Photography

DNP Professional Dye-Sub Photo Printers and Media

While the name “DNP” may not ring familiar to you when thinking photo printers, the name “Sony” most certainly does. When Sony decided to spin off its popular dye-sublimation printer business, DNP Photo Imaging America took the ball, changed its name, and ran with it.

A Portrait Safari in Downtown Manhattan with 'Lighten Up and Shoot' and the B&H Event Space

Shooting portraits can be a challenge—but the kind folks over at LightenUpandShoot and the B&H Event Space teamed up to try to help attendees of a recent Photo Safari. Starting in the West Village of New York City on a bright sunny day, the safari visited some hot locations such as Washington Square Park, Cooper Union, and Thompson Square Park. So just how did this event help to make people better portrait shooters?


Real-World Review: The Hasselblad H4D-40

What would you shoot if you were loaned a Hasselblad H4D-40? Recently, I had the opportunity to shoot with one. Having been a medium format film shooter back in college, using this camera seemed almost like I was coming back home. To see just what it could do, I put it to the test in a natural-light studio, against a medium format film camera.





Hands-On Review of the Fujifilm FinePix X100

The buildup leading to the Fujifilm FinePix X100’s debut was the antithesis of the whispered prequels  leading up to new product announcements from Apple. 

130 Year Old Tintype Sells for $2.3 Million

This tintype photo of Billy the Kid, created around 1880, was just sold for $2.3 million in June 2011. Was it because the picture was taken by a famous photographer? Maybe the famous Civil War photographer Mathew Brady? No, this tintype photo sold for $2.3 million because of the cult of personality of one of the most famous Wild West outlaws of all time. Plus, this tintype is the only surviving photograph of Billy the Kid. The combination of the rarity and the cult of personality compound each other to create a photo of exceptional worth.

Two questions occur to me. What is a tintype photo? And why is Billy the Kid so famous?




BlackRapid Strap Contest Featured Photos: One Week Left to Win!

Have you entered our contest to win a BlackRapid R Strap? If you have, we've got good news: this blog post will feature some of the selections in the running for the contest so far.

Interested in winning a BlackRapid RS-5? Check out the details and contest rules here to learn how you can be one of three winners. You've got one week left (August 1st) to enter.

A Glossary of Digital Photography Terms

Sometimes, the phrases, acronyms and strings of numbers or number-letter combinations used to identify photographic hardware or techniques can be daunting to the uninitiated neophyte photographer. We've prepared a list of the basic terms. Have we left any out that you think should be added? Please let us know!

The Way We Work

In the classroom, I encourage my students to become familiar with the way they work. Understanding our working methods and process makes it easier to navigate the ups and downs of that process. For instance, under what conditions do you work best? Do you work on multiple projects at once, or do you complete one at a time? When are you most motivated? When are you least motivated or inspired? How do you deal with hitting walls or roadblocks? Do you like to experiment, or do you prefer full control? Recognizing these repeating conditions—and how we react to them—makes us more efficient and adept at maneuvering the creative working process.

Headshot by Athena Photography.

Win Tickets to The WPPI Road Trip!

Want to win tickets to the WPPI Road Trip? Well you're in luck! We're giving away 8 tickets to different cities! Each ticket is a $159.00 value and covers full classes on lighting, marketing, shooting, post-production, lunch, mini Trade Show and more. 

All that can be yours with just a couple of clicks of your mouse. All you have to do is:

- Choose a wedding or portrait photo of your own creation to tweet at @BHPhotoVideo and @RFWPPI in the same tweet.

- Choose from Long Beach, San Jose, Columbus, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Austin, or New Orleans in the city area of the tweet.

- Make your tweet look like the following:

Hey @bhphotovideo, send me to @RFWPPI City (insert link here) #FREEWPPI

We'll pick one winner from each city at random and announce them on Wednesday July 27th 2011 at 5PM EST. Winners will be announced on our Twitter account and our Facebook page. One entry per city please!

Good luck and we're eager to see your photos.


Pieces of the Puzzle: Mise-En-Scene in Photography

Back in college, I learned a term in cinematography class: Mise-en-scene. To sum it up in short, Mise-en-Scene is everything that goes in front of the camera (or affects it) in that particular scene. It has to do with various elements such as the lighting, costumes, backgrounds, foregrounds, positioning, props, etc. Then it hit me: If film crews put so much effort into storyboarding to make sure that everything is perfect, why don't most photographers apply that same careful effort to photography?

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