Me and DrewsThatDude have been on a roll with the music/art combo the past few months and this new one is no different. Ladies, vibe out. Check out the song after the jump.Read More
Jeremy Cowart has been one of my favorite photographers for the past few years and he is the only photographer that I have actually purchased a training DVD from. Cowart is an amazing portrait and commercial photographer and for his latest project he did an entire commercial shoot with the newly released iPhone 6 Plus. I'm a firm believer in great photography being dictated more by the photographer than the camera itself but he highlights various new features in iOS8 as well as the newly revamped camera built into the phone and how he is able to use these tools to create great images. Almost of the final images were edited in the native Photos app which I probably wouldn't use since I still prefer VSCO and Lightroom but it still shows how far phones have come. Point and Shoots are pretty pointless at this point. Check out the video after the jump.Read More
A lot of people separate photography into two massive categories that are dictated only by the "type" of light that is used to take the shot which would either be flash or natural/continuous light. For almost the entirety of my photo "career" if you can call it that, I have worked with natural/continuous light for one simple reason, it's cheap if it even costs anything at all. Both types of lighting have their advantages and disadvantages and generally a photographer is going to have a preference to one over the other due to the amount of control you have over the final image. I love flash photography however I am not nearly as comfortable with it as I am with continuous light. Continuous light to me is something that forces you to work with what you have and trains your "eye" so to speak because you pay more attention to how different angles, diffusion, etc will affect your composition in real time. My style has also been somewhat dark and I love to use shadows to form an image as opposed to simply focusing on the highlights of the image. This works out great when you are shooting things like neon signs or metallic objects in low light or dimly lit area. The best example of this in my work, outside of concerts of course can be seen in some shots I took in the St. Louis Art Museum last year of the various sculptures and ornate pieces on display. Take a look at these images and pay close attention to the amount of light and what direction it is coming from to form the hard and crisp edges of the subjects. This increased contrast often times tricks the brain into thinking an image is sharper than it really is which will give your images that extra pop to set them over the top. Read more for the gallery and show me some of your own examples if you have them.Read More
When me and Anti started working together a little over a year ago, I never would have thought that I would be writing a post about his 3rd project so soon, much less about the crazy amount of success of the others but thanks to great fans and people that appreciate good music we are in a position to release something great. Anti and Envy have some of the craziest chemistry that I have ever seen and there is no denying it after listening to this album.
For the artwork I really wanted to focus on using simple imagery that really focused on Anti & Envy while still using some of my "signature techniques" (for whatever that's worth). When you first glance at the cover you may just see 2 floating heads but the more you look into the cover and actually absorb the imagery you realize that the composition leads you in a circle and you'll notice, depending on which direction you read the cover from (left to right, or right to left) you will notice the ghostly super imposed images of Anti & Envy. For the type treatment, Anti stressed that he wanted the project to be called "REdefinition" but it did not work well in the cover so I just offset the type and used a line to coincide with the frame that I used to confine the composition. Now why the crazy monochromatic red color scheme? Easy, its bold and if you really want to get into it, these 2 are seeing red and they're coming for everyone, period. This album is not a typical "Houston" album but something that transcends across different styles and sub genres of hip hop not just locally but anywhere in the world. The back design is simple and straightforward, it's Houston, it's "old" Houston, and it's fading away.
The album is available now on Bandcamp and although you can name your own price, you really should be dropping $15+ for something this great. You won't be disappointed. Check out the full artwork (front/back) and stream the project after the jump.Read More
Da Kidd PG drops off his latest track with Cambatta titled "Best in the City" produced by Superville. Stream the song after the jump.Read More
For as long as I can remember, Devin has been working on his debut album and today is the day that is finally available for preorder. This project is absolutely amazing and is still just a warmup of what's to come.
The art direction on this project was meant to carry over from the In Due Time artwork that I also did and has transitioned from Devin looking out into space with no real idea of what's going to happen to basically watching over the entire city of Pittsburgh as is going to be made clearly evident on the title track. The color scheme and type treatment is also Pittsburgh-centric and is based around the Steelers, for obvious reasons.
The 7d has been my main camera since I upgraded from my T2I a few years ago and has really been a workhorse that is also one of the most durable cameras that I have used. This camera has survived being thrown out of a plane (in the bag of course) by a clearly mentally deficient luggage guy from United and has been almost completely covered in water and mud at various concerts and events so when the details for the MKII leaked last week I knew I would need it in my life. Hopefully this model will be announced at the same price range of around ~$1600 USD like the original was for so many years. A big kicker for a lot of people is going to be that it has the same crop sensor (1.6x) but for me it works perfect and the upgraded features such as higher resolution, GPS, CF/SD card support and pretty much everything else warrant the purchase for me without having to wait to get the 5D MKIII. Check out some pictures of the camera and the specs after the jump, this camera is most likely going to be officially announced tomorrow.Read More
in the first official tip I wanted to go over something that I feel is the main factor that leads to mediocre concert photography and that is not understanding your surroundings as well as EVERYTHING on stage. A prime example of this would be any shots you see from a Kanye West performance that are super tight on his ornate masks and costumes but completely and entirely neglect the massive amount of production on the stage around him. I was guilty of this for probably a year when I first started shooting concerts because I was so focused on the main artist that I would completely ignore everything on stage, everyone in the pit, and most of the time everyone on stage that wasn’t the main act. This is a huge problem when you are shooting bands or an artist that may have a big name DJ or hypeman. If you shoot a Mac Miller concert, you need to include Clockwork (his DJ) and Treejay (his hype man) if he is there just as you would make sure and capture every member of a band like Red Hot Chili Peppers if you are shooting them. Over time, you really begin to recognize things that will definitely add to your composition and the quality of photos overall so you need to remember that you can’t sacrifice all the entire experience for a simple portrait that may only take 10 seconds and 2 shots to accomplish. When an artist goes out and spends $50,000 or more on a stage setup with smoke, lights, etc, they do this for a reason and as a photographer you need to recognize this because after all, the main audience that is going to look at your photographs are the people that were not actually at the concert so you need to make them feel like they were there in any way possible. Pictures with examples and explanations after the jump.Read More
Although I have slowed down on concert photography over the past few months it is still my "bread and butter" and definitely what i'm known for by the few people who actually know who I am. I still love the genre, even though it has honestly driven me to somewhat loathe going to concerts and I know this is something that a lot of people want to get into so I am going to be posting tips and tricks periodically that have helped me over the past few years and will surely help you as well.
To many photographers, concert photography is one of the less respected photography genres for a few reasons...
1. All of the lights are already set up for you
2. You don't have to tell the talent what to do since they are just going to perform regardless of what you feel you are doing with your life.
3. Most of the photographers at the show are going to get "nearly" the same photos (I will go into this further in the post and how to avoid it)
4. Because of point #3, pretty much anyone can call themselves a "concert photographer"
Now I have to admit, starting out I really thought I was something special and I was doing something that not many other people can do which was the absolute furthest thing from the truth. Chances are, if you have 15 people in the pit and you really don't know how to differentiate yourself, you're going to have damn near the same exact picture as every other person with a fancy camera by you. Once you realize this, you can use the ways i'm going to explain to remedy the mediocrity. Stay tuned and make sure to subscribe to the site for updates.