Master Portrait Photographer Marc Hauser has been a professional portrait photographer for more than 34 years and is a legend in the world of photography  Marc is renowned the world over for his work, which has literally stopped traffic – His portrait of Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, used for a Bigsby & Kruthers ad on a building overlooking Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway, caused traffic jams as drivers slowed to gawk at the larger-than-life Rodman. At age 14 he was an apprentice to renowned fashion photographer Stan Malinowski. As a teenager, Hauser produced hundreds of album covers in collaboration with Album [More]
Our good friend Marlene Hielema (DiscoverMirrorless.com and Imagemaven.com) recently ran into an issue with the custom white balance settings on her camera where the colors just seemed to fluctuate no matter what she did.  After a TON of research and finally conferring with a colleague who had a lot of experience shooting at the particular venue in which she was experiencing the difficulties in question, Marlene got to the root of the problem, and her experience can serve as a valuable lesson to us all. Here’s how Marlene tells the story… Let me set the stage Camera: Panasonic Lumix GH3 [More]
“If you’re not already using LEDs, you will be…”   MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett knows the importance of having a continuous light source for shooting Hybrid – and as more photo and video pros begin to combine their work into innovative new Hybrid eProducts, on thing is certain.  LED Lighting will become the must have tool of the new generation.   So if you’re looking to add an LED or two to your portrait lighting kit, you want to see the best way to get the best possible color from any LED, you’re thinking about shooting [More]
As the era of Hybrid Photography takes hold (and it IS taking hold…  faster than any of us expected at this point), the need for always on LED lighting solutions becomes more and more prevalent.  In the video above, Chris Niccolls and the CameraStore Crew and special guest Rob Caleffi take a hands on look at some of the newest LED offerings from Fiilex. TCS Reports… LEDs are quickly becoming an enormously popular way to light videos, but there are very few affordable, modifiable lights. The Fiilex P360 is an extremely versatile light, compatible with many light modifiers. To test [More]
As we move into Hybrid Photography, where traditional still photos are skillfully blended with video, audio and graphics, the importance of an always on lighting source becomes greater and greater.  After all, flash doesn’t really work very well when you’re shooting video.  The obvious option here is the new generation of LED lighting that is emerging from numerous companies, but not all LEDs are created equally. In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett talks about the ups and downs of today’s LED lights, and how to get the most out of them when you’re shooting [More]
Here’s a great (and cheap) DIY project that you can easily make at home and knock out in no time.  In the video above, Photographer Tiffany Angeles demonstrates how to make a dual purpose backdrop/reflector that you can use in your own home studio, or even when you’re on location.  The materials are inexpensive and you can find them at any Home Supplies Store.  These can also be used as backdrops for entertaining, such as behind cake tables, or make a great background for photo booths due their light weight and ability to easily pin various materials to the background. [More]
As we move away from traditional still photography and into the era of hybrid, the need for always on lighting solutions is becoming more and more important, and it’s looking more and more like LED lighting may be the best long term solution.  Small and Portable LED Light Panels can attach directly to your camera’s hot shoe adapter, they throw out brilliant light, they don’t run hot and they don’t eat up a lot of power.  But although their light is brilliant, it can also be a little harsh and it tends to focus in a small area. Innovation to [More]
In the video above, Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews shows you the basic concept behind the Rogue Flashbender, a great attachment that will help you add versatility to and enhance the performance of your flash units. Now ExpoImaging (the makers of the Rogue Flashbender) are upping their game by offering the all new Rogue Flashbender XL Pro Lighting Kit. What’s in the Kit? (via thePhoblographer)  This kit includes the new XL Pro FlashBender–which is larger than the previous large version. As it stands, we believe that the large reflector is one of the best upgrades for modern wedding photographers, but the [More]
Our favorite Hybrid Hero is back, and this time with Breaking News! MC Contributor and Photo-Video Innovator Will Crockett is the first guy in the country to get his hands on the new PRO Flash solutions made specifically for the new Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Panasonic Lumix G5 mirrorless camera systems by Quantum – a major player in wireless TTL Flash systems. The GH3 and the G5 are two of the best camera releases of the last 12 months, and the advent of these new flash systems mean that top level pro companies are now taking mirrorless cameras seriously. Will [More]
The Gang from theSlantedLens put together this cool DIY Green Screen for about $14 bucks (not including the mic stands) by using a piece of PVC Pipe, a couple of Microphone Stands and some fabric from your favorite fabric store. By using a Green Screen and Chroma Key, you can easily create eye popping effects in your videos (>>Click Here<< to learn more about chroma key). Materials Used… Green gabardine fabric (determine the size that you want your screen to be and buy accordingly.  It’s best to go to the fabric store to pick this out in person so that [More]
Can you really light an interview for $26 USD?  DIYPhotography posted a great video about how to set up 3 point interview lighting on the cheap (above).  While it’s not something you’d want to do for a professional job, it is a great option for someone who’s just starting out and working on a tight budget.  It will also give you the opportunity to learn how to stage your lighting for different circumstances. Here’s another video from SRLounge for even more inspiration. For a more Professional Option Check a great and inexpensive studio lighting kit from ePhoto Here
MC Contributor and Pro Photo/Video Stud Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) discusses the tools and methods he used on a recent shoot for a Chicago Cupcake Company that has caught the attention of Food Blogger Paula Thomas. Will writes:  I made friends with a very talented food blogger in Seattle who saw a small hybrid cupcake piece I made for a local baker. She, like most foodie bloggers, wants a speedy way to show the food for their posts. But when I read most blogs I always think of how much better the blogger can get their point across about the dining [More]
MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com) reports on the new Manfrotto Klyp for iPhone. Here’s what Giulio Says… Today, Manfrotto introduced the Klyp system for iPhone 4/4s. The Klyp is a case for iPhone 4/4s that allows you to mount a LED light and tripod to your phone. This looks to be a great option for those that use the iPhone for video calls and making web videos. Strange that there is no iPhone 5 version but I suspect that there will be one soon enough. The Manfrotto Klyp is available in several different configurations, with or without LED lights and [More]
Will Crockett previews a new hybrid LED video light from Manfrotto that can also be used as a flash.  Cool stuff for your mirrorless and M43 systems! Here are some of the latest LED offerings from Manfrotto: