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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Fstoppers.com!

As most of us are off spending time with our families and loved ones we want to wish all of our readers and fans a Happy Holiday season. Next February (2014) marks Fstoppers’ 4th anniversary. It’s unbelievable just how much we’ve grown thus far. With an amazing staff of writers putting out fresh and informative content each and every day, we have grown to over 10 million readers worldwide. [more]

Knowing When To Say No – Is This Too Much Photoshop?

Long gone are the days of being pro- or anti-Photoshop. Today, it’s use is ubiquitous in advertising and fashion. Rather, the discussion is now centered around how much Photoshop is appropriate, and at what point is it that something becomes “over ‘shop’ed”. Ad agency Victors and Spoils aptly demonstrates in this video how marketeers will stop at nothing to get the perfect message across when using Photoshop. [more]

Matt Barnes Creates a Mountain Range In Studio for RedBull

Since the very beginning of my photographic career I have been completely opposed to the use of scenic backdrops. I had always felt that they were cheesy and needed to stay within the confines of cookie-cutter yearbook studios. Please feel free to criticize that opinion, because I was completely wrong. Matt Barnes put together an amazing winter set utilizing [more]

Introducing Photographer “Teddy Richardson” – SEMI NSFW

There is a new photographer on the scene and his name is Teddy Richardson (no relation to any other popular photographers). Some may think he may not be real or this is merely some sort of parody, but I can tell you for certain that he is a full-fledged bear and photographer that is and has been accepting new paying clients. [more]

The Symbolism And Storytelling Of “Into The Mind” Revealed In Behind The Scenes Video

This year’s most notable ski film, “Into The Mind” wasn’t just your average sports reel. Camp 4 Collective and Sherpas Cinema put together a visually striking feature, along with a narrative that is filled with symbolism. In this behind the scenes video, the filmmakers discuss how certain shots came about, and how the story elements came together serendipitously. [more]

A Behind the Scenes Look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has been dominating the box office the holiday season. In this thorough fourteen minute b-roll video we get an up-close look at how The Hobbit was filmed using the RED Epic, how the crazy stunts were preformed and the expansive sets that were used. So, if you’re curious about epic filmmaking this might interest you. [more]

Get Paid More For Your Photography With Value Shifting

Do you have a hard time differentiating yourself from the price anchors of other mediocre photographers? Have you considered taking the Starbucks approach to your products? In this two part series by Spencer Lum, of the Ground Glass Blog, he takes you through the psychology and sales techniques to increase your sales. Check out part two below. [more]

The 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

Whether you have any interest in National Geographic or not, you simply owe it to yourself to check out the winners of their 2013 Photography Contest, as well as the short BTS video showing the judges in action. In particular there is a 60 second segment in the video that is one of the most powerful messages I’ve heard all year about the essential key to taking better photographs that can apply to every one of us. [more]

Behind the Scenes of Fro Knows Photo’s RAWtalk

If you’re a fan of listening to photography podcasts then you’re probably no stranger to Jared Polin’s (Fro Knows Photo) RAWtalk where Jared and buddy Stephen Eckert (an incredibly talented concert photographer) chat about all things photography. The podcast is also recorded for Youtube and is actually a pretty extensive setup. [more]

Trilogy Of Light Series Finale Released | “City Lights”

This is the third and final chapter from Colin Rich’s series “Trilogy of Lights” and is one of the most epic time lapse series I’ve ever seen. The first two chapters are posted below so watch them in order if you haven’t seen the first two. [more]

Fantastic BTS Video of Pre-Wedding Shoot by Vivida

As a writer for Fstoppers I have seen a lot of behind the scenes (BTS) videos, but some of my favorites are those produced by Simeon Quarrie of Vivida. His videos are always top notch and offer the viewers a wonderful opportunity to see real shoots with actual clients while picking up lots of great tips on how he produces such great photographs. [more]

Is Adding Boudoir Sessions To Your Photography Business Right For You?

When winter hit and weddings and senior portraits weren’t generating any income, Michael Sasser decided to expand his reach by adding boudoir style photography to his repertoire. If you’re looking for a way to increase your business through the slow months, this might be just the thing for you. In this interview, Michael explains how his new sessions have been working out. [more]

Michael Shainblum: The Art Behind The Time Lapse

San Diego based photographer, Michael Shainblum, is not only a great photographer, he’s also an incredible time-lapser. When Michael was young he was diagnosed with Dyslexia and learning disabilities, and got discouraged when he saw that other kids succeed and do well while he struggles. He quickly realized he can excel in art, and decided to take this route to succeed in life. For the past few years Michael has created some of the best time-lapse videos ever created. VICE filmed this very interesting documentary about him and his work – sit back and enjoy! [more]

The making of the Golf Digest Magazine January 2014 Cover Shoot

This video from Golf Digest’s latest cover shoot is pretty much all about stroboscopic photography. If you’re unfamiliar, this is a technique for depicting the changing features of subjects in motion. It started with the Phenakistoscope (say that a few times) in the 1830′s, but didn’t really evolve into a photographic use until 100 years later when Harold Edgerton started [more]

Stunning Timelapse Video Reveals The Beauty And Ferocity Of The West

This powerful timelapse video called “Wyoming Wildscapes II” was put together by photographer Nicolaus Wegner. Taking 14 months, this video covers the cycle of the seasons, the shifting of the landscape, and the ever-changing weather. To find out more about this project, I interviewed Nicolaus and asked about his gear, workflow, and experiences. [more]

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