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Behind The Scenes With Wolfe Air And Their Incredible Flying Camera Platforms

Behind The Scenes With Wolfe Air And Their Incredible Flying Camera Platforms

Last week I posted a gorgeous video from Wolfe Air - their promo reel for aviation cinematography, and explained a bit of the process behind it. This week, I've found and put together a few videos which detail how they equip their planes and helicopters with some of the most advanced camera technologies available, and it's pretty mindblowing. In these videos, Wolfe Air loads up a Learjet with

A Beautiful Look Into The Rarely-Seen World Of Aviation Cinematography

A Beautiful Look Into The Rarely-Seen World Of Aviation Cinematography

Wolfe Air is a company that specializes in creating air to air footage for airlines, big-budget movie productions, the military, and private commercial clients, and they recently released their updated reel, which is absolutely mindblowing. Not many people think about what might go into these shots, so as the Fstoppers designated aviation photography dork, I've decided to write up a reader's digest version of how they're made.

Ridiculous Aerial Photography And Drone Laws Got You Down? Check Out Air Cam!

Ridiculous Aerial Photography And Drone Laws Got You Down? Check Out Air Cam!

As most people know, over the last few months and years, a number of laws have been passed that make operating a legitimate drone and aerial photography business a nightmare. Being a huge aviation geek and photographer myself, my jaw about hit the floor when I saw this, and I knew I had to share it with Fstoppers. For those who are serious about aerial photography, this might be a solution that you never thought of.

Adrift: 2 Years Of Patience Make One Incredible Timelapse Of Foggy San Francisco

Adrift: 2 Years Of Patience Make One Incredible Timelapse Of Foggy San Francisco

Adrift is a breathtaking timelapse film created by Simon Christen, the same guy who brought us the incredible 'The Unseen Sea' from a couple of years ago. Adrift is what Simon calls his "love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay" and what a love letter it is. Over the course of two years, Simon waited for perfect atmospheric conditions to capture fog rolling down the Marin Headlands and into the SF Bay. Shot entirely at sunrise, this required Simon to be on

Flash Vs. HDR For Interiors And Real Estate Photography, Part II: Mood And Color Case Study

Flash Vs. HDR For Interiors And Real Estate Photography, Part II: Mood And Color Case Study

About six months ago, I wrote a piece comparing flash techniques to HDR and ambient-only techniques when shooting for architecture and interiors clients. There was some great discussion involved and many valid points raised, and I'd like to take a few minutes to bring up another scenario that really shows the benefits of using flash whenever possible when dealing with interior or architectural situations.

Announcing The Winner And Runners-Up To The Fstoppers Portrait POTD Contest!

Announcing The Winner And Runners-Up To The Fstoppers Portrait POTD Contest!

After looking at all of the great submissions for our April POTD contest, it took a few weeks to narrow them all down and come up with commentary for what were some outstanding photos. Like I said in the original post, it was truly humbling to have people from all over the world send us their images to view and judge against others. It was great to see images from all over the world of various cultures and places, and I'm happy to announce that we've finally settled on our top portraits and the winner of the $100.

Zack Arias Claims That The DSLR Is Dead As A Result Of The Fuji X100S

Zack Arias Claims That The DSLR Is Dead As A Result Of The Fuji X100S

We've all heard of renowned portrait photographer Zack Arias - not only is he a great shooter, but he's got a reputation for making some bold claims. Make no mistake that the Fuji X100S is a great little camera. Small, compact, feature-packed and with great image quality, you've probably heard quite a bit about it lately. But just HOW good is it? Zack Arias says that it's so good, in fact, that the DSLR is dead. Check out the video and let us

This Street View Hyperlapse Is The Coolest Thing You Will See This Month

This Street View Hyperlapse Is The Coolest Thing You Will See This Month

Yes, that is a bold claim, but hear me out. Sometimes something so creative yet so painfully simple comes along and just blows me away. This timelapse/hyperlapse video created using Google Street View is just one of those things. My mouth was agape the entire time I was watching this. Teehan+Lax Labs created this project by recording Google Street View movements all over the world and

FS Reviews PhotoBoothSF, A Portrait Studio Specializing in Tintypes And Vintage Film Processes

FS Reviews PhotoBoothSF, A Portrait Studio Specializing in Tintypes And Vintage Film Processes

I have been absolutely fascinated by wetplate processes for a while now: I find the medium absolutely unlike anything else in the world of art and photography, and the one-of-a-kind results from this hand-crafted process are simply beautiful. When I learned that there was a studio in San Francisco that specialized in taking collodion (tintypes, specifically) portraits of clients, I absolutely had to have one done.

Fstoppers Announces The POTD Contest: Enter Your Shot To Win A $100 Gift Certificate to B&H

Fstoppers Announces The POTD Contest: Enter Your Shot To Win A $100 Gift Certificate to B&H

Over the past few months, I've been looking at how we can improve our POTD feature to make it more, well, awesome. For a while now, we've been taking your submissions and combing through them to find some interesting shots. But we're going to change that up a bit. We're going to turn it into a contest format for a month, and the best shot takes home $100 at B&H for doing nothing more than sending us an image.

Behind The Scenes: Matt & Kim's Hilarious, Creative, and NSFW Video For Their New Single, 'It's Alright'

Behind The Scenes: Matt & Kim's Hilarious, Creative, and NSFW Video For Their New Single, 'It's Alright'

Not only is this video hilarious, NSFW, cute, and lovable, but we also get an awesome look behind the scenes at the cameras and filmmaking techniques used to create it. Matt & Kim, you've knocked it out of the park on this one. Check out the video by clicking to the left, then check out the BTS video inside the post. Oh yeah, the song is super catchy too!

Fstoppers Reviews The CamRanger: The Best Thing To Happen To Shooting Tethered...Ever.

Fstoppers Reviews The CamRanger: The Best Thing To Happen To Shooting Tethered...Ever.

For the longest time, I've been using a 17" Macbook Pro for tethering. The big screen is great. Everything else, however, was a nightmare. I recently saw some colleagues of mine raving about a new product called the CamRanger, which allows you to tether to your Android device (April 2013), iPad or iPhone to your camera and had to try it out, as any solution that would resolve my near-daily tethering headaches would be fantastic.

PocketWizard Plus X: PW Shakes Up Flash Trigger Market With New Product Offering

PocketWizard Plus X: PW Shakes Up Flash Trigger Market With New Product Offering

PocketWizard has just announced the addition of a new trigger to its lineup: The PocketWizard Plus X. Priced at $99 (and already in stock at B&H), the Plus X offers much of the same functionality and reliability as PocketWizard's much-beloved Plus II and Plus III, but with a simpler, no-frills interface and a gentler price. Read on for the spec list, a mini-review, and my thoughts on the new unit.

Karst Country: A Haunting Infrared Timelapse Of The Australian Countryside

Karst Country: A Haunting Infrared Timelapse Of The Australian Countryside

Karst Country is a collaboration between artists Glen Ryan and Phil Ryan that has resulted in some absolutely surreal infrared imagery. This timelapse, shot with both RED Epic and Scarlet cameras at 4k resolution, is a joy to watch. I always find it so refreshing to see when new techniques are integrated into timelapse movies. For a few BTS images and some musings from the creators, be sure to check out their blog, which can be found here.

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