If there is the perfect time to shoot toy photography, it’s right now. It’s not like we’re leaving home much, right? Isaac Alvarez of UNPLUG Production has made a great tutorial that will inspire you for creating epic battle scenes with toys. You don’t need to leave your home and you can use whatever you find lying around. And by combining practical effects and lighting with some composite work, you can make create some awesome work.
I consider traveling for my work both as a curse and a blessing; damned be the hours spent away from my family and cozy little home but such a blessing to see the world and meet so many friends, new and old, during my travels. Often my trips have been a source of inspiration for my work, bringing to me visual images, techniques and traditions of a different world.
In July 2019, Photographer Dan Marker-Moore set up his gear on a remote mountaintop in Chile to capture a total solar eclipse. Using his recognizable time-slice style, he created a very unique collection of images. Combining hundreds of photos, he created several captivating, chart-like composites that show various stages of the eclipse.
We’ve seen some stunning work created by combining photography, Photoshop and lots of imagination. But when you start compositing images, one of the greatest challenges is to make them look realistic. In this video from Advancing Your Photography, Rikard Rodin shares five tips for raising your photo composites to a new level, and all that in only 90 seconds.
A few days ago I submitted a photo to the new DIYPhotography facebook group, it was picked to be featured on DIYP. I am excited!
Do you remember the things you used to fantasize about when you were a child? Those fun conversations you used to have with your friends or sibling about the adventures you would want to have? I remember clearly mine, and to be honest, I had a great childhood filled with adventures and fun.
I grew up in a big family, and my cousins and I were always playing outdoors and having way too much fun. We had a big house on a tree, we jumped down roofs with umbrellas pretending we were Mary Poppins, we used to spend lots of time on a creek throwing rocks, our family had a big construction company and my cousins, and I used to go around driving bulldozers, we had so much freedom! There’s even a story about “some kids” spraying bug repellent in their mouth because somehow they believed that that way, they would become superheroes. That story ended up with those kids in the hospital, and no, they didn’t become superheroes, but thankfully, everybody was fine after a couple of days…
Antonio Pantoja is a multi-award winning photographer and filmmaker located in Louisville, KY with a passion for horror. Despite not going to film school and only boasting an 8th-grade education, Pantoja has garnered over 50 awards for his efforts over the last 3 years.
Pantoja says that he got into horror at the ripe age of 4 years old. He was left unattended and watched The Exorcist. He was hooked but the film scared him so badly that for the next 4 years, Pantoja slept in his parent’s bed, in the middle of them, ultimately ruining their sex life. (This is why his brother, Vinnie, is 8 years younger than him.) He claims that he wants to make a movie so scary that you’d have to watch it on the toilet because “I want it to literally scare the shit out of them”. His films are described as graphic, gory, white knuckle, sucker punches. Or as he describes, “a beautiful nightmare”.[Read More…]
Depending on where you live, you might have already watched Alien: Covenant or you’re only a few days away from the premiere. Either way, you can play a bit and create some toy photos with an Alien figurine. When you’re a photographer, you can never be too old for toys, right? Mathieu Stern shares an idea and a quick tutorial for toy photography dedicated to this cult movie. It takes a macro lens and a couple of items you have at home, and you can make a photo worth a movie poster.
If you tend to create lots of crazy self-portraits as I do, a good technique to know is how to quickly change skin tone in Photoshop. Like the above image, one of my favorite things is to turn people into zombies. If you work for me its only a matter of time before you are in front of the camera, ready to be zombified!
The trick is to start with the skin color and work it from there. It doesn’t end at skin color, though; you will need putrid veins, wrinkles and any other little details that will add to the effect but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s crack on with the tutorial!