My Most Used Lens In My Camera Bag

My Most Used Lens In My Camera Bag When it comes to shooting portraits, photographers almost always reach for an 85mm lens or even the 70 - 200 mm lens. As great as these two lenses are for portraits, they often fall short when trying to capture an environmental style photograph. In this video, I'm going to show you the most widely used lens in my camera bag and how shooting wide angle can sometimes create a better photograph than shooting telephoto. [ Read More ]

We Pirated Our Own Video and This Is What Happened

We Pirated Our Own Video and This Is What Happened Piracy is a major issue among all types of creatives. Regardless of if you make handbags, design websites, create beautiful paintings, produce movies, or craft amazing photographs, at some point or another, someone is going to steal and rip off your work. Recently, we decided to run a social experiment; we actually pirated one of our own tutorials and put it online for free before it was even released to the public. What happened next was pretty interesting. [ Read More ]

Cruise to the Bahamas With Concert Photographer David Bergman

Cruise to the Bahamas With Concert Photographer David Bergman Concert photography is probably one of the most appealing genres to shoot for any photographer. When I first picked up a camera, the only thing I wanted to photograph was my favorite bands as they played live. Our good friend and Canon Explorer of Light ambassador David Bergman is launching a pretty unique live workshop called Shoot From the Pit that will not only let you work side by side with David himself but also shoot a variety of artists as they perform live. [ Read More ]

What We Discovered by Posting 30 Videos to YouTube in 30 Days

What We Discovered by Posting 30 Videos to YouTube in 30 Days For our New Year's Resolution, Lee and I decided to attempt to post 30 new videos to our YouTube channel throughout the entire month of January. We were not only curious if we could find the drive and motivation to complete such a feat, but we also were curious what sort of traffic, advertising income, and excitement it would bring to Fstoppers.com. Here is what we found out. [ Read More ]

All the Crazy Things to Do in Dubai: ‘Photographing the World’ BTS

All the Crazy Things to Do in Dubai: ‘Photographing the World’ BTS We are now up to episode 10 in our behind-the-scenes adventures with Elia Locardi. After photographing some of the most beautiful locations in Italy, it was time to travel from Europe to the Middle East. For the next part of “Photographing the World,” we wanted to capture images of one of the most modern cities in the world: Dubai. As you will see in this episode, Dubai has some of the most ridiculous yet awesome activities out in the desert. [ Read More ]

All the Crazy Things to Do in Dubai: ‘Photographing the World’ BTS

All the Crazy Things to Do in Dubai: ‘Photographing the World’ BTS We are now up to episode 10 in our behind-the-scenes adventures with Elia Locardi. After photographing some of the most beautiful locations in Italy, it was time to travel from Europe to the Middle East. For the next part of “Photographing the World,” we wanted to capture images of one of the most modern cities in the world: Dubai. As you will see in this episode, Dubai has some of the most ridiculous yet awesome activities out in the desert. [ Read More ]

Can You Tell The Difference Between $10,000 and $425 Photography Lighting?

Can You Tell The Difference Between $10,000 and $425 Photography Lighting? The lust for better photo gear is something every photographer struggles with. In our photography industry, many people swear by the quality of light of this brand verses that brand, but in the end isn't light just light? In this video I create a classic beauty lighting setup with $10,000 worth of lighting equipment and then replicate that same setup with only $425 worth of lighting equipment. Will they look the same? This is the Rich Photographer vs Poor Photographer lighting test. [ Read More ]

Is the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Lens Better Than the f/1.4 Lens?

