The Wednesday Rundown 6.23.10

The Wednesday Rundown 6.23.10

Welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. Lately I have been working my way to shooting my first wedding on my own. I have assisted Lee and Patrick several times but I have not felt confident enough to put someone's special day in my hands yet. This week I had the chance to check out a workshop in NYC to hopefully put me closer to my goals. Check the forum out to see what tip I learned http://fstoppersforum.com . Now for some videos to get myself and you through the rest of the week.

Thanks again for the comments everyone. contactfstoppers@gmail.com

Be A Part Of Our Photo Critique!

Be A Part Of Our Photo Critique!
One of our forum members "sajamil" created a cool thread on the Fstoppers forum. He asked us to critique the person in the post above you and then give a link to a website where the next poster will critique you. We would love for you to be a part of this FS community and join in on this fun photo critique by clicking here.

Annie Leibovitz photographs Keith Richards

Annie Leibovitz photographs Keith Richards
I'm a big fan of Annie Leibovitz's photography (who isn't), and a few weeks ago I was admiring this photograph she did of Keith Richards for Louis Vuitton. I was really happy when I found a short behind the scenes video of it via Strobist even though the quality is really poor. Click the post to view the final image and hopefully you can see how relatively simple this photoshoot was in lighting. It's the overall production and attention to detail that really makes this image so awesome.

Fstoppers Original: Eric Bradshaw Revisited

Fstoppers Original: Eric Bradshaw Revisited
Back when Lee and I started the idea of Fstoppers, we contacted a few friend photographers of ours to see if they would allow us to film some of their shoots for our Behind the Scenes website idea. We first featured Eric Bradshaw's beach shoot at launch but I figured I'd post the second video as well. This video was the 2nd BTS video I ever edited and I hope you can draw some inspiration for your own behind the scenes videos. Watching Eric work is also pretty inspiring too! Enjoy this video from the FS vaults.

Zack Arias sits down with CJ

Zack Arias sits down with CJ
I was just chatting with some people from Atlanta about which photographer to feature for the next FS video and Zack Arias seemed to be the hands down favorite. Well Chase Jarvis beat us to it so I'll pass this along to you. I have no idea how you can have a 2 hour video on youtube but if you have time to watch this check it out; they cover quite a bit of interesting topics that are sure to help you with your own photography and business. Enjoy

The Wednesday Rundown 6.16.10

The Wednesday Rundown 6.16.10

Welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This weekend my mind has been on lighting. This is something I need to work on personally. How do I use what I have to it's full potential? I have found a couple videos that focus on the lighting more this week. Hopefully we all can learn a bit. Thanks again for the comments. contactfstoppers@gmail.com

Who Should Fstoppers Feature Next?

Who Should Fstoppers Feature Next?
That is the question we are currently asking our readers on our forum. We have a few really cool videos in the works but we still have to plan ahead. If you happen to admire a particular photographer please stop by our forum and write us a note, if we like what the photographer is doing we will travel to them and create a video for them free of charge. Visit the forum post by clicking here.

RC Chopper Shoots Gulf Oil Disaster

RC Chopper Shoots Gulf Oil Disaster
The only thing this BTS video is missing is the actually images! But it is still really cool so I will give it a pass. They wrote: "Hand launching a custom built Canon 5D Mark II aerial drone from a boat in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico to capture oil spill imagery: Although we are able to hand launch our drones in very confined space, we've never done this from the back of a very unstable pitching and rolling boat...in rain and drizzle. Over $10,000 in equipment can be lost in an instant! Between boat movement and gulf winds this was an extreme challenge! What a great show of talent"

Fstoppers Quicky: David Oppenheimer Shoots Jay Z At Bonnaroo

Fstoppers Quicky: David Oppenheimer Shoots Jay Z At Bonnaroo
For the last 4 days I have been at Bonnaroo listening to music and living like a caveman. The biggest show of the event was Jay Z Saturday night and to get a decent view we camped out 4 hours before the show. The guy next to me happenend to be David Oppenheimer, a professional photographer, and we ended up chatting. He decided to camp out and shoot from the crowd with a monopod and a remote.

Contest Entry: Zak Shelhamer Shoots A Motorcycle

Contest Entry: Zak Shelhamer Shoots A Motorcycle
Zak Shelhamer has just submitted his contest entry; a behind the scenes video of him shooting his buddy on a motorcycle. The shoot isn't complicated at all and that is why I love it. Zak uses a van, 2 lights, and a stick to create very compelling images. You can join the dialog about this video below in the comments or head over to his forum post here.

