On Wednesday I attended the Lowepro Photography Webinar with Australian photographer Jack Atley. Jack Atley is a professional commercial photographer with clients ranging from the Sydney Opera House to Coca Cola to Peugeot to Gucci. His presentation was really well done and full of great anecdotes to illustrate his points. Plus, he has a fabulous Aussie accent!
Lucky for those of you who couldn’t make it, I took notes. Here are Jack’s tips for taking better pictures and becoming a successful photographer.
Shoot lots of images! Practice, practice practice to learn your camera inside and out.
Get good light! And then put your subject in that light. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to shoot. Also chose the lowest ISO for the light available to get the best detail.
Watch your backgrounds. Be mindful of what is behind your subject.
Composition – the rule of thirds. Put your subject (the main thing you want to get across to your viewer) in the bottom, top, left or right third of the frame instead of the dead center for a more dynamic photograph.
Shoot for your viewer, not just yourself.
Be creative! Take risks! If you look at things the way everyone else is looking at them, you’ll never get a stand-out image.
Curious what’s in a pro photographers bag? Here are the items that are in Jack’s basic kit: Nikon D3X, wide angle zoom lens (14- 20mm), medium range zoom lens (28 – 105 mm), longer zoom lens (80 – 200 mm), a flash (Nikon SB900) and his laptop. He fits this all into his Lowepro CompuDay Pack and jumps on his Vespa!
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And, have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S? Great news! GorillaMobile for iPhone 4/4S works with all models! Don’t forget to enter into our Facebook Contest to win a GorillaMobile for iPhone 4/4s!
We are happy to announce that our JOBY | Peter Stathis Venture Collaboration lighting line has won two Spark:Pro Awards! The Spark Awards are the world’s first multi-level design awards. Designers from all skill sets are welcome, whether they are professional, novice or student. Both the Trapeze and Obus won this high honor from Spark and we are so thrilled! We know that they are awesome, innovative lights, but it is quite nice to hear that other folks think so too.
As usual, we are in great company for this award. Here are a few wonderful designs that stood out to me from those entered into the competition.
If you are interested in checking out more inspirational product designs visit the gallery of Spark! entries.
A while back I announced that DayMen-Lowepro acquired JOBY. We were really excited about the news and I’m thrilled to report that we’ve joined forces with another amazing team of creative, active, photography-loving folks! One awesome thing coming out of this partnership for our loyal customers is that there are now double the opportunities to win photography gear! JOBY sponsors contests, Daymen-Lowepro sponsors other contests and you have even more chances to win! I think that makes this a win-win-win.
As you can see, Outpost Magazine and Lowepro are hosting a Signs of the Road Photography Contest. Simply submit your favorite photo of a wacky road sign and you can win prize packs chock full of LowePro bags and JOBY tripods – the ultimate photography power couple – if I do say so myself.
Happy weekend! And, go out there and find some crazy road signs to enter into the contest.
A little birdy told me that our GorillaMobile for iPhone 4 is now on the shelves at the Apple Store! This is huge and exciting news for all of us here at JOBY- because let’s be honest, Apple is like the waycooler older brother. But there is one little problem. We don’t know which Apple Stores across the US carry our products! This is where you come in …
Help us map our Apple Store presence by visiting your local Apple Store, snapping a quick photo of the product at the store (on the shelf or posing with you – your choice), and then upload your photo and the store location to our Facebook page. We realize that this is no small favor so as a token of our gratitude, three lucky entries will win a product of their choice from our GorillaMobile line.
We’re at the San Francisco Stockton Street Store!
Ready, set, go and help us map the GorillaMobile for iPhone 4 at Apple Stores!
Contest runs through next Friday, September 16th, 2011.
And one last thing! Tomorrow is the last day to vote for our Trapeze in the California Home + Design Hit List Contest. Please help us make the glossy pages of their winter issue!
Sweet! It’s time to announce the winner in the Frame X Frame, Stop Motion Contest. We had a great time watching all the entries as they came in and were really curious to see who was going to win. The videos have been amazing and we are stoked to see such creativity in our community – not to mention how awesome it is to see Frame X Frame stop motion videos in all their glory.
