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A hyperlapse journey Centriphone – an iPhone video experiment by Nicolas Vuignier

Bullet time is a visual effect or visual impression of detaching the time and space of a camera (or viewer) from that of its visible subject. This effect was originally achieved photographically by a set of still cameras surrounding the subject. The cameras are fired sequentially, or all at the same time, depending on the desired effect. Single frames from each camera are then arranged and displayed consecutively to produce an orbiting viewpoint of an action frozen in time or as hyper-slow-motion. This technique suggests the limitless perspectives and variable frame rates possible with the camera, best known in the film, The Matrix.

However, with the idea of centrifugal force, Nicholas Vuignier managed to create a sort of pseudo bullet-time effect, just by swinging an iPhone camera around his head. This technique, with the right frame rates, could possibly eliminate the need to use many cameras in order to create the bullet time effect.

The development process is not with a few unsuccessful attempts. This video shows the process of Nicolas Vuignier from conceptual idea to finished product.



Footprints Across Asia in 1 Year 

Daniel and Gina recently completed a one-year journey across Asia that spanned 12 different countries. Throughout the trip, the couple documented major locations with a series of photos of them jumping in front of the camera.

Those self-portraits were then turned into this wonderful hyperlapse video showing the duo running across the continent in just 3 minutes. There wasn’t a third person to help shoot photos, so everything was done with a tripod and a string (to keep the distances the same throughout the shots).

I thought this was quite a clever way to do travel photography and showing the many locations. It keeps the visuals really interesting. I applaud the couple for their dedication and commitment in producing this wonder video.



How to Make Flexible LED Panels (DIY Flex Lights!)

In this video is about making some flexible LED panels that are not only extremely practical but also perform well when it comes to colour rendition and brightness. What a brilliant way of making LED lights without spending too much on light accessories!

I would love to try this out if this were indeed less expensive than the light accessories, but unfortunately im not too good in electrical engineering hence i wouldnt know much about wiring and stuff.



The Surprisingly Simple Way Benjamin Von Wong Creates Epic Shoots

Benjamin talks about the course he taught on CreativeLive to Kenna Klosterman. Benjamin breaks down his complex photo shoots into simple elements anyone can manage. He talks about how technicals skills are easily acquired but the real art is in telling a story.

Benjamin Von Wong’s works have risen to a very prominent status in recent years. I have been aware of his works for a long time. While he claims himself as a ‘concept artist’, a ‘visual engineer’, I had never taken his works to inform my practices until now. His photography style has never been appropriate in my next project assignment.

When it comes to ‘Collaboration’ in photography, Benjamin Von  Wong is the person that comes straight into my mind for reference.


Wild Scotland

Two weeks of study week and I had to complete some assignments and make my own research. well, inspired enough to make my own research on dramatic Scotland landscapes. Trying to plan a big road trip to visit these wonderful places during the school holidays.

Anyway, these sequences were captured using drones and mostly at the golden hour. As much as the footages are stunning, the music design made it even better.



 Two Film Students Just Made One Of The Best Ads For Johnnie Walker Ever

Film students Daniel Titz and Dorian Lebherz came up with an epic spec ad for Johnnie Walker, with no brief whatsoever. I must admit it is a job well done considering they’re film students.

What I like about the film:

  • It’s Scotland landscape.
  • The cinematic approach is well synergized with its narration. Great capture of the landscape atmosphere.
  • The storyboard of the film focuses on different aspects of the characters, other than the actual product, and with the added twist in story revealed towards the end.
  • Seems like a two-person filming production, with the two character. That means a four-man team in terms of manpower and logistics aspect. Must have been some intense planning.
  •  The style approach does not use fanciful camera movement, but the technique of making one of the character vanish and appear again is its main selling point.

I think these points above are what makes the short film unexpected, emotional and beautiful. For the original article of the video I found, click here.



Why Medium Format Cameras? Hasselblad Infomercial 

In this Hasselblad Infomercial, Photographer Karl Tylor explains the advantages of shooting in Medium Format Cameras (MF) as compared to smaller format cameras such as the 35mm format.

The difference is that  MF is much larger in size than the 35 mm because its camera has to hold a much larger recording sensor. Hence, a larger lens is needed to project the sensor. This C-MOS sensor not only has more megapixels, it also has a better dynamic range. This means that MF cameras can record more light than the smaller format cameras and that gives much better tonal transitional values and a much greater tonal & color accuracy.

Because of its large sensor capabilities, this gives the image a super high-resolution quality and silky smooth tonal range. The dynamic range is fourteen-stops and the image is in its true 16-bits, which is significantly more than a DSLR camera. MF cameras lenses are designed to have a higher optical clarity, or better optical quality, than a DSLR. In the case of the Hasselblad MF camera, it also delivers a shallower depth-of-field compared to the same aperture settings in DSLR.

In the case of the Hasselblad MF camera, it also delivers a shallower depth of field compare  to the same aperture settings in DSLR. The weather sealing on the Hasselblad means it could also be used outdoors even in the most challenging conditions.

