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A Behind the Scenes Look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has been dominating the box office the holiday season. In this thorough fourteen minute b-roll video we get an up-close look at how The Hobbit was filmed using the RED Epic, how the crazy stunts were preformed and the expansive sets that were used. So, if you’re curious about epic filmmaking this might interest you. [more]

Phillip Bloom Takes DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera Challenge with… a Barbie Camera

I always felt that Kai and the rest of the Digital Rev crew had a sadistic, if not humorous, streak in them and now I have proof. Their latest Cheap Camera Challenge gives filmmaker Philip Bloom till days end to producing a short film with nothing but a 240p resolution Barbie Video Girl doll. [more]

TSA Confiscates Blower Because “It Could Fly Like a Missile”

Of the things photographers should consider not putting into their carry-on luggage, the Giottos Rocket is pretty high up there. Generally the reason is that it somehow resembles a bomb. Even if the resemblance only exists in Looney Tunes. However, that isn’t why CanonRumors user Surapon lost his. Nope, this reason is legit even dumber. [more]

Get Paid More For Your Photography With Value Shifting

Do you have a hard time differentiating yourself from the price anchors of other mediocre photographers? Have you considered taking the Starbucks approach to your products? In this two part series by Spencer Lum, of the Ground Glass Blog, he takes you through the psychology and sales techniques to increase your sales. Check out part two below. [more]

The 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

Whether you have any interest in National Geographic or not, you simply owe it to yourself to check out the winners of their 2013 Photography Contest, as well as the short BTS video showing the judges in action. In particular there is a 60 second segment in the video that is one of the most powerful messages I’ve heard all year about the essential key to taking better photographs that can apply to every one of us. [more]

Behind the Scenes of Fro Knows Photo’s RAWtalk

If you’re a fan of listening to photography podcasts then you’re probably no stranger to Jared Polin’s (Fro Knows Photo) RAWtalk where Jared and buddy Stephen Eckert (an incredibly talented concert photographer) chat about all things photography. The podcast is also recorded for Youtube and is actually a pretty extensive setup. [more]

Fstoppers Answers – “How Did You Approach Your First Agency/Client?”

Each week, we ask the public to submit a question to have answered in our segment called “Fstoppers Answers“. Last week we asked “When Did You Make the Jump to Full Time Pro?”. This week, we asked the staff of Fstoppers “How Did You Approach Your First Agency/Client?[more]

More Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Footage Surfaces

We recently shared test footage directly from Blackmagic’s CEO, but today more footage has shown up online from some of the Blackmagic testers. Captain Hook, a cinematographer out of New Zealand, made this compilation of footage for you to take a look at. At this point, since I doubt many of you have 4K monitors, we should focus on detail and quality of the footage. What do you think? [more]

What To Do When Your Memory Cards Fail

Most of us have run into a situation where we find ourselves scrambling to recover files from a flash memory card, or a hard drive. I’ve found myself running into this issue a few times in my career, and it’s something that comes when you least expect it, and always when you’re in a rush! When you are in that predicament, relax and get Data Rescue to help you out, but don’t shoot over those files!

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This Magical Snow Video Was Shot On The iPhone In One Take

Last week Jerusalem had one of the heaviest snow storms ever recorded in the region. Media outlets called it a “Historic Storm” and “Biblical Snowstorm,” and thousands of people lost power and got stuck at home. Some even got stuck in their cars on the highway. This didn’t stop photography student Nitzan Yogev (24) from going outside, hopping on the light-rail train and recording one of the most captivating snow videos I’ve ever seen – and all shot on the iPhone 5s. [more]

See All of Sigma’s 2013 Line In a Holiday-Themed Size Chart

Sigma, feeling rather in the holiday spirit, created this fun, seasonal size comparison graphic to showcase their line of lenses as we near Christmas. I thought it was a cool look at the diversity of lenses and might actually help you decide what to get and what you can fit into your bags. I want that one the size of a bazooka. [more]

The Strahlen LED: A High Powered Light With A Flexible Design

Boasting a CRI of 90, bi-color options, and an output 1600 lux at 4ft, this Indiegogo campaign for an LED light takes a look at technology that’s not old, but not exactly new either. Read on to find out what makes this LED light unique from others on the market today. [more]

Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits: Studio Lighting

In this article I would like to share some of the basics and tips for those of you who enjoy shooting beauty portraits with controlled artificial lighting.

Make sure to check out my previous articles of this series: Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits: On Location Lighting and Composition and visual balance.
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Trilogy Of Light Series Finale Released | “City Lights”

This is the third and final chapter from Colin Rich’s series “Trilogy of Lights” and is one of the most epic time lapse series I’ve ever seen. The first two chapters are posted below so watch them in order if you haven’t seen the first two. [more]

Filmmaker Creates Awesome Car Commercial For His Used ’96 Nissan Maxima

Orlando-based Filmmaker Luke Aker recently decided to sell his old and (very) used 1996 Nissan Maxima. He knew it won’t be easy to find a buyer for the car, so he used his talent and skills and created a video commercial for it. To be honest? It’s way better than most car commercials on TV. “Luxury Defined”. [more]

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