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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!

How To Sharpen Eyes In Your Portraits To Make Them Pop

When looking at portraits, we have a tendency to look at the eyes first. We can’t help it, it’s part of human nature. This is why I personally believe it is extremely important to capture and refine the eyes in your photos to create more engaging portraits. Retoucher Michael Woloszynowicz created an awesome 4 part video series about how to make your eyes look amazing in post production. See the rest of the post below to watch video parts 2 through 4.

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Mansory Carbonado: Making Of A Crazy Lamborghini Photoshoot

Photographer Philipp Rupprecht (his Facebook page) recently did one of the coolest photoshoots I have ever seen of a custom Lamborghini Aventador. Having access to a small German airport, runway, and aircraft certainly doesn’t hurt for the overall epicness. Check out the amazing post-production process in the video above and read the post below to learn more.

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Introducing Photographer “Teddy Richardson” – SEMI NSFW

There is a new photographer on the scene and his name is Teddy Richardson (no relation to any other popular photographers). Some may think he may not be real or this is merely some sort of parody, but I can tell you for certain that he is a full-fledged bear and photographer that is and has been accepting new paying clients. [more]

Glyn Dewis Shares Key Tips For Shooting Composite Image Backgrounds

Curious how to properly shoot a background environment to drop a studio-photographed subject into? I know that is something I honestly struggled with early on. We regularly feature Glyn Dewis on Fstoppers, and recently he put together a quick and easy 2 minute video that gives crucial tips on how to make sure your focus/depth of field and angle of your background is captured correctly so it matches up with your portrait subject. [more]

Falken Motorsports Porsche Photoshoot – No Rig No Problem

So you have a priceless Porsche race car to photograph for an ad campaign and you have to make it look like it’s driving really fast, but space is tight and you left your stunt driver at home. So how do you get the shot of this car driving fast while parked? This is exactly the challenge car photographer Frederic Schlosser faced for this project. Watch the video and read below to learn how he executed this shoot perfectly. [more]

Velcro Man Super Desk By Efficiency Machine

Recently, I started working with a new steadicam operator for my video productions in the New York City area, Kyle. Aside from his upbeat positive demeanor, I noticed that every piece of equipment seemed to be customized with velcro for maximized efficiency. Little did I know, he had started a youtube series called “The Efficiency Machine” showcasing his different velcro-inspired inventions such as his “Super Desk.” See below for more examples of his velcro madness/genius. [more]

Photographer Has A Close Encounter With An Elk

They say photography opens doors to new adventures and experiences. Well, for photographer James York, he literally went head to head with a wild Elk in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The story goes as such: while James York was photographing an elk from a distance, the animal decided to do something unusual: it decided to get closer and investigate the human and his camera. As interesting as this sounds, unfortunately the ending of this story is a sad one. [more]

Creating An Amazing Motorsports Advertising Photoshoot In Beautiful Landscapes

This shoot combines two things that I really love as a photographer: motorsports and incredible shoot locations. This comprehensive behind the scenes video captured by Ron Risman really gives you a great idea of how photographer Gregor Halenda put the campaign together. The resulting images were crisp and clean, showing off  the bikes and locale.  [more]

Pro Photographers Showing How To Shoot Effectively

I thought this was a cool retrospective video that DigitalRev put together using clips from their old episodes of Cheap Camera Challenge. This piece essentially shows how some veteran shooters keep composed when faced with on-set challenges. Everything from face-planting onto concrete while trying to take a photo to dealing with deadly snakes just inches away [more]

How To Create Realistic Dents And Damage In Photoshop

My buddy and talented retoucher and photographer Glyn Dewis has done it again. He’s created another awesome post production tutorial for those of you interested in improving your composite skills. He shows easy and effective tools to create dents and damage effects in your images. In this case, he adds battle damage to an otherwise pristine Iron Man character he photographed. [more]

Great Tips For Walking Into Your First Photoshoot

We all know it can be overwhelming when walking into your first paid photo gigs. You want to look like you know what you’re doing and you don’t want to disappoint your clients. Here’s a helpful short video by Jasmine Star sharing key tips about what to keep in mind when walking into your first portrait photoshoot. Click through to see the rest of the post to learn more tips: [more]

Awesome Video On How To Retouch Shiny Skin

Have you ever taken a great portrait, but the subject’s skin was distractingly shiny? I think this has been an issue faced by every portrait photographer that doesn’t travel with a makeup artist in tow for every shoot. Lee Varis takes you through an extensive detailed process on how to realistically remove oily skin shine on your portrait subject’s face. Check out the post below to learn more:

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Conceptual Photoshoot Of Veronica Mars Creator Rob Thomas

Photographer Eric Doggett is no stranger to Fstoppers. He is a fantastic Austin-based photographer with strong post-production skills a great humorous vision. You may recall his Christmas cards. Recently he was hired to photograph Veronica Mars creator, Rob Thomas, for REAL Magazine. He was tasked with creating a creative and humorous conceptual shoot. Read the post below to learn more and see the awesome final images.

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How To Enhance Eyes And Add Fake Facial Hair In Photoshop

I’ve blogged about our friend Glyn Dewis before. He’s a talented UK-based photographer that also posts lots of free amazing Photoshop tutorials with straightforward tips. Recently he posted a video on how to enhance eyes, which is extremely important in portrait photography, and how to make fake beards using noise and blur tools. The results are impressive! [more]

How To Create A Textured “Dodge And Burn” Look In Seconds

My buddy and Germany-based Photoshop World instructor Calvin Hollywood has created a site called Photoshop Freaks which gives countless post-production tutorials. Recently he posted a video about how to give your photo that extra textured look and feel in a matter of seconds. It like a slight “high-pass” appearance without all of the messy glowing contrast lines or over-sharpening. [more]

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