Ken Van Sickle on what makes a photographer

With everyone having a camera there are just that many more bad pictures out in the world. Ken puts together some great thoughts on what its like to be a photographer in a world where everyone has a camera.



Simple lighting setups to help with your portraits

Ever wonder how those looks were achieved and wanted to do them for yourself. Well the people over at Digital Camera World came out with the diagram below showing some great setups for your next portrait session.


How and why to use a polarizing filter

Ever wonder what a polarizing filter was for or have used one, but had no clue what it was really doing. I didn’t really understand a polarizing filter or how many functions it really had. Short video gives you a few different uses for one.

Research hyperlapse sending love to Paris

Researching some hyperlapse techniques and landed on this pretty video of Paris.

Here is a good tutorial I found to make some quick and easy hyperlapse videos without too much equipment and super non intrusive approach. All of this is for an up coming project where I need to create some fast movements around a city in order the capture a few key aspects of it and give something for the viewer to feast on.

Fun 360 music video put on the VR goggles or use your mouse

Fun way to shoot a music video that was probably shot with the gopro 360 rig. So much to look at and absorb, but also reminds me of those cheesy VR things or point and shoot games from the 90s. Either way it is becoming easier to produce cool content for VR and make massive encapsulated worlds.

Applying the theories of classical art to photography

In my free time I love attending galleries of all sorts and observing the different styles that various artists have created. We also through a pop up art auction locally to celebrate local artists and there innovations. Every artist will give you incite in either what to do or not to do. Its a long video, but has a lot information that could help shape the next images you create.

Breakfast with Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan gives us a look into how he made his film Following. It is nice to hear that he came from working in commercials and interview videos which kind of paved the way for him into creating his feature every weekend piece by piece. Following is a mind bending movie with twists and turns and wonderful camera work. He explains about his use of budget and using minimal gear to create each scene. The following was shot with Natural light majority of the time and with prime lenses for the most part. Through the process of doing his weekly work he was able to get skills such as setting up a scene and shooting quickly to get everything you need to move on to the next element something most of us could relate to as run and gun makers.

Is This Art Photography Any Good?

Is This Art Photography Any Good? – Take it or Leave it with Bruce Gilden

If you like someone critiquing other people’s work you will definitely like this. Bruce Gilden presents some great points and give lots of his own incites from over the years as a renowned street photographer.

We watch and read about so much technique and gear that it has become mundane with little value. It is so refreshing to have a quality incite through another person that has experience to back his work.

Camera technology then and now with Jean-Claude Van Damme

As you can see not a lot of the technology has really changed other than it becoming more affordable and smaller. Maybe we do things a little differently, but still most of the tech that they used to shoot that is pretty much the same. Either way it is always great to see Jean-Claude with a Jerry curl.

With the invention of quadcopters and arduino type systems as well as the DIY revolution we have seen a massive increase in smaller, smarter, faster technology that is allowing us to create more and think less about the technicalities of how to create something instead we can concentrate on what to create. Still we are left the dilemma of too much technology to feed our needs.

We are now able to go places that were deemed impossible or too expensive. Shoot things that were said to be too dark or not lite well enough. Things that film could never capture, but also we lose some of the wonder delight that those true and tried methods had brought.

Taking away the mechanical and replacing it with the digital none tactile environments. I believe there is still a feeling towards what you do and how you create it. You could say that it is sort of a gut feeling. How to crop an image, where to place the camera how the far the lens is from the subject. Even with all of the correct text book technical specifications your image can feel wrong, out of place or just doesn’t work.

Humanity hasn’t created technology yet that can replace that feeling instead it still dependent on people to fill that gap.