I’ve a few posts in draft at the moment, so in the meantime, here’s some cool happenings from around the web.
Karl Grobl has a great post on what it’s like to work for an NGO (non government organisation). In it he talks about his work shooting for Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. What I loved most is his honest approach to the work and that he even has time to reveal his thought process on the shots.
I’m in the middle of reading Matt Kloskowskis ‘Photoshop Compositing Secrets‘ book. It’s excellent and I’ll probably do a mini review.. it’s pointless doing a full one because the web is full of them already. I went for a kindle version, as Amazon was sold out. As part of the promotion, Kelby Training put on a webinar today, but it’ll be repeated again tomorrow and posted to the books pages. The first chapter is available to read online (via Kindle Sample), and this actually covers a huge amount of the basics for the tutorials. And get this: the download link for the tutorial files is in this free chapter, so you can follow along.
While I’m drinking the NAPP kool aid, I also want to mention they’ve a new iPad Magazine called Light It. First edition was free. As per most NAPP things, it’s hype, hype, hype, the whole way. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have the Scott’s marketing team behind me! Does the magazine hold up? Well actually, it does.. (bet you thought I was gonna say it didn’t!). The content level is definitely aimed at the beginner, with a nod of the head to the more intermediate photographer (I’m speaking from a lighting ability viewpoint). At this level the mag is well presented, with a good range of features…. and it’s free? Go get it, if you’ve an iPad.
FStoppers have really stuck to the video blog theme and I really love them for the stuff the do/find/promote. I’m a huge timelapse fan, and you can imagine how delighted I was to see them post Eric Kessler’s BTS video from Timefest 2011. Worth the 25 minute watch if you love cutting edge technology and timelapse.
Speaking of compositing earlier, I was shooting a burlesque dancer earlier today to use in an upcoming work. I was reminded of Brian Smiths interview/promo for X-Rite (and the ColorChecker Passport) on shooting burlesque. Worth a watch for the lighting and great characters in the BTS video. If you’re into Burlesque, I followed a tweet back to Burlesque Hall of Fame today and read a cool interview with the outgoing Queen of Burlesque Roxi Dlite there. It’s a little NSFW for some, but enjoyable to see burlesque from a top performers point of view.
Frank Doorhof is showing off some workshop images of Nadine. There’s more to it that that though. He’s also including tips on lighting smoke, controlling and using lens flare, dragging the shutter and mixing flash and ambient.. all in one post.
And a final link that harks back to timelapse. When doing static astro timelapses, you can cheat and create a star trail from the stills that make up the timelapse. Shutter Photo have a 3 part series on making star trails in this manner. Here’s the link to part one.