Have you ever wondered what it takes to get a tiger to pose for the camera? If so, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has shared a humorous behind-the-scenes video wherein he learns a little trick from zookeepers on how to keep a tiger in front of the camera.[Read More…]
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Sometimes real stories go beyond anything we can imagine. And this one from Damn Interesting podcast certainly exceeds any fictionous photography tale one can conceive. It involves espionage, camera coffins, secret film formulas and faxing a photo of the moon.
During the cold war the US initiated a Project Genetrix a secret project executed to gather intel from the closed border USSR. Project Genetrix launched huge 200-foot-tall, 100-foot-wide helium balloons into the air around strategic locations in Europe where the wind was supposed to carry them over the USSR where they will take photos and eventually exit the USSR air space to be collected by a friendly plane, mid air and have the film sent to the US for the intelligence force to decipher. This may sound like a kids play nowadays (and it is), but back in ’56 we did not have no gopros.
A 16-year-old Taiwanese exchange student who came to the U.S. to experience a new culture found herself up close and personal with a massive American icon.
The student was visiting the Yellowstone National Park with her host family when the incident occurred, and park officials said the lack of a safe distance was to blame.
“The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her,” said a park service official.
Travelling since he finished business college, like many wanderlusts, Ken Hermann first became interested in photography as a young adult. Still trying to figure out exactly which career he saw himself in, Hermann spent his time travelling and hoping the right choice would become clear. Not too long into his adventures did Hermann realize he wanted to become a photographer. In 2009, he finished his studies as an advertising photographer and got a job in a Copenhagen studio, which led him to a successful career ams a freelance photographer.
While on a trip to Calcutta, India, the street vendors selling vibrant flowers caught the photographer’s eye. He carried their memory around with him for the following several years, visualizing the images in his mind. Finally, in 2014, Hermann made a return trip back to India to photograph the men and with their flowers. [Read More…]
Stephanie Cotta, the sought after newborn photographer behind the popular Ultimate Guide To Newborn Photography, Posing & Retouching course over on RGG, has just released a segment from said course that offers aspiring newborn photographers the opportunity to learn one of Cotta’s favorite poses. The “Side Stretch Hands Together” is typically the very first pose Cotta begins with, so it’s a perfect starting point for those looking to learn some new infant poses, too.
Aside from teaching the pose, Cotta also delivers some pretty good tips throughout the clip. For example, she briefly talks about different props, saying she prefers to use the same blanket to lay the newborn on during the shoot because it results in a matching and cohesive collection of photographs for the parents to hang on the wall.[Read More…]
Having worked on many bridal shoots as a model and involved in several real weddings before, I’ve picked up some things that I hope might help a few others. If you’re part of the wedding industry then please feel free to share this tongue in cheek guide with your clients, whilst understanding that although it’s a bit brazen, it might actually be what they need to know!
Posing for the camera: There are certain posing tips that apply to all women whether they are wearing a bridal gown or not. However, your wedding day is the time when you’ll really want to put theory into practice and believe me it makes all the difference. Here are my top ten bridal posing tips;
1. Where to hold your flowers – Aim for just below belly button level. Not too high and not too low. This pushes your arms out with a slight bend at your elbow, avoiding crushed skin and bingo wings. It also acts as bonus stomach coverage. #Winning
Framing very selectively in-camera, you can very often pull out quite a surprising image out of “nowhere”.
With Julia and Luis’ wedding, I roamed around the reception venue – a bed & breakfast on the Jersey shore, for interesting spots. There were interesting nooks and crannies that would work for the romantic portrait session. But I also like adding variety, especially unexpected variety.
I went through a back-gate, and into a parking lot behind the venue. This gate was the delivery entrance for the venue’s kitchen, and the parking lot was, well, just a parking lot.
But, I loved the texture of tye wooden fence and gate, and the late afternoon sun really brought out the texture. I hurried back inside and asked Julia and Luis to join me – I think I may have a great idea! I shot it using the following settings: 1/250 @ f/5.6 @ 200 ISO – available light only Nikon D4: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8.[Read More…]
Shooting in black and white that feels a bit like fashion portraits, using medium format Mamiya Leaf, the series heavily corresponds with contemporary fashion photography. Yes, the exposed hairy armpits create a staggering contrast.
We were pretty curious so we asked Ben about the models and learned that while some of then, kept their hair naturally, others avoided shaving (or waxing) for weeks (or in some cases months) specifically for the project.
I have a two DIY ring-flashes. My first one was made out of illustration board, and the second one was made of out of a bucket of fried chicken from our local restaurant. Here is my step by step tutorial on how to make your own DIY ring flash using the leftovers of a KFC dinner. (of course you can but a DIY ring flash kit or a totally pro solution as well, but then the KFC leftovers will be thrown away rather than recycled).
It takes about two hours to make one.
A pistol grip is not an expensive item per-se (the great handle from P&C, for example, is about $19), but I love the idea behind it and I think a similar mechanism can definitely be used for other builds as well. And besides, who can resist the chance to dissect a lil girl jump rope.
If you ever tried to shoot video with a DSLR, you’ve probably noticed how quickly your wrist starts to heart. This happen because camera grips were not designed for video. A camera pistol grip changes your hand orientation while holding the camera to a more natural position do it does not get soar after a while. (Kinda similar to how you hold a pistol, hence the name).[Read More…]