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Photographer Takes on a Nerve-Wracking Project: Headshots of Fellow Photographers

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]

A Simple Facebook Workflow That Can Gain You More Likes Quickly

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.

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Creating A Cinematic Fantasy Portrait Series

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]

The Anatomy of a Beauty Shoot: Step by Step

Since joining Fstoppers I had planned on doing a “behind the scenes” of one of my shoots, so today I’ve put together a lighting diagram courtesy of Kevin Kertz, and a detailed description of how the finished product was produced. Fair warning, I am a bit of a technique nerd and can get pretty detailed. We’ve all seen diagrams online, and brief descriptions on what goes where, but it seems there are always details left out that can significantly impact the results. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to leave no stone unturned and give you guys as accurate of a diagram and explanation as possible. [more]

Photographer Rappels Off Skyscrapers to Get the Shot

‘Whatever it takes to get the shot.’ Carlos Ayesta‘s “whatever” involves rappelling from skyscrapers to get his unusual perspectives of Paris. In this beautifully shot BTS video by Guillaume Bression, we see Ayesta rappelling from various buildings and peeking into peoples living and workspaces. [more]

BTS: A Look Into The Creation Of The Beautiful ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ CG Title Scene

It’s always fascinating to get a glimpse behind the scenes of high-budget productions, and Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot provides us with an absolutely wonderful look into the creation of the title design and introduction scenes for Star Trek Into Darkness. The best part? The plugin used to create many of the effects only costs $150. [more]

BTS Video: Photographing a Bruce Springsteen Song

Tomer Jacobson and Maxim Golovanov, conceptual photographers based in Israel, recently started a very interesting project together: they take songs they like, and transform them into visual photographs. They analyze each song, and try to understand who are the characters and what is the story behind them. Their most recent song-photoshoot was “Lost In The Flood” by Bruce Springsteen and the E street band. This was a complicated shoot and it involved shooting out in the water with a lot of equipment and many people. Check out the behind the scenes video and the awesome final result inside! [more]

Annie Leibovitz Shoots Kate Upton for Vanity Fair’s 100th

Get a glimpse behind the scenes as Annie Leibovitz photographs Kate Upton for Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary. Paying homage to Vanity Fair’s beginnings by drawing inspiration from the original illustrated cover, Leibovitz shoots Kate while she lounges on the moon. As the cover for the 100th Anniversary edition doesn’t actually feature any of the frames from Kate’s moon walk, I guess we’ll just have to wait for this October’s edition to hit news stands. [more]

Sam Hon Makes UFC Fighters Fight Themselves

Sam Hon takes fighting to an entirely new level with his campaign for Optical Panecea. Sam’s creative vision in this campaign was to make each fighter fight themselves while drawing creativity from each fighters raw character to make each image unique. [more]

Behind the Scenes on the New Browns Campaign

Yesterday Fstoppers’ writer Christ Knight shared a video in which famed photographer David LaChapelle takes us through his set-centric studio in Los Angeles. Sure they talk about his life and what it’s like to be a deity among mortals but I noticed the sets. The elaborate, expansive and expensive creations are a crucial part of his process but they seem so out of reach for the wallet of the average image maker. That is where this video I stumbled onto takes over. [more]

‘Salience’ – One Of The Most Beautiful, Innovative Shorts You’ll See All Year

Salience is the name of the five minute short that will probably be remembered as one of the most innovative, experimental (and beautiful) short films of the year. If you do one thing today for your inspiration, please spend the next few minutes checking it out and you’ll see what I mean.  [more]

Photographing The Most Epic Burger You’ve Never Eaten

Once upon a time at brunch in Santa Monica, I created the biggest, most complex cheeseburger anyone had ever even attempted to ask a chef to make. I basically picked my top 10 things off the menu and asked the chef to put it between ciabatta bread. Then I ate the entire thing. It gave me severe meat sweats and rendered me unconscious afterwards, but it was the most delicious thing I had ever created. It’s my single greatest achievement in life. I learned a lot about myself that day and will tell the Epic Burger story to my great great great great grandkids.   [more]

Do You Know How to Use Flags?

I’m one of those photographers that likes to take control, especially of my light. I use grids, snoots, barndoors, and every other contraption you can think of to maintain the maximum amount of control over my lighting.  One of the most important light modifiers for my work isn’t a soft box or a beauty dish, it’s actually a piece of fabric on a metal frame called, a flag. [more]

Special Effects Product Photography with Von Wong

Von Wong recently did a product shoot for ioSafe hard drives where he had to produce two images: one highlighting the hard drives’ fireproof abilities and the other its waterproofing. While capturing its toughness, he also had to make that big black box look aesthetically appealing. It’s actually a lot easier said than done. [more]

16-Year-Old Twin Brothers Document Homelessness as Art

Some people go through life and aren’t sure how they can take their photography to the next level of giving back. There are many programs and non-profits such as Help Portrait and Operation: Love ReUnited, but nothing that you can say you did or created. Well these 16-year-old brothers decided they would do just that and create something worth remembering.

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