Sunstars are a great way to fill an otherwise boring, cloudless blue sky with a feeling of drama and excitement. They are often a way to add a compositional element that helps draw a viewer into a scene. Technically, any light source can create a “sunstar” as long as it is a tiny point of light and the camera is set correctly. We often see the star effect in shots of buildings with their lights twinkling at dusk, or the moon in the night sky. Most commonly we see star patterns when the sun is setting on the horizon, but in this case we only see half of the sunstar because the other half is being blocked by the horizon.
Not too long ago there was an online discussion about what inspires people to create new images. For me, new things are what inspire me. It can be a new lens, a new accessory, or maybe just a new place to make photographs. Here are some new tools for your inspiration along with a few ways to make old things reinspire you.
Jill-e Designs is introducing an array of unique new carriers for camera gear, laptops and tablets, smartphones. These new offerings – crafted from rich leather, ballistic nylon, coated canvas and similar quality materials – feature the new Jill-e Designs branding and do an exceptional job meeting today’s requirements for performance, protection and stylish appeal.
It all began back in 1990 with a shareware program called Paint Shop. Debuting the same year as Adobe PhotoShop 1.0, comparison to that legendary product has been inescapable. Paint Shop, known as PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate in its current incarnation, has always been associated with three characteristics: extreme affordability, sufficient power for most photo enthusiasts, and Windows-only compatibility. PaintShop Pro has continued to evolve and improve, and today offers many significant enhancements, including the ability to run smoothly on Macs using a Windows emulation program.
America did not invent photography—that honor must go to the French—but US camera manufacturers can take credit for introducing simple ways of taking pictures and bringing photography to the masses. Along the way, many also came up with often strange and sometimes ugly designs.
Orlando’s newest lifestyle hotel – B Resort, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort is offering local artists and galleries the opportunity to showcase original works in its hotel, opening in early 2014 steps away from Downtown Disney® area. The resort is accepting submissions, now through March 15, from artists who wish to participate in this innovative program.
GamiLight has been in the business of making light-shaping accessories for small, dedicated flash units like the ones from Nikon, Canon, Metz, etc., and has recently broadened their lineup. I had heard about their products and thought I’d give them a try, so they responded by sending me just about every modifier they make. I received their Square 43 with the Soft Plus 43 adapter, the Box 60, the Spot 2, the Event Pro, and a few mounts. As we go through this review I’ll let you know what these are all about, but my tests were aimed at determining how effectively the units work, how well they are made, how convenient they prove out in the field, and, most importantly, whether I should consider buying them to solve some of my lighting issues.
Lester A. Dine invented the ringlight for making dental photos in 1952 but today people use them for all kinds of photography. A ringlight is a circular light source that surrounds the optical axis of a lens causing light to hit the subject from different angles, producing soft shadows in much the same manner as a light bank. When photographing people, the unique way that a ring flash renders light also produces a shadowy halo around the subject that’s much beloved by fashion photographers. I use a small ring flash to photograph butterflies, but if you want to photograph people, to paraphrase Jaws Chief Brody, “You’re gonna need a bigger light.”
Photographers who also love to travel are probably most prone to this collecting imperative. High on my list was Peru. For those who have traveled there, Machu Picchu was probably a primary destination. And why not? Machu Picchu is one of the few Incan sites to remain essentially intact following the 16th century Spanish conquest of the Kingdom of the Incas—for the simple reason that the invaders never found it.
OmegaBrandess is pleased to announce the arrival of six new Marshall's Photo Oil kits. Before the invention
of color film, artists used paint on black & white photos to make them
appear more realistic. These 6 new kits feature an assortment of colors
in either 1/2'' x 2'' or 3/4'' x 4'' tubes of Photo Oils. Colors may
Vary. No-scratch cotton balls & skewers are included with each kit.
Large areas are best colored with wads of cotton, while details are
colored with cotton-wrapped skewers or cotton-wrapped toothpicks. Your
photographs will be dry in 2 to 3 days depending on the thickness of
your application.The kits include a Basic Six Pack, Bold & Beautiful,
Get Your Groove On, Eight is Enough, Perfect 10, and Delirious Dozen.