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The Photographers Behind Ultra Music Festival Pt. 1

Ultra Music Festival is one of the largest electronic dance music concerts in the world and brought in over 300,000 people last year in Miami. The heavy-hitting festival along with Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week just wrapped up this past weekend. I reached out to members of the EDM Photographers group that attended Miami’s craziest week and asked how their experience was shooting these massive events. [more]

Fstoppers Interviews Photographer Adam Elmakias (NSFW)

Adam Elmakias is one of my favorite live music photographers so I did my best to reach out to him for an interview. He was more than happy to answer a LOT of questions I had for him and left us with one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done. [more]

Two Tools for Creating More Cinematic Visuals

Late last year I wrote an article entitled “Why I Sold My RED and Downgraded to a C100.” The article, as you can imagine, was met with a bit of hostility. In short, Filmmakers and Red-users couldn’t seem to understand how I could give up the cinematic image capabilities of my RED Scarlet and settle for an entry level Canon Cinema camera. [more]

Wistia Argues Music Will Make or Break Your Next Video

I tend to agree with Wistia, the video player company known for making awesome productions that teach you how to better your company’s video productions. Yes, the right music really plays a major role on how your audience feels when watching one of your videos. Arguably, the right music makes a video what it is, and the wrong music will turn everyone off. [more]

Brian Friedman Shares Tips About How He Went From Part Time To Full-Time Music Photographer

I met Brian Friedman as we were both shooting various iHeartRadio festivals and concerts around the US a few years back. Brian is a machine. He’s passionate, hard working, and one of the best modern concert photographers I’ve ever met. [more]

Norman Reedus & Al Wertheimer on “Capture”

Viewers of “The Walking Dead” are no strangers to Norman Reedus, but few may be aware that Reedus is an accomplished photographer. In this episode of Mark Seliger’s “Capture,” Reedus joins Al Wertheimer – who you may or may not know as Elvis’s personal photographer. It’s a great combination of guests – Reedus, known for his dark and almost morbid style (more pictures here) and Wertheimer, known for taking probably the most intimate shots of The King. As always, it’s a pretty fascinating episode. [more]

Behind the Scenes of the Oscars (Academy Awards) Trailer

Academy Awards season is swiftly coming and to get the buzz going a little earlier the Oscars have come out with a brand new trailer with talk-show darling Ellen DeGeneres and 250 dancing extras. The trailer was directed by Paul Feig who is best known for “Bridesmaids” and “the Heat”. It looks like they used an ARRI Alexa to film the trailer. It’s a fun and cute glimpse into what we can look forward to at this coming year’s Academy Awards show. [more]

Lynn Goldsmith Shares Her Stories Of Working With The Biggest Stars In The World

Lynn Goldsmith is considered to be one of the best music photographers in the world. She was one of the only female photographers in the scene in the 70s and 80s, and photographed pretty much all legend we can think of. From Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and The Beatles. In this interview with CBS she shares some of the stories and experiences she had as a rock and roll photographer. [more]

Famed Music Producer Responds to Photography Community Backlash

A few days ago I covered a story here on Fstoppers about an online altercation between a massively popular music producer, Diplo, and a Canadian based photography collective under the name of Visualbass. Diplo has recently stepped forward and has made a statement on Fstoppers about the incident. [more]

Famed Music Producer Caught in Photographer Drama

Last night on the EDM Photographers Facebook group a member posted a tweet from an upset photographer who wasn’t properly credited for an image that famed music producer, Diplo, posted on his Instagram feed. The concert photography collective, Visualbass, tweeted their irritation to Diplo about the uncredited photo and was met with a rather unpleasant and public exchange from the artist. [more]

Interview with “Legacy” Music Video Director Kyle Padilla

It’s no secret that I love the music phenomenon of EDM or electronic dance music, and it seems I’m not the only one with fans ranging from all ages across the globe its popularity only seems to be spreading. With so much new music and artists coming into the scene it’s interesting to see how the music can be visually interpreted into music videos. [more]

Crafting Beautiful Visual Imagery – BTS With Cinematographer Michael Belcher

Michael Belcher is a young New York-based cinematographer who is creating beautiful and compelling work, with a rich and varied visual vocabulary. Come behind the scenes on his latest shoot with this Fstoppers exclusive, and find out what we can all learn from his philosophy, experience and insight. [more]

Lou Reed, the Unexpected Landscape Photographer

Like any truly talented artist, rock musician Lou Reed, who passed on Sunday at 71, worked in more genres than simply songwriting. Inspired by his close friend pop artist Andy Warhol, Reed explored landscape photography, often working with a digital camera converted for infrared. This body of work, known as “Romanticism,” was shown in 2009 at the Adamson Gallery in Washington, DC.

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The Paper Kites “Young” Music Video Made of 4000 Portraits

There’s nothing more inspirational for me than someone taking a medium and using it outside of it’s usual purpose. This creative collaboration between film team “Oh Yeah Wow” and musical group “The Paper Kites” shows how photography can become a killer music video.

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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]

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