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Intro to Light Painting with Olympus Trailblazer Jamie MacDonald

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Jamie MacDonald is an Olympus Trailblazer who shoots nature and wildlife in the Mid-Michigan area exclusively with the Olympus Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds camera systems. He is also a contributor for Small Camera Big Picture. Light painted photography is one of his passions and he is currently working on a new light painting tool to make the job easier for beginners. Check out his tips below for creating a successful light painted photo. (more…)

Cool Stuff – Week of June 9, 2012

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Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

  • We start this week by talking about one of our favorite photographers, Zack Arias. Zack was just named one of the top 50 street photographers  around today by Complex magazine. His response is – as are most things Zack writes – engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking.
  • Speaking of great photographers, Steve McCurry, the man who captured what is perhaps National Geographic’s most iconic cover, has posted an outstanding gallery of monsoon images.
  • NASA seems to have a knack for releasing jaw-dropping imagery that smacks us upside the head when they do. Here’s some star trails, taken from the International Space Station.

    Star trails, captured from the ISS

    Star trails, captured from the ISS

  • The folks at PetaPixel have a great piece with some very practical advice for photographers. Yeah, we know, there’s lots of these types of articles around, but this was was actually pretty good.
  • iPhone users, rejoice! You already knew the iPhone 3GS could be a usable camera in a fashion shoot (albeit with lots of studio lighting, etc), thanks to Patrick and Lee over at FStoppers. Now, the always amazing Nick Fancher follows it up with a more minimalist answer to the original FStoppers video, this time with an iPhone 4S.
  • And speaking of great videos, this one showing the ridiculously fantastic Dan Winters photographing Jack Nicklaus for the cover of Golf Digest is definitely worth your time.
  • Street fashion photography Scott Schuman – better known to some as The Sartorialist – has a particular affinity for capturing great fashion on the streets of some of the world’s most glamorous cities. Here he is in Madrid, shooting for Loewe.
  • We leave you this week with, well, we’ve run out of superlatives, so just watch this video about the creative film Marmalade…

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

Tip Of The Week: Use ND Filters to Blur Motion

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It’s pretty amazing what a piece of dark glass can go for your photography. Read on to find out what can be achieved with ND filters in this week’s Tip Of The Week.

Tip of the Week: Use a Tilt-Shift Lens for Panoramic Photos

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Figure 1. A panorama taken with the Fuji X100's built-in pano feature.

Figure 1. A panorama taken with the Fuji X100's built-in pano feature.

Every week, we post a photography-related tip on our blog. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

There are many ways to create panoramic images. You can start with a really wide-angle lens, then simply crop down to a long, narrow band to create a “faux” panorama. You can also use the built-in panoramic functions of cameras like Sony’s NEX and Alpha series, as well as Fuji’s X100 and X-Pro1. You can also simply take a series of pictures and stitch them together in Photoshop, or, if you’re really into panoramic photography, you could rent a pano-head from us, like the ones from Nodal Ninja.

Today, we’re going to talk about one of my favorite ways to create panoramas. All of the methods above have some shortcomings that make it a bit harder to create good panos. Using a wide-angle lens and cropping, for example, leaves me with a lower-resolution file than I’d like. The built-in pano features in some cameras is neat, and I do use them (as shown in Figure 1), but they’re also relatively low-res JPEGs. Pano heads are great for this sort of work, but you have to find the “nodal point” of each lens you want to use, and that takes quite a bit of work. (more…)

Cool Stuff – Week of March 23, 2012

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Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

Photoshop CS6 is out in public beta

Photoshop CS6 is out in public beta

 

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff! As always, leave us a note if you think we ought to include something in next week’s lineup!