BTS: Photographing Jennifer Lawrence for Her Foundation on a Time Crunch

BTS: Photographing Jennifer Lawrence for Her Foundation on a Time Crunch Clay Cook recently photographed Jennifer Lawrence for the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which "assists and empowers charitable organizations that fulfill children's vital needs and drive arts awareness and participation." In what's perhaps the most unique twist, Cook has always wanted to professionally photograph Lawrence, who he and his family actually grew up with in another lifetime. But he describes wanting to earn it, and finally did. [ Read More ]

This is How the Leica M10 is Made

Want to see how Leica’s cameras are made these days? Photographer Richard Seymour made this 4-minute video that provides a beautiful look at how the new Leica M10 is built in Wetzlar, Germany. Leica writes that the M10 is exclusively put together by Leica specialists at the company’s factory in Wetzlar using 1,100 individual components. These parts include 30 brass-milled components, 126 screws, and 17 optical elements. After the top and base plates are milled from solid blocks of metal, workers spend 40 minutes grinding and polishing them by hand. Here are some still frames from the video that show
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Firefighter Photoshoot BTS: “Can We Use Real Fire?”

Firefighter Photoshoot BTS: “Can We Use Real Fire?” Every year for the past few years, I’ve donated photo work to a local organization that puts on a half marathon in coordination with the local firefighters union chapter to raise money for local charities. Last year, I ended up doing a relatively simple shoot with just some firefighters and a ring light. This year, I wanted something different. And so, quickly and repeatedly, the question became, “Can we use real fire?” [ Read More ]

Learning From The Masters: Albert Watson Photographs Dancer Sergei Polunin

Learning From The Masters: Albert Watson Photographs Dancer Sergei Polunin Albert Watson. Legend. Period, end. With a career spanning five decades and multiple iconic images, his career in fashion and portraiture would be the aspiration of any budding photographer. Alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, PDN recognized him as one of the twenty most influential photographers of all time. And in a new video by Profoto, the man whose subjects have ranged from Alfred Hitchcock to Kate Moss, discusses his approach to lighting, photography, and life. [ Read More ]

Creating in Spite of Fear, The Photographer’s Struggle

Creating in Spite of Fear, The Photographer's Struggle If you ever feel like you're stuck in a creative rut, or having a hard time progressing in your field, know that you're not alone. Any professional photographer will tell you about all of the failures and challenges they had to overcome in order to reach new heights. This video shares a brief look at some of the struggles faced by seven leading photographers, as a trailer for a new season of podcasts from RGG EDU. [ Read More ]

A Father and His Son Recreate ‘The Matrix’ Bullet Time Scene With the Help of Photoshop

A Father and His Son Recreate 'The Matrix' Bullet Time Scene With the Help of Photoshop We have featured Adrian Sommeling quite a few times over the summer and with reason. His composite photography work, or digital art if you prefer, is stunning and his videos give tons of inside tips to improve our very own work. In his latest creation, he Photoshopped his son and himself playing with foam guns replaying the famous bullet time Matrix scene. Learn all about the creation of this masterpiece in Sommeling’s video. [ Read More ]

Epic Portraits Shot With an iPhone, a Flashlight, and a Big Mac Box

Epic Portraits Shot With an iPhone, a Flashlight, and a Big Mac Box Being a commercial photographer means being able to deliver no matter what the conditions are and pushing the boundaries for the client. In this video, as you’ll see, French photographer Philippe Echaroux was given the challenge to go even further and create stunning portraits using only an iPhone, a flashlight, and a Big Mac box. Yes, you read that last item correctly! If you’re wondering how he did it, be sure to watch the full video. [ Read More ]

How It Was Shot: A Climber and a Total Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, 2017, a large swath of the United States was treated to a sighting of a solar eclipse. Naturally, this inspired photographers around the country to grab their cameras and immortalize the event in a photo. Two of the most viral images were captured by photographers Ted Hesser and Andrew Studer. The 4-minute video above is the story of how Hesser and Studer managed to capture their viral photos of a climber silhouetted against the total solar eclipse. The two photographers teamed up with climber Tommy Smith to create mesmerizing photos of Smith during totality, and the extreme
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Check Out This Gorgeous Eclipse Time-Lapse Video and Learn How It Was Filmed

Check Out This Gorgeous Eclipse Time-Lapse Video and Learn How It Was Filmed Daniel Dean knew the total solar eclipse would be an incredible opportunity for him to capture something amazing. A few months prior to the eclipse, the idea of being able to photograph the celestial event became a blip on his radar after seeing in the news that the first solar eclipse crossing the U.S. since 1979 would be happening again in August. Here is the story of how this awesome time-lapse solar eclipse video came about and how it was made. [ Read More ]

How I Shot and Edited This Solar Eclipse Photo Using Only My Phone

How I Shot and Edited This Solar Eclipse Photo Using Only My Phone Who out there captured the eclipse this week? Did you plan ahead, travel hundreds of miles, purchase the right gear, and capture the phenomenon that is a total solar eclipse for that perfect shot? The photos are coming in by the thousands and each seems to be better than the last. Here is my photo capturing 90% coverage of the moon over the sun and also a little behind-the-scenes on how I shot and edited it completely with my phone. [ Read More ]

How to Shoot a Dancer Coming Out of a Wall Mirror

Los Angeles-based photographer Daniel DeArco recently shot a series of “inverted room” photos of a dancer and a mirror on a wall. To turn the idea into reality, DeArco and his team spent days building a sideways room. Here’s a 3D rendering showing the set that was built: A standing pool of water on the ground was the mirror on the “wall”, and the sidewall had furniture fixed to it to serve as the “ground” in the photo. The team spent 5 days building the set but ended up having only 2 hours to shoot on it. Here are some
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How to Transform Badly Lit Conference Rooms Into Beautiful Backdrops

How to Transform Badly Lit Conference Rooms Into Beautiful Backdrops It's quite common to shoot photo sessions in unimpressive locations; it goes with the territory when shooting on-the-go and outside of a studio. Fortunately, we have options to help us transform boring locations into beautiful backdrops, and it’s easier than you think. Making simple light modifications and quick edits in post can mean the difference between creating average imagery versus creating imagery that impresses your clients. [ Read More ]

A Quick Look Behind the Scenes of an Amazing Solar Eclipse Photo

A Quick Look Behind the Scenes of an Amazing Solar Eclipse Photo Just like everyone else, my social media feed was flooded with solar eclipse images yesterday. While there were a number of truly amazing shots and at least one potentially politically controversial one, my hands-down favorite was the remarkable photograph of a silhouetted climber at the moment of totality, captured by professional Outdoor and Commercial Photographer Andrew Studer. I spoke with Studer to better understand how he and his team pulled it off. [ Read More ]

A Quick Look Behind the Scenes of an Amazing Solar Eclipse Photo

A Quick Look Behind the Scenes of an Amazing Solar Eclipse Photo Just like everyone else, my social media feed was flooded with solar eclipse images yesterday. While there were a number of truly amazing shots and at least one potentially politically controversial one, my hands-down favorite was the remarkable photograph of a silhouetted climber at the moment of totality, captured by professional Outdoor and Commercial Photographer Andrew Studer. I spoke with Studer to better understand how he and his team pulled it off. [ Read More ]