The art of close-ups in film

Close-ups can be terrible or amazing depending on where are using them. I see it used numerous times in TV and movies, but they are used so literally that the context is completely lost. The best use that I have seen so far in TV is the show Hannibal where food is transformed to lustfully horrifying images. In the above video Paul Thomas Anderson’s close-ups shows some amazing examples in creating something you want to bite into. With the right close-up you can stir some immense emotion without a lot of effort.

120 camera 3D scanning Photo Booth will make a copy of you

This 3D scanner uses 120 panasonic GH4s to create life like model figures. Combining the cameras creates an image that is over 2 billion pixels. You can do something similar with a bit more work using your own stills camera and the online software package

Unreal immersive 360° video will show you the world

To best view this video use the youtube app on your phone and you will be able to physically change the perspective by moving your phone around. The other way to watch this is with a VR headset and the VRtube app. When you can put some production quality into your content it can completely change the way you look at a medium.

How graphic design worked before computers

It makes me stressed to see how much work it used to be in order to create a layout. So much has changed that even the client has a different perspective on what expectations are. They still did photo corrections for blemishes and other facial anomalies so people can’t say this is a new thing.

8 DIY Smartphone Photography Tips

Some really great ideas on how to add some flare to your smartphone pics. I’ve used the sun glasses trick many times and you can get some cool filter like effects with multi colored lenses. Tiny planet also looks super fun.

Caleb Pike’s 7 Tips on Shooting for the Edit

I have personally run into issues where not having enough footage made my life incredibly difficult. After watching and learning from the video series Directing Motion I’ve learned some basic principals that help in everyday shooting situations. We tend to think of a shot and shoot it then move on instead of getting the wide, tight and moving versions. Plus switching up the angles a bit to get some variation. Caleb goes through the various techniques that have improved his shooting such as transition shots and varying shots. I would suggest looking through the web for transition work as there are many that you can add to your film.


Check this video out if you want to see a ton of transitions:



How to light an interview

9 Photo composition Tips from Steve McCurry

How do you feel about the new Canon 5DS / 5DSR

To be honest I was expecting much more from Canon, but it still looks like an interesting camera. Maybe they don’t want to complete against their pro video line as there was no inclusion of 4k abilities or any other interesting video capability. With the 50 megapixel sensor they look have increased the dynamic range and better color rendition which should make for a better overall image.  You can see from the video above some of detail and what you might be able to capture. Let me know what you think? Will you use something like this in your kit? Will you replace your current Canon for this one?


50 poses in 30 seconds

Coco Rocha always blows me away. I absolutely love this women and the characters that she can create. Hope you enjoy the above video as much as I did.