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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.

How To Capture Textures And Use Them In Composites For A Weathered Look

How To Capture Textures And Use Them In Composites For A Weathered Look

Gavin Hoey with AdoramaTV put together this simple yet informative video that includes beginner tips on techniques for bracketing your aperture, finding different materials for textures, and finally bringing it all together in Photoshop. Gavin shows how he works in Photoshop to transform images to make them fit your composites in a more pleasing way, and also uses blending modes and layers masks to make the textured vignettes fit his images.

Gigapixel Image Of Mt. Everest And The Khumbu Glacier

Gigapixel Image Of Mt. Everest And The Khumbu Glacier

Created by David Breashears this past spring, this gigapixel image shows some incredible detail of the Everest and Khumbu areas. If you look in the lower center, you can see the sprawl of Everest base camp, with the Khumbu Glacier icefall curving from just above the basecamp up towards the mountains. Apart from being visually stunning, images like these could prove useful for expedition planning, given their immense detail. Via...

Fstoppers Interview With Outdoor Adventure Photographer Celin Serbo

Fstoppers Interview With Outdoor Adventure Photographer Celin Serbo

This past November while on a trip to Colorado, I had the chance to meet up with Celin Serbo, an outdoor lifestyle photographer whose client list includes the likes of Nikon, Backpacker Magazine, Nat Geo Adventure, and First Ascent, among many others. We spoke about the challenges of capturing images in the field, the importance of being business-savvy, and the obstacles of incorporating filmmaking into the services he offers.

"Epochs" Timelapse Is Epic, With Write Up On All The Location And Setup Details

"Epochs" Timelapse Is Epic, With Write Up On All The Location And Setup Details

How many times have you seen an amazing timelapse project, and wondered where exactly the photographer was when they recorded their exposures? Or maybe you wondered what they had to do to get to such an amazing vantage point? Sean Goebel created his timelapse film "Epochs" and documented the location and equipment details for most scenes. Sean told me some about his background, and links to his work and shot setups are also inside.

Photographers Share Experiences From Hurricane Sandy Alongside Their Images

Photographers Share Experiences From Hurricane Sandy Alongside Their Images

ReutersTV put together this video of interviews with their photographers as they describe what happened to them during and after the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, and how they worked to capture compelling images. The interviews are balanced by the powerful imagery that these shooters captured of the hardships people faced, many of them left with destroyed homes.

Tips For Shooting On Location - Lights, Cameras, And A Warrior Princess

Tips For Shooting On Location - Lights, Cameras, And A Warrior Princess

The Slanted Lens recently posted a new behind the scenes video, explaining the process for a project that involves shooting photos of a warrior princess out by Vasquez Rocks. This video really dives in to considerations you have to make as a photographer when shooting on a remote location like this. From location scouting, to running power for lights, and even considering bathrooms for the crew, this insightful BTS video shows us how Jay P. Morgan approached this challenge.

Fearless Photogs: CBS's Look At The Adventurous Filmmakers From Sender Films

Fearless Photogs: CBS's Look At The Adventurous Filmmakers From Sender Films

CBS's Jeff Glor recently interviewed Pete Mortimer, known mostly for his work on this Citibank Commercial and the 60 Minutes special on free solo climber Alex Honnold. In this interview, Pete discusses the mental attitude needed for his line of work, and emphasizes how crucial safety is while dangling off of a rock. During the interview, a rock actually breaks loose in a brief moment of danger, which illustrates just how dangerous things can become. Embedded video in the full post.

Go Behind The Scenes With Dubstep Violinist Lindsey Stirling As She Edits Her Own Music Video

Go Behind The Scenes With Dubstep Violinist Lindsey Stirling As She Edits Her Own Music Video

Known best for her dazzling performances that have mixed a dubstep beat with violin playing, Lindsey Stirling has gathered quite a following with her fantastic music videos. In her latest video, "Elements", Lindsey shot footage behind the scenes that shows her picking up supplies, working with Director Devin Graham, and then talking about how she event does the editing herself as a self-proclaimed video nerd.

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