Master Filmmaking With These Crane Movements

Master Filmmaking With These Crane Movements Cranes are quickly becoming a staple in the bags of many videographers and for good reason. It has a smaller footprint, lower cost of entry, and has a relatively low learning curve than most gimbals on the market. Even though most users can pick up and go without ever opening the manual. There are still fundamental crane movements that you need to learn to take a good scene and make it a great scene. [ Read More ]

Hard Light Vs. Soft Light? You Decide

Hard Light Vs. Soft Light? You Decide Understanding light is at the heart of photography. The topic of light is a vast one but there are some fundamental concepts which should be mastered before all others. One of those is the difference between hard and soft light. [ Read More ]

Tips on Shooting the Lavender Fields of Provence

Tips on Shooting the Lavender Fields of Provence Over the last several weeks, my social media feeds have been flooded with a torrent of lavender images, each seemingly more beautiful than the last. Late June is generally the high season for the lavender bloom in the famous Provence region of southern France. It's a time of year when photographers, tourists, and bees come together in perfect harmony to dance among the purple fields from dawn to dusk. Photographer Jimmy McIntyre was part of the crowds last month and made an informative and entertaining video on his ten-day trip photographing the bloom. [ Read More ]

Behind the Scenes With the Stunt Coordinator of the ‘Atomic Blonde’ Movie

Behind the Scenes With the Stunt Coordinator of the 'Atomic Blonde' Movie Fight stunts are not something that I'm into when shooting video, but I'm always curious how the pros do them. In this video the stunt coordinator of the "Atomic Blonde" movie, Sam Hargrave, breaks down how the fight moves were choreographed. Not only that, but being a second unit director, he also gives insight of how they shot and cut the footage from these scenes. [ Read More ]

Philbrick Photography’s Literal Cliff-Hanging Wedding Photos

Philbrick Photography's Literal Cliff-Hanging Wedding Photos Forget "shotgun wedding," Jay Philbrick brings us literal cliff-hanging wedding photos that take more than a little preparation. Jay knew about the Cathedral Ledge at Echo Lake State Park in North Conway, New Hampshire because of his many years as a climbing guide there. Jay says that only two of their couples have been climbers, and this couple was not one of them. [ Read More ]

What It Takes to Photograph Nepalese Honey Hunters for Nat Geo

National Geographic‘s Renan Ozturk is an adventure photographer and filmmaker who will stop at nothing to get the perfect shot. Really. This 9-minute behind-the-scenes video looks at how he shot The Last Honey Hunter, a film documenting the painstaking process of harvesting hallucinogenic honey from cliff faces in Nepal. Despite wearing American-made bee suits, the team still suffered from the stings of the biggest bees in the world. They’re seen swinging with thousands of dollars of camera gear, 300 feet above the ground, being harassed by angry bees. But the star of the film, Mauli, braves the stingers with nothing
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What It Takes to Photograph Nepalese Honey Hunters for Nat Geo

National Geographic‘s Renan Ozturk is an adventure photographer and filmmaker who will stop at nothing to get the perfect shot. Really. This 9-minute behind-the-scenes video looks at how he shot The Last Honey Hunter, a film documenting the painstaking process of harvesting hallucinogenic honey from cliff faces in Nepal. Despite wearing American-made bee suits, the team still suffered from the stings of the biggest bees in the world. They’re seen swinging with thousands of dollars of camera gear, 300 feet above the ground, being harassed by angry bees. But the star of the film, Mauli, braves the stingers with nothing
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What It Takes to Photograph Nepalese Honey Hunters for Nat Geo

National Geographic‘s Renan Ozturk is an adventure photographer and filmmaker who will stop at nothing to get the perfect shot. Really. This 9-minute behind-the-scenes video looks at how he shot The Last Honey Hunter, a film documenting the painstaking process of harvesting hallucinogenic honey from cliff faces in Nepal. Despite wearing American-made bee suits, the team still suffered from the stings of the biggest bees in the world. They’re seen swinging with thousands of dollars of camera gear, 300 feet above the ground, being harassed by angry bees. But the star of the film, Mauli, braves the stingers with nothing
Continue reading "What It Takes to Photograph Nepalese Honey Hunters for Nat Geo"

