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Alex Cooke
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One Second a Day: 366 Days as a Celebrity Photographer

I can't say I've ever completed a 365/366-day project, mostly because I lack the self-discipline to simply make my bed every morning. However, seeing one second of each day of someone's life was immensely intriguing, and it motivated me to undertake the same project in 2017. I was so motivated that I even made my bed this morning.

An Update on Brides Magazine's Insistence That Pros Shoot Canon or Nikon

You may have read a recent article in which Brides magazine suggested that its readers only choose wedding photographers who shoot Canon or Nikon. The photographer who was quoted as saying that has received quite a bit of backlash, so I reached out to her for her side of the story.

'Destination DC' Is a Time-Lapse That Captures the Vibrancy and Life of America's Capital

We've all seen impressive time-lapses before, but what really caught my eye with "Destination DC" was its human element. Washington D.C. is undoubtedly a historic city full of sites that are primed for capture, but that in itself means it's a challenge to create something that rises above the countless images and videos we've seen before. "Destination DC" does just that.

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (December 2016): Erik McRitchie

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2016, we featured a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represented both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.

The Ten Most Popular Fstoppers Articles of 2016

We're celebrating the new year at Fstoppers by looking back on our top ten most popular articles of 2016. Check out the posts that the community found compelling, helpful, and fascinating in the past year!

The 12 Best Long Takes in Film

The long take might be my favorite shot in all of film. The blocking, timing, thought, and technical mastery that go into a successful one are astounding. So, when you take some of the best in history and bunch them all together, it's a film lover's dream.

'Moonline' Combines Glow in the Dark Skis and Drones for an Amazing Short Film

It's winter here in Cleveland. Snow is flying, and there's a space heater under my desk. But while I'm moaning about being cold incessantly, a group of filmmakers did something so neat and innovative that it inspired to me to go out and find my own creativity in that winter wonderland.

Did Time Magazine Use Photography to Compare Donald Trump to Hitler?

Time recently announced that it had named Donald Trump its Person of the Year. That's unsurprising when you remember that the title goes to the person who "for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year." However, the cover photo is peculiar in several ways — enough so to raise the question of if it is an intentional reference to one of history's most evil and infamous figures. The Internet seems to be split on if that's the case.

My 10 Favorite Films for Creative Inspiration

Sometimes, when creativity and inspiration leave us, we have to immerse ourselves in the creativity of another to regain them both. What follows are my ten favorite movies I constantly find myself returning to when in need of inspiration. Whether it be their visual spectacle, their storytelling, or the collective force of their artistry, they always manage to knock the creative block loose.

Three Amazing Moments in the Emotion of Cinema That Filmmakers and Photographers Can Learn From

I've been in love with the movies since I was a kid. I believe we, both as filmmakers and photographers, can learn so much about storytelling, composition, and minute visual details that can elevate our art to another level. This analysis of three emotionally moving scenes is highly instructive and offers great lessons that makers of both still and moving images can benefit from.

Instagram Introduces New Features Designed for Better Control

It's no secret that Instagram is a bit of a free-for-all in some respects. Every day, I fend off the usual swarm of bots and comments offering me services of questionable legality. Instagram seems to have recognized this, introducing several new tools today, all designed around increased control and positivity in the app experience.

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (November 2016): Lisa-Marie McGinn

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2016, we'll be featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.