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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Fstoppers.com!

As most of us are off spending time with our families and loved ones we want to wish all of our readers and fans a Happy Holiday season. Next February (2014) marks Fstoppers’ 4th anniversary. It’s unbelievable just how much we’ve grown thus far. With an amazing staff of writers putting out fresh and informative content each and every day, we have grown to over 10 million readers worldwide. [more]

Glyn Dewis Shares Key Tips For Shooting Composite Image Backgrounds

Curious how to properly shoot a background environment to drop a studio-photographed subject into? I know that is something I honestly struggled with early on. We regularly feature Glyn Dewis on Fstoppers, and recently he put together a quick and easy 2 minute video that gives crucial tips on how to make sure your focus/depth of field and angle of your background is captured correctly so it matches up with your portrait subject. [more]

You Don’t Take Pictures, The Good Ones Happen To You

In case you missed it (and there might be one or two of you), there was a little bit of news this week about the new Nikon Df camera. Depending on your view, this news was either awfully astounding or astoundingly awful.  Whether you love or hate the idea of the Df, I can’t help but feel that arguing it’s pro’s/con’s is sort of missing the entire point. “Pure photography” isn’t about a camera. If you really want to make better images, focusing on learning to improve how we see is all that really matters. [more]

How To Create Realistic Dents And Damage In Photoshop

My buddy and talented retoucher and photographer Glyn Dewis has done it again. He’s created another awesome post production tutorial for those of you interested in improving your composite skills. He shows easy and effective tools to create dents and damage effects in your images. In this case, he adds battle damage to an otherwise pristine Iron Man character he photographed. [more]

Luchador Fighter Portrait Series Behind The Scenes

Last year, I decided to pursue a fun portrait series of Luchador fighters from the Chikara Pro Wrestling League, located on the East Coast of the US. I’ve always been fascinated with this style of fighting and entertainment. These big colorful characters take the ring to pummel each other to the great delight of their dedicated fans. Some may call it “fake” or a performance, but I can tell you first hand that I saw blood drawn during a match on more than one occasion. These fighters are dedicated to their craft and I wanted nothing more than to capture them on camera. [more]

Flying Cars: Creating A 58 Foot Composite Print For BMW

Sean Madden, creative director from the ad agency Brains On Fire, reached out to me earlier this year and asked if given an arsenal of stunt drivers, the newest high performance BMW’s, and a closed race course, could I create a 58 foot long composite print for BMW. My answer? “When can I start?” Watch the video and read the post below to learn how the shoot came together. [more]

The Best Piece of Gear You’ll Ever Have… and it Won’t Fit in Your Bag.

We’ve all had that moment. You’re out shooting on location, the shots are looking great, the weather’s perfect, and then CRASH… a rogue gust of wind tears through your set and blows over your light stand. Bummer, but there’s one piece of gear you can take on a shoot to prevent this kind of catastrophe, and it’s not a sandbag. [more]

Tips To Become The Ultimate Traveling Photographer

We live in a digital age where we can showcase our work to possible clients all around the world, but what’s the point if we cannot shoot for clients outside of our home market once in awhile? Following Andrew Link’s post on creating a perfect travel light kit, here’s an article with tips on how to travel as a professional photographer effectively. As a commercial photographer and filmmaker, I travel over 100k miles a year on assignment and have learned valuable lessons. I hope this list of tips helps make your shoots which require flying to a location more seamless. [more]

A Reflector Is A Powerful Weapon In A Photographer’s Arsenal

I’ve been shooting commercial photography for years and despite any fancy gear I might have in my arsenal, I never walk on a set without at least one reflector with me. SLR Lounge put together a great tutorial showcasing the power of one of the most affordable photography tools that every photographer should learn to use.

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Full Behind The Scenes Of A Photoshoot With KITT And The A-Team Van

I’ve been working on a personal photo series capturing movie and television cars (real and replica) for about 5 years now under the title “The Unicorn Project”. I’ve posted about this before on Fstoppers (herehere, & here), as you may recall. Most recently, I had an opportunity to photograph a replica A-Team Van and KITT from Knight Rider while I was in Los Angeles. These happen to be two of my favorite television cars of all time. Watch the video and read the full post below to learn how it was done.

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One Of A Kind Supercar Shoot Inside A One Of A Kind Beautiful Home

My good buddy and fantastic car photographer Richard Thompson (check out his facebook page) shared a unique shoot he just completed recently. He photographed over $20 million in rare exotic cars using the Phase One IQ180 (80 MP medium format monster) in an extremely rare and beautiful location over 3 days. Even better, the shoot benefitted a children’s charity. Check out the full post below to see more images & to learn more about how everything came together on this remarkable shoot! [more]

So You Want To Make A Professional Looking Print Photography Portfolio

One of my regular followers, Mike Nelson, said that there are plenty of resources on WHERE to buy portfolios, but very little information on HOW to make a photography portfolio. He suggested I do a blog post and share my personal perspectives and advice on the subject. I’ve also included contributions and tips from other photographer friends (such as Luke Copping whose work is featured in the video above) in the industry. Hopefully the following post will teach you everything you need to know.

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Custom Automotive Hard Drives And Thumb Drives For Unique Client File Delivery

As some of you may know by now, I’m a commercial photographer that gets some great opportunities to shoot epic movie and tv cars. Honestly, most of my paid shoots are portrait-related, but I just love all things cars and my clients know that. Last year, I came across a rad company called Flash Rods that makes custom memory storage (hard drives and thumb drives) based from 1:18 scale models and matchbox cars, including movie and tv cars like the Ecto1, Back to The Future Delorean, and A Team Van to deliver my files to clients.

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Help A Photographer Build A Space Suit For His Road Trip Across The Country

Photographer Brian Braun is a dreamer. He has made plans to restore an Airstream trailer so he may travel the United States adventuring and capturing images for a new photo series, which you will learn more about in the video above. Several creatives will be joining Brian on part his road trip journey including myself as well as our new buddy Vincent LaForet. This is an exciting prospect and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all turns out!

Why I Love Detroit And Its EPIC Photoshoot Locations

Detroit may be known for things like its extreme crime, car theft, Robocop, and the Detroit Auto Show by the outside world, but it also happens to be a very creative town of possibilities and one of my new favorite places to photograph in. In fact, despite being a Washington DC-based photographer (soon to be relocated to NYC full-time), I’ve done 4 separate paid photoshoots in Detroit this Spring alone. Detroit has some of the most incredible grand locations, which you will learn about in the blog post below. [more]

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