Doggie photoshoot

27 02 2011

Recently Fred Conrad, a photographer with the New York Times, attended the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show.

That’s nothing new, photographers get sent to dog shows all the time.

What makes this photo assignment different is that Conrad photographed every breed at the show. That’s impressive, given the fact that he had limited gear. A ring light, white background and a soft box all helped Conrad capture the dogs looking their best so you can see them here at their online gallery.


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Photographs of loved ones help ease the pain

26 02 2011

Scientists at Stanford University have discovered that pictures of loved ones have the ability to ease pain.

The subjects were exposed to varying levels of heat pain while focusing on a photograph of their partner during an MRI scan.

The results show that emotional attachment is directly related to soothing pain and that an image of a partner provides a calming effect in the pain processing area of the brain. An effect that is similar to paracetamol or cocaine. On average pain was lessened by 36 to 44 percent, with intense discomfort being reduced by up to 13 percent.

(via Petapixel)


Shooting a 300 foot redwood

26 02 2011

How would you photograph one of the world’s tallest trees? That was a question posed to National Geographic photographer, Michael Nichols. Who was tasked with photographing the mammoth tree. Using three Canon 1Ds Mark II, a few pocketwizards, a dolly used for cinema work and three 35mm f/1.4 lenses Nichols set to work photographing the tree. Each full image of the tree took over one hour to produce and Nichols and his team had spent 18 days photographing the redwood.
The picture was published in September 2009 and it became one of the most popular issues. In the video Nichols talks about the process he used to photograph the tree, and obstacles he overcame to produce such a breathtaking image.

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Shooting the EA Sports: FIFA ad

25 02 2011

Photographer Monte Isom was recently commissioned to photograph the ad campaign for EA Sports: FIFA 2010. To give you an idea of what went on during the shoot Isom kindly provided a behind the scenes video. The video is amazing. It’s great to see someone who truly enjoys their job having fun and making great pictures in the process.

Monte Isom EA Sports FIFA World Cup 2010 behind the scenes advertising photo shoot from monte isom on Vimeo.

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Thinking about buying an Olympus DSLR?

25 02 2011

Fotopolis recently interviewed Toshiyuki Terada, product manager of SLR Olympus planning department, and he said that Olympus has no intentions to replace the entry level DSLR, E-620.

Olympus plans to replace the E-620 with a line of high performance PENs

Instead Olympus entry level DSLRs will be replaced with a high end version of their PEN camera. With the rumored EP-3 due out by the end of the year, the future for the E-620 is looking rather bleak.

(via Photorumors)