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A Tribute to the Original Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, the Lens That Saved My Career

A Tribute to the Original Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, the Lens That Saved My Career With this week’s announcement of the new Nikkor 24-70 VR, I wanted to take a moment to look back on what its predecessor, the 24-70mm f/2.8G, has meant to me. In the last eight years, I have only shot five (YES 5) images with a lens other than the 24-70 G.From the cover of Billboard magazine to the ad campaigns that have been featured in the Communication Arts Photo Annual, Archive’s Top 200 Advertising Photographers and the Graphis Advertising Annual, the 24-70 G has sat, married to the D3x for them all. The very first time I ever spoke for Nikon, I spoke about what the 24-70 G meant...

What to Pack for Newborn Photography

What to Pack for Newborn Photography Photographing babies, especially newborns, can be a tricky job. Babies cry, they get gassy, they pee the bed, and their skin peels. Photographer Ana Brandt has been photographing babies long enough that she’s figured out ways around each of these problems. Brandt shares what she packs in her bag before a shoot: Props Brandt uses fluffy white materials to pose with babies. She recommends finding items that have the same tonal range but to also look for different materials and textures. Pee Pads Packing absorbent padding that is discrete can make a parent’s life a lot easier...

Sketch: The Evil DMV Photographer Behind Terrible Drivers License Photos

The DMV is known to take notoriously bad drivers license photos that haunt you for years. The reason? Evil photographers who are trying to mess with your life and self-confidence. At least, that’s what the comedy sketch above shows (warning: there’s a bit of strong language). Created for The Huffington Post’s new web series, Agitators, the sketch features comedian Paul Gale explains how he uses all kinds of devious tactics he uses to ensure horrible portraits for his subjects. All because he enjoys f***ing with people, destroying dignity, and obliterating confidence. (via...

How to Officially Register Your Photographs with the US Copyright Office

How to Officially Register Your Photographs with the US Copyright Office When your finger presses down on a camera’s shutter button and captures a photograph, that photo is instantly copyrighted with you as the rightful owner. However, there are benefits to formally registering your work with the United States Copyright Office. Today, we are going to take a look at the process involved in registering your visual artwork, along with the benefits of doing so and why you may want to consider it for photos you value. Registering your photograph provides legal evidence of your ownership. In the event that someone does challenge whether you own the rights to an...

5 Ways to Improve Your Headshot Photography

5 Ways to Improve Your Headshot Photography Photographer Jana Williams takes us outdoors to shoot a headshot session using natural light and in the process shares some simple tips to improve our headshots: 1. Use a handheld light meter If you’re a natural light photographer, this is one investment that’s guaranteed to give you returns for a really long time. When using a hand-held light meter, such as the one that Williams is using, point the white dome thingy face forward and held against a dark area of the frame. The proper way to use a hand-held light meter Dial in the aperture and ISO values that you have set on your...

The Moon Passing in Front of the Earth, As Seen from 1 Million Miles Away

The Moon Passing in Front of the Earth, As Seen from 1 Million Miles Away Last month, NASA shared the first full photo of Earth captured with its new DSCOVR camera that’s floating 1 million miles away. Today it released another amazing series of shots, with this one showing the moon floating across the face of the Earth. The 20-second video above strings a number of the pictures together. Although DSCOVR is shooting and sharing photos of Earth on a daily basis, this view of the Earth and the Moon together only happens twice a year due to the orbits of the Moon and the DSCOVR satellite. An interesting thing about this photo is that it shows the far side of...

KFC’s New Tray Liners Let You Take ‘Fakation’ Photos

KFC’s New Tray Liners Let You Take ‘Fakation’ Photos KFC Romania wants to help you make your life appear more exciting on social media. The restaurant chain’s new ‘Fakation’ campaign features new tray liners that display photos from vacation spots around the world. You’re supposed to use the photos as backgrounds to create fake vacation photos for sharing online. You’ve probably seen people post vacation photos of their legs on a beach: …but why go on an actual vacation when you can shoot the same picture with your fingers and KFC’s tray liner? KFC is reportedly launching this campaign at various...

Fashion Photos Recreated with an Everyday Woman as the Model

Fashion Photos Recreated with an Everyday Woman as the Model What would fashion photos look like if the models in them were more… ordinary? French fashion stylist Nathalie Croquet recently decided to find out. She took a number of photos from the high fashion industry, recreated the sets, and stood in front of the camera herself as the model. Working with photographer Daniel Schweizer, Croquet managed to nail most of the details in each of the shots. The project is simply titled “Spoof.” You can find more of Croquet’s work on her Instagram page. (via Nathalie Croquet via BoredPanda) Image credits: Project by Nathalie...

Photographers in SF Robbed of Camera Gear in Broad Daylight with Pepper Spray

Photographers in SF Robbed of Camera Gear in Broad Daylight with Pepper Spray On Monday, two professional photographers were robbed of their camera gear in broad daylight in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. The two suspects were reportedly armed with pepper spray, and they made off with equipment worth over $ 7,000. CBS reports that the victims were unloading their car at around noon when the robbers approached, grabbed the photographers, sprayed the man with pepper spray, and then ran off with the camera gear. The female photographer, Natalie, has since turned to Craigslist and Reddit to share more details, warn the photographer community, and...

Wedding Photography Gear List

Wedding Photography Gear List Being asked to be a wedding photographer is a huge responsibility! Someone has trusted you with capturing the memories of what could be the biggest day of their lives! “Lauren & Jeremy | Mrs. Lwanga” captured by Sean Molin Have you got the right gear to get the job done? Gear can be a bit of a sensitive topic, and every photographer is different. Some prefer Canon, others prefer Nikon. Some prefer zoom lenses, others prefer prime lenses. And some photographers are just starting out and don’t know what they need. So, I’ve created this article to give an outline of...
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