Behind the scenes videos are some of the best ways to learn our craft, especially when it comes to setting up lighting. It takes quite a bit of courage though to put yourself out there online and share a video with our industry. Arizona based photographer, Lear Miller, took the leap and put together his first BTS video of a fitness shoot that I thought deserved a shout out here on Fstoppers. [more]
The US Government has recently been caught unlawfully monitoring the Associated Press. From what I can gather, the government was looking for the contact that leaked some information regarding a cyber-attack. Read more about that political stuff here. So what can you do to prevent this from happening to you as a photo journalist? Well don’t do something stupid, but if needed here is a list of some undercover software to keep your work under wraps.
Anyone who has tried can tell you that lighting cars well is a difficult thing to do. The size of them, the lack of flat surfaces, how reflective they are, and the variety of different materials all make for one of the most trying photographic challenges out there. In this video, renowned automotive photographer Tim Wallace talks with us about the methods that have helped him to become so successful. [more]
This might be an extreme take on the all-too-common client request of “get it done quickly,” but it serves as an excellent benchmark of what can be done in a short amount of time. Odds are, you won’t ever be asked to do a full post-production retouch in such a short amount of time, but the idea behind what Aaron Nace of PHLEARN is showing here is solid: with the right tools and knowledge you can streamline your workflow with extreme effectiveness. [more]
Food styling can take place in the production kitchen and in front of the camera. How do you know when and where to style your food? The answer will depend on what food you are shooting. For food with long shelf lives, like cupcakes, the dish will generally be camera ready when it leaves the kitchen. If the dish involves a sauce and a variety of garnishes, the styling will occur both in the kitchen and in front of the camera. Here is a behind the scenes look at a dish that involves styling in both locations: The Meatball Sandwich.
I find athletic themed shoots to be especially interesting considering the amount of effort and expertise that goes pulling off that one perfect shot. Follow James Quantz Jr in this behind the scenes video as he takes on the challenge of shooting the South Carolina Gamecocks. [more]
Bulb ramping is a technique used by time lapse photographers to adjust the shutter speed throughout the time lapse to compensate for natural changes in exposure. If you’re looking to shoot timelapses of sunrises, sunsets or any change from day to night, this technique is critical. In his latest tutorial video, BC based photographer Joel Schat takes us through the steps needed in order to create a bulb ramping time lapse with ease. [more]
Over time, you’ll likely see your lens develop a couple specks of dust inside the lens. This isn’t uncommon, and 99% of the time, won’t affect your image quality at all. However, for the neat freaks out there, it’ll become a big issue for you, and you’ll want to send your lens in for cleaning. Lens Rentals shows us how they do it. [more]
Photographing baseball pitchers is perhaps one of the least predictable aspects of my job, for the men that play that position have the largest gamut of personalities. I have had the good fortunate to photograph many pitchers (Justin Verlander, Cliff Lee, Josh Beckett and Felix Hernandez), and not one was alike. Being the player that the rest of the game revolves around, the opportunity for ego is great, leaving it impossible to plan how the photoshoot will go. [more]
You may recognize the singer for Exitmusic, Aleksa Palladino, from her role as Angela Darmody in Boardwalk Empire. Well, she formed a band with husband Devon Church, and together released one of the higher rated albums of 2012. I had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with them before their show in Columbus, Ohio last July. Here is what we came up with. [more]
Pro commercial and celebrity photographer Michael Grecco takes us on the set of his 2-day shoot for Men’s Health and Procter & Gamble in this high end behind the scenes video. The parts of the video you want to watch move pretty quickly so there will be a lot of pausing if you want to see the lighting setups in any sort of detail. The consistent theme with light here is balance. One of my favorite things about Grecco is [more]
Recently, I was hired by a corporate client to take the portrait of Rod Stewart here in New York City before a concert. After a day of pre-planning logistics, 4 cancellations/reschedules (same day), and 3 location changes, the shoot finally happened… and it took place in two shutter clicks. Now, this is not a complaint post or to prove what an intense shoot this was. This is merely the stark reality of what it’s like to shoot celebrity portraits. You have to be ready for anything.
Do you remember 14 years ago when the Matrix came out and blew some of our minds with filming techniques? One of the most ingenious scenes at the time was the wrap around bullet shot where the camera spun around the actors on a large dolly while they were suspended in mid air. Popular Youtuber Mark Rober has come up a really simple and cheap way to replicate the rotational filming effect of that scene.
To see more of his creative videos, check out his channel.
Of course many of us want to always nail a shot in camera, but sometimes things happen. Maybe it looked great on your camera’s LCD, but entirely different once you got it on your computer. Maybe your sensor is too small and shallow DOF is hard to nail. It’s for these cases that Aaron Nace at PHLEARN does tutorials like this one, where he shows how to adjust depth of field in post. [more]
This new video from the Life In Focus series from F-Stop Gear tells the story of Brian Matiash, an urban and landscape photographer from Portland, Oregon. A departure from the usual mountain or expedition setting, it’s cool to see a photographer who is working on the streets of a city and how he makes use of the rugged F-stop bags. Hear Brian discuss how he got into photography and what motivates him to shoot urban areas. [more]