What Is Fstoppers?

Right now Fstoppers is a site with a lot of hits and little else. We need your help to make this something much bigger. We keep getting emails from people saying "we can't wait to see your next video" and that is great but honestly we are looking forward to seeing yours. We will do our best to make as many videos as we can but we need your submissions to make FS succeed.

Info about shooting and editing this video:
We shot this and all of our other videos with the Nikon D300s. We had the camera on a Steadicam Merlin with the Tamron 17-50mm lens with VC on. It took about 15 minutes to edit it and 15 minutes to render. The hardest part was the walking and talking at the same time, apparently we aren't to bright.

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will you be making a Vimeo Group where we can add our video's in order to contribute on a community level?

Patrick Hall's picture

We are one step ahead of you Daniel. You can join the Fstoppers vimeo channel by clicking on the Resources tab on the top of the site. Thanks for visiting and def send us what you got!

really excited to see what comes from your project guys!

I Think this is GREAT! GREAT JOB GUYS!

The idea of showing how to edit and upload with these new dslr's is a great idea as some of us who are newer to video try and catch up. I myself would eventually like to help pitch in but some of the editing and converting formats to edit is slowing me up. I'm just like alot of people out there with a new video capable dslr, a couple of lenses, and premiere pro but need some help getting off the ground. Thanks guys, I think this website is what alot of people are looking for and think its gonna do great...thanks for sharing!

Patrick Hall's picture

Yes Juan we totally agree with you. Trust us, we learned the hard way. Luckily, I think it is a whole lot easier for photographers to pick up video verses the other way around. If you have a good sense for composition, understand lighting, and can stabilize your camera I think you will do well with video. The first segment of three should be online soon and the others will follow immediately. We have lots of good tips and of course we are always learning as well.

This site looks promising. LIke a lot of newbies out there, I just have an HD camcorder, an iMac and Final Cut Express, there's still lots I would like to learn...

George Zanotti's picture

You lazy, slacker dudes need to shave and get real jobs. What kind of trust fund babies are you? Buying new Nikons, jetting off to Vegas, pimping models, skiing, snorkling - come on!

This is just a narcisstic way to show off your life to all your self centered friends.

Lee Morris's picture

Well put Andy. First of all this is our "real" job and my family is very middle class. I created my business from the ground up without any funding from anyone. I have found that my facial hair does not have any effect on my amount of money I can make each year so I shave when I feel like it. As we said in this video we DO NOT want Fstoppers to be all about us so please forgive us for documenting our lives in a fun way to jump-start our idea. What do you do for a living and how often are you required to shave?

Patrick Hall's picture

I think you should still be able to film adequate videos with an HD camcorder. Now the Mac, I'm not sure about, but it should work :)

And I did shave for that video....in fact I have to shave everyday! Lee did you quite your 'real' job and start pimping? I didn't get the memo. Keep sending your videos in guys, we have some stuff that is going to blow your mind!

Lee Morris's picture

I have thought about getting into pimping but I don't want to have to shave every day.

As a photographer who is still learning this site is exactly what I've been looking for. And as somebody who has several years experience working with video for broadcast television I gotta say you guys do it very well. And that Nikon sure makes pretty video. You'd never get that beautiful shallow depth of field from a regular video camera. Keep up the good work!

i have the same camera you have, so i don't think i have any excuse for not doing or at least trying to do videos as you do!! thanks, and keep up with the good thing you guys doing !

Very nice site guys. Just started getting into parties and weddings.
Had a question though. I'm also a part-time musician, and I was wondering:
Every vid here has music. What's the story about the licensing-- is it not necessary to license some of the well-known music in the backgrounds on some of these vids in order for them to be included here? After all, some other websites couldn't just start using photos posted here without paying or getting your permission.

Just want to get it right in case I submit. Music does add the final dimension to the story, but I want to bring up the point.


Lee Morris's picture

Hey Gip,

We are looking into this ourselves and it seems to be a very grey area. Obviously we couldn't use these songs commercially to make money, however, the music industry has changed a bit in the last few years with regard to internet videos. You will notice that if you upload a video to youtube with music your video now becomes an advertisement for that song (while the video is playing a link will pop up for you to actually purchase the song). Obviously Youtube has struck some sort of deal with the music industry because in the past the videos would be instantly pulled. If the music owners don't mind, then at this point we don't have a problem using their music. We like the songs for our videos and they like the free advertising, at this point it seems like a win win.