This week in the news: We say goodbye to an old friend; Panasonic announces a bunch of new cameras; a medium format camera back with more megapixels than you'll probably ever need; Voigtlander announced a new lens, and much more.
When I first started to do some research for this article, I decided to look up the word "Magic" because that’s how I feel about photography and—for that matter—any other art form. These are the words used to describe Magic: Enchanted, Thrilling, Powerful, Mystery, Supernatural, and Exquisite. If someone were to describe my work, these would certainly be the words I would want them to use. So the question remains: How do you create Magic with your work? How can you design a beautiful portrait of a person, landscape, animal, food etc. that warrants this kind of description? Let’s not forget that we are also trying to make money and stand out from the crowd—at least that’s what I’m trying to do.
For me, the magic process begins with the image I’ve created in the camera. Lighting is everything. It’s my primary concern, regardless of what I’m photographing. In my case, though, it’s usually a person. I make my living photographing children and families, and creating maternity portraits.
We've previously written about Gaffers Tape being an unsung hero of photographers and videographers. Taping down cords, pulling clothing back for fashion photography, and solving light-leak issues are only some of the uses we discussed.
We decided to talk to a number of photographers about how they used Gaffers Tape.
This week in the news: Nikon announced an 800mm lens, but had a massive recall on battery packs for some of their cameras; Canon also had a recall on a couple of cameras; there was a boost in Western Digital's Cloud service, and more.
This is your B&H Pulse News Roundup for the week of July 13th, 2012.
Kelby Training's Education Director Matt Kloskowski photographed the stunning sunrise in his photo above. Capturing all of the details in one image like this can be a bit tough to do, but it is totally possible through various methods. How do you think Matt shot it? After being captivated by it, we talked to Matt about how he photographed it.
Take a guess, then read on, to see if you got it right.
Take a look at the super-cool landscape photo above. How do you think it was shot? The scene was photographed by photographer Adam Taylor, and we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to pick his brain on how he achieved the final result.
For even more education, you can check out the rest of our "How I Got the Shot" series of blog posts.
The Fourth of July is coming, and we all love to watch the fireworks. We’ve already talked a little about the basics of shooting them, but we recently had the opportunity to sit down with John Cornicello, an absolute master of the art, who blogs about it fairly often.
Specifically, we chose the photo above, and asked John to break it down for us. How do you think he shot it?
This week in the news: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet surfaces, a major firmware update to the Canon 7D is inbound, Fujifilm's new lens roadmap, and more. It was a very big week for technology news and there were lots of announcements, so grab a cup of coffee and get ready to catch up.
This is your B&H Pulse News Roundup for the week of June 29th 2012.
When I was first learning photography, I was often disappointed by my images. I’d go to a beautiful place, and take many photographs. Later, when I’d examine the results on the monitor, I’d find that what had been so appealing in person wasn’t captured by the camera. Sound familiar?
I was in the midst of traveling home from my seventh crossing of the country in as many weeks this year, when my frequent-flier program proudly reminded my tired butt that I’d already flown 38K miles in 2012. I am very fortunate that I get to travel, shoot and teach as much as I do. I am a confirmed road warrior, being on the road about six months out of every year. It goes with the job title: Photographer.
Summer is typically when most photographers tend to hit the road for either their vacation, or that long anticipated trip to some exciting and exotic locale. Traveling by air—in particular, traveling with camera gear—can add a layer of stress that can prevent many from hopping onto a plane and going,altogether. I think I can take care of that for you.
There is a definite art to travel; getting your gear to your destination safely with minimal stress makesyour photography just that much better once you arrive. Much of it centers on common sense, and the rest is simply insider tricks gleaned from traveling way too much. But don’t fear; it’s something everyone can master the first time out, so let’s get traveling!
Vivian Cherry, a recent recipient of the B&H Photo Lifetime Achievement Award, has a new memoir out, Vignettes: Chapters from a Life. VIGNETTES, a collection of chapters from the life of Vivian Cherry, integrates two art forms, memoir and photography. Ms. Cherry is a quintessential New Yorker, born of immigrant parents. The book is a stunning account of the past of a photographer who came of age during WWII in NYC. She is also one of the last surviving Photo League members at 92 years old as of the publication of this article.
We recently talked to Vivian a bit about her experiences as a photographer during her years and years of shooting.
We can all appreciate the beloved Ansel Adams. He was one of the greats. His story is inspiring, fascinating and enduring. The man worked as a custodian in Yosemite National Park in order to live in the beauty he so much appreciated and desired to record. He seemed a harmonious blend of romantic artist and master technician. He devoted his life to the pursuit of what he loved. As a darkroom junkie myself, the first time I saw an Ansel print in person, printed by his own hands, I admit that a tear, (yes, a tear) fell down my face. The sheer craftsmanship of his prints was surprisingly moving. I am not here to dispute the fact that Ansel Adams was one of America’s greatest and seminal landscape photographers. I am here, however, to challenge you to find another one. After Ansel, who is your favorite photographer?
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