What type of photography do you do? Portraits? Still life? Macro? Aerial? Fine art? Fashion? Commercial? Advertising and editorial photographer Joseph Ford does many of these – sometimes simultaneously. His latest project of beautiful diptychs proves unequivocally that your creativity and innovation are what will set you apart and win you top tier commercial clients. Read his exclusive interview to find out how his latest project came about, and what you can learn and apply for you and your business.
As filmmakers, we often find ourselves in less-than-perfect circumstances; we may be losing sunlight at the end of a shoot or trying to capture a fleeting moment before it disappears. Often times you’ll find that you’ve captured great moments with an undesirable camera shake. I’ve found myself in this situation countless times and I want to share something that has changed the way I deal with shaky footage. [more]
Strapping a GoPro to a moving object has become ‘the thing’ over the years. More recently, we’ve begun to see spectacular aerial footage of GoPro’s mounted to small remote control drones, such as this video shot over New York City earlier this year. But every once in a while someone puts a GoPro on something that just makes sit up and you just go “WOW!” If you’ve ever dreamt of flying or soaring free like a bird through the mountains, this is the video you’ve been waiting for. [more]
Exactly one week ago we marked the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. As they do every anniversary, The Municipal Art Society of New York created two vertical columns of light (“Tribute In Light”) right next to the World Trade Center in remembrance of the Twin Towers using 88 powerful searchlights pointing up to the sky. Every year I photograph the Tribute In Light from a different spot, and this year, for the second time, I decided to photograph it from above. From a helicopter. Here is how and why I did it. [more]
‘Whatever it takes to get the shot.’ Carlos Ayesta‘s “whatever” involves rappelling from skyscrapers to get his unusual perspectives of Paris. In this beautifully shot BTS video by Guillaume Bression, we see Ayesta rappelling from various buildings and peeking into peoples living and workspaces. [more]
Photographic educator Dirk Fletcher decided his summer Modern Alternative Photographic Practices class would try and test the Holga camera and boldly send one where no Holga had gone before — space. To get a shot of the earth’s stratosphere, Fletcher and his students created a four Holga box unit to float by balloon into the lower stratosphere and capture an aerial of earth. [more]
The Nokia Lumia 1020 was met with a lot of skepticism, and sparked yet another battle in the megapixel war. But for a cell phone, it’s hard to deny that the photos look pretty darn good. Now when you think of National Geographic you think of incredible photographs of rarely seen places and people. [more]
Last week I posted a gorgeous video from Wolfe Air – their promo reel for aviation cinematography, and explained a bit of the process behind it. This week, I’ve found and put together a few videos which detail how they equip their planes and helicopters with some of the most advanced camera technologies available, and it’s pretty mindblowing. In these videos, Wolfe Air loads up a Learjet with [more]
Wolfe Air is a company that specializes in creating air to air footage for airlines, big-budget movie productions, the military, and private commercial clients, and they recently released their updated reel, which is absolutely mindblowing. Not many people think about what might go into these shots, so as the Fstoppers designated aviation photography dork, I’ve decided to write up a reader’s digest version of how they’re made. [more]
Shooting aerial video for commercial purposes might be iffy in the United States, but the team at Helicam, based in Finland and Estonia, make some truly epic video using a quadcopter, a RED and a custom stabilizing gimbal. The featured video is a reel showcasing shots from the system, but we also have BTS footage of the team using the copter and a video showing the custom rig being constructed. [more]
Earlier this year we showed you an amazing and advanced 4K aerial gyro system that lifestyle brand Teton Gravity Research (TGR) acquired. The Gyro-Stabilized Systems (GSS) C520 system is considered most advanced five-axis gyro-stabilized camera platform in the world. This week they released a trailer for their production “Way of Life” featuring the platform, and it looks fantastic. [more]
In the past year, we’ve seen some pretty amazing advancements in camera/drone technology. Quadcopters like the DJI Phantom are incredibly affordable and seem very easy for anyone to master. When shooting a commercial earlier this year, I had a similar mentality. “Why don’t I buy a cheap quadcopter and strap a GoPro to it. How hard can it be?”
As it turns out, even small drones can be used with disastrous results. [more]
Despite the information floating around regarding the legality of drones, when you see some beautiful aerial footage taken with them, you can’t help but gape in awe. In this video uploaded by Nicolas Doldinger you can watch a GoPro take to the skies. In their own words: “DJI Phantom + Zenmuse H3-SD Gimbal + Gopro Hero 3 = NYC LOVE.” [more]
Shallow depth of field is something we can enjoy when shooting portraits, insects, products and other small and/or close subjects. But when shooting wide shots of landscapes and cities, it’s technically pretty much impossible to achieve this effect with our normal day to day lenses (assuming most of you don’t carry tilt-shift lenses or tilt adapters). Of course some parts of the image will be out of focus, but the general effect wont be as noticeable as when shooting close subjects with open apertures. This is when Photoshop comes into play. [more]
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has relayed back images of the Earth and moon from 900 million miles away. The images, taken in a series of photos on July 19th as Saturn was backlit by the sun, portray the blue planet as a diminutive blip in a vast dark solar system.