How to Fake the Look of ‘Bullet Time’ Using a Single Camera

Here’s a new 3-minute music video by Russian/Ukrainian group 5’Nizza. In it, the band finds themselves in a variety of situations, but as the action is frozen they keep on singing while the camera pans around them. How was it done? It turns out the effect was created with a single moving camera and a green screen. The “bullet time” effect was popularized by the film The Matrix, in which Neo appears to stop bullets in their tracks while the camera spins around him. For the Hollywood film, they used multiple camera systems, digital compositing, and computer-generated characters to
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The Beauty of Car Photography: A Look Through the Eyes of Easton Chang

Meet Easton Chang, an internationally recognized car photographer. In this 5-minute profile by SmugMug Films, get a glimpse into how Chang captures incredibly unique images of performance cars. Chang shoots using all sorts of different techniques for his cars: panning, tracking, and aerial action shots. “Cars are much more than an inanimate object,” says Chang. He’s a car-fanatic first and a photographer second. The former was what birthed his love of being creative behind the lens to convey his passion to others. “I wanted to show the world, and online, my passion for cars and what I was
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How I Shot Cliff Divers with a Total Solar Eclipse

This is a post about photography plus trigonometry. I remember half joking with my math teachers in high school, asking “why do we need to learn this? I’m never going to use it in life.” Fast forward to 4 months ago when Red Bull Media House calls and wants to shoot a cliff diver eclipse photo. After doing some research, I discovered that the eclipse would be in totality at a very high point in the sky, and it would be very difficult to line up with the divers given the long focal length needed. We had to figure
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The Story Behind That Viral ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ Meme Photo

One of the hottest memes this year is the “Distracted Boyfriend,” also known as “Man Looking at Other Woman.” It shows a man looking backward, checking out another woman while his partner gives him a disapproving look. The photo emerged in memes earlier in 2017 before going extremely viral and peaking in August. If you spend a lot of time on the Internet, there’s a good chance you’ve seen this meme in one form or another. Here’s one example of the meme geared towards photographers: A look at the Google Trends chart shows how the meme absolutely blew up
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Why to Shoot 2,300 Photos Even if You Only Need 3

What’s the point in shooting thousands of frames when your client only wants a few? In this 10-minute video from The Slanted Lens, Jay P Morgan shares his entire process during a shoot and why he takes thousands of different shots. If you’ve been commissioned on a shoot, it’s unlikely that your client wants to publish the thousands of images you may take. But by doing so you provide ample choice for the perfect shot that correctly fits their taste and style. During a product shoot with a case used for transporting fishing equipment, Morgan shot 2,300 photos for
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The Last Portrait: A Photo Story About a Friend with Terminal Cancer

When a man named Arty moved into photographer Jared Polin‘s building, the two instantly struck a chord and became friends. Unfortunately, Arty had been diagnosed with cancer and knew the clock was ticking. Polin asked him if he could take his portrait, knowing that they would be treasured by Arty’s family in the future. In the 15-minute video above, Polin shares the story of Arty through this series of photos. Favoring headshots for their power and depth, Polin started by capturing some close-ups that showed the “soul” of Arty. “This is Arty,” says Polin. “After I did some of
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Alone Together: Photos That Show the Loneliness of Cities During Blue Hour

Alone Together is a photo project by Aristotle Roufanis that looks at the “loneliness of cities during the blue hour.” Roufanis is based in London, and this ongoing photographic project shows small, individual apartment lights as the only thing visible in a large metropolitan city at dusk. It’s easy to feel lonely in a big city. Life moves so fast and people rarely talk to strangers, so the project highlights this phenomenon of “social alienation” and feeling that a lot of city-goers may well be able to relate to. “The bigger the city, the lonelier we feel,” says Roufanis.
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This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

Back in May, artist Kevin Parry released a viral illusion video of himself walking into a mirror in a forest and emerging out the other side. If you liked that one, check out Parry’s new video above featuring a compilation of many similar illusions. See if you can figure out how each one was done through a clever mix of camera work and digital editing. If you want to see even more, here’s a previous compilation that Parry released back in April:
You can follow along with new illusions as they’re released by following Parry’s Instagram account. (via Kevin Parry
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My Photo Shoot with Jennifer Lawrence

We all have our dreams. Some are simple, while others are complex, buried under an overwhelming mountain of hurdles. It’s not often that people live out their dreams. But, what happens when you do? What happens when you achieve every single goal in your path? How do you plan for the future when you have nothing to chase? These are questions I recently had to ask myself because I accomplished the one dream that had been hanging in my head since I started out in photography. It may seem simple, but for me it was complex. My dream was to
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Dazzling Photos of Summer Firework Festivals in Japan

