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No Credentials: An Inside Look Into EDM Photography (NSFW)

Recently, a duo by the name of Cruz + Jacob released an short documentary about a niche of concert photography known as EDM Photography. EDM, short for electronic dance music, has swept up the top music charts and its popularity is spreading quickly. The filmmaking duo snuck into this year’s ULTRA, one of the biggest EDM festivals in the US, and did a pretty good job at showing what it’s like to be an EDM photographer or videographer. [more]

How to Successfully Pre-Produce a Photoshoot

Looking on photography groups and forums, you’ll quickly find a reoccurring problem among photographers. No Call, No Shows. It’s going to happen regardless of your location and the seriousness of the industry, and security deposits sometimes scare clients away all together. So how do you counteract this and ensure that your talent and team are timely, and even show up? [more]

Lighting a Track Car Engagement Photo

Pye from SLR lounge shows us how he used light painting and a strobe to get this amazing engagement photo. Pye booked an engagement session where the couple were both into track racing and had very nice cars. They decided to incorporate the couple’s hobby with their shoot. With only a 15 minute window Pye and his team knocked out this great photo.
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Lingerie and Corsetry Photoshoot with Karl Taylor (NSFW)

Before we get into the meat of this video, I’ve got to warn you…it’s long. Like nearly 20 minutes long. That said, if you’d prefer not to gawk at the model and get to the parts that will truly help you with your photography, I have them listed out below. Despite it’s length this may be one of the better BTS videos I’ve come across in a while. I say this because it’s not often that a photographer will actually [more]

One Light, 56 Layers, One Magazine Cover.

Automotive Editorial Photography will teach you many things. Mostly though, it’ll teach you how to make something out of nothing and how to operate quickly and efficiently. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shown up to shoot a car only to be told it can’t be moved from where it sits. It’s those situations that will really test your mettle as a photographer and I’ve actually grown to love those challenges. One challenge from last year that I really enjoyed was a RIDES Magazine cover that would require fitting and lighting 10 cars. Here’s how I did it. [more]

Shooting With Mixed Studio Lighting

When we talk about on-location mixed lighting we usually mean shooting with light sources of different nature, such as natural ambient light and artificial, or shooting with lights of different color temperatures (tungsten, fluorescent, flash, etc.).

There are dozens of cool effects that one can achieve when mixing ambient light with controlled lighting, but today I would like to talk about mixing lights in studio – impulse (i.e. strobe or flash) and continuous. I love this technique and hope my article inspires you to try it out too.
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High Speed Cameras And Colored Powder Make For A Surreal Skateboarding Video

Sometimes the greatest tool for creating unique movement is your own body. Using human-powered camera moves, an aggressive color grade, and high-speed cameras, the final video in the full post is definitely worth a watch. In this behind the scenes video, Sebastian Linda explains how his vision came together using a high speed camera to create a fascinating ‘dream world’ of skateboarding. [more]

A Commercial for a Car Commercial: The CLA Project

Casey Neistat was approached with an unusual proposition from Mercedes Benz. They wanted Casey, a successful Youtube filmmaker to make a car commercial for the new Mercedes Benz CLA, even though Casey has never filmed a car commercial or anything close to resembling one. The following set of the three videos is his rather interesting journey so far. With Casey’s charismatic personality it’s curious to see how the commercial will turn out. I will update this when the final commercial is released. Enjoy. [more]

The Complete Dummy Guide to Light Painting

When people think of high end commercial automotive photography, they’ll sometimes call to mind images of cars with that distinct light streak down the side. That light streak that so many automotive photographers lust after is actually not a product of black magic, as it seems to be when you’re starting out, but actually incredibly easy to replicate with a technique called light painting. [more]

Behind the Scenes with Melissa Rodwell for Ben Trovato

Melissa Rodwell is easily one of my favorite fashion photographers. It’s not even because of her work, although it is phenomenal for sure. She is at the top of my list due to how involved she is with us mortals. If you’re unfamiliar, she runs FashionPhotographyBlog.com, a site so popular it holds the number 1 spot on google when you search for fashion photography. That’s not an easy feat. Every now and then she puts out a behind the [more]

Using Ordinary Objects in the Foreground to Create Interesting Images

During the film era people would often use different tools, such as prisms, to create new and interesting images. Without the use of tools like Lightroom and Photoshop, camera malfunctions, such as light leaks could be very valuable in creating unique art. Perhaps its time to remanufacture these ideas, and use them to help create something truly interesting. [more]

Working With A Creative Retoucher On A Concept From Start To Finish

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work with a retoucher on a concept you’ve had in mind, this may be just what you’re looking for. Photographer Justin Bettman wanted to create a concept but didn’t have the ability to do so on his own, so he teamed up with creative retoucher and manipulator Krzysztof Rejek to bring his idea to life.  [more]

How To Fake A Full Studio Using A Single Light

As many of you know, I earn my living as a wedding photographer, It’s a job that I wouldn’t trade for the world, but occasionally I get the opportunity to do something a little different. In this case, it’s about as far removed from wedding photography as you can get. If you remember at the end of last year I showed you how to photograph a World War Two machine gun, this time though, we’re going after something just a little bit bigger. [more]

Night Photography: Finding Your Way in the Dark (Workshop BTS)

Night photography is a very broad category, open to many different approaches and techniques to create a unique image of the world, or universe around us. The team at Walley Films has done a great job in this video, documenting the night/light painting photo workshop led by  Scott Martin and Lance Keimig in Texas. While you won’t get the full hands-on workshop experience, hopefully you can pick up some tips or inspiration for your own work.

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Taking Family On The Road While Capturing Landscape Photography

As a commercial photographer for brands like Patagonia, Marmot, and Garmin, Lars Schneider has spent years in the outdoors producing fantastic images for his clients. Being on the road might be a burden for some, especially when it impacts the time they can spend with family. This photographer has included his family though, and has taken to the road across the US in a 1971 Volkswagen. [more]

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