AMC's Mad Men has to be one of the most popular television shows on the air. The imagery, lifestyle, and personalities dramatized in the series have really gripped the American public. Even the style of the period is making a bold comeback, going so far as to inspire a whole collection for men and women at Banana Republic. In this series, photographer James Minchin III gives us a behind the scenes look at the making of the magic.
It's hard to imagine Vegas as anything other than the fast paced, bright lights, gamblin', let's-go-get-married city that it is today. But the image of a quiet, dark town was what LIFE magazine was trying to portray in their skeptical 1955 view of Vegas. Most of these images taken for the magazine never appeared in the June 20, 1955 article. LIFE was trying to illustrate the scarcity of lights and customers after their big grand opening had died down, but these images say otherwise.
Scott Serfas has an incredible knack for being able to take beautiful photos in the snow. Combine that with a passion for snowboarding and Scott serves out some unbelievable shots of boarders jumping off cliffs. Not only does he catch amazing moments, his sequences give you a play by play of every twist and turn. I dont know what I find more fantastic, the shots or the boarders who jump off the cliffs. Which one is your favorite?
Thomas Hawk, San Francisco based photographer, took amazing photos during the 2012 Holi Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork, Utah earlier this year. The Hindu festival of Holi is being celebrated every year on March, and became a big hit in the photography community in the past few years because of the use of a lot of colored powder that makes it all look very magical.
There's a feeling of quietness about South Australian photographer, Narelle Autio's series, Water hole. Using a couple of old orange Nikonos film cameras, a 20 mm lens, and no breathing apparatus other than her lungs, Autio captured some pretty incredible images during her travels in the outback.
In this behind the scenes lighting lesson, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens does something we might not often think to do: he uses the natural sunlight and turns it into moonlight-like light for this 1920's "speakeasy-themed" shoot. Believe it or not, he was able to achieve moonlight all in the camera - no post processing involved. So with a couple of tungsten lights, gels and sunlight, Jay P. has shown us a great idea that can easily be mimicked in your own shoot.
Diving is hard. It takes an incredible amount of skill, training, and timing to pull of a beautiful dive. Those who can complete the amazing feat and win competitions are truly fantastic. Seriously, they rock. I could never do what they do. But on a less serious note, the faces they make while spinning at ridiculous speeds are... well, frankly, hilarious.
Macro insect photographer Vadim Trunov has a great portfolio of some really outstanding insect photos. Now we have featured insect photos before, like these glamour style shots, or these unusual images of a dead fly, but Trunov's images are different. They seem to capture life as it is happening, freezing moments in time with these little creatures.
Jeff Lautenberger, staff Photographer for the Dallas News, had just three minutes to photograph comedians, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis for a feature story on the duo's upcoming movie, "The Campaign". The set? An empty hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Dallas. With no time to set up artificial lighting, Jeff improvised and had to use two windows next to the bed as a natural softbox.
Remember Justin Wojtczak? If not, make sure you watch this video of Patrick surprising him with the news that he won the Fstoppers 2011 BTS Contest. Well Justin is back with his latest behind the scenes video. In this BTSV Justin takes a bride into a creek in the woods of Georgia and shows us how to shoot on a budget.
The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest solicited Photographers to send in their best photo from their travels all over the world. Out of 12,000 images, these are 30 gathered from different categories. You can head over to the Nat Geo site to Vote on the Viewers' Choice winner until July 20. Which one do you think is best? Leave a comment below.
Former Chicago Tribune photographer, Pete Souza has probably one of the most sought after jobs. For the past three years he has served as chief White House photographer. Having backstage access to every presidential event has allowed Pete and his staff to capture some amazing shots. These shots are a glimpse from Obama's presidency between May and June of this year.
In the June 2012 issue of Vogue, photographer Annie Leibovitz had the amazing opportunity to photograph eight very talented US Olympic athletes alongside supermodel Karlie Kloss. Over the years, Annie has become known for her over-the-top sets and detailed lighting set-ups.