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Behind the Scenes of David Guetta's "Titanium"

Behind the Scenes of David Guetta's "Titanium"

My main man in Montreal, photographer Benjamin Von Wong, sent me two videos last week. The first is this great peek bts of David Guetta's "Titanium" video. And the second is of Ben kicking, burning and drenching the Silicon Power Rugged Armor A80 to see if it really is as indestructible as it claims. It's worth noting that this is a product Ben found and wanted to have fun with and that he is not sponsored by the product's company. You can see his torture test here. Thanks for these Ben.

Fun Portraits of Portraits

Fun Portraits of Portraits

I stumbled across an older post today that features English student Lisa Roux, who photographed her subjects while they wore their own portraits. Not a new concept but I found the character in this series fun, natural and a bit whimsical. This analog approach reminded me a bit of this early post where a projector was used to superimpose the subjects' face back onto themselves but far more light hearted.

Von Wong Shoots Superbowl Leather Designer

Von Wong Shoots Superbowl Leather Designer

Benjamin Von Wong gives us some tips for shooting with less than optimal conditions as he goes to work on models wearing pieces made by master leather worker Cecilio Martinez. This latest and last installment of Ben's European tour finds him in Spain, without power, light stands, experienced models or the ability to speak Spanish. So check out this video and if you want more then head over to Ben's Blog where he lays out all the juicy details.

Surreal Landscape Photography

Surreal Landscape Photography

Montreal-based photographer Benoit Paillé is turning out some interesting landscape photography using a 1x1 meter, suspended, glowing square. And it's worth noting that Benoit's images are not Photoshopped. Benoit Paillé: "I hate lanscape. So I decide to stage my own vision of lanscape. I create an art light installation for poetic space/time purpose...

From Video to Animated Gif Portraits

From Video to Animated Gif Portraits

Here's a trippy little video by Belgian artist/photographer Pierre Debusschere in collaboration with creative studio 254forest for Under/Current Magazine. For some this may give you a bit of inspiration. For others it will give you something to complain about comment on. But for me I personally like the animated portrait gifs that come out of this video as the 5D Mark III's multiple exposure feature has had me on a multiple exposure/light layering exploratory kick lately.

See How Canon Makes their Digital Cameras

See How Canon Makes their Digital Cameras

Michael Zhang (PetaPixel) dug up this promotional video that shows in great detail how digital cameras work and how they are made. If you are a photographer (and I know you are) or have an engineering background then you will find this video fascinating.

Canon Premium Library: "An introduction to how digital cameras work that also highlights Canon's unique

Le Miroir/The Mirror: A Creative Short & BTS Video

Le Miroir/The Mirror: A Creative Short & BTS Video

Watch as a young boy passes from childhood into his golden years in a few blinks of an eye in front of "Le Miroir" (The Mirror). This bit of creative inspiration by Directors Ramon and Pedro comes with a behind the scenes video that provides some great side by side views of what went into this clever production. This is a must see, even if you haven't been keeping up on your French. I recommend watching the video first then the BTSV and then maybe the video again.

Landscape Photography In the Studio

Landscape Photography In the Studio

Canadian-Hungarian artist Eszter Burghardt, based in Vancouver BC (represent!) has photographed some amazing landscapes from the comfort of her own studio. All it took was some edibles elements or wool, lighting, a keen understanding of DOF (depth of field), the talent of a sculptor and the inspiration she gained from her time and studies in Iceland. Ok, so that's a lot but you can draw from your own experiences and know-how to turn out some awesomely creative work too.

A Tumblr Site Aimed at Outing Photo Thieves

A Tumblr Site Aimed at Outing  Photo Thieves

It's sometimes hard for me to believe that people can be so unscrupulous as to blatantly take steal someone else's work and pan it off as their own. But sadly it happens far more often than we are aware of. Which is why someone has created a Tumblr site dedicated to outing offenders in our industry. So, if you catch wind of a "photographer" or service that is clearly ripping off your fellow shooters you should consider submitting the intel to Photo Stealers Submit Form.

Not Your Typical MUA (Illusionary Makeup)

Not Your Typical MUA (Illusionary Makeup)

A Japanese university student who goes by Chooo-san creates some amazing realistic effects with nothing more than acrylic paints and talent. She does everything by hand with no digital editing at all.

Seeing her work has definitely fired a few synapsis in my brain and has me mulling over some fun shoot concepts. If you can get your hands on an MUA (make up artist) with this kind of talent your imagination is the only limit.

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