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Mike Kelley

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I'm currently a Los Angeles-based architectural and interiors photographer. I graduated from the University of Vermont with degrees in environmental science and digital art, and after graduating, I moved to the Lake Tahoe area to follow my dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder. While I was fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world competing, injury eventually forced me to consider a different career. Shortly after, a chance encounter led me from full-time hobby photographer to full-time working photographer (funny, this life). I had always been interested in photography, but never imagined that I would be working as a full-time photographer, and I'm very excited to be able to share my knowledge of architectural photography, lighting, compositing and retouching with everyone who reads Fstoppers.

Behind The Scenes: Creating The Highest Resolution Photo Ever Taken Of Machu Picchu

Jeff Cremer recently traveled to Machu Picchu with the goal of creating the highest resolution image ever taken of one of the most incredible places on Earth. Using a Gigapan robotic head, Jeff swept a Canon 100-400mm lens back and forth over the scene, taking hundreds of photos, which resulted in one incredible image. He even had a close call with the law, [more]

FS Reviews: Scott Hargis’ Lighting For Real Estate Photography Video Series

Many of you are familiar with Scott Hargis, who has made his living as both a successful architectural photographer and in recent years, teacher. Scott has cris-crossed the world to teach his methods, including a recent trip to Dubai to teach at Gulf Photo Plus. Scott recently released a multi-part video tutorial that teaches his methods for shooting high-quality photos for real estate photography using off-camera flashes, and Scott was kind enough to send us a copy to review. [more]

The Intersection of Art, Architecture, And Photography: The Art Of Felice Varini

Ready to have your mind blown? Check out these installations by Swiss artist Felice Varini, in which he painstakingly paints patterns and designs into enormous spaces in such a way that from one specific angle, they look entirely surreal. This concept is nothing new, (we’ve all seen those chalk drawings on the street) but the scale and size of Varini’s installations is simply incredible. But what does this have to do with photography, you ask? [more]

FS Exclusive: Sneak Peek At Celebrity Photographer Brian Smith’s ‘Secrets Of Great Portrait Photography’

Earlier this year, we interviewed world-renowned celebrity photographer Brian Smith, and he shared plenty of valuable insight with us. I’m happy to say that Brian has recently completed work on a book aimed at helping you improve your portrait photography, aptly titled ‘Secrets Of Great Portrait Photography.’ Brian has graciously agreed to provide some of the content for us to check out, and I’m happy to be able to share it with you. Check it out, I promise you’ll learn something! [more]

BTS On The International Space Station: Discussing The Cameras, Techniques, And Difficulties Involved When Shooting In Space

Astronaut Donald Pettit has spent more than a year of his life in space. Between two long-term stays on the ISS and a six-week Space Shuttle trip, he’s racked up an incredible 370 days living, working, and photographing in the most hostile environment known to man. In this video, Donald shows us the techniques he’s developed to create some of the jaw-dropping images and timelapses that he’s created [more]

Chasing Obama: A Day In The Life Of A Reuters Photographer On The Campaign Trail

With the United States’ presidential election decided with Barack Obama as the winner, I thought the timing would be perfect to share this video created by Reuters’ White House photographer Jason Reed. Jason follows the president on his campaign trail, and offers some interesting behind the scenes views of a job that most of us dream of having. While not an earth-shattering video, it gives us a better idea of how many hats a modern photojournalist must wear, and how incredibly hectic it gets when photographing the world’s largest election. I know I’d probably sprout a few grey hairs after spending a few days on Jason’s schedule!

