Sometimes I like to experiment with different shooting styles to jumpstart my creativity. While thinking of different looks I could explore one day, I saw an article about anamorphic lenses. Normally used for cinema, anamorphic lenses are placed in front of your regular lens to widen its horizontal field of view without affecting the vertical. You can find some old ones for $100-300 and get a clamp to fit them onto your own camera lens.
Update: review’s up
Unfortunately, no Halloween post from me as I was doing something more important (watching basketball)… but Alter’s new Asuka figure came in and I wanted to get a photo shoot done. I really like her world-weary pissed off look as it fits her character in Evangelion 3.33 well. And hey, shiny red buttocks.
I picked up a Revoltech Danbo at SDCC this summer (from HobbyLink Japan so you know it’s good) with the intention of taking some Danbo shots on one of my walkabouts. However I didn’t have much time for them until recently. Luckily fall is my favorite season, so it’s the perfect time to walk around with Danbo.
Since it’s autumn, my favorite season, I decided to go do an outdoors photo shoot. Unfortunately, what started out as a great day quickly turned into a gross and cloudy day. Not to worry! My subjects are never brought down by the weather, no matter how cloudy, windy, cold, and generally shitty.
A tilt-shift lens is something I’ve always wanted to play with. However they tend to be expensive, so I’ve never actually had one. A while back I read about a technique called freelensing, where you shoot with the lens detached from your camera body. This isn’t necessarily a cheap substitute for tilt-shift photography, but you can apply some of the same principles with practice.
I’ve been reading a lot about everyday carry lately (don’t ask why, I don’t know). There are a number of sites dedicated to blogging about and reviewing commodities that are useful in day to day life: pens, notebooks, multitools, gadgets, and everything in between. The one thing that struck me about all of them was the photography. It wasn’t anything earth-shattering, but like 75% had this look where the product was photographed with natural daylight on some sort of wood surface. The cool light, wood grain, and close-up product shots combined for an effect I really liked. It looked rustic, rugged, old-timey, what have you. So I decided to try it out with some stuff I had sitting around.
If you’re interested in figure photography or just want a book of cool pictures, you might want to check this out. Sakura Doujin reached out to me some time ago for a contribution to a planned photo book. Aside from featuring photos from collectors around the community, they wanted to capture some of the photographic techniques that went into each image. I thought it was an intriguing idea, so I submitted my work. Now this photo book, Snap Fig, has hit Indiegogo for a crowdfunding campaign. Donate $40 or more for a hard copy, plus some extras (mostly prints and/or t-shirts). The funding period will end July 17, after which they’ll no longer be able to take additional orders.
I think I’ll try something different today. I’ve been pondering doing a post about my photographic gear for a while, but I’m not sure how much people would actually get out of looking at my kit. Instead I want to highlight just one piece of equipment in particular: Canon’s EF-S 60mm macro lens.