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Fstoppers Interviews Photographer Cameron Davis (NSFW)

Cameron Davis is a photographer, cinematographer and creative director based in New York. Growing up in Southern California, Cameron has developed a style that blends East Coast with West Coast, adding in flavors of London and Paris. Focusing primarily on shooting editorial fashion imagery, Cameron’s work has been published in treats!, GQ Italia, Fault and S Magazine. [more]

The Sound of “Gravity”

About a week ago we featured the behind the scenes of the groundbreaking film “Gravity”. I am a firm believer that the sound of a film is what connects the viewer to the feel and cinematic experience of the story. In this featurette with director Alfonso Cuarón and re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay they explain how sound works in space where there literally isn’t a sound to be heard. [more]

Model Maker Turns Toy Cars Into Nostalgic Life-Like Images – On A $200 Point And Shoot

For the last 25 years, Michael Paul Smith has been building detailed scale models for an imaginary world he calls “Elgin Park.” Michael builds eerily identical scaled models of cars 1/24th the size. He carefully picks out real world environments for these cars and builds   whatever else is needed to sell the shot. He then uses backgrounds of real environments to make the shot as realistic as possible. Here’s the kicker: he’s doing all of this on a $200 point and shoot. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Fashion Photographer Charles Lucima NSFW

In the competitive landscape of fashion photography, Charles LUCIMA stands out with fashion-editorial images and videos that have graced magazines and televisions around the world. We caught up with Charles after his three-day, Destination MARS workshop and right before shooting a new line of cosmetics. [more]

Why Producers Are More Important Than Any Good Photographer

Arguably the most important person on any production set is the producer. Charged with preparing for the worst and having a back up plan to a back up plan, a producer is responsible for making sure any shoot happens without any mishap, injury, or stoppage whatsoever. Blaine Deutsch is commercial advertising producer who handles days of pre-production, casting, big crews, planning, preparing, investing, paperwork, contracts, permits, and thousands of dollars on the line. [more]

Be Inspired In 20 Minutes Or Less – Watch ‘Light and Shadow’ by Zacuto

Sometimes it’s useful to stop, take stock and just remember why it is we shoot what we do, and what we are trying to do with our work. With this in mind, and to stoke the fires of your inspiration, the filmmaking accessories manufacturer, Zacuto, recently released ‘Light & Shadow’, a wonderful 20 minute film by Steve Weiss which asks searching questions from some legendary American cinematographers. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Fashion Photographer Paul Phung

Paul Phung is a fashion photographer based in London, but to call what he does just ‘fashion’ is a gross oversimplification. Paul has the gift of being able to photograph a feeling. He can capture emotions on film. His images dance all over the line that vaguely separates fashion images from fine art. It’s no wonder his work has been featured in magazines such as Dazed and Confused, Intern and Nasty. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Fashion Photographer Kesler Tran (NSFW)

Kesler Tran is a photographer based out of Los Angeles and New York specializing in fashion, editorial and beauty. Of the three, one will probably find his beauty work resonating the strongest; it teems from every pore of his images. His eye for light and shape, as complex and trained as it is, seems effortless when one browses through the images on his tumblr. With the sheer amount of content, it’s also hard to imagine him ever taking a break. Thankfully, he took one for us. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Fashion Photographer Steve Fischer (NSFW)

Steve Fischer is a Los Angeles based fashion photographer specializing in shooting women for the fashion, high fashion, lingerie, swimwear and beauty markets. Steve started shooting about 15 years ago, taking a minor hiatus to write and produce television commercials. Not too long ago, he was in a car accident that nearly killed him and left him physically unable to shoot for several years. He returned to his love of fashion photography about four years ago and is here to stay. [more]

Why Experience Trumps Everything Else – An Interview With Dixie Dixon

Dixie Dixon is a Dallas based badass and one of the sixteen “celebrated contemporary photographers” of the Nikon ambassador program. Dixie specializes in commercial fashion photography and is a prime example of how hard work, apprenticeship, and relentless dedication pays off in commercial photography. I recently chatted with her and stole all of her secrets of success for you, the reader. Because that’s how much I love you, reader. [more]

Behind The Scenes With Daniel Rönnbäck, Focusing On The Photographer-Subject Relationship

In the latest behind the scenes video from F-Stop Gear’s Life In Focus series, the importance of the relationship between the photographer and subject is explored. Shooter Daniel Rönnbäck is on assignment to capture athlete Martin Soderstrom, and in this video they both share thoughts on working together successfully. [more]

Photographer Takes on a Nerve-Wracking Project: Headshots of Fellow Photographers

Dani Diamond is a talented portrait photographer based out of Connecticut and is also an active member of our Fstoppers Facebook Group. His headshot work is impeccable and eye-catching. Recently Dani has started a personal project coined simply as “The Project.” His mission is to find fellow photographers from around the world, take their headshots and challenge his craft under the scrutiny of his talented peers. [more]

Digital Artist Takes Commercial Images To Entirely New Levels

Mike Campau is on another level, and I don’t even know where to begin to look for this level. Mike is a industry leader in CGI and photoshop composites for the commercial advertising industry. He collaborates with names like Paul Mobley and Tim Tadder. Mike can take a blank canvas and build uber realistic baseball stadiums while drinking an IPA. [more]

A Look Inside David LaChapelle’s Studio

“VICE Meets: David LaChapelle” goes inside David LaChapelle’s studio in Los Angeles and sits down with him to talk about his early days in New York, what he did in art school and why photography is the parameter that prevents his head from exploding. It’s always amazing to get a glimpse into the mind of a great artist and begin to see what makes them tick. [more]

Selling Stolen Images: Mango Proves Companies Can Do the Right Thing

It is getting pretty hard to avoid reading a story a couple times a month where a photographer’s photos are stolen in some way. It has become, sadly, the nature of the internet. Sometimes photographers aren’t even aware of it until the image spreads beyond containment, but others, like Swedish photographer Tuana, do their best to nip it in the bud and succeed with help from what many would consider to be an unlikely source: the company who was unlawfully selling the image. [more]

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