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Simple Cinematography Trick: The Flip Shot

In this video tutorial, learn how to perform an interesting video shot without expensive rigging or accessories. Stock music website Premuimbeat has an a whole collection of videos on their Vimeo page with information on cinematography, motion graphics, and lighting, all for helping out the budding video shooter or editor. [more]

Hands Down, This Is The Most Successful Parody Of 2013

I’m calling it. It’s nearly impossible to skim through your newfeed without being barraged by stories about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s latest antics or Volvo Truck’s commercial featuring Jean Claude Van Damme. So, what is the logical step? Combining the two in a perfectly executed parody entitled #VANFORD. [more]

New Corporate Head Shot Technique In Photoshop

Phlearn has something ridiculous like 500 free photoshop tutorials to help you polish your images. This tutorial series, so far, has been one of my favorites. Aaron Nace, the founder of Phlearn, shows us a new technique with custom brushes for giving your subjects a unique corporate head shot look. This tutorial is a 4 part video series, enjoy. [more]

The 2.5D Effect: How To Make a Parallax Image

There is something magical about having your 2D photos seem like they’re actually 3D. It brings them to life in a way none other method can. The depth, the complexity and the subtle movements give your regular 2D photos more meaning and context, and it makes the viewer focus on the image much more than normal. Joe Fellows is a master of the 2.5D (Parallax) Effect and in this short video he shows you everything you need to know to make this effect yourself on your own images. [more]

Hands Down, This Is The Most Successful Commercial Of 2013

I’m calling it. This commercial for Volvo Trucks that came out today is the best commercial of 2013. What makes it – or other commercial shoots – so successful? Beautiful, simple ideas, a great concept, seamless execution, a bit of good old nostalgia and a pinch of the unexpected all mix beautifully to give us 70 seconds of pure brilliance. With four eight twelve twenty four thirty million views and counting, let’s take a look and see why this ad has been so successful.  [more]

How BTS Videos Should Be Made | Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller is one of my all time favorite portrait photographers. In this behind the scenes video we go on a journey with Martin in one of his campaigns for one of my favorite Italian coffees, Lavazza. I’ll go so far as to say this is my favorite BTS video of the last six months. Below is another BTS video from Lavazza and a link to more. [more]

Miles Aldridge Recreates and Interprets Famous Painting

For the opening of the new Tate Britain art gallery, Miles Aldridge set out to reimagine the painting ‘Merry-Go-Round’ by Mark Gertler. The painting was originally created in 1916 while photography was still pretty much in infancy and hardly considered an artistic medium by many. Aldridge’s approach was to take elements of the painting and create a series of photographs that hold the true form of the original while still delivering something definitively Miles Aldridge. [more]

Behind the Scenes Footage of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

With the November 22nd anticipated release of the newest installment of “The Hunger Games” series upon us; Lionsgate has just released a brand new four minute behind the scenes b-roll video that shows a small glimpse of what we can be expecting this Thanksgiving season in theaters. I always find these b-roll videos to be especially interesting and seeing how much effort goes into creating these blockbuster films. [more]

Isa Leshko’s Portraits of Aging Animals

Philadelphia-based photographic artist Isa Leshko turned her camera onto aging farm animals, horses and dogs to create a powerful study of mortality and aging. The body of work, captured with medium format film, is currently exhibited at the Corden Potts gallery in San Francisco and was inspired by the caregiving process she underwent with her parents. [more]

Creating An Amazing Motorsports Advertising Photoshoot In Beautiful Landscapes

This shoot combines two things that I really love as a photographer: motorsports and incredible shoot locations. This comprehensive behind the scenes video captured by Ron Risman really gives you a great idea of how photographer Gregor Halenda put the campaign together. The resulting images were crisp and clean, showing off  the bikes and locale.  [more]

Styling With Final Layout In Mind

In choosing how to style a dish, there are many decisions that you have to make. What color background will you shoot on? What props will you use? What camera angle will you shoot from? These are just a few of the questions that you will have to decide. Let me show you why styling with the final layout in mind is something you should always consider.

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Behind the Scenes of Killing Kennedy for National Geographic

Tonight on the National Geographic channel, they are premiering the movie Killing Kennedy, which is a movie based on Bill O’Reilly’s New York Times best seller. If you’ve ever wanted to be transported back in time to be able to witness a moment in history, this is your chance. We have an in-depth behind the scenes view from Joey L. and Andy Baker, the Creative Director at National Geographic.

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Was Vogue’s Daft Punk Spread Ripped Off for This WSJ Magazine Cover?

When you look at the new cover to WSJ’s magazine you might suddenly be hit with a sense of Déjà vu. Certainly you’ve seen it before, but can’t exactly remember from where. Don’t worry you’re not alone, it’s because the new cover seems to be a spin to Vogue’s August 2013 editorial spread photographed by Craig McDean . The kicker? The WSJ cover and spread was shot by none other than our favorite plaid wearing, controversial photographer Terry Richardson. [more]

Guns & Girls: A BTSV Of Magpul’s 2014 Calendar

Be it with a camera or with a gun, a girl who shoots is unquestionably sexy. So what’s that make talented commercial fashion photographer Dixie Dixon as she takes on the role of Director of photography for Magpul’s 2014 Calendar? Hot, no doubt, but more importantly she adds professionalism and class to a genre that is traditionaly little more than string bikinis and thongs. Dixie’s sophistication and style is a refreshing departure from a genre typically shot far too often through the male lens. [more]

Go Behind The Scenes With Erik Almas and Don Julio

Erik Almas creates scenes that make you stop and stare and wonder how it was created. His imagery evokes emotion, tells a story, and makes photographers wonder how he pulled it off. On this campaign for Don Julio Tequila, Erik takes us behind the scenes on multiple locations to show us the production that goes into one of his shoots.  [more]

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