Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
The concept of the pancake lens has interested me for a while now, so when Canon announced its new 40mm pancake lens I bought one. So far it has proved a useful addition to my lens collection. But what exactly is a pancake lens? Is the lens as good in practise as I hoped? Here are my thoughts.
Take a good look at this beautiful example from photographer Eric Hines. Inspired by Chicago’s skyscrapers & lights at night and the mystery they exhale, Eric achieves a profound and astonishing view like never before. It’s a result of 4 months of work (from July to October 2012), shooting over 30,000 still photographs:
Wildlife photography is not reserved just for the great outdoors, bringing the exotic animals into the studio can bring a new element to to the form of portraiture. In a two minute look into Brad Wilson‘s life as a professional photographer, you can get a feel for what it’s like to be enclosed into a room with the potentially fierce animals during a photo session. You’ll see below that, while the animals can be intimidating at times, the experience is also quite moving.
As you can see in the video below, the team behind this motorcycle shoot took thinking outside the box to a whole new level. Instead of photographing the same old photos of the same old bikes, they constructed the motorcycles out of people. After some trial and error procedures to figure out just how each individual would be posed, the work of a body paint artist to finish the look.
Being a White House photographer seems like a glamorous job to have once you set aside the long hours and relentless travel. With the United States presidential campaign going on in full force, photographers like Jason Reed are faced with never ending, albeit exciting work days. If you think political photography is path you may want to pursue, or, perhaps just curious about, take a look at the video clip below for some insight into the life of a White House photographer:
If you've been looking to practice different lighting techniques, you may want to try your hand at powder photography. The skill has been gaining momentum across the strobist community lately.
In the third installment of the empty city series from timelapse creator, Ross Ching, explores Seattle. Taking his camera to the streets of the Emerald City, Ching collected thousands of still photographs to create the three-minute long clip. The virtual tour of the city makes stops at many of it’s famous landmarks, but they are shown in a very unusual way–entirely free of people:
Shooting on location often means being forced to work with less than desirable conditions and in lighting that doesn’t lend itself to attractive photographs. On the other side of the spectrum, it also affords the photographer the ability to more accurately tell the story of their subjects. Fortunately, there are ways to work around the downsides which allow you to utilize the more positive side of shooting on location.
In the highly competitive world of fine art photography, emerging artists need certain advantages to make the transition from a hobbyist to a professional. One of those advantages are to understand the process a collector uses to make purchases.
Whoever says fashion photography photoshoots have to use extensive amounts of lighting equipment may want to take a look at the following video. While photographing model, Ulorin Vex, in his New York studio, professional photographer, Neil van Niekerk, kept things simple using just a backdrop and a beauty dish for a majority of the shoot.
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