Archive for November, 2012
We are happy to announce that Top Model Release is now approved by iStockphoto in addition to Getty Images! IStockphoto is one of the top online, royalty free microstock photography providers. Their international user acceptance and wide variety of content make them an ideal source for TMR users. We are both humbled and excited to share their review!
“Top Model Release is a slick piece of iPhone software that has an iPad version on the way. It supports multiple languages and sync’s across devices over iCloud.”-iStockPhoto
Have you had a chance to check out Top Model Release? The app is available now in the iTunes App Store and includes the iPad update (which will be released shortly).
Whatever subject you shoot, choosing the right lighting is crucial. If you’re looking to improve your subject lighting, check out the cheat sheet above from Digital Camera World.
Your last shot, It can be an eerie yet interesting topic to think about. If there’s anything photographer Frieke Janssens has to say about it, your last shot will certainly be one of your best. In her new project appropriately tilted, “Your Last Shot“, Janssens takes the guess work out of choosing a photo for a loved one after they have passed. The project treats customers (who are alive and well) to a full hair, makeup and styling team to capture an image that will stay with them forever.
The goal of the photo shoot is to capture a timeless yet iconic image that will represent the customer. The project will only run for a limited duration of time and will set you back around $1060, but can you really put a price on something like this?
If you were to have your “Last Shot” taken at what age would you chose to be remembered?
Your shooting environment can offer up an endless supply of props that can enhance the narrative of your photo. In this image the Boston terrier was not apart of the original concept. In fact, he was graciously loaned to be by a man who happened to be walking by. Adding the additional character gave the story line depth and interest that may have not been otherwise achieved.
How do you incorporate props within your environment to tell a story?
As photographers, to say that our lives depend on our gear is an understatement. It is our livelihood the same way a scalpel is to a surgeon. Seeing that September was my busiest month of the year it would only make sense that my workhorse lens (Canon 70-200mm) would stop working (or focusing which is pretty much the same thing). I immediately called Canon. As I am “Gold” member, I knew that they surely would send me a loaner while my lens was in for repair. I was wrong. They would only send me a loaner if the repair took more than 3 days … which they wouldn’t even know until they received my lens and they had time to evaluate it. Crap. This was obviously not a solution in the midst of back-to-back jobs (why couldn’t this ever happen in say … January?). In a bit of a panic I had my assistant call all the lens rental houses in San Francisco – living close to a big city has its advantages! … Right? I mean, how hard could it be to find such a standard lens? Evidently, VERY difficult. Every rental house was out of stock for at least 2 weeks.
At this time I had to reach beyond my typical habits and think about alternatives. I had heard many good things about BorrowLenses but I assumed due to their popularity they would also be out of stock. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did they have the lens I needed, I got it the next day, in immaculate condition. After a few days, Canon sent me back my lens. It was still broken. And because they had shipped it (broken) to me within three days of receiving it, guess what? … Still no loaner lens. Canon’s solutions were obviously useless for my work. BorrowLenses, however, saved the day. They easily accommodated my needs and extended my rental on the fly. A Big Thank You to Jim Goldstein, Samantha Strauss and the rest of the BorrowLenses team. For the next (inevitable?) crisis, I’m happy to know there is a company I can depend on.