Learning how to control depth of field with your camera isn’t too difficult, but do you know the science behind how it works? This uber-educational 20-minute video lesson gives a thorough explanation of depth of field and the different factors that affect it. It was made by artist Justin Snodgrass, and is also available for download (and in parts) over on his website.
Landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd spent four years looking to create a timelapse of the aurora borealis (AKA northern lights), then finally flew two hours north from Norway and spent a week capturing one of the biggest displays in recent years. The final result is absolutely jaw-dropping.
In case you’re wondering, the stills were shot with a Canon 5D Mark II along with the Canon 24mm 1.4, Canon 16-35mm 2.8, and Sigma 12-24mm lenses.
If you want to know the ins and outs of shooting a college basketball game, check out this awesome behind-the-scenes video with pro sports photographer Miguel Olivella. In it, he walks us through things like where to be, what gear to use, camera settings, and various tricks he has under his sleeve that help him get the perfect shot.
Sorry that this is the second beard-themed time-lapse video we’ve posted in two days, but it’s so neat that we had to share it with you. Cory Fauver spent one year and six weeks growing a beard, taking roughly one photo a day and creating this awesomely creative video.
Adam Fisher, an animator at Laika, grew out his hair and beard in order to make this neat video in which he gives himself a haircut and shave with only his hands. It’s a creative use of stop-motion, and was made to promote the protection of our natural resources.
P.S. Be careful when playing Fisher Rock-paper-scissors!
Even if you know how to operate your SLR camera and external shoe-mount flashes, you might not have any understanding of the complicated, technical mojo going on that limit and affect your photography. This uber-informative lesson by photographer Paul Duncan brings you up to speed on how things like focal plane shutters and “second curtain sync” work.
Here’s a cool and creative video that will only take 6 seconds of your time. Photographs from 3 different locations were taken every day over the course of six months, converted to HDR imagery, and combined into this short time-lapse video that shows the changing of a face and of seasons.
The changing of seasons in HDR is an interesting concept that we hope to see more of in the future!
Patryk Kizny created this short HDR time-lapse film titled “The Chapel” that explores the inside of a Protestant chapel located in Zeliszów, Poland built in 1797. The HDR imagery gives the video a eerily beautiful surreal look that makes the video look like it came from a video game. Read more…
Eirik Solheim has been making videos documenting the changing of seasons since 2005. Over the past year, he glued a Canon 400D camera with an EF-S 10-22mm lens to a shelf, and had it shoot one photograph every 30 minutes of the scene outside. By the end of the year, he had over 16,000 photographs to work with. He then selected about 3,500 of the images (he didn’t use the ones shot at night, for example) and combined them into a time-lapse video showing the passing of 1 year and 4 seasons in a mere 2 minutes.
Solheim is also working on creating a similar time-lapse using only the night shots. You can learn more about the details of his process on this behind-the-scenes blog post.