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[NSFW] CGI VFX Breakdown for Final Scene of Game of Thrones Season 1

I’m kind of a huge fan of fantasy novels, and Game of Thrones (along with The Name of the Wind) is probably my favorite modern fantasy epic. I also greatly enjoy the television series on HBO. In this video you can see how the visual effects artists rendered the 3D for the final scene of Game of Thrones Season 1. Please note, this scene does have nudity. Also, SPOILERS. [more]

Behind The Scenes: Shooting Models On Miami Beach

Guest writer, Julius Ise is a professional photographer based out of Germany. In January he traveled to the beautiful beaches of Miami. While he was there he called around to several modeling agencies to set up a shoot. This is a great example of shooting personal work. He was able to get some great shots for his portfolio while at the same time helping out the models at DecoModels. [more]

Behind The Scenes: God of War Ascension’s Superbowl Trailer “From Ashes”

During this last superbowl there were some pretty amazing commercials, but one stood out to me. The new live action, God of War Ascension trailer. Being a huge fan of the God of War series I was happy to see the character, ‘Kratos’, brought to life. Below are the behind the scenes videos on how they brought the game out of the Playstation and into the real world.  [more]

Vivian Maier – The Greatest Photographer You’ve Never Known

Most photographers, are looking for validation from their peers. We’re so often on flickr, 500px, twitter, and Facebook; showing off our work to others. Vivan Maier however, lived an entire life as an incredible street photographer, without anyone knowing or seeing her work for nearly 50 years. The new film, Finding Vivian Maier is hoping to expose a new audience to the work of Vivian Maier. [more]

Adobe’s CEO Deftly Dodges Questions About Unfair Pricing

The Verge and Gizmodo have featured a video found on Youtube that shows Adobe’s CEO, Shantanu Narayen, masterfully avoiding answering a very direct question: “How can Adobe justify selling the Creative Suite for $1400 more in Australia than in the United States?” Rather than talking about the pricing of the Creative Suite, Narayen continually deflects to the Creative Cloud. [more]

Posing for Passion and Purpose by Marvell Smith

Utah’s photographer of the year, Marvell Smith did a presentation in front of the Utah County SMUG group about posing and gave some great golden nuggets that all of us can apply to our own work. The video quality is not the best but the information is extremely useful and worth checking out. Smith, of Vellvet Images, has a way of working with couples that create pictures that tell stories. A true professional! If you want to jump ahead to get right to the section about posing start the video about 30 minutes in. [more]

Balance of Life Combines Great Time Lapses With Compelling Story

One of the greatest challenges when creating art is being able to create something visually stunning while maintaining the integrity to your message. Often, one must suffer for the other to thrive, and blending them both can be a challenge within itself. Jony Karlsson was able to merge those two perfectly, with his beautiful and heartfelt short film entitled Balance of Life. [more]

Behind The Scenes Of Kate Upton’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover [NSFW]

Everyone remembers the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover. It brought a lot of discussion for the wrong reasons. If you don’t, you should refresh your memory here. This time around, the 2013 cover also features Kate Upton. Although it is much better, it seems that some people are still unhappy with it because she’s the cover model again. At least the focus went away from the processing of the image. [more]

DC’s Air.Craft Is This Week’s Beautiful Example Of High Budget, High Octane Cinematography

DC Shoes collaborated with FMXer Robbie Maddison to create this beautiful short of Maddison at an aircraft graveyard which has been converted into a playground for the moderately insane. The film is chock-full of amazing cinematography, created with a number of big-budget cameras, and the color grading is just sublime. DC has confirmed a BTS [more]

An Amazing Look into National Geographic’s Wildlife Photographers

Over the last 100 years, National Geographic has brought us some of the most iconic and incredible images of wildlife spanning across the globe. Though on rare occasion, we’re able to actually see the work that goes into capturing these images. Some of these amazing photos take days, or even weeks to capture. The film posted above is a great look into all the images that National Geographic captures during a migration period for various animals. [more]

Transitioning from Lone Wolf to Video Collaborator: Interview with Chris Odom

Chris Odom is a Florida-based commercial photographer and videographer specializing in the marine industry. He has long been an adopter of new technology and began integrating videography into his portfolio long before the DSLR became a tool for motion. [more]

Behind The Scenes Shooting BMX And Lifestyle Photos In South Africa

Nikon Pro Photographer Craig Kolesky went to Capetown and packed in his bag not only the Nikon D4, but their Coolpix P7700. His subject for the shoot was Redbull Athlete Sifiso Nhlapo, a BMX racer from the South African Olympic team. In this video, you can see Craig working in various environments, from dirty racing tracks to a small studio setting with ring lights. [more]

Creative Inginuity- No Visual Effects or Compositing Were Used For This Video

Calvin Frederick is an experimental animator who put some fantastic thought and creative talent into this trippy work  called “Bermuda.” By using an LED panel, a motion control rig, and a bunch of mirrors, Calvin managed to create this piece without any visual effects or compositing in post. Before you click play, brace yourself for the twilight zone.

Making a Composite Image That Is Larger Than Life

I really like the team at PLEARN because they consistently come up with great photo shoot concepts, but they don’t just leave it at that. They also show you have to make those images yourself in a casual yet informative manner. This week they show you how to create a composite that takes a woman and puts her in a room that’s just a little too small. [more]

Behind The Scenes Artist Shoot With Cami Bradley

This was a very special shoot to me. Cami has been a good friend/photographer for a long time so we go way back. Although this shoot had nothing to do with her photography. Cami is an amazing vocalist. By far the best I know. I used to produce music and she sang on the first track I ever had signed. So we had a good connection to start with and I knew this was going to be an amazing shoot. [more]

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