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Why Use Studio Lights When You Can Use the Sun?

Why Use Studio Lights When You Can Use the Sun? My name is Jeremy Lebled, and I’m a fashion photographer. I recently just did a shoot to demo Leica’s S Camera. My specialty is using just the sun to get a high-end studio look to photographs instead of using dozens of strobes. A lot of photographers are under the impression that they need to invest in very expensive studio lights to achieve the high-end studio fashion look. They will spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on pricey light modifiers, light stands, studio strobes and so forth. Why spend the money that you could be investing on a backup camera or a high-end...

Trey Ratcliff Photo Walk Derailed by Police in Atlanta

Trey Ratcliff Photo Walk Derailed by Police in Atlanta Photographer Trey Ratcliff is currently on a photo walk tour of the United States. On Wednesday, he visited Atlanta, Georgia, and led a large crowd of photographers on a route through the city. While strolling through Centennial Olympic Park, however, the group was confronted by police officers and told that their photography wasn’t allowed in the public park. “We were shut down by the Po-Po in Atlanta! Can you believe it?,” Ratcliff writes. “We had no problems in New York, Philly, DC, Chicago, or Nashville. But they would not let us take photos in Centennial...

Interesting Photo of the Day: Snowy Mount Rainier at Sunset

Interesting Photo of the Day: Snowy Mount Rainier at Sunset Forget leg room. Once you see this gorgeous aerial photograph of Mount Rainier, which was captured by -rabid- during a commercial flight, you’ll swear off aisle seats forever: “Mount Rainier at Sunset” by -rabid- (Via Imgur. Click to see full size.) At 14,410 feet, ice-capped Mount Rainier is easily Washington’s most iconic natural feature and the lower 48 United States’ most glaciated mountain, despite being an active volcano. Thanks to skill, and as -rabid- would say, a lot of luck, the creator of “Mount Rainier at Sunset” was able to...

3D to 2D: Photographing TED Speakers

3D to 2D: Photographing TED Speakers TED talks have been around for 25 years. Even though people associate them with our current technological life, these conferences have been a part of our lives for the better part of the last three decades. During this time, thousands of speakers from all walks of life have shared their ideas with millions of people all over the world. In this video, Duncan Davidson shares his view on how to perfectly capture TED speakers during their time on the stage: For this talk, Davidson goes to the other side of the stage than he is normally used to and talks about how he captures the perfect moment...

Photos of Your Meal Could be Copyright Infringement in Germany

Photos of Your Meal Could be Copyright Infringement in Germany Taking a quick snapshot of your meal at restaurants has become a widespread pre-meal ritual in recent years. People often like to keep a memento of the food they eat, and perhaps share that image with others online as well. But if you’re a foodie blogger and/or photographer in Germany, you might want to think twice the next time you pull out your camera: your simple photo could constitute copyright infringement. German newspaper Die Welt reports that in 2013, the Federal Court of Justice expanded copyright protections to include elaborately arranged food, making the appearance of fancy...

I Bought a Fake Nikon DSLR: My Experience with Gray Market Imports

I Bought a Fake Nikon DSLR: My Experience with Gray Market Imports So, the Nikon D7000 I bought, brand new in early 2014, is a fake. Unbeknownst to me until very recently, of course. Let’s start at the beginning — it being the most logical and traditional place to start. I’d been shooting with my trusty old D70 for a good few years since I got into photography and felt it was about time to upgrade and start taking this whole silly hobby thing a bit more seriously. I settled upon a D7000 and, in February 2014, made a purchase from an online retailer who deals specifically with those mysterious and opinion-stirring items: The Gray Market...

Try This Secret Photoshop Trick for Better White Balance

Try This Secret Photoshop Trick for Better White Balance Adjusting white balance can be such a pain, especially when you get it horribly wrong while shooting. When you edit your photos, you’re probably doing what any other photographer is doing: creating a curves adjustment layer and using the presets to select the black and white points. Photoshop normally does a good job of giving you a head start to correcting the white balance. However, not all photos respond well to that approach: The extreme sampling points of black and white don’t always get you the results you want, since this approach is essentially a linear adjustment, a...

You Have Two Cows: Photographers’ Edition

You Have Two Cows: Photographers’ Edition Invisible Photographer Asia just posted this humorous graphic that takes the “You have two cows” idea for political satire and applies it to how different types of photographers work. Here are the lines they came up with in text form: Photojournalists: You have two cows. Photojournalists will wait till your neighbour kills one of the cows before they take a picture. Street photographers: You have two cows. Street photographers will wait till the cows mate and produce more cows to layer the frame before they take a picture. Wedding photographers: You have two cows. Wedding...

Huge Eagle Punches Camera Drone Out of the Sky

Huge Eagle Punches Camera Drone Out of the Sky Here’s a camera drone video that has been going viral over the past week: aerial photographer Adam Lancaster was flying his camera drone over Victoria, Australia, recently when a massive 2-meter wedge-tailed eagle decided to confront the intruder in midair. It was captured on camera flying right at the drone and using its talons to “punch the drone out of the sky.” “This is the last thing a small bird sees when a Wedge-Tailed Eagle decides that you are dinner,” Lancaster writes. Lancaster says that both his drone and the eagle are fine, but he spent about $ 12...

A DIY Ring Light Made with Aluminum, Plywood, and LED Light Strips

A DIY Ring Light Made with Aluminum, Plywood, and LED Light Strips Over the past half year, Latvian photographer Gvido Mūrnieks has been testing out a DIY ring light he made for himself. The light is large enough to shoot with longer focal length, but at the same time it’s small and light enough to quickly throw into the trunk of your car on the way to a shoot. The light is made out of aluminum for the main frame, plywood for the round base, and 480 LED lights for the illumination. Mūrnieks cut eight meters of SMD-5630 LED light strips into 10cm pieces that contain 6 LEDs each. The strips were all connected in parallel by soldering lead wires...
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