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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!

Creating A Cinematic Fantasy Portrait Series

My friend Israel Groveman is a photographer and filmmaker that is always up to something interesting and unique. Recently he helped a buddy promote an online fantasy series by crafting a group of creative portraits that I thought were awesome. This is how Israel made these compelling cinematic portraits, which took a little bit of gear and a lot of ingenuity. [more]

Luchador Fighter Portrait Series Behind The Scenes

Last year, I decided to pursue a fun portrait series of Luchador fighters from the Chikara Pro Wrestling League, located on the East Coast of the US. I’ve always been fascinated with this style of fighting and entertainment. These big colorful characters take the ring to pummel each other to the great delight of their dedicated fans. Some may call it “fake” or a performance, but I can tell you first hand that I saw blood drawn during a match on more than one occasion. These fighters are dedicated to their craft and I wanted nothing more than to capture them on camera. [more]

Flying Cars: Creating A 58 Foot Composite Print For BMW

Sean Madden, creative director from the ad agency Brains On Fire, reached out to me earlier this year and asked if given an arsenal of stunt drivers, the newest high performance BMW’s, and a closed race course, could I create a 58 foot long composite print for BMW. My answer? “When can I start?” Watch the video and read the post below to learn how the shoot came together. [more]

An Awesome Timelapse Tutorial: ‘Philly is Ugly’

Philly is Ugly” is a timelapse photography project by Philadelphia area photographer, Nathaniel Dodson. He took an impressive amount of time to not only create this short film piece, but also to extensively document his behind the scenes process. When he sent this to me, I couldn’t help but share this with you. In addition to the video, he provides a lot of info to help you learn everything that goes into creating a proper timelapse from pre-to-post production.

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Tips To Become The Ultimate Traveling Photographer

We live in a digital age where we can showcase our work to possible clients all around the world, but what’s the point if we cannot shoot for clients outside of our home market once in awhile? Following Andrew Link’s post on creating a perfect travel light kit, here’s an article with tips on how to travel as a professional photographer effectively. As a commercial photographer and filmmaker, I travel over 100k miles a year on assignment and have learned valuable lessons. I hope this list of tips helps make your shoots which require flying to a location more seamless. [more]

A Reflector Is A Powerful Weapon In A Photographer’s Arsenal

I’ve been shooting commercial photography for years and despite any fancy gear I might have in my arsenal, I never walk on a set without at least one reflector with me. SLR Lounge put together a great tutorial showcasing the power of one of the most affordable photography tools that every photographer should learn to use.

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Full Behind The Scenes Of A Photoshoot With KITT And The A-Team Van

I’ve been working on a personal photo series capturing movie and television cars (real and replica) for about 5 years now under the title “The Unicorn Project”. I’ve posted about this before on Fstoppers (herehere, & here), as you may recall. Most recently, I had an opportunity to photograph a replica A-Team Van and KITT from Knight Rider while I was in Los Angeles. These happen to be two of my favorite television cars of all time. Watch the video and read the full post below to learn how it was done.

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One Of A Kind Supercar Shoot Inside A One Of A Kind Beautiful Home

My good buddy and fantastic car photographer Richard Thompson (check out his facebook page) shared a unique shoot he just completed recently. He photographed over $20 million in rare exotic cars using the Phase One IQ180 (80 MP medium format monster) in an extremely rare and beautiful location over 3 days. Even better, the shoot benefitted a children’s charity. Check out the full post below to see more images & to learn more about how everything came together on this remarkable shoot! [more]

Tutorial on How To Create Detailed Grungy Athlete Portraits In Post Production

I’ve written about Glyn Dewis before on Fstoppers. He’s a fellow Photoshop World Instructor, UK-based photographer, and has an amazing blog and youtube channel filled with great image post-production tips. In this tutorial, Glyn teaches how to add nice detail and grit to your portraits, as he did with his boxer portrait series featured here. Click to see the entire post to watch another tutorial video on this shoot.

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Casey Neistat’s Studio Is Incredibly Well-Designed For Function

If you don’t know Casey Neistat’s name, you probably know at least one of his viral videos (like this). Gizmodo just did a great multi-part video series showcasing Casey’s nearly OCD attention to detail that he used when creating his New York City studio and workspace. You have to admit, it’s quite admirable the way he meticulously designed his workspaces for maximum functionality. As I am moving my photo and video business to New York City myself, I hope to take a few notes. Click to see the full post with video part 2 below.

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Great Automotive Rig Tutorial By Nigel Harniman Using A Phase One

You may recall my previous automotive rig tutorial with the Green Hornet Black Beauty. My buddy, award-winning commercial photographer Nigel Harniman (www.harniman.com), recently put together another great automotive rig tutorial post using his Phase One ALPA and a Ferrari. I think the shot came out awesome and I definitely learned a few things, which you can read about below!

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So You Want To Make A Professional Looking Print Photography Portfolio

One of my regular followers, Mike Nelson, said that there are plenty of resources on WHERE to buy portfolios, but very little information on HOW to make a photography portfolio. He suggested I do a blog post and share my personal perspectives and advice on the subject. I’ve also included contributions and tips from other photographer friends (such as Luke Copping whose work is featured in the video above) in the industry. Hopefully the following post will teach you everything you need to know.

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Get Phase One’s Capture One Raw Processing Software For Up To Half Off

Like processing RAW files with the best of the best software? For a limited time, Phase One is offering 50% of their Capture One Express 7 and 20% off of Capture One Pro 7 until June 16, 2013. As I have blogged about before, Phase One has created class-leading RAW image processing and tethering software that I personally use all the time.

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Custom Automotive Hard Drives And Thumb Drives For Unique Client File Delivery

As some of you may know by now, I’m a commercial photographer that gets some great opportunities to shoot epic movie and tv cars. Honestly, most of my paid shoots are portrait-related, but I just love all things cars and my clients know that. Last year, I came across a rad company called Flash Rods that makes custom memory storage (hard drives and thumb drives) based from 1:18 scale models and matchbox cars, including movie and tv cars like the Ecto1, Back to The Future Delorean, and A Team Van to deliver my files to clients.

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Help A Photographer Build A Space Suit For His Road Trip Across The Country

Photographer Brian Braun is a dreamer. He has made plans to restore an Airstream trailer so he may travel the United States adventuring and capturing images for a new photo series, which you will learn more about in the video above. Several creatives will be joining Brian on part his road trip journey including myself as well as our new buddy Vincent LaForet. This is an exciting prospect and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!

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