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Mike Wilkinson
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Behind The Scenes With Sven Martin, Shooting Pro Biking Events

Behind The Scenes With Sven Martin, Shooting Pro Biking Events

You can plan, get ideas, and come in to the shoot ready, but often everything changes on the day of the actual event. Being able to adapt and think quickly are the keys to shooting a fast moving sporting event. In this behind the scenes video, several photographers who worked the Crankworx MTB event share their thoughts about shooting successfully. Sven Martin starts things off with his backstory on how he came to do this kind of work.

A Cheap LitePanels Alternative? A Review Of The Zabolight LED Light Kit

A Cheap LitePanels Alternative? A Review Of The Zabolight LED Light Kit

An LED light kit for video is something I've always wanted to own. After years of using hot ARRI and Lowel lights, and renting LitePanels when the budget allowed, I discovered a company called Zabolight that was making LED panels and other fixtures at a much cheaper price. I purchased a kit of these, and did some testing to see how they compared to other more expensive brands.

Why I Quit My Job To Do What I Love, And Why You Should Too

Why I Quit My Job To Do What I Love, And Why You Should Too

I just quit my full time job of six years as a video producer at a local college. A decent salary, good benefits, and the security that came with it… all gone. I'm now focusing on my dream project called Ascending India (our film trailer is what’s featured) and I might go broke trying to make it. Read on and I’ll tell you why I couldn’t be more excited, and why you might want to consider trying to make your dream project happen too.

Understanding Subject Matter For Better Photos - Behind The Scenes With Scott Markewitz

Understanding Subject Matter For Better Photos - Behind The Scenes With Scott Markewitz

"In order to shoot something well, you have to understand it." Long time pro photographer Scott Markewitz has had his work published on hundreds of magazine covers, and it's not hard to see why. This behind the scenes video takes a closer look to show what it's like when Scott is out on a few shoots, and then how he manages to balance his work life with his home life.

'The Muir Project' Documentary: Exclusive Interview And Clips From The Film

'The Muir Project' Documentary: Exclusive Interview And Clips From The Film

The documentary "MILE... MILE & A HALF" has been featured before, with it's dazzling visuals and informative insight into creating art while on a long backpacking trip. This film took 2 years to produce, and it's finally complete! The creators have shared a clip just for the Fstoppers audience, and they have also answered some questions on the production of their film.

10 Tips On How To NOT Get Hired Again As A Production Assistant

10 Tips On How To NOT Get Hired Again As A Production Assistant

Everyone has to start somewhere, and for people seeking entry into the world of video production, or even studio photography, doing work as a production assistant is a great way to get your feet wet. I've hired lots of assistants, and before that I worked as one myself. I still do for some producers! Here are my tips on what to NOT do if you'd like to keep getting hired and make your way up the chain.

Sale! Calumet Offering $200 off $1,000 Purchase, Today Only

Sale! Calumet Offering $200 off $1,000 Purchase, Today Only

Calumet Photographic is offering $200 off of a purchase of $1,000 or more on any in-stock items. Canon, Nikon, Sony, and some other brands are unfortunately excluded, but there are plenty of other items available if you're looking for something other than a lens or camera body. Tripods, camera bags, lights, and even Sigma lenses are included in this deal. Some good examples of deals include

This Camera Phone Ad Is Hilarious, But Sadly Not Too Far From Reality

This Camera Phone Ad Is Hilarious, But Sadly Not Too Far From Reality

If you have been to any sort of performance in the last few years, I think you'll recognize some of the people in this commercial. Crowds who take pictures with their smart phones, holding them up to reveal a sea of illuminated rectangles, often distracting an artist or blocking the views of others. This commercial takes this issue to an unreal level, but it's actually not that far off.

Behind The Scenes As Jeff Curtes Shoots Road Biking And Explains His Back Story

Behind The Scenes As Jeff Curtes Shoots Road Biking And Explains His Back Story

In the latest video from the "Life In Focus" series presented by F-Stop Gear, professional snowboarder turned photographer Jeff Curtes is interviewed about his beginnings in the world of photography, and he explains what he thinks is the key to his success. The video goes on to show Jeff hanging out of a car to shoot road bikers from mere feet away, while moving at a very fast speed.

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