While travel is on hold for many of us these days, we rely on videos like this one from Little Big World to keep us inspired. Joerg Daiber takes us on another tilt-shift trip – this time to the Eastern European country of Bulgaria, with its dramatic landscapes, bustling cities, ancient fortresses, and abandoned Soviet monuments.
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Photographer Reuben Wu employs drones in an unconventional way, using a bright light aboard the UAVs to create perfect halos, straight lines, and arcs in the sky, illuminating landscapes in long exposure images. See more of Reuben’s work on his Instagram page. If that’s not enough, he’s also 1/4 of the awesome group Ladytron.
This high-tech camera gadget is designed to help photographers capture challenging shots with ease. It mounts on the hot shoe of most cameras and can trigger when lightning strikes, shoot various timelapse styles, combine multiple exposures into HDR, snap high-speed freeze-frames, and more using its companion mobile app.
Camera rig and drone maker DJI sent photography expert Peter McKinnon one of their RS2 stabilizing rigs along with the simple instruction “Blow our minds.” Naturally, Peter obliged and put together this fantastic reel of talented dancers and athletes showing off while the camera smoothly tracked their movements.
Photography expert Jens Heidler of Another Perspective shows off a neat effect you can create using various mixtures of liquid soap and sugar to create bubbles across the top of a drinking glass. The macro footage reveals all kinds of groovy patterns and gradients of color in the bubble slicks.
Nature photographers John Downer Productions flew a realistic, robotic hummingbird deep into a forest packed with hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies. The drone captured amazing footage of the swarm as they awoke from their long winter’s nap in Mexico. From the BBC Series Spy in the Wild.
Combining time-lapse, hyper-lapse, and some more experimental post-production techniques, FilmSpektakel takes us on a fast-paced trip to Southern California. They captured over 155,000 photos and spent 64 days editing the footage to produce the short film you see here. Learn more about the production at Time Lapse Magazine.
Seán Doran combined images captured by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the ESRSU image archive to take us on a serene flight above the Southeast corner of North America, passing over Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba for a view of their blue-green waters. Want more? Watch Heaven: The Inner Sound of Outer Space.
Add an extra scare factor to your Halloween decorations this year by filling your picture frames with some creepy compositions of your own. The photo experts at COOPH are here with a series of tricks you can pull off with simple props and some basic Photoshop skills.
Lomography’s latest lo-fi analog camera captures 35mm panoramas with a creamy, dreamy aesthetic. Its unique lens can be injected with water-based liquids to create a variety of in-camera effects. It includes four interchangeable aperture plates and exposes panoramic images all the way onto the film’s sprockets.
This flat-pack wooden kit not only comes together to look like a camera, it actually works. Rather than using a lens, it has a small pinhole opening which captures fuzzy, but artful images onto 35mm film. The 79-piece plywood kit takes about 2 to 3 hours to assemble, and the camera even has a tripod mount.
Wally Koval and the followers of the Accidentally Wes Anderson Instagram page are on a mission to find real locations that capture the fastidious and whimsical style of filmmaker Wes Anderson. This 368-page book chronicles some of these wondrous destinations through images and stories, along with a foreword by Anderson himself.
The guys over at COOPH are always sharing nifty photography tips and tricks. This time, they’ve posted a series of playful ideas you can replicate using just your smartphone, miniature figures, and everyday objects to create tiny worlds of whimsy that play with our expectations of scale.
Nature photographer Lothar Lenz captured this incredible macro slow-motion video of hornets in motion, as they fly around, sip water, and live their lives near his home in the Eifel region of Germany. The crystal clear sounds of the buzzing insects are especially immersive with headphones on.
Macrofying’s video gives us a really, really, really up-close look at everyday objects. See if you can guess what you’re looking at before the camera zooms out. We managed to get a couple right, but most of them are pretty tricky to figure out. Be sure to check out their amazing flying macro zoom video while you’re at it.
Richard Browning and his company Gravity Industries are known for creating one of the world’s only working jet suits. Not long ago, they headed to Iceland to take a flight over the country, offering a truly unique perspective on the nation’s beautiful and unspoiled landscape. We’d love to hear what this sounded like without the music.
From a multi-blade razor to a peanut M&M, Macro Universe takes us really, really up-close and personal with a handful of everyday objects. It always amazes us to see the tiny imperfections and textures in objects which look so smooth and perfect when viewed normally.
Artist Cássio Vasconcellos takes aerial images of man-made constructs like roadways and airport terminals, then stitches them together to create fascinating and surreal new patterns that serve as a sort of preview of an overcrowded future. We’d love to see his full-scale images in person.
Photographer Eugene Belsky shows off the kind of incredible close-up images that can be captured with the Venus Laowa 24mm probe lens and a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k. The razor-sharp 4K footage gets intimate with a variety of edibles, and looks even more spectacular if you’ve got a display that supports HDR.
Our ability to roam the globe is limited these days, so we’re grateful to have footage like this from Joerg Daiber’s Little Big World to help us experience the world. Sit back and enjoy a tilt-shifted aerial perspective on the impressive mountains, rivers, and manmade structures dotting the landscape of Armenia.
This unique deck of playing cards isn’t just fun and games, it’s packed with useful knowledge about photography. Each suit is dedicated to a theme: Spades are camera basics, Hearts are composition, Clubs are technical, and Diamonds are shooting styles. They come with a black back, or a limited-edition Kickstarter green.
Filmmaker Devin “Supertramp” Graham and his team take us on a journey to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, as they explore the mountains, waterfalls, ice fields, and rock formations of Iceland. From its serene daytime vistas to amazing nighttime views of the Aurora Borealis, it’ll make you want to pack your bags today.
Traveler Arkady Fiedler and photographer Kamil Piechowiak present 3-minutes of footage their epic 6000-mile journey from Copenhagen to the Arctic Circle to Finland. From the Aurora Borealis to whiteout snowstorms, the images they captured along the way are spectacular. The full documentary series is due out 9.2020.
Photographer Jens Heidler of Another Perspective is always showing off great ideas for shooting your own creative photos. In this clip, he reveals some simple tricks you can do using sparklers and a power drill to bring light, energy, and motion to images.
Every time we see a firefly, childhood memories come flooding back of warm Summer nights in our backyard. Discover Life in America (DLiA) and photographer Radim Schreiber teamed up to educate us about these luminescent beetles, then wow us with soothing imagery from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Jessica Ambats is passionate about both photography and aviation, and she’s quite the talent behind the lens. Her 160-page book features some of the spectacular images she’s captured over the past 15 years, with a unique focus on pilots who own and fly their own jets. Available as a digital download or hardcover.
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