Good special effects are the ones you don’t really realize were “special.” They are the moments that give you that sense of awe without dragging you away from being caught in the moment. Fuel VFX specializes in creating special effects for a wide range of movies, some of which you’ve most likely seen this year. [more]
Multimedia Artist Josiah Moore had always wanted to do a fun wedding picture when he and his wife got married. Well that opportunity came, and his wife agreed to go along with it! Armed with only a couple of props, he told the photographer his idea, and after the wedding Josiah got to work in photoshop to turn his wedding day into something out of a horror movie. This video shows a sped up look at his process. [more]
For over a year and a half now, David Reynolds has been filming his “budget” series of short films called The Underwater Realm. Each week he and his team release a behind the scenes video on how they overcome some technical aspect of filming (previous Fstoppers posts here). This week Eve explains how he tackled the challenge of making a small diving pool appear like an infinite ocean using something other than green screen. If this is what is required on a budget, I can’t imagine what the full blown productions look like!
Matthew Hogan, a talented photographer and videographer from Tyler, Texas, shot country band, JB and the Mooonshine band. He not only shot the band for a promotional photoshoot, but for their music video, as well. Using Alienbee lighting, a Nikon D700 and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens he composited the individual band members together for the final image.
When you think of landscape photography, you may picture some of the most beautiful places on the planet at the perfect moments in time. Catherine Nelson likes to take her landscapes a step further and create entirely new planets. By stitching together hundreds of pictures from one point, she captures an entire scene in one picture. Which mini world would you live on?
“Connecticut, US-based Kevin Van Aelst reimagines and reassembles the little, mundane things in our daily lives, and turns them into mysterious notions of life and existence with his photography compositions.” [more]
MPC or The Moving Picture Company is famous for creating truly stunning visual effects for blockbuster films like, ‘Wrath of the Titans’, ‘John Carter’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. They also did the effects for the mind blowing ’Prometheus‘. In the first video VFX Supervisor, Richard Stammers, explains how they created the plant surface (or moon’s), of LV-223. He explains how they used Google Earth as a reference for locations used for the film’s backdrop. In the second video MPC shows snippets of various scenes broken down. [more]
Montreal photographer, Ben Von Wong, an Fstoppers favorite is at it again with his latest shoot. The folks over at Nikon sent Von Wong a Nikkor 400mm f2.8 lens to shoot with. Typically with a large lens you would shoot nature or sports, but not Von Wong. He decided to test the lens using the Brenizer Method. He took several portraits of musician, Andrew Kesler, on top of a rooftop, but one problem presented itself. How to light Andrew in the middle of the night on such short notice? In typical Von Wong ingenuity, they chose, an iPhone. [more]
I love when artists create something that hasn’t been seen before, especially when it is something as amazing as Rauzier’s hyperphotos. These images (rather, pieces of art) take panoramic photography to the next level. Most are made of hundreds, if not thousands of images, and incorporate a dream-like twist in each one. If painting has M.C. Escher, photography has J.F Rauzier. [more]
The people over at MAKE Visual strive to create unique and compelling content for their clients and for the Lung Cancer Foundation of America‘s newest PSA entitled, ‘The Haze’, they wanted a look and feel that worked well with the message that their client was trying to get across. They shot on a RED Epic and used 3DS Max and Fume FX for their post processing to achieve the thin smoke effect. [more]
Photographer / digital artist Adrian Sommeling‘s portfolio is chock-full of the type of photos that make you think, “How did he do that?” Fortunately for all of us Adrian is willing to share the secret sauce. He has been creating videos of his work in Photoshop demonstrating each step and how he composites the shots together to create one final shot. Truly inspiring. [more]
Ruadh DeLone is a freelance photographer and photo manipulator. His works have been published in a few magazines as well. He recently did a series called “Head Gear” which involved people wearing different items on their head, for example, a bow tie. [more]
We featured Julia Kuzmenko McKim a few weeks ago with a behind the scenes peek of her very classy Enchanted Forest shoot. Now she’s back with a very handy tutorial on how to create your own 3D image entirely in post using Photoshop. Using the channels palette and the warp tool she creates some pretty cool looking 3D images. Watch the easy tutorial and try it out for yourselves. When you’re done post the results back here. [more]
For those of you out there who love creating art with your cell phone and using Instagram to share it – I got a great freebie for you! A few weeks back I wrote a feature article highlighting the work of photographer/digital artist Merek Davis. The guy is insanely talented and in addition to creating art on his camera and computer he has also been stunning Instagram users all over the world with the art he has been creating on his phone. As a big thank you to all of those that support him there he has put together a couple packs of free textures (Mextures) to share with everyone. [more]
Conceptual photography means the photographer is trying to write a story in your head with a single image. A lot of the time the message is conveyed in a very abstract way using random objects and props. Although the image may be shot to tell one story, it can very easily be interpreted many different ways by each person who sees it. [more]