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1990s “Video Camera Innovations” Promo Goodness Featuring Jean Claude Van Damme

Take a few minutes to experience this spectacular piece of 90s gold featuring Jean Claude Van Damme, or should I say JCVD. Before this ultimate film bad-ass was featured doing epic splits on trucks for Volvo, he was showing us what cameras were capable of in the 90s film industry. [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]

Teaser Tutorial for The Photoshop World Conference and Expo

Matt Kloskowski, Director of education for Kelbyone, provides a taste of what attendees can look forward to at the 2014 Photoshop World Conference and Expo in this exclusive tutorial. This year’s Photoshop World Conference and Expo will be held in Atlanta, Georgia between April 8-10th. The conference is a Photoshop-nerd mecca with special events like: parties hosted by Canon, portfolio reviews and tons of other great networking opportunities.
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What Does This Video Mean For The Future of Photojournalism?

Over the last two days, Kiev, Ukraine has seen its worst violence since the Soviet era, with the death toll now at 75. Fighting between police and protesters escalated when protesters used Molotov cocktails and lit several fires in the city square. This video – shot on a drone – shows the epic devastation from above, and I believe this may mark a very significant turning point in photojournalism. Has the public’s desire for the theatrical become too large a part of journalism? [more]

DIY: Build A Video Camera Slider for $30

A recent tutorial online shows us how we’re able to take our video production with the use of a video slider. Often, camera sliders can cost hundreds of dollars, and can even break $1000 for a professional quality one. This latest tutorial shows you how you can make one in just an hour of time, and a mere $30 spent at your local Ikea. [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]

Color, Cinematography, Storytelling and Beauty Combine Wonderfully (Interview) – NSFW

I’ve just watched one of the best fashion shorts I’ve seen in months. It combines gorgeous color, cinematography, camera movement and Hitchcock-styled, film noir sensibility beautifully. Interestingly, after speaking to one of the directors, regardless of budget or what we’re shooting, there are real gems to be gleaned from their experiences. Read on for the full scoop.  [more]

Tips For Packing Gear And Shooting In Winter Conditions

I’ve spent the last 2 weeks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, shooting stills and video in freezing winter conditions. Snow, ice, blisteringly cold wind and more. In this video I share what I found to be best for packing my kit, protecting it in the field, and keeping my eyes from freezing to my viewfinder. [more]

Facebook Encourages Brides to Ditch Having a Professional Wedding Photographer

Facebook recently put out a video with the message “Why have one photographer when you can have a hundred?” The video consists of a collage of images from a wedding with the impression that they were shot by multiple people who attended. This is NOT something the wedding scene is happy about. [more]

How To Make Snow in Photoshop with Custom Brushes

Setting aside the runny noses, forget the frozen fingers and the frostbitten toes, and the winter season can lend itself to some pretty magical photos. Personally, and I’m sure many of you will agree, it’s hard to find a willing subject and convince myself to drag my gear out when there is a blizzard. The truth is, if I could create a life-sized snow globe studio with central heating, I’d be a happy man. Well, I found an alternate solution. [more]

Big Group? One Light, One Composite – Create A Stunning Group Portrait With Just One Light

Compositing is no beginner’s tactic. Before you dive in, provide time for the proper research and learn the skill set to prior to the job. Like many photographers in the game, initially I had serious trouble with lighting groups of 3 or more. There was always a face with a hard shadow or one more exposed than another. [more]

Capturing Wingsuit Flyers And Directing A Video Shoot At 10,000 Feet

Working at high altitude is always a challenge, but trying to follow fast moving objects that are actually people defying death is a whole other level of intensity. In this behind the scenes video for a Verizon Fios ad, Director Rob Cohen has wingsuit flyers recorded jumping off of a cliff, but then has to get creative to shoot the not-so-real landing. See how they did it and check out the final ad inside. [more]

Watch Sample 4K Video Footage from Newly-Announced Lumix DMC-GH4

Last night Panasonic revealed their new Lumix DMC-GH4 capable of producing 4K video and seemingly aimed directly at pro video shooters. There are some who are skeptical of cramming 4K video into such a small sensor and others who can’t believe how amazing the camera reads on paper. Check out this sample footage from Lumix and you can draw your own conclusions. [more]

Watch the Evolution of VFX Through Academy Award Winning Movies

This brilliant video edited by Nelson Carvajal shows just how much visual effects have changed throughout movie history. The video starts with 1977′s Star Wars and ends with this year’s nominees for “Best Visual Effects”. It wasn’t until 1977 that the Academy Awards created an official category for “Best Visual Effects”. Although, until 1995 the Academy Awards occasionally fell back to its old umbrella of “Special Achievement Academy Award”. [more]

Great Tips And Tricks On How To Retouch Hair

One of the most complex areas about retouching beauty shots is definitely fixing hair. If you see any editorial or advertisement that has perfect hair, you can be rest assured that there was some retouching involved. Although this isn’t the only way to retouch hair, the guys at FX-Ray put together a good video showcasing some tips and tricks. There are definitely many methods of doing it, but this should come in handy for the common trouble areas.  [more]

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