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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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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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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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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I Shot a Hurricane Irma Photo That Went Viral, and I Wasn’t Paid a Dime

My name is Michael Sechler, and I’m a photography enthusiast based in Sarasota, Florida. I recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world… and I wasn’t paid a dime. Here’s why. Firstly, I’d like to say that although I am not a professional photographer, I am definitely an enthusiast and somewhat familiar with things like usage rights. A few days ago, a few friends and I were doing some last minute preparations for Hurricane Irma. While we were out, we noticed some objects out in the bay where the
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I Turned a Camper Into a Giant Camera and Portable Darkroom

Last year, I built a (very rudimentary) 16×20” ultra large format camera out of a bunch of plywood, a pane of glass and some cheap blackout material from the local fabric shop. I borrowed a 20” military aerial lens off a friend and took it on the road to Latvia in my campervan. The problem with it was that I only made one dark slide, and this wasn’t exactly light tight! A variety of circumstances led me to set up a makeshift studio and darkroom in the basement of a castle somewhere in the Latvian countryside, which meant that I
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Using Focus Stacking on Landscapes for Extreme Depth of Field

Focus stacking is a technique typically used in macro shots to achieve a large depth of field. It’s a relatively simple concept: take many images focused at slightly different distances and combine the sharp portions to a single image in post. This 6-minute video from landscape photographer Mark Denney will show you how to utilise the technique in landscape photography. Focus stacking in the landscape world is useful for images where there are foreground objects that should be in focus. In Denney’s example image, a railroad track runs from the front of the image right through to the horizon. Even
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How Landscape Photographer Thomas Heaton Packs for an Overnight Trip

Are you planning an outdoor landscape photo adventure? This video from landscape photographer Thomas Heaton will give you some ideas on how to optimize your pack. It’s a 12-minute look through the gear he’s settled on for his camping photo trips. As any landscape photographer knows, the gear you bring with you and what you choose to leave behind can make a big difference to your both your success and your enjoyment of your time spent outdoors. Heaton has spent plenty of time in the outdoors and experienced plenty of success, so he must be getting something right. Apart from
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A Special Effects Makeup Shoot With a Pre-Release Nikon D850

We’ve seen how the upcoming Nikon D850 handles low light, but how does the new sensor perform in a studio shoot? This 4-minute AdoramaTV video with photographer Seth Miranda puts it to the test, shooting a model with special effects makeup. Miranda also set up a second D850 to record a 4K time-lapse of the shoot:
Miranda says he was extremely impressed with the resolution in the images that the camera produced, and said the AF was extremely fast and accurate. Some images from the shoot are below:

How to Easily Turn Your Signature into a Photo Watermark in Photoshop

Here’s a simple way to create a digital watermark using your signature that you can use as a Photoshop brush. This 5-minute video from Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE shows you the steps needed using just a paper, pencil, and a smartphone. To write your signature, Colin recommends using a nice soft pencil to create thick lines with texture. You’ll need a clean white piece of paper to write on, which will make the signature easier to extract in Photoshop. Next, you’ll need to take a photo or scan of the signature. A smartphone works fine for this purpose, but if
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I Just Had 20,000 Slides Returned from Sports Illustrated

Ever since I was a kid, I loved saving stuff. I saved all my baseball cards in rubber band stacks in shoe boxes. I collected stacks and stacks of 7-Eleven Slurpee baseball cups in 1973. Every San Francisco Giants yearbook and media guide going back to the early 1960s? Yup, got them too. I have a Mason jar of every ticket stub from every sporting event I attended as a kid in the 70s and 80s with the results written on the back. I saved every credential I have been issued to cover a sporting event as a professional photographer
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How to Edit Color For Consistency and Create Your Own Style

An important part of developing your own editing style is the way that you color grade your images. Photographer Sean Tucker explains his approach in this 15-minute video, showing how he uses edits his photos while adhering to a consistent color palette. Tucker says that creating a consistent look and feel to your images helps tie your portfolio together, making it clear that you have control over your photography. “It means that someone can trust that if they put an image in front of you or a style they want, that you are capable of nailing that on a consistent
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This Photographer Used a McDonald’s Big Mac Box to Light Portraits

French photographer Philippe Echaroux recently decided to challenge himself in the area of shooting portraits of strangers. Instead of using high-end camera equipment, he decided to use an iPhone and light his subjects using a McDonald’s Big Mac box. “I like to challenge myself,” Echaroux tells PetaPixel. His lighting rig consisted of a flashlight, a drinking straw, and a Big Mac box: Here’s what it looks like when fully assembled and operational (for extra light reflection, Echaroux recommends rubbing oil from the fries onto the inside of the box): Echaroux then took the makeshift light out and began photographing people:
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How to Do Splashes in Product Photos Using Speedlights

Adding a splash can add impact to product photos that involve liquid. Here’s a 9-minute video in which photographer Dustin Dolby of  workphlo shows how you can capture splashes with speedlights. With your glass set up on plexiglass to achieve a perfect reflection, utilizing the tips in his previous tutorial about photographing glass to achieve proper lighting, try putting a couple of diffusers in front of the speedlight to achieve a silky look. This will remove the harsh edges around the glass you may be experiencing. Here’s the difference it makes: With a second speedlight set up from the side,
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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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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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4 Top NYC Photographers Shoot the Same Model

Here’s a new 13-minute video showing a shootout recently done between four popular NYC-based photographers: Joey L, Dani Diamond, Brandon Woelfel, and Jessica Kobeissi. All four are extremely popular online, with hundreds of thousands of followers each just on Instagram (Woelfel has around 1.3 million). All four photographers were tasked with shooting the same model, Charlotte McKee. Just like in Kobeissi’s previous shootouts, each photographer chose one outfit and location, and each portrait had a time constraint (3 minutes). For their cameras of choice, Joey L chose a Phase One XF with an IQ250 back,
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4 Top NYC Photographers Shoot the Same Model

Here’s a new 13-minute video showing a shootout recently done between four popular NYC-based photographers: Joey L, Dani Diamond, Brandon Woelfel, and Jessica Kobeissi. All four are extremely popular online, with hundreds of thousands of followers each just on Instagram (Woelfel has around 1.3 million). All four photographers were tasked with shooting the same model, Charlotte McKee. Just like in Kobeissi’s previous shootouts, each photographer chose one outfit and location, and each portrait had a time constraint (3 minutes). For their cameras of choice, Joey L chose a Phase One XF with an IQ250 back,
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