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Thinking Of Crowdfunding Your Next Video Project? Learn From My Failed Attempt

I recently wrapped up a kickstarter project that was trying to raise $10,000 for the production of a documentary film. During its 30-day run, and weeks of planning that went into it beforehand, I got my own crash course in fundraising and marketing. I’ll share what I learned in this article. [more]

How to Create the Illusion of Hobbit-Sized People In-Camera

Seattle-based commercial, portrait and wedding photographer Ben Lucas gives us a quick break down of some of the techniques used to create the illusion of Hobbit-sized people, using forced perspective and props. Whether used to Turns Toy Cars Into Nostalgic Life-Like Images or to Turn a Cat into a Beard forced perspectives are a powerful tool in the creative’s arsonal. [more]

The Wolf of Wall Street VFX Breakdown

The Academy Awards nominations were recently released and it’s no surprise that “The Wolf of Wall Street” received nominations in the “Best Picture” and “Best Actor” categories, but what about visual effects? The visual effects for the movie while extremely subtle are outstanding to say the least. The company behind the special effects for the movie is Brainstorm Digital. They released the VFX breakdown of “The Wolf on Wall Street”, and proves just how much special effects can have an impact on modern storytelling. [more]

Could The Rhino Slider Be The Best DSLR Video Slider On The Market?

In the photography world it is all about lighting, lighting, lighting. For videographers the main emphasis is not necessarily lighting as much as it is motion. Perhaps the easiest and most affordable way to add motion to your DSLR video is by using a slider. In this video we take a closer look at the Rhino Slider and why it might be the best sub $800 slider on the market. [more]

The 2.5D Effect Explained Further

Few months back we featured a great video showing how Joe Fellows creates his stunning parallax videos. After posting the article, many of you had follow-up questions on his techniques and methods, so he decided to release a ‘part 2′ video explaining some of the cool tricks he uses to transform a 2D photo into a 2.5D video. [more]

Brilliant Time-Lapse Video On Retouching A Rolex Watch

Retouching jewelry is an extremely time intensive task, especially when it is done correctly. It can involved hours of work to fix the most minute details. When it’s done right, it looks effortless and this time-lapse video is no exception. The balance of artistry and technicality makes the final image what it is.  [more]

Filmmaker Turns Mother’s Final Letters Into A Gorgeous Short Film

It’s fair to say that films usually come together much stronger when actors or directors are emotionally invested in the content. Seattle based filmmakers/writers Casey Warren & Danielle Krieger recently released their short film “From 1994” which is very close to Casey’s heart. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews The Pad Prompter by OneTakeOnly

Speaking on camera can be stressful. Some people are born with that fearless gene that allows you to get that first take right out of the gate… the rest of us are not as fortunate. Thankfully for us there’s teleprompters that help walk us through the process of speaking on camera. One of these popular teleprompters is the Pad Prompter by OneTakeOnly. A prompter that utilizes your portable tablet and transforms awkwardness to smooth takes. [more]

Chasing Grizzly Bears And Career Dreams With Wildlife Photographer Charles Glatzer

In another beautifully shot segment from F-Stop Gear’s Life In Focus series, wildlife photographer Charles Glatzer shares his passion and background. Formerly a commercial photographer, Charles decided to follow his dream and now teaches outdoor photography workshops as his primary business. [more]

Building a Futuristic San Francisco in Star Trek: Into Darkness

Follow Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) as they explain how they created the design for the city of San Francisco in the year 2259 for the film Star Trek: Into Darkness. They also go into depth over the creation of the visual effects for the scene where the USS Vengeance crashes into the city and exactly how large some of the files ended up being.

Our First Shoot With The Canon C100 And Atomos Ninja

The release of the C series of cinema cameras from Canon has garnered a lot of attention of filmmakers as a great alternative to cameras like the RED. After much debate, our studio purchased the camera a few months back and recently flew to Austin to shoot two commercial spots. We couldn’t have been happier with the results. [more]

A Beautiful Aerial View Of The Serengeti Taken With A Remote-Controlled Drone

Will Burrard-Lucas is a professional wildlife photographer who took aerial footage of life in the Serengeti. His BettleCopter drone took to the skies and captured a variety of life that was beautifully captured. From the primal feeding instincts of a hyena to the group of hippos lazily spending their afternoon submerged in water, this video is worth a watch.  [more]

Using Photoshop To Turn A Wedding Reception In To A Police Chase

Featured last year for his “Wedding Day Zombie Apocalypse” composite, Photographer Josiah Moore is up to his old tricks again. This past fall he shot a wedding where both the Bride and Groom were car enthusiasts. He decided to make a fun chase scene out of a photo from the reception, and this video shows his process in Photoshop. [more]

Photojournalist David Guttenfelder Talks About His Regular Experiences In North Korea

David Guttenfelder is the only western photojournalist who has regular access inside North Korea. With this opportunity, he has the ability to show the human side of the country. He wanted to showcase the truth, both the good and the bad. You empathize with the people of the country when you see the hardships they are going through. You’re also fascinated with how they operate behind closed curtains.  [more]

1SE, Because We Are Too Damn Busy To Remember The Things We Did

Being a photographer (or videographer) is probably one of the most interesting professions out there. We get to experience so many things no one else can. We get unique access to shoot amazing people, events or places. Personally, I find it hard to remember all these things I do every day and tend to forget some pretty fantastic things. Exactly one year ago I found a great solution for that problem, an app that became the favorite thing on my phone – 1 Second Everyday. [more]

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