Thursday, November 27, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving! If you absolutely insist on pushing back from the table and leaving your family in order to sit at your computer and read about photography, then I suppose it's best that I give you a good suggestion for some reading material. Our friends at Digital Photo Pro magazine have compiled a sort of preliminary "best of" gear guide as the holiday shopping season is set to kick off tomorrow. It's the highlights of 2014, and it includes lots of great lenses and lighting equipment, and even a few accessories, for almost every occasion. Read all about the year's equipment highlights so far at http://www.digitalphotopro.com/gear/more-gear/highlights-of-2014.html
Photographing Celebrities Is Funny Business
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
I like portrait photography. I also like celebrity portraiture. And I really like when those celebrity portraits are funny. That's exactly what Seth Olenick has done with his series called "Funny Business," a Kickstarter-funded book project that took six years and more than 200 celebrity portraits to bring to fruition. It's really well done, filled with fun and funny photographs. Images like Andy Richter playing a tiny piano, and Zach Galifianakis spraying graffiti with a giant can of spray paint, are particular favorites. But they're all worth a look, and are sure to provide a chuckle. Check out the series via the Huffington Post, below.
Majestic Wildlife Photographed In Zoos
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Do you dream of photographing majestic wildlife on African safari, but actually going on an African safari is virtually impossible? Do what Manuela Kulpa does, and find the wildlife a little closer to home. In her series African Souls, the photographer has attempted to capture the soul and beauty of African wildlife—even when they're captive animals in zoos. It's not only a lovely bit of photographic wizardry that has produced a highly enjoyable series, but it serves as a valuable creative lesson too: where there's a will, there's a way. Don't let anything—even the fact that you can't travel to your ideal photographic destination—stand between you and the images you want to make.
Camera Theft Statistics
Monday, November 24, 2014
Today's post is about an unpleasant reality: equipment theft. If you own an expensive camera, or any camera for that matter, you probably don't want it stolen. But it happens all too often. Anti-theft device-maker Lenstag compiled its data about where and when and how cameras are stolen, and made a really interesting infographic—part of which is displayed here. Did you know that you're most likely to have your camera stolen out of your car? Or that Canons are more likely to be stolen than any other brand? It's doubtful that Canon owners are less responsible than all the rest, but it's an interesting statistic nonetheless. Same goes for the top three destinations where gear is reported stolen: London, Rome and Barcelona. I wouldn't avoid these beautiful destinations just to keep my camera safe, but I might be a bit more cautious when I visit those locations. Anyway, check out the interesting statistics—and consider employing Lenstag to help keep your own gear safe—via the link below.