Wednesday, December 26, 2012

shooting the iconic Michael Jordan photo

the story behind the shot as told by the man who shot it, Walter Iooss Jr.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Shooting UFC 154

Want to know what it's like to shoot a UFC event?

As an MMA and Photography fan, I was excited to find this video and commentary by Esther Lin.  The photos in this video are amazing and the narration brings them to life even more.  Watch the video and go behind the scenes, before, during, and after - UFC 154 St. Pierre vs Condit.

courtesy of and Esther Lin

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pacquiao vs Marquez IV - the photoshoot

Here's a short behind the scenes video and tutorial by Monte Isom on how to shoot a boxing promo. It just gets better that this shoot is with Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Using your car as a dolly for video

The guys from Vimeo Video School put together a video with a pretty cheap and easy way to get those moving shots. Use your car!  They even show you how to edit one of their special effect scenes.

Drive-by Shooting: Using Your Car to Make Better Videos from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

another 5D Mark III or D800 giveaway

So you didn't win the last free DSLR contest giveaway?
Join the club.
Here's another chance for your Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800.
Click the link or picture below.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How Sports Illustrated shoots the Olympics

This video has Sports Illustrated photographers explaining how they get the shot, what they bring, and their mindset as they shoot the best of the best.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Zak Noyle - Surf Photographer

One word. Inspirational.

Check out this awesome documentary from Red Bull Media House!

Part 1

Part 2

I need to learn how to swim :-(

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Win a 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 from

4 days left for your chance to win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800.
Still haven't signed up?
Click here to sign up.

Monday, July 9, 2012

DIY DSLR backpack with inserts

I posted my DIY Rolling camera case a few weeks and I thought I would also share my DIY DSLR backpack.
I bought this camera insert from a seller in China through Ebay.  They had several sizes, but this one really fit my backpack well and held the lenses I needed.

Here is the insert loaded with:
  • a 70-200 lens
  • full frame body with 28-75mm attached
  • flash unit
  • 50mm
  • and additional accesories




Just search Camera Insert on Ebay and you'll see. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

ABC's Final Witness shot on Canon DSLRs

Anyone catch pilot episode of Final Witness last night?
Teen daughter has her boyfriend kill her entire family.
I feel for you guy's with teen daughters.
Just watching a few minutes and you can't help but notice the sharpness and the shallow DOF.  Had to be DSLR's I thought.
This morning I found the production blog and interesting enough it was produced in 2010 (but only premiered 2012?) and shot with Canon 5D's and 1D's.

More on Next Level Pictures blog:

Watch Full Episodes here:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The new Canon T4i

Yes, that is the newest feature of the Canon T4i.
Check out this video from Chad Soriano PhotoBlog.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tip: Timelapse with a slider effect without using a slider

Here's a great tutorial on making a timelapse. You probably know the basics already, but Ricki Bedenbaugh puts a creative twist in this tutorial with how to pull off a slider effect - WITHOUT using a slider.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Backer Capper kickstarter

Check out this video on this clever idea.
I have done this lens juggling act quite a number of times myself.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Color correcting, adjusting chroma, explained

Color correcting is one of the most complex things that I am too afraid to even touch. The most I've done is white balance or use Magic Bullet Looks here and there. A friend sent me a link to this great tutorial - that goes in depth how to use chroma levels, vectorscope, and RGB levels in Premiere Pro.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to replace your T2i 550D front rubber grip

If you have a Canon T2i / 550D, chances are your rubber grip on the camera is wearing off. Here is how I replaced my grip for about $13.00 with a part from

Thursday, April 19, 2012

DIY Rolling Camera Bag aka old suitcase and camera insert

Around June 2011 I was looking for a cheap alternative to the freakin expensive ass rolling camera cases. I did some Googling and found a post from

This was perfect. I had an old rolling suitcase that I had no use for, and for about $30 I could buy a padded insert and turn it into a rolling camera case and save hundreds of dollars. One problem though it wasn't as cool looking as a Think Tank. I was hesitant to post about this DIY, until today. FStoppers posted the same DIY trick and now I don't feel so bad about my DIY rolling camera bag!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

shooting photos to shooting guns

Check out this video from Tim King. He's a photographer in San Diego, that has been helping others out by sharing, motivating, and inspiring. He got people on a 30 Day Vlog Challenge - this site is now an awesome source for supplemental information from others wanting to improve on their photography (and other) skills.

For more inspirational photos, check out:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

my next lens is going to be a fisheye

and this is why...

Wedding photographer Gene Ho of shares his knowledge and inspires in this video. He even shares how to use 2 cameras at once - what?!

Friday, March 16, 2012

sneak peek at Premiere Pro CS6

The guys from Conan who made the spoof on the failure of Final Cut Pro X, have been previewing the upcoming Premiere Pro CS6. Check out the video below.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

behind the scenes of the promo for the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III

This video serves multiple purposes.
1. A great behind the scenes look at how they shot the promo video.
2. Its a promo video within itself because it talks about all the new features of the Canon 5D Mark III.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Act of Valor cut in Adobe

Act of Valor gained a lot of popularity in the DSLR world because most of it was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II and it featured real life Navy Seal members. It starts in the Philippines and San Diego, both of which I can definitely relate to. It also reminded of some scenes in Modern Warfare 2 or 3.

Here's a little promo from Adobe that shows the behind the scenes editing on Adobe Creative Suite.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shooting photos of shooting guns

The math and science behind this how-to video is too confusing for me. But the images captured are amazing.

How to capture muzzle flash at the exact moment a gun is fired.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Urban Exploration Photographer

Seen on CBS News last night. Eric Holubow is a photographer that explores decaying buildings and brings life back to them.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in with the Blu-Ray

$25 NEW & free shipping, not sure for how long though.

My brother got the VHS set, then my first E-bay purchase ever was the DVD set, and now...I feel like I just need to have this Blu-Ray set.
This post may not have anything to do with photos or dslr's. But this trilogy saga is film making at it's finest.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Slow It Down by Sacha Powell

What can you make with a T2i and some inexpensive lenses?
Add some greative genius and editing and you get this really cool film by Sacha Powell.

Slow It Down from Sacha Powell on Vimeo.

The T2i is still a great camera considering it's specs and now it is only $499!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The LYTRO camera

Take a picture, and THEN you can fix the focus later.
I really don't understand the physics of this just yet. But I have a feeling these cameras are going to go BIG like how the GoPro cameras did.


Battle At F-Stop 2

The Camera Store is back with another video. A follow-up to the previous one back in May 2011. These guys must have had fun doing this.