If you were to ask my five-year-old son what he wanted to be, he would without hesitation reply that he wants to be a ninja. And so, like so many mornings recently, the conversation revolved around what ninjas did, and probing questions like “how do you become a ninja, mummy?” Obviously, I have no idea how to become a ninja, or I would already be one. So I did what anyone would do, and turned to google. The answers were quite enlightening and struck me as being just as applicable to photographers as ninjas.
A few weeks ago, the folks in North and South America, Europe and western Africa were able to see the blood moon lunar eclipse. While the social networks were swarmed with photos, not all of us were able to see the eclipse. You know, clouds and all. So, we decided to make our own moon photos. We asked our friends to take “moon selfies,” and it turned out to be not just amusing, but utterly hilarious!
We have presented the awesome work of Mitchel Wu before. After creating crazy “Toy Stories,” he’s back with the adventures of Kermit the Frog. He’s one of the favorite characters of many of us (myself included), and Mitchel’s photos show him in a range of fun and incredible situations.
While one may think it takes a lot of Photoshop to create these photos, the truth is that it was all taken in camera. The splashes, the jumps and the levitations – they were all achieved using practical effects. We chatted with Mitchel about this super-fun collection of photos and the process of making them. Als, he shared with us some of the challenges and joys of toy photography as a career.
It’s May and catchy Christmas carols are finally out our heads. Even though it’s out of season, photographer Ed Gregory decided to sing one of the Christmas songs on his YouTube channel. But it comes with a twist – he made it about photography.
“12 Days of Photography” fits 12 photography tips into a 4-minute song. And while he and his buddy Dan Cooper have fun singing, Ed Gregory’s clone has troubles keeping up with them and demonstrating all the tips. If you’re a photography newbie, this is a certain way to memorize some of the rules. And for those of you who are more experienced – this will cheer you up if you’re having a bad day.
Books are awesome, and so is photography – and an indie bookstore from France found an awesome way to bring these two together. Librairie Mollat‘s staff express their creativity in a fun way and take photos of their customers paired with book covers. This technique is known from before, but the photos on Mollat’s Instagram page are among the best book-face matches I’ve seen so far. They are funny and cool, and sometimes the lines and even the tones match so well that it’s just great.
Following you will find a detailed guide on how to make these cartoonish portraits, but first I must share how they came to be. If you just want the tutorial, jump a paragraph or two forward.
A few weeks ago I traveled to Birmingham UK, to hang out at the Photography Show. I met up with the people from DIY Photography and they interviewed me on my work, (you can view that interview here). I spent a few days hanging around the Inspired PhotoGear stand, where we played with Light Blasters, Lollipods, RoundFlash Dish and Ring’s and I fell in love with the Cosyspeed Holster Bag, which now houses my Olympus OMD.
(I also met the awesome people from Amersham Studio’s, who will host my next UK photoshop workshop this June, together with my agency Draumlist, but I digress)
Wedding photography can be a roller-coaster of ups and downs.
Here’s one way to tell if you’re having a good day:
Leave a brand new Nikon 20mm f/1.8 lens laying on the ground during the park photos. Have it found by a random passerby who proceeds to jump into her car, drive in the general direction she thought the limo went, spot the bride’s dress while she’s having her photo taken in the garden of the banquet center, pull over and return the lens.
Yes, someone found a $1000 lens sitting on the ground – then tracked down the wedding party just to return it to the wedding photographer (me).
The whole experience left me feeling really awesome about the state of the world – and also feeling like I owe someone some serious karma.
Have you given any thought to the day after Christmas? Under the tree there are tons of presents, everyone is opening the presents. Let me add a DIYP present to the heap. (Click the image to see a larger view)
Reader Simon*B has a great use for the tree ornaments for the day after the sock is empty.
This is a fun and fast project, at the end of which, you’ll be able to take 360 images with your digital camera. (There is a “slight” fish eye effect that will make Rudolf’s nose like a button compared to yours but that’s part of the fun).