Chasing the Ultimate Surfing Shot with Teenage Photographer Leroy Bellet – Photography Article

Chasing the Ultimate Surfing Shot with Teenage Photographer Leroy Bellet Red Bull TV’s video series Chasing the Shot pairs cutting-edge photographers with world-class athletes to show what it takes to capture unparalleled action photography. And for Season One’s main episode, they followed teenaged surf photography phenom Leroy Bellet as he set out to capture the surfing photo of a lifetime. Bellet is just 17 years old, and yet he’s quickly made a name for himself shooting what’s called “Double-Tow” POV…

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How I Mixed Strobes and LED Lights in This Fashion Photo Shoot – Photography Article

In today’s Fstoppers video, I set out to create some conceptual fashion images with Puerto Rican model Krystal Xamairy. Using the brand new Tamron 35mm f/1.4 lens, a few strobe lights, and a couple colored LED panels, I will walk you step by step through the entire process. Tamron recently sent us their new 35mm f/1.4 full frame prime lens to try out. They basically told me I could do anything I wanted with the lens, so I thought I’d step…

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Shooting Videos for Levi’s with the Sony A7R IV – Photography Article

I just finished shooting my first video for Levi’s and it was a learning curb of note. Firstly, the client wanted to be able to see how the video progressed during the day, so I had to give them the ability to sit and view what’s being captured. I did this using the Sony Monitor. It synced wirelessly, by plugging into the camera directly, or by connecting it to the Atomos Shogun monitor I was using on camera. It was good…

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Capturing Commercial Grade Product Photos in a Junkyard with One Light – Photography Article

Commercial photographer, director, and artist Isaac Alvarez of Unplug Productions recently set out to see if he could capture professional-grade commercial product photography with a single LED panel for light, and a junkyard as his “studio.” It seems the answer is yes… When someone says “product photography,” images of crowded studios with intricate multi-light setups probably come to mind. But Alvarez and the rest of the Unplug Productions team wanted to show their viewers “that you don’t need much gear…

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Hasselblad from Iconic Marilyn Monroe Shoot Expected to Sell for $300,000 – Photography Article

Auction house Christie’s is preparing to auction off the camera used by photographer Douglas Kirkland to shoot some of the most recognizable images of Marilyn Monroe. In honor of this impressive lot, they’ve put together a retrospective that takes you behind the scenes of this iconic and intimate photo shoot. “It was really Marilyn Monroe and this Hasselblad that started my career,” says Kirkland in the video. He was just 27 years old at the time, but had already started…

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Is 100MP Overkill? Testing the FUJIFILM GFX 100 – Photography Article

I’ve used older digital medium format cameras in the past but the FUJIFILM GFX 100 is the most powerful camera I’ve ever held in my hand.  This video is part of a sponsored series. A few different manufacturers are paying us to make video tutorials using their products. In some cases, they are asking us to showcase certain features, but they are not paying us to “review” their products.  For this shoot I was commissioned to shoot Mike duBois of duBois Metal…

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‘Piggybacking’ is the New Normal in Commercial Photography – Photography Article

After completing my degree in still photography at RIT, I grew up in NYC working in the motion world as a production assistant. My plan was to eventually direct TV spots, but I wanted to garner a solid background in the art of lighting from the still world first. Also, having experienced the hierarchy in the TV commercial world first hand, I came to the conclusion that I was better off continuing in stills knowing that one day, I could…

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This Photographer Colorizes His Wet Plate Photos with Striking Results – Photography Article

Fine art photographer Borut Peterlin was recently commissioned to shoot some ambrotypes by costume designer Alan Hranitelj, but he went a few steps beyond your standard wet plate collodion photography. In addition to shooting some beautiful multiple-exposures, he also decided to colorize the scans, creating striking photographs the likes of which we’ve not seen before. There’s nothing particularly unique about wet plate photography, and there’s certainly nothing unique about colorizing monochrome imagery, but Peterlin is the first we’ve seen who…

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This Videographer Used LEDs in Time Square, and the Results Are Stunning – Photography Article

Shooting out on location in a busy environment like New York City can be extremely difficult. When dealing with police, public safety, traffic, and pedestrians, it can often be near impossible to create the look you want without sacrificing your lighting. The way videographer David Geffin tackled these issues in his latest project, “Let’s Dance,” is pretty brilliant. David Geffin is an amazing videographer and photographer who used to write for Fstoppers back in the day. In fact, to this…

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This Videographer Used LEDs in Times Square, and the Results Are Stunning – Photography Article

Shooting out on location in a busy environment like New York City can be extremely difficult. When dealing with police, public safety, traffic, and pedestrians, it can often be near impossible to create the look you want without sacrificing your lighting. The way videographer David Geffin tackled these issues in his latest project, “Let’s Dance,” is pretty brilliant. David Geffin is an amazing videographer and photographer who used to write for Fstoppers back in the day. In fact, to this…

