Go behind the scenes with London-based photographer Jason Bell as he shoots the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch for Vanity Fair. Walking us through the detailed setup, including gear from Phase One, you can see all that goes into such a high-end editorial piece. From concept to completion, it's refreshing to see that not one hand was wasted in creating this magnificent series.
Even wonder what goes on in the boardrooms of our favorite camera manufacturers? For many users over the last few years, there’s been regular questioning over decisions that the Big Two (Canon and Nikon) have made. Long term fans have been almost universal in their derision of both companies, citing lack of innovation, lack of meeting true user need, and 'interesting' pricing strategy as some of the reasons. True or not, this video showing “behind the scenes” of the DSLR video revolution and a parody of Canon exec thinking is absolutely hilarious.
About a year ago, I took new portraits of my production company's crew for our company biographies. One of my video camera operators, Mike Nelson, decided to Photoshop the portrait of one of my producers Shawn Lucas. It started with dropping his face into one comedic situation, and well, it just started spiraling out of control after that. Now, the dozens of photos are trending on the front page of Reddit. Learn how the retouched series came to be and see all of the images below.
Barry Rollins is a backcountry buffalo herder, a champion Matador, a novice rocket scientist, and most of all an excellent B-roll cinematographer. Recently Music Bed had the great privilege and opportunity to follow on the heels of superiority, documenting one of the true greats exercising his craft. Over beaches and bridges of the Pacific Northwest, Rollins shows us what it really means to be a B-roll artist.
Featuring the one and only comedian Randall Higgins, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc has released this outstanding trailer for what they call the "KillCameraman." Poking fun at the obvious first person shooter point of view and how there's always a replay and video playback in a video game war zone. This is just an all around fun and perfect promo video to entertain us before the release of the new in-game bonus packs.
This week DigitalRev put up a video challenging Kai and Lok to build a decent photo kit from scratch for a thousand bucks. While $1,000 is a decent amount of coin for most people (certainly including myself), it wouldn't put too much of a dent in any pro's photo kit. Just two days ago, Michael Woloszynowicz posted an article showing off his fleet of awesome Broncolor lighting gear - a $20K setup! While I wouldn't care to start my own (small) kit over from scratch, I think it's a fun little mental experiment. Here's what I've come up with.
The ultimate wish to look young forever sneaks into all of our minds at one point or another. This hysterical portrait series by California-based photographer Zachary Scott illustrates how seamlessly this concept can be portrayed in a fun way. From a "Geriatric Gerber Baby" to an "Old Baby Farmer" the portraits are just flawless in execution and they set a great example of how to create the perfect story portrait.
Well, now we've seen everything. In this wild video, graphic designer Michelle Vandy shows off her — ahem — unique technique for working without the use of hands. Vandy developed this unusual workflow in order to combat her RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), and with it she is able to take movement of her arms and hands virtually out of the picture. She further credits this method with subtly influencing her design work.
Long time watchers of DigitalRev on YouTube will be all too familiar with the awesome series Pro 'Tog, Cheap Camera which airs only a couple times a year. For the uninitiated, as the title suggests, in this series world-class professional photographers leave their high-end gear at home and show what they can do with the most basic equipment imaginable. Previous episodes of the series include Alex Ogle, Philip Bloom, Chase Jarvis, Ben Von Wong, and Zack Arias to name a few. The newest installment features rock star fashion photographer, Lara Jade. Take a look!
Having an older brother, I have had the privilege of knowing comedians from both his and I's generations, so getting to see a fun series like this brings many smiles from my past and present. Seth Olenick is a photographer based out of New York City releasing a book, simply called Funny Business, featuring portraits of some of the funniest comedians still around. With legends like Zach Galifinakis, Jane Lynch and Jeff Garlin you can see a range of comedians from various eras.
Growing up, I have been entranced by Jackie Chan films for their insane stunts, beautifully choreographed action sequences and hilarious physical comedy. His action scenes are both visually stunning and involving, playing underdog characters fighting against impossible odds. Chan’s dedication to his craft is unquestionable but perhaps he has not been given enough credit as an action director. In this video, filmmaker Tony Zhou breaks down the framing and editing techniques that Hong Kong directors use to create engaging fighting scenes, highlighting how many of these techniques are absent in Hollywood films of today. If you are interested in becoming a filmmaker, you need to watch this.
Robbie Augspurger is a professional photographer from Portland, Oregon with a grand affinity for the generation of "Back to the Future," big hair, and stone washed jeans. He's started an ongoing '80s glamour shot series that began when a friend asked him to take his actor headshots. To prepare for the shoot, Augspurger bought a 30 year old Photogenic FlashMaster light kit and asked his roommate to pose for some shots in a three-piece tweed suit. With inspiration from photographs found in an old shoe box, or on the dashboard of his dad's pick-up truck, he had a concept in motion: creating vintage thread clad characters for the portrait series "Glamour & Headshots".
A teacher once told me that filmmakers need to fully utilize the frame within their scenes and move the camera in ways that help drive the story forward; otherwise they're just filming a play. That always stuck with me and it's a point I still take note of in movies. Tony Zhou from Every Frame a Painting does a great job of explaining why the camera frame is so important in comedic cinema along with a slew of other techniques that few people other than Edgar Wright are making use of in today's comedies. This is eight minutes of insight you're not going to want to miss!
Cosplay is a photography subgenre and lifestyle that I have yet to ever attempt, but something I truly enjoying viewing when it is done well. In the case of this mashup project by photographer Sacha Goldberger, fusing the Renaissance era with modern superheroes, "done well" is understatement. You need to seriously check these out.
Remember those days when you totally forgot what ISO/ASA film was inside your camera, or when you just had no idea if the photos came out until you went somewhere to get them developed? You know what I'm talking about. The film days. Simple to set up - just pop in the right roll of film, attach it to the gear, close it down and it's ready to shoot. But what happens when you let iPhone-generation kids take photos with 20th century cameras?