It goes without saying that besides the Superbowl commercials, we can pretty much expect the same run of the mill advertisements. Whether it’s cartoon bears with toilet paper stuck to their butts, or of babies talking like grown adults, this commercial really blew them all out of the water. Advertising film director, Bruno Aveillan, (along with a crew of about 50 people) spent two years putting together this epic 3.5 minute journey celebrating the 160 year history of luxury jeweler, Cartier. [more]
By using flour and hot cocoa powder, Photographer Don Horne was able to capture some really stunning images. How did he do it? The idea behind his shoot was to shoot a model while having flour and cocoa powder tossed in her face – thus the explosion effect. Set in a studio, Don had an Alienbee B800 in a medium softbox sitting camera left, a Nikon SB800 shooting into an umbrella acting as a rim light and finally, a large white reflector camera right to fill in the shadows. [more]
This is a series of videos that make up a fascinating 90-minute documentary about the great Richard Avedon. It’s called “Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light,” and first aired back in 1995 as part of the American Masters Series. If you’re like me, you could spend hours watching things like this. [more]
Hey guys! Creative Motion Design is in their final month of the Nikon D3x Camera giveaway which means you’ve still got a chance to enter and win big! All you have to do is log onto Creative Motion Design’s Facebook page and enter an image that correlates with this month’s theme, “water”. If you win March’s theme, you’ll automatically be entered into the final contest to win a Nikon D3x. [more]
Growing up in Bosnia during 1992-1995, photographer Ziyah Gafić could not participate in the war – only stand by on the sidelines. Having no academic background in photography, he became very interested in Muslim culture and while working on his project, “Troubled Islam”, he got a very unique opportunity to shoot and interview the women of Saudi Arabia. [more]
It’s crazy to compare todays advertising campaign’s to those of 30 years ago. They are becoming more involved, creative and technically advanced than we could have ever imagined. In this video, Photographer Tim Macpherson takes us behind the scenes on the new campaign for the fabric company ‘Sunbrella’ which was shot and filmed in South Carolina! While this video lacks technical information, it is still really awesome to see how much planning and time it took just to film and shoot one simple scene. [more]
I’ve always been a fan of documentary photographer, Mary Ellen Mark. Having published over 15 books, she has taken some of the most compelling images and is considered a living legend. In this video, she talks about the state current state of documentary photography and gives helpful advice to those trying to break out in the field. She is shooting on a Mamiya 7 II camera with a 55mm and 65mm lens. She lit her subjects using a Profoto AcuteB 600 Air and an AcuteB Head with a Profoto Zoom Reflector attached. Click to full post to watch her in action.
“Public Domaine” was the name of a skateboarding themed art exhibition that took place at The Gaîté Art Museum in Paris last summer. To celebrate their 25th Anniversary, shoemaker Etnies commissioned award-winning skateboard filmmaker Mike Manzoori to create a unique piece of video art for the exhibit. And unique is exactly what he provided with a bizarrely super wide angle aspect ratio film that was projected on the walls of the exhibit. He also used some very interesting tools to achieve this look, including the RED One, Custom rigs for holding 3x DSLRs, and a spinning 360 GoPro Rig. To see the full post click here.
Greetings Comrads, I hope you’ve brushed up on your Russian because today we take a little journey via the world wide web to motherland Russia. We’ll be watching a BTS video from PP Productions as they shoot three 30-second TV spots for Elitech Tools. It’s a pretty big production that goes into the making of spots like these, especially when your doing 3 in one day. Click here to see the full post.
As an owner of a Lensbaby, I’m a big fan of what these lenses can do. In this video, Lensbaby goes behind the scenes to interview commercial and fine art photographer, Fritz Liedtke. Obviously there are other ways to get similar effects that Fritz shows us but by using the Lensbaby Composer Pro and the Edge 80 Optic, he is able to see it instantly and directly in the camera. Fritz is right when he says that having a couple of these lenses allows us to expand the possibilities for our work. Click the full post to watch the video.
BH Photo is offering up to $200 instant savings on Sigmas Lenses until March 31st. The Sigma 17-50 Lens, which is featured in our Gear Guide as one of our favorite lenses, is great for both stills and video. Normally almost $700, you can pick up that lens for $594.00 after the rebate. Listed at $769.00 after the rebate, the Sigma 105 Macro Lens can focus 31 cm away from the subject with a 105mm zoom. That’s a pretty good deal considering the Canon EF 100mm Macro Lens will cost you almost $1,000 and will focus up to 30mm away.
Called the BEST movie camera to date, the Nikon D4 features full HD 1080p (and 720 at 60fps). Not only is there a microphone in with 20 different adjustment levels, but for the first time you’re able to hear the audio that you’re recording. They’ve also included for the first time an HDMI feed out. Watch the video with James Banfield for a demonstration on the secret features of the new Nikon D4.
In this video, Photographer Tyler Oxendine takes us behind the scenes on his shoot for the 2012 D1 Combine Class. In the first lighting setup, he’s using two Alienbee B800′s with a PLM Umbrella and a yellow gel attached. In the second setup, Tyler dropped down to using just one of the Alienbee B800′s with a PLM Umbrella. In his third and final setup, he used a simple Canon 580ex speedlight inside of a Photoflex LiteDome.
Curious to see what video looks like on the new Nikon D800? Photographer, Sandro Miller gives us a sneak peak in this short-film he created using only the Nikon D800. See how he tackles all the different lighting and motion challenges in the full post.