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Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupin

Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupin

I’m a big sucker when it comes to time-lapse videos, especially ones that are macro. Take a look at this video below that was shot by Daniel Stoupin, who spent 9 months making putting it all together. Due to the fact that this is macro photography, each frame in the video consists of 3-12 photos, using a method call “focus stacking” to get the depth of field that’s not very shallow. I can only imagine the amount of...

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Crystalapse: Frozen in Timelapse by Blue Eden

Crystalapse: Frozen in Timelapse by Blue Eden

I seriously can never get enough of these timelapse videos, especially when the music is so epic-sounding like one in this video. Blue Eden, a group of two brothers Patrick Shyu and Henrick Shyu, based primarily in San Francisco and Tokyo, shot this video over 2 weeks in Iceland, March 2014. I really like how the video started out slowly with a few slo-mo clips, but then it picks up the speed about half way in, when we see the majestic...

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New York City Showreel by Axiom Images

New York City Showreel by Axiom Images

I was just browsing around on Vimeo and stumbled upon these videos that were shot by Axiom Images, a company whose product is the ultimate resource for aerial stock footage for instant download. What really struck me is how the videos are able to show how beautiful New York City is, and how small we are compared to the aerial view, and how each one of us is unique to one another. The videos really reminded me why I’m here in NYC in...

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Behind the Scenes: Pepsi’s Superbowl 2014 Ads “Soundcheck”

Behind the Scenes: Pepsi’s Superbowl 2014 Ads “Soundcheck”

Pepsi’s halftime shows at the Super Bowl are legendary with the world’s leading artists lining up to entertain millions of viewers and adoring fans. The Mill studios across the globe lined up to help create the excitement and build up to the half time show with “Soundcheck.” The artists used a combination of CG, live elements and design to integrate iconic New York City sights with musicians’ hands to tune up...

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Cinematography Tips: Breaking Up & Diffusing Light

Cinematography Tips: Breaking Up & Diffusing Light

In this episode on Film Riot, Ryan Connolly walks us through a series of tips and tricks on how to light your subject using different tools and techniques. I do realize these tricks are for film and cinematography, but they can be very easily translated to photography. One of them is a technique called “book lighting”, in which case you light your subject by diffusing a bounced light source, thus making it super nice and soft....

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Watch Joe McNally Deconstructing Light on Adorama

Watch Joe McNally Deconstructing Light on Adorama

Here’s another episode of Joe McNally deconstructing light on AdoramaTV. Joe walks us through how he took the picture of Ken Collins, pilot of the SR-71 Blackbird that was published on National Geographic. You will see that to light his subject at the time when it’s near approaching the golden hour, Joe did not use anything of a complicated setup at all. One light source, and without even a modifier. The result came out nicely...

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How To Shoot B-Roll by Slavik Boyechko

How To Shoot B-Roll by Slavik Boyechko

B-Roll is what makes up the bulk of the visuals in a video, so despite the inferior name, B-Roll is a big deal. In this video below, videographer/director Slavik Boyechko of the PBS series INDIE ALASKA walks us through how to slide, pan, tilt, and rack focus while making beautiful B-Roll visuals for feature stories. Here is a summary of the B-Roll tips demonstrated in the video:Start with your wide lens. When you arrive at your...

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THE GAP by Ira Glass – Video Illustration by Daniel Frohlocke

THE GAP by Ira Glass – Video Illustration by Daniel Frohlocke

This illustration video below is a very nice version of Ira Glass’ speech on storytelling. I’m sure the speech isn’t new to any one of us, as it’s been circulated all over the Internet (even I posted the infographic version of it more than a year ago). What I like about this version is that Daniel Frohlocke, a German videographer, took it to another level and made somewhat of a movie out of it. Here’s some of...

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How to Remove Vimeo’s “More Video” Top Navigation

How to Remove Vimeo’s “More Video” Top Navigation

I can’t be the only one who dislike the top navigation of Vimeo; the one that has all the “More Videos” videos, alongside with the Staff Pick. I understand it’s not as intrusive, and it really doesn’t get loaded by your browser until you scroll all the way to the top, but it’s still annoying for every time I scroll. I really couldn’t care less about those things. Finally, I came up with a...

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This Is How Retouching for Video Is Done… I Think

This Is How Retouching for Video Is Done… I Think

Watch this video below and I promise it’ll blow your mind. It’s basically a music video that started out with a relatively dark setup – what seems to be “straight out of camera” type thing. As the video progresses, you can see that the girl in the video gets retouched to the point where she looks nothing like how it started. I do realize this is most likely CGI, and some of it is definitely makeup work, but it...

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