The guys over at Stillmotion video have come up with a rather interesting way to film point of view video. Instead of mounting something small like a GoPro to a helmet, Stillmotion decided to use a Canon T2i. The camera was upside down directly in front of several football players’ eyes as they trained in the 2011 NFL combine. Everything was made from common parts you can find at Home Depot or Lowes and the results are pretty interesting. After you watch the behind the scenes video below, head on over to the NFL Network to check out the final promo piece.
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This video has been passed around the internet a good bit in the last week but for those of you who have not seen it, enjoy. It really goes to show you just how small and light GoPros really are.
Okay this video has no real educational value at all but I really enjoyed it. Larry Chen and Joe Ayala, two drifting photographers and videographers for Tandem of Die, recently were stuck overnight at the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport. Instead of trying to sleep on the fluorescent soaked vinyl benches, they decided to create a fun video of them playing around the empty airport while security was apparently asleep. Using a few Gopros, their Canon 5D Mark II DLSRs, and some really clever camera angles, Justin and Joe have made a video that is sure to go viral. Already there is a lot of debate going on about the lack of security in Dallas causing the DFW Airport having to issue the statement found in the full post. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened, but I’m pretty sure things are soon going to change. Hopefully as photographers and videographer, you can appreciate the cinematography and clever camera angles.
UPDATE: Full article from the guys themselves Link Inside!
Don’t you dread viewing your friend’s and family’s vacation pictures and videos? Even when I go on vacation I take so many bad pictures and videos that I don’t even want to go back and view them again. What if we spent a little more time on our next vacation and shot pictures and stills with a particular project in mind? That is what this couple did and now they have a tight 4 minute video that is fun for anyone to watch.
Check out the full post for another vacation video shot with a GoPro.
I’m convinced GoPro and Redbull have the best extreme advertising on the planet. In this latest extreme skiing video, Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude use two GoPro’s each to document their parachute escape from an avalanche in the French Alps. If you don’t already have a GoPro Hero, you need to get one. If you already have one, then we all need to start filming more near death moments by living life on the edge! Click the Full Post for a cliff jump skier equipped with at least 5 GoPros in a single run.
Most skydiving videos are extremely high energy. This video, produced by BettyWantsIn.com, has a totally different vibe though. Instead of the heart pounding “plummeting to your death” feeling, this video creates a calm almost floating sensation by taking advantage of the 60fps that the GoPro can shoot. I thought it was creative so I figured I would share it.
Thank goodness for the GoPro HD or else this viral video wouldn’t exist. If you are ever near a cliff, make sure yours is recording too.
One of my favorite things about Charleston, SC is being close to the ocean. I love being in and around the water, and although I’m not very good at it, I do enjoy wakeboarding. Charleston has become a pretty big hub for sports like kiteboarding and wakeboarding over the last few years, and this city is not short on talented athletes. I took an interest in wakeboard photography a couple years ago, and I always enjoyed shooting images from extreme angles. Although I’ve gotten some cool images, I never felt like I really had much control over my images with just daylight. I’ve tried to bring strobes outside to create something “different” but even those shots have been done a million times. I decided I wanted a way to shoot a rider flying through the air with interesting, studio quality lighting and this is what I came up with….click the full post for the full story.
Nikon D4 DSLR Camera This is currently Nikon’s Flagship sports and photojournalism camera. The extreme high ISO quality is insane which makes the D4 great for low light stills AND video. The D4 also has amazing features for videographers with 3 different crop modes and in camera audio monitoring. This is the camera we’ve dreamed of for filming Fstoppers Originals! [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera Nikon shocked everyone when they essentially replaced their $8000 Flagship D3x camera with the new D800. It features 36 megapixels for amazingly sharp studio or landscape photos. It has almost all the same video features as the D4 and even works in a smaller 15mp crop mode. I never would have thought this camera would be less than $5,000 so you know we had to pick one up! [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Nikon D700 DSLR Camera When we need super low light capabilities at weddings or for natural light portraits, the Nikon D700 is our goto camera body. It integrates flawlessly with our other favorite camera, the Nikon D300s while offering all the benefits that come with a full frame sensor (better ISO, smoother bokeh, shallow DOF). If there was one camera to have for still photography, the Nikon D700 would definitely at the top of that list. [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Nikon D300s DSLR Camera The D300s is definitely our goto camera for video at the moment and heavily used for wedding, macro, and telephoto stills. We love the 1.5 crop factor and having video on us at all times is pretty crucial. About 70% of the video you see on the Fstoppers Originals have been filmed on this camera. Until a D700 replacement comes out with video, the D300s is our top pick camera for both professional and notice photographers alike. [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Nikon MB-D10 Vertical Grip Many people think having a vertical grip is only beneficial for extra battery life but the truth is, it