Sigma Wants Your Help

Well this is a nice change. It's a photo contest in which you can participate, not just by entering, but by being a judge as well. Sigma announced its scholarship contest for student photographers last fall, and now it's asking the public to vote in order to determine winners. Nice! Rather than some anonymous/ambiguous/unknown panel determining the winners, the public gets to vote, American Idol style. I say that's great. Head over to Sigma's web site to vote for your favorite photograph until the end of March. 

http://scholarship.sigmaphoto.com/view-submissions.asp
DPMag
Well this is a nice change. It's a photo contest in which you can participate, not just by entering, but by being a judge as well. Sigma announced its scholarship contest for student photographers last fall, and now it's asking the public to vote in order to determine winners. Nice!…

Your Dream Studio Setup

Oh good. Just when I was feeling perfectly adequate I had to go and watch this video. It ruined my day. Why? Because it's a video of microstock king Yuri Arcurs providing a tour of his new studio, with a breakdown of the extensive inventory of top-of-the-line lighting gear. And it makes me and my studio and my gear look like a rank amateur. When you're watching it and tabulating in your head all of the tremendous expense involved with this purchase, remember that Yuri made his mark in Microstock. That means he earned this impressive studio a few dollars at a time. That’s quite an achievement and certainly quite a studio.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2011/02/oh-look-yuri-is-doing-studio-conversion.html
DPMag
Oh good. Just when I was feeling perfectly adequate I had to go and watch this video. It ruined my day. Why? Because it's a video of microstock king Yuri Arcurs providing a tour of his new studio, with a breakdown of the extensive inventory of top-of-the-line lighting gear. And…

The Superbowl Of Sports Photography

The Superbowl isn't just the pinnacle event on the American sports calendar, it's also the time when sports photographers showcase their ìA gameî as well. In other words, the Superbowl is more than just a football game—it’s also the Superbowl of Sports Photography. No publication is more synonymous with top-notch sports photography than Sports Illustrated, and they've put together this great video highlighting the amazing work their photographers did at this year's Superbowl. With behind-the-scenes shots, interviews and a slideshow of world-class images, this video is a must-watch for anyone interested in athletic image making. 

http://pdnpulse.com/2011/02/pdn-video-pick-sports-illustrated-photographs-the-super-bowl.html
DPMag
The Superbowl isn't just the pinnacle event on the American sports calendar, it's also the time when sports photographers showcase their ìA gameî as well. In other words, the Superbowl is more than just a football game—it’s also the Superbowl of Sports Photography. No publication is more synonymous with top-notch…

Edible Gels

Now this is something I actually want to add to my gear bag. Tired of using those same bland, flavorless gels to color the light coming from your hot-shoe flash? Well try these new edible gels from General Mills. They're not sold in camera stores, though—you have to get them in the grocery store. They're called Fruit Roll-Ups, and while they've long been a popular snack, a desperate photographer recently found out they can also be used as flash gels. Talk about a tasty alternative. Read all about it at the Strobist blog. 

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2011/02/compared-to-these-rosco-gels-taste-like.html
DPMag
Now this is something I actually want to add to my gear bag. Tired of using those same bland, flavorless gels to color the light coming from your hot-shoe flash? Well try these new edible gels from General Mills. They're not sold in camera stores, though—you have to get them…

Understanding Flash Sync And Shutter Curtains

Cameras work in mysterious ways. That's even more true in the digital era, but the simple mechanics of a shutter are about as astounding to me as the workings of a fine watch or NASA’s ability to put a man on the moon. Once you get beyond the basics I'm not much of a mechanical engineer. That's why this video post from DIY Photography is especially appealing. It explains in easy to understand terms how a camera's shutter curtain works, and how a flash synchronizes with the shutter. I’m particularly fond of the shower curtain analogy: close from one side, then open from another. That's kind of the same way a shutter curtain, actually a pair of curtains, works. The video is sure to help many photographers figure out how their SLRs functions—and that almost always leads to better pictures. Why? Because with an understanding of how a camera works, we can make better technical choices to achieve the specific camera and lighting effects we're after. And we're more apt not to mess up shutter sync when working with a flash.  

http://www.diyphotography.net/understanding-flash-sync-shutter-curtains-and-high-speed-sync
DPMag
Cameras work in mysterious ways. That's even more true in the digital era, but the simple mechanics of a shutter are about as astounding to me as the workings of a fine watch or NASA’s ability to put a man on the moon. Once you get beyond the basics I'm…

Antique Expedition Images In Color

Now this is something I actually want to add to my gear bag. Tired of using those same bland, flavorless gels to color the light coming from your hot-shoe flash? Well try these new edible gels from General Mills. They're not sold in camera stores, though—you have to get them in the grocery store. They're called Fruit Roll-Ups, and while they've long been a popular snack, a desperate photographer recently found out they can also be used as flash gels. Talk about a tasty alternative. Read all about it at the Strobist blog. 

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2011/02/compared-to-these-rosco-gels-taste-like.html
DPMag
Now this is something I actually want to add to my gear bag. Tired of using those same bland, flavorless gels to color the light coming from your hot-shoe flash? Well try these new edible gels from General Mills. They're not sold in camera stores, though—you have to get them…
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