Ep. 134: Many of You Have Fake Gear…and How to Spot It – and more

by admin December 18, 2016 at 2:57 pm

We’ve seen our fair share of strange, voyeuristic, and sometimes ethically questionable photo and video projects, but this one tops the list. After having his phone stolen, film student Anthony van der Meer hatched a plan: he had another phone stolen on purpose, and then followed the thief around for weeks using a hidden app.

Streetlights are the driving force behind nighttime street scenes and how they make us feel. The way streetlights spread their light, the shadows they cast, and the colors they bring out affect everything else nearby, setting the tone of the scene.

If you’re looking for an affordable way to capture 360° photos and high def video, Ricoh’s new Theta SC is worth a look. Full featured and powerful, the camera delivers surprising performance at a tempting price point.

Hello, my name is Vincenzo Spina. I’m a full-time Presentation Director at Ubisoft Montreal. Although I make games for a living I also love photography and comics.

Over on Instagram, there’s a guy who goes by “Kirby Jenner” who has attracted over 440,000 followers with cleverly Photoshopped photos. For each photo, the guy humorously inserts himself into a photo of celebrity Kendall Jenner.

I have a studio. For those of you that know me — the author of the Studio Anywhere books, which focus on shooting anywhere but a studio — this statement may sound oxymoronic or even blasphemous. Nonetheless, after years of shooting in my cramped basement, I finally outgrew my space and needed a slightly larger, dedicated space to have for working with clients.

As part of their incredible “100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time” project, TIME is telling the stories behind some of the most powerful photographs in human history. You’ve no doubt seen Jeff Widener’s iconic “Tank Man” photo … but have you ever heard the full story behind it?

Toronto-based photographer Peter McKinnon created this short video that shares 8 clever, quick, and easy camera hacks in the span of about 90 seconds.

Snapchat is best known for being a social messaging app that has transformed the way people share photos. But its parent company, recently renamed to Snap Inc., has much loftier goals: it’s aiming to become a juggernaut of a camera company.

Once Syria’s largest city, Aleppo has been the worst-hit city in the country since the Battle of Aleppo began in 2012 as part of the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Now a series of before-and-after photos reveals just how much the once-vibrant historical city has been marred by war.

It’s the holiday season and everyone’s favorite photography background prop is Christmas lights. It used to be pretty easy to get these photos to come out perfect, but with the rise in popularity of LED lights, there’s some weird stuff that happens if you don’t have the right camera settings.

The Beauty of Science project stumbled across something awesome this week when they dropped different color M&Ms into a petri dish of water and watched them dissolve. You’d never guess it, but the colorful “show” these dissolving candies put on is absolutely captivating.

Designer Jessica Hische is fed up with requests to work for ‘exposure’, so she built a Web tool every creative should take advantage of. It’s a “choose your own email-venture” that helps creatives say “no” to free work and better negotiate crappy contract terms.

In May of 2016, I had the opportunity to travel to Argentina through my university for the purpose of researching food politics with our anthropology department. I jumped on the opportunity when it was offered, and had the experience of a lifetime learning about conducting anthropological work.

Photoshop’s tools frequently overlap, and a great example of this is Luminosity Masks vs Blend If. Both can be used to do the same thing, but they work in slightly different ways. This useful tutorial breaks down the differences so you know when and how to use each tool.

When an action camera maker says their cameras are “freeze-proof” they definitely do not mean you should drop them into liquid nitrogen and let them freeze solid… but that’s exactly what YouTuber Grant Thompson did with a new Hero5 Session and Hero5 Black.

Famous photographers throughout history have produced some incredible images that have stood the test of time, but it’s not only their photographs that are inspirational.
Their acute insights into the creative process have guided generations of photographers and shaped the way even today’s best photographers think about their subjects and scenes.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, or even motivation, we’ve put together 50 quotes from the most inspirational and talented photographers the world has seen to help you get your mojo back.

If you need a simple, straight-forward explanation of how the digital camera captures photos, look no further. This creative little animation by YouTube channel Some Stuff Explained does a fantastic job.

Yesterday I talked about the overall ideas behind how we shot an MMA fighter smashing food for Nikon’s “Moment of Impact” campaign. As promised, today I’d like to discuss the technical details about how I lit the shoot.

An interesting story about ethics in photojournalism has emerged today: the New York Times has published a correction to a major story, saying that the original main photo had a picture frame removed from the scene because it was causing glare.

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