Almost 30 years after the tragic explosion in Chernobyl, a film crew and correspondants for CBS visited the site to work on a story detailing the cataclysmic event. As part of the crew, filmmaker and photographer, Danny Cooke, was granted access to the site for a week long exploration. Cooke seized the opportunity to create a short film which documents Chernobyl from the perspective of his Phantom DJI 2. Equipped with a GoPro3+, Canon 7D, a guide, and dosimeter geiger counter to keep tabs on radiation levels, Cooke set out to capture the footage which you can see below. [Read more...]
Who says pulling off an entire photoshoot by yourself needs to be difficult? Not Jay P. Morgan. In the quick video clip below he invites us behind the scenes of photoshoot he did on location in Maine. Morgan wanted to photograph fisherman on his first visit to New England, but he traveled light for this trip, only carrying a single light and softbox along with his camera. Seeing as how he only had two hours to setup and complete the shoot, not having an extensive lighting setup kind of worked as an advantage. He had an assistant along with him, but her job was strictly to film the behind the scenes footage, Morgan handled the photoshoot all on his own.
Curious as to how he pulled it off? Here’s the scoop: [Read more...]
It’s that time of the year again: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving isn’t only a good time to eat some turkey though, you can also spend tens of thousands of dollars in completely overcrowded stores. If you are smart however, you save some money without getting run over in the target parking lot by shopping for some photography goodies online. We put together the best Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for you. The list will keep updating as deals are we roll. [Read more...]
Living on the ISS has it perks (like putting a Gopro in a Bubble, or capturing amazing timelapses), but one of the more underestimates benefits the lack of need for Selfie Sticks. You see, when the gravity is not pulling the camera down you can just place it in space, it has nowhere to fall to.
If you don’t believe me check this footage from ISS test pilot Oleg Artemyev.
The lesson of the day is that even Cosmonauts chimp.
P.S. Next step: hovering VALs
Editor’s Note: I am a big SNL fan and I love their super stylish opening title sequence. The production of this sequence shows true mastery and understanding the photography format (they use freelensing, creative bokeh, light painting, tilt-shifting and just about any other creative tool out there). Alex Buono, the Director of Photography of the sequence shares how it was made.
…And we’re back! After a much-needed summer hiatus, it’s that time of the year again when my comrades in the SNL Film Unit all reconvene on the 17th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza for another season of filmmaking speed-drills.
While the usual shoot is a dead sprint from Thursday thru Saturday night, every few years we produce a new Title Sequence and that sprint becomes a 3-week non-stop marathon. Especially when it’s the 40th Anniversary season. The passing of Don Pardo — the legendary voice of SNL since 1975 — only amplified the feeling that this new sequence needed to be something extra special.
I have been filming a lot of tutorial videos lately, and one of the problems that I keep running into is starting and stopping video recording on my own.
This usually involves me walking over to the camera, pressing record and then walking back into position to film the video. I have tried using a stick, but I am not nearly that coordinated and it risks messing up the alignment of the shot. I have also tried bribing my children, but their quoted rates were a little higher than this production can afford.
The problem is especially frustrating if I have to focus the camera, in which case I usually build a little focusing dummy out of pillows or beer cases or cats.
Fortunately, if you are a Nikon user, there is a relatively simple solution.
One of the main selling points of the recently announced Sony alpha a7II is its 5-axis in-camera image stabilization. YouTube user Sean Ellenwood uploaded a video yesterday that shows how the Sony’s 4.5 stops of stabilization exactly work. Since stabilization is done in-camera it should also work with 3rd-party lenses.
It’s hard not to love Joel Grimes. Not only is he a gifted photographer, but he’s also an outstanding educator and great source of inspiration. In the inspirational video below, Grimes’ down to earth, you-can-do-this personality shines as he talks about what makes a photograph great–and it might not be what you’re expecting to hear.
Sure, we all know proper exposure, interesting composition, and well executed focus are definitely ingredients for a great photo, but as Grimes explains, beauty still lies in the eye of the beholder. In other words, no matter how technically outstanding your work it, not everyone is going to like it. Grimes compares it music. We all have different tastes when it comes to our musical choices. Just because you might not agree with someone else’s taste in music, it doesn’t mean it’s bad. The same can be said of your photography. Just because someone doesn’t like your work, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not good–it just means it wasn’t for that person. [Read more...]
We have covered quite a bit of bullet time rigs but even the really high-end ones usually use an array of GoPros which are not the cheapest way to get a good bullet time shot but is it manageable.
A collaboration between Swiss TV station and Swiss Canon upped the game by making a bullet time rig with 50 Canon EOS 1DX DSLRs (yes that’s a 5 followed by a zero). A single one of those bodies is about $6,800 so it totals up to roughly $340,000. Oh yea, they needed lenses too. Weapon of choice was Canon’s top notch 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. Those roughly cost $2,100 a lens. So we are looking at an additional $105,000 of lenses, bringing the total (with some memory cards, cables and 50 bubble levels) to just about half a million Dollar’s worth of gear.
Last week, I wrote an article about shooting a watch using only one light, and I promised to write a Part 2 of this series on how to shoot a watch using more Photoshop work. So, I was in my studio preparing to do the 2nd part of the article and I brought my iPad for pegs and music. I was getting ready to shoot but something crazy hit me, what if I shot the watch using only my iPad (like I did a year ago for other products), could be something, right?
So, here is a step by step and behind the scenes tutorial on how to photograph a watch using your iPad. So instead of 2 Parts of my How to shoot a watch, it will be a 3 Parts Series.