Music Photographer Brenton Giesey Believes in the Power of Film

All images by Brenton Giesey. Used with permission.

Film isn’t dead. If anything, pop culture’s current fling with analog is fueled by nostalgia. It’s seeped into various parts of the arts and photography. “Caroline Kole and her team came to me at the beginning of the year and asked to do a shoot that was 100% analog and it was so much fun,” said photographer Brenton Giesey to us in an interview. Brenton shoots a ton of analog and film photography for his work with musicians. His work is something that reminds us of the most elegant Tarantino movie you’ll ever see. But beyond that, his mind provided us with some wonderful treats and stories.

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Sports Illustrated Shoots its Latest Cover with the Moto Z and Hasselblad True Zoom Mod

Cover image courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Image by Mike LeBrecht.

As part of the proof that cameraphones are becoming better and better, Sports Illustrated shot its latest cover of its magazine with the new Motorola Moto Z and the Hasselblad True Zoom attachment. The image was shot by photographer Mike LeBrecht who has shot sports portraits and photos for many years now. Of course, there’s also a crazy amount of lighting involved and it looks pretty darn photoshopped, but at least it shows that the industry is evolving quite a bit.

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This Pentatonix Video Cover of Daft Punk Songs Uses a Ring Light Quite Interestingly

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In previous posts, we’ve talked a lot about the way ring lights work. Besides having ring flashes though, there are constant light rings that can deliver the same effect if they are powerful enough. However, the disadvantage can be that your subject may feel like they’re looking into headlights.

Either way, this viral video of music group Pentatonix doing an A capella cover of many of Daft Punk’s songs utilizes a ring light on each and every subject and it is only really visible at one point in the video unless you really know what to look for in a ring light.

Take a look at it after the jump and look closely at each singer’s eyes. Also be sure to check out our guide to Ring Flash.

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This Photo Was Turned Into This to Become an ESPN Magazine Cover


Image by Thomas Campbell. Used with permission

Sometimes we don’t realize just how much editing goes into an image for it to become a cover. There is a wonderful theory in photojournalism that cropping an image can totally change the way that a story flows and is presented. And in the case of the image above shot by former Phoblographer Technical Editor Thomas Campbell (who did an excellent job helping us on the 5D Mk III review) the image made the cover of ESPN Magazine, but is a totally different image from the original. There is a heavy crop, stylized colors and a silhouette to make it appeal more to the magazine’s readers and current art trends.

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