Tam Nguyen - New York Photographer http://tambnguyen.com Tam Nguyen Photography - New York Beauty and Fashion Photographer Sat, 03 May 2014 03:08:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Short Video “Look Up” by Gary Turkhttp://tambnguyen.com/5980-short-video-look-up-by-gary-turk/ http://tambnguyen.com/5980-short-video-look-up-by-gary-turk/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 03:03:04 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5980 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

I posted this on my Twitter and Facebook, but in case you don’t follow me, watch this beautiful video about the usage of cellphones, devices, technologies, and social networks etc… when we actually forget to connect with people in real life.

When I first moved to NYC, I always took the subway with my headphones on, listening to my music, not paying any attention nor speaking to anyone else. I now purposely leave my headphones at home just so I can watch people and be ready to strike a conversation with anybody.

Most of my friends don’t even hesitate to bust out their phone while being surrounded by other people, and I personally think it’s rude. When I’m out with someone or having a conversation, the company that I’m with will have my undivided attention. I don’t check my phone even when it buzzes.

“We’re a generation of idiots, smartphones, and dumb people.”

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Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupinhttp://tambnguyen.com/5960-mesmerizing-timelapse-slow-life-by-daniel-stoupin/ http://tambnguyen.com/5960-mesmerizing-timelapse-slow-life-by-daniel-stoupin/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 07:29:14 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5960 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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 work that was put into this. Mind = blown!

To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.

Gear:
- Canon 7D (died at the beginning of the project as I had overused it in my research), Canon 5d Mkiii (90% of footage is done with it)
- Canon MP-E 65 mm lens
- adjustable custom-spectrum lamps (3 different models)
- several motorized stages including StackShot for focus stacking
- multiple computers to process thousands of 22+ Mpx raw images and perform focus stacking (an old laptop died on that mission after 3 weeks of continuous processing).

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Crystalapse: Frozen in Timelapse by Blue Edenhttp://tambnguyen.com/5956-crystalapse-frozen-in-timelapse-by-blue-eden/ http://tambnguyen.com/5956-crystalapse-frozen-in-timelapse-by-blue-eden/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:43:29 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5956 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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 Aurora Borealis.

A journey into the shadows of ice caves and lights of the Aurora. The caves are a beautiful blue, awash in glacier-filtered sunlight. And the Northern Lights set the sky on fire – it’s quite a moment standing before something so cosmic.

I had originally imagined this would be a cold and horrible trip, but… the desolate landscape was so simple it was perhaps the most beautiful place I’d been to. That’s not to say it wasn’t cold – especially in the second week, a snowstorm hit and the car got stuck in snow amidst hail and wind. Pushing & hauling were indeed necessary! Drying snow-soaked socks with the hairblower was also fun.

There is a surprise ending. After setting up the tripod, I began to take a photo of ourselves… when suddenly, I “found” something on the ground… icon wink Crystalapse: Frozen in Timelapse by Blue Eden Tam Nguyen New Nork Portrait Fashion Photographer It may not make the ice melt, but almost certainly your heart.

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New York City Showreel by Axiom Imageshttp://tambnguyen.com/5950-new-york-city-showreel-by-axiom-images/ http://tambnguyen.com/5950-new-york-city-showreel-by-axiom-images/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:43:07 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5950 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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 the first place.

They have shot some other videos for Los Angeles and San Francisco as well.

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Behind the Scenes: Pepsi’s Superbowl 2014 Ads “Soundcheck”http://tambnguyen.com/5947-behind-the-scenes-pepsis-superbowl-2014-ads-soundcheck/ http://tambnguyen.com/5947-behind-the-scenes-pepsis-superbowl-2014-ads-soundcheck/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:18:05 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5947 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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 the landmarks for the Super Bowl halftime show.

You can read more details about the project on The Mill’s blog.

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Cinematography Tips: Breaking Up & Diffusing Lighthttp://tambnguyen.com/5944-cinematography-tips-breaking-up-diffusing-light/ http://tambnguyen.com/5944-cinematography-tips-breaking-up-diffusing-light/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:56:02 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5944 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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. Another technique is to use a “cookie” – a fancy term for “gobo” – go-in-between devices. Cheap and very effective!

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Watch Joe McNally Deconstructing Light on Adoramahttp://tambnguyen.com/5941-watch-joe-mcnally-deconstructing-light-on-adorama/ http://tambnguyen.com/5941-watch-joe-mcnally-deconstructing-light-on-adorama/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:09:55 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5941 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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 with the blue sky in the back and the pilot very well lit.

I really enjoy these deconstructing videos. Joe is such a great instructor.

