Base jumping is one of the more dangerous extreme sports out there (if you can call it a sport). If involves jumping of cliffs (or bridges or towers) and starting a parachute pretty close to the ground. Did I say dangerous?
A base jumper who goes by the nickname Subterminallyill just posted this epic video that shows how easily a base jump can go wrong when the parachute hits a cliff.
In what appears to be a capture from his helmet GoPro Subterminallyill documents in slow-mo his clash with the wall, followed by a long and hurtful fall.
Korean artist and photographer artist Jee Young Lee lives in Seoulwhere she uses a small 3.6x4.1x2.4 meter studio.
Jee Young converts her studio into fantastic worlds in a malicious process that takes weeks for each setup. Each process ends up with a wonderfully surreal world. Young Lee then takes a photo of the world as the final step of the artistic process. Amazingly, the photos are not manipulated by photoshop.
Jee Young Lee calls the series Stage of Mind and it will be presented in early 2014 at Opiom gallery.
I have been hearing a lot of buzz about the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for a while now, but up until now, I haven't had the chance to try one out on a real gig.
As a pro photographer, I learned a long time ago that it is a bad idea to make photo gear decisions based on cost – it's just better to buy the best equipment for the job.
But in this case, it's pretty hard to argue with a lens that costs about half of its name brand competitors.
In this article I'll share my hands on experience with the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens and some sample photos.
Benjamin Von Wong has a short and sweet tutorial on how to wirelessly tether a camera to a computer (his post is Lightroom Specific, but I assume other programs will work in a similar manner).
You gain quite a lot of benefits from shooting tethered as Ben Explains: "Why tether you ask? Focus checking, framing, presenting shots to the clients on an actual screen, camera controls, live view, just to name a few… And all those are possible tethered directly to an iPad or a Computer using a nifty 300$ device named the CamRanger."
The caveat is that indeed you would need to say goodbye to $300 for the unit, but if you are doing large scale shoots and/or need to deliver live results to a client that may be very well worth the money. The teaser video is right after the jump.
Continuing our obsession with better battery management, we would like to share a post by photographer Julian Eichhoff. Looks like Julian not only cracked the system for battery charging, but managed to build a whole portable uber-photographer-power-and-data-james-bond-case.
I own several cameras and every camera requires its own battery type. In total I need four different chargers for my batteries. In addition to that every camera/device needs another USB connector. Every time I need to charge a battery or download files I am recabling. I was sick of that for a long time, now I have built a solution to end the cable madness. What I have done is basically taking a wooden box and installing the chargers, a 7-port USB 3.0 hub and a harddrive docking station inside using velcro. It’s nothing fancy but it is practical. Long story short, here is the result:
I started my first 365 project in flickr with a 365 Days Bokeh Project. After awhile playing with Christmas lights with bokeh, I tried thinking of a new bokeh background.
I tried using plastic bottles and different reflective materials for the background until I ended up with using a very simple material found in the kitchen which gave such an amazing result. Aluminum foil.
I have seen many people also using this technique but I just wanted to share how I do mine. I call it “The El Bokeh Wall”
"If you are a silent sniper with a telephoto, when they do notice you they will feel like you've taken something from them."
As photographers, we often measure our moments in hundredths of seconds. As a result, we are regularly faced with the undeniable truth that missed moments are gone forever. It's one thing to miss a moment due to technical issues or circumstances beyond your control, but how many times has an opportunity-- business, artistic, or personal-- been lost because you've been too shy to capture it?
Have you ever asked yourself what youtube us dong to your video files when you upload them? If nothing else, youtube has to convert your video to a format that it later streams online.
Chicago based Musician and Video Artist, Patrick Liddell, actually went through this experiment. He discovered that as with all conversions, some data is lost. at about 10 iterations there is a noticeable distortion, and at 50 iterations, the video and voice looks like a bad photoshop filter.
Point Of View (POV) can be a major factor in storytelling. Finding new interesting points of view is not trivial, and every bit of innovation helps keeping viewres on their toes. This is why we got to hand it to Steven Prael for coming up with this cool GoPro rig idea that captures an orbital view of a scene.
The idea in general is pretty simple - get a go pro on a rope and turn, turn, turn it around. But execution may be tricky. By building a simple rig Steven overcame two problems that has to do with spinning - The first is how to keep the camera facing the center and the second is how to reduce vibrations.
Both issues were dealt with by adding a small wing to the rig, creating a makeshift glider. Pretty clever. If you were wondering how durable a GoPro is just check out the failed footage at 1:10 and 1:20 .
Meanwhile in Australia....
An eagle abducted a camera that was set to monitor fresh-water crocodiles in Margaret River. This was a motion triggered camera set by the rangers to try and capture some footage of fresh water. The camera went missing in May.
Fast forward to November - six months later - and the rangers got a call from a Parks and Wildlife ranger from Mary river - some 100 km away - who found the camera.
Being a motion triggered camera, the device took several 30 seconds sequences of the journey, ending with the eagle placing the camera on the ground and trying to peck it -actually taking several selfies.
Some photos start as a naive upload to twitter or facebook, and end up in a viral flood that can drown the person who uploaded it.
