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Skateboarding + Fireworks = Quality BTSV

Our good friend Dave Lehl is at it again and this time he’s moved out of the snow and into the skate park. To add a bit of flare to the standard skateboarding shot Dave taped sparklers to the bottom of the board and used smoke bombs to set the mood. Check out the full post to a link to the high res finished shots. [more]

A Look into the Work of Zim Killgore

When I first got into portrait photography, I saw his work and I wanted to be Zim Killgore. Years later, I still have inspiration folders that are filled with his stuff. I’ve always been interested in his work because its nothing like anything I’ve ever seen before. Its a fresh take on portrait photography, that encourages you to just sit down and stare at it.

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Digital Caricature Photoshop Tutorial

So I have seen quite a bit of caricature portraits and fell in love with them. I decided to try my hand at doing a few and kind of fell into a new little series with them. Everyone who has seen them has asked if I could shoot them or their families in this style. This little tutorial will show you how I go about doing these shots. [more]

Before and After Special Effects from Various Notable Scenes

Special effects are crazy and if they’re overused, can be off-putting (I’m looking at your Star Wars Episodes 1-3). But used right, and special effects can make a scene and drastically reduce set budgets. Check out these before and after shots of rather notable sets that we stumbled upon, including a pair from everyone’s favorite zombie show, The Walking Dead. [more]

Behind The Scenes: Ben Von Wong Shoots ‘The Underwater Realm’

A few weeks ago I posted about the outstanding newly released internet series, The Underwater Realm, and as promised I’m back with the full behind the scenes look at the underwater photoshoot by amazing conceptual photographer, Benjamin Von Wong. He explains how he was able to accomplish the shoot in the pool and how he brought all of the elements together to create a wonderful behind the scenes image of the entire cast and crew at work.  [more]

Conceptual Portrait Photography By Mariesol Fumy

Looking through Mariesol’s work leaves me inspired and wanting go shoot some conceptual portraits. The way she puts everything together to tell a story with each shot really bring you in and makes you look hard at the images. [more]

Benjamin Von Wong: Craziest Photo Challenge Ever

Von Wong, who you should all know by now — if not from us, then from the million and one places he scurries around the world and online — was given a challenge by a friend, Sebastien Roignant: “To shoot and edit an insane image involving two orcs, a witch king, warrior, villager and a cinema theatre…all in 4 hours without having any information ahead of time.” Von Wong is also up for a [Framed] award for best conceptual photographer this year. Vote for him here. [more]

The Making Of A Back To The Future Holiday Card

My buddy, Eric Doggett, is one of those commercial photographers that I want more people in the community to know about because he is very talented. Every holiday season, Eric will create a Christmas card using composites of himself and his family. This year, he took a page right from one of my favorite movies, Back To The Future. He created a fantastic in-depth tutorial video on how he created this year’s holiday image form scratch.

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Sergey Semenov Creates Stunning Interactive NYC Panorama

Sergey Semenov recently won the 2012 Major Amateur Award at the Pano Awards (for panoramic photography) for his interactive panorama of NYC, made up of thousands of aerial photographs stitched together from numerous helicopter tours up above the big apple… [more]

Fairy-Tale Like Surreal Photos By Joel Robinson

About a year ago, we featured the work of Joel Robinson here. He continually pushes himself to produce better work each time we see more. Here are a new set of conceptual photos that will hopefully command your attention and interest. The mood of his work is always surreal. Although these photos aren’t a cohesive series, each of them seem to tell their own stories.  [more]

How Do All the Faces of “Grimm” Come to Life?

If you’ve watched the TV series “Grimm,” you may be curious how the mythological creatures from Grimm’s fairy tales make it onto screen. Bent Image Lab, the production company behind the cg creations of the show, explains their process of transforming characters into creatures and adding a fantastical element to each episode.

Behind Marvel’s Most Epic Shot

Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ is the top grossing movie of 2012 and the third of all time, ensuring that the superhero genre of movies are here to stay.  Industrial Light & Magic have finally released the behind the scenes and walkthrough for the post production on one of the most amazing scenes in the movie, a long take of all the heroes fighting off the Alien horde that is uninterrupted and seamless with New York City as its backdrop.

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The Captivating Digitally Manipulated Work Of Al Magnus

Al Magnus is a brilliant digital manipulator. His creations are so fascinating, they just seem to keep drawing me in due to the peculiar stories they tell. His work some of the most well executed conceptual digital art I have ever seen. Al has been working with the digital medium for over 12 years now and I believe his work speaks for itself.”I was ten when I first discovered photography and waseven then fascinated by the light that B & W prints suffused. [more]

What if the Lights Really Went Out?

Some of you may have seen the new series “Revolution,” in which power around the world goes out. Thierry Cohen applies the same concept to some of his work by showing what vast urban areas might look like without light pollution.  [more]

How To Capture Textures And Use Them In Composites For A Weathered Look

Gavin Hoey with AdoramaTV put together this simple yet informative video that includes beginner tips on techniques for bracketing your aperture, finding different materials for textures, and finally bringing it all together in Photoshop. Gavin shows how he works in Photoshop to transform images to make them fit your composites in a more pleasing way, and also uses blending modes and layers masks to make the textured vignettes fit his images.

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