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The Art of Photography, Climbing, and Risk Taking with Ted Hesser – Photography Article

It’s 2010, and a young Ted Hesser is in Nepal, rappelling into a cave from a mega-sketchy anchor: Two pieces of two-foot rebar hammered in the mud. He’s joined an expedition team, supported by National Geographic and The North Face, and it just so happens to be Cory Richards’ first-ever photo assignment for arguably the most well-known publication in the world. But how did Hesser find himself dangling from a rope as a model for Richards’ shoot, and how did…

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The Three Capture One Features I Couldn’t Live Without – Photography Article

When it comes to editing software, there are dozens to choose from, however Capture One takes the cake. Find out why in this article. 1. Copy and Paste All Adjustments  One of the most life-saving and time-consuming shortcuts I have found unique to the Capture one eco-system is the fact, that in one second, you can edit dozens of images in one click without ever having to leave your viewer screen. When it comes to editing events, this shortcut is second to none…

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This Photographer Trio Recreated All of Apple’s Default macOS Wallpapers – Photography Article

Photographer and YouTuber Andrew Levitt recently teamed up with two friends—videographer Jacob Phillips and landscape photographer Taylor Gray—to try and recreate all of Apple’s default macOS wallpapers since they switched from big cats to iconic California locations… in a single week. In case you’re unfamiliar, MacOS 10.9 Mavericks represented a turning point for Apple. This is when the company switched from naming their operating systems after big cats, and began choosing names from natural landmarks and locations around California. We’ve…

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Three Tips for On-Land Mermaid Photography – Photography Article

Whether on land or underwater, photographing mermaids has become almost a whole new genre in itself. It has gained popularity in recent years creating whole mermaid communities as well. There are a few tips on creating a great portrait for your mermaid clients.  During the ClickCon mermaid workshop taught a few weeks ago, participants learned how to photograph adult and teen mermaids. The event supplied mermaids with tails and some models brought their own. Choosing a mermaid tail depends on age and budget.…

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The Toughest Shoot of My Career? How I Shot this Series of Action Images – Photography Article

I relish a challenge and I knew this job was going to be hard, but I had no idea how much improvisation would be required to complete this shoot and come away with images that worked for the client. Huge venue, one light, complex action, no reccy visit, and just six hours to get it all done. BGI Akademiet is a school for teenagers, quietly tucked away in the rolling Danish countryside. One of the school’s proudest features is a…

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Popping Balloons for Some Creative Photography – Photography Article

Crazy high shutter speeds can lead to some pretty awesome photos as you capture things that simply happen too fast for our eyes and brains. This video brings some simple, easy, and fun shots your way using those super quick shutter speeds. Brought to you via North Borders, in this video we find the boys in the backyard popping balloons. Straightforward as can be, the setup requires your camera, balloons, and water (things pretty much anyone should be able to…

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BTS of John Wick 3: Bike Fight Scene – Photography Article

Every well-known movie has specific scenes it is famous for. This is the case with the bike fight scene in John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum, where we take a glimpse behind the scenes to see how the production team made that action choreography. In every movie starring celebrities dangerous scenes have always been a subject of caution. Sometimes stunt doubles are used, other times other types of trickery is involved such as filming on a chroma screen, or keeping the…

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Behind the Scenes on a Budget Shower Shoot – Photography Article

Photography is about telling a story. Sometimes you are easily able to get a location that helps tell that story, other times you have to improvise. If you are looking to shoot a model in a shower, but don’t have access to one large enough for a photo shoot with your lighting gear, there are options to reproduce a shower scene.  In this video, photographer Brett Seeley takes us behind the scenes on how he set up a fake shower scene…

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An Easy Clean and Inexpensive Soft Light Setup for Shooting On Location – Photography Article

Today, I thought I’d take you through the sometimes agonizing process of figuring out the best way to light on location and some of the tools and techniques I use to get around the obstacles. Lighting on location is always a challenge. There’s the ever-present question of where you’re going to source your power. And of trying to fit lighting fixtures into cramped spaces and/or having wide open spaces but not enough light to fill them. And then there’s the somewhat logistical problem…

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How to Shoot Refraction Macro Photos in Water Drops, Glass Beads and More – Photography Article

Refraction photography is an exciting subject that has been enjoying increasing popularity amongst photographers. You’ve probably seen refraction photos before: where an out-of-focus background appears sharply defined inside a crystal ball or a dew drop for example. In today’s post, we will examine this phenomenon and learn how to take beautiful photos by taking advantage of this effect. A typical refraction photo: The out-of-focus landscape in the background appears sharp and vertically flipped inside the glass orb. What is Refraction?…

