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.
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.
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.
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.