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Epic Stranger Things Diorama

Epic Stranger Things Diorama

Artist and filmmaker Sebastian Jern creates amazing miniature scenes which he brings to life with lighting and practical effects. Here, he shows off a tiny tribute to Stranger Things, with dark and puffy cotton clouds and a terrifying monster lurking within. His miniature Mount Everest and Moon scenes are similarly phenomenal.

Macro Footage Inside a Piano

Macro Footage Inside a Piano

The Laowa 24mm Probe Lens has enabled some pretty amazing views of the world. Jens from Another Perspective stuck the long and skinny macro lens inside a piano to give us an up-close and personal look at its strings, hammers, and other mechanical components.

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Minmini

Minmini

Sriram Murali of Saving the Dark takes us to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, India for a look at one of the most amazing sights on Earth. As night falls, millions of fireflies illuminate the forest, blinking their bioluminescent bodies in synchrony. Murali’s instagram features some incredible long-exposures of the insects.

High-Flying Drone

High-Flying Drone

For aviation safety reasons, there are strict limits on how high you can fly a drone. But the guys at IronMan FPV got special permission from local authorities to take their DJI FPV drone to an altitude of 4500 meters – or nearly 15,000 feet. They put it into a freefall at around 3:13 to save battery on the way back down.

Around the World from the Air

Around the World from the Air

We recently shared a great time-lapse video from photographer Kien Lam documenting his travels around the globe. It turns out he also brings a drone with him, and created this video that offers a captivating view of the world from above.

Time Is Nothing

Time Is Nothing

Photographer Kien Lam has been traveling the globe for over a decade. He spent 343 days before the pandemic lockdowns of 2020 shooting this spectacular time-lapse video. In all, he visited 17 countries by plane, train, and bus, and shot more than 6200 images. You can follow Kien’s ongoing adventures at Where and Wander.

Trexo Wheels Tabletop Dolly

Trexo Wheels Tabletop Dolly

This silent, motorized camera rig helps you capture smooth dolly shots on any flat surface. It drives along circular or linear paths or a pre-set route you draw with the Trexo mobile app. An optional turntable kit lets it turn 360º either on a tripod or as a base for objects. It can also be programmed without a smartphone.

Lightfall: A Journey in Photography

Lightfall: A Journey in Photography

MTB photographer Sterling Lorence walks us through his efforts to capture the perfect shot. To get there, he headed to the mountains of Vancouver’s North Shore and followed riders Brett Rheeder and Jackson Goldstone into the misty woods. A great documentary about the creative process from Anthill Films for Ride Shimano.

MagStick MagSafe Tripod

MagStick MagSafe Tripod

The MagStick is a pro-quality tripod designed for iPhones and other phones with the addition of a metallic ring. A powerful magnet holds phones in place firmly, while a clamp adds security. It works as both a selfie stick and a tripod, has mounts for a light and a microphone, and has a Bluetooth remote in its handle.

Instant Coasters

Instant Coasters
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Mustard’s Instant Coasters look like blank Polaroid instant photos. Each tempered glass coaster has a slot where you can insert a 3.3″x 3.3″ photo, so you can personalize and change it up whenever you want. Sold in a set of four, they also come in gold.

Replicating Zack Snyder’s 300 Camera Rig

Replicating Zack Snyder’s 300 Camera Rig

There are many epic action scenes in Zack Snyder’s 300, including the dolly shot that zooms in and out on King Leonidas in the Battle of Thermopylae. Wren from Corridor Crew wanted to see if he could replicate the original’s triple camera rig using three iPhones, then shot a battle sequence with piñatas in place of Persians.

Light Painting Photo Hacks

Light Painting Photo Hacks

Moving a point source light in front of a camera set to shoot long exposures can produce some cool visuals. The guys at COOPH show off a few other ways that low-budget lighting sources can be used to shoot unique and creative photographs.

Video Through an Old Lens

Video Through an Old Lens

Camera technology has come a very long way since World War I, though a lens is generally still just a lens. Photographerr Mathieu Stern decided to see what kind of video he could capture with a lens he snatched from a 100-year-old Eastman Kodak camera. The footage is quite good, with a dreamy and warm quality to it.

