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Street Photographer Takes on Stereotypes

Street Photographer Takes on Stereotypes Street photographer Zun Lee didn’t set out to become a photographer, he just used the hobby as a way of relieving stress and found he really enjoyed—and had an eye for—documenting people on the street. Without even knowing it, he was drawn particularly to fathers and their children, which would become an important theme in his work, especially after finding out the man he knew as his dad was not really his biological father after all: In the 1960s, Lee’s Korean mother moved to Germany, had a brief affair with an African American man, and became pregnant. She would go on...

Studio Lighting for Photographing Athletes

Studio Lighting for Photographing Athletes How do you make an athlete look his or her best? Michael Corsentino from Behind the Shutter demonstrates how to create dynamic lighting setups to illuminate and flatter athletes in a studio environment. There are a lot of takeaways from this informative 16 minute video. Here are a few highlights: Cross Lighting As the diagram below demonstrates, a cross lighting pattern uses two lights on either side of the subject. In this case the light on the camera right is the key light and the one on the camera left is the accent light. Cross Lighting As is evident from the image above, cross...

Ep. 69: David DuChemin Five Years After His Accident

Ep. 69: David DuChemin Five Years After His Accident Here’s episode 69 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast. You can also download the MP3 directly and subscribe via iTunes or RSS! Leave a comment in this post, or use our voicemail widget for feedback/questions for the show. In This Episode If you subscribe to the PetaPixel Photography Podcast in iTunes, please take a moment to rate and review us and help us move up in the rankings so others interested in photography may find us. Sponsor:  FreshBooks. Get your FREE 30 day trial at FreshBooks.com/PetaPixel and enter PetaPixel in the “How Did You Hear About Us?”...

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Huge Photography Creative Kit Deal for Mac Users A photo creativity bundle unlike any other has been assembled this week. 700+ Editing tools, presets & filters. 40+ Photo guides, e-books, videos. 12 Powerful photo editing software. 1200+ Textures, presets, sample RAW files. $ 1871 In total savings. 30 amazing product contributors. Ending soon here: The Photography Creative Kit XXL Creative Kit XXL Offer (Click to Learn More) Learn from the leading photographers and educators, discover their tips & tricks, stories behind their photos and secrets of their most successful photo works. 6 Best-Selling Photo Applications for...

LEE Releases Simple Exposure Guide App to Use with Their ND Filters

LEE Releases Simple Exposure Guide App to Use with Their ND Filters This is useful. The folks over at LEE filters just released a handy little exposure guide app that will help you calculate the right shutter speed when you’re using their Little Stopper, Big Stopper, or Supper Stopper ND filters. The app is extremely easy to use: you simply pick which of LEE’s ND filters you’re using and scroll the wheel on the left until it matches your camera’s metered shutter exposure without the filter. As you do that, the wheel on the right will automatically change to match the “correct” exposure with the filter attached. The app...

How to Create a Beauty Style Portrait With Just One Light

How to Create a Beauty Style Portrait With Just One Light Sometimes, less really is more. That’s the philosophy behind this simple beauty shoot, hosted by Miguel Quiles, which features just a single light and some remarkable results. Here’s how he does it: Quiles breaks down his shoot into every possible detail. His gear, for example, is simple; he’s shooting with a Sony A7RII mirrorless camera and a Zeiss Batis 85mm lens. The single light is a Phottix Indra 500—ideal for its lightweight body and impressive strength. Quiles adds one large softbox directly behind himself, and a small reflector on a table in front of the...

Drone Fishing: Guys Use Drone to Capture Tuna from Above… Literally

Drone Fishing: Guys Use Drone to Capture Tuna from Above… Literally Drone Fishing. It’s exactly as ridiculous-but-kind-of-fascinating-but-really!? as it sounds. Jaiden Maclean and his friends at Sea Ulcer Aerial Media went fishing for longtail tuna with a Phantom Drone, and captured the entire battle on camera. What starts off as a standard “beautiful views from above” style video quickly turns into a fight for survival for one fish once it takes the drone-delivered bait. From that point on, it looks like the line attached to the Phantom disconnects so (spoiler alert) the tuna doesn’t pull the drone into the sea. Once the fish is...

The Anatomy of a Newspaper Feature Portrait Shoot

The Anatomy of a Newspaper Feature Portrait Shoot I had a great opportunity to do a “behind the scenes” of a recent portrait feature shoot which my very good friend Daniel Hambury was doing for the London Evening Standard. In fact I was mainly assisting, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to document what happens as it’s something I’ve always been intensely interested in. Daniel is shortlisted for the UK Picture Editors Guild Awards for 2015 in the category of Business Photographer Of The Year, which is much deserved as he’s continuously creating excellent imagery with essential variety, humour and potency while under huge...

You Have Access to All the Means of Production, Don’t Be Afraid

You Have Access to All the Means of Production, Don’t Be Afraid I just finished reading Karl Marx’s “Capital” and “The Communist Manifesto”—and I was so amazed to see how modern a lot of his ideas are. I think one of the biggest things I took away from his book is the idea that we are being estranged from our labor—that we no longer have the control of the “means of production”, and what that means is that we no longer have the ability to have control over what we produce. But the great thing about today’s digital age is that we no longer have that issue. We have control of all the “mean of production”—meaning that with a laptop...

Tips for Zoo Photography

Tips for Zoo Photography I often take animal portraits at my local zoo. For photographers, zoos provide a consistent way to get close to a variety of animals without the time and expense of travel to exotic locations. Here are some tips I have learned from several years practicing zoo photography. Primates are often a wonderful source for expressive portraits. Camera Gear for Zoo Photography The gear I consistently bring with me on every visit to the zoo with my DSLR camera is my 300mm zoom lens and my 50mm prime lens. During the colder, dramatically less crowded months (I live in Chicago) I occasionally bring my...
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