I recently was introduced to Making View, a Norwegian company that specializes in creating 360-degree panoramic video. Yep, you read that right. Panoramic video. Much like a 360-degree photo tour, you can zoom and move around the video as it plays. It is without a doubt one of the coolest things I’ve seen in recent memory, and I can see the technology being used in some pretty incredible ways. [more]
CBS’s Jeff Glor recently interviewed Pete Mortimer, known mostly for his work on this Citibank Commercial and the 60 Minutes special on free solo climber Alex Honnold. In this interview, Pete discusses the mental attitude needed for his line of work, and emphasizes how crucial safety is while dangling off of a rock. During the interview, a rock actually breaks loose in a brief moment of danger, which illustrates just how dangerous things can become. Embedded video in the full post. [more]
If you’re a fan of the immortal and time-traveling Doctor Who, then this VFX breakdown might just be for you. The Mill, who works on the visual effects of BBC’s Doctor Who, have been with the show since its re-imagining in 2005. Sit back and watch as they explain how they create their episode opening sequences, seamlessly incorporate map paintings with computer graphics and creature creation in this two part video series. [more]
A mix of hilarious and slightly educational, ‘Fafa’s Photoshop Tutorial’ is what you would get if you mixed fuzzy puppets, Photoshop, and humor. I’m glad they don’t run all the tutorials, they would be all over the place and no one would actually learn too much. For the sake of light hearted Photoshop fun, enjoy. [more]
Architectural photography is something I can never seem to get down. I love shooting people much more than buildings, but when it is executed correctly I love it, even though it is not my favorite thing to shoot. I could look at good architectural photography all day. What’s interesting is how architectural photographers use light to sculpt, add contrast, and bring out details in their work. Check out this really in depth tutorial from Vancouver architectural photographer Roger Brooks on how he lights and retouches an architectural interior.
I was completely f*cking torn as to what to do here. Post them all at once or roll them out. Here is the thing. I attended Luminance, Photoshelter’s two day conference, back in September expecting the same old song and dance of over crowed auditoriums as speakers and spokes people try to sell me their wares. (Hmmmm kind of makes you wonder why I keep going to these things.) But I was pleasantly surprised as the conference was [more]
About two months ago I was invited into a photography group on Facebook called CREATIVOS. I’m actually not sure how I got an invite, because the group is bursting with young talent, and while they all are wonderful, Elena Jasic‘s work immediately stood out to me. [more]
I’ve been a fan of all of the Lord of the Rings movies and am very much looking forward to the release of The Hobbit this December. I always knew that a lot of work went into the film industry beyond the actors and cameras, but after seeing this behind the scenes of the upcoming Hobbit movie, it makes me realize how extensive the work is after all the filming is said and done. [more]
Take a 3-minute break from whatever you’re doing right now, and listen to this short recorded lecture of British philosopher and writer Alan Watts (1915-1973). This is a very inspirational, thought-provoking and interesting to anyone who ever wanted to work in the industry – Doesn’t matter if its as a photographer, film maker, sound-man or a retoucher. Listen, and decide: ‘What do you desire?’.
This is quite possibly the coolest self promotions I’ve seen in a very long time. Artist / photographer Lukas Renlund holds his first outdoor exhibit only to have it end 30 seconds after opening. Why? All his shit got stolen. But don’t worry every thing went according to plan. Watch the video, check out the snap shots, be inspired to do more with your photography.
I’m not going to lie. With all the time lapse videos of the sky hitting the web these days I’m kind of over it. But “Leonid and Zodiacal Light”, by french photographer Stephane Vetter is very short and there is just something about capturing the entire sky with trees on the on the fringe that still holds a bit of magic.
Known best for her dazzling performances that have mixed a dubstep beat with violin playing, Lindsey Stirling has gathered quite a following with her fantastic music videos. In her latest video, “Elements“, Lindsey shot footage behind the scenes that shows her picking up supplies, working with Director Devin Graham, and then talking about how she event does the editing herself as a self-proclaimed video nerd. [more]
The people over ar Prime Focus World who are responsible for the special effects and/or 3D conversion of films like ‘Total Recall’, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, ‘Wrath of the Titans’ and ‘Tron’, have made four videos in which Jon Thum, visual effect supervisor, sits and explains the filming process and post for the slow-motion sequences for the movie, ‘Dredd 3D’. [more]
A few weeks ago I posted an interesting behind the scenes video of cheetahs running at full speed while being filmed with the 1200 fps Phantom camera. The camera setup is pretty crazy if you haven’t watched the BTS video already. Here is the final slow motion footage of five different cheetahs running along side the dollied camera. If you skip to the 5:40 mark, you can see even more behind the scenes footage from the shoot.
In this trailer for the upcoming documentary “The Quest For Inspiration“, there are a slew of amazing images from places filmmaker Mathieu Le Lay followed landscape Photographer Alexandre Deschaumes. The documentary shows Alexandre as he prepares for a new journey, this time into Patagonia, and we hear his words as thoughts through voiceover, speaking about the complexities and work he does to attain his inspiration. [more]