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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]

Touching Strangers: A Series of Group Portraits with Strangers

Imagine a portrait photographer asking people to pose for a quick picture on the streets of a large city, nothing too out of the ordinary, right? Now imagine if he asked you to pose with a compete and utter stranger. That’s what New York photographer, Richard Renaldi has set out to do. The series entitled, ‘Touching Strangers is an intimate look at how humanity could be. [more]

The Changing Face of the Music Video and What We Can All Learn From It

The music we use in our work, whether for videos or slide shows for stills images, is an integral part of the narrative and story we are trying tell. The genre, artist and music track we choose, sets the tone for the entire story we wish to tell. I treat music as the keystone that underpins the visual story of a BTS video, commercial work, documentary piece or creative editorial shoot that I am working on.
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The Getty Open Content Program

This week Getty has opened its public domain artworks collection for free use to, modify and publish for any purpose. They will allow access to 4,600 high-res images with more to come. Getty does ask you for a description of your purpose for the image and asks that you cite. [Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.]

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Behind the Scenes of a Falken Tire Ad

When Falken Tire decided they were going to run an all Honda ad on the back cover of Honda Tuning Magazine, their creative department, headed by James Yim, knew it had to make a statement. Their solution was to include a lot of cars…45 to be exact. Here’s how they did it. [more]

How To “Read” Light In Photography – Part 2

This is the second part of the article on how to learn to “read” lighting in photography. If you haven’t read the first part yet, please start here: How To “Read” Light In Photography – Part 1.

And for those of you who have been waiting for the second part, let’s jump right back in and see what other cues we can use to breakdown lighting in other photographers’ work.

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