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Fashion Photography With the Sony RX1, A Little Beast of a Camera

Fashion Photography With the Sony RX1, A Little Beast of a Camera A Little Background… I am a 23-year-old photographer who moved to Chicago from Nigeria 6 years ago. I started photography about 3 years ago. After playing around with a DSLR in Target, I was hooked. I shoot mostly fashion photography, and female models. I have shot full frame since late 2011 with the 5D Mk2, then the D800 since November 2012. Why the RX1? I honestly just had some extra money 2 months ago, and wanted a new toy. It was either the camera or a new road bike. Boy am I glad I went with the RX1. I was lucky enough to get a used one in excellent condition for $ 1900 with a...

Original Pin: A Customizable Wood Pinhole Camera You Build Like a Jigsaw Puzzle

Original Pin: A Customizable Wood Pinhole Camera You Build Like a Jigsaw Puzzle Build-it-yourself cameras can be both fun and educational. For photography types, a camera like the Konstructor or the Last camera makes for a fun weekend project that you can then take out on occasion when your inner hipster is calling, or give as a gift to a budding photo enthusiast. Similarly, there’s a large community of people who love pinhole cameras, which they’ve made using everything from LEGOs to dumpsters. So what happens when those two worlds collide? You get the Original Pin. The Original Pin is, you guessed it, a built-it-yourself pinhole camera — but this fun...

Rooftop Portraits Using Two Lights

Rooftop Portraits Using Two Lights Taking photographs on a roof is a great way to get a sweeping, dramatic shot. In this video, commercial photographer and lighting expert Jay P. Morgan demonstrates how to use ambient light combined with two strobes for unique portraits: Morgan’s task was to shoot professional portraits of three bank executives at East West Bank in Pasadena. For a compelling background, he took to the bank’s roof for its great views of the city’s downtown. At first, when the sun was higher in the sky, Morgan used one key light to soften the shadows on his subjects’ faces. When the sun...

Chase Jarvis Gives DigitalRev’s Kai Wong a Taste of His Own Cheap Camera Medicine

Chase Jarvis Gives DigitalRev’s Kai Wong a Taste of His Own Cheap Camera Medicine DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera Challenges are a big hit here at PetaPixel. Watching a pro use a less-than-capable camera to try and create something worthwhile is both hilarious and educationally valuable. Case in point: check out what cinematographer Phillip Bloom was able to do with a Barbie Camera and some creativity. But now, we’re getting a real treat. In the video above, professional photographer Chase Jarvis turns the tables on DigitalRev’s Kai Wong by giving him only a GoPro Hero3+ to recreate a photo Jarvis shot using a Hasselblad. The episode is actually a mix of...

Satellite Image Shows What the East Coast Looks Like After the Recent Blizzard

Satellite Image Shows What the East Coast Looks Like After the Recent Blizzard The last couple of days have seen the east coast battered by a huge blizzard known as winter storm Hercules. Thousands of flights have been grounded and many schools were closed yesterday as entire cities began digging themselves out of snowfall that ranged from just a few inches to almost two feet in some areas. Of course, being there is the only way to truly experience and understand the magnitude of the storm, but this satellite image gives us a small inkling by capturing the blanket of white Hercules left in its wake. Here’s the whole photo (click here for full res): The...

9 Sources of Inspiration for Photography & Painting

9 Sources of Inspiration for Photography & Painting Lately, I have had several people ask me what inspires me to paint and take photographs. This really got me to thinking about what makes me do what I do when it comes to my artwork. It led me to sit down and make a list of things that inspire my creativity. In the process of clarifying my sources of inspiration, I realized this might be helpful to others when they are lost for ideas on how to stimulate that creative streak I believe we all have. 1. Take a drive. We were driving through the prairie recently, on the way back from a family visit, when all of a sudden it came to me as I watched...

‘Ghost’ Reportedly Crashes Nighttime Shot of London’s Parliament Building

What happens when you try to take a nighttime shot without a tripod? Apparently, a ghost wanders into the frame and cocks up the whole thing. At least that’s what British photographer Jules Annan is claiming happened to him. The professional lensman was out along the Thames on New Years Eve, waiting for the fireworks, when he decided to grab an image of the lights about the Houses of Parliament and Westminister Bridge. Reported specs: Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens set at ISO 400, f/22 and 1/25 sec. Reviewing his shots later, Annan says he found a mysterious figure...

BTS: Spend a Day in the Studio with Pro Photographer Karl Taylor

BTS: Spend a Day in the Studio with Pro Photographer Karl Taylor In our State of the Blog Address, we asked you what you want to see more of on PetaPixel, and one of the suggestions that came up most often was Tutorials, Behind the Scenes videos and other helpful educational content like that. Well, we were listening. And so, we invite you to spend 15 minutes this lovely Friday watching professional photographer Karl Taylor at work in his studio. Behind the scenes videos like this have a ton of educational value. When you watch a master at work, many of their mannerisms, techniques and (on occasion) tricks are revealed. From something as simple as...

Funny Flowchart to Help You Decide When & If You Should Take a Photo

Funny Flowchart to Help You Decide When & If You Should Take a Photo What goes through your head before you release your camera’s shutter? Or before you post one of your photos online? Are you convinced your images is worthy of an award? Or are you nervous that no one will like it? The folks at CLICKittyCAT have summed up your anxiety and overconfidence–as well as their own pet peeves–in this tongue-in-cheek photography flowchart: Photography Flowchart (Click to See Full Size) The CLICKittyCAT chart, though humorous, is perhaps a bit harsh. Photography should be fun, after all. However, it does have some merit. Practically everyone has a...

Pic A Moment App Turns Instagram Into an Easily Browsable Time Capsule

Pic A Moment App Turns Instagram Into an Easily Browsable Time Capsule Yes, we’re all fascinated by what you had for lunch. But sometimes actual news/history is shared in the Instagram universe, and now there’s a convenient new way to browse through and find pictures of those events. Pic A Moment is an iOS app that lets you comb through Instagram for public images taken at a specific place and time. Operation is pretty simple: Drag a slider to the date you want to look at, enter a location and then pick the correct place from a pull-down list. Now you’re seeing all the images taken at that place and date, with tickers and icons above and below...
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