You Don’t Need a Great Studio Space to Shoot Great Portraits

by Staff October 21, 2016 at 11:34 am

Kodak today announced a new smartphone called the Ektra that’s designed for photographers. The phone features imaging and editing capabilities that will help photography lovers to capture the photos they envision.

My name is Philippe Echaroux, and I’m a French celebrity photographer and an ambassador for Hasselblad and Elinchrom. I recently had to do a portrait shoot at a large studio in Paris, but for this shoot I decided to have a bit of fun.

There’s a crazy new lens in development for you Micro Four Thirds users. It’s called the Entaniya 250 Fisheye MFT, and it boasts an insane 250° field of view. You read that right, this thing can see behind itself…

Josh Rossi isn’t just a talented commercial photographer, he’s an awesome dad, too. When his 3-year-old Nellee shared her dream of becoming Wonder Woman, he pulled out all the stops, dropping $1,500 on a custom Wonder Woman costume and creating a killer photo shoot.

Since 1991, the Italian coffee company Lavazza has asked the world’s top photographers to shoot photos for its annual “Lavazza Calendar,” which was become prestigious in the world of fashion photography. For the 2016 edition, Lavazza asked photographer Joey L to photograph the theme, “From Father to Son.”

Photographer Seth Casteel made his viral name by photographing dogs and puppies, dogs and puppies underwater to be exact. But for his latest project, Pounce, he’s ventured over to the dark side … where they are kittens.

The refugee-turned-photographer behind the infamous Skittles photo used by the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, accusing the presidential candidate of infringing upon the copyright of his “iconic photograph.”

Last year, we wrote about Poladarium, a tear-off calendar that inspires you with a new Polaroid picture every day. Now, for roughly the same price, you can create one that features your own photographs. Instagram printing company Printstagram has launched a new calendar product that allows you to turn your Instagram photo stream into a beautiful stack of 365 8.5x7cm “Polaroid” pictures.

Hyperfocal distance—commonly defined as “the closest distance at which a lens can be focused while keeping objects at infinity acceptably sharp”—is critical for landscape photographers who want their whole frame in focus. Here’s a trick for nailing hyperfocal distance without resorting to charts or smartphone apps.

Photolemur is a new photo-editing program that claims to be “the world’s first fully automated photo enhancement solution.” It uses artificial intelligence to auto-enhance any photo with minimal human involvement.

My name is Skyler Adams. I recently wanted to challenge my gear acquisition syndrome, so I decided to shoot with a $1 camera for a month.

Bryan Stokely is a street photographer based in New York who has a keen eye for spotting unusual moments. His photos typically show witty and humorous interactions between different things in the frame.

The Nikon faithful have two new lenses to drool over this morning: an all-new ultra-wide PC 19mm f/4E Tilt-Shift that features some fancy engineering, and a redesigned 70-200mm f/2.8E with better stabilization, a new optical design, and an electromagnetic diaphragm.

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest announced its winners today at the Natural History Museum in London. American photographer Tim Laman was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 for his photo titled “Entwined Lives” (shown above), showing the critically endangered Bornean orangutan above the Indonesian rainforest.

There are tons of portfolio builders out there for you to choose from, from popular options like Photoshelter and SmugMug to lesser-known options like Cargo Collective and Dunked. So how do you choose the best one?

‘Levitation’ photos are a fun, and not overly complicated style of photography. But if you really want to create believable levitation shots, there are some tips and tricks that will really help. Enter photographer Christopher James (@christopher.james).

Here’s a video by the Camera Repair Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that shows an overhaul they did recently of a Pentax K1000 film SLR — the “dirtiest Pentax [they’ve] seen in a very long time.” The 3 to 4 hour examination and cleaning is condensed down to 2.5 minutes, and shows the beautiful mechanical inner workings of the K1000.

Back in 2014, we shared an impressive composite photo by Mike Kelley that combined 8 hours of airplane takeoffs at LAX into a single frame. After the viral success of that photo, Kelley decided to take the idea to major airports around the world. The resulting project is titled, Airportraits.

One of the challenges (and rewards) of managing a digital production lab for a university research library is working with the wide assortment of analog formats that are collected within its archives, special collections, and map library holdings. For instance, we’ve recently begun conversion work on a 2002 aerial survey of Connecticut that was originally shot on 9″x9″ positive black and white film.

Birdie is a new GoPro accessory that helps you take aerial photos and videos simply by tossing your camera high into the air.

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