sand bag them for safety.[Read More…]
Great photographs involving the moon and the sun can be made by sheer coincidence, but they usually don’t. It took photographer Luke MacGregor three nights and the aid of an iPhone app to nail that wonderful Moon Through Olympic Rings photograph.
Andy (A.K.A Stargazer95050 on Flickr), an experienced astronomical photographer,shares his holy trinity of free tools to assist in finding the perfect location relative to the sun and moon for taking a perfect photograph.[Read More…]
Photographer Sasha Vasko wanted to get his Pentax-110 24mm lens on a Panasonic Lumix G1. I am sure you remember the G1, but do you remember the ultra small Pentax 110 series, it was quite popular at the days with a wonderful array of lenses.
By hacking the old lens with a C-mount to Micro 4/3 adapter (going through a 55mm filter stack cap, a faceplate and the lens mount and aperture assembly from the original sacrificed Pentax-110 Auto camera) Sasha created a match.[Read More…]
A while back we did a piece about how to manage your batteries on location. It turned out we left an important bit out of the equation.
We left the actual batteries :) So this is what this poll is about. What batteries go into your strobe? We wanna hear in the comments.
While this question may seem trivial, there is a huge difference in some aspects of the batteries you use:[Read More…]
If you feel nose pain after shooting for a while, it is not a random thing. The LCD and eyepiece on most DSLRs are perfectly aligned to maximize nose-smashing.
Redditor lilgreenrosetta explains how to push the eye-piece just a little bit backwards so it sits comfortably against your eye.
Here are some pictures showing how he assembled the pieces together.[Read More…]
Ian Ruhter is traveling the states with a Truck-Sized-Wet-Plate-Camera trying to capture the spirit of America. We shared his kickoff video in the link above and it was very dark and dramatic.
Laya Gerlock was in need of a backdrop for a Senior portrait shoot. As it just so happened to be it was his girlfriend that he was shooting so it was all the more important.
Here is Laya’s pointers on making one for yourself:[Read More…]