Meet Max Schwartz, a Brooklyn-based lifestyle photographer who has set up a side project that specializes in spicing up your Tinder profile. It’s called Tinder Headshots and its goal is “to help you get the most out of Tinder by taking photos of you that show your true self, or a slightly better looking version.”
Focus stacking is a fairly common technique used in the world of macro photography, but the process of focus stacking isn’t always a straightforward one. Sure, certain programs can automatically achieve a result for you, but when you’re looking for much more control, getting it done by other means is sometimes a necessity.
In the video above, Adobe’s Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows you an effective way to stack focus using a feature that’s been baked into Adobe Bridge and Photoshop since CS4.
Author’s note: The below video contains no explicit nudity, but may still be considered NSFW by some — proceed with caution.
If you’re looking to spice up your portraiture a bit, Smoking Strobes has a neat little trick that you should try out if you don’t already have it in your repertoire. It’s done using speedlights, although probably not in the way you normally use them.
Rather than the speedlight being on-camera or triggered through a set of wireless triggers, this method of lighting a subject is done by ‘flash painting’ one pop of the flash at a time. Read more…
We’ve shared some pretty awesome DIY cameras with you in the past, and today we’ve run across one of the most impressive to date.
A 6×17 panorama film camera, it was hand-built out of wood and 18-gauge steel by Instructables user mattthegamer463. And you’re welcome to build one yourself or just stare wide-eyed at his. Read more…
COOPH, The Cooperative of Photography, is back in the photo tip game again, this time showing us 7 smartphone photography tips you’ll want to be writing down if you ever shoot with the computer in your pocket.
From unique panorama uses to a clever way to easily take partially underwater photos, these tips are quick, easy and will certainly add a little variety to your Instagram arsenal. Read more…
15 Hard Core Lighting Setups to Have You Light Like a Ninja —DIY Photography
If you are struggling with your lighting sometimes it is a good idea to drop your camera for a while (ok, not drop, gently put aside) and get some inspiration from photographers who excel at lighting. Japan based photographer Ilko Allexandroff has a strong lighting style and he was kind enough to share 15 of his lighting setups with us.
Here is a photograph of a Sydney funnel-web spider, Atrax robustus.
I won’t explain the biology of this delightful animal here – you may read about it at Wikipedia in greater arachnological detail. Instead, I want to show the process by which I arrived at this composition. Most photographs involve some combination of creativity and constraint, and this one was no different. Read more…
Facebook may not be your main photo storage solution (at least we hope it’s not), but knowing how to download a backup of all the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to and shared through the service is still a useful skill to keep tucked away in your Internet toolbox.
Fortunately, the social network actually has a very straightforward, secure and simple system in place so you can download a backup of all your photos, videos, messages and posts in just a few simple steps. Read more…
In the above behind the scenes, notable photographer Zack Arias takes us behind the scenes for a first-hand perspective of how a photo shoot goes down for him, from beginning to end.