Is the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor Lens Better Than the f/1.4 Lens? If there is one thing photographers are obsessed with it is lens bokeh. Even if you shoot landscapes or interiors at f/22, your mouth will surely drop the second someone pulls out a fast f/1.2 lens from their bag. One of the most sought after ultra-fast primes in the Nikon lineup is their manual focus 50mm f/1.2 lens. Can this 35-year-old design compete or even beat Nikon's newest 50mm f/1.4 lens in a studio setting? Today we find out. [ Read More ]

Monte Isom Shares How Copyrighting Your Photos Can Make You Thousands of Dollars Per Infringement

Monte Isom Shares How Copyrighting Your Photos Can Make You Thousands of Dollars Per Infringement One of the most frustrating things a photographer has to deal with in today's market is having their work stolen or used for free. If you post images online, the chances of your work being used without your permission isn't just likely, but inevitable. How then can you as a photographer protect your images while at the same time publishing your work so you can promote your brand? In this free excerpt from our Making Real Money tutorial, Monte Isom shares the exact steps you need to take to both protect your work and recover damages caused by illegal Continue reading "Monte Isom Shares How Copyrighting Your Photos Can Make You Thousands of Dollars Per Infringement"

PTW Episode 8: Lee Crashes Mavic Drone Into Italian Mountain

PTW Episode 8: Lee Crashes Mavic Drone Into Italian Mountain In today's behind-the-scenes episode of “Photographing the World,” Elia and the Fstoppers team continue to photograph the ancient city of Matera, Italy. Lee gets abducted by an old man, Elia scouts the city for the best camera location, and I walk for hours in search of food. After a successful production day, we then face one of the most disastrous moments in all of our “Photographing the World” journeys. [ Read More ]

This Simple Battery Charging Station Will Save You Hours of Prep Time

This Simple Battery Charging Station Will Save You Hours of Prep Time One of the most important underlying themes in being a successful photographer is streamlining your workflow. That may be in how to edit photos quickly, how to organize video files, how to quickly produce invoices, or any number of tasks that you have to perform over and over again. One aspect of my business where I found myself wasting a lot of time was in my battery charging. In today's video, I'm going to outline how Fstoppers created our battery charging station and how you too can make your life a lot easier as you prepare for the next day's Continue reading "This Simple Battery Charging Station Will Save You Hours of Prep Time"

The Charleston Snow Photoshoot

The Charleston Snow Photoshoot Here we are on day five of our 30 for 30 where we are releasing 30 videos to the Fstoppers YouTube Channel the entire month of January. Yesterday Charleston, South Carolina was hit with the biggest snowstorm in over 25 years. I decided to team up with my crazy friend Bryan Young and take ski portraits around town. The resulting images are pretty hilarious and are definitely once in a lifetime photographs. [ Read More ]

The Real-World Nikon D850 Camera Review in Ireland

The Real-World Nikon D850 Camera Review in Ireland Recently, Nikon released the D850, which is the latest upgrade to their high-megapixel DSLR line of cameras. Like the models that preceded it, the D850 stands as one of the most groundbreaking cameras in terms of image quality, speed, and resolution. I wanted to take this new camera for a test drive and see just how significant these upgrades actually are. Welcome to Ireland, everybody; this is my personal D850 review! [ Read More ]

How to Control Your Portrait Backgrounds With a 70-200mm Telephoto Lens

How to Control Your Portrait Backgrounds With a 70-200mm Telephoto Lens No matter if you photograph headshots, weddings, portraits, or sports, one of the most important skills you can have as a photographer is picking out interesting yet non-distracting backgrounds. Many photographers prefer shooting with fast prime lenses but in today's short photography tutorial, I'm going to show you why I prefer the power and versatility of a telephoto lens. [ Read More ]

This Could Be the Best Health Insurance for Self-Employed Photographers

This Could Be the Best Health Insurance for Self-Employed Photographers With only a few days left in open enrollment, I'm seeing a lot of my friends on social media ask: "what is the best insurance for self-employed photographers?" If you live in the United States and are overwhelmed with the choices in private and market place insurance, let me give you a suggestion on one of the smartest types of insurance plans you can get for you and your family. Warning: this article is not exciting for photographers, but it could save you a lot of money in the long run. [ Read More ]