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First Look: Profoto Collapsible Reflectors

A reflector is a reflector. Right? That was my first thought when I was asked to be the first to review Profoto’s new line of collapsible reflectors. “It’s a reflector, are you serious?” I mean come on, in what possible way could this be any different from everything else I’ve used? A reflector is a reflector. However, obviously I said yes and here we are…and I was wrong. So very, very wrong. [more]

Great Tips For Walking Into Your First Photoshoot

We all know it can be overwhelming when walking into your first paid photo gigs. You want to look like you know what you’re doing and you don’t want to disappoint your clients. Here’s a helpful short video by Jasmine Star sharing key tips about what to keep in mind when walking into your first portrait photoshoot. Click through to see the rest of the post to learn more tips: [more]

Fstoppers At Photo Plus, 3 Things You Should Do This Year

The Photo Plus Expo in NYC October 23-26 is a big deal and I know that photographers from all around the world will be visiting this year. Last year Fstoppers threw a massive party with Peter Hurley and this year we are doing it even bigger, plus we’ll also be at the expo.  [more]

Video Interview with Brandon Stanton of ‘Humans of New York’

Over a year ago we wrote about Brandon Stanton’s project named ‘Humans of New York’ where he photographs random people in NYC and post the results on his blog (and Facebook). Back then his project was still small and not-so-known, but today he has millions of followers and each one of his photos go viral within seconds of posting. Brandon just released his first book this week featuring his best ‘Humans of New York’ photos, and to promote it, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ spoke with him about his project – worth watching! [more]

The Sound of “Gravity”

About a week ago we featured the behind the scenes of the groundbreaking film “Gravity”. I am a firm believer that the sound of a film is what connects the viewer to the feel and cinematic experience of the story. In this featurette with director Alfonso Cuarón and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay they explain how sound works in space where there literally isn’t a sound to be heard. [more]

Amazingly In-Depth Video Tutorial on Product Lighting

So today we have for you a remarkably in depth lighting tutorial from Mr. Karl Taylor. In this video Karl breaks down this high end product shoot step by step, in exquisite detail. Starting from the finalized setup, he walks you through each element of the shot, taking each away to demonstrate it’s purpose. Giving you the “behind the camera” perspective, he then rebuilds the set, again explaining the process to achieve the final image. [more]

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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