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03.29.17         video  

RECREATING HISTORY by Vugar Efendi



RECREATING HISTORY from Vugar Efendi on Vimeo.



Aspiring filmmaker and photographer Vugar Efendi created this video by comparing film clips to the historical events that inspired them. It's a wonderful idea and the result is an interesting perspective on how movie's can bring snippets of history and bring them to life. The snippets bring understanding about history but movie's bring out the humanity of these moments and people.

Be sure to check out Vugar's website to check out his photography HERE

You can also follow him on Instagram HERE

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03.28.17         video  

BTS w/Hayley Morris Stop-Motion Music Video for Explosions In The Sky



Making Of- Explosions in the Sky 'The Ecstatics' from Hayley Morris on Vimeo.



Hayley Morris is the creative force behind the full service stop-motion and hand-drawn animation studio Shape & Shadow. They've done commercial work for such well-known brands as McDonald's and fashion designer Kate Spade (among others).

Now she's teamed up with the post-rock band 'Explosions In The Sky' to create their very first music video. The band has been around for 18 years and gave Hayley nearly 100% creative control. Her only direction was the phrase "wilderness of the mind".

Above is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the video. Below is the actual video. Enjoy!

Be sure to check out Shape & Shadow's website HERE
For more information about 'Explosions In The Sky' and their upcoming tour CLICK HERE


03.27.17         video  

Hand-holding a Drone for Cinematic Effect




You'd expect exactly this kind of simple but ingenious creative thinking from a small and youthful production company. Brazil-based Space Criative released this super quick and fun idea. Hand-holding a drone gives enough stabilization to offer a nice, albeit not perfect, cinematic effect.

This is a behind-the-scenes look at how this short video of a young couple was made. It's literally just a videographer following them around with a drone in hand. The effect is surprisingly professional and might be the inspiration you need to get moving on your next project. Check it out above.

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03.26.17         photography  

Great Tips on How To Shoot Groups by Jay P. Morgan




Shooting groups could possibly one of the more complicated challenges you can face as a photographer. If you shoot weddings you will have to know how to shoot groups. Shooting large corporate groups is a lucrative business.

Jay P. Morgan shares some great tips from decades of experience shooting everything, including groups. He goes over how to balance ambient and strobes for perfect exposure, posing, tips for coordination, and brining it all together.

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03.25.17         apps!  

Instagram Censoring 'Sensitive' Images


In an effort to foster a "safer, kinder community" Instagram announced today that they will be blurring images that are flagged as 'sensitive'. As they say if the photo does not violate their guidelines but someone, apparently anyone, reports it as sensitive, the "team" will review it. If they deem it as sensitive it'll get the blur overlay and message.

The post doesn't elaborate what the team deems sensitive but you can read about their guidelines HERE.

I think we've all had our day ruined by a horrifically graphic or violent image or message on social media that we didn't anticipate seeing. It's gotten a lot worse with Facebook's live feed. You're just trying to enjoy lunch then - BAM! A graphic image shocks you and stays with you for the rest of the day. It's a tricky thing and a fine line to walk between censorship and the importance of freedom of expression. You can read the entire post HERE.

What do you guys think about this new feature?

03.24.17         instagram  

Michael's Haleakala Portrait!


Thank you to @siltalaphoto for the great portrait yesterday at #haleakala - I have to move it when my students get these results, he has learned and improved so much in the last year. #maui #haleakala #fillflash #mavenworkshop

Canon 6D, 70-200 @200mm, Canon 600EX-RT Speedlight triggered by an ST-E3 transmitter!

03.24.17         featured photographers  

Miniature Photography of Vatsal Kataria




Vatsal Kataria does conceptual miniature photographs using inexpensive and/or natural materials. With a little Photoshop work in post, he ends up with great images that look like the real thing.

In this quick video you can see how his projects come to life. As he states in the video description; "Polystyrene sheets for the castle and some homemade foliage to bring the realistic effect." He urges everyone to flex their creative muscles and follow along with his videos to get started on creating unique imagery.

If you like this video you'd probably like his others. Be sure to stop by his channel HERE and check out more great images on his Instagram HERE.



03.23.17         photography  

C-Log Update Coming to Canon 5D Mark IV


While no release date has been confirmed Canon Rumors is reporting with "certainty" that C-Log is coming to the 5D IV. They're also reporting that the update might not be just a simple firmware update but might require a trip to your authorized Canon service center. We'll keep you posted on dates and links for updates and/or instructions as soon as their available.

You might be asking; what is c-long and why should I care? If you currently shoot video or would like to start it's an important feature. In tricky lighting situations you may find yourself compromising by over or under exposing certain parts of your scene/subject. You could shoot in RAW with the hope of grading in post. But RAW will gobble up space and making editing a horrific task. With C-Log you're conserving space, retaining a lot of information, that can be later graded in post production to offer something that, while isn't perfect, is workable.

03.22.17         instagram  

What a fun shoot with a gorgeous couple yesterday...


What a fun shoot with a gorgeous couple yesterday - Bobby and Maya. I love how they are looking at each other. For me the best portraits are the ones that capture the mood and emotions of the subjects. With couples, you want them to "feel" about each other in the moment. This is more important than the technical aspect of photography, and I always rate emotion higher in portraits, than something that's only beautiful. #maui #mauisunset #honeymoon

03.22.17         instagram  

So good to be out shooting again. Can't go wrong...


So good to be out shooting again. Can't go wrong with a beautiful couple and the scenery of #maui. I'm loving the 70-200 2.8 G master on the #A7rii. My maui workshop starts tomorrow, it is going to be so much fun shooting with the attendees the next few days. #maui #mauisunset

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