A Lesson In Composition For Video

Tom Antos is a freelance film maker who likes to share his tips and know how online with people just like you. In his latest lesson he addresses composition for film making and video. If you can get past the harsh audio you'll find that Tom really does have some great tips concerning composition and clues us in on when and how to use a certain camera angle or crop to get a certain feel, set a mood or to simply get your point across. Enjoy!

BTS: Mike Johnston For Vater Percussion

I'm all about getting the shot that you need in camera as much as possible. If you can achieve an effect in front of your camera and spend less time in Photoshop then the more the better. Sasha Leahovcenco recently shot an ad for Vater Percussion with Mike Johnston. In this behind the scenes video he explains everything that he uses to create the shots, even explaining why he decided to go natural lighting on the main ad shot itself.

Plot Device: A Film By Red Giant

This was done a while ago, but Red Giant, the maker of a number of software tools to help image-makers create more realistic visual effects, created a short to showcase the capabilities of their software. The short, "Plot Device," has a great BTS video to go along with it -- they even share all the products they used. Enjoy the finished product after the break.

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...

Abandoned Photographs Found in the Streets of Detroit

In 2009 and 2010, Italian photographers Arianna Arcara and Luca Santese walked the streets of Detroit on a photographic mission. They set out to find lost, thrown out, and forgotten photographs of the city's past. Their collection eventually grew to include 'thousands of polaroids, letters, prints of photographic evidence, police documents, mugshots and family albums.' The project has now been

BTS On An All CG Scene From The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man has been out for about 2 weeks and has made 137 million dollars. I saw it last week and was really impressed by the special effects but I've never had a full understanding of what really goes into it. In this video Jerome Chen from Sony Imageworks takes us through the basics of creating an all CG fight scene. Check out the full post for 3 additional videos.

Pentax Vs. Afghanistan: One US Soldier Puts His Camera's Weather Sealing To The Test

Alex Jansen, who is currently on a deployment in Afghanistan, recently created this video showing off the weather and dust sealing capabilities of his Pentax K-5 and K-7 cameras. I know that even though my Canon 1D claims to be 'weather and dust resistant' it would be a cold day in hell before I ever voluntarily did something like this to my camera (and lenses!). Alex is clearly confident

XQD Card Format: Do They Have a Chance?

XQ-What? Okay, so most of you have heard of the Nikon D4's new card slot and the XQD card that goes with it. But that still leaves the question: What are they good for? Lexar apparently knows the answer, as they announced they're introducing XQD cards due out third quarter of this year. So what is the hype? Should we get ready for an XQD revolution?

Encierro: The 2012 Running Of The Bulls

A time honored tradition in Spain, the running of the bulls or Encierro has only three days left until it wraps on July 14th. The seven day festival of San Fermín in Pamplona is the largest and most popular of the Encierros. Several thousand people attend the runs, causing the passageways to be very cramped. I would imagine that photographers covering the event have little or no room to move. Below are a few amazing shots taken in the past few days.

Shawn Van Daele Turns The Drawings By Children With Health Conditions Into Photographs

We can learn so much from children, they tend to have a different outlook on life. This is what Shawn has learned on his recent venture. He has begun a project called The Drawing Hope Project where he uses the drawings by children with health conditions and creates realistic photographs based on those drawings. The process takes 10-12 hours for a final product from start to finish. It is truly inspiring!

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.

The Wednesday Rundown 7.11.12

Howdy everyone and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we get the chance to see Dave Kai Piper's post edit work. Dave posts a ton of photos on the facebook page that are amazing. You should look up his work if you have not seen it before. It is great to see his post edits as well. If you have a great and informative video you want to see in the Wednesday Rundown please shoot me an email jerrit@fstoppers.com .

PostalPix is the Hassle-Free Way to Print Your Mobile Photos

We all take a lot of photos with our phones. And you know what? That's ok. The camera on the iPhone takes pretty darn good images, and the plethora of mobile editing apps gives us all more flexibility than we would ever need. But what happens to all these photos after we edit them and post them to Facebook or Twitter? We forget about them. Well now we can actually make use of those photos, and bring them into the physical world hassle free, insanely cheap, and unexpectedly gorgeous.

Very Cool Special Effect: Fire Tornado

Here is a rad way to spruce up the background of almost any photo or video shoot. Whoever Unallocated Space is (cant find anything on who or what that is) has created an amazing tornado of fire by using a bunch of box fans and a tub filled with fire. This video demonstrates how you can easily create a beautiful and deadly looking whirlpool of fire in your own backyard. Disclaimer: Fstoppers did not tell you to try this. If you try this, it was at your own risk. Enjoy!