It’s all in the lighting, baby!

In this blog entry I’ll take you through and compare various lighting techniques of Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Ecclesine, Jill Greenberg, Dave Hill and Martin Schoeller. Strap on your seatbelts boys and girls, it’s gonna be a long but thrilling ride. So without further ado, let’s dive right in shall we?

Map Photo Assistant breaks down a bunch of lighting styles with diagrams and examples. Good stuff.

David Hockney: Photoshop is boring

David Hockney: Photoshop is boring from Louisiana Channel on Vimeo.

Interesting interview with David Hockney. Magazine photography is boring, I agree. But I don't blame the tools, I blame the culture surrounding commercial photography. No one is allowed a singular vision. Everyone has a opinion on how the images should look so you get a bland, watery mix where no one vision stands out. A select few can can tell the AD, producer, writer and designer to jump in a lake, shut the fuck and leave it alone. But most are just happy to have a pay day and sit back.

That's why many, many, many years ago I went into the darkroom and did not want to shoot photos for money. That is my two cents anyways, LOL!

Hipsters stunned as vintage cameras fail to make them professional photographers

The international hipster community is in shock this week after the purchase of a vintage Polaroid camera by a young hipster failed to bring him instant acclaim as a gritty, original, yet quirky photographer. Meanwhile, the non-profit Hipster Photographer Rescue has  revealed that “this kind of tragic occurrence is happening so often now that it’s almost become mainstream”. Leaning against the exposed brickwork in his loft-slash-studio, 28-year-old ‘creative’ and part-time barista, Zak Retrough, said that he is “like, shocked?” that his totally deck photographs of his friends looking moody next to some kitchen appliances from the 70′s have continued to be ignored by independent art galleries.

Sony RX100 review

The summary judgement for me is that the new Sony RX100 is hands-down the most appealing pocket-sized digital camera yet. Capable of producing DSLR grade images, it's hard to find much to fault with this small pocket wonder. While it is too pricey for many, given that it will almost certainly be a second or even third camera, for demanding quality-conscious photographers looking to own an always-along camera able to produce pro-quality results, the RX100 is not just hard, but for the moment almost impossible to beat.

Wow, glowing review on this pocket cam. May have to upgrade my fuji x100 to this...hmm....

Vogue Bans Too-Skinny Models From Its Pages

"Vogue magazine, perhaps the world's top arbiter of style, is making a statement about its own models: Too young and too thin is no longer in. The 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world made a pact to project the image of healthy models, according to a Conde Nast International announcement Thursday.

They agreed to "not knowingly work with models under the age of 16 or who appear to have an eating disorder," and said they will ask casting directors to check IDs at photo shoots and fashion shows and for ad campaigns."

Hawaii 2012

I'll start to post some photos from our recent Hawaii trip here over the next few weeks as I get them processed out.  Once I get them all done I'll have a gallery then to get them all into one place.

Here is a hand held pano shot with the Fuji x100.  I shot exclusively with that camera on this trip and it and was a treat.  I have not had this much fun shooting since I was in college.  To remove all the headache of DSLR's and just focus on the image is a really freeing thing for me.  Looking forward to shooting more with this camera moving forward.