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How To Shoot B-Roll by Slavik Boyechkohttp://tambnguyen.com/5936-how-to-shoot-b-roll-by-slavik-boyechko/ http://tambnguyen.com/5936-how-to-shoot-b-roll-by-slavik-boyechko/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:28:01 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5936 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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 location, before you meet your subject, quickly shoot the exterior with a tilt or pan, or a diagonal combination of a pan and tilt.
  • Shoot entrances & exits. When you shoot your subject walking or moving – e.g., as they walk into your location, let them enter and exit the frame without following them with the camera.
  • Capture comings & goings in one clip. You can get a shot of the subject coming towards you and walking away from you, even with the subject walking in and out of the frame. After they walk past you, quickly pan your camera to a position ahead of the subject; then shoot them entering the frame.
  • Lens changes take up valuable shooting time. So while you still have your wide lens on, shoot all your wide shots, including a pan/tilt establishing the inside of your location, a shot above the shoulder, a low shot looking up at the subject, and a wide slider shot (if you have a slider).
  • Find a foreground. When you change to your zoom lens, take a couple more slider shots. Find a foreground like a doorframe, or any out-of-focus foreground, to slide into a “reveal” shot.
  • Do background checks. Always consider your background when framing a shot. When you focus on an object or your subject, think about how you could move the camera to showcase a better background (even if it’s blurry). Avoid bright windows, and try to shoot your subject with a lot of space behind them, to increase the depth of field.
  • Compose with layers. Similarly, when you can, try to shoot with multiple layers in your frame, including a foreground and background.
  • Make moving pictures. After framing your shot, take a moment to “move into” the image. You can do this with a tilt or pan into your subject, with a tripod, or you can move into your subject from out-of-focus to in-focus. This definitely helps with editing. And when you’re handheld or on a monopod, you can move your body slowly to create slight camera motion.
  • Blur for focus. Just like in your slider shots, shooting with a deliberate blurry foreground helps the viewer focus on the subject, and creates a nice distant perspective of us looking into an intimate moment.
  • Try to avoid conversation with your subject. For B-Roll that will go over an interview audio, it’s easier to use shots of your subject when they’re not moving their mouth talking to you.
  • Add angles. After you think you’ve got your primary shots, look around for interesting shots or angles that can add variety. For example, with a monopod, you can establish really high angle shots, or turn the monopod upside down for low shots, and later flip it in post-production. Make sure to get at least 5 seconds per shot, preferably longer, before moving on.
  • Shoot first (ask questions later). Most importantly, if you spot anything happening that you may not get a chance to shoot again, quickly focus and shoot it for at least 4-5 seconds without adjusting camera exposure or focal length, to make sure you get the shot without considering the ideal aesthetic. Then if you have more time, adjust the camera settings and shoot again. The last thing you want is an important moment becoming unusable because you’re moving, zooming, or adjusting exposure or white balance while recording.
  • Combine the ingredients, mix together, and serve. Once you start laying down B-Roll in your edit, you’ll want to build sequences of your different shots and angles, and go back to the interview shot as a transition between sequences and locations. A typical edit would look like this: wide interior pan, medium shot looking up at subject, over-the-shoulder close-up of hands at work, interview shot, and then new sequence. Whenever your subject is talking about really deep stuff, and you want your viewers to pay attention, use B-Roll without a lot of action, or better yet, close-ups of the subject’s face for that deep, introspective look. Add music, export, share, and then go eat an ice cream cone, you deserve it.

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THE GAP by Ira Glass – Video Illustration by Daniel Frohlockehttp://tambnguyen.com/5928-the-gap-by-ira-glass-video-illustration-by-daniel-frohlocke/ http://tambnguyen.com/5928-the-gap-by-ira-glass-video-illustration-by-daniel-frohlocke/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 07:08:58 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5928 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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 his words regarding the project:

I think it was at springtime 2012, when I came across David Shiyang Lius lovely piece of work about Ira Glass. It was the most inspiring and motivating video, I have ever seen in my life. I watched it over and over again, listened to Ira Glass’ voice and told myself, that I am not the only person who is constantly disappointed about the gap between ones taste and ones skills. Later on in 2012 I decided to do an own filmed version of Iras interview – use my own language to tell his message. It took me about a year from concept to upload.

I made it for myself and for anybody who is in doubt with his/her creative career. I also think that Ira Glass’ message isn’t only limited to the creative industry. It can be applied to everyone who starts out in a new environment and is willing to improve.

Daniel had also made another nice video a few months ago, called “THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND”. Here it is.

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How to Remove Vimeo’s “More Video” Top Navigationhttp://tambnguyen.com/5925-how-to-remove-vimeos-more-video-top-navigation/ http://tambnguyen.com/5925-how-to-remove-vimeos-more-video-top-navigation/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 06:48:36 +0000 http://tambnguyen.com/?p=5925 To get the latest news and check out my photos, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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 solution.

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The solution requires you to first install AdBlock Plus extension/addon in your browser, if you haven’t already (by the way, there are other lists of ABP to which you can subscribe HERE). Once you have the plugin, navigate to the Options page >> Add your own filter. Here, you can enter the following elements:

vimeo.com###brozar
vimeo.com##.brozar_content
vimeo.com##.brozar_promo

Once you’re done, save the settings, and reload your Vimeo video pages. Voila, the top “More Videos” navigation is done. Easy as pie!

This trick also works for when there are other elements that you don’t want to see on websites that you frequent. With ABP, you can just use the “Block Element” tool and point the mouse to the part you want disappear. Watch out, make sure to not over-select the region, as it might make other things disappear too!

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