Photographing Rock N Roll’s Biggest Stars – 36 Years Of Shooting Austin City Limits

Ray Charles; Photo by Scott Newton

Ray Charles; Photo by Scott Newton

Austin, Texas based photographer, Scott Newton, has many aspiring music photographers dream gig. For the past 36 years, Newton has been the photographer for Austin City Limits (ACL), a well known music series that hosts popular musicians for special one-off live TV performances. As ACL photographer, Newton has put together an expansive portrait collection of stars such as Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Coldplay , Dave Matthews Band, and more.

Back in 1979, the first year of Newton shot for ACL, he was limited to shooting only two rolls of black and white film per show. Those earlier images were used for promotional shots in newspapers, so “You couldn’t get too fancy,” Newton told the Wall Street Journal in a recent interview. Newton now revels in artistic freedom and digital photography, taking upwards of 2000 photos per show for ACL’s website. [Read more...]

Angle Grinders And Sparks Make For Manly Photo Shoot Special Effect

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As a former software engineer I can completely relate to the need SmugMug programmer Ryan Doherty had do build and drive LeMons cars to let out some of the cubical fever amassed during the day.

But how to you take the dissonance between (daytime) programming and (nighttime) car-havoc-ing? Photographer Benjamin Von Wong spent a night in a car shop with Ryan, a LeMons car, some angle grinders a bunch of Broncolor strobes and a Mamiya Leaf to show that excitement.

Interestingly the first thing Ben has to say has to do with the criticality of gear in his vision:

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The Downfall of Photography Blogs

downfall-photography-blogsThere is a problem plaguing photography blogs, waiting in the wings, ready to ensure their demise. And, as all of you armchair pundits are excitedly clicking to the comments section to inform me of my blatant hypocrisy, allow me to save you the effort and admit right here: I know there will be multiple examples of hypocrisy throughout this post. Good…I saved you thirty seconds of valuable input. [Read more...]

Stunning Photo Series “Stacked” Shows Bustling Hong Kong In A Different Light

peter_stewart_the_grid_hong_kongAfter picking up a camera for the first time in 2009, Peter Stewart wasted no time in assembling an impressive portfolio of images. Inspired by his travels and an urge to document them, Stewart quickly took to photography. In his series of photos, aptly titled “Stacked”, Stewart takes viewers on a captivating journey through public housing in Hong Kong–a city bursting at the seams with people.

Not your typical travel shots, Stewart’s eye focuses on symmetry and geometry topped off with a healthy dose of color theory. Primarily, Stewart shoots on digital, but says he has been experimenting with film and taking an interest in street photography, the latter of which is reflected in some of the images from Stacked.   [Read more...]

A Rare ‘Little Planet’ Photograph Featuring The Aurora and The Milky Way

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We have seen many Little Planet photos before, but this little plant is one of the best I’ve seen of our little planet. Photographer Göran Strand took this photo around the autumnal equinox night (September 24th) over Lake Storsjön in Jämtland, Sweden.

This specific time of the year is more prone to Geomagnetic storms (and thereby to Northern lights). Göran’s took a 360° panorama with the Milky Way correctly exposed in the east sky and the Aurora reflecting in the lake to the north. Here is the twist though, before doing the little planet conversion, Göran flipped the photo, putting the skies at the center and the land as the perimeter.

You can follow more of Göran’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

[Aurora and Milky Way in a Little Sky | Göran Strand via APOD]

From Concept To Completion: Go Behind The Scenes To See This Liquid Photo Come To Life

Aaron Nace takes us behind the scenes of this liquid photoshoot.

Aaron Nace takes us behind the scenes of this liquid photoshoot.

In this awesome behind the scenes clip, Phlearn frontman,Aaron Nace details his entire experience creating the image you see above. Starting with just a concept and some sketches, Nace condenses the process into a 10-minute long video clip that’s packed with handy tips, tricks, and lighting advice to give us insights as to what all goes into making these high quality portraits. Hopefully, the easy to understand presentation Nace is known for, will inspire you to undertake a similar project of your own.
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Innovative Ad Campaign Introduces Borescope Camera Tech To Commercial Photography

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Innovation plays a large part in creativity and vice versa. When photographers are able to find the perfect balance of those two things, awesome ideas using unusual methods are created. Such is the case when Sedley Place was tasked with creating an innovative ad campaign for Diageo, the parent company of Smirnoff and Guinness. They decided on a “Liquid Landscape” theme, which would feature slow motion close up shots of frosty glasses of beer and swirling mixed drinks.

To be able to maintain a large depth of field while shooting moving liquids at macro ratios, the creators came up with an unorthodox equipment setup to capture extreme close-ups of frosty glasses of beer and mixed drinks. Using for a borescope camera, a type of camera used almost exclusively in the biological and science photography realms, the photographers were able to capture the mouth watering footage with very little loss of detail.

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“Knock Knock”, an animated love-story spread over 14 displays

It is a very wise decision to create something amazing as your first music video. Ukrainian band “Brunettes Shoot Blondes” did just this for their first single “Knock Knock”.

It’s 2:27 minutes of awesome animation using 14(!) Smartphone and iPad displays. This clip was created by Kirill Svetashov (DOP), SYT-X (animation) and the Band themselves.

So lean back and have some fun this morning with these 2.5 minutes of pure creativity. (Besides, the band really has an awesome name)