Northern Virginia Magazine wanted a fun and different approach to an ad for their bargain locator website, Specialicious.com. Jonathan Thorpe, an amazing commercial photographer and a regular on our Fstoppers Facebook group, was assigned the task of shooting the project. The concept, a beauty queen who shopped on the website and is trying a paintball experience for the first time. [more]
Take a look at this behind the scenes video and see how photographer Caleb Kuhl shoots his incredible composites for his “Wild West” series. These are very complex images and took a ton of post processing to make them work, but if you’re interested in how these things are shot, you should definitely check out this video.
Having the opportunity to work on Rubidium Wu’s The Silent City I’ve become very
intrigued inspired by all the great independent film makers out there who are taking full advantage of accessible technologies like the Canon 5D Mark II. The latest of which, Arrowhead: Signal, by writer/directed Jesse O’Brien was made for a ballpark figure of 600 bucks. If you don’t include the T4i, 5DMII setup and 3 years of invested time they appear to have used. But still how many of us have a kick ass [more]
Lighting Asylum has brought us this informative look behind the scenes of a sunset portrait shoot, and it gets pretty in depth with how the photographer handles over-exposed back lighting, poor color in the clouds, and flash positioning. The photographer gives some insight on his process for camera settings, and even shows how he gels a flash to get the sky to change colors.
When I first heard of Chalk Warfare I instantly thought of an office war setting or perhaps a battle of the blackboards, but the people over at SoKrispyMedia blew me away with the effects in this fun and quirky short film. It was shot by 16-year-old (you heard right… 16), Sam Wickert and buddy Eric Leigh with a Canon Rebel t2i with a Rode Videomic. Post production was done in Adobe After Effects and Video Co-pilot. Consider me impressed boys, consider me impressed. [more]
I am always amazed at photographers who can take a simple idea that costs very little and turn it into a really cool photo shoot. In his most recent shoot, Ryan Buller does just that by applying drops of multicolored paint to the top of a garbage bag wrapped over a speaker. Check out his simple set up and the beautiful results!
Check out this video featuring Montreal stripper Suntory as he was painted up, greased up and strung up. The body paint by MUA Jessica Renahan used a blend of petroleum jelly, acrylic, oil paint and charcoal, creating an amazing obsidian/metallic sheen. Couple that with Benjamin’s usual creativity, dedication and talent and you get some wicked results. [more]
Armed with a Canon 5D Mark II, After Effects, CS5, Color Finesse, Sapphire and Final Cut, director Francois Ferracci turns out a striking short film that looks at the direction of social media and digital content. There are quite a few messages that you can take away from “Lost Memories” but the one that hits home for me is how it reflects our
future current state of social interaction and how we can so easily get caught up in sharing our moments that we forget to actually experience them. [more]
Cosplay photography has been gaining momentum in the professional portrait photographer’s market recently and with the abundance of superhero comic movies being released it’s no wonder why. Meet Adam Jay, a photographer who specializes in Superhero photography. He takes cosplay enthusiasts and transforms them from their everyday aliases to the superhero or villain that is lurking underneath. In this behind the scenes video he shoots cosplayer, Jenn Croft, as the iconic video game heroine, Lara Croft. [more]
Be fair warned, this video contains SPOILERS for anyone who hasn’t seen season 2 of Game of Thrones yet. Ok, the warning is out of the way. This video, while lacking any commentary, gives an awesome insight into the CGI effects used in this visually stunning show. The group who did this, Pixomondo, actually won a Creative Arts Emmy for outstanding special effects for this season. Check it out! (I just wish it was in HD)
We’ve seen behind the scenes videos of how projection mapping can be used artistically and commercially. Tobias Bjorkgren takes on a slightly different angle and applies the concept to his latest fashion shoot. The use of projection allows him to stand his models in front of varying scenes without having to leave the studio. To see the final images, check out his blog. What do you think of the effect?
Back again, Benjamin Von Wong takes on family portraits this time in another one of his behind the scenes videos. See how he put together 4 different scenes to make typically mundane photography style come to life. Using a D800E and Photoshop, check out how Ben works his magic. [more]
Arizona State University’s mascot, ‘Sparky’, and its football team, the Arizona Sun Devils, have lit up several stadiums over the years with it’s blazing and rock-driven intro video, but after seven seasons it looks like poor Sparky is in need of an update. The people over at True Story Films have taken over the task of sprucing the Sun Devil up for its new remake of its traditional stadium intro video. [more]
Now available on Netflix, “Shooting Robert King” goes behind the scenes of what it was like to be a documentary war photographer. You always hear and see images from the war but NEVER about what it’s like to be thrown into it as a documentary photographer. At just 24, American photojournalist Robert King began his 15 year journey to follow his passion. Originally he set out to win a Pulitzer prize, but in the end found himself with a life changing experience. [more]
Lois Greenfield is an amazing dance photographer based out of New York City and this video will take you behind the scenes for an in depth look at all aspects of her process.