Inspirational Videos

Some videos that give me inspiration and ideas to inform my works.


(27.05.16)  Edward Burtynsky: Manufactured landscapes

Accepting his 2005 TED Prize, photographer Edward Burtynsky makes a wish: that his images — stunning landscapes that document humanity’s impact on the world — help persuade millions to join a global conversation on sustainability. Burtynsky presents a riveting slideshow of his photographs, which show vividly how industrial development is altering the Earth’s natural landscape. From mountains of tires to rivers of bright orange waste from a nickel mine, his images are simultaneously beautiful and horrifying.

There is a provocative element in  Edward Burtynsky’s landscape works. His speech in this video is an evidence that his images can be a platform in generating dialectical responses and persuading people into beliveving in his cause.

(07.08.16) Photo Composition Tips from Bob Holmes – Composition in Travel Photos

Advancing Your Photography
Bob Holmes is a four-time Travel Photographer of the Year award-winner. He shares some techniques to work with composition and take better photos. Holmes has been all over the world and his travel photos have appeared in National Geographic, Departures, and 46 books as the sole photographer. Working outdoors on most of his trips, Holmes is an expert at using natural lighting in photos. He loves looking for the composition that grabs us and his unique tip is that we need to “get in the zone” and be fully responsible for everything in the frame. And the key to learning composition is to practice.

(28.08.16) Photographing and Processing the Constellation Orion: Image Stacking and LRGB Processing

Lonely Speck
This tutorial talks about photographing the constellation Orion, stacking multiple astrophotography exposures to reduce noise and enhancing nebulosity with the LRGB Processing method using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

The interest in astrophotography came about when I attempted  to cature the Perseids meteor phemomenon in August. In all my attempts in taking night photography, I have not come across such a complex editing techinque. I have now learnt a new a way of processing astrophotography exposures.

(06.12.16) Next Level Wedding Photography by Hasselblad Ambassador Sails Chong

Hasselblad Ambassador Sails Chong is one of China’s leading wedding photographers. Coming from an academic background of Japanese Studies and Fine Arts, he is famous for his wedding vogue photography where he creates surrealistic imagery of the modern bride set against backdrops of visually stunning Chinese aesthetics or breathtaking landscapes.

Photogenic models, stunning location, crazy weather conditions, insane effort. After watching this video, I am inspired enough to attempt similiar shoot projects someday. On closer detail (5:53), he had used a kalediescope mirror on his shoot!

(18.12.16) How to use rhetoric to get what you want

Camille A. Langston
How do you get what you want, using just your words? Aristotle set out to answer exactly that question over two thousand years ago with a treatise on rhetoric. Camille A. Langston describes the fundamentals of deliberative rhetoric and shares some tips for appealing to an audience’s ethos, logos, and pathos in your next speech. This video has provided me with new insights about the meaning of the Rhetoric. This is useful in informing my dissertation works.

(20.12.16)  How to recognise a dystopia

Alex Gendler
The genre of dystopia – the ‘not good place’– has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explains how dystopias act as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or technology, but the very idea that humanity can be moulded into an ideal shape.

I had come across this video while researching about whatm makes landscapes provocative. I had not thought about the utopian and dystopian thinking that could influence landscapes. This is a new topic which could be much relavant in my dissertation. more research in this area needed.

(27.12.16)  Day to Night Timelapse Tutorial: The “Holy Grail” Technique Explained

Rob & Jonas’ Filmmaking Tips
The Holy Grail Time-lapse technique is a way of shooting day to night time-lapses whereby you constantly adjust your exposure throughout the sunrise or sunset. In this video time-lapse tutorial,  Rob attempts to explain the entire process from start to finish. That includes finding a location, setting the camera and then walking through the images in post production.


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