Magnum photographer Steve McCurry is one of the heavyweights in National Geographic’s stable of assignment photographers with more than 13 books to his credit. “Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs” by Phaidon Press is not a visual feast for the coffee table but an insightful, autobiographic look at 14 of McCurry’s select images including the famous Afghani Girl. “Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs” explores McCurry’s archive including handwritten notes and records and his personal mementos and ephemera from travels abroad. [more]
I don’t even know where to begin with Erik Almas. His imagery simply stops you in your tracks and makes you wonder how something can be so perfectly imaginative. For photographers, or me at least, he makes we want to cry in the fetal position. Not because his stuff is so awesome that I get verklempt, but because it will take decades to come even close to where he was ten years ago. [more]
When I first started shooting, I would spend absolutely no time planning my shots. I would focus tons of time and energy into every other aspect (location, wardrobe, mood, etc) but in some weird turn of events, it must have slipped my mind that the end goal is “The Shot.” How that slipped my mind still baffles me. Instead of putting in the effort to plan what my actual finished images would look like, I found a model, found a location and showed up on shoot day with a plan to wing it. [more]
When New York Times photographer/videographer David Frank got assigned to shoot a story about window cleaner Brent Weingard, he knew he will have to find a way to make it stand out. Make it interesting. He decided that if he wants to get the best shots, he will have to be outside with the window cleaner and shoot him from unique angles, hanging 100 foot above the ground. Frank was never a fan of heights, and never did anything like this. But to get the right shot he took the risk – and it was worth it. Check out the BTS above, and the story inside. [more]
The new iPhone 5s sure has left a resounding first impression on consumers since its launch date on September 20th. Now, with the smartphone favorite out of stock and not available for shipping until October people are starting to release photos and video taken with the iPhone 5s. One major upgrade is the new sensor on the iSight camera and its ability to take video clips at 120 frames per second in 720p. Below are the first few glimpses of Apple’s new achievement in smartphone technology. [more]
New technology really doesn’t do much for me, I have to be honest. Until I see it applied in a creative way, at which point everything changes. When you place new tech in the hands of inspired, creative minds to see what they can come up with, it can produce fascinating results. What you’re about to see is probably the most serene and hypnotic journey through the streets of New York City you’re ever likely to experience.
Game of Thrones has got to be my favorite series on television right now. Its rich storytelling, amazing character development and stunning cinematography has entranced millions of viewers around the world. Season 4 doesn’t premiere until spring of next year, but instead of just catching up with George R.R. Martin’s books take a look at this awesome fan-made film centering around Ned Stark’s younger brother Benjen who goes missing after the first book. [more]
Peter Lindbergh is one of my all-time favorite photographers. I often refer to his work for inspiration not only for the technique but for the amazing beauty that exudes from his work. Not too long ago I found this little clip of Peter shooting Amber Valletta (a legend in her own right) for Vogue Italia. What I’ve found interesting about this video is the level of production that goes into a shoot like this, when the final image appears so effortless. [more]
Everyone has to start somewhere, and for people seeking entry into the world of video production, or even studio photography, doing work as a production assistant is a great way to get your feet wet. I’ve hired lots of assistants, and before that I worked as one myself. I still do for some producers! Here are my tips on what to NOT do if you’d like to keep getting hired and make your way up the chain. [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]
Some of you might remember Art Streiber as the man who photographed an absolutely epic shot of a huge group of celebrities for Paramount’s 100th anniversary. Well Art is back to give you a look on how he captured these images for the #1 hit nonfiction show that has an astonishing 11.8 million viewers. [more]
In the latest behind the scenes video from F-Stop Gear’s Life In Focus series, the importance of the relationship between the photographer and subject is explored. Shooter Daniel Rönnbäck is on assignment to capture athlete Martin Soderstrom, and in this video they both share thoughts on working together successfully. [more]
Dani Diamond is a talented portrait photographer based out of Connecticut and is also an active member of our Fstoppers Facebook Group. His headshot work is impeccable and eye-catching. Recently Dani has started a personal project coined simply as “The Project.” His mission is to find fellow photographers from around the world, take their headshots and challenge his craft under the scrutiny of his talented peers. [more]
You may have heard the term “Hot Thread” by now, and with regard to Facebook, this is the best way to get more interaction and reach for your posts. This system engages your viewers and their friends so you can use Facebook’s algorithms to your advantage.
My friend Israel Groveman is a photographer and filmmaker that is always up to something interesting and unique. Recently he helped a buddy promote an online fantasy series by crafting a group of creative portraits that I thought were awesome. This is how Israel made these compelling cinematic portraits, which took a little bit of gear and a lot of ingenuity. [more]