makes taking vertical photos 1000x times easier. Every Nikon camera Fstoppers uses has a grip on it, and when you start using large pro lenses you can really feel the difference in stability compared to a camera with out the grip. Of course you will also want to pick up a few extra EN-EL3e batteries for when you want to take over an hour of video footage. [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera The D7000 is one of the newest cameras in the Nikon lineup and until the D700 and D300s are replaced we aren’t quite sure how to rank this one. The low light capabilities for both still shots and video are among the best of any Nikon camera and for its price it really bridges the gap between entry level camera and professional camera if you make such a distinction. It uses a new grip and battery so I have to believe the D7000 is the first of a series of changes coming to Nikon’s lineup and so far we love what we are seeing![Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Nikon D3100 DSLR Although Fstoppers does not currently own this camera, we have used it a bit and think it might be the finest entry level camera ever made. We shot our first 1080 video with the D3100 (Twitter Contest Video) and the quality you can get from this camera is pretty amazing. We’ve proved in the past that good results are not dependent on the best gear so this camera should suite you well if you are just getting into photography or video with DSLRs. [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Canon 7D Digital Camera Lee and Patrick are known for using Nikon equipment but there are a few Canon bodies being used as well. The main reason for using Canon cameras at the moment is for the beautiful slow motion video they produce when shot at 60 fps. We have probably never taken a single still shot with this camera but the build is great and is much more similar to the D300s and D700 cameras the team is used to using. If slow motion video interests you and you want a more than capable still camera, consider the Canon 7D first. [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Canon T2i Digital Camera This is one of the best budget cameras out for both still photography and video. It can be a little tough to use manually because it has far fewer buttons than the 7D but if you are investing in your first camera this is a great choice. We only really use the T2i for slow motion video with its 60 fps mode and with this adapter we can even use all of our Nikkor Lenses. [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
GoPro HD Hero Kit The Gopro HD camera (which has a lot of extra names associated with it) is one of the most fun cameras we use when filming Fstoppers videos. The 720 and 1080 video quality is great, and because it is small and water proof you can use it in places you normally wouldn’t dare to place a camera. We original added this camera for its slow motion ability but have since found it to be the most versatile video camera we own. [Amazon | B&H Video | Rent it ]
Panasonic Ts2 Every photographer has been through a dozen or so point and shoot cameras. The Ts2 has become our favorite travel camera because its one of the best water proof cameras out and it also shoots usable HD 720 video (in the dark too with it’s LED light). The Panasonic Ts2 is to the still image as the Gopro HD is to video. [Amazon | B&H Video ]
What if you could shoot 1080p video for just $300 with a camera that was waterproof, basically indestructible, and so small and light it could be mounted anywhere? What if that camera could also shoot 60fps for amazing slow motion? This camera is the GoPro HD and we own 2 of them. Watch this video and then check out the previous post. I’m not saying that the GoPro is better than a pro film camera, but it does bring up an interesting debate. Which style of video do you like more and why?
Have you ever wanted to shoot aerial photos or video but thought that the cost would be too high? Well Tom Guilmette just did something that Patrick and I were considering doing in one of our upcoming Fstoppers originals. I’m glad he did it first though because now I realize our plan wouldn’t work. For some reason I thought a single helium balloon would be enough to lift a GoPro… I would have been about 29 balloons short.
Part of me thinks that Walmart helium is only about 10% helium and 90% air though.
The newest promo video for the incredible GoPro HD camera has me wanting to get out of the house and do something exciting! We are big supports of what Gopro is doing and can’t speak highly enough of these little cameras. If you enjoy adding a unique perspective to your own videos or want a small time lapse camera, you can’t go wrong with these…well unless you destroy them :)
After two months of editing and waiting for David Bergman to get off tour, I am proud to unveil a behind the scenes video on Tour Photography featuring rock icons Bon Jovi at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Many of you may know David Bergman from his Sports Illustrated photos or his gigapan image of Obama’s inauguration, but David’s primary focus these days is shooting live events through his company TourPhotographer.com . David discusses his previous work, reviews his equipment, and takes you on an all access preview of what it is like shooting for one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the world! Click the full post to read more about our unbelievable experience filming this as well as a full list of all of David’s recommended gear.
If you have not seen the Go Pro HD Hero camera before, let me introduce it to you. We have bought a few of these this summer for various projects and they are a lot of fun to play with and the footage is absolutely amazing. We will have some new Fstoppers videos coming out soon with Go Pro HD footage but in the meantime you must check out these videos. Click the
Full Post for a few details about the Go Pros and to see two other fun videos.
If you didn’t know, the GoPro HD is a cheap video camera that shoots stunning HD footage. These guys attach it to a weather balloon and then let it fly (what appears to be) into space and then they use GPS to retrieve it. Is this for real!?!