Does the Mola Setti Beauty Dish Live Up to Its Hype?

In this article we will take a closer look at the Mola Setti Soft Light reflector and compare it to a few images taken with a Silver Deep Parabolic Reflector. The goal of this article isn’t to choose a winner, it is more of a comparison of different types of light modifiers that are available to you. I will leave it up to you to decide which one of these light modifiers best fits your style of photography. [ Read More ]

14-Year SNL Director of Photography, Alex Buono, on His Beginnings, Working for Free, and Advice for Film Students

When someone asks if you’ll be able to meet with a DP that has worked with NBC’s Saturday Night Live over the last decade and a half, you don’t exactly say, “No, thanks.” You’re simply guaranteed to get something great. Even coming from USC’s film school, it takes a lot to get that position. But, by his own admission, Alex Buono would be hard pressed to disagree that all it takes is attitude, persistence, and a little free work at the start. [ Read More ]

See How Photojournalist Dirk Shadd Captures Hockey Action

Check out this video by ​Monica Herndon which features Florida-based, Tampa Bay Times, photojournalist Dirk Shadd as he sets up to shoot a hockey game. When talking about the his use of remotes Dirks says, "… they’re kind of two purposes. One is that it’s a really graphic really clean angle and that’s what I like most about it but it also kind of a back up. If I get blocked on a shot or if I miss a shot or I don’t have a shot there is a chance I will have it from the remote. So you kind of do it a little bit out of creative artistic excitement and a little bit out of photos self defense". [ Read More ]

Behind the Scenes Photographing President Barack Obama

New York City-based portrait photographer Drew Gurian primarily focuses on the intersection of photography and music culture. But most recently he had the opportunity to team up with Mic.com to photograph President Barack Obama during his speech on the Iran deal at American University, and during a video interview in the White House library. This brief behind-the-scenes video gives you a really great sense for what it must me like to be privileged enough to get this kind of access. [ Read More ]

An Exclusive Glimpse Into How Lomography Petzval Lenses are Made

petzval Back in June, Lomography raised nearly $1 million on Kickstarter to launch its new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control lens. It’s a lens that takes a classic design and adds a new twist: a bokeh control ring for adjusting the look of out-of-focus areas in your shots. Today we have some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of how Lomography’s Petzval lenses are manufactured by the skilled optical technicians at the Zenit factory in Russia. Each lens is crafted by hand using brass and Russian glass lens elements.
New Petzval 85 Lens Barrels waiting for testing and fine adjustments on the technical process.

New Petzval 85 Lens Barrels waiting for testing and fine adjustments on the technical process.

A technician assembling lens components.

A technician assembling lens components.

Pieces of a Petzval lens on a technician's workspace.

Pieces of a Petzval lens on a technician’s workspace.

Assembling a New Petzval 85 Black Edition Lens.

Assembling a New Petzval 85 Black Edition Lens.

Petzval lenses are conceived, designed, and developed by Lomography and then hand-made in Zenit factories. “We choose to work with Zenit as they are widely known by their expertise
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A Petzval lens during the final cleaning stage.
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Shooting the Stanley Cup Finals with Photojournalist Dirk Shadd

Here’s a 2-minute behind-the-scenes video by Monica Herndon that shows how photojournalist Dirk Shadd of the Tampa Bay Times photographs the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team of the NHL. The footage was captured back in June 2015, when Shadd was setting up remote cameras in the team’s Amalie Arena and shooting rink-side during the Stanley Cup finals. Shadd has been covering hockey for the Times for over 16 years now. Here are some of the shots he captured during the finals and then shared on Instagram:

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Black Light Bodyscapes

John Poppleton is a Photographic Artist from Northern Utah. Since 2010, John has been photographing black light bodyscapes. Each shot is a process that takes several hours where John uses temporarily florescent paints to turn the human body into a beautiful landscape. John then photographs his freshly painted subject under black light to create some truly awe inspiring pieces. [ Read More ]

BTS: Photographing Wildlife in the Land of the Maasai

Photographer Chris Schmid of Morges, Switzerland, recently traveled to Masai Mara, Kenya, to document how the Kenyans living there were helping to preserve their natural environment. The 3-minute video above is a behind-the-scenes look at Schmid’s journey. Masai Mara, Kenya “For photography I’ve used a lot the a99 coupled with the 500mm and the 70-200mm,” Schmid tells PetaPixel. “When I’m on site, I would prefer to stay far away from the animal and use a telephoto lens to have a natural feel to the images. If it wants to get closer, that’s great, but I would never force the contact.” “My priority is also to place the animal in its environment; it’s very important for me to show the link between the animal and its habitat. If we want to protect a species it starts with protecting the environment around it.” Here are some of the photos Schmid captured during the
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How MythBusters Captures Secondary Footage

