Thursday, 23 December 2010

Japan By Dom Bower

I lived in Japan for a year and had a great time, Would recommend it to anyone and everyone, but not so great for a short holiday.  In 2010 Kim and I went back for a 3 week holiday to see all our friends back there.  Here are all the videos from the trip, some music ones as well.

I have also added all the videos made from the first year that we were there.









more after the break

Xmas film riot

I totally love these guys. great info, fantastic advertising, and funny as you like.

here is there christmas special for 2010

Hope you enjoy

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Flash photography tips (all the basics)

Lots of videos here and after the break  (flash and Shutterspeed, Aperture, Iso and White balance)













Circular Polarisers (and quantum physics!)

Circular Polarisers (or polarizers if your American) are great for getting more saturation in your sky and taking some reflections off of things such as puddles, and cars and wet roads.

They do also take out a stop or 2 of light entering the camera.

But here is a good way to show how you can test your CirPol to see if it is good!.




After the break here is a video that kinda explains how it works







































My new photography book. click below

All cameras are racist!




Digital cameras and their metering modes are always looking for  a gray area, they dont want things to be too bright or too dark.  that is why when shooting in snow you have to give positive compensation as it is trying to make all the beautiful white snow … Gray!

The same is true for skin tones as well.


  • When shooting people with very Fair skin you will likely have to give a bit of Positive Exposure or flash Compensation 



  • whens shooting people with very Dark skin you will likely have to give a bit of Negative Exposure or Flash Compensation




Monday, 20 December 2010

Sumo



Its an old video of mine but you got to love the intro!




Thursday, 16 December 2010

Point and Destroy (photography related clothing)



Do not look at the site or tshirts if you are under 18 years old
you have been warned

The link for UK photographers check out

http://www.zazzle.co.uk/sportinwaves
Point and destroy


For the US buyers click below
http://www.zazzle.com/sportinwaves



See more personalized gifts from Zazzle.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Hague Steady Cam, motion-cam stabilizer

Steadicams are expensive as chuff!



Here was my attempt of a free steadycam, way back when I was living in japan



a steadicam is not all gyroscopes and magic but acutally just good counter balance.  you can make a free version just buy attaching your camera to your tripod and holding it in the correct location

More details after the break

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

OMG! EXTREME MACRO



Ok what happens when you put a nikon 105mm f2.8 macro lens on a canon 550d which has a cropped sensor of 1.6, You get a very interesting close up video.

But what happens when you then go for the MOVIE CROPPED MODE where it uses only the central 640 x 480 pixels? you get an extra 7 times zoom.

check this video.
no in camera cropping or moving of the lens and this is how close you can get with this combo!

When you add up all the cropping you get an equivalant focal length of 1176mm!  eye ball photography here I come!



    






Sunday, 12 December 2010

Canon 70-200mm lens options

All you lucky Canon shooters have a choice of 4 different 70-200mm professional lenses



links after the break


Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Nikon SB-800 review (everything you will want to know)

The Nikon sb-800 used to be the top flash from Nikon (now over taken by the sb-900)




Lots more after the jump

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Orbis ring flash Model shoot with Gamma Ray Dali



This shoot was for the Modelling Portfolio for the Model Gamma Ray Dali, Needing 7 different looking shots, with different outfits, positions and locations and also styles of photography.



Examples of the 7 photos used after the break


Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Cancer Project (warning you will cry)

Hello Everyone, I am working on a book about people's experiences with Cancer 

The Initial request came from the fact that I had a lot of subscribers on youtube and I wanted to use this for a good cause.




 I have now set myself a challenge and a donation page for my charity trek I am going to set out on.
pelease visit
https://www.justgiving.com/DomBower




Here is the latest stories I have recieved



Saturday, 20 November 2010

Runners World Photoshoot (November)


Here is some behind the scenes of a photoshoot for a running magazine.


Runners World is a Magazine I regularly shoot for. They usually call me up for any portrait of someone they need or if there is a big race that fits in their magazine that they need some shots for
At the end of this post I shall attach some of the videos of shoots I have done in the past.





Ps feel free to print this out and have it as toilet reading material.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Ken Doesn't know well? (Ken Rockwell Discussion)

I still get notifications when anyone and everyone puts up a post on any of my videos, and this one really struck my attention.

It goes like this:

The first posts were from Megasromanos and he asked on this video




Hey,
when i do the same zoom in with a raw foto from my nikon D70s its not so sharp in resolution ?
Is it because i shoot with the 18 - 70 mm 3,5 f ?
Or maybe it's the 7 megapixels instead of the "i dont know how much your camera has" diffrence ?
thanks





so its not the megapixels that lacks my nikon d70s too get some good results ?
I did the whole setup like rockwell tells on his website about the D70 menu & settings to boost the camera colours and other things like whitebalans on auto and set to - 2 and so on.
I read many books and tutorials so i'm getting there and the result on my d70s lcd looks great but when i see the pics on my pc ...
it looks like a new compactcamera can give more coulour and sharpness.





Then came the reply from EctoplasmicResidue'


"I did the whole setup like rockwell tells on his website"
You're WAY off, even though Rockwell knows a great deal about testing lenses, everyone knows he knows nothing about practical photography.

Rant continues after the break

Circles, Music video by Joshua Hicks

My Main man in America, Joshua Hicks, the guy who is designing the tshirt ideas is also a very tallented video guy. He has worked on a number of Hollywood film and tv sets and here he is making a very nice music video for muscian Jairemie Alexander.

Hope you enjoy



All shot on the panasonic GH1.  Fricking sweet!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

A little bit of music (Julien Pierrefeu) super low light video

This was a bit of a super low light lens test/ camera test/ microphone test

I was sitting on the ground right beside the massive speaker, I had my external microphone sitting ontop of the speaker. the sound does not sound as good as it did in the club. The microphone is a very old piece I got several years ago to record lectures at University.

Videos shot with the Nikon 20mm ais lens,
@ f2.8
on the Canon 550D
@1080p
@25p
@6400iso



More videos and tips in shooting in very low light after the break


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

T-shirt design page!


Hi Everyone, Check out the link below. I have been working with an American designer who I met in Japan on a range of clothing that has a bit of a photographic twist.  These are not Jared Polin style promotion tshirts but subtle and cool.  Hope you enjoy, I have bough a bunch already and shall be modeling them once they come in the post in the next videos.


Make personalized gifts at Zazzle.



Monday, 8 November 2010

360 degree panorama

Here is the video and explanation on how to make 360 degree panoramic photos.




More details after the break

Sunday, 7 November 2010

The Lilith Rose Collection



Lilith Rose is a lovely model who I have had the pleasure to work with on a number of different shoots and also just work together to help build each others portfolios.

Here are a selection of videos from shoots done together.





More after the break

Lake District??

No I have not been to Thailand, nor the mountains of Northern China.   Those are not paddy fields, they are actually green pastures in the North of England




What that photo is of is of the hills in the Lakedistrict at Keswick. The original photo (after the break) was……