A few days ago, I saw sad news on my Facebook feed: Kenny Rogers had passed away. Most of us know him as a legendary country music singer, and you may wonder what this news has to do with photography. Well, as I recently found out: Kenny Rogers was also a fantastic photographer.
Fisheye lenses are useful for different purposes, from scientific to artistic. But there’s one field where their unique look has been consistently popular from the early ‘60s to this very day: album covers. In this interesting video, Vox brings you a brief history of fisheye lenses. It explores why they have been such a popular tool, both for album covers and music videos, for nearly 60 years.
September 21st, 1979. Forty years ago, British rock photographer, Pennie Smith immortalized the destruction of a Fender P-Bass guitar by Paul Simonon of The Clash on the stage of The Palladium in New York City, on gorgeous B&W 35mm film.
Her soft-focus, grainy image with its blown-out highlights and development stains has been dubbed by numerous publications and music fans, “the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Photograph of All-Time.”
After teaming up with Lenny Kravitz to launch the M Monochrome “Drifter,” Leica is bringing rock ‘n’ roll and photography together once again. This time, it’s an homage to Andy Summer’s work. Other than being known for his music (both solo and as a member of The Police), Summers is also a fantastic photographer. So, Leica has decided to launch a $15K limited-edition camera for all Summers’ fans.
It’s happened before that musicians get fed up with people who watch a concert through their smartphones. This time, the frontman of punk-rock band Fidlar, Zac Carper, fought against it. Quite literally. As a fan jumped onstage and tried taking a selfie, Carper slapped the phone right out of her hand, sending it into the crowd.
Light painting gives you plenty of possibilities to create colorful and trippy images. The team behind Wango Tango Music Festival wanted photos like this for its performers, so they invited Jason D. Page to help them turn their idea into reality. They had to work fast and managed to take 50 celebrity light painting portraits – each of them in a single take! Jason has shared some of these photos with us, along with the backstory of how they were made.
If you’re an avid concert goer and a photographer, you may want to bring your two passions together. And if this is the case, Rachel and Daniel of Mango Street have a perfect video for you. In about four minutes, they give you plenty of tips to get you started with concert photography. And it’s not just about gear and shooting – but also about getting the pass and editing the photos after you bring them home.
The agreement required to cover Ariana Grande’s Sweetener tour has made photographers mad. The agreement requires them to transfer their copyright of the concert images to Grande’s tour company. And if photographers wish to use their own photos, they need to ask for written permission from the performer in advance. Because of this and several other terms, The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), along with 15 other press groups, is protesting against the agreement.
I love creative music videos and stop-motion movies, and we’ve featured quite a lot of both here on DIYP. Still, it looks like directors always find new ways to amaze us. The video for a song UnAmerican by Said The Whale brings music, creativity, and stop-motion together in a fantastic way. It seems like it was made with visual effects, but no – there are no effects whatsoever. The video was made using only physical, printed photos. Over 2,000 of them!
When broadcasting live on Facebook, there’s a short lag between your recording and the video being broadcasted. Musicians from a band The Academic used this lag to their advantage. They played the instruments in their song “Bear Claws” to create a video loop. Because of the lag, the instruments form the song layer by layer, while the trippy visual tunnel grows in the background. It’s amazing how something so simple creates something so enjoyable to watch.