FS Review: Lensbaby Edge 80 and Sweet 35 Optics

Creative lenses have become a popular way to do things “in camera.” Sure, there are hundreds of options for numerous editing programs that can do creative effects in post, but there is something to be said about getting everything in camera as it’s happening, including tilt shift effects. Unfortunately for most of us, tilt shift lenses are just not in the budget. That’s where Lensbaby’s modular lens system comes into play.

Creative Portraits By Marcus Bitsch

More young people are getting into photography every single day. Luckly, not everyone with a phone and Instagram thinks they are photographers. Marcus Bitsch is one of those young kids who picked up a real camera and starting creating awesome images. From floating with bubble gum to being out in the middle of the ocean with nothing, he covers all sorts of locations in his current 365 project and he is doing very well with it.

Book: Quavondo's Photography Lighting Techniques with Images and Light Set-Ups

From lifestyle to celebrities, Quavondo is a photographer that has a wide range of talent. He has a great ability to shoot many genres and do exceedingly well at it. Even prior to meeting him, everyone who knew of him would ask him how he would light his subjects, no matter what he shot. It seemed so effortless in execution but very appealing as an end result. Recently, he released a book with these answers.

Learn How To Composite Like A Pro

I'm sure by now most of you have tried to attempt a composite. I know when I first started to piece them together I was left with what could only be described as a cheesy mess that should not even be called a photograph. There are so many intricate details that go into making a believable composite. Perspective, color matching, how good a selection you made,ect... all play a important role in having a finished product. After several failed attempts at composites I gave up. Then I came across this tutorial. It gave me hope that maybe I can make a believable composite.

The Brooklyn Drawing Board Project By Zach Hetrick

A few days ago I received an email from Zach stating that he had been following my work for some time and that he had attended Brooks institute of Photography in Ventura CA with my brother quite some time ago. He had this really cool idea for a photography project with visitors that came through his apartment. Those visitors included friends, family, random roommates friends. Literally anyone that came through his apartment he got to sit down and get a shot of them in front of a giant chalk board. It was a great idea and executed very well.

Amazing Wet Plate Photography By Mark Sink

Today I was introduced to the photographic works of Mark Sink. Mark utilizes wet plates for a lot of his work. Wet plate photography involves shooting onto a large plate of metal or glass and then immediately developing it after shooting it. I won't get into too technical of details about it, because to be 100% honest with you, I have never done it. With that being said, I love the way that wet plate photos often turn out. Invented over 150 years ago, it looks like wet plate beat Instagram to the punch. (That was a joke)

Images of Women Forced To Live As Men

Jill Peters' project, Sworn Virgins of Albania features women who chose to live their entire lives as males in order to avoid the oppressive laws of the Kanun. In the Balkans, women are considered to be property of their husbands, which means women basically are not allow to do anything freely. The freedom to drive, earn their own money, drink, smoke or even swear are all foreign concepts to them. As young girls, they are forced to get married to much much older men. To fight this, they only had one option - to live their lives as men.

Using Cameras to Make Custom Music Through Heart Rate: PULSE

This is a crazy concept that is truly amazing: Directed by Emmy-award winner Patrick Moreau of stillmotion, the docu-short PULSE profiles the making of the BioBeats app, a new technology that utilizes cameras to generate custom music based on a human heart rate. The subject of this short is awesome in itself, but it's also one of the first Short films to be done on the Canon C100. Let us know what you think!

An Email App To Be Excited About

How do you turn the mobile email inbox into a to-do list, but in a non-obtrusive way? Cloud to-do list company Orchestra today announced Mailbox, an email client for the iPhone it's been building for the last year which will launch soon — a beautifully designed messaging client meshed with a swipe-able productivity app. "Most everyone uses email on their phones, and most everyone hates it," Orchestra CEO Gentry Underwood says. "We feel like that's a big opportunity to make a small improvement in a lot of people's lives."

The Inspiring 8 Second Exposure Project

To have an eye for fine art requires a special kind of talent. Nicolas Ruel does a fantastic job of creating unique photographs that capture the essence of a city in his "8 Seconds" project. For all of his images within the project, he sets the camera to an 8 second exposure and changes perspective mid shot. This lets him capture a layering effect in a single shot.

Gigapixel Image Of Mt. Everest And The Khumbu Glacier

Created by David Breashears this past spring, this gigapixel image shows some incredible detail of the Everest and Khumbu areas. If you look in the lower center, you can see the sprawl of Everest base camp, with the Khumbu Glacier icefall curving from just above the basecamp up towards the mountains. Apart from being visually stunning, images like these could prove useful for expedition planning, given their immense detail. Via...

Fstoppers Rapid-Fire Interview With Fine Art Photographer And Surrealist Tara Minshull

Tara Minshull is a rather successful fine art photographer based in Los Angeles who specializes in conceptual and cinematic images, oftentimes utilizing mixed media to realize her vision. Tara was kind enough to give us some of her time for an interview, in which she discusses the merits of art school, her motivations and the constantly evolving themes of her work.

Incredible Faux Slow-Motion Parallax

When I watched this video this morning from London-based film production company Make Productions my mind was blown, my jaw dropped and I just kept thinking about all the detailed work that went into creating such an amazing parallax sequence - all of which was executed perfectly. Take 90-seconds today and be sure to check this out then read on below to find out more details about how it was created.