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Optical Art – A Beautiful Seamless Journey Through New York City

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.

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Missing Game of Thrones? Watch This Amazing Fan Film

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]

A Peek Behind the Scenes with Peter Lindbergh and Amber Valletta

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]

10 Tips On How To NOT Get Hired Again As A Production Assistant

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]

Why I Spent My Money To Rent a Helicopter on 9/11

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]

See How Art Streiber Photographed the Cast of Duck Dynasty

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]

Behind The Scenes With Daniel Rönnbäck, Focusing On The Photographer-Subject Relationship

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]

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]

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