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Behind the scenes: JOBY Halloween

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Go behind the scenes of the JOBY Halloween shoot

For Halloween, we wanted to do something. Actually, we’re always looking to do something fun and creative with photography. So our Halloween social image (seen below) quickly became a full-on project for the kid in all of us.

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First we nailed down the concept and then set off to accomplish it. This meant some very awkward stares as we shoveled up two buckets of sand from the volleyball court outside our offices. We’ll put it back 🙂 Then we set off to scavenge a few tree limbs and other items down by the river for the pieces of our landscape. Next, after some office debate and testing, we settled on the perfect faces for the pumpkins. All that was left was to make a few props and stage it all – which took about three hours.

Now for the photo. I knew lighting was going to be what made the shot, and that I was going to have to experiment a bit. I took one light from our Profoto B1 Location Kit and placed a red gel with rubber bands over it. I then placed it behind our scene as it would be the glowing moon in our shot. At first I thought I would need it to flash with the other Profoto studio lights. This sort of worked, but it didn’t produce the look I was going for. It just didn’t look like the moon was lighting the image.

After a lot of trial and error, I ended up with the following for the shot. I put the Profoto studio light with the gel on modeling mode with it set to the max. I then used two additional studio lights as flashes. One to the left low down at about 10%, and the second up high looking down on the right at about 15%. Then I set the camera (Canon 5Dmk3 with Canon 85mm f/1.2) for a long exposure. It was between 3-5 sec for the final shot. The flashes in the front provided just a hint of foreground light while. This allowed the light with the red gel to become the main light and produced some really creepy shadows.

Finally we brought it into Photoshop and then we just needed to remove the fishing line that we used to prop up everything. We added a bit of black vignetting, but mostly, about 95% was achieved in camera.

Instagram Spotlight – Hugh Roberts

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @boomeister_ru

This month we’re featuring Hugh Roberts. Hugh originally caught our attention with his mystical slow shutter images, and we became captivated by how he saw his hometown – Cape Town, South Africa. Check out Hugh’s feed and get ready for some jawdropping images that will inspire you to get out and explore!

Hugh Roberts  |  Age: 36  |  @boomeister_ru  |  instagram.com/boomeister_ru

Cape Town, South Africa

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Instagram Spotlight – Nikita Ducarroz

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @nikitabmxgirl

This month we’re featuring Nikita Ducarroz. We all follow people who just make us laugh, entertain us, or whom we just admire. Nikita is one of those people whom doesn’t take herself seriously even though she’s seriously talented. As one of the only females in the world who can backflip a BMX bike her Instagram feed is full of action, spills, and a behind the scenes look at the making of a pro at the start of her career. Follow @nikitabmxgirl today and add some excitement and silliness to your day.

Nikita Ducarroz  |  Age: 19  |  @nikitabmxgirl  |  instagram.com/nikitabmxgirl

Northern California

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Pro Spotlight – Aurora Lampson

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JOBY Pro Spotlight | 13 Questions for a Pro Photographer |Aurora Lampson

This month we’re featuring professional photographer Aurora Lampson. Sometimes photography finds us. With Aurora photography found her and flourished as she documented the daily joy of being a new mother. Soon photography became her passion. It would be hard to find a day, yet a moment when her camera isn’t hanging from a strap on her shoulder ready to go. More and more she began to receive request for photo sessions and before she knew it she was working as a full time photographer. Sometimes photography finds us and never lets go.

Aurora Lampson |  Age: 37   |  California, USA

Facebook: facebook.com/LensDaisy

Instagram: instagram.com/lensdaisy

Webpage: lensdaisy.com

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Pro Spotlight – Chris Higgins

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JOBY Pro Spotlight | 13 Questions for a Pro Photographer |Chris Higgins

This month we’re featuring professional photographer Chris Higgins. You might remember Chris from our video “What Does It Take To Get The Shot – Caving” where Chris took us hundreds of feet below the surface and scared the @##@! out of us. Since we meet up with Chris a year ago he has been summiting peak after peak across the world. Follow Chris’s social sites and you’ll be in store for a view of places 99.9% of us never see.

 

Chris Higgins |  Age: 27   |  Tennessee, USA

Facebook: facebook.com/chrishigginsphotography

Instagram: instagram.com/chrishigginsphoto

Webpage: chrishigginsphoto.com

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Instagram Spotlight – Mono Del Espacio

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @monodelespacio

Monodelespacio or “Mono del Espacio” in Spanish is translated into “Space Monkey”. Besides having one killer Instagram handle Monodelespacio is one of the most diverse Instgramers we’ve come across. His images expand over a variety of subject and are carefully crafted by the eye of a designer. Climb onboard with this Space Monkey and join the 87.7k and growing Instagram followers along for the ride.

Mono Del Espacio  |  Age: 32  |  @monodelespacio  |  instagram.com/monodelespacio

Guatemala City, Guatemala

 

What gear do you use?

MOBILE: iPhone 6 Plus

CAMERAS: Sony A7

ACCESSORIES: Lowepro Protactic 450AW, JOBY GripTight GorillaPod XL, GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X, Ultrafit Sling Strap, Action Suction Cup with Locking Arm

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When did you start taking photos?

I have taken photos all my life I just wasn’t serious about sharing them with anybody. In 2011  I begun my instagram journey, the rest is history.

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Why did you start taking photos?

I begun documenting architecture projects to keep track of the building process. I think this was the main reason I shared my work and begun paying attention of new points of view on everyday subjects.

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When did you join Instagram and why did you join?

I joined instagram on late 2010, but didnt use it until 2011.

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What is your favorite image you’ve posted to Instagram and why?