Every summer in Japan, there are around 200 separate firework festivals, known as “Hanabi Taikai,” which light up the sky in all sorts of colors. Japanese photographer Keisuke spent his time trekking to several of the shows this summer, an effort which allowed him to capture some mesmerizing firework photos. Keisuke is only 25-years-old but has already earned a number of awards for his landscape photography. His images have also attracted over 27,000 followers on Instagram. The firework festivals usually occur in July and August, and it’s a tradition that dates back to the early 18th century. You
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4 Lessons in Creativity for Photographers

Creativity in any discipline is about finding new and original ideas. When they strike, creative thoughts seem to appear out of nowhere — light bulb moments. Sometimes it seems like creativity is something intangible that we can’t control. But are there ways you can nurture your own creativity? How can we better create the conditions for those moments of inspiration to strike? In her 17-minute TED talk above, radio host Julie Burstein, an expert in creative thought, offers insight into how creativity grows out of everyday experiences. Her stories revolve around various creative disciplines, but her key four ‘lessons’ are
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Steve Irwin’s 13-Year-Old Son is Quite a Photographer

The late Steve Irwin achieved worldwide fame as “The Crocodile Hunter,” wowing audiences around the world by getting up close and personal with Earth’s diverse (and often dangerous) wildlife. But here’s something you might not know: Irwin’s 13-year-old son Robert is making his own name as a top notch nature photographer.

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“Robert Irwin is a nature photographer and wildlife warrior who travels the world in search of incredible images of wildlife and wild places that have inspired many,” the
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Steve Irwin’s 13-Year-Old Son is Quite a Photographer

The late Steve Irwin achieved worldwide fame as “The Crocodile Hunter,” wowing audiences around the world by getting up close and personal with Earth’s diverse (and often dangerous) wildlife. But here’s something you might not know: Irwin’s 13-year-old son Robert is making his own name as a top notch nature photographer.

Happy Father's Day in the US! ❤️

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“Robert Irwin is a nature photographer and wildlife warrior who travels the world in search of incredible images of wildlife and wild places that have inspired many,” the
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A Look at How HBO’s ‘Insecure’ Lights Black Actors so Well

Here’s a 2-minute video that offers a look at how the HBO series ‘Insecure’ makes its black actors look so good on camera. What is it that makes everyone “pop” so much on screen? “When I was in film school, no one ever talked about lighting nonwhite people,” Insecure’s Director of Photography, Ava Berkofsky, tells Mic. “There are all these general rules about lighting people of color, like throw green light or amber light at them. It’s weird. “The way I approach dark skin tone technically is all about the skin [being] reflective. I make sure the make-up artist uses
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Using Constraints to Fuel Your Best Work Ever /w Scott Belsky

Scott is one of those guests where I couldn’t possibly do justice to their resume – so apologies in advance to Scott, but here’s the short version: He’s currently the Executive Chairmen of the professional referral platform Prefer, was the founder of Behance, the creative portfolio platform that I’m sure many of you use, VP at Adobe, and author of the bestselling book “Making Ideas Happen.” I’m leaving out a ton – such as his time at Goldman Sachs, Benchmark, and as an early investor in Pinterest, Uber, and Periscope among others – but you get  the idea – Continue reading "Using Constraints to Fuel Your Best Work Ever /w Scott Belsky"

Finalist Shots of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

The prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 53rd year, and this year’s edition certain won’t disappoint. Today the competition offered a glimpse into this year’s finalists, which will be displayed in an exhibition that will tour museums and galleries around the world. This year’s competition saw almost 50,000 entries from 92 different countries, with photographers all competing for the top prize of over $6,500. Here are the finalists along with their details and captions:

Animal Portraits

Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest,
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The Photographer Who’s Friends with Over 200 Hummingbirds

By day, Melanie Barboni is an assistant researcher at UCLA who studies volcanoes. But one of her nicknames is “The Hummingbird Whisperer,” and that’s because she’s an avid photographer who has become friends with a colony of over 200 hummingbirds. After moving into her office in the geology building at UCLA, the first thing Barboni did was set up a hummingbird feeder outside her window. She has since set up three additional feeders, and in the 2.5 years that followed, the number of tiny birds that regularly visit to feed exploded to over 200 — and that number is
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