Balancing Realism and Entertainment in Nature Documentaries

Balancing Realism and Entertainment in Nature Documentaries The term "documentary" carries with it an inherent expectation of a realistic representation of that which it documents, but of course, there are editorial decisions to be made that balance faithfulness to the subject matter with practical considerations. Go behind the scenes to see just what that means for the journey from raw footage to your television screen. [ Read More ]

This is What 20fps with No Blackout Looks Like on the Sony a9

This footage might confuse you at first. You might wonder, “when is he going to start shooting?” Here’s the thing: he already is. This is what 20 frames per second with no blackout and AE/AF tracking looks like on the newly announced Sony a9. Sony is currently holding a multi-day press event in New York City, showing off the a9 and letting photographers and photo press try it out in a variety of scenarios. That’s where this video, uploaded by Hugh Brownstone of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions, was captured. It looks like Hugh was shooting
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How I Photographed and Edited This Motorcycle Shot Inside an Arcade

How I Photographed and Edited This Motorcycle Shot Inside an Arcade As a professional wedding photographer, I spend a lot of time with people in front of my camera. But because I grew up racing motocross and driving fast cars, I have always been intrigued by automotive photography. So when I was asked by a friend of mine if I wanted to help shoot a 70s-styled cafe racer motorcycle, I jumped at the opportunity. Add to this that the shoot was going to be inside of an arcade filled with old-school machines, and this shoot sounded like one amazing time. [ Read More ]

Taking Professional Portraits with a Mobile Phone

Taking Professional Portraits with a Mobile Phone Propelling Fstoppers into the successful community it is today and inspiring a slew of shooters to create without limitations, the iPhone Fashions Shoot was meant to prove that a talented photographer needed little more than their own knowledge and creativity. In these one minute spots for the Huawei P10 mobile phone, Chinese Malaysian photographer CY Wong continues to demonstrate the point: it's not the camera that makes a photographer. [ Read More ]

A Cinematography Breakdown of How Kendrick Lamar’s Left Stroke Went Viral

A Cinematography Breakdown of How Kendrick Lamar’s Left Stroke Went Viral On Friday this week, all signs point towards a new Kendrick Lamar album being released. His first single off the album is “HUMBLE.” and came paired with a visually striking music video that instantly had fans in full-on hype mode. In this breakdown by Cinematography Database, we learn a lot of behind-the-scenes details about lighting, color grading, equipment, and exactly how some of the crazy camera movements were made. [ Read More ]

The Headshot Setup That Will Save You Time and Impress Your Clients

The Headshot Setup That Will Save You Time and Impress Your Clients I call it the 3-in-1 Headshot Method. As a professional photographer it is imperative that you are able to adapt to your surrounds and the needs of your clients. I run into a situation quite a bit where my client doesn't know exactly what they want out of their headshot session so it’s my job to give them multiple options. In many cases my clients are very busy and they may only have a few minutes to get the shots they need so that doesn't give me the time to tear down my set and build a whole new one Continue reading "The Headshot Setup That Will Save You Time and Impress Your Clients"

The Ultra-Portable Godox AD200 Can Overpower the Texas Sun

Smaller than any monolight but more powerful than any speedlight, the Godox AD200 pocket flash (AKA. Flashpoint eVOLV 200) is an intriguing piece of lighting equipment. But can it take on the South Texas sun? Photographer Francisco Hernandez took it out on a portrait shoot to find out. Hernandez already put the AD200 through its paces during golden hour and blue hour, but he wanted to see just how far he could push this powerful little pocket flash. Overwhelming the sun (and the South Texas sun no less) is no small task—something most speedlights would struggle with. So can the
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On Photoshopping Bread and Paying Bills

On Photoshopping Bread and Paying Bills There's something that isn't really talked about among the freelance photographers that I know, or at least not something that I hear about often. It's a small truth that nags at us all the time until we really, really get to where we want to be in our career, and sometimes even after that. And sometimes it involves bread. [ Read More ]

How to Shoot Panoramic Portraits

How to Shoot Panoramic Portraits Environmental portraits are great for capturing people with the scene around them. If you want to show more of the environment you should try doing panoramic portraits. While traveling in New York shooting panoramic landscapes, Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens had a thought to add people in the photo so he gave it a try. Since then, Morgan has taken more panoramic portraits so he decided to share his tips on how he sets up and shoots panoramic portraits. [ Read More ]

What It’s Like to Work in the White House Photo Office

Chuck Kennedy is a former White House Photographer and worked as Assistant Director of the White House Photo Office during the Obama Administration. How is it to work as an assistant director and official White House photographer on the day to day? My title was Assistant Director of the White House Photo Office, from February 2009 to January 2017. On a typical day, I’d get in about 8:30 in the morning and check again the day’s schedule of events for the President and First Lady. I’d usually confer with my colleagues and assign the assignments for the day. How late
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Photographing First Responders

Photographing First Responders Photography isn't something you decide as a career path. You rather find photography and then setup your life to do it as a job. It has that effect and it's why it's such a beautiful art form. You'll never be a successful photographer if you are not passionate about it, which is different to deciding a financial adviser or insurance broker. I might be stereotyping, but I am sure there are many who love their job, but also many who do not, but at least get a good paying salary at the end of every month, so they keep at Continue reading "Photographing First Responders"

How to Shoot Company Groups

How to Shoot Company Groups Have you been booked or plan on shooting a large group for their company team photo? Not sure what you need to do or even how to start? Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens is back with another video with some of his tips on how he shoots his corporate group portrait photos. [ Read More ]