Visual Supply Company [VSCO] is a small company in Oakland, California. Right now, they employ 43 people. You’ve probably seen their name pop up on the photography charts in the iOS and Google Play app stores; that would be VSCO Cam, the company’s image-editing app, which has basically become an absolute must have for mobile photographers. Proving that they’re not just another filter processor, the company’s gained almost a cult-like following because of their commitment to film emulation. Reports are now coming in that another company’s seeing potential in them as well, with Accel Partners announcing their investment of $40 million into VSCO.
I’ve been working with Guy Viner and until now I am not really sure if he is more talented or more crazy. We discussed the idea of submitting his kit to In My Bag and he came up with a brilliant concept of submitting his bag X-Rayed (that must have come from the crazy half). This is not the first time Guy X Rays photography items. Our last rundevues was with a set of X-rayed Nikon Lenses. Below, you can find the complete kit plus some interesting observations Guy had after finishing fiddling with the X ray camera and his kit.
The kit is organized by numbers so it could be fun to treat this as a quiz and see if you can identify each of the parts before hitting the jump and seeing what each piece is.[Read More…]
There’s been news circulating around of a new patent Amazon’s recently secured itself with, and it sounds a bit ridiculous when you take a look at the headlines coming out. For those who don’t know, Amazon basically patented a type of photography where one light is shining straight at the subject, along with light completely filling the background; in other words, seamless white background photography.
The patent was granted back in March, but news of this made the rounds just yesterday, angering many voices in the online photography community. The good news, however, is that there might not be that much cause for concern in the first place.
Three nights ago, the Houston Rockets were taken out of the NBA Playoffs after Damian Lillard made a layup with 0.9 seconds left in the game. Before that 0.9 seconds, everyone was already sure that Houston was about to move on to the next game. A shot of Damian Lillard finishing that throw needs to be taken by a photographer that can keep up with the pace that game was going at. Photojournalism is a relentless job. Everything is unpredictable, and photographers have to be ready to capture that unpredictability.
The Toronto Star offers an archive of videos made by their very own photojournalists; in them they try teaching us exactly how they execute their work when they’re put in positions where they need to be quick on their feet.
I am not really sure how to tag this other than a big #fail for the USPTO, or a huge Kudos for Amazon’s IP attorneys. In a patent simply called Studio arrangement Amazon took IP ownership on what we all call shooting against a seamless white backdrop.
The patent describes the arrangement of elements in the studio to make a product shot. it even details the F-stop, ISO value and focal length you need to use [bold text by me]:[Read More…]
Hopefully, you’re doing nice things for the mothers in your life on a regular basis and don’t need any suggestions from us. For those who may need a little extra help finding the perfect gift for their photography-minded mothers– or for photography-minded mothers looking to drop a few hints around the house– we offer this year’s Mother’s Day Photography Gift Guide. Choose wisely. She brought you into the world, and quite possibly wanted to take you out once or twice along the way.
When AMC called filmmaker Michael Slovis offering him a job as a cinematographer for a show being filmed in New Mexico, he was quick to dismiss it. He’d been traveling too much, and there was no way New Mexico was going to be his first option for leaving town. Then his wife told him to call them back, and he listened. A writer named Vince Gilligan sent Mr. Slovis the pilot episode of a new project he started called Breaking Bad. It didn’t even take until the end of the first scene for Michael to forget about any complaints he had over traveling.
He said to his wife, “Oh my god, this is filmmaking.”
Photographing lava is not for the faint of heart, but for some, standing away from an eruption is neither close nor epic enough. Photographers CJ Kale & Nick Selway, from Kailua Kona, Hawaii, takes this concept to the extreme taking photos of waves while engulfed with Lava.
The concept sounds simple enough: stand in water next to an active eruption; wait for a waive to come in; shoot said waive while engulfed in Laval. A walk in the park.[Read More…]
Back in the days when blogs were just starting out, there were probably two DIY centric blogs for the creative industry. Your truly ran a small site called DIYP for stills-DIY and cheesycam ran a similarly oriented video site.
If was great to see that they are back at their origins today sharing a Doorway Dolly build. The idea behind a doorway dolly is that an operator can push and pull the dolly while a tripod or a photographer is standing on it. The nice thing about it is that you can operate it without tracks and still get tracking shots. The down side is that you need a super smooth floor (like a PVC floor) to get good shots.[Read More…]
If you’re stuck looking for inspiration here is an idea that we have all seen before taken to new places. Husband and wife, Laurent & Sabine Laveder collaborated their Photography, graphic design and astronomy and graphic designer duo took the familiar forced perspective concept to new heights by playing games with the moon.