Shutter Release: 7 tips to become pro, Sundance Festival camera breakdown and clamshell lighting


posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM EST


We have quite the variety of content in this edition of Shutter Release. We kick things off with an article about turning your photography hobby into a career. Next, we look at the different cameras and lenses which were used to make the films in this year's Sundance 2018 festival. Finally, we look at a video tutorial for how to shoot portraiture with clamshell lighting.

Seven tips for turning your photography hobby into your career - Fstoppers

Photographer Robert K. Baggs is a frequent contributor to Fstoppers and he's received questions from many readers about how they too can become a professional. Even if you are selling prints or occasionally booking gigs, it can still be difficult to figure out the path from amateur or semi-pro to a full-blown career photographer.

Baggs has a number of great tips here, including overhauling your portfolio for a commercial audience, re-branding your social media accounts as clear business profiles and improving your networking skills.

Sundance 2018 camera and lens brand breakdown - Canon Rumors

No Film School gathered data from 247 movies that are currently screening at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The most popular camera brand is ARRI by a large margin. Canon and Sony come up second and third and Canon EF series lenses are the most popular choices. Interestingly, only three films were shot on film. 14% of the video shorts were recorded with a DSLR, so stills/video dual threats definitely have a place in the hands of Sundance filmmakers. For more information, click here.

Shooting portraiture with clamshell lighting - Elaine Torres

Photographer Elaine Torres has published a new tutorial showing how to produce nice portraits using clamshell lighting. To learn more about the technique, check out the video below.