Julie Anne Culp, a school teacher from Tennessee, wanted to educate her 5th grade students about the dangers and lack of control that photos over the internet have.
As a social experiment she uploaded a picture to her profile showing her holding a sign saying: 'I'm talking to my 5th grade students about internet safety and how quickly a photo can be seen by lots of people. If you are reading this, please click 'LIKE'. Thanks!'
Here is one tip we will probably never share (outside of this context anyways): How to show a lens screw move which results in dropping a $2300 Canon L lens.
You tuber C Led (who only has one online video) shares what should have been a lens swapping tutorial and ended up as an epic fail with a Canon 24-70 2.8L lens dropping on the street floor. It seems that while the lens exchange is indeed fast, it is not secure enough to keep the lens unharmed.
Today we are going to show you how you can build an external slick battery power pack for a Canon strobe (we are using the 430EX II, but newer models will work too, as well as Yongnuo 560 II and alike)
This is very useful, when you shoot outdoors and need many flashes with a short rechargeable time between pops.
This battery pack, aside from its slick look, is easy to transport, well protected and have a long operational time.
The latest release from NH includes some pretty happy news for Nikon D5100 users - the ability to shoot manual while in live view mode. NH tells that the feature was there all along, only it was disabled in software and needed a small technical tap to be unlocked.
If you are using hot shoe strobes (like I am) you've probably noticed the exponential growth of AA batteries living in your drawers.
And it is not just the number of batteries that can drive you crazy it is the fact that you have to tag them all, keep an eye on them all, use them in the same batches that you bought them in and in general managing those huge lots of rechargeable AA batteries can be quite a headache.
I was wondering why don't strobes get the same treatment as cameras - using their own dedicated batteries. I know that there are some hurdles down the road on implementing those, but I know what I'd like to see.
Let me know if this sounds familiar.
You’re gearing up for a big wedding session and one of your commercial photographer buddies comes over and notices that you have eighty AA batteries charging. They ask – “Hey, what’s up with all the batteries – you have a gig with 20 speedlights tomorrow?” You answer – “Uhhhhhhhh ya, ummmm, well, the kids just got this crazy remote control helicopter and it takes like 40 batteries….so….THOSE AREN’T MINE!
It’s ok. I shoot weddings too. Just don’t tell anybody…
I like playing around with lightpainting ever since I started photography because the possibilities were endless! One night I wanted to challenge myself to lightpaint using only my gadgets, so my iphone and my ipad.
I thought of using my iPhone as my main light to highlight the subject and my iPad to use as my background. I had an app in my iPad which had some cool patterns to use as a catchlight, then I saw a pattern which I knew would look great if I used it for lightpainting.
It's that time of year again. Can you feel it? Camera companies have launched shiny new, "must-have" trinkets. Your GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is raging like an inferno at an all-time high. And-- of course-- nothing celebrates the birth of a savior or the rededication of a holy temple quite like upgrading your camera. It's a simple, unavoidable fact-of-photography-life. It's the holiday season and you want a new camera. So do I. It doesn't matter how pristine or properly functioning my cameras are at the end of the year. Without fail, I always want a new one. Every year. And this is why I'm engaged in my annual Battle of the Voices. I've got the devil from one shoulder talking about new cameras in my ear, while the angel from the other shoulder is trying to give him a serious beat-down.
We have shared quite a few articles on working for free. And usually we are not big advocates of that. Today we would like to share a different opinion by Dann Petty who shares how working for free landed him a contract with NatGeo. While Dann is a design/UI/UX expert, I think this approach may be relevant for photographers as well.
I recently wrote a post about how to make your clients love you, which reminded me of the one key things that kick started my career and landed me the type of work I was looking for. It will for yours, as well. I am talking about working for free.
Before you laugh, slam the computer, and tweet that I’m the dumbest person in the world, let me tell you a few stories about how I got where I am today.
Photographer and "filmer" Michael Shainblum was looking for a new way to depict the cityscapes which he loves. This love combined with his time lapse skills created Mirror City a mesmerizing time lapse combined of mirrored photographs.
The movie combines the great American cities Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles giving each a kaleidoscope, unique and disorienting look.
Here is how Michael describes the video:
Usually when we look at a photo we have a pretty strong intuition if it is a two dimensional illustration or a three dimensional object reduced to a two dimensional photo.
In a series of portraits they mimicked various sketching techniques on living models and photographed the results. You could probably swear that some of those are sketches or Photoshop manipulation. But no, they are real live portraits.
Some people get off from watching naked ____ (fill as you desire). Photographer Guy Viner gets his fix by watching naked lenses. Just his luck that he is also a talented X-Ray technician giving him access to the special camera needed to fulfill his desire.
While we've all see illustrations of the internals of lenses, Guy's work shows the internal glass elements, gears, levers and CPUs that make up a lens.
Guy has worked over recent years and collected a nice collection of both classic and new lens p0rn:
The world is full of rants so you should be very careful about the ones you choose to listen to. Colorado's 9NEWS at 6 p.m news co-anchor Kyle Clark was fed up with the huge amounts of snow photos his desk was getting.
This drove him to an epic two minutes of an epic rant about snow covered patio shots.
While he shows some empathy with the shooters he want the viewers to make a better effort of capturing winter: