Preston Kanak, creator of 3minuteshorts and assistant editor of Philip Bloom is launching a new series of tutorials about how to film timelapses. Perfect for the professional or advanced hobbyist videographer, the series is the perfect way to make your jump into Timelapse filmmaking. The series will be broken up into seven parts including the gear he uses, pre- and post- production, and distribution. [more]
Music and visual components have always been used together as a form of art, most famously in the music video. As technology expands so does the way we use it for expression. The people over at Frucor (V Energy Drinks) recently challenged Joel Little, lead singer of Goodnight Nurse, to create a single track that could be played (mixed) live using only a body’s movements in this unique musical and visual journey of a marketing campaign. [more]
I’m all about getting the shot that you need in camera as much as possible. If you can achieve an effect in front of your camera and spend less time in Photoshop then the more the better. Sasha Leahovcenco recently shot an ad for Vater Percussion with Mike Johnston. In this behind the scenes video he explains everything that he uses to create the shots, even explaining why he decided to go natural lighting on the main ad shot itself. [more]
A time honored tradition in Spain, the running of the bulls or Encierro has only three days left until it wraps on July 14th. The seven day festival of San Fermín in Pamplona is the largest and most popular of the Encierros. Several thousand people attend the runs, causing the passageways to be very cramped. I would imagine that photographers covering the event have little or no room to move. Below are a few amazing shots taken in the past few days. [more]
Probably the most anticipated movie of the summer, The Dark Knight Rises, is sure not to disappoint. I have always been a long time fan of Christopher Nolan’s style of film-making and his practical approach to filming special effect scenes. In this in-depth 13 minute making of featurette Christopher Nolan and his crew talk about the scope of filming a movie this size, the scale of the locations and how important it is to them to try to film all of their special effects in camera decreasing the amount of CGI used in post. [more]
Follow Pantene Hair as they film Natalie Coughlin, eleven time Olympic medalist for USA Swimming (3 Gold, 4 Silver, and 4 Bronze) in their latest ad campaign featuring Olympic athletes for their Daily Moisture Renewal product line. Shot in two days in December of 2011 in Northern California and released in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics they use some impressive rigs and blue screens in this shoot. [more]
Electroencephalography (EEG) is the recording of electrical data along the scalp. (source Wiki) This was Isabel M. Martinez‘s inspiration when she concocted this unique way of capturing images on her custom fitted Hasselblad. The camera has been modified with in-camera masks which then takes two exposures and merges them together in the vertical slats you see in the photos. Her series, Quantum Blink, definitely have movement in them, reminding me of those old hologram cards from childhood.
Polishing your photos for the world to see is an important step in a photographer’s workflow. Retouching can both be a photographer’s favorite step in the process or can cause a massive headache. Framed Network has interviewed Fstoppers’ very own, Pratik Naik, for their web series of artistic professionals. His work has graced the pages of ELLE, Maxim, Vouge and Marie Claire upon others. Pratik was kind enough not to just give an interview with Framed, but also give the audience a small look into his daily routine of retouching. [more]
I know that I’ve posted other reviews about the FS700, but with this camera being a less expensive alternative to other high frame rate camera, the more reviews I see the more excited I get about it. Andrew Young from Archipelago Films was also able to get his hands on a pre-production copy of the Sony NEX-FS700 for four days. [more]
Takealot.com is South Africa’s leading online retailer. Follow the brand as they unveil their new marketing spokesmen or cavespokesman or perhaps it’s spokescaveman. Watch as you meet the marketing team as they prep makeup and show a bit of outtakes and product photography with the characters of the new ad campaign. [more]
Recently a customer from Toronto asked the people at McDonald’s why the photos on the fast food giant’s advertisements look nothing like the real thing you order in the drive-thru. The Canadian branch of McDonald’s offered this behind the scenes video as their reply. [more]
Virginia photographer, Billy Hunt, has found a way to capture his subjects’ inner tumult and awkwardness. A device that was concocted by both Hunt and a local camera shop in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s called the Scream-o-Tron 3000, and it’s used to force his subjects to scream yet still be aware of their appearance.
Typically, when you see timelapse videos it’s of beautiful metropolitan skylines, celestial light painting or visions of nature, but Youtuber, Dsnedit (Daniel Navarrete), decided what better place to do a timelapse than the quintessential childhood staple, Disneyland. It is after-all the happiest place on earth (or so Disney tells us). [more]
Portrait orientation captured on mobile devices. Your Facebook newsfeed is riddled with this horrible phenomenon. You know it’s wrong, but you’re not quite sure how to tell your social media buddies that they’re committing a video faux pas. If you feel apprehensive bringing the subject up in fear of being ridiculed as a camera phone nazi, then look no further. The kind people over at Glove and Boots have you covered with this lighthearted PSA; but be forewarned George Lucas fans… you might want to turn away for this one.
Follow world-renowned landscape photographer, Peter Lik, as he captures one of the wettest places in the continental U.S., the Pacific Northwest. After having a record breaking year in rainfall Peter threw on his raincoat, slipped on his rain-boots and headed to Oregon to photograph the subsequent breathtaking scenery. Enjoy as he shows what you have to sometimes endure to get some amazing photographs. [more]