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Humor: Job Alert! Flapjack Fortune Awaits Lucky Photographer

Humor: Job Alert! Flapjack Fortune Awaits Lucky Photographer Who says there are no paying photography jobs anymore? Just shift your attention to Liberal, Kansas, where the organizers of International Pancake Day are now accepting bids for an official event photographer. And this is no point-and-shoot gig. The home page for the event — which includes a series of races and other contests that date back to 1445 in English sister city Olney — includes a hilariously detailed list of the responsibilities that come with the job. Those include a minimum number of usable shots for: Flipping contest, cooking contest, eating contest, merchandise...

Experimenting with Product Photography

Experimenting with Product Photography Every genre of photography comes with its own set of challenges. But perhaps one of the most difficult genres is product photography. In product photography, every little detail matters. Every highlight, shadow, reflection, color, texture, everything. Hours and hours can be spent perfecting a product shot, and even more hours can be put in editing that shot. In this video, photographer Nick Fancher shows you some of his experiments with product photography. He guides you through his ideas, setup, execution, and results for three separate experiments in photographing a cologne bottle: Fancher...

Fujifilm Will Soon Discontinue 3×4 Instant B&W Film, Photogs Fight Back

Fujifilm Will Soon Discontinue 3×4 Instant B&W Film, Photogs Fight Back Fujifilm has confirmed that it will soon stop production of its FP-3000B film, which means that the only black-and-white instant film currently available in the 3×4 format will soon disappear forever. Chris Gampat over on The Phoblographer first broke the news on Wednesday after receiving a tip that the film would soon go away. Photographer Michael Ash Smith has since confirmed the decision on his Facebook page, quoting a Fuji representative who told him via email that the company would stop making the film by the end of this year, with the last product likely to ship to retailers next...

Bold Concert Photographer Criticized for His Disruption, But the Results are Impressive

Bold Concert Photographer Criticized for His Disruption, But the Results are Impressive The argument over whether or not to use a flash when shooting a live concert comes down to two distinct issues, one technical and the other ethical. On the one hand, using a flash in a low light setting gives you a tremendous advantage over your environment for capturing quality shots. On the other, there’s the knowledge that the flash is distracting and annoying, to the performers and audience members alike. As a live music photographer myself, I’m of the opinion that the ethical question is the more important one and that this guys’s doing it all wrong: To be fair, the...

French Paper Publishes Photo-less Issue to Stress the Importance of Photojournalism

French Paper Publishes Photo-less Issue to Stress the Importance of Photojournalism French newspaper Libération is about to score huge brownie points with photographers the world over. At a time when newspaper photography jobs are disappearing and some newspapers are replacing professional photojournalists with iPhone toting writers, Libération is removed all photos from one of its issue as a show of support for photographers. According to BJP, the photo-less issue was released yesterday, and it wasn’t just a paper full of text. The frames where photos should have been were left in so as to emphasize how much photography adds to and helps to tell a story. Here are a...

Inspecting an ‘In Spec’ Lens

Inspecting an ‘In Spec’ Lens I’m going to open a can of worms today. I’ve been getting more and more emails from people telling me the same story that goes like this: I’ve got this lens. It’s awful. I’ve sent it in for adjustment and the service center tells me it’s ‘in spec’ and nothing is wrong with it. Am I crazy? Second only to the dreaded “impact damage — warranty void” statement, the “lens is in spec” statement seems to be some factory service center’s answer to far too many complaints. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes there is impact damage and the warranty should...

How Do You Photograph a Jet Flying 300-400mph? Throw 30,000W of Flash at It!

How Do You Photograph a Jet Flying 300-400mph? Throw 30,000W of Flash at It! Yuri Acurs, the world’s top-selling microstock photographer, will go to great lengths to prove he’s right, and the video above is a great case in point for that. He wanted to prove that he could flash freeze a fighter jet at full speed, and he got that shot. All he needed was approximately 30,000W of fill flash… no big deal. For those unfamiliar with how studio lighting usually works, 30,000W is as much as 100 times more flash than you’re going to typically use in a regular studio setting. So much flash power is being thrown at this jet that the people on the ground...

Canon Japan Releases the Rumored ‘White Kiss,’ a White Version of the Rebel SL1

Canon Japan Releases the Rumored ‘White Kiss,’ a White Version of the Rebel SL1 After a couple of teasers from Canon Korea and Canon Japan, the promised ‘white kiss’ camera officially arrived last night. Unfortunately, it seems the camera turned out to be the least exciting of the options rumor sites were bandying about: a white version of the Rebel SL1 that is otherwise unchanged. The camera claims the title of first ever white Canon SLR, and for now is only set to release in Japan. Interested buyers in the region will be able to pick one up starting the 28th of November in a kit with either the standard 18-55mm lens, or a matching white version of the...

Photographers Faced With Suspicious Activity Reports

Photographers Faced With Suspicious Activity Reports Just how much does the government need to know about our personal activities as photographers? Judging by the flood of reports the ACLU posted on their website which contain suspicious activity reports collected by the feds on various private citizens, many of whom happen to be working photographers, the government may want to know a little more than what most find comfortable. “Bridge in Black and White” by Katherine Ross. Click image to see more from Katherine Ross. According to a story released by NPR, Hal Bergstrom, a photographer based out of California was questioned on...

Exercise with a View: Check Out What ISS Astronauts See When They Bench Press

Exercise with a View: Check Out What ISS Astronauts See When They Bench Press NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio just arrived on the ISS last week (with the Olympic torch in tow, no less), and even though he wasn’t one of the astronauts who got to take the Olympic torch for a spacewalk/photo shoot, he wasted no time starting to upload photos from orbit. All of the photos he’s uploaded (gallery below) are awesome for one reason or another, but one in particular has gotten a bunch of attention. Uploaded yesterday, the photo above shows the view Mastracchio and his fellow astronauts have while exercising on the ISS. Two thoughts probably spring to mind at this...
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