We all know that fashion and glamour photography can be controversial at times. First with Kate Upton’s horribly retouched cover of Sports Illustrated, then with the leak of Victoria’s Secret’s untouched photos and their debatable over-retouch of Lais Ribeiro earlier this month. Well, now it seems to be Vogue magazine that’s the culprit, and their celebrity of choice… the eccentric Lady Gaga. [more]
We have a very eclectic and large group of talented photographers that are active on our Fstoppers Facebook group. Some specialize in portraits, some in weddings and others, like me, are commercial photographers. Julia Kuzmenko McKim specializes in the whimsical. She sculpts beauty using light and a Wacom tablet. In this shoot, Julia and her team have tackled on an editorial. The setting, a fairytale like scene in a bright green forest. [more]
Douglas Sonders has to be my favorite commercial photographer hands down. He was my first introduction to a commercial photographer back in the summer of 2011 and through his work and advice inspired me to become one myself. His images are striking, unique and always have a story behind them. Recently Douglas and Phase One, medium format cameras, have joined together along with Nik Software to share their love and knowledge of photography to the masses. [more]
There always comes a time while you’re surfing the web looking for inspiration that you stumble upon something so striking that it just blows you away. You sit back and wonder… ‘How in the world did they manage that?’ Jean Osipyan, a professional fashion photographer from Armenia and now based out of Russia takes the extra steps from ordinary to extraordinary in his retouching. [more]
We’ve heard of entire theatrical films being shot with DSLRs before, but what about stop motion masterpieces? Usually they’re handled by bigger guns like the RED EPIC, or IMAX cameras. ‘ParaNorman‘, a stop motion animation film was released a few weeks ago. The film used over sixty Canon 5d Mark IIs to capture the 400,000 frames needed to create the movie. Since the movie was shot in stereoscopic 3D, the camera had to shoot both on the left and right side of the puppets. [more]
On March 2011 a tsunami in Japan killed over 20,000 people and left thousands more homeless and destitute. Many people from all over the world came together to help the country of Japan during this catastrophic event. All Hands Volunteers was one of the many groups in that helped during the recovery and cleanup efforts. [more]
Follow The Mill Visual Effects Studio, a leading CGI and special effects global company as they walk you through the Norfolk Southern campaign, “City of Possibilites’. Computer generated imagery has always astounded me in how much processing it takes to get the final result. The great folks at the Mill explain how they the start by conceptualizing each character then moving on to shooting the live action scenes, and then finally blending the final animations into the scenes flawlessly. [more]
John Carpenter. His name is synonymous with fear. The films he has made in the last 40 years has been the cause of both delight and terror in several generations. ‘The Thing’ used to have me scrambling under the covers at night during my childhood while ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ had me laughing at jokes I was still too young to understand. Follow Kyle Cassidy as he photographs John Carpenter in the author’s music room for his series of fantasy and science fiction writers in their creative spaces called: Where I Write. [more]
Last week Lee Morris posted a few behind the scenes images of Annie Leibovitz’s latest Disney Campaign featuring Russell Brand as the villainous Captain Hook and funnymen Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel as the hitchhiking ghosts from ‘The Haunted Mansion’ ride. Here are two behind the scenes videos of each photoshoot respectively. [more]
A few days ago I posted part one of the almighty Great Camera Shootout 2012 by Zacuto. In the last video it introduced nine clips by nine different cameras by nine different cinematographers. In this video the cameras are revealed in the blind testing that literally traveled across the world. Meet the Cinematographers who worked with each camera and watch how they used their designated cameras and their preferences in lighting and post. [more]
Aerial Cinematography has always been a fascination of mine. Aerial shots tend to easily blow away normal stationary ground shots I find, but I’ve always wondered how people achieved such amazing footage and what they used. Follow Josh Lambeth from Birds Eye Productions as he sits down along with his crew and explains exactly what they use and how they use it to gain access to the sky and have their cameras airborne. [more]
A cinematographer’s job is to bring the director’s vision of a story to life. A hard, but rewarding job indeed. With the wide availability of high definition cameras right at the masses’ fingertips, the art of cinematography is growing and changing constantly. I myself have always been fascinated by how different cinematographers interpret light, color and mood. Zacuto is back with its Emmy award winning web series, The Great Camera Shootout. This year though they’ve gone in a different direction. [more]
Red Bull is about to attempt a feat never accomplished before. Stratos is the name of the project where Red Bull will attempt to have Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, free fall over 22 miles above the Earth and in the process break the speed of sound. The video shows the video and photography equipment, including 15 cameras, used to document the entire thing which is planned to go off around December.
Video games just as photography has grown at an exponential rate. Technology has allowed both to jump leaps and bounds in quality over the past few years, so it only makes sense that eventually the two would merge at one point. Introducing ‘In-Game Photography’, a new form of photography that seems to be spreading in interest among gamers across the world.
Join the MacGillivrays of One World One Ocean as they take you under the sea and into ‘inner space’ to document NASA’s NEEMO 16 mission (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations). Aquanauts are sent to Aquarius (the world’s only undersea laboratory) to live underwater for two weeks which can simulate living on a space station. [more]