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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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Watch Amazing 5K Aerial Footage Shot with Custom Stabilizing Gimbal

Shooting aerial video for commercial purposes might be iffy in the United States, but the team at Helicam, based in Finland and Estonia, make some truly epic video using a quadcopter, a RED and a custom stabilizing gimbal. The featured video is a reel showcasing shots from the system, but we also have BTS footage of the team using the copter and a video showing the custom rig being constructed. [more]

Tutorial on Creating a Realistic Underwater Scene from Stock Images

Based on what we’ve published in the past, I think it’s safe to say you guys really appreciate detailed tutorials showing how to make impressive composite scenes. My buddy at TutsPlus just showed me this amazing composition and I just had to share it. The artist combined 23 stock images to make one fantastic underwater scene. [more]

Behind the Scenes of Pepper Yandell’s AutoSource Dallas and HRE Wheels Photo Shoot

In one of the better behind the scenes videos I’ve seen recently, my friend Pepper Yandell takes viewers through a complete automotive shoot for AutoSource Dallas and HRE Wheels. [more]

BTS – Outdoor Catalog Shoot In Jasper National Park From Lars Schneider

This behind the scenes video from Lars Schneider, would no doubt be a killer shoot to land.

The location for the outdoor catalog shoot took place in Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies last September for Ortlieb, a company that makes various bags for outdoor activities. [more]

Must-Have Tools For The Apparel Photographer

You’ve all seen these images. It’s the knob-and-hanger set up that has become the signature style for many kids retail sites such as Zulily. What you do not see, however, are all the tools that go into creating these minimalist images. The bulk of my work as a commercial photographer is with product, one of which is children’s clothing for sites like Zulily, so let me give you a sneak peek into my personal tool bag that I could not work without. [more]

How One Photo Changed Everything (a fish tale)

Sunday seems like the right time to tell a big fish story, so I was happy when I stumbled across director Kibwe Tavares’s, “JONAH”. It’s a visually impressive fiction that begins with every photographer’s worst nightmare (a stolen camera) and becomes the tale of how one photo changed everything. Well, one photo and some masterful visual effects executed by Factory Fifteen and Jellyfish Productions. Watch the follow-up, “JONAH MAKING OF” for a peek into how it was all achieved. [more]

Slider vs. Jib vs. Steadicam: What’s Best For Your Story?

When calling ourselves artists, we also inherently accept the title of “story teller”. We each use different mediums, but our goals are ultimately the same: Creating memorable and engaging content. We use art to tell stories in beautiful and unique ways, which in turn helps connect us together. [more]

Using TV and Film to Help Better Understand Light

Recently, Julia Kuzmenko has been putting together a wonderful tutorial on how to read lighting in photography to help better understand different lighting concepts (Seriously, read Part 1 and Part 2). Applying these to photos, you can reverse engineer different lighting diagrams. However, using these concepts in your everyday life will allow you to give you a much better understanding of lighting techniques as well. [more]

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