If you photograph outdoors at all you’ll know that sometimes the sky just doesn’t cooperate. Ideally, you’ll setup your shot during golden hour, get the perfect composition, great light, dramatic clouds and the perfect shot. But life is rarely ideal. More often than not I find myself having to get the best shot I can with a less than stellar sky in the background. [Read more…]
I’ve been running the Camera Stupid website and Facebook Photo Sharing Group for just over a year now and it’s been an extremely rewarding experience. I love seeing your work and watching you improve your photography. One of the most rewarding things for me is when I get emails from readers like this one from Emily. Emily had a few photography related questions and I figured that other people might benefit from seeing my answers. [Read more…]
Are you new to flash photography? Here are two tutorial videos that introduce the basic equipment and how it works: Download Tutorial Videos
No matter where you are on your photographic journey, the fastest way to grow as a photographer is through shooting personal projects. Personal projects allow you to take the pressure off, slow down, and experiment in a way that you can’t normally do when shooting client work. Some of my favorite images always seem to come from these types of projects. [Read more…]
Time Slice 1.0 has been a huge success! I created the Time Slice desktop app because I was frustrated with how difficult it was to create this relatively simple effect of slicing the individual frames of a time-lapse to make a single image. It’s been really fun to use on my own projects such as the example I shot above of the Salt Lake City skyline. It’s also been really fun to see examples other photographers have sent me that they have put together using the app. [Read more…]
On first look, the 7′ Flashpoint AutoStand from Adorama seems like any other light support that I’ve used. My stands tend to get abused, thrown in a the car or in a pelican case and toted around to each shoot as a necessary annoyance. I say annoyance because there is nothing fun about setting up light stands. It’s a tedious and time consuming task to loosen each knob and extend the legs, attach a light, and then reposition where needed. [Read more…]
In 2014, DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, announced the Inspire 1. Trailing on the success of the Phantom line of easy to fly camera quadcopter, the Inspire 1 is an all-in-one system that is aimed squarely at the prosumer market segment. I’ve been following and using DJI products for a few years now and I have to say they’ve really done a nice job with the Inspire 1. Here is my full review. [Read more…]
You may have seen these awesome time slice images created from a batch of day-to-night time-lapse photos. Dan Marker-Moore is a master of this technique.
I was frustrated by how difficult and time-consuming it was to create one of these images… So I’ve created a brand new desktop program for OSX, Win, and Linux that makes the process easy and fast!
Go check out Time Slice 1.0 today!
Here are a few more examples used with permission by Hafiz Ismail
I just returned home to Idaho from a 10 day tour through Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Although I was there on assignment shooting some interviews with company business leaders, I tried to take time to experience each location and make some photographs.
My first stop was in Tokyo. I learned the hard way that American debit or credit cards will not work at most places in Japan. They use their own chip system and even American cards with chips don’t tend to work. Be sure to bring adequate cash and exchange it at the airport upon arrival. Public transport is incredibly convenient in Japan. I took a train to Tokyo station from the airport and then found a transfer line to the station nearest my hotel. This may not be the easiest thing to figure out how to do if it’s your first time in the area. I was grateful to have a local office staff member pick me up and guide me through the mass transit system.
That evening we explored some of the various districts near Tokyo station including the Honda headquarters and a few other famous streets.
I turn 32 this year. For the first time in my life I actually feel my age. My metabolism is slowing, aches and pains are more common, and I make a visit to the chiropractor on a semi-regular basis.
I was in denial for a while. One day I looked around and realized I just wasn’t a youthful 20 something anymore. With this sad realization, I’ve had to start dressing my age. Shorts and t-shirts have become a weekend luxury. I’ve upgraded my wardrobe and have tried to add a touch of class with grown-up professionalism.
At first I didn’t like it. But the more I learn about how to look good in various social settings, the more I see how your self presentation can put you ahead of the game.
It’s the little things that make a difference. Polished shoes, pressed shirt, tailored pants are small details that can leave a great impression when dealing with potential clients. A well-dressed photographer leaves the impression that your work will be well-dressed as well. As competitive a field as photography is, anything you can do to stand out from the crowd is worth doing.
One more small thing you can do to make a great impression is to have a great business card. In this post I’m going to give you my opinion on what the various styles of business cards say about you as a photographer and then I’ll show you which card I chose to represent myself. [Read more…]
I’ve been pushing through a creative rut lately and I’ve been experimenting with new things to get inspired and push myself out of my comfort zone a bit. Today I decided to try photographing a pair of Sony headphones I got recently by cashing in the rewards points on my credit card. Here’s a short video that shows the studio setup and the post processing: [Read more…]