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Douglas Sonders

Staff Writer http://www.sondersphotography.com +Douglas Sonders@douglassondersFacebook
I’ve photographed in the White House, run around back stage at the Grammy Awards, hung out of helicopters, ridden on tanks, and partied on rock and roll tour busses all in the name of getting the right shot or film the TV ad the right way. My work has been seen on the cover of Time Magazine, Popular Science, national TV, etc etc. I hope sharing some of my experiences will help you… or at least be entertaining!

Check Out This Hilarious Photography Workshop From 1961

We posted a set of videos released by Pathé News, part of their 85,000 reels released, but this one really stood out to me- it’s hilarious. I’ll add that I’ve taught and taken quite a few photo workshops in my day, but I would kill to know what that instructor was saying to his students and the models. Let’s break this video down shall we? [more]

Using Photography to Change the Negative Stigma Surrounding Pitbulls

Two years ago, I adopted a lovable Pitbull mix named Emma. She’s afraid of thunder, loves belly rubs, is sweet with kids and great with other animals. Sadly, a lot of the general public perceive my Emma as a monster, and that’s probably why over half a million Pitbulls are put to sleep in the US alone each year. I decided to use my photography to start a positive PR campaign called Not A Bully to help change the way people view Pitbulls. [more]

Photoshop Tutorial: How To Add Sun Beams To Your Photo

Our friend Glyn Dewis has been sharing his straightforward and very helpful post-production tutorials with us for a long time. This time he shares about how to add dramatic sun beams to your photos in post-production. Something I’ve been trying to master for a long time! Read below to learn more about how Glyn created this cool elephant image from a safari park snapshot. [more]

How To Produce A Combined Print And Motion Fashion Campaign

We live in a time where photographers and filmmakers must combine powers to be competitive in todays advertising market. Recently a huge fashion client approached our production company to capture concurrent motion and still ad campaigns with supermodel Lily Aldridge, but we had to do it all in under 10 hours with 2 complete hair and makeup changes and 12+ outfits. Advertising creatives today need to be able to shoot stellar visual content and assemble bulletproof productions.

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Ask A Commercial Photographer Anything About The Industry

Have questions you want to ask a creative industry professional, but wasn’t sure who to turn to? I’ve been writing for Fstoppers for over a year now. I’ve been able to share my own BTS shoots, those of friends, reviews, tutorials, and more. I’ve had the chance to interact and meet some great people through here, and I really want to do something more for you folks. Rather than do a fresh article this week on something I find interesting, I am leaving the content completely up to you. [more]

Pepper Yandell Shows Us How To Photograph Jets, Supercars, And Models

Pepper Yandell is a talented young photographer out of Texas who shoots some of the coolest cars in the world. He recently was given an awesome opportunity to photograph a couple of supercars in a hanger with really expensive jets – the kind of shoot car photographers dream about. Pepper was nice enough to share with me about how he put this shoot together. [more]

Review Of The Phase One IQ250 Medium Format CMOS Back

You may have read my previous post previewing the first modern CMOS-based medium format back to hit the world market by Phase One. Soon after my post, Phase One HQ sent me one of the first IQ250 backs to arrive in the US to review for this site. I had a solid 2 weeks to try it out and see what this system was capable of doing. [more]

Glyn Dewis Shares How to Turn a BAD Picture into a GREAT Picture Using Post Production

It has happened to all of us a million times: After wrapping up a creative photo shoot and go through some of the images in post, we typically find a few photos in there that are “meh” at best and you most likely pass over or discard. Well, photographer and retoucher Glyn Dewis once again shares an awesome Photoshop / Lightroom tutorial on how he turned one of his throwaway photos into a killer shot. Check out the final image and information below. [more]

The Awesome Robocop Retouching Contest Winners

A few weeks back, I posted a full behind the scenes blog about my Robocop photoshoot. I had such a fun time with the shoot and final images that I figured others may enjoy playing with my Phase One MF raw files as well. I posted a contest on my personal photography blog that challenged people to re-interpret Robocop using up to 8 of my supplied Phase One RAW files. There was hundreds of entries from across the globe a handful of star-studded judges to review the entries. [more]

Brian Friedman Shares Tips About How He Went From Part Time To Full-Time Music Photographer

I met Brian Friedman as we were both shooting various iHeartRadio festivals and concerts around the US a few years back. Brian is a machine. He’s passionate, hard working, and one of the best modern concert photographers I’ve ever met. [more]

The Robocop Photoshoot By Douglas Sonders

The concept of doing a Robocop photoshoot has always been on my wish list, but have not been able to find someone with the proper original costume… until now. You see, my friends and I have always obsessed over the original Robocop film since it first came out (don’t mention the sequels). I am just thankful that my photography career has allowed me to recreate the daydreams I had as a kid. Read below about how I put this ultimate personal shoot together and see the final results.

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How Photographer Bobby Bruderle Created A G-Eazy Music Video Made Of Magazine Covers

Bobby Bruderle is an incredibly talented photographer that has turned his love for light and storytelling into film making. Bobby is a friend of mine and that I’ve seen grow his career in a matter of a few years. His name is one to remember. When he shared his new music video for the popular vocalist G-Eazy, I knew I HAD to interview him about how he came up with the idea and how it all came together. [more]

Phase One Released The First Amazing CMOS Medium Format Camera And It’s Ready To Ship

For years, medium format cameras have been stuck with digital CCD sensors that are poor-performing at high ISO’s because creating medium format CMOS sensors was prohibitively expensive. Well, that has all changed now. Hasselblad teased their new CMOS medium format camera earlier this week, but today Phase One announced their new CMOS digital medium format back and not only is it ready to ship on Monday, but it already looks like it will be a class dominator. [more]

The Elements of An On-Location Fashion Shoot With Tim Coburn

Photographer Tim Coburn takes us along on his commercial and lifestyle shoot in Ocean City, Maryland.  View behind the scenes as he scouts locations before the shoot and how he troubleshoots with unexpected weather. Shooting a beach scene and don’t have a bright sunny day?  See how to use clouds as your own natural soft box. Using only a 4×7 panel reflector, Tim demonstrates the advantages of simple lighting while incorporating shadows for texture while letting his model’s movement come alive on set.  See the post below to learn more and see the final images. [more]

Dale Earnhardt Jr Nascar Photoshoot by Douglas Sonders

About 9 years ago, I was a tour photographer for the rock band 3 Doors Down and I had the chance to attend my first Nascar race (from the infield no less!) As a car guy, it was a great chance to watch all of the action from the front row. Never did I imagine in my wildest dreams that I would be getting a call from the National Guard nearly 10 years later to do the official 2014 photoshoot of one of my favorite drivers and his new car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. [more]

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