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Drone over Whales with Emily Kaszton

Tiffen Flight Team member Emily Kaszton invites you to drone with her over whales and dolphins!

Emily has partnered with Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari to offer you “Droning with Whales & Dolphins”. By signing up, you’ll join an intimate group out on a boat in Dana Point, CA. – Each attendee gets the opportunity to fly and learn from one of the best drone pilots in the industry, while capturing some of the true wonders of the ocean.

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Sit Down with Elena Buenrostro

Today we had the opportunity to sit down with Elena Buenrostro, Founder & CEO of Women Who Drone. Elena is out to push the boundaries of female drone pilots and is at the forefront of UAV education.

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Behind the Scenes with Leo Kawabe

Today we had the chance to sit down with Cinematographer Leo Kawabe about his latest piece, “Dust”. Leo used Tiffen Filters throughout the production. “Dust” is a short film that mixes poetry and visual drama to tell the story of Zen and Brooke; two souls connected by the same pain. Between the sky and the salt beds lies a world of dust; where sometimes, what is left is either death or a reminder of it. The reasons for choosing death are not always clear, but we can look deeper into the human vessels that reach this threshold.”

Tell us a little about the concept of this piece… What was the look you were going for?

First of all, this was a very limited film in terms of budget, crew, time and equipment.

It was done by me and the director (Renato Cabral). We rented a car and traveled from LA to Las Vegas to shoot in 6 days.

The first 3 days were used for tech scout which was crucial since the locations were very far from one another and we needed to calculate the logistics, especially to be able to get the best light.

The look the Director and I had spoken about was to have an organic feel to the images; making the most out of the natural light and the locations.

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Sit Down with Renan Ozturk

Today we had the honor to sit down with NatGeo Photographer and North Face Climber Renan Ozturk.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a mix of a landscape artist turned professional climber turned cinematographer and director. I started painting pictures and having a life on the road and living in national parks under rocks, literally. Learning climbing and appreciating landscape and wild places in a roundabout way working towards capturing stories I can share with people though film. Now I’m just traveling around telling different stories based on climbing but others that are broader ranging and have to do with culture or conservation.

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Behind the Scenes with Ryan Struck

Tell us a little about the concept of this piece… What was the look you were going for?

Ryan Babenzien CEO of the GREATS brand was approached by Timex to design a new watch. Ryan drew on his experience growing up on the waters of Long Island to create the Baymen. It’s accented with nods to his own passion for the water as well as his love for time pieces. Ryan and I chatted about the story and look he was after, he referenced the 60’s and 70’s surf glow of slide film. This was such an exciting concept to me, as I’ve shot quite a bit of slide film myself, and am such a fan of this aesthetic. I knew there was a few technical things we could do within the camera department to really make this film glow, early morning light and Tiffen Filters being key.

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Using Filters for Interior Architecture Photography

Article by: Adam Goldberg
agoldbergphoto.com

Shooting interiors can create many challenges for photographers with all of the different light. Direct sunlight, indirect ambient light, overhead lights, lamps…you get the idea.  You also can have many different surfaces that absorb or reflect the light in different ways. Desks, couches, TVs, coffee tables, wood headboards, painted walls…yup, there is a lot.  As such, it is just as important to control all of the light sources as it is to control how the light interacts with all of the different surfaces in a room.  Not only is it important in some cases to add artificial light to architecture photos, but it is just as crucial – if not more so – to use filters to control all of the different elements of an interior photograph. To illustrate why I use filters for interior architecture photography, let’s walk through a photo.

I was asked to shoot the interior of a room that had been recently renovated at a hotel in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. This room provides a great example of why it is important to use filters when shooting interior architecture photography.

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Sit Down with Steve Holleran

We wanted to talk about Fire Chasers. This was a captivating documentary that showcased the fury of the devastating California wildfire in 2016. How does feel looking back on that journey?

Having over a year to look back at it now I think that it was a learning experience. Technically we tried a lot of new equipment and brought a lot of innovative new gear out there that I haven’t really tested in that environment before. Definitely put some film making gear on my chest in the sense of trying to shoot a documentary like this in such a dynamic environment.

On a personal level, it was a life changing experience. I grew up in California in San Diego and I’d seen some of the big fires down there from a distance which stopped us from going to school for a week from ash and what not. People lost their homes, but I never seen it up close up like this. To see not only the ferocity of the fire and how quickly it moved and how big it is and how loud it is, that was terrifying and at the same time really captivating. It’s a moving, breathing force when it’s moving through the landscape and I haven’t visualized fire in that way.

The second part is really the human element and what it does to peoples’ lives. We saw pure tragedy, which really was really put into perspective being a Southern California person. It also taught me a lot about filming with multiple cameras and fast changing dynamic environments. I definitely carry it with me wherever I go especially on future projects. I just did another documentary following 3 chefs through France and ironically I used some of the things I learned on Fire Chasers. I’m grateful for my time out there and also very wary of these environmental disasters due to climate change.

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Behind the Scenes with Dixie Dixon

Article by: Dixie Dixon

To learn more about Dixie and her work be sure to visit  http://www.dixiedixon.com/ and follow her on Instagram at @iamdixiedixon.

Shooting High Fashion with the Tiffen 8pt Star Filter and the Lowel GL-1 Power LED

The elusive and exciting world of fashion and advertising photography can be seen everywhere these days from magazines to coffee-table books, catalogs, websites and billboards all over the world. It is impossible to miss the glamour, intrigue, and romance brought to life in a fashion image- it is a beautiful illusion and that is what I love most about it. There are no rules, no boundaries, just pure self-expression. Experimentation is one of the best ways to craft a unique fashion story. Here are a couple of rad tools I use to create my fashion imagery:

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Exploring Yosemite

Article By: Michael Cassara
Article Written for the Tiffen Imagemaker Blog in 2015

One of the most photographic landscapes on the planet is Yosemite National Park, which is located in the isolated mountains of California. One of, if not the greatest landscape photographer of the 20th century, Ansel Adams, made Yosemite famous by producing iconic photographs of the parks majestic landscape.

Is there a better place in the world the show the power and potential of Tiffen Filters?

Upon arrival to the park, the Rangers at the guard station greet you with a smile. This was National Park #6 for me, and the station was a welcome sight after the long drive from Fresno’s Airport the night before. After paying the park admittance, you are introduced to the park by driving under two giant boulders that came to rest against one another. This isn’t the sort of thing you see on Long Island. Upon passing the boulders, it seemed to take around 20 minutes before reaching the valley floor. Snow on the first day really made for less than ideal conditions. However, in Yosemite, the weather is constantly changing and breaks in the clouds offered some unique long exposure opportunities using the Tiffen Apex filter.

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