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The Making Of A Commercial Beverage Image | Step By Step

Food, beverage, and product photography is all about sculpting light, your composition, and understanding which modifiers to use in which situations. In this behind the scenes tutorial, RGG Photo takes you in their St. Louis studio for a step by step look at building an image. Join RGG Photo this May in the Bahamas for a 2 day intensive workshop on liquids, glass, beer, and beverage photography. You could even win a free trip. [more]

Wistia Team Talks Video-Making Nitty Gritty: Choosing a Microphone

Wistia is a video player (think Youtube and Vimeo) for businesses who want a high quality player but don’t necessarily want the social features you get with the mainstream platforms. In addition to being a quirky and fun culture and offering a sweet product, the Wistia team also provides tutorials and tips on making your own great company videos. This one offers some great info on choosing a microphone. [more]

Thinking Of Crowdfunding Your Next Video Project? Learn From My Failed Attempt

I recently wrapped up a kickstarter project that was trying to raise $10,000 for the production of a documentary film. During its 30-day run, and weeks of planning that went into it beforehand, I got my own crash course in fundraising and marketing. I’ll share what I learned in this article. [more]

How to Create the Illusion of Hobbit-Sized People In-Camera

Seattle-based commercial, portrait and wedding photographer Ben Lucas gives us a quick break down of some of the techniques used to create the illusion of Hobbit-sized people, using forced perspective and props. Whether used to Turns Toy Cars Into Nostalgic Life-Like Images or to Turn a Cat into a Beard forced perspectives are a powerful tool in the creative’s arsonal. [more]

Simple Props + Childlike Wonder = Stunning High Impact Photography Project

Some years back, we featured the beautiful Lego Star Wars world that Finnish illustrator, designer and photographer Vesa Lehtimäki created with simple but ingenious lighting and table top model work. His latest project again features iconic Star Wars models, shot and then composited back into scenes, rendering the spacecraft to epic proportions. Vesa proves again that some solid technical know-how coupled with a vivid imagination delivers fantastic results. [more]

Behind the Scenes Images from Live Action Short Film “Me+Her”

Blackmagic Design let loose today that “Me+Her,” a live action short film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, was shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (MFT) and Pocket Cinema Camera. This is good news, as it shows that there are those in the industry who are embracing the relatively new bodies. Take a look at some stills from the movie, as well as behind-the-scenes images from the set. [more]

The 2.5D Effect Explained Further

Few months back we featured a great video showing how Joe Fellows creates his stunning parallax videos. After posting the article, many of you had follow-up questions on his techniques and methods, so he decided to release a ‘part 2′ video explaining some of the cool tricks he uses to transform a 2D photo into a 2.5D video. [more]

Why Using A Camera Sling Is Common Sense | The Yeti Review

Shooting events is like running a marathon, it often feels like it’s never ending. At the end of the day you are sore, dirty, and you may have blacked out for a portion of it from dehydration. Using an ergonomic camera sling for one or both cameras is a great solution for saving your neck and back and also keeping your cameras secure on your body. This is a no-brainer investment if you are an event shooter and may change your life if you haven’t been using one. [more]

Filmmaker Turns Mother’s Final Letters Into A Gorgeous Short Film

It’s fair to say that films usually come together much stronger when actors or directors are emotionally invested in the content. Seattle based filmmakers/writers Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger recently released their short film “From 1994” which is very close to Casey’s heart. [more]

Dale Earnhardt Jr Nascar Photoshoot by Douglas Sonders

About 9 years ago, I was a tour photographer for the rock band 3 Doors Down and I had the chance to attend my first Nascar race (from the infield no less!) As a car guy, it was a great chance to watch all of the action from the front row. Never did I imagine in my wildest dreams that I would be getting a call from the National Guard nearly 10 years later to do the official 2014 photoshoot of one of my favorite drivers and his new car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. [more]

Chasing Grizzly Bears And Career Dreams With Wildlife Photographer Charles Glatzer

In another beautifully shot segment from F-Stop Gear’s Life In Focus series, wildlife photographer Charles Glatzer shares his passion and background. Formerly a commercial photographer, Charles decided to follow his dream and now teaches outdoor photography workshops as his primary business. [more]

Add Color To Your Portraits Using Rosco Gels & Duratrans Film

Are you bored of shooting portraits on white, black, or gray? Are you looking to add some color and creativity to your subjects and environments? Are you looking to shoot more composite photography using backplates you’ve made on location and subjects you’ve shot in studio? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions and aren’t already a genuine wiz at using gels, then this post is for you. [more]

Schwartz Wins Most Beautiful Commercial of the Year

I know it’s only a week and a half into the new year, but I’m calling it early. Schwartz Flavour Shots has the most beautiful commercial of the year. Created by DJ MJ Cole with filmmaker Chris Cairns and a brilliant assist from the pyrotechnic wizards ‘Machine Shop,’ this video is a pretty spicy set of slow motion explosions. Schwartz calls it a ‘Sonic Flavourscape.’ [more]

Building a Futuristic San Francisco in Star Trek: Into Darkness

Follow Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) as they explain how they created the design for the city of San Francisco in the year 2259 for the film Star Trek: Into Darkness. They also go into depth over the creation of the visual effects for the scene where the USS Vengeance crashes into the city and exactly how large some of the files ended up being.

BTS “Year of the Horse” Shoot with Profoto Gear

I’m a huge fan of the Profoto gear. When I came across this behind the scenes video on Profoto’s blog, I just had to share it with you guys. To kick off the “Year of the Horse” Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong came up with a creative shoot in the middle of the forest. [more]

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