Photographing the World’s Most Dangerous Church: How Far Is Too Far To “Get The Shot”?

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As I was watching this clip of Lonely Planet photographer, Philip Lee Harvey, scale sheer vertical cliffs so he could photograph the Abuna Yemata church in Ethiopia, all I could think was how awesome his cameraman and film crew are. The climb, which took them 2500 feet up, involved no ropes or safety gear, and was completed barefooted in heavy winds. The trek Harvey made was borderline crazy. His crew was doing the same trek while carrying up all the camera equipment and filming while they were at it. Kudos to Harvey and his crew for getting it done.

Watch in wonder as the team climbs to one of the most inaccessible churches in the world: [Read more...]

A Breathtaking Black And White Timelapse Portrait Of Scotland’s Isle Of Skye

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So often are timelapse videos stuffed full of vivid colors and bright tones that it almost catches us off guard when we come across a black and white timelapse that is every bit as breathtaking as their full color counterparts. Such is the case with this short video the team over at Fourth Dimension Video captured while spending 5 days in the quiet Scottish isle in June. The Isle of Skye features both, timelapse and some sweeping aerial drone shots. [Read more...]

Explore Portugal In This Scenic Hyperlapse Made By An Award Winning Timelapse Filmmaker

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While on a holiday in Portugal to accept a Best Timelapse award for his incomparably brilliant Moscow Night Timelapse/Hyperlapse, Kirill Neiezhmakov, like any good photographer, seized the opportunity to create his next treasure, Portugal Hyperlapse/Timelapse. Neiezhmakov is making a name for himself among timelapse and hyperlapse photography enthusiasts as one of the art forms leading filmmakers, and rightfully so. He has the uncanny ability to create his new magnum opus with every timelapse he puts out. This Lisbon and Sesimbra, Portugal are no exception.

Upon arriving in Lisbon from his home in Ukraine, Neiezhmakov, contacted Portugal based image maker, Francesco Cerruti for a helping hand in the making of the timelapse. The team traveled to multiple points of interest to make the film, capturing landmarks such as Eduardo VII Park (1:12), Arrábida Sesimbra (0:15) Rossio (1:02), and my personal favorite part of the timelapse, inside and underwater at The Oceanarium in Park of The Nations (1:33). Take a look:

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Quick Tip: Secure Your Camera Zippers Without A Padlock

Have you ever walked in a crowded place and was worried that some stay hands may crawl into your bag? Or wanted to place your camera bag on the floor (or on the train or on the chair next to you in a restaurant), but was concerned that the zippers may become undone and the camera will “accidentally” fall through the bag into someone’s hands?

The obvious solution is to use a padlock (or a move my bag and I’ll scream!) kind of alarm. Sadly we don’t always have those handy. Out pals at Enlight Photo just shared this great security tip. While it will not protect you from someone actually taking your bag, it can definitely help reducing the amount of stray hands that crawl in. (they are using a Think Tank Photo bag, but any bag with zipper loops or pull ties will work) [Read more...]

11 Travel Photography Tips To Get You Through The Summer

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It’s summer once again and the fortunate among you will be hitting the road, hopping on planes, maybe even boarding a ship or two, and getting the hell out of Dodge for some hopefully stress-free rest and relaxation. Regardless of whether your travels are taking you around the world or just a day’s drive from home, it’s important to not only pack your camera gear carefully, but to also spend time putting some safeguards in place to make sure that you and your gear not only make beautiful travel photography together, and that you both get home safe and sound.

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Never Be Comfortable: The Experiences of National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards

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Cory Richards is now an athlete for North Face and a photographer for National Geographic, but he was once a homeless high school dropout as well. When he set out to find out how he was meant to make his way in this world, his path took him to the Himalayas in Pakistan. There, him and his crew nearly died from an avalanche on his descent from the mountain. But while for one moment he truly thought it was over, the next he realized he was still breathing. Right then, he took a self-shot that ended up putting him on the cover of National Geographic.

This is a video done by Blue Chalk in cooperation with the photographer; it’s almost a moving portrait of Cory himself, utilizing his ambitions, his voice, his experiences, his photography, and his humor. It’s a story of a man’s experiences, and why he shot what he shot; it’s his message, as a professional photographer, of why his job is important to him in the first place. With the experience of traveling to every continent in the world, meeting people who hold history most of us may never hear about, and managing to show a few of them to the world, I think we could all benefit from watching this short video. Check it out after the break.

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How to Prepare Gear for Massive Video Shoots Abroad

One of the biggest challenges with any creative production is gear management. At the start of my time as a creative, I don’t know how many times I have arrived at a location and realized a crucial part of my kit was missing. However, like most things, you only learn from your mistakes and what I have learned is that it is extremely important to create checklists and prep gear BEFORE heading out to shoot. Although it does take more time to do this, it will save you time and heartache from going out to get a shot and realizing you don’t have everything you need.

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Now I must admit, my least favorite part about filmmaking is the gear prepping. It’s a fine balance between taking too much and taking not enough and this battle is unique for every job. This is especially critical when traveling. With this post, what I hope to do is talk about how to prep your kit when traveling abroad. I will use a recent project to Cuba as the case study.
*Note: I am by no means an expert but here is what I have learned up until this point. [Read more...]

10 Travel Photography Essentials

There’s nothing quite like a vacation, road trip, adventure, or combination of the three to get your creative juices flowing. Sometimes hitting the road is exactly what you need to get yourself out a creative rut. New surroundings– especially if they are outside your comfort zone– have a way of injecting your photography with the shot of adrenalin it’s been missing. When you’re planning these excursions, though, there are certain essentials you need to pack– items designed to protect your gear and images, while making sure that your shot of adrenalin isn’t wasted.

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Watch The Olympus OMD EM1 Operates Under Running Water

One of the claims Olympus made about the Olympus OM-D EM1 is that its water and dust proofing have been improved over it OM-D EM5.

Chris over at the Phoblographer wanted to see if the camera will indeed stand to its spec and operate under running water. It did.

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In the short video below the camera is rinsed, washed (and repeat) and it still operates. One note that the test makes is that the lens – an Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 – is also weather proofed and it is uncertain if the camera will perform similarly with non-weather-proofed lens. [Read more...]