Stanley Kubrick was one of the most acclaimed producers and directors in American cinematography (the Shining is one of my all time favorites). Back in 1975, Stanley directed the three hour masterpiece Barry Lyndon. From a photography standpoint, the film is most noted for Stanley’s use of Mitchell BNC cameras mounted with NASA Zeiss f/0.7 50mm lenses. [more]
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Here are a few images from legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s early career as a photojournalist. They are candid subway scenes taken with a camera hidden inside his coat. Kubrick was still a teenager when he landed a job as a staff photographer for Look magazine in the 1940′s. He then started making short documentaries in 1951. The rest, as they say, is history. [more]
I’ve just watched one of the best fashion shorts I’ve seen in months. It combines gorgeous color, cinematography, camera movement and Hitchcock-styled, film noir sensibility beautifully. Interestingly, after speaking to one of the directors, regardless of budget or what we’re shooting, there are real gems to be gleaned from their experiences. Read on for the full scoop. [more]
We can often get swept up in the world of digital video. Topics like ‘What it will mean for the future of photography when we can pull stills from video?’ occupy a lot of time and thinking.
Discussion like this is relevant but I sometimes think we miss the most important element of all. The single biggest contributor towards great video is actually making sure we understand what it is that makes a great still image in the first place. To go faster, we should actually slow down. Maybe even stop.
Bert Stern’s career started in the mailroom at Look Magazine and soon became sought after by Hollywood and Madison Avenue.
Bert Stern: Original Mad Man directed by Shannah Laumeister, follows Stern’s career through the golden age of the ad world and the iconic Marilyn Monroe “The Last Sitting” series.
Stern is notably well known for his 3 day photo shoot with Marilyn Monroe for Vogue [more]
I have always been fascinated by space travel. Back in college a friend showed me a documentary that proposed that the moon landing is a hoax. The arguments were based on photography, videography, and lighting tricks and I remember thinking “wow could this really have been staged?” Mr. SG Collins makes a pretty compelling argument claiming that neither NASA nor Stanley Kubrick were actually technologically capable of producing a video that could stand up to modern scrutiny. Collin’s photographic argument should put a final nail in the conspiracists’ theory for good. [more]
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I’ve really been enjoying these episodes of Mark Seliger‘s discussion-based show called Capture. In this latest installment, you’ll get to sit in with one of the most talented photographers around – Martin Schoeller. He tells the stories behind his photographs of Jack Nicholson, Lyle Lovett, Steve Carell, and the breastfeeding mother (that I’m sure you all remember). [more]
If you take a glance at facebook or any other social media site you’re bound to come across the dreaded “Mirror Portrait”, mostly it’s just a bunch of 15 year olds holding their cell phones up so they’re far from dignified. That being said though, I was surprised to know that some of the most famous photographers around have taken their own version of this all to common shot. They’re a little more interesting though than your standard mirror picture though.
I came across this Tumblr blog today that features some classic people with some classic cameras. There is something about being a photographer and seeing these shots that makes me feel oddly connected. How many of these celebrities can you name or more importantly how many of these cameras? 1 point for naming the personality, 2 for the camera brand and 3 for the camera model. Or you could just enjoy them and bask in the knowledge that you are in good company. [more]