BTS Look At How The Mesmerising “Parallax” Superbowl Commercial Was Photographed

 

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Blair Bunting had all of three days to play around with his new Profoto B1 lights before he set out to photograph that awesome parallax Superbowl commercial for National Bank of Arizona. In case you missed it, you can watch it at the bottom of the post, but first, you can take a look at how he captured the ultra high definition moving photos in the 12-minute long behind the scenes clip he just posted over on Vimeo.

Bunting calls the gorgeous technique parallax, a term he borrowed and explains like this:

“What is parallax? Think of when you were in grade school and you had to do one of those cheesy plays…there is always a part in that play where some kid is on a boat made of a tricycle and cardboard, and they are in the rough ocean. In order to create this imaginary ocean in the elementary school cafeteria, they use whats called parallax. This is where they have on set of blue waves on a stick in front of the kid and one behind. The movement of these waves back and forth creates in your mind the idea of the ocean.”

To pull this off, he called on his Nikon D4s‘s burst mode and the wicked fast high speed sync capabilities of the B1 flash units. Check it out: [Read more...]

New Line Of Reflective Clothing Determined To Battle Paparazzi Flash Photography

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The paparazzi can be a pain in the butt if you’re a celebrity, assuming you didn’t call them on yourself, but a line of concept clothing is threatening to fight back.

The brainchild of Chris Holmes, who you might have seen DJing for Sir Paul McCartney, the Anti-Paparazzi Collection consists of clothes designed to bounce back the paparazzo’s flash and overexpose the photos. The flash-back is attained thanks to the reflective threads of which the clothes are made.

Even if launched, the clothes won’t render Roman Abramovich’s anti-paparazzi laser useless.

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15 Common Mistakes People Make When Taking Photos And How To Fix Them

Regardless of skill level, we’ve all made at a least a few of these common photography faux pas. Even pros like Jeff Cable are guilty of a few, which is precisely why he’s here to share his experiences and advice on how you can recognize the mistakes as you’re committing them and what you can do correct it.

The clip is about an hour long, but don’t let that deter you. Jeff is an outstanding educator who knows how to keep it light, fun, and engaging. Watch the video here, then we’ll recap the list for you after the jump…

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Making Sense of Your Flash’s Guide Number

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If you’ve been reading my posts here at DIY Photography for a while, you probably already know that I generally don’t spend too much time on some of the more technical aspects of photography. I’ve covered legal issues, written some fun reviews, and put some myths to rest, but I pretty much spend most of my time here howling at the moon. Okay– maybe not literally howling at the moon, but the opportunity to share whatever random thoughts have been bouncing around in my head a couple of times each week is a privilege I don’t take lightly– even when I’m ranting. I’ve decided that today’s going to be a little bit different. Today we’re geeking out and deciphering one of the greatest photographic mysteries of all time– your flash’s guide number.

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