‘The Google Glass Photographer’ Parody Video Shows Just How Ridiculous Serious Photography Can Be With Google Glass

The Google Glass Photographer

What would it be like if you took Google Glass on a serious photography outing?

Macro shots? Timelapse? Weddings? Fashion?

We get answers these questions in the new parody video, ‘The Google Glass Photographer”. Check out this comical take on Google Glass below.

Lighting Bill Gates and Bono for Time – BTS with Greg Heisler

Time Cover - Bono Gates

Check out the below BTS video for Profoto Master Series with Greg Heisler as he talks his way through the his approach to shooting Bill & Melinda Gates and Bono for the cover of Time’s Person of the Year cover for 2005.

Lots of good pre-production thoughts and then curve ball adjustments once people started arriving on his set. [Read more...]

Lastolite Urban Backgrounds for Portraits

One of the very cool accessories that I saw at PhotoPlus 2012 were these urban backgrounds from Lastolite. These things fold up small and pop up into a large 5×7 background. Although the material is some sort of fabric the designs on them look absolutely real on camera.

You can get some sense of the effect in the video above; however, for a taste of how amazing these look with proper lighting, check out these samples from Frank Doorhoff.

They should be available soon. Keep watching here at B&H Photo.

The HDRI Handbook 2.0 – New Book

The HDRI Handbook 2.0 is a new book from Christian Bloch that updates the original HDRI Handbook from 2007. It is a 672 beast of a book covering all things HDR.

“It has been completely rewritten and is packed with practical hints and tips, background knowledge, reference tools, breathtaking artist portfolios, and inspiring interviews. The book includes dozens of new step-by-step tutorials, which are easy to follow with the material provided on the DVD. Beginners will get a methodically solid introduction and advanced readers will be able to refine their technique to perfection.”

The HDRI Handbook 2.0 retails for $59.95; however, it is currently available for $31.62 on Amazon.com.

2012 Camera & Photo Gear Gift Guide

Best Digital Cameras & Holiday Shopping & Gift Guide 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of Photography Bay’s Photo Gear Holiday Gift Guide.

This guide is set up in categories that describe the general type of cameras – be it a price range or general features.  You can scan the headings until you find the right category for you and your special photographer.

In the category summaries below, I have identified the cameras and accessories that I feel are the best buys and best equipment based on my opinion of those products within the specified category. [Read more...]

The Photograph, 2nd Edition – New Book

The Photograph, 2nd Edition

The Photograph, 2nd Edition is a new book from photographer Harald Mante.

“The Photograph: Composition and Color Design, 2nd Edition is a unique book geared toward intermediate to advanced creative photographers who want to push their images in new directions. Also, anyone practicing, studying, criticizing, or administering in the visual arts are sure to find this book an invaluable resource.”

The Photograph, 2nd Edition retails for $49.95; however, it is currently available for $26.34 on Amazon.com.

Great Photos – Simple Cameras – New Book

Great Photos - Simple Cameras

Great Photos – Simple Cameras is a new book from self-taught photographer Bernd Daub.

“This book teaches us how to focus our attention on the motivation behind our chosen image and develop a strong image impact without the need for high-tech equipment and flawless exposures.

Learn about a variety of reasonably priced, low-tech cameras-such as the Holga, Diana, and Blackbird-as well as single-use cameras, the good old Agfa-Box, and the pinhole camera.”

Great Photos – Simple Cameras retails for $34.95; however, it is currently available for $24.15 on Amazon.com.  It is also available in a Kindle edition for $9.99.

Extraordinary Everyday Photography – New Book

Extraordinary Everyday Photography

Extraordinary Everyday Photography is a new book from photographer Brenda Tharp.

Extraordinary Everyday Photography will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are, be it a downtown street, a local park, or your own front lawn. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage amateur photographers to slow down, open their eyes, and respond to what they see to create compelling images that aren’t overworked.”

Extraordinary Everyday Photography retails for $25.99; however, it is currently available for $17.15 from Amazon.com.  It is also available in a Kindle edition for $16.99.