A quick reminder on the purpose of the contest for new arrivals:
Of course, what would be a contest without prizes:
–Grand Prize: 7D + GorillaPod Focus plus Ballhead X plus featured at Renderyard film festival
–2nd prize: choice of GorillaPod SLR Zoom plus ballhead and your choice of a GorillaTorch Blade or GorillaTorch Switchback
-Runners Up: prize: GorillaMobile for iPhone 4
–Fan Favorite: Point and Shoot Camera
Making the video took a lot more work than I originally thought. I started planning at 10am and finished at midnight. First I looked at all my stuff lying around for ideas. Then I sketched out the sequence. Next I mounted the iPhone to the ceiling of my garage by the attic hatch so I could still see the screen with my head in the attic. I then started the time lapse and realized I couldn’t do it alone. So my wife helped me and I started again. All the clothing and items were pre-staged just out of frame so I could get to them fast. Then I edited the video in Adobe Premier adding titles and sounds. Sorry for the cheesy music I wanted to make sure I used open source (non copyrighted) midi files.
Dr Who Cybermen upgrade Lego by Doctor Me Doctor You
Rubber Duckies by Kirstin AC
Stop Motion Sunset by Steve Rumsby
Concert by Baar Photo
Road Barrier by Mr. Grumaldy
Caterpillar by Stefano
We would like to thank our awesome contest judges; Mark Reid, Founder and Director of Renderyard Short Film Festival, Estafania Merino, Co-Director of Renderyard Short Film Festival, Trevor Hardy, Animator of Watermill Farm on Nick Kids, Gregory Han of Apartment Therapy and pro-photographer and JOBY pro-team member, *Safe Solvent.
PS Congrats winners! Please contact send me for follow up at EWeinstein @ JOBY.com
Based on requests from the community we have decided to extend the entry deadline for the Stop Motion Addict Contest until June 15th. Winners will be announced June 23rd.
As a refresher here is what is at stake:
–Grand Prize: 7D + GorillaPod Focus plus Ballhead X plus featured at Renderyard film festival (link to: http://www.renderyard.com/)
–2nd prizes: choice of GorillaPod SLR Zoom plus ballhead and your choice of a GorillaTorch Blade or GorillaTorch Switchback
-Runners Up: prize (10 winners): GorillaMobile for iPhone 4
–Fan Favorite: Point and shoot Camera
To enter the STOP MOTION ADDICT CONTEST
1. Download Frame X Frame free from the iTunes Store
2. Shoot a killer stop motion video with Frame X Frame
3. Upload the video to your YouTube account and share in on this page
4. Get your friends to vote by giving it a thumbs up
5. Repeat! (Up to 3 entries per person)
•Winners (except for the fan favorite) will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges based on –25% Creativity, 25% Technical Skill, 25% Virality, 25% Overall execution
•3 stop motion entries per person (must be shot using Frame X Frame app in either continuous or manual mode)
•Videos cannot exceed 3 minutes
•Contest ends 5/31, Winner Announced 6/8
•Fan favorite will be based on # of thumbs up to the winning entry (thumbs down will not impact fan favorite calculations
•Entrants must have actually taken the video. Purchased or stolen images or videos are not permitted.
•Edgy and creative is good, but pornography will be removed. JOBY ultimately reserves the right to disqualify entries it deems inappropriate.
•Contest is open to eligible participants, 18 years of age or older. This contest is void where prohibited. JOBY employees or family members of employees are not eligible. JOBY reserves the right to disqualify entrants or photographs it deems inappropriate or offensive. Entrants must be the rightful owners of any/all copyrights associated with submitted image(s) or video(s), or else must have explicit permission to distribute the image(s). Copyright violations will result in immediate disqualification. By submitting an image entrant retains ownership of the image or video, but grants JOBY an unrestricted license to publish, promote and reuse the image or video in perpetuity. In the event that a selected winner resides someplace where terms of this contest are prohibited or is found to have violated the terms and conditions of the contest, that winner will be declared ineligible and a new winner selected. All decisions of JOBY, Inc. are final. The names of winners will be posted by 6/8/2011 at: http://blog.joby.com.
Summer is in full swing and it is time to whip out your phones, cameras and other “image capturing” devices and start documenting the crazy and often unplanned moments that make summertime so memorable.
The top five images will receive up to $100 worth of product, be featured in the blog and may appear in future direct or print marketing campaigns. You can find out more about the contest here. Who will be the master of iPhonegraphy?