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Model Maker Turns Toy Cars Into Nostalgic Life-Like Images – On A $200 Point And Shoot

For the last 25 years, Michael Paul Smith has been building detailed scale models for an imaginary world he calls “Elgin Park.” Michael builds eerily identical scaled models of cars 1/24th the size. He carefully picks out real world environments for these cars and builds   whatever else is needed to sell the shot. He then uses backgrounds of real environments to make the shot as realistic as possible. Here’s the kicker: he’s doing all of this on a $200 point and shoot. [more]

Understanding Subject Matter For Better Photos – Behind The Scenes With Scott Markewitz

“In order to shoot something well, you have to understand it.” Long time pro photographer Scott Markewitz has had his work published on hundreds of magazine covers, and it’s not hard to see why. This behind the scenes video takes a closer look to show what it’s like when Scott is out on a few shoots, and then how he manages to balance his work life with his home life. [more]

BTS: Capturing Hollywood’s Cougars On The Prowl Over Los Angeles

National Geographic contributor and wildlife photographer Steve Winter just created what might be one of the most striking photos I can remember seeing in recent memory: A 125 pound mountain lion, staring straight into the camera, with the background illuminated by the lights of downtown Los Angeles. [more]

Suspension Kit for Tripod is a Product You’ll Probably Never Need

Most camera bags have a place to fit your tripod. It adds weight to your camera bag, but it keeps the tripod out of the way while being easy to grab if need be. Apparently, MindShiftGear is unaware of this ancient advancement on tripod holding technology, and are now building harnesses for you to awkwardly strap a tripod to your body. [more]

‘The Muir Project’ Documentary: Exclusive Interview And Clips From The Film

The documentary “MILE… MILE & A HALF” has been featured before, with it’s dazzling visuals and informative insight into creating art while on a long backpacking trip. This film took 2 years to produce, and it’s finally complete! The creators have shared a clip just for the Fstoppers audience, and they have also answered some questions on the production of their film. [more]

Christopher Wahl Shoots a Bowie-Inspired Cover of Chris Hadfield

This behind the scenes video hit three for three on elements that I love. Christopher Wahl’s portraits, David Bowie’s weirdness, and musical astronaut Chris Hadfield. The latter being the first astronaut we’ve truly celebrated since Neil Armstrong. I wish I could say that this video offers some tremendous insight into how the image was produced, but it doesn’t. What it does [more]

Want to Know What it is Like to Shoot for W Magazine?

We’ve all seen behind-the-scenes videos before right? Most are quick little tidbits showing how much fun a shoot is and how amazing the life of a photographer is. Some of them even give you some amazing insight into the techniques used by some of the top pros working today. Well, this is NOT that kind of BTS video. This 16 hour (yes, you read that right) marathon of a video is by far the BEST BTS that I’ve found that really shows you what the elite in the fashion world actually do to make those amazing editorials we all love. [more]

Behind the Scenes of ‘Gravity’

This weekend’s release of Gravity has proven that Hollywood can still be on its toes with fresh and compelling stories. So far, most people have described the flick as being emotionally intense and almost frightening at times and critics are tending to agree. Watch these behind the scenes featurettes that cover how and why they decided to shoot in 3D, shooting with IMAX, utilizing Previz and the preparation that Sandra Bullock and director Alfonso Cuarón did to create the film. [more]

Star Trek Past and Present

Reddit user, ThatNodicGuy, recently created images of present Star Trek (Into Darkness) actors overlayed on the actors from the past movies and the results are amazing. Most of the actor’s features and facial structure line up perfectly with their past counterparts. I find it rather cool that the casting team did such a good job making sure the new cast still resembled the old. Click the more button to see the voyages of the starship Enterpise, whose mission was… to boldly go where no man has gone before. 

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Conceptual Photoshoot Of Veronica Mars Creator Rob Thomas

Photographer Eric Doggett is no stranger to Fstoppers. He is a fantastic Austin-based photographer with strong post-production skills a great humorous vision. You may recall his Christmas cards. Recently he was hired to photograph Veronica Mars creator, Rob Thomas, for REAL Magazine. He was tasked with creating a creative and humorous conceptual shoot. Read the post below to learn more and see the awesome final images.

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How To Remove All People and Cars From Your Video Time Lapse

I recently came across this beautiful “IR” time-lapse of an empty Philadelphia city and was instantly mesmerized by the lack of moving things like people or cars. Upon further investigation on the technique, I was surprised on how easy this was to actually do myself in FCP X, which adds considerable value to your time-lapse videos. I followed the comments of this video to Ross Ching, a filmmaker that inspired the creating of this video. I’ve posted a link to the original website below. [more]

Tips For Making A Better Video Demo Reel Which Can Get You New Clients (Part 1)

If you’ve ever struggled to put together a video demo reel, or you’re planning to make one in the future, this post is for you. Below, I’ll share some tips that will help you be more efficient in your process to prepare for editing hours of your footage down to a montage of a couple of minutes. [more]

On Set With Macklemore and Sexy Grandmas

A year ago, I had the pleasure of filming Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in my hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. At that point, the underground Seattle based duo was unheard of by many and confidently rocked the smaller side stage at our local music festival. To put it in perspective, there were a few hundred people there and the majority of the crowd was hearing songs like  “Thrift Shop”, “Can’t Hold Us” and “Same Love” for the first time. [more]

BTS: Comedian Richard Herring’s Creepily Dark Comedy Poster Shoot

British comedian Richard Herring‘s new comedy tour poster needed to have a creepy Halloween theme to it. His new tour’s theme was death and what better way to illustrate that than having the comedian climb his way out of a grave. London-based photographer Steve Brown walks us through how he planned for the shoot, built the set and shows a time-lapse on his post-processing. It just shows that a properly planned shoot can have amazing results. [more]

Crafting a Scene With Reflectors

With reflectors being among the most basic of lighting tools in a photographer’s arsenal you would think more people would understand how to use them properly. Sadly that doesn’t seem to be the case. Rest easy though, Jay P. Morgan is on the case and comes at us again with a very solid explanation of how he set up precise light with nothing but reflectors. Well…and an insane amount of bubbles (which, by the way are not reflectors). More often than not I think photographers [more]

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