My Holga is currently sitting on top of my desk, collecting dust. But the folks from Photographic Works/ArtsEye Gallery in Tucson would never let that happen. They are so passionate about the toy camera that they constructed the world’s largest Holga. This thing is twenty times the size of a regular Holga, and squeezes tightly into a two-horse trailer. They initially started building it to be a prop for a toy camera exhibit. But then it occurred to them that it could easily be made to be a usable camera. [more]
We all know Pablo Picasso for his very distinct artwork and as one of the great masters. He is credited with creating the style of cubism and is considered one of the greatest artists of the last century, if not all time. I am personally a huge fan of Picasso, but mostly his Blue Period. What many of you may not know is that Picasso wasn’t just a master of painting, he was also a gifted photographer. In this series, Picasso plays with light painting and shows us that what today we think is pretty cool, he had already toyed with over sixty years ago. [more]
Some say film is dead. And while I have to concede that at times, it can seem like it’s certainly on a few crutches, I can’t say it’s dead… Because in reality, it’s the most live photography medium I know. And so, I still shoot film. If it’s something you’ve been curious about or if you’ve been wanting to try it out but don’t know how to get started, this is for you. [more]
With eight miles of galleries, the Louvre is still arguably one of the most grandiose museums in the world. When LIFE magazine photographer, Dmitri Kessel visited in 1953, he captured a glimpse of history in the making. His visit was just after the Louvre had been reorganized and redecorated to accomodate new additions to the vast collection. [more]
Flowers and floral arrangements are a point of interest that most photographers have shot at some point in their development as hobbyists or professionals. They’re naturally beautiful and give a good self esteem boost when a pretty picture turns out. While pictures of flowers are often over-done; Robert Buelteman’s takes a different route and puts an electrifying twist to his images. [more]
What started as an 18 month long tour of Africa, ended up lasting 23 year long but wonderful years. With his modest demeanor, we’re finally hearing about his amazing journey across the World. He drove in a Mercedes Benz G Wagon and now has over 500,000 miles tacked on. The vehicle has traveled the equivalent of 20 times around the planet and the best part is that he took his cameras along with him! Gunther travels with 2 film cameras, including a Leica M6. [more]
With the emergence of digital photography , seeing timelapse of a person aging isn’t all that crazy. But back in 1982, five high school friends took a group photo that they would recreate for the next 30 years. These photos, taken at Lake Copco in California, capture teenage friends John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony as they reunited every 5 years at [more]
I have been learning a ton of video know how in the past few months from watching the tutorials over at VideoMaker. I recently shot a green screen video for some background compositing and didn’t take as much time as I should have setting up the lights for the green screen (the subjects on the other hand were flawlessly lit, haha). I thought I was out of luck until I came across this video which showed me how to fix my beginner’s mistake and also has a few more handy tips for other green screen screw ups. Enjoy!
This is a sad day. While I don’t foresee the end of the world, the Mayans tell us we still have time…it can still happen. Certainly, this being the third post about discontinued film since I started on Fstoppers just six months ago, this is the start of the photographers’ Armageddon. But don’t go hang yourself just yet — there’s just enough good news to keep me going just a little longer. [more]
Tom Antos is a freelance film maker who likes to share his tips and know how online with people just like you. In his latest lesson he addresses composition for film making and video. If you can get past the harsh audio you’ll find that Tom really does have some great tips concerning composition and clues us in on when and how to use a certain camera angle or crop to get a certain feel, set a mood or to simply get your point across. Enjoy!
Probably the most anticipated movie of the summer, The Dark Knight Rises, is sure not to disappoint. I have always been a long time fan of Christopher Nolan’s style of film-making and his practical approach to filming special effect scenes. In this in-depth 13 minute making of featurette Christopher Nolan and his crew talk about the scope of filming a movie this size, the scale of the locations and how important it is to them to try to film all of their special effects in camera decreasing the amount of CGI used in post. [more]
FilmRiot has been quietly working on a series of educational behind the scenes videos over the last few months, and I think this one is definitely worth a mention (avoid the random skydiving tangent at 6:00). Aimed at beginner and intermediate videographers, this short video will walk us through some techniques for lighting people as they move through multiple rooms. [more]
If you haven’t seen the movie Snow White and the Huntsman, then you’ll want to go see it after watching this video. Filmed with the Red Epic camera, the amount of detail that went into creating the Mirror Man is amazing. The guys over at The Mill Visual Effects Studio did many tests with liquid before deciding to use cloth instead. Cloth provided more control over making the sculpture appear seamlessly out of the mirror. [more]