Behind the Scenes of Nat Geo’s ‘The Last Honey Hunter’

Behind the Scenes of Nat Geo's ‘The Last Honey Hunter’ It takes skill and experience to create compelling documentary films, and just one facet of that process is capturing the footage. Traditional films are usually shot on the ground, perhaps on a tripod or some other mount, and there are plenty of challenges inherent to that process. But have you ever tried to capture footage while hanging from a rope and getting swarmed by Himalayan honey bees? And you thought your job was tough. [ Read More ]

The Sony a9 Review We’ve All Been Waiting For

The Sony a9 Review We've All Been Waiting For While we all might not all be a fan of his on-camera persona or his punchy photography style. I think we can all agree that Jared Polin aka FroKnowsPhoto does a great job of testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest in the Photography industry. In his newly released “Real World Review” Jared takes the newly released Sony a9 and puts it through the paces at a professional soccer event in Philadelphia. [ Read More ]

Smarter Every Day Explains Rolling Shutter and Uses After Effects to Recreate It

Smarter Every Day Explains Rolling Shutter and Uses After Effects to Recreate It Everybody's favorite rocket engineer and slow-motion video enthusiast, Destin Sandlin, is back with a pair of videos that you'll find interesting if you've ever noticed the effects of a rolling shutter while filming video. Like many of us, Sandlin noticed the weird effect that happens when trying to film engine propellers with his iPhone. He decided to use a high-speed camera and science to figure out exactly what was happening. Then for fun, he worked with a friend and figured out a way to use After Effects to create a simulation of the rolling shutter effect. [ Read More ]

Photographer Felix Hernandez Shoots Epic Scenes Using Miniature Cars

Photographer Felix Hernandez Shoots Epic Scenes Using Miniature Cars Confession: I love me some Felix Hernandez, and I'm pretty sure the rest of Fstoppers would agree with me. Felix first came onto my radar when we did an article on his piece "The Wardrobe" in June of last year. Then, later that same month, he won "Fstoppers Photographer of the Month" where a variety of his awesome miniature-based photography was featured. This past May we featured him again after Audi hired him to do an artistic campaign for the new Audi Q2. I hope you're getting the idea now; Felix Hernandez makes magic, and he's back with Continue reading "Photographer Felix Hernandez Shoots Epic Scenes Using Miniature Cars"

How They Shot the Opening Car Chase Scene in John Wick 2

How They Shot the Opening Car Chase Scene in John Wick 2 No matter how small I am in the business I always try to watch how the big ones do it. Probably I won't be able to do most of the work those big budget movies do, but I still want to know the principles. Who knows what may come up my way that may need key knowledge I get from videos like these. In that segment the stunt coordinator Darrin Prescott describes how they shot the opening scene from John Wick 2. [ Read More ]

Ever Thought You Could Justify Spending $40,000 on A Camera?

Ever Thought You Could Justify Spending $40,000 on A Camera? Jakob Owens is a visual director based out of Los Angeles, California. He directs music videos, commercials, short films, and manages his YouTube channel TheBuffNerds. Ever since discovering Owens through YouTube, I have used his channel as a constant source of industry information and inspiration. In his newest video, he announces his recent acquisition of the 6K RED Dragon and while explaining the purchase he gives insight on how he justified this milestone purchase. [ Read More ]

Ever Thought You Could Justify Spending $40,000 on A Camera?

Ever Thought You Could Justify Spending $40,000 on A Camera? Jakob Owens is a visual director based out of Los Angeles, California. He directs music videos, commercials, short films, and manages his YouTube channel TheBuffNerds. Ever since discovering Owens through YouTube, I have used his channel as a constant source of industry information and inspiration. In his newest video, he announces his recent acquisition of the 6K RED Dragon and while explaining the purchase he gives insight on how he justified this milestone purchase. [ Read More ]