Heidi Klum takes you BTS on a German Vogue shoot

Heidi Klum takes you BTS on a German Vogue shoot
I have learned that there is often a lot to be gained by watching people being creative rather than simply being shown an interesting lighting setup or cool new technical gadget. This video will teach you nothing about lighting or photography in general but it gives you a good glimpse on how two of the industry's top creative people (Heidi Klum and Alexi Lubomirski ) come together to produce something really interesting. Click here to see the final photos (editorial/german vogue/2009/Heidi) along with some other amazing photographs.

HEIDI KLUM GERMAN VOGUE from DVDBIOS on Vimeo.

Joey L takes a ton of gear into the Siberut Jungle

Joey L takes a ton of gear into the Siberut Jungle
Joey L is always an inspiration because not only is he really young but because he is really forward thinking with his creativity. Here is the behind the scenes video of his latest project The Mentawai. It's pretty wild to see the logistics of a shoot like this and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Click Here to see the final images and the original video posted by Joey L.

The Wednesday Rundown 6.9.10

The Wednesday Rundown 6.9.10

Welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. Another amazing weekend in the New York area. I Had the chance to shoot a wedding with NYC as the back drop, Gorgeous! Check out some of the wedding shoots that I found online this week. I have worked hard to insure all the videos show the final pictures. Thanks to Eddie for letting us know what wants to be seen. We love the feedback and want to give the crowd here videos to inspire and help. Thanks again for the feedback. contactfstoppers@gmail.com

Ok, NOW I Have Seen Everything

Ok, NOW I Have Seen Everything
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!?!

Balloon flight, shot with an HD HERO camera from GoPro. from Francois Brahic on Vimeo.

Luxembourg Air Rescue Trailer By Claude Kongs

Luxembourg Air Rescue Trailer By Claude Kongs
Claude Kongs is an overseas director and his latest trailer for the movie Luxembourg Air Rescue is pretty amazing. What do you do when you are disappointed by the "unsexiness of your location"? Click the full post to watch a lengthy behind the scenes video on how this trailer was filmed.

Portfolio: Luxembourg Air Rescue Promo Movie from Claude Kongs on Vimeo.

Paul Ripke shoots a watch campaign with a sailboat

Paul Ripke shoots a watch campaign with a sailboat
The first time I clicked on Paul Ripke's website and saw the images on it, I knew I had found something special. Fstoppers reader Thomas send us this video and Tobi helped translate what is going on this video. It maybe a little long for some of you especially if you only understand English but it's still pretty awesome. Check out the full post to see the images and a simple translation of how Paul is shooting this watch ad.

IWC from Paul Ripke on Vimeo.

BJ and Richielle Formento are Fine Art photographers

BJ and Richielle Formento are Fine Art photographers
BJ and Richielle Formento are a photography team that makes up Revolvershoots, and I must say I really love their moody images. Their project Circumstance combines a lot of unique locations with bits of adversity in the rolls they have their models play. It's definitely interesting stuff, and you can see how studying under Annie Leibovitz has influenced BJ's work.

Circumstance 5 from Peggy Peralta on Vimeo.

The Wednesday Rundown 6.2.10

The Wednesday Rundown 6.2.10

Welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. Hopefully the weekend was a nice long one and you had Memorial Day off. I am putting aloe gel on this sunburn that got me this weekend on the beach, but it was worth it. This week we have a swim wear shoot, a magazine cover, and a jelly bean girl. Keep sending in the videos you find and working on the videos for the contest!!! contactfstoppers@gmail.com

Travis Harris (FS Fan) Visits Charleston For 5 Days

Travis Harris (FS Fan) Visits Charleston For 5 Days
A few weeks ago I got a friend request and a nice message from Travis Harris, a shooter out of Miami that I had never met before. 4 weeks later he was on a plane to assist me and hang out for 5 days. Travis left yesterday and just a few minutes ago he wrote a kind and inspiring post about his trip on our forum. Travis took a big chance and I think we can all learn from him. Check out his story here. Please feel free to join in the conversation and add your own messages to the post.

Douglas Sonders captures a secret agent

Douglas Sonders captures a secret agent
Douglas Sonders is an amazing photographer out of Washington DC, and his work is very stylized with studio lighting and exotic action themes. Check out this behind the scenes video as he brings out the weapons, poker chips, and Bond characters during his Secret Agent shoot. Also check out his website for more inspiring work!

Secret Agent Photoshoot - Douglas Sonders Photography from Douglas Sonders on Vimeo.