Posts tagged Photography

Getty Images wants you!

I had an interesting Twitter conversation with someone I just met from Brazil yesterday (I still find that so cool) and I learned about Getty Image’s Flickr collection

Getty Images, if you don’t know, is one of the largest stock photography companies in the world, and many of the photos you see in newspapers and magazines come from their archives.

They’re asking people to send in Flickr collections of their photos for consideration into Getty’s archive, and if the photos are accepted and then sold as stock pictures, the submitters are paid (ching! ching!). I thought this was an innovative way of leveraging the millions of online photographers around the world - it’s like someone at Getty just finished reading  Wikinomics :)

So, if you’re interested in submitting your Flickr pics, becoming famous and getting paid, here’s the howto. Good luck!

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International Convention 2010 in Vegas

Last year I attended the annual WPPI convention in Las Vegas and thought it was an awesome experience. There were a lot of great lectures, tutorials and contacts I made during the event. You also get a lot of free stuff :) So I definitely recommend it for any photographers looking to learn something new or be inspired.

The next one coming up is in March 4-11, 2010. The trade show is free I believe so even if you’re just in the area, its worth stopping by and taking a look.

Click here for the 2010 convention website and here for the list speakers.

 

WPPI 2010

(c) WPPI

Nikon announces the iPhone ‘Learn & Explore’ app

Nikon has announced an interesting new app called ‘Learn and Explore’ for the iPhone which allows users to access the educational and editorial content found on NikonUSA.com. Now I’m not sure how many people surf through NikonUSA.com on a regular basis, but there is some exclusive content which makes this app sound worthwhile.

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How to photograph subjects with a blurred background

This is our first 2 minute video tutorial in an ongoing weekly series.

This tutorial describes how to photograph a subject with an SLR camera and get a blurred background in 3 steps so that the model really pops out of the picture. Though the quality of the ‘bokeh’ (blurred part) does depend on the lens, this tutorial gives you the basic steps you need to start shooting some great portraits.

It was filmed on the beautiful University of Toronto campus with the help of our friend Elaine (thanks Elaine!).

Sony Alpha A850 (24.6MP) – the cheapest full frame DSLR on the market

The recently released Sony Alpha A850 is making waves in the DSLR market. With the full-frame 24.6 MP Exmor CMOS sensor (same as the flagship A900), in-camera image stabilization, and professional level auto-focus and metering, the camera offers a lot for its US $2000 price tag. Is it enough to make a dent in the prosumer market dominated by Nikon and Canon?

 

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Sony Alpha A850 (c) Sony

 

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PDN Wedding Photography Contest 2009

Top Knots is holding a wedding photography contest with a deadline of December 1st 2009, some great prizes, and the chance to be exposed in PDN magazine.

Last year’s winners were stunners and I expect the competition will be tough this time around too, but the rewards are worth it. Read on for the details!

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The Best Nikon Lens Combo for Street Photography

Street photography is one of the most popular photography styles that attracts people to the field. It’s also one of the hardest arts to master, not only because of the technical difficulties in finding interesting compositions and being able to handle the camera on the fly, but also because many people are intimidated by shooting photographs of strangers on the street. This is why small, compact lenses are ideal for this type of photography, in fact many street photographers use smaller more inconspicuous cameras as well so as not to bring attention to themselves in public, allowing them to shoot intimate moments they would otherwise have disturbed.

What are my favourite Nikon lenses for DSLR street, portrait and photography in general?  The 2 below, read the post to see the sample galleries and to find out why.

 

20mm F2.8 and 35mm F2

20mm F2.8 and 35mm F2

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