One transition that’s often used in movies and TV is the match cut. It’s not often used in most non-cinematic videos, though. It’s essentially where the end of one clip matches up with the beginning of the next somehow during the transition from one to the other. They’re not always easy to pull off, but in these videos, filmmaker Daniel DeArco shows off how he shoots and edits his.
Photographers invest a lot over the years. Not just in their gear, but also in their knowledge and skills of photography, retouching, marketing, and business. We all aim to make perfect photos, but Daniel DeArco shares an eye-opening video on this topic. He calls it “the photographer’s paradox” and he discusses whether you really need “perfect” photos every time and whether you really need to use all the gear you have. You can consider it an important lesson in marketing, and it will make you look at photography from a different perspective.
Filmmaker Daniel DeArco is big fan of DIY. If you follow his social media, you’ll see that he comes up with all kinds of self-built solutions to overcome the challenges he faces in his productions. Not all of these projects are to solve a technical problem, though. Sometimes it’s for visual effect. And in this video, he talks about three of the practical effects he made for a recent video.
I have my first 3D printer arriving next month. Ok, technically it’s a robot with a 3D printing head, but this is something I’m absolutely going to have to try. When it comes to regular prints, I just leave it up to my lab. They can produce them far less expensively and far more consistently than I can do at home. But this looks pretty cool. A 3D printed Lithophane.
Essentially, a lithophane a print which uses depth to mark the different brightness levels of your image. When it’s lit from behind, the thinner parts let through more light than the thicker parts. And so, the image comes to life. In this video from Daniel DeArco, we see exactly how it’s done.
We all remember The Matrix and Neo dodging bullets. It inspired many enthusiasts to create the bullet time effect on the budget, and there have been some pretty creative solutions. Photographer and filmmaker Daniel DeArco has made the world’s fastest camera slider, which alone is pretty impressive. But he also paired it with slow-motion shooting, in order to get the effect similar to the bullet time. The result is awesome, and he shares some sample shots and the BTS video.
Portraying things in photographs that shouldn’t be physically possible fascinates a lot of photographers. They love to smile proudly when they see people post “Photoshopped, lol!” in Facebook groups in response to their work. Defying gravity is always a hot topic for this kind of thing, particularly levitation.
But in this mind bending shoot, there’s no Photoshop trickery, no erased wires or cloned out supports. Just good old fashioned ingenuity and photography. Created by photographer Daniel DeArco with the assistance of a rather talented dancer and crew, these images and video are just fantastic.