The advantages of using MF Camera is that it is a better precision tool than DSLRs and it is designed to meet the most demanding client’s needs. However there also limitations in its capabilities. These cameras are not suitable for capturing rapid successions such as in sports and action photography. Its can be used in many other genres and in large scale prints.



The 100 Magical Decisions That Go Into Each Photograph

David Turner, one of Hallmark Institute of Photography’s resident faculty members, discusses his mindset when putting together the elements of a lw key lighting on-location photography. Video produced by Adam Quirós, Hallmark’s video instructor and principal at Ambient Film Production.

I find this short three-minute video inspirational and very relevant to my project assignment, especially in writing my progress for my essay reports. It makes me think back of each and every of my shoot sessions and my image making progress; analyse what were the decisions I made that produce the successful outcome, as well as reflect on the things that did not went well or failed.

“Everyone thinks we’re a genius, like ‘Oh my god. That’s amazing. This picture’s like it’s all one big piece of magic. It’s a hundred little pieces of little things that you do right.” – David Turner



 The 2016 Pirelli Calendar by Annie Leibovitz – Behind The Scenes

The  Pirelli Calendar is known for its history of racy photos by renowned photographers that often show models in various states of undress. The photographer behind this year’s edition is renowned portrait shooter, Annie Leibovitz, and instead of focusing on themes of sexuality and shooting scantily clad models and celebrities, Leibovitz has taken the photos in a completely new direction instead, to feature portraits of notable women professionals — women who have made a mark in art, entertainment, business, philanthropy, and more.

“The whole idea was not to have any pretence in these pictures, and be very straightforward and show these women exactly who they are,” Leibovitz

I stumbled upon this video while trying fish out video tutorials about lighting in portraiture shoots in the studio. Although not quite the kind of tutorial I was looking for, but through this behind the scenes video, I could already pick up quite  a bit of stuff:

  • The idea of the shoot was that the subjects are not pretentious. hence, its how the photographer interacts with the subject to nail the best shot.
  • Annie Leibovitz uses a medium format camera for her shoot. This accentuates the use of such cameras as a professional photographer. I needed to try out these cameras in the school studio.
  • Throughout the shoots, there were no complex lighting. Perhaps because the style of photography was to go low light. But with just one light source, it is clear that the focus is on the subject, rather than the technical aspects.
  • The inclusion of anything else other than the backdrop is okay, something which  I couldn’t understand. I guess it adds more details and textures to the black and white portraiture images.
  • However simple the studio shoot, there are still many people involved in the preparation.



Colour in Story Telling

Fellow classmate Laura sent me this interesting video about how colours can tell a story. Certain colours evoke certain moods and have a psychological impact. And utilising correct lighting  in the cinematic creates the colours visual intended for the mood in the story.

This video makes me re-think my approach to the project assignment. The colours I used in my photography works are not just a mere single colour, but a mass of colours in bright lighting condition.

While there are no set guidelines as to how colours should be used, through this video I  have come to recognise the importance of understanding the cognitive effects of colours which do help in informing my works.



What do Photography, Videography, and 3D animation have in common? Lighting.

This is a lighting tutorial by Dugly Habis for the 30th Anniversary of Dedolight International Competition 2015. The video shows by using a Dedolight kit and some other lights in one single room, how three different cinematic atmosphere can be created.

What I feel compelling about the video was the explanation behind each and every of the lighting equipment used in a room; the sheer amount of consideration as so many lights were used to focus on different aspects of a scene, as well as neat tricks.



Video Techniques

Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are published in either animated GIF format or as video, gives the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.

I came across portrait and fashion photographer Linsay Adler who uses this cool technique to capture motion in her photography. Further exploration (link) shows that this technique is a possible moving image and quite relevant for landscape, still life, and portraiture. I think it would be interesting if I could be incorporate this into the video aspect of my project assignment.

Double exposure is a well-known photography technique which has been around for a long time. I had this idea of utilising this technique to illustrate my photographic principles.

I found this video while searching for image references of double exposure for my photography assignment. The way this technique was used in the video was absolutely amazing, and something I had never thought of in application. I wonder if this could be incorporated into my video aspect of my project assignment.



David Lachapelle: Land Scape

Analysing David Lachapelle’s Land Scape series has been a fascinating experience while gathering inspiration about my project assignment. However when I came across the video version of his behind the scenes shooting, I was literally blown away.

For more of my analysis of his works, click here.



Oliviero Toscani | OFFSET 2013          

I first came across Oliviero Toscani while reading Liz Wells “On Photography, A Critical Introduction” about his case with the Benetton, and had developed a fascination with his photography works since. I stumbled upon this conference  video  of him sharing his portfolio works, and learning about the creative thought processes behind his project briefs, his approaches in his photography, as well as his thoughts and views of the photographic world was inspiring for me. I admire him for his daring concepts, to think outside the box, and challenging the limits of photography in the commercial world by employing thought-provocative imagery.


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