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How I Shot This Using Rear Curtain Sync and Mixing Strobe With LED Continuous Light – Photography Article

As a photographer, I am not someone with extensive experience in using artificial continuous light. What better way to push yourself forward than to find something you aren’t familiar with and dive in head first? Self-growth for the win! When I got the opportunity to try out some LED lights, I figured why not. Nobody learns without some experimenting and probably making plenty of mistakes along the way, but that’s totally okay. The pursuit of perfection is a tough one.…

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Photographer Captures Incredible Photo of Sea Lion Trapped in a Whale’s Mouth – Photography Article

Last month, wildlife photographer Chase Dekker captured an incredible moment on camera. While he was photographing humpback whales lunge feeding on Monterey Bay, he captured the moment when an unlucky sea lion got trapped inside a whale’s mouth. Dekker has been photographing these kinds of feeding frenzies for years, but he tells PetaPixel that he had never seen anything like this. “Typically what happens is the sea lions are at the surface as they don’t dive as long and as…

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Photographer Captures Otherworldly Photo of Rare ‘Coral Spawn’ – Photography Article

Late last year, Queensland Museum photographer Gary Cranitch captured one of the most spectacular underwater images we’ve ever seen, a photograph of a fleeting ‘coral spawn’ in the Great Barrier Reef that looks more like a photo of the Milky Way than marine life. Cranitch is a seasoned underwater and wildlife photographer with an impressive portfolio of images and a history of award-winning shots, but he may have outdone himself on this one. The photograph above shows the exact moment…

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Behind the Scenes: Photographing the MetLife Monster Energy Supercross Race – Photography Article

I mostly shoot non-ball type of sports like surfing, sailing, skate, motocross, and of course, my favorite the Monster Energy Supercross series. I often answer questions like what my day is like when I’m photographing a sport like Supercross. I get questions like how did you get photography credentials? Do you photograph from the stadium seats? Are you the only photographer? How long do you shoot? Read on, and I’ll try to answer these questions along with giving you a…

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Why Cinematographers Use Different Lenses – Photography Article

Lens choice affects everything about a scene in a movie. In this video for Vanity Fair, Newton Thomas Sigel explains some of the reasons why cinematographers choose wide angle, normal, and telephoto lenses. Sigel is one of the best know Directors of Photography in Hollywood. He was the DP for films like “The Usual Suspects,” “Drive,” “Three Kings,” and last year’s Queen mega-hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody” — all films with their own epic look. It’s safe to say he knows what he’s…

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Toy Photographer Shows How He Shot a Spooky Image of Jason From ‘Friday the 13th’ – Photography Article

Halloween is just around the corner, folks, so it’s time to start getting those creepy, creative ideas out of that weird head of yours and into your camera. What better place to start than in the comfort of your own home? Coming to you from US photographer Michael Dugger is a YouTube channel, which — as of late, at least — specializes in toy photography. This kind of photography, like other forms of tabletop photography, relies heavily on being able to compose and style a scene…

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Three Options for Natural Light Boudoir Setups – Photography Article

Michael Sasser has shared what he calls his most valuable video on his channel to date. Working with 100 percent natural light, he decided to make this video to help other boudoir photographers understand the importance of lighting.  In most cases Sasser explained that photographers look to learn posing as the primary focus. He suggest that it is more important to first focus on learning your lighting, then transitioning into the posing aspects. He walks through the three basic natural light set…

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Why It’s Important to Know Your Value as a Photographer – Photography Article

In the world of professional photography, the value of our work doesn’t always line up with our client’s budgets. But as tempting as it is to take the money and run, holding firm can often be more profitable in the end. First off, I get it. I am a professional photographer am I make my living from my photography. If I don’t book enough work, the dog doesn’t eat. I like the dog. I want him to eat. When we first start off…

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How I Captured a Day-to-Night Composite on Expired Film – Photography Article

After my recent success at mixing vintage Verichrome Pan film with Kodak Instamatic film, I wanted to try this splitfilm trick again. And I wanted to create something that was a “day versus night” exposure, using the lights of an amusement park or the midway of a county fair to build my image. With that, I loaded a roll of 616 backing paper with four—yes, four—12-exposure rolls of Kodak Gold 200 Instamatic film. Trust me, these films are so old,…

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Real-Time In-Camera VFX: Next Generation of Filmmaking – Photography Article

Visual effects (VFX) are a great way of achieving spectacular results when the budget doesn’t allow filming for real or it’s too risky for the actors. Up till now, these were achieved mostly by filming on green or blue screens. This new way of filmmaking presents a way for shooting scenes with VFX directly in camera. For the last several years I’ve seen real-time VFX compositing, but the actors are  still in a green or blue screen environment. In this…

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