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Shooting a Creative Album Cover Photo with a Delorean

In late 2018 my buddy RJ (AKA RJD2) approached me about shooting the cover art for an upcoming album he was working on. He didn’t have a concrete idea about what he wanted to do but suggested possibly involving his Delorean.

Building Hyper Realistic Photography Sets Underwater

Being an Underwater Photographer I've always been drawn to creating dreamscapes below the surface, it's just part of the allure for me, and trying to build a whole room underwater was one of the goals I'd set myself quite a while ago.

This Bob Dylan Album Photo Was Blurry Because the Photographer was Cold

In 1966, Bob Dylan released his 7th studio album, titled "Blonde on Blonde," which went double-platinum and contained some of Dylan's best-known songs. It's also known for it's unusual cover photo. It's a blurry portrait of Dylan, created by photographer Jerry Schatzberg in New York City's meat-packing district.

The blur was the result of camera shake and, despite what many people think, was unintentional -- the photo is blurry simply because Schatzberg was cold and shivering.

Famous Album Cover Portraits Come to Life in this Creative Music Video

Israeli director Vania Heymann has created a new music video that brings famous artists to life in their album cover photos. Shown above, it's a video for the beatboxed song "Mayokero" by Israeli artist Roy Kafri. Rather than Kafri beatboxing, however, we're treated with the wonderfully bizarre sight of the album covers making the music.

BTS: Shooting a Burning Number 13 for the New Black Sabbath Album Cover

For the first time since the mid nineties, the band Black Sabbath has released a new album. With Ozzy Osbourne back at the helm, the album 13 made landfall in Europe on the 7th and in the US on the 11th.

And gracing the cover of that album was a giant burning number thirteen designed by Zip Design and photographed by Jonathan Knowles. In this short video, we get a quick behind the scenes look at how that shoot came together.

David Bowie and Morrissey Butt Heads Over Cover Art Photo Usage

When we run into issues regarding photo usage, the photographer is typically involved in one way or another. A company may be trying to use their work without paying, or they might find derivative works of their photography in an art show.

But in this case, neither of the two people involved actually took the photo in question, they were in it. David Bowie is leaning on EMI UK to change the cover art on the re-release of Morrissey's 1989 single The Last of the Famous International Playboys, because it features a previously un-seen candid photo of the two musicians hanging out in New York.

BTS: Photographing an Album Cover with a Band Blended Into a Zebra Lane

Taking a page out of The Beatles' book, Slovenia- and Croatia-based band Zebra Dots has an album cover for their debut record that features a zebra lane cross walk. Instead of strolling across it, however, the band members are lying on top of the thick lines, with their bodies blended into the zebra lines and their heads serving as dots. (You can also see it as musical notes on a staff).