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10 Amazing Videos to Inspire Your Photography

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The iPhone Fashion Shoot – FStoppers

This gained a lot of notoriety in the past year as it proved a point – it’s not all about the camera.
Ok, so they used a load of expensive lighting, a beautiful model and some professional retouching but the camera was still an iPhone 3GS for the entire shoot.
It’s really cool to see what can be done with the most basic cameras. FStoppers style of video is really easy to watch and relax to – you’re not spending your whole time playing on your phone in boredom.

Photo Shoot In 180 Seconds – Chase Jarvis

I first started getting into Chase’s videos when I saw this one on organising your workflow – he creates really interesting videos that show behind the scenes footage of a real world commercial photographer.
This video in particular is important; you see behind the scenes of a whole photoshoot in just 3 minutes, yet it doesn’t feel rushed. Check out some more of Chase’s videos if you have time; they’re very well thought out and made.

Photography Fundamentals – FontanaKnowledge

I like to think that I set myself apart in my writing by writing and explaining everything simply, with photos. That’s basically what Fontana does here only, instead of photos, he uses a video.
He’s made a series of very successful videos explaining a variety of photography topics with simple methods and explanations. If you’re a beginner photographer and you don’t fancy reading too much detail, this is a great place to start, as it’s a video explaining the fundamentals of exposure.

Night Photography – Lance Keimig Photographics

The great thing about this video is that, not only does it tell you about night photography, teaching you a thing or two, but it actually inspires you to go out and give it a go.
A lot of photographers don’t explore night photography. The main reasons tend to be that it’s usually cold and always dark out. You should give it a go though; it’s a lot of fun and can produce some awesome results.
Take these guys’ advice; go out with friends and bring a bunch of different light sources for the coolest photos.

Rain Photoshoot Strobist Tutorial – Adrian Vilcan

This is probably the simplest video on the list. It’s a really cool way of showing how the photographer produced his results.
The best thing about this tutorial is that it’s simple and easy to do; anyone can try it so long as they have some of the required gear.
Lighting is a huge part of photography and holds even more importance when you’re trying to come up with cool effects and creative ideas. Watching videos like these will give you an idea of how it’s done, provideing you with the inspiration required to produce your own.

Photography Tips, Essential Skills, Quickly Transform Your Photos – Karl Taylor

I can’t recommend Karl’s videos enough: one man, his camera and a whole lot of knowledge – with this, he produces some really well made videos.
This video in particular is very useful if you’re just starting out; the amount of useful information he shares in just a few minutes will really help when it comes to producing expert photography.
Have a look at his other videos if you have time, there are a lot of really cool photo ideas in there.

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Steel Wool Photography Tutorial – Photo Extremist

I love creative photography like this; the Photo Extremist makes it seem simple and easy. He talks though everything you’ll need to produce this cool photo.
He has a load of other videos where he tells you how to create all kinds of creative effects in his simple and clear manner.
These sorts of ideas are great to try for yourself and adapt when you’re stuck for a photo idea to create.

Inside the Threadless Photo Department – Photo Shelter

I’ve always admired Threadless for their creativity when it comes to their T-shirts and photography. This cool little behind the scenes video gives you an insight into their whole operation.
The thing I love about this video is when the photographer talks about the locations he uses for the shoots; he really knows how to stay creative and relevant. It’s often hard to find cool locations for creative photography but that’s usually down to people not looking properly at what’s around them.
The photography at Threadless is all about making the most about what you’ve got at your disposal.

Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard – Part 3

This video gives me chills when I watch it; it’s a round up of the journey one man goes through when he finds a roll of undeveloped film in a park in New York.
Not only is the photography excellent but it gets reunited over months of looking, thousands of miles travelled and thousands of received emails. It’s a nice little demonstration of the power of the internet and that’s particularly relevant here with photography.

30 Years of BAD Pictures – Bruce Dale

Highlights of Bruce Dale’s 30 year career at National Geographic include 10 trips to China beginning in the late 1970′s, the hologram cover for the 100th anniversary edition and mounting a camera on the tail of a jumbo jet for in-flight photographs.
It’s fascinating to see how well Bruce has done in his career and all the places he’s seen and people he’s met.
If this doesn’t inspire you to take more photos, I don’t know what will.

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