Awesome Photography

-N- UPRISING ‘The Green Reapers’

-N- UPRISING ‘The Green Reapers’

Filmmaker Thomas Blanchard captured this series of macro time-lapse images of insects being born juxtaposed with the carnivorous plants laying in wait for unsuspecting creatures to wander into their sticky and deadly traps. According to Blanchard, all insects captured were released after filming.

Phantom of the Raptor

Phantom of the Raptor

Filmmaker Dustin Farrell captured this awe-inspiring footage of an F-22 Raptor aircraft as it was piloted through the skies by Maj. Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson. The 1000 FPS Phantom Flex4K slow-motion video shows every minute detail of the wake turbulence left behind by the fighter and its powerful jets.

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CheatKard Photography Reference Cards

CheatKard Photography Reference Cards

CheatKard expands its reference card series with a set of pocketable, waterproof cards with useful info for photographers. Facts include aperture, shutter speed, and exposure charts, tips on composition, using filters, and more. Personalized engraving is available as an option, as well as a green Kickstarter Edition.

Canon VR Dual Fisheye EOS R Lens

Canon VR Dual Fisheye EOS R Lens

Canon’s strange-looking lens turns EOS R mirrorless cameras into virtual reality shooting machines. It has a pair of 5.2mm f/2.8 fisheye lenses and can shoot stereoscopic 3D 180° VR imagery with a single image sensor. Combined with the EOS R5, it can capture incredibly crisp VR thanks to the camera’s 8K capabilities.

Photography Simulator

Photography Simulator

Developed by Madnetic Games, this unique sim game sends you on a global hunt as a wildlife photographer. It features photorealistic scenery and animals to shoot (with your lens). As they build their photo skills, players collect camera gear and sell their photos to magazines. Add it to your Steam wishlist.

Polaroid Now

Polaroid Now
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Chronicle’s coffee table art book celebrates the past, present, and future of Polaroid instant photography. In addition to more than 200 creative images captured by contemporary artists, the book revisits the origins and evolution of the format, along with an index of Polaroid cameras which still can be found today.

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light

Ulanzi RGB Tube Light
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This compact, tubular light adds a splash of color to photographs or can set the mood of any setting. It offers adjustable color temperatures, RGB color, and effects modes. A strong magnet and tripod thread provide versatile mounting options. Depending on brightness, it can run from 2 to 15 hours per charge.

Tilt-Shifted Video Games

Tilt-Shifted Video Games

The tilt-shift lens technique is known for making real-world locations look like miniatures. Flurdeh applies the same effect to video games, offering up tilt-shift takes on Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, CyberPunk 2077, and Skyrim and more. We loved watching tiny street fights break out in Batman: Arkham Knight.

Serial Parallels

Serial Parallels

Hong Kong is loaded with tall and colorful apartment buildings like the ones we saw in The Block Tower. Artist Max Hattler created this experimental animation by taking thousands of individual building photos and sequencing them to create vertical and horizontal movements.

Flying Over Angel Falls

Flying Over Angel Falls

While exploring the jungles of Venezuela, photographer and drone pilot Ellis van Jason visited Angel Falls. While there, he captured some spectacular and dizzying FPV footage of the 3121 foot-tall natural wonder, which holds the record for the tallest waterfall on the planet.

PlateZ Camera Rig System

PlateZ Camera Rig System
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This plate-mounting system is designed to replace numerous photography tools with one. Its Z-shaped hinge and multiple mounting points let you use it as a stand, a handheld rig, chest brace, and a mount for poles and trees. It can be used standalone when traveling light or to augment your existing rigs like sliders and tripods.

Gymnast 9, Cameraman 10

Gymnast 9, Cameraman 10

Watching gymnast Oleg Chernyshenko pulling off the seemingly endless series of flips is impressive, but it’s the cameraman who managed to keep him in the frame the entire time while running sideways down the hill who takes the win in our minds. The second Instagram video shows the cameraman running alongside him.

Moths in Ultra Slow-Motion

Moths in Ultra Slow-Motion

In real-time and without a good macro lens, it’s hard to appreciate just how awesome insects can be. In this video from Ant Lab, we get a wonderful close-up look at seven species of moths for a look at their beautiful wing patterns and colors, captured at 6000 frames per second. Isn’t nature amazing?

