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David Strauss

Staff Writer http://www.davidstraussphotography.com +David Strauss@dstrausspicsFacebook
I am a wedding photographer based out of Charleston, SC. Although weddings are my primary arena of business, I dabble in the other realms of photography and video. I'm producing a feature length documentary about a cycling team who biked across the US to raise awareness and funds for Burundi, Africa.

Tadao Cern Gets a Portrait of Famous Artist Vincent Van Gogh

Of course, if you ever learned anything about art history, you know Vincent van Gogh has long been dead. That didn’t stop the creative mind that brought you the Blow Job series from posting the backwards claim on his blog that someone had turned his old portrait photograph into a painting. Aside from Tadao Cern putting some good humor into his work, it’s stunning to see the photo-shopped transition from painting to photograph.

Why Being a Wedding Photographer is the Best Job in the World

Over the last few days, I’ve taken some time to reflect on 2012 and my work as a wedding photographer. Yes, it’s getting close to mid January, New Years has long past, and you may think it’s a little late to be retrospective, right? [more]

When Whale Sharks and Models Pose Together

When it comes to whale sharks, Shawn Heinrich has been featured before for some of his incredible images. Kristian Schmidt, a fashion photographer who loves using wildlife in his shoots, recently teamed up with Shawn for an ambitious fashion shoot with the harmless sharks.

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How Do All the Faces of “Grimm” Come to Life?

If you’ve watched the TV series “Grimm,” you may be curious how the mythological creatures from Grimm’s fairy tales make it onto screen. Bent Image Lab, the production company behind the cg creations of the show, explains their process of transforming characters into creatures and adding a fantastical element to each episode.

The Incredibly Intricate Light Painting of Vincent Bruno

Of all the light painting photographers I’ve seen, there are few who create such intricate pictures as Vincent Bruno. He cleverly plans each scene and then paints it into one shot. For most of his final products, he shows the process of painting.

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What if the Lights Really Went Out?

Some of you may have seen the new series “Revolution,” in which power around the world goes out. Thierry Cohen applies the same concept to some of his work by showing what vast urban areas might look like without light pollution.  [more]

The Future of the Combination of Video and Stills

In the last several years camera development has taken huge strides in giving photographic capabilities of stills to video. Non film makers now have the capability of taking cinematic quality video without needing to upgrade from their dslr. In this video, Untitled Film Works unpacks the continual merging of stills and video.

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How Peter Jackson Shrunk the Hobbit

To shrink the hobbits in “Lord of the Rings” was not a simple feat for Peter Jackson, it took a lot of set crafting and perspective tricks. Instead of going through those extra hoops for the recently released “The Hobbit,” Peter and his team took a different composite approach to the process of resizing the actors. Our friends at Popular Mechanics detailed how the results were achieved.

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A Tribute to the Films of 2012

For one of the most epic trailer sequences of the year, youtuber Genrocks compiled over 100 films into one sequence. Although the movies range into every genre, the sequence flows amazingly well from one scene to the next. For a list of all the movies and music used in the compilation, click here.

 

 

The Inspiring 8 Second Exposure Project

To have an eye for fine art requires a special kind of talent. Nicolas Ruel does a fantastic job of creating unique photographs that capture the essence of a city in his “8 Seconds” project. For all of his images within the project, he sets the camera to an 8 second exposure and changes perspective mid shot. This lets him capture a layering effect in a single shot.

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Contemporary Artist Miriam Bohm Mixes Sculpture and Photograph

Miriam Bohm has a unique way of capturing and displaying her pictures. After photographing an object or scene, she will print and sculpt it into an eye catching display. Instead of stopping there and hanging it on a wall, she repeats the process several times, leaving the viewer with a final photograph which captures an extra sense of dimension and light play.

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Becoming an Athlete in One Photo

With a well thought out idea and fantastic execution, Max Riche managed to win several awards with this photo series. The concept was to capture the progression of amateur’s journey into professional athleticism in one photo. He was thoughtful enough to video several of his shoots and explain the process that led to these well recognized photos.

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Animal Masquerade for Weddings and Engagements

Even though I’m a wedding photographer, I’ve never pretended to understand some of the trends that brides embrace to make their wedding or engagement pictures unique and creative. I dont mind rolling the “must have” shots of brides who cant get away from the latest on pintrest. Trends like this one, though, are not only bizarre, they’re slightly evocative.

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This Projection Mapping Would Liven Up Any Conference

We’ve featured several creative uses of projection mapping here on Fstoppers before, used for both commercial photo shoots or just visual appeal. There is something captivating about incorporating dynamic imagery into a set. Formative is a company that adapts projection mapping set ups for any auditorium. Regardless of who the speaker is, this would make any conference or event quite engaging.

 

Behind the Scenes of Staged Soccer (or Football) Action Shots

Hailing from Norway, photographer Jens Haugen shared a quick video of one of his recent shoots involving some dramatic soccer scenes. The shoot was done for HamKam, a soccer club which is part of the Noweigian Premier League.  [more]

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