Rock en Seine is one of the main music festivals in France. This August, photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer was invited to cover the 16th edition of the event. There was no dictated theme: the photographer had complete freedom to give his vision of the festival. He chose to stay true to his usual photographic style, so he shot the festival’s atmosphere in infrared. As a result, he created unique, funky, and even eerie festival images we don’t get to see every day.
Filmstro is something of a unique service when it comes to music. With plugins for both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, you can pick your music and then use sliders to adjust the momentum, depth and power of that music throughout your clip. You can adjust any tune to match the mood of your scene as it changes from shot to shot.
But they have static versions of all their Royalty Free music, too, and they’ve just released them to the world for free for use on YouTube. Even if your video is monetised.
If you’re in search of sound effects, here’s something great coming from the BBC. Their library of more than 16,000 sound effects is now available, and you can download anything you like for free.
Other than having a good microphone to pick up voices, sound is something that new filmmakers often ignore. But sound is easily as important as the visual, if not more so, when it comes to video production. Sound sets the mood and tone for the video as a whole, or for individual scenes. It can create tension and excitement. Or, it can make the viewer feel comfortable and relaxed.
In this video, young filmmaker and YouTuber Rory Marion talks us through some of his tips and tricks for the sound design process. It begins with selecting music and adding audio effects to enhance the visual. At only 14, Rory may still be young, but he has some good insight and a promising future.
Ever find yourself needing the inspiration to create an image, but you just can muster up any from anywhere. It happens to all us all, don’t worry. Recently I had to create an image for Dark realm Collectives latest Artpack, urban nightmares. I searched and searched for inspiration, but it didn’t seem to come. This can happen because of many factors. Tiredness, working too much, feeling down. Any of these plus much more. Sometimes the Muse just doesn’t want to come, sit on your lap and stroke……..your face! Godammit people get your minds out of the gutter haha. As the deadline drew closer, I knew I had to create something, so I used one of my inspiration kickstart techniques and came up with the above image. What is an inspiration Kickstarter technique……it’s one of my go-to tricks if no images concepts are popping into my head.[Read More…]
It’s May and catchy Christmas carols are finally out our heads. Even though it’s out of season, photographer Ed Gregory decided to sing one of the Christmas songs on his YouTube channel. But it comes with a twist – he made it about photography.
“12 Days of Photography” fits 12 photography tips into a 4-minute song. And while he and his buddy Dan Cooper have fun singing, Ed Gregory’s clone has troubles keeping up with them and demonstrating all the tips. If you’re a photography newbie, this is a certain way to memorize some of the rules. And for those of you who are more experienced – this will cheer you up if you’re having a bad day.
The song Go Up by Cassius begins with the words “Everybody, close your eyes.” But you should do exactly the opposite. Keep your eyes wide open and watch this creative video that follows this song.
The entire video is created from short sequences of videos displayed two by two. And every pair is connected as a diptych to form an entirely new context. It brings together the things you couldn’t imagine together. Some of them are funny, some absurd, some are even cheeky – but all of them are very clever. I have to point out that there is some nudity as well, so you probably don’t want to play it near your kids or at work.
Josh Klinghoffer, the guitar player of Red Hot Chili Peppers, got fed up with the audience filming the concert with their phones. Instead of playing the solo in “Californication”, he grabs his own smartphone and starts filming the crowd to make a statement.
Russian rock band Leningrad from Saint Petersburg has recently released a new video. It’s for their new song Кольщик (Tattoo Artist), and it features an absurd sequence of mistakes in reverse. When I first saw it, I couldn’t stop watching. The quality of the footage is brilliant, and the sequence of events is so captivating, that you’ll stick with it until the very end. And what’s best – you’ll feel exactly the same when you watch it in reverse. Keep in mind that it’s quite hardcore, so viewer discretion is advised.
Apart from being in love with photography, I am also completely enchanted by music. My photos are often inspired by music or song lyrics, and I love the way these two forms of art intertwine. Unfortunately, I can’t play any instrument, although I’ve tried. And I’m a terrible singer.
But, this made me think about people who are equally good at both these forms of art. So I started looking for musicians who are also photographers, and I made some fantastic discoveries. I made a list of ten awesome pop and rock musicians who are equally good at photography. Is your favorite musician among them?