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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.

NYC Videographer Leaves $13k Worth Of Gear In a Taxi, And Miraculously Gets It All Back

There are just some days where you feel like there is little hope for humanity. I live in Los Angeles, and I imagine that it is the same in most other large cities around the world: There’s no real sense of community, and you’re just another face in the crowd, and to many people, it is just incredibly simple to be a dishonest person in a setting where everyone is anonymous. However, I had a little bit of my faith in humanity restored when [more]

Nearly 50 Years of Incredible Extraterrestrial Moon Photography

On July 31st, 1964, Ranger 7 sent back the first of over 4,300 detailed images of the moon. At the time, the world hadn’t seen anything like it: they were clearer and more detailed than any image that could be made from earth. Check out a selection of photos taken over the course of the last 48 years after the jump. [more]

Paris In Motion: A Tour de Force of Various Timelapse Techniques Set in the City of Light

Check out this way-cool timelapse video by Mayeul Akpovi. Set in Paris, Mayeul used a number of interesting techniques to add an incredible range of motion to a timelapse video. Add in a variety of twilight and dusk scenes, and the city comes to life in a way that I haven’t seen before. This video reminds me of one of our most popular posts of all time, “Can Anyone Figure Out How This Timelapse Was Filmed?” Let us know how you think Mayeul did it!

Finally! D.C. Police Announce a Sensible And Reasonable Cell Phone and Camera Policy

I’ve written a number of articles about how the police and other law enforcement agencies, both in the US and abroad, have been interfering with and hassling photographers and videographers who are only trying to document a scene that’s in front of them. There have been multiple instances of people in power (such as Obama himself) saying that this is unconstitutional. And finally, it would seem, one police department has begun to realize that. [more]

Internet Calls For Flickr To ‘Be Awesome Again,’ Flickr Responds In Kind

A few short years ago, Flickr was unquestionably the largest and most popular image sharing site on the internet. It was clean, fast, easy, and social. In fact, it was one of the first websites to embrace the concept of social media. Flickr was on the cutting edge of the internet, and it was growing fast. But over the past couple of years, as websites like Tumblr, Facebook, 500px, smugmug, Instagram and Imgur have risen to fame and evolved [more]

Behind The Scenes With Zak Noyle: What It Takes To Create Amazing Surf Images

Zak Noyle is one of the world’s most respected surf photographers, and in this two-part documentary by RedBull, we get a fascinating glimpse into his world. From his photographic mission and technique to the training that he undergoes to be able to stay afloat in some of the world’s largest surf, this mini-doc has it all. Filmed around the world in exotic locations [more]

Pentax Vs. Afghanistan: One US Soldier Puts His Camera’s Weather Sealing To The Test

Alex Jansen, who is currently on a deployment in Afghanistan, recently created this video showing off the weather and dust sealing capabilities of his Pentax K-5 and K-7 cameras. I know that even though my Canon 1D claims to be ‘weather and dust resistant’ it would be a cold day in hell before I ever voluntarily did something like this to my camera (and lenses!). Alex is clearly confident [more]

Ken Block Turns San Francisco Into His Urban Rally Course And Captures It All In Stunning Fashion

Ken Block, owner of DC Shoes and action sports mogul is well known for his incredible skill in a rally car. He’s also been known to make some incredible videos, such as his original Gymkhana piece. For this installment, Gymkhana 5, Ken decided that he wanted to take over San Francisco: and that is just what he did. He also made sure that it was captured to perfection: I can’t imagine that any less than one hundred cameras were used in the making of this piece. [more]

Eleven Beautiful Architectural Photographs And How They Were Made

As I continue my articles on interior, architectural, and real estate photography, I thought it would be interesting to see different approaches to shooting these types of subjects. So, for this month’s article, I’ve invited a number of professional interior, architectural, and real estate photographers to share their images and techniques with everyone who reads Fstoppers. [more]

Shooting Architecture on Location With Mike Butler in Bogota, Colombia

We’ve featured architectural photographer Mike Butler before, when he shot the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, FL. This time, Mike heads to Bogota, Colombia, to shoot  the Virgilio Barco Library using a slew of hot lights and assistants. If you’ve ever wondered why it takes 8 hours to create a single architectural image, this BTS will show you exactly why.  [more]

FilmRiot Shows You How to Light Moving Subjects in Multiple Spaces While Filming

FilmRiot has been quietly working on a series of educational behind the scenes videos over the last few months, and I think this one is definitely worth a mention (avoid the random skydiving tangent at 6:00). Aimed at beginner and intermediate videographers, this short video will walk us through some techniques for lighting people as they move through multiple rooms. [more]

Break The Cycle: A Creative Campaign Aimed At Stopping Violence Against Children

Y&R, A Mexico-based advertising agency, recently created this striking series of photos depicting the cycle of violence that is so prevalent in homes across the world. In an effort to raise awareness of the fact that children who suffer emotional or physical abuse at the hands of their family members will be more prone to act in the same way in the future, [more]

Incredible New Technique of ‘Video Light Painting’ Raises The Light Painting Bar…Again

Well, the light painting bar has been raised again. Sweatshoppe, a European creative collaboration, recently created this video showing off their new technique of video light painting. While that may sound a little strange at first, it’s actually a really, really neat technique that they pioneered on their own. Using custom-made software and a little ingenuity, [more]

Nevada Journalist Tackled By Police While Covering Wildfires Near Reno

Today’s edition of “The Law vs. The Photographer” brings us to Reno, Nevada, where 60 year-old Reno Gazette-Journal journalist Tim Dunn was tackled and then cited by police for documenting wildfires on public land near Reno, NV. The offense? Wearing protective clothing, which was apparently seen as an attempt to impersonate firefighters. [more]

Incredible Behind The Scenes Footage From The Set of ‘Return of the Jedi’

Filmed on a Super 8 camera without audio or narration, this is a clip for the true Star Wars aficionado. Created by Jeff Broz, this series of clips affords us a rare glimpse into the making of an incredible blockbuster film that is adored the world over. There are a number of recognizable iconic scenes visible in their rough and unedited form. [more]

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