Sometimes those obligatory travel photos snapped on location are great on their own, but (at least for me) a lot of them aren’t visually dazzling. Luckily, that can be rectified. Jonas De Ro recently published an absolutely breathtaking composite image psd.tutsplus that is jaw-droppingly amazing. Best part is, he shows you how to make it so all you Photoshop fans can try a similar project yourself. Turn ordinary into fantasy! [more]
As a young boy nothing sparked my imagination more than space travel. As a grown adult nothing much has changed as I see these amazing structures NASA produced. I guess having an insane budget at times can conquer all… almost. Check out these amazing super-structures that helped put the USA into space.
Although I am invested into the world of retouching, the world of creative retouching and composite work is another world. They create entirely new worlds seamlessly. We see them everyday in the form of advertisements from big companies for the most part. Check out a few videos of what goes into Matt’s work along with an in depth interview about the industry. [more]
For this shoot, Michael David Adams developed his concept from the story of Hypnos, the god of sleep. It’s moody, it’s dark, and I love it. But check this out… lately I’ve gotten a lot of questions from people looking to make the move from naturally lit location shooting, into the studio. The problem many of these photographers are running into isn’t just confined to learning strobes. [more]
James Cameron graces this months cover of National Geographic for good reason. Not long ago, Cameron took his solo manned submarine Deepsea Challenge, to depths no other human has traveled into Challenger Deep.
In the behind the scenes video, we get to see photographer Marco Grob working through pre-production with the team, how the shoot came together in a couple of hours and the tracking down a huge tank (apparently from America’s Next Top Model) for the shoot. [more]
I am a keyboard shortcut junkie. Anytime I can find a way to do something quicker using a keyboard shortcut I will force myself to use it for a few days till I have built it into my workflow. A few of my favorite keyboard shortcuts are found in the Lightroom Crop Tool. I love sharing these tips with other photographer friends and watching their eyes light up as they realize some of the great features built into the Lightroom Crop tool which help speed up their own workflow. [more]
Think Tank launched “About A Photograph,” a video series that features stories from photographers about the photographs they have created.
The videos are co-produced by Think Tank Photo co-founders and award-winning photojournalists Kurt Rogers and Deanne Fitzmaurice. Each video will feature some of the world’s leading photographers recounting the stories behind these images that captured global attention. [more]
Photoshop is such an elaborate program that it takes years to figure it all out. Then when you finally think you know everything, they add more features or you discover features that you never knew were there this whole time. This video by Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explores a variation of methods and techniques. [more]
When you think group shots, what lens immediately comes to your mind? Often, the initial reaction to a “group picture” is to reach for the widest lens in your bag. It’s a safe option that makes sure you’ll fit everyone in the frame. It could be said group shots are more about accounting for everyone who was present rather than being a work of art. However, if you care about the quality of images you’re creating, maybe your widest option shouldn’t be your default. [more]
Aaron Nace at PHLEARN teamed up with professional product photographer Rob Grimm to demonstrate how a super high-end watch shoot would be put together. Check out how Grimm takes numerous shots and combines them into one advertising-quality image. [more]
This is one of the most interesting, and almost bizarre behind the scenes video I’ve seen. Musical artist Jack Conte came up with an idea for a video to go along with a music track he created called “Pedals”, and through building his own spaceship set, using real working robots, and even getting Jeff Orlowski to shoot it, everything came together for an inventive final product. [more]
Olaf Heine is one of the world’s most acclaimed music photographers and has photographed music icons such as Iggy Pop, Sting and Jon Bon Jovi. In this interview from H&M Life, Olaf talks about what it’s like to work with these musicians and how best to convey your portrait ideas so they are well received. Obviously this is a good skill to have when trying to get someone on board with a more “off the wall” portrait concept…like tying Sting up and throwing him in a pool with his mouth taped up. [more]
Canon has recently come out with their short film, “Rhythm of Life’ showcasing their new line of cine lenses. Shot with the Canon C500 director, Dean Hargrove and cinematographer, Steven Poster ASC, explain how the different cine lenses affect the footage and change the color and feel of your shots. The BTS video was shot with the Canon C300. [more]
Plus three gorgeous Brazilian triplets. But that’s not the point here.
Seriously though, I’ve seen a lot of crazy things done with the Red Epic, but I’ve never seen it shot without it’s IR pass filter. The results are the definition of ethereal. The biggest shocker to me though was that none of these shots, which included a very complicated Handheld to Rope to Handheld shot that looked like a crane shot, were all done without any post-stabilization or complicated steadicam rigs. All of the shots were done using the Movi stabilization system.
Have you ever wondered how different diffusing fabrics affect the quality of light that you shoot with? Jay P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens walks you through the different diffusion materials by Rosco. He explains how the different fabrics can lessen the stops of light and how it can affect your color temperatures and look of your shoot. [more]