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Behind the Scenes – Capturing a World Record Speed Attempt with Phase One

Many people go out every year to set a Guinness World Record, and for those who can succeed comes fame, money and the ultimate bragging rights. Mike Newman should know, he’s already set four… but now he wants three more to hold the triple crown for land, water, and air speeds. In this video, photographer Nathan D’Amour heads out to capture Mike’s attempt at driving over 200mph unaccompanied in the Noble M600, a British super car. You may be thinking 200mph is far below the current land speed record, and you’re right… but this isn’t just about driving fast. What makes this feat so impressive is that Mike is completely blind. [more]

Gorgeous Supercell Storm Footage!

Photographer Mike Olbinski has been visiting the Central Plains to shoot it’s storms since 2010, and last week he encountered a supercell straight out of an apocalyptic thriller. The views in this timelapse are breathtaking! It’s incredible to watch this massive storm tear through the fields near Booker, TX. There really isn’t much more that I can say, just watch the video. Well done Mike! Amazing footage [more]

Is a Tagged Instagram Photo More Than Just a Photo?

PBS’ Idea Channel poses an interesting question, “Is a tagged Instagram more than just a photo?”

There is and has been a lot of discussion going on about Instagram. Does it cheapen photography, or is it the best thing to ever happen to photography? I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle, but I also think it has changed the fundamental approach toward what photography is and what it represents in the modern world. [more]

Use Your Tripod to Create Video That Looks Like You Used a Slider

Now that many of us are shooting with DSLR cameras that handle both photo and video we often find ourselves doing a bit of both. For example, while I specialize in shooting weddings it is nice to be able to capture a bit of video of my clients and use it in a slideshow such as those done in Animoto or Lightroom 5. While I would love to invest in a slider for the videos, it is just not in my budget and would not be used enough. This video tip by Fenchel & Janisch will show how to get similar shots to those done with a slider, using the tripod you already own. [more]

Scott Serfas Shares Advice For Breaking Into The Action Sports Photo Industry

“You need to pack up your stuff, move to the mountains, and LIVE IT.” Scott Serfas says this bluntly when asked how someone else can get a job like his. In this new behind the scenes video from the Life In Focus series, Scott talks about how he worked himself into a position as a top action sports shooter, while we get to see him work in a more urban setting for a snowboarding action shot. [more]

BTS: Game of Thrones Rap Battle (NSFW)

Stage 5 TV is known for their clever take on geek culture with high production value. Their latest project is a fun video parody of one of television’s best shows, ‘Game of Thrones’. Many times parodies are filmed with DSLRs, so it’s nice to see a company raise the level and use higher-end equipment like the RED cameras. WARNING: Vulgar Language. [more]

#CreativeDay Retouches Bus Patrons in Real Time, On the Street

I love creative videos that are just plain fun to watch. In this video, one Photoshop “magician” uses hidden cameras and a specially rigged advertising board at a bus stop to entertain bus patrons with retouched images of themselves, done in real-time. I have to admit, if I was sitting at that bus stop and they did this to me, I would be pretty amused. [more]

Create a Digital Masterpiece Composite from Every-Day Images

Sometimes those obligatory travel photos snapped on location are great on their own, but (at least for me) a lot of them aren’t visually dazzling. Luckily, that can be rectified. Jonas De Ro recently published an absolutely breathtaking composite image psd.tutsplus that is jaw-droppingly amazing. Best part is, he shows you how to make it so all you Photoshop fans can try a similar project yourself. Turn ordinary into fantasy! [more]

‘Double-Exposures In Motion’ Is Nothing Short Of A Spectacular Video (NSFW)

We’re all familiar with double-exposure photography by now, often done by combining some sort of landscape or cityscape with the outline of a person to create a visually interesting effect. Now, it’s taken to the form of video. Granted it has been done before, this video by Breeder takes it to another level.  [more]

Comicbookgirl19 Interviews Practical VFX Artist, Alec Gillis

Comicbookgirl19 has to be my favorite channel on youtube at the moment. She and her trusty side-kick, ‘Robot’, review the latest shows, movies and comic books. Recently she interviewed one of the greatest practical special effects artists of our time, Alec Gillis. They discuss why practical effects seem to be losing traction in the film industry and how it will affect future filmmaking. [more]

Romantic Short Shows Off Getty’s 63,103,983 Seconds of Video

Several months ago,  Brazilian ad agency AlmapBBDO teamed up with Getty images to produce ‘From Love to Bingo in 873 Images.’ The ad showed off the extensive photographic library Getty has to offer with a creative story of boy meets girl. Recently, the same creative team came up with a similar concept to advertise Getty’s video library. [more]

Insane Video Showing Storm Chasers Get Caught In a Tornado

A number of deadly tornadoes touched down around Union City, Oklahoma on Friday afternoon, killing at least 5 people. Storm chasers Brandon Sullivan and Brett Wright were hoping to get as close as possible to the tornadoes to shoot videos of it, but when they realized that the tornadoes are coming right at them, it was (almost) too late to run away. The mounted video cameras in the car caught this crazy video of their attempt to save their lives while the city collapses around them. INSANE. [more]

Great Tips On Shooting Handheld Video

Last week I was at Disney with my family and had my DSLR with me to get some good photos, but I hadn’t planned on shooting video and there was no way I was going to haul a video rig with me around the park even if I had planned on it. When I shot video I made sure to lean on something stable and let stationary objects do some of the work for me without the shake of my hand affecting the shots. [more]

Watch How Zeiss Manufactures Their New Touit Lenses

Zeiss is preparing for the availability of their Touit line, lenses for E-mount and X-mount cameras. For those who love Zeiss glass and compact cameras like those from Fuji and Sony, getting these high quality lenses might be a must. For the rest of us, we can still appreciate the beauty of the precision that goes into producing lenses of this quality. Check out this video just published today on Zeiss’ YouTube channel. [more]

Sam Jones Goes offCamera with New Magazine

Print is not dead and celebrity portrait photographer Sam Jones has created offCamera magazine — part print magazine, website, web television series and podcast — to showcase and profile actors, musicians and artists working at the highest level of their professions. Jones, whose work frequently appears in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Men’s Journal, intends for offCamera to be an artistic vehicle for further exploration of the casual chats that often occur on set during his editorial photo shoots. [more]

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