- Base Jump Photoshoot with a Fashion Model, Brave Photographer for This One
- Photographer Throws Stuff at Her Head for Hilarious Photos
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Long Exposure of a Rocket Launch
- Top Pro Tips for Photographing Children
- Outdoor Photography Tips for Controlling Sunlight
Posted: 12 Mar 2014 06:51 PM PDT
This is probably one of the coolest videos you’ll see all week: ridiculously attractive people jumping from ridiculously dangerous heights. Italian BASE jumper and fashion model Roberta Mancino teamed up with photographer Noah Bahnson and a host of other sexy suits to leap off Monte Brento:
The project was commissioned in part by world-renowned fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, and released in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Bahnson shot the photos and footage with cameras strapped to his helmet:
This video is a fantastic example of the type of thing most of us could and would never make.
Then again, it would look a lot more terrifying if these Italian supermodels didn’t somehow hold their typically stoic facial expressions the entire time.
The project certainly brings new meaning to the phrase “high fashion”.
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Posted: 12 Mar 2014 03:54 PM PDT
Latvian photographer Kaija Straumanis made the viral rounds recently for her brilliant photo series, “Stuff Being Thrown At My Head”. Gosh, even the title is funny. If you haven’t seen the images yet, you can check them out here:
But there are more than a few deceptions floating around. First, though Kaija is Latvian-born, she’s actually living in New York–debunking the myth that this is what Latvians do for fun on weekends.
Second, she’s not actually being struck in the head. Instead, she set up her Nikon D60 on a tripod with a self-timer, took several different self-portraits holding the objects against her own face, then created composites in Photoshop and edited out her hands.
Lastly, the series wasn’t originally called “Stuff Being Thrown At My Head”; it was, simply, “Headshots”, which is a deftly clever little pun in its own right.
The attention was still a nice surprise for the amateur photographer, who saw her Flickr page skyrocket from two-digit page views to over 650,000 virtually overnight.
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Posted: 12 Mar 2014 01:47 PM PDT
There are no special effects at work in this magical-looking image taken by Mike Killian. The photograph documents the rocket launch of two Van Allen Probes, which are currently orbiting our planet to gather information about the sun’s effect on the Earth and its atmosphere from Earth’s radiation belts:
The curve of the rocket’s trail may look as though it came back down to the ground shortly after being launched, but it actually shows the rocket beginning to orbit the Earth.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Long Exposure of a Rocket Launch
Posted: 12 Mar 2014 01:15 PM PDT
One the most challenging genres of professional photography must be children. Most kids are as dynamic as the images you’re trying to create, and if you are to achieve any form of success you need to know some basic tips. No child is the same and therefore each situation is unique. Applying the pros’ secrets helps you get great photos of kids.
All of us want the ability to document the lives of our family members visually. You only get one chance, and if you don’t get it right, you can’t start over again. This is especially key for children’s photos. That first birthday party, and even more importantly, the birth of a child, only happens once. Getting it right first time is vital. So here goes:
1. You choose the setting.
By choosing the right location and environment you get to set the scene. Make sure that the light is great, the props are there and the fun activities are available. You get to control the backgrounds and the activities. What you allow into the environment will have a direct impact on your final product. If there is something that is disruptive then you are to blame. So plan your setting carefully.
2. Make it fun.
If there was just one tip I could give you that would contribute to taking successful images of your children, it would be this one. The idea of calling the family together and saying that it’s time for photographs just doesn’t work. Calling them together for a fun family time will create an atmosphere of fun around which you can shoot a load of great images.
3. Shoot candids.
In an atmosphere of fun, even the more reticent child comes out of his or her shell and engages in the fun activities. While the fun and entertainment is on, take a background position and start to shoot anything and everything that moves. A zoom lens will help give you a little distance so that you aren’t in their faces. Try to anticipate their moves and where they will be after an action. Focus at the end of a water slide so that as the child hits the water, you get the shot.
4. Shoot at eye level.
There is nothing worse than taking photos of children looking down on them. You will rarely see pros doing this. Get down or up to the child’s level so that you are shooting at eye level. The child must be looking straight at the camera. Of course there are times when you climb above them to get the effect of them all looking up at the camera, but that is for effect.
5. Use props.
This point is strongly tied to tip 2: making it fun. Toys, games, and other activities really help, but if the child has something in his or her hand or is sitting inside, on top of, or beside something it adds a little extra to the shot. Props help focus the child’s attention and give confidence to the shy child. Often in these situations, you can engage a child through the prop or toy. Be very careful, though, that the prop does not dominate the photo and detract from the child who is being photographed.
These are just some of the tricks pros use to shoot successful children’s photos. Use them well and you will take great photos of the kids. Happy shooting!
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Posted: 12 Mar 2014 10:42 AM PDT
Aspiring product photographers might not always have a studio at their whim. Other times, you might choose to shoot outdoors—a dash of colour, bright natural light; it’s more fun than staying cooped up in a studio for hours. But sunlight can sometimes be a problem, because even though it looks even, it really isn’t. Here’s a video that shows how a simple diffuser can solve that:
The Potential Problems
In the video, Phoenix-based photographer Mark Wallace shows us an example of how uniform sunlight can come across unevenly. While his subject, a jug of lemonade, is well lit, the dark green foliage behind absorbs the sun. It looks murky.
Wallace places a Sunbounce Sun Swatter Mini Diffuser between the pitcher and the sun. The diffuser shades the pitcher enough to even it out with the green background, but manages to keep some of the specular highlights that define the jug’s three-dimensional appearance.
But Wallace isn’t done yet. He then adds a small California Sunbounce Micro Mini Reflector Panel on the ground near the lens to bounce some light back up. As you can see, this adds stronger specular highlights on the front of the pitcher–that little white shine gives it extra depth that’s hard to manufacture in post-production. The shutter speed is also adjusted to properly expose the jug’s edges.
Wallace uses a long zoom lens for the shot to compress the image and make the background appear closer to the object than it really is. A shallow depth of field works best here—all the focus should be on the lemonade.
Wallace notes that this process could be done backwards. Instead of darkening the foreground, he could have set up a remote flash behind to light up the foliage instead. But often it’s easier to carry less expensive equipment and not worry about batteries and exact positioning. And best of all, with enough manual modifications, you won’t need to spend much time afterward perfecting the shot in Photoshop.
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