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Little Big Ore Mountains

Little Big Ore Mountains

Filmmaker Joerg Daiber has taken us to some exotic places through his Little Big World series. But during the pandemic he stayed closer to home, capturing amazing footage around Germany, including the snow-capped trees, medieval castles, and vintage railroads of the Erzgebirge, also known as the Ore Mountains.

Slow-motion Water Droplet Collisions

Slow-motion Water Droplet Collisions

A splashing droplet of liquid may seem inconsequential when viewed in real-time, but slow that down to 7000 frames per second, and each frame becomes a work of art. Jens Heidler of Another Perspective demonstrates with a montage of hypnotic images he shot using a Photron Fastcam Nova S16 high-speed camera.

Giza Pyramid Drone Photography

Giza Pyramid Drone Photography

Photographer Alexander Ladanivskyy worked with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism to secure permission to fly a drone above the Great Pyramid of Giza, capturing incredible top-down views of this architectural wonder. Be sure to flip through the Instagram gallery for the zoomed-in shots of the bricks at the very top.

Honeycomb Macro Zoom

Honeycomb Macro Zoom

Macrofying takes us on a deep dive inside of a single cell in a honeycomb to see what bees see… and even what they can’t as they work their macro zoom magic all the way down to the microscopic level. We’re pretty sure those are individual sugar crystals there at the end.

7777 Days

7777 Days

We previously featured Noah Kalina’s photographic memoir, composed of a selfie a day since January 2000. His previous videos had a staccato look to them, but with AI tech and the help of data scientist Michael Notter, this new video smoothly transitions his aging process over the course of 20+ years.

Shimoda Explore v2 Camera Bags

Shimoda Explore v2 Camera Bags

Shimoda Designs creates backpacks for landscape and adventure photographers. The bags are designed for durability and all-day comfort and are carry-on friendly. The main section offers easy access to all your gear, which stores neatly in Shimoda’s optional padded equipment cubbies. Available in 25L, 30L, and 35L sizes.

The Beauty of Greenland

The Beauty of Greenland

Filmmaker Dennis Schmelz takes us on a wondrous photographic tour, sailing the waters of Disko Bay off of Greenland. Along the way, you’ll witness impressive icebergs, a pair of whales, incredible blue-green waters, gorgeous sunsets, and visit with the people of the world’s largest island.

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Small Worlds Macro Photography

Small Worlds Macro Photography

Photographer Jens Heidler of Another Perspective offers a series of crisp close-up stills and video footage of animals and insects, revealing incredible details not visible to the naked eye. Check out his video on flash diffusers for some tips on capturing great macro images.

How to Fake Drone Shots

How to Fake Drone Shots

Drones can produce some outstanding video footage, but they also are restricted in many areas and require flying skills to get the most out of them. Learn Online Video shares some tips and tricks on ways to simulate the smooth flying look of drone videos using an extendable tripod and various stabilization technologies.

Oil Platform Fly-through

Oil Platform Fly-through

With the help of Tac Gas, drone pilot NURK FPV had the rare opportunity to visit an abandoned gas and oil platform. There, he zigged and zagged his aerial camera through the rusted out facility, capturing some fascinating and truly unique visuals. The over-water footage had us hanging on for dear life.

How Film Works

How Film Works

The vast majority of still and video images captured today are shot with digital equipment. But for more than 150 years, film was king. Destin from Smarter Every Day offers a deep dive into the physics and chemistry of film photography, along with some thoughts on the upsides of using the analog medium vs. digital.

Butch Locsin: Skeleton of Color

Butch Locsin: Skeleton of Color

Performance artist Butch Locsin creates amazing self-portraits that combine handmade skull masks with colorful smoke. Both the live footage and still photos of his performances are among the most visually striking we’ve seen. Check out his YouTube and Instagram channels for more images or to order prints.

Playing with Time

Playing with Time

Filmmaker Ben Ouaniche of Macro Room just blew our minds with this wild series of vingnettes which seamlessly combine slow-motion and normal speed footage. The result is something straight from the mind of Christopher Nolan, as time appears to move at multiple speeds at the same time.

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