Wanna try out a bunch of lighting setups, but don’t have an assistant to move the lights around for you? Only got a couple lights and you want to see what more would look light? Wish you could try out a ring light? Now you can do it virtually. Check out this brilliant website, http://www.zvork.fr/vls/ that allows you to add lights, move them around, adjust distance, height, strength, light type, gelled and see the results quickly before having to create the setups for real in the studio.
Check out this “Jill Greenberg-esque” setup I tried out. It was so fast to change light locations and light strengths to eliminate nasty shadows I didn’t want.
Once you’re done, you can save an image of the lighting diagram and the resulting portrait image.
Try out some lighting at http://www.zvork.fr/vls/
Check out this great inside look at an elaborate photo shoot setup. Great to see inside what goes on.
I came across this really cool idea a couple guys made for the iPhone. Since the iPhone is a HD video camera and 5MP still camera, it’s very powerful just as a camera. But…there’s no way to mount it on anything to stabilize it. Until now. These 2 guys designed some prototypes of a mount, tested a few through digital 3D printing and came across a final design. Selling individual orders and getting the company is a gamble starting it up, to see if there’s a demand. Kickstarter.com takes that risk away. For the Glif, the guys figured it would take $10,000 to get the project off the ground. A fair amount, when you’re selling the item for only $20. Kickstarter allows people to enter an intent to purchase the item, should the baseline funds (10K) get raised. You’re not charged if the minimum amount is raised, the product doesn’t get launched and everyone launched. The guys were hopeful that they could raise $10,000 of orders, and the Glif because so in-demand, they ended up getting pledged purchases of over $137,000. Over 5,000 people wanted to buy the Glif even before it was produced. Quite a successful launch story. So now, the Glif is going into production, and within a few weeks, I’ll have a handy iPhone 4 mount to produce more stable video and photos.
Check out the video below and go visit the project at Glif – iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand. I love the “Royal Tenenbaum’s” style of the video and font.
Here’s a cool little app I found for all the photographers also taking notes on their iPhones. Strobox allows you to quickly drag and drop the standard lighting setup icons around your screen. Good if you don’t have your notebook handy and need a reference. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like you can put notes on camera or light settings but maybe that will be added in future upgrades. But I can’t complain much since afterall this app is free. Search for Strobox in the App Store.
Pick up a National Post newspaper today, turn to page A15 (first section!!) and you’ll find the url to my photoblog (http://photos.blainekendall.com). The article is about Toronto becomes one of world’s 10 most photographed cities. That doesn’t surprise me. It seems like Toronto has such a huge group of photobloggers and definitely some of the best. But maybe I’m biased.
Thanks to Sam (A Daily Dose of Imagery http://wvs.topleftpixel.com) for sending the report my way. To be included in the list of “noteworthy” photoblogs (of which I’m a subscriber to almost all of them), is always flattering. The last time I was in this league was when I achieved 3rd place in the 2006 Canadian blog awards for “best photo/art blog”
Some noteworthy sites among the Toronto photoblogging community:
A Daily Dose of Imagery (wvs.topleftpixel.com)
The Electroblog (electro.aminus3.com)
Visual Palate (visualpalate.typepad.com)
Ride My Pony (ridemypony.com)
The Narrative (thenarrative.net)