Saturday, June 23, 2012

Super Slow Motion Bullet Footage Using a Car As the Projectile

You know those amazing high speed photos and videos of bullets being shot through various objects? BMW Canada decided to take things a step further and use a car instead of a bullet. They drove a car at top speed across salt flats and had it smash through a giant glass apple, some giant water balloons, and a target. The resulting slow motion footage is quite amazing.

 ABOUT THIS CAR: The M5 name was used for the first time back in 1984, but since then, the car has evolved into an impressive sedan that combines track potential with the comprehensive practicality of a luxurious business sedan. The new generation brings a high-revving 4.4-liter V8 engine with an M TwinPower Turbo package that delivers an impressive 560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 502 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and, when the speed limiter is removed, is capable of hitting an impressive top speed of 190 mph (279 FEET/SEC.). Despite these impressive performance numbers, the car will deliver an estimated fuel economy of 28.5 mpg.

Oh, US prices for the sports sedan will start from $90,695  (including destination and handling).

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Photoshopping Digital Bokeh Tutorial


 In photography, bokeh is one of the most incredible implementations of Aperture. The shallow depth of field causes any light in the background to blur into a floating orb. In this tutorial, we go through how to create bokeh using Photoshop, with simply beautiful results. Bokeh is derived from the Japanese word Boke which means blur or haze. In the late 1990s though, when boke photography was becoming popular, the word was changed to bokeh to help us english speaking people say it properly. I honestly believe this is one of the greatest tutorials on PhotoGuides to date, partly because it shows you how to create such a beautiful image, but also because it opens peoples eyes to the power of the brushes engine, and this demonstration can expand peoples abilities on Photoshop enormously.



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Depth of Field: Circles of Confusion


Uploaded by StrayAngelFilmsInc on Jul 9, 2011 Here's the first video in a series I'm going to do on depth of field. I really want to get into the nuts and bolts of how depth of field works and how to control it. To that end, I think the place to start is with circles of confusion, a concept that informs almost every other aspect of DOF. As always, please feel free to comment if you have any questions!!!

Circle of confusion <-(CLICK From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


Simple DoF Calculator allows photographers to calculate the depth of field and hyperfocal distance for any given settings. It calculates the near limit, far limit, total depth of field, hyperfocal distance, distance in front of the subject and distance behind the subject. The app shows al those calculated values in a simple image without unnecessary information.

Just choose your camera, aperture, focal length and focus distance and it shows you the depth of field. Calculations are done in realtime so there is no need to press a 'calculate' button.
Simple DoF Calculator is so simple because it's easy to choose your camera settings, just turn the wheel. It saves all your settings, so the next time you open the application it shows your camera and your last used settings.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Romina Amato On Capturing Great News and Sports Photography

 In this short video, courtesy of Red Bull, Swiss photographer Romina Amato is asked to elaborate on what makes a great sports/news photographer. She offers some great insights, ranging from what gear/settings she uses to the makings of a phenomenal news shot and how important it is to get your photos out there quickly. Plus, even if you’re not interested in becoming a news or sports photographer, some of her shots are pretty amazing. Thanks for sending in the tip, Zak!