Creating a Conceptual Photo of the Full Moon Getting Swapped In

Conceptual photographer Erik Johansson created this beautiful and surreal image titled “Full Moon Service,” showing a couple of workers swapping in a full moon to maintain the lunar phases. Johansson has also released a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the project was done, from concept to final shot. Here’s the 3-minute behind-the-scenes video:
The project was done in the late summer of 2016. It all started with a sketch of what Johansson wanted to create. After creating many of the props used in the shoot (e.g. spray painting a black moon symbol onto one of the worker’s hats), Johansson
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Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Summer is in full swing and that means there's plenty of blockbuster films to see over the next few months. One that my son and I are looking forward to is the next chapter in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise starring Jack Sparrow, aka Johnny Depp, along with returning original cast Orlando Bloom and . This is the fifth installment of the franchise and it hopes to breathe a fresh take on the story that brings back key characters from the first couple films. In this video, you get a fantastic glimpse into what makes these movies Continue reading "Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Watch the ‘La La Land’ Camera Man Create Perfect Whip Pans In-Camera

This is some seriously impressive camera work! Take a peek behind the scenes of Oscar-nominated film ‘La La Land,’ and see how one of the camera men was able to swing a massive camera around like a toy to create perfect in-camera whip pans. A whip pan is where the camera pans from one subject to another very quickly, leaving only a streaky blur in between. And while you CAN do this in-camera, they’re often faked, making a whip cut seem like a whip pan. Well, not in ‘La La Land.’
As you can see from the video and
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How to Get a Western Look In Your Next Film Project

How to Get a Western Look In Your Next Film Project For a western film you may need authentic props. Maybe you need a cool location. Maybe you need an Arri Alexa with anamorphic lenses. Maybe you need a ton of lighting. Maybe you need an expensive software to edit the project. Well, some of these are not that essential. [ Read More ]

You Gotta Start Somewhere: My First Off-Camera Flash Experience

You Gotta Start Somewhere: My First Off-Camera Flash Experience Back in 2010, I was commissioned to do a photo of some spices for a family friend. I had never done anything like that, so I wanted to do a good job, and invested in my first off-camera flash setup. It was daunting at first, but I’ll never regret dipping my toes in the water and starting to learn about one of the most important things about being a freelance photographer: learning to control light. [ Read More ]

How Erik Kessels Discovers Art and Story in Amateur Photography

How Erik Kessels Discovers Art and Story in Amateur Photography In this short documentary video from TIME, Dutch creative Erik Kessels explains his interest in amateur photography, including where it started and what he sees in it. What started as simply buying discarded family photo albums has now stirred an interest with the mortality of an image, where with the proliferation of sites like Flickr and Instagram, photographs now have a much shorter lifecycle. This culminates in a very interesting exhibition, featured at the end of the video. [ Read More ]

25-Year-Old Photographer Goes on the Hunt for the Perfect Wild Bison Picture

25-Year-Old Photographer Goes on the Hunt for the Perfect Wild Bison Picture The beauty of animal and nature photography has nothing to envy to other genres. The work and patience that goes into creating one single frame are astonishing and sometimes, all the time and efforts don’t even result in a picture. In this video, Michel D'Oultremont describes how he ended up shooting animals and also what he feels when doing what he loves most. No matter if you love animal photography or not, this 10-minute-long documentary is one to watch! [ Read More ]

See How This Surreal Construction Image Was Shot and Processed

In 2016, world-famous photographer and digital artist Erik Johansson was commissioned by Swedish construction company NCC to create something special that showed the areas NCC was working. This is one of the 6 photos he created for them, and below he shows you how it was made. Johansson’s surreal digital art makes it into the headlines about once ever 6 months, and each time you can’t help but be blown away by the quality of his creations. From capturing each individual piece of the final product, to the hours of post-production during which the composite is painstakingly put together in
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See How This Surreal Construction Image Was Shot and Processed

In 2016, world-famous photographer and digital artist Erik Johansson was commissioned by Swedish construction company NCC to create something special that showed the areas NCC was working. This is one of the 6 photos he created for them, and below he shows you how it was made. Johansson’s surreal digital art makes it into the headlines about once ever 6 months, and each time you can’t help but be blown away by the quality of his creations. From capturing each individual piece of the final product, to the hours of post-production during which the composite is painstakingly put together in
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Simple Ways to Manipulate Natural Light in a Boudoir Studio

Simple Ways to Manipulate Natural Light in a Boudoir Studio Many boudoir photographers starting out may be green with envy on studio owners with larger square footage. In many cases the ability to move around furniture and props without tripping every step is a welcomed luxury. However, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Having a large studio also means having more issues on controlling light, especially when it is natural light. [ Read More ]

What Makes an Image Look Cinematic to You? Working Cinematographers Share Their Professional Opinions

What Makes an Image Look Cinematic to You? Working Cinematographers Share Their Professional Opinions A widescreen aspect? A certain kind of lighting? Maybe shallow depth of field? What do you think makes for a cinematic look? In this piece from CookeOpticsTV, a few professional cinematographers were asked this very question, and while their answers are not the same, they all provide some thoughtful perspective on the topic, and perhaps agree that it's not just one thing that makes for a cinematic look. [ Read More ]

How to Light for a Film Noir Look

How to Light for a Film Noir Look Whether it's a style or a genre, film noir has that signature high contrast look we've seen in many old black and white films. Modern filmmakers also adopted that style of lighting and post-processing in their drama and thriller movies. In this video you'll go behind the scenes of how to achieve that film noir look in camera. [ Read More ]

Mike Kelley’s Hilarious New Architecture Photography Behind-the-Scenes Vlog Starts Now!

Mike Kelley's Hilarious New Architecture Photography Behind-the-Scenes Vlog Starts Now! Last week Fstoppers released Mike Kelley's latest photography tutorial called "Where Art Meets Architecture: How To Photograph Hotels, Resorts, and the Business of Commercial Architectural Photography." It is the third installment of Mike's thorough educational series on shooting real estate, architecture, and hotels. Throughout our travels, we never turned off the behind-the-scenes cameras so that you can experience a first-person perspective of what goes into producing one of these tutorials. In episode 1, Mike gets settled into the amazing Mauna Launi Bay Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii and shows just how exhausting photographing complex properties can Continue reading "Mike Kelley’s Hilarious New Architecture Photography Behind-the-Scenes Vlog Starts Now!"