Kamil Tamiola Shows Us How To Create Awesome Nighttime Images

Alpine photographer Kamil Tamiola has made quite a name for himself shooting landscapes and people in hostile high-altitude environments. His work is stunning, and he admits that a large part of what sets him apart from other photographers is his use of nighttime and twilight imagery, which can be incredibly difficult to capture in this environment. In this video, a very cold Kamil will walk us through what it takes to create one of his gorgeous high altitude images. [more]

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm, Star Wars Franchise: More Star Wars Films Coming

In the most unexpected yet earth-shattering news in recent film and video memory, Disney has agreed to purchase Lucasfilm for a reported $4.05 billion. Along with that purchase, Disney has stated that it will continue to produce original Star Wars films and related material. Since I know that most all of our readers grew up watching Star Wars and at some point in their life have pretended to wield a lightsaber, this has got to be the greatest Star Wars news in some time. [more]

Yet Another Outrageous Deal: Rebel T3i Kit With Two Lenses, Printer, And More For $599

B&H strikes again! This time it’s a Rebel T3i, 18-55mm IS, 55-250mm IS, PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II printer, 16gb Sandisk Extreme SD card, shoulder bag, and glossy paper pack. All of that for $599 after a mail in rebate, which is just an amazing deal. If you’re a new enthusiast, looking to pick up a gift for a loved one, or looking for a backup option that will create high-quality images for a great price, you need to look no further. Click here to see the deal on the B&H website. [more]

Go Behind The Scenes With Brad Wilson As He Creates Incredible Portraits Of Live Animals

Brad Wilson, a commercial and fine art photographer who splits his time between New Mexico and New York, recently released this video of him shooting exotic animals in a studio. Take a look at how Brad works with giraffes, elephants, alligators and more to create breahttaking studio portraits of animals that are never seen in this environment. To be honest, the fact that Brad has the guts to get six inches from some of these huge cats to take their picture with studio lighting is just incredible. [more]

FishLove Works To Promote Sustainable Fishing By Posing Celebs With Fish (Totally Naked)

In an effort to raise awareness of overfishing in the Atlantic Ocean, a coalition of photographers in Europe came together to work on a project known as FishLove. By showing how much these celebs love fish (enough to get naked with them!) they’re hoping to bring attention to the plight of many overfished species. While the photos are certainly attention grabbing, I think I much would have preferred video of naked celebrities trying to pose with live fish. In case you were wondering, this post is definitely NSFW and, while I’m at it, not safe for schools, either. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews The Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter: A Must For Any Landscape Photographer

Most photographers and videographers have felt the need to slow down their shutter speeds on more than one occasion: whether you’re a landscape photographer looking to get scintillating blurry water and clouds, a portrait photographer trying to slow down a shutter speed to use shallow depth of field with a wide aperture, or a videographer in search of that cinema-like look. While there are a number of solutions, one of the most well-known and most flexible is the Singh-Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter. [more]

One of The Best Uses of Timelapse We’ve Seen: Endeavour’s Final Journey Through The Streets of LA

As Fstoppers’ resident aviation dork and lone Angeleno, I’d be making a huge mistake not to share this incredible timelapse of Endeavour’s final journey. Filmed over a sleepless weekend by an all-star timelapse team, the video chronicles Endeavour’s slow, delicate, and surreal journey (which made for the perfect timelapse subject) from Los Angeles International Airport to its final resting place at the California Science Center. [more]

Smoking Hot Deal On 5d Mark II Kit With 24-105 and Printer At B&H: Only $2199!

B&H just announced this incredible deal: $2199.00 after mail-in-rebate for a Canon 5d Mark II, 24-105mm f:4 L lens, and Pixma Pro9000 Mark II Printer Kit. On top of all this, they’re also throwing in a LowePro AW 170 Shoulder Bag, a wireless IR shutter release, and a bundle of glossy photo paper. For those who have been waiting for prices to fall on the 5d Mark II, you simply can’t beat this. Need I remind you that the original MSRP of the 5d Mark II kit was $3,499? [more]

Ian Ruhter Shoots Inspiring People With an Enormous Wet Plate Setup

We’ve featured Ian Ruhter before: his Silver and Light series was an incredible display of talent, ingenuity and originality. I’m glad to say that he’s back at it again, this time criss-crossing the country, telling the stories of inspiring people with his portable darkroom setup. Watch as Ian shoots Madison, a young girl who overcame some serious setbacks, and creates a series of incredible portraits using his custom made (very large format) camera which is built into the back of a box van. [more]

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