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How One Photo Changed Everything (a fish tale)

Sunday seems like the right time to tell a big fish story, so I was happy when I stumbled across director Kibwe Tavares’s, “JONAH”. It’s a visually impressive fiction that begins with every photographer’s worst nightmare (a stolen camera) and becomes the tale of how one photo changed everything. Well, one photo and some masterful visual effects executed by Factory Fifteen and Jellyfish Productions. Watch the follow-up, “JONAH MAKING OF” for a peek into how it was all achieved. [more]

Slider vs. Jib vs. Steadicam: What’s Best For Your Story?

When calling ourselves artists, we also inherently accept the title of “story teller”. We each use different mediums, but our goals are ultimately the same: Creating memorable and engaging content. We use art to tell stories in beautiful and unique ways, which in turn helps connect us together. [more]

Using TV and Film to Help Better Understand Light

Recently, Julia Kuzmenko has been putting together a wonderful tutorial on how to read lighting in photography to help better understand different lighting concepts (Seriously, read Part 1 and Part 2). Applying these to photos, you can reverse engineer different lighting diagrams. However, using these concepts in your everyday life will allow you to give you a much better understanding of lighting techniques as well. [more]

This Trailer For a Movie Shot with Advanced 4K Aerial Gyro Rocks

Earlier this year we showed you an amazing and advanced 4K aerial gyro system that lifestyle brand Teton Gravity Research (TGR) acquired. The Gyro-Stabilized Systems (GSS) C520 system is considered most advanced five-axis gyro-stabilized camera platform in the world. This week they released a trailer for their production “Way of Life” featuring the platform, and it looks fantastic. [more]

Why Quadcopters and Weddings Sometimes Don’t Mix

In the past year, we’ve seen some pretty amazing advancements in camera/drone technology. Quadcopters like the DJI Phantom are incredibly affordable and seem very easy for anyone to master. When shooting a commercial earlier this year, I had a similar mentality. “Why don’t I buy a cheap quadcopter and strap a GoPro to it. How hard can it be?”

As it turns out, even small drones can be used with disastrous results. [more]

The Changing Face of the Music Video and What We Can All Learn From It

The music we use in our work, whether for videos or slide shows for stills images, is an integral part of the narrative and story we are trying tell. The genre, artist and music track we choose, sets the tone for the entire story we wish to tell. I treat music as the keystone that underpins the visual story of a BTS video, commercial work, documentary piece or creative editorial shoot that I am working on.
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Bullet Time Camera Technology In MLB And NFL

Bullet Time added to Major League Baseball and the National Football League is as cool as it sounds.

Replay Technologies has put together what they are calling FreeD aka free dimensional video which installs and sets up a number of cameras along the ballparks and captures footage from all angles compiling them into a smooth, almost 360-degree pan.  [more]

Behind The Scenes As Jeff Curtes Shoots Road Biking And Explains His Back Story

In the latest video from the “Life In Focus” series presented by F-Stop Gear, professional snowboarder turned photographer Jeff Curtes is interviewed about his beginnings in the world of photography, and he explains what he thinks is the key to his success. The video goes on to show Jeff hanging out of a car to shoot road bikers from mere feet away, while moving at a very fast speed. [more]

See Jennifer Lawrence’s Photo Shoot for Vogue Magazine

Most of Vogue’s photo shoot behind-the-scenes videos aren’t full of a lot of meat, but they do give glimpses into the lighting and general demeanor of the actors and actresses on set. This video with Jennifer Lawrence is no different, but it’s hard not to love this girl. I think she might be near the top of everyone’s favorite actress lists right now. [more]

Documentary On Fighting For Your Art In The Commercial World

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon Eskimo’s latest passion project “Wonderland”. At first, I expected a step-by-step guide to finding success with commercial work. But in fact, what I watched felt more reminiscent of a support group.  [more]

To Shoot Better Video, Focus on Photography

We can often get swept up in the world of digital video. Topics like ‘What it will mean for the future of photography when we can pull stills from video?’ occupy a lot of time and thinking.

Discussion like this is  relevant but I sometimes think we miss the most important element of all. The single biggest contributor towards great video is actually making sure we understand what it is that makes a great still image in the first place. To go faster, we should actually slow down. Maybe even stop.

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Photographer Asks You to “Steal My Photograph!”

Photographer Lukas Renlund shares with us the second installation in his “Steal My Photograph” series. I was very impressed with this idea when I posted his Copenhagen Exhibit last August but Lukas has added a humorous new twist to his Barcelona installation by hiding a GoPro camera behind his photos to capture the reactions of the unsuspecting, would-be-thieves. I got a chance to catch up with Lukas and asked him a few of the questions that have been on everyone’s mind. [more]

Watch This Gorgeous Time Lapse Video of an Iceland Expedition

Yesterday I posted a great aerial video over New York, and today I stumbled on this gorgeous time lapse/environmental piece by videographer Eric Hines. The project, called Expedition Iceland, is a collection of shots from a 17 day adventure around the country during the midnight sun in June 2013. It was all shot on a Canon 5D Mark III, a few different Canon lenses and Kessler equipment (such as the CineDrive). [more]

A Unique Timelapse Video Of European Architecture Comprised Of Thousands Of Photos

Over the span of three months, Luke Shepard journeyed through 36 cities and 21 countries with the intent of capturing these beautiful European structures. What started as a successful kickstarter campaign,which raised nearly $20,000, has led to this beautiful video.  [more]

Jay P Morgan Teaches Us How to Make a Smoke Tube of Death!

Sure you may know how to create smoke in a photo…but do you know how to make a smoke tube of death? Whether you’re using it to create your photo concept, or you just want to get a head start on your Halloween plans, knowing how to turn one smoke machine into multiple smoke sources is a great thing to know, and The Slanted Lens is here to show you how.
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