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6 Techniques to Reduce Camera Shake

Photographer Natalie explores 6 ways you can hand hold lenses at low apertures and low shutter speeds and still avoid blurry images or shakey video caused by camera shake. 1. Elbows In As often as possible pull your elbows in to your body and exhale completely before depressing the shutter. When you’re working with a wide aperture or Read MoreRead More

Hyperlapse Tutorial – How-to from start to finish

This tutorial from Rustad Media·will show you how to create a hyperlapse video from start to the finish. It will go through the camera settings, how to move the camera and post processing with Lightroom and Warp Stabilizer in After Effects. It will also give you a few tricks for regular time-lapse videos as well. Read MoreRead More

Migration to Mirrorless Digital Cameras

For over 100 years camera companies have been trying to squeeze the best specs into the smallest available formats. Smart phones and point and shoot cameras are too limiting, and digital SLRs are too bulky. Enter the Mirrorless generation. Now we can pack big image quality into a small, travel friendly package. Whether you are Read MoreRead More

The Anatomy of a Beauty Shoot: Step by Step

Rich Meade breaks down the equipment and lighting to create a high fashion style beauty head shot: Since joining Fstoppers I had planned on doing a “behind the scenes” of one of my shoots, so today I’ve put together a lighting diagram courtesy of Kevin Kertz, and a detailed description of how the finished product was Read MoreRead More

The Magic of Twilight

Just after the Sunset “Magic Hour” (roughly 30 minutes before and after the sunset) there is a period sometimes called the “Blue Hour” where refracted light from the sun turns the sky a deep shade of blue. This not quite night period can lead to some dramatic lighting situations. One of my favourite times for Read MoreRead More

A Simple Trick To Shoot Better Sunsets That Almost Anyone Can Do

It’s a perfect sunset and you left your graduated ND filter at home – how do you capture nature’s beauty while trying to expose correctly the sky and the ground? Here’s a clever low-fi trick that works for exposures longer than 2 seconds. I enjoy the saturated colors and versatile light that comes just after Read MoreRead More

Judd Apatow & Matt Mahurin Talk Photography and Filmmaking with Mark Seliger

Judd Apatow & Matt Mahurin join Mark Seliger to talk about photographing tragedy, finding humanity with comedy, and meeting their heroes. From Tom Waits to Seth Rogen and Steve Martin to Henri Cartier-Bresson, they share stories of collaborating throughout their careers.  Read More

What an Estimate for a 3-Day $100,000 Photo Shoot Looks Like

Jess Dudely goes through the budget and estimate for a six figure commercial photography job. Here’s how I arrived at those numbers: Concept/Licensing: The agency came to us with four distinct concepts/ads, each portraying a specific product in use at home or in a business. The client had already selected the talent (real customers), from a Read MoreRead More

To Shoot Better Video, Focus on Photography

David Geffen discusses crossing the increasingly blurry divide between video and stills and how these two disciplines can learn from each other. Whenever I see poorly executed video though, I can’t help but think back to this quote: “So many people think cameras and lenses are getting better. They are. But cameras are stupid no Read MoreRead More

KaleidoCamera – Light Manipulation like You’ve Never Seen Before

German researchers at  Saarland University are developing a module that goes between the lens and a  DSLR that adds High Dynamic Range, Polarization and even light field image recording (Like the Lytro camera – which enables after the fact focusing). WITH their sophisticated image sensors and software, digital cameras are already great at making us look like Read MoreRead More

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