Have you ever watched the Discovery Channel's hit television show “MythBusters” and wondered how they got so many great shots? On August 4th Blackmagic Design announced that DP Scott Sorensen is using ten Pocket Cinema Cameras to capture secondary footage, as well as shooting cold openings and the new title sequence. Scott is also using a MultiView 16, SmartView monitor, and numerous mini converters analog to SDI to remotely and wirelessly control the Pocket Cinema Cameras. [ Read More ]

Behind-The-Scenes: Explosion Shot from Ignition

Anglo Klaxon Pictures is a film and video production company that was established in 2009. They specialize in practical effects, specialist photography and set productions. With a resume of short films including The Trial, Apartment Eleven and a wide variety of film festival selections under their belt, they are preparing for the release of Ignition. A short film where a man wakes in a concrete chamber and is forced to play an intense game of survival. While the film hasn’t been released yet, they did release this behind the scenes video of a practical effects shoot for the film, involving the shooting of a fireball as it blazes through a scaled miniature corridor set.

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Nikon’s New AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Is More Than Meets the Eye

Nikon's newest AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR isn't any ordinary lens. Aside from the obvious addition of VR, the lens features a number of other features, including a new 82mm filter size and increased weight. While it's hard to consider those last two qualities "features," if you thought it was a bit odd, you were right. There's a reason behind everything -- and the reasons behind the design changes prove this might be a lens to think on more than you otherwise would. It also starts making that hefty price tag feel a whole lot cheaper. [ Read More ]

How To Create Complementary Colors In Your Images

As a Photographer you will often find yourself in a situation where your color palette is less than ideal. For example, you show up on location for a Portrait shoot and your subject is wearing dull, dark clothing on a dark background. What do you do? If you happen to find yourself in this kind of situation, here’s what you can do to add a little life to your images and broaden your color palette.

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The Sad Truth About Facebook

Everything in life comes and goes. Sadly, photographers using Facebook to promote their work is coming to an end. It wasn’t that long ago when newsfeeds were sorted by the things most recently posted and not by what Facebook thought we’d be interested in. There was a time when followers of any given Facebook Page would scroll through their newsfeed and they saw every photo or status posted. The good old days are behind us. Facebook’s algorithm is a bottomless, money hungry pit. After making some huge mistakes on Facebook, I now realize that Instagram is the only platform that provides photographers with the greatest reach. [ Read More ]

How One Photographer Recreated A Beautiful Iconic Image In His Alleyway

I knew when I saw this image up in the photo section of our Fstoppers website, I had to inquire about how it was created. It is clearly a thoughtful re-imagining of the iconic painting "Liberty Leading The People", but I had no idea how much effort Anthony Kurtz went into creating this photo. Little did I know that it took three weeks of preparation, two days of set building, one day of photographing, and 50+ hours of retouching and it was all done on a shoe string budget with borrowed props and location. What he created with very little money and a lot of brilliant strategy and vision is inspiring. Read below to learn how Anthony did it.

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See What it Takes to Shoot a Car Ad in Downtown LA

LA-based Filmaker/photographer Brandon Lippard gives us a behind the scenes look at his 2015 Toyota Camry, Parade and Night Market, print ad shoot. I really dig these kinds of behind-the-scenes videos. They are so insightful and educational when kept clean, simple and unfiltered. These kinds of genuine glimpses from behind the lens offer a lot, to the keen observer, as opposed to the oh-so-common, self-promoting, trendy music video type clips we are often fed. Thanks for sharing Brandon. [ Read More ]

A 20 Second Behind-the-Scenes Video Detailing Erik Johansson’s Soundscapes

Berlin-based photographer/retoucher Erik Johansson creates wildly imaginative and often surreal images that has us posting on his work time and time again. Erik's images have been defined as a complex combination of his own photographs that captures ideas rather than moments. As impressive as his finals are, it was this simple 20 second video that caught my attention this time. You get a pretty good idea of Erik's technical process and if you're anything like me, you'll be motivated to create an Erik Johansson inspired piece of your own. [ Read More ]

Unreal: An Entire Mountain Biking Run Captured in a Single Shot

This amazing 4-minute video is the world’s first full mountain biking segment to be captured in a single continuous shot. Titled “Unreal,” the film shows top slopestyle mountain biker Brandon Semenuk tackling a custom trail while the camera seemingly-magically follows his tricks down the hill. stillframe The film is a collaboration between Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films, and was made possible by a special, state-of-the-art gyro-stabilized camera system called the GSS C520. gs5 Instead of being fixed to a drone or helicopter, as you might expect for this type of project, the camera was actually mounted to a truck. A custom road was built alongside the custom trail that was created over three weeks for this film. truck customroad Inside the truck was a crew of four: a driver, a camera operator, a focus puller, and a guy in coordinating timing and positioning. interior Here’s a 6-minute behind-the-scenes video showing how the whole
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