Chris Burkard Shares His Ideas on Creating Interesting Photos

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All images by Chris Burkard. Used with permission in both of our interviews.

“I think good lighting is in the eye of the beholder” says Photographer Chris Burkard about how he shoots. “I love looking at the workof the old masters and they would find ways to manipulate light…” Indeed, he’s one of the more popular photographers to pop in the past couple of years. For Chris, he tells Silber Studios in a video (after the jump) that he stresses about angles.

“Sometimes it can be the difference between standing up and shooting and squatting down and shooting.”

Chris thinks that images don’t come easy to him and instead it’s all about studying a scene. He also states that he doesn’t like replicating things. Instead he wants to create his own mark.

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Nick Collingwood: Instant Film Wedding Photography

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All images by Nick Collingwood. Used with permission.

“People loved the nostalgic quality and texture that the instant film had plus the couples loved that it was a photo memento they could hold almost immediately.” says Photographer Nick Collingwood, who describes himself as a motion designer by day and film addict roughly 24/7. “…With the slower process for the Polaroids, it puts the importance on creating interesting situations to photograph on film vs capturing candid shots made easy with modern autofocus cameras.”

Based in Brooklyn, he has an affinity for Super 8 and Instant film. This love of the analogue world and culture was recently turned into a business of his: he second shoots as a wedding photographer and focuses on weddings.

Oh yeah, and he loves talking about gear.

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Survey: Concert Attendees Basically Take Too Many Photos

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Western Digital recently finished a really interesting study about the way that people take pictures at concerts and festivals. Most people opt for smartphones (which isn’t surprising), and they often end up running out of storage. On top of that, they hate deleting images on their phone because it’s like deleting a memory. They want everything recorded.

Sad in some ways because it means that you can be spending so much time trying to document the moment vs experiencing it…yes, I know. But it gets even more interesting when you consider how much they actually really value these photos.

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VSCO Teases New Features Coming to Their App

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If you’re a VSCO user, then you should be aware that a number of new changes are coming to the app soon. The company released a video, which is after the jump, noting a number of big new gestures that will dominate how the app works. Essentially, it’s going to take some muscle memory to figure it all out.

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Canon 5D Mk IV Said to Be Pushing the Video Features

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It only makes sense that the successor to one of Canon’s most popular DSLRs will be boasting internal 4K video recording–or at least that’s what Canon Rumors states. Many photographers have been working with their clients to provide both stills and video; although it’s not always so simple to be able to provide both. But when you combine this with the fact that Canon’s autofocus in Live View is spectacularly fast (at least it is in the 80D that I’m currently testing) it may make the next 5D camera quite an attractive option.

Many video teams rely on the 5D series and probably will continue to even if they don’t hack it. But maybe they’ll also include some sort of RAW video recording ability.

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Patrick Rochon Uses 24 Canon 5D Mk II Cameras For These Light Paintings

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All images by Patrick Rochon. Used with permission.

After gaining an in as a Red Bull Illume photographer, Patrick Rochon went on to creating lots of inspiring light painting projects. He even has his own line of tools for the art form.  And recently he was hired to, well, quite literally just be creative.

This particular light painting project involved shooting a video and creating stills. Done in Thailand, the project called for lots of cameras, quite a bit of light painting and playing off of four words: Bold, Mysterious, Futuristic and Fun

 

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For Better Dating Photos, Use Indirect Flash

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Model: Erica Lourde

When it comes to creating better dating profile photos, OKCupid said a long time ago that using actual cameras is much better (even though it’s not the most popular app anymore.) But they also said that off-camera lighting (i.e. flash) is best to use. To help you escape the realm of being hopelessly single, Vello recently created a video (seen after the jump) on just how you can do with with a simple hot shoe flash softbox.

The key here is to not make the light direct because it’s generally unflattering. Instead, make it indirect and therefore the light source appear larger. Then they add in other tips like looking into the camera vs not looking in.

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Jimmy on the Run Emotionally Explains Why He Photographs

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Screenshot taken from the video

Photographer Jimmy on the Run is the focus of a new video that examines the psychology and methods behind the famous fashion photographer. Jimmy is a street fashion shooter much like the Sartorialist and others before him. He moved from China to Amsterdam where he now perfects and hones his craft. Jimmy talks about his sense of connections with the people he photographs and how his open communication with them helps him to create the images he sees in his head.

But the really emotional part comes later on when Jimmy explains a bit about his past and how he chose to follow his own path. If you’re a professional photographer, this will probably immediately ring a bell with you.

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