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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.

[Pics] Breathtaking Fairy Tale Scenes by Kirsty Mitchell

Tragedy struck Kirsty Mitchell four years ago when her mother passed away from a brain tumor. As a way of processing through the grief, Kirsty decided to pick up a camera and get lost in the world of photography. With an incredible imagination and extreme patience, Kirsty created some unbelievable fairy tale images to honor her mother by recreating the stories she was told as a child.

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[News] Canon Factory will Replace Human Work with Robots

Canon has just released the news that their factories will soon transition out some of the human element of their camera production lines and replace them with robots. Due to the rising price of the Yen, many companies in Japan have had to leave the country. Canon has stated that by creating a fully automated system it will cut costs while allowing their technologies and factories to remain in Japan.

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[BTS] Photographing the Teaser Poster for Indie Film “Dark Harvest”

Although the creation of the upcoming horror flick “Dark Harvest” has less production value than what you would get from Hollywood, it might relate to the average photographer a little better for that reason. In their behind the scenes, Tim Tabke and Joel Hinojosa team up to show us a glimpse of what it took to kick off the new indie film with a teaser poster. The mood they capture is as much about interacting with the actors as it is the lighting and drama of the shot. I find their work encouraging as it shows you dont need a hollywood budget to be able to produce a quality piece of work.

 

[BTSV] Projection Mapping for Ford’s S-Max TV Commercial

Every now and then a unique way of filming the same old car commercial catches my eye. Event Projection uses projection mapping to advertise the S-Max put out by Ford. Although the filming involves a little more than the average studio equipment, the crew is able to incorporate some great action shots without leaving their studio. Check out their behind the scenes above plus the final commercial below.

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Trash the Dress Pictures with the Super Moon

Sometimes great pictures just show up and all you have to do is press the shutter. The majority of the time, however, they takes careful planning. Andre Fernandes planned out this trash the dress session quite well, taking advantage of a once in a year opportunity using the super moon as a unique background.

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[BTSV] Jim Geduldick Shoots New Phantom Miro M120

Here’s a sampling of the latest slow-mo camera from filmbot, the Phantom Miro M120. Jim Geduldick takes us behind the scenes and shows us how he was able to show off the new slow-motion capabilities. This camera captures 750 fps at 1080 HD. What do you think you could do with that kind of picture quality?

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[Video] Timelapse with Real Time

At first I thought this was just another time lapse video with a few skating shots mixed in. Then I realized the shots really were mixed. Although the combination isn’t present in every shot it’s a pretty cool effect to watch. Anyone want to guess how he did it?

If you want to take a peek at a little more of Russell Houghten’s work, check out is blog

 

[News] Move Aside iPhone, the Nokia 808 PureView is Here.

Have you ever been on a photo shoot with your iphone and thought, man these 8-megapixel shots just aren’t doing it for me? Perhaps you should look into Nokia’s 808 PureView. This phone blows any competition out of the water with a 41 megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss optics.  [more]

[BTSV] Mission Impossible, Filming From a Half Mile High

If you’re curious how Tom Cruise and a film crew got their shots on the Dubai Tower, here’s a little sampling of their set up. I suppose since it’s his trademark, if someone’s going to run down the side of the tallest building in the world, it might as well be Tom Cruise.

[Video] Glidecam With a Little Mix of Music

Many of you may know the name Devin Graham, the cinematographer who filmed the giant rope swing in Utah featured a couple months ago. Devin has a signature style using a glidecam in most of his videos. Though he incorporated it in several shots in the rope swing project, some of his projects seem to be filmed exclusively with shots using the glidecam. This project with Lindsey Stirling, [more]

[Review] SpectraCal CalPC and a C1 colorimeter for your monitor’s health

If you have ever been involved in imaging, you know that the final product is a direct result of what is seen when you process. If what appears on a monitor is misrepresented, the final product will be skewed as well. I think we can all agree the factory settings that monitors come with don’t always give you the results hope for. This is because a monitor’s display is affected by the brightness and color temperature of the room it’s in. That’s why it’s so important for anyone involved in photography or video to keep their monitors correctly calibrated.

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