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Kyiv Forever

Kyiv Forever

In the summer of 2021, photographer Joerg Daiber visited Ukraine and captured footage of Kyiv at the peak of normalcy. While life has changed dramatically for the people of this great nation and its capital city, this footage stands as a reminder of better days and inspiration for peace to return to the country.

Pinhole Pro Max Lens

Pinhole Pro Max Lens

This professional-grade lens lets you shoot bloomy and soft vintage-style images using modern interchangeable lens cameras. It offers six different aperture settings from f/36 to f/233 and an 18-36mm variable focal length for fine-tuning your shots. It will be offered with EF,RF,F,Z,A,E,PK,M43, and X mounts.

Aurora Over Alaska

Aurora Over Alaska

No matter how many videos we see of the Aurora Borealis, we never get tired of watching this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. To capture this impressive sequence, photographer Vincent Ledvina spent eight nights shooting more than 8000 photographs while staking out the skies over Fort Yukon, Alaska.

Spinning 360º Camera Rig

Spinning 360º Camera Rig

Learn Online Video shows off a neat rig that lets you shoot footage while circling a subject. Rather than using a dolly track, the Raubay Photography Spinner uses a counterweighted arm that smoothly rotates around a platform in its center. It can be used for shooting small items or even a person with its extension arm kit.

A Year of Growing Mushrooms

A Year of Growing Mushrooms

Jens over at Another Perspective spent a year growing various kinds of mushrooms in his basement and filmed their progress. After capturing roughly five terabytes of images, he compiled them into this fascinating three-minute time-lapse video. Is anyone else hungry now?

Sébastien Guérive: BELLATRIX

Sébastien Guérive: BELLATRIX

Filmmaker Thomas Blanchard created this captivating music video for the electronic track Bellatrix by Sébastien Guérive. He created the monochrome imagery by saturating hot water with chemicals that spontaneously crystallize when cooled. Go full screen, dim the lights, and crank up your headphones to 11 for this one.

Venus Beneath the Clouds

Venus Beneath the Clouds

Until now, most of the images we’ve seen of Venus have been shrouded in a thick blanket of clouds. Recently, the Wide-Field Imager (WISPR) on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was able to capture the first-ever visible-light images of the surface of Venus. By comparing these with radar-based images, we get the best understanding so far of the planet’s features.

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The Juice

The Juice

Aerial videography and photography website AirVūz has announced the winner of its 2021 Drone Video of the Year competition. FPV drone pilot Reme Morales teamed up with editor Preston Chen to create this dizzying cinematic flight reel which we recommend watching on the biggest screen you can get your eyes on.

Long Exposure + Light Painting Photo Tips

Long Exposure + Light Painting Photo Tips

You can create some amazing visuals by shooting long exposures. COOPH teamed up with Brazilian artist and photographer Vitor Schietti for a brief series of eight ideas to help up your night time photo and light painting game. We like how he goes beyond through-the-lens techniques and delves into his creative process.

x1 bitLighter Portable Photo/Video Light

x1 bitLighter Portable Photo/Video Light

The x1 bitLighter provides a different kind of light source for photographers and videographers. It’s shaped like a handheld flashlight and outputs a clean, bright light in 3000K to 5000K color temperatures with a 93+ CRI, and up to 2700 lumen output. Its adjustable width beam has no hot spots and won’t flicker. Includes a tripod clamp.

The Perfect Zoom

The Perfect Zoom

It’s tricky enough for a cameraperson to keep their lens aimed at the right player during a fast-moving game like basketball. But this pro goes above and beyond the call, not only focusing on the action between the players but zooming in on the ball at precisely the right moment and then right back into the game.

DWARF II Smart Telescope

DWARF II Smart Telescope

TinyScope’s digital telescope can capture images of the stars, moon, and planets using periscopic telephoto optics. It has an 8.4 MP Sony low-light image sensor, pan and tilt motors, object tracking, auto-focus, and IR/ND/UHC filters. It can also capture nature photography at a distance and ultrawide panoramic photos.

-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.

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