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Tips For Critiquing Your Own Photo Concepts And Video Edits

Tips For Critiquing Your Own Photo Concepts And Video Edits

Whether you shoot video or stills, we’ve all been there. That point at which you lose all objectivity and the ability to discern thoughtful, evocative images that nail the concept on the head, from the ones that are “too artistic,” or simply don’t fit the story. Our eyes numb the part of our brain that lets us separate what works from what doesn't. Here are a few thoughts on how to approach critiques and kill your babies so that you end up with your best work.

Portraits In The Snow: Some Tips On Getting Proper Exposure

Portraits In The Snow: Some Tips On Getting Proper Exposure

Photographer and Author Tony Northrup has put together a video tutorial on how to use your DSLR's histogram and exposure compensation to get proper exposure when working with backgrounds that are too dark or too bright. He also talks about spot metering vs. evaluative metering, and discusses when and why he chooses the different modes. There are a number of good tips in this video, and if you're out taking photos in the snowy North, you might find them helpful.

Tyler Stableford Beautifully Captures The American Outdoors For Cabela's

Tyler Stableford Beautifully Captures The American Outdoors For Cabela's

In this behind the scenes video, you can get a glimpse into the production of a short film and a series of spots for Cabela's new outfitter line. Tyler Stableford directed this project, and Anson Fogel was one of the Directors of Photography. The work done by their team resulted in some spectacular images that portray the connection that outdoor enthusiasts feel with their natural world. Click on for the final short and links to the interview series.

Great Deal On A Great Lens – Canon's 24-105 f4 L Lens For Only $840

Great Deal On A Great Lens – Canon's 24-105 f4 L Lens For Only $840

There have been a few deals going on in the last week, and this is the best I've seen. As of the time this was written, there were still some of these available. The Canon 24-105 f4 L Lens comes with a UV filter and lens cap holder for only $840, which is $200-$300 below the current price at other retailers. It's listed as new, but it's selling for the price of a used model. It does come with a USA warranty and free shipping as well. Check out the link below!

RED Taking Sony To Court Over Patent Infringement, Wants Cameras Destroyed

RED Taking Sony To Court Over Patent Infringement, Wants Cameras Destroyed

Love or hate them, there's no denying the impact of RED digital cinema cameras and technology, and how they have changed the world of image acquisition. Recently though, RED have filed a suit against Sony and have made claims that specifically call out the Sony F65, F55, and F5 cameras for patent infringement, which indicates that all "infringing cameras" should be destroyed.

Behind The Scenes Of A Stop Motion Commerical For Nintendo's Paper Mario

Behind The Scenes Of A Stop Motion Commerical For Nintendo's Paper Mario

In a fun and unique approach that combines many different facets of art and multimedia, production group CanCanClub out of Buenos Aires worked with Antonio Balseiro from Gazz and 1st Ave Machine, Art Director Hernán Aragunde, and the crew from Nintendo to create a 30-second commercial for "Paper Mario Sticker Star." In this first of two behind the scenes videos, you catch a peek at the live action video shot,

Get A Healthy Dose Of Inspiration With Revelation, A Visual Poem

Get A Healthy Dose Of Inspiration With Revelation, A Visual Poem

As creatives, sometimes we struggle to find that spark that ignites the fire of our motivation. Whether it's a feeling we've hit a plateau in our skills and abilities, or maybe when personal matters overwhelm us and life just gets to be too much and we lose focus of our goals... Every once in a while I find that a piece of art can be the primer for that fuel to focus my mind and energy. One such video that did that recently is Revelation, by Sebastien Montaz-Rosset.

Behind The Scenes Of One Of The Most Popular Street-Ski Films

Behind The Scenes Of One Of The Most Popular Street-Ski Films

Sherpas Cinema, who have been featured before on Fstoppers, produced a ski film called All.I.Can, and in that film was a segment directed by JP Auclair that shows a skier doing runs through a town in British Columbia. They threw it online and after getting millions of views, decided to post the making of video, which is posted here. It shows how they planned shots (and got lucky on some others) while running around Canada for two weeks with a RED camera.

Making A Long Term Timelapse Camera Box For Seasonal Timelapses

Making A Long Term Timelapse Camera Box For Seasonal Timelapses

Timelapses aren't just for moving clouds and the northern lights (but they sure are pretty) but in fact their use for studying earth sciences is becoming a key part in learning more about our landscape and using the images to educate and inform the masses. I interviewed Forrest Pound of San Francisco based Kontent Films, who was tasked with building custom timelapse rigs to document parts of the Colorado River. He has shared this DIY project step by step, so read on to learn more.

Timelapse Dolly "Lil-Mule" Takes Camera Moves to New Lengths

Timelapse Dolly "Lil-Mule" Takes Camera Moves to New Lengths

Kickstarter product "Lil-Mule" is small, motor-powered camera platform that has been developed to capture timelapse or real-time video for lengths much longer than most rail or slider based systems can provide. It's aim was also to give the user a simpler feature set, doing away with the complicated math and setup that other systems offer. This video gives you a glimpse of what the system is capable of, with more informative videos inside.

Behind The Scenes With Peter Coulson As He Shoots A Model In The Streets Of Melbourne

Behind The Scenes With Peter Coulson As He Shoots A Model In The Streets Of Melbourne

Australian Fashion and Commercial Photographer Peter Coulson with Arterium Creations put together this video from one of his fashion shoots in Melbourne. Not your typical studio setup, Peter is out with his crew shooting in the open streets, complete with the public watching and potentially ruining some of his shots. See as he works with his model and they have a great time creating some stunning street-fashion images.

Changing The Lives Of At-Risk Teens Through Nature Photography

Changing The Lives Of At-Risk Teens Through Nature Photography

"In A New Light" is non-profit that uses nature photography to empower, teach, guide, and ultimately change the lives of it's students- students whose background often includes struggling in school, abusive homes, and general hopelessness. Both the photos captured and stories told are simply inspiring. Read on for an interview with Ben Thwaits, pro photographer turned teacher for IANL, and to see some of the students' impressive work. A Kickstarter to publish a photobook along with stories of the students is in the making as well.

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