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Flying Cars: Creating A 58 Foot Composite Print For BMW

Sean Madden, creative director from the ad agency Brains On Fire, reached out to me earlier this year and asked if given an arsenal of stunt drivers, the newest high performance BMW’s, and a closed race course, could I create a 58 foot long composite print for BMW. My answer? “When can I start?” Watch the video and read the post below to learn how the shoot came together. [more]

High Speed Photography Made Easy

One of the reasons I love working for a magazine is that it forces me to be a Jack of all trades. While Automotive Photography and Portraits are my focus, Product Photography, Event Photography, Documentary Photography and any other discipline you can think up will also present itself from time to time and I’ll have to adapt. The image above is the perfect example of the daily challenges I face as the Photo Director of RIDES Magazine, we needed something high speed and I had a day to teach myself how to do it. Here’s how I did it. [more]

Behind the Scenes of a Composite Photo

A big part of the appeal for composite photography for me has always been one’s ability to imagine a scene, then use different components of the world around them to make it a reality. In this behind the scenes video from Erik Johansson, we’re given a breakdown of one photo from the beginning sketches, to the different components and method, post production, and the final product.

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How Commercial Photographer Corey Rich Shot CrossFit

Guest writer, Corey Rich is primarily an outdoor/adventure photographer, but last winter he decided to do something totally different and shoot CrossFit—the masochistic athletic craze sweeping the nation. More than anything, he was keen to experiment with heavy-duty artificial lighting in an indoor environment–not exactly what he’s known for. His goals were simply to elevate his lighting skills, unlock his creativity in different ways, learn some new things, and have fun in the process.

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Confessions Of A Pro Photographer: Corey Rich’s Top 4 Photo Bombs

As a fellow commercial photographer I know that clients come to us for consistency and reliability. They hire us because when they are spending the big bucks on advertising campaigns they don’t want to leave things up to chance. It is part of our job to deliver the end product on time and free of flaws, but even a professional at the top of their game still battles with human error. [more]

Behind the Scenes: Creative National Ad Campaign with Michael Herb

A few months ago we featured one of commercial photographer Michael Herb’s tutorials on masking and composting. Michael is back with an awesome behind the scenes video of a national ad campaign he shot for Textile Designer Patty Madden. Michael set out to create some creative photos to showcase the unique advertising that hasn’t really been seen before in a nation ad campaign for furniture. [more]

Shaping Fire for Seamless Photography

San Francisco based photographer Rob Prideaux makes a living shooting still-life and product photography for clients such as EuroRSCG, 7X7, Google, and Wells Fargo. But what caught my eye was how Rob experiments with “smoke and fire”, attempting to bend it to his will using motion, air and interestingly, stencils. Another coolhot… (trying to avoid a pun here) neat thing about the way Rob achieves this is the use of seamless white which allow both the smoke and fire to, so clearly, coexist within the same frame. [more]

Let’s Make A Viral Video: Stop Motion

In the last few years, video-sharing sites like YouTube have become a marketer’s best friend.

These sites offer the opportunity to disguise advertisements as pure entertainment. As more people recognize the marketing opportunity, getting exposure becomes more difficult. Video producers are constantly scrambling to stay relevant and unique. [more]

Game of Thrones Season 3 – Behind the SFX curtain

I’m sure if you’re reading this you are a Game of Thrones fan just like me!  Spin VFX has put together an amazing peek behind the visual wizardry that they do for the HBO series. Sometimes you will see some poor visual effects take you out of the experience, but this video is a  study in how to do it right. [more]

Behind the Scenes of an on Location Fashion Shoot: Oasis

A few years ago we featured photographer Kevin Kozicki in a behind the scenes video using pointsettias for a beauty shoot. Kevin is back with an amazing glamor photo and video shoot with filmmaker Christopher Park in a beautiful pool location using the Phase One IQ180 that was featured in Sessions Magazine. We had the opportunity to speak with Kevin and get his insight on the shoot. [more]

Golf Channel’s BTS On Being A Sports Photographer

In Play with Jimmy Roberts produced a look at the happenings of what it takes to be a professional golf photographer and lets us in on some of the background stories and details of working the pro circuits.

The feature showcases photographers David Cannon, Fred Vuich, Streeter Lecka, Leonard Kamsler, Dom Furore and Scott Halleran in this behind the scenes looks at what it takes to be a professional golf photographer and some of the hurdles that photographers have to work around. [more]

The Best Video Combining Stills and Motion We’re Going to See All Year

It’s interesting times for those of us shooting photo and video. I enjoy highlighting photographers or videographers who are utilizing elements of both stills and motion work, and are pushing the creative envelope by integrating them so that the end result is more than just the sum of the individual parts. I’m going to go all in and lay my cards down here and say that the video in this post is going to be the most innovative, creative use of combining stills and video together that we’ll see in 2013. [more]

You Don’t Suck As Much As You Think You Do (And Neither Do These Guys)

I have a horrible habit of being really hard on myself when I hit a snag in my shooting or processing. Anytime I’m in a rut, things can go haywire. I get depressed, don’t feel like working, and become pessimistic. I know it’s the same for a lot of other shooters too.

One way I get over it is to go back and look at images from way back before I was shooting professionally. [more]

A Beautiful Look Into The Rarely-Seen World Of Aviation Cinematography

Wolfe Air is a company that specializes in creating air to air footage for airlines, big-budget movie productions, the military, and private commercial clients, and they recently released their updated reel, which is absolutely mindblowing. Not many people think about what might go into these shots, so as the Fstoppers designated aviation photography dork, I’ve decided to write up a reader’s digest version of how they’re made. [more]

An Awesome Timelapse Tutorial: ‘Philly is Ugly’

Philly is Ugly” is a timelapse photography project by Philadelphia area photographer, Nathaniel Dodson. He took an impressive amount of time to not only create this short film piece, but also to extensively document his behind the scenes process. When he sent this to me, I couldn’t help but share this with you. In addition to the video, he provides a lot of info to help you learn everything that goes into creating a proper timelapse from pre-to-post production.

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