This was a decisive point in my explorations. It was the first time I found something based on a vague memory from my childhood, to find this bridge was quite exciting.

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What do you use the most, DSLR or Smartphone?

This is a tough question. But on Instagram (until recently) just my iPhone. I’m using more and more of my mirrorless now though…

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Are there any photo apps you recommend?

VSCO. Afterlight. Blender.

 

Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist?

I studied architecture. But right now have several photography commissions. So yes I am a professional photographer. I work with several brands taking lifestyle pictures as well as several look-books. I have been working lately on architectural photography.

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Do you attend or have you attended photography workshops, classes etc?

No, I developed my craft taking pictures on my own. Practice makes perfect I guess.

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What’s your day job?

I am a Senior Designer at an architecture firm.

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Do you carry a camera daily? Which one?

Sony A7

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Which fellow instagrammer do you admire the most?

@13thwitness

 

Any advice to those staring out?

Photography to me is more about being honest to who you are than to what you see. Pursue a distinctive voice in everything you do without compromise.

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Pro Spotlight – Dale Mears

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JOBY Pro Spotlight | 13 Questions for a Pro Photographer |Dale Mears

This month we’re featuring professional photographer Dale Mears. If you’re into kayaking, you’ve probably seen one of Dale Mear’s photos or read one of his articles and reviews. Dale is a regular contributor to The Paddler UK magazine and has contributed works in N-photo and UK’s independent Nikon Magazine. It’s always great to work with someone you can count on to get the shot; but even more important is working with an overall positive and energetic person. Over the last two years, Dale has become more than a JOBY advocate, he has become part of the JOBY family. He always delivers the shot (even with little notice) that make us smile and wish we’d taken that image.

 

Dale Mears  |  Age: 30   |  United Kingdom

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dmphotography_uk/

Facebook: facebook.com/DaleMearsPhotography

Twitter: twitter.com/DMPhotogrpahy

Flickr: flickr.com/people/dalemears

 

What type of professional photographer are you?

Mostly white water kayaking and other action sports. I like to try a bit of everything, though!

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Your Gear ­ What gear do you use regularly?

In my go to gear bag: Nikon D7000, 50mm f/1.8, 70-200mm, sb700 flash, 2 GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X, Action Grip, Action Jib kit, Contour Roam 3 and Plus 2, Lowepro bags/cases and JOBY Action Suction cups are the essentials.

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What would be your dream photography job?

One traveling around the world earning lots of money! I’d like to see lots of places, maybe on luxury yachts in far off destinations!

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Why did you become a professional photographer and when did you know you wanted to be one?

Technically I earn a living teaching in the UK, but pick up photography work in my own time. I guess I knew I wanted to be a photographer around 8 years ago, I was on a trip kayaking in Norway with friends and was first introduced to a DSLR. I was amazed by the quality and images that it would take and decided I couldn’t miss out on all the photo opportunities I have had over the years. First thing I did when I returned was buy a DSLR and read as much as I could and practice all the time. The buzz has grown and I still can’t put down my camera.

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Did you study photography?

No, I am self-taught, but photography runs in the family. My granddad was a photographer and my dad always had a passion which he started again when I started photography. Most of my experience comes from working most weekends at the National White Water Sports Centre and coaching from my boss at the time.

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Do you carry a camera with you daily when not working?

I always carry a camera. I’m scared if I leave it at home I will miss something!

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When you’re not shooting photos ­ you are?

Teaching Design and Technology at secondary school, spending time with my fiancé and friends. Kayaking (when its hot)

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If you couldn’t be a professional photographer, you would be a?

I quite like the idea of digital marketing, I would enjoy working for a good brand, I have a real passion for promoting good gear.

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Have you ever dropped a lens? ­ Come on be honest!

During my time spent photographing at the UK’s National White Water sports centre I was stood taking photos of the white water rafts one day when I blacked out, I guess the night before had been a heavy night! I stepped forwards and went straight into the water, I remember it happening in slow motion, I tried to throw the camera onto the bank and it just dropped in. It was a Canon 7D with a L series 28­-300mm attached. They had to shut off the course at night and drain the water! But luckily my boss went in with a wet-suit and Snorkeling goggles to find it for insurance. Fortunately, that’s the only one that I’ve dropped. I always use a JOBY wrist strap or Pro Sling Strap to stop it happening again!

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If you could only have only one lens for a year what would it be?

I think it would have to be a 50mm f/1.8; It’s a good lens to carry around. It’s small, light, fast, easy to use and gets amazing shots.

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Name a famous person living or dead whose photo you would wish you could take.

Wow… this is a hard question, maybe the Queen, a proper royal photo shoot though, not just from a distance. As to be asked by the Queen would be an honor!

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The next piece of gear you’re going to buy is?

A Nikon 70­-200mm f/2.8 would be nice, but I have a wedding this summer to pay for first!

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And finally what is the one thing you wish a professional photographer had told you before you became a professional photographer?

How addictive and expensive it can be!

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Instagram Spotlight – Heinrich Knoetze

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @instacptguy

Cape Town, South Africa has some interesting Instagrammers and @instacptguy is right up there with the best. Following along with him on Instagram you’ll find a guy who enjoys experimenting with his camera and capturing the beauty of the natural world.

Heinrich Knoetze  |  Age: 34  |  @instacptguy  |  instagram.com/instacptguy

Cape Town, South Africa

 

What gear do you use?

MOBILE: iPhone 5s

CAMERAS: Nikon D3200 with Sigma 18-200mm or 10-20mm lens.

ACTION CAM: GoPro Hero 3+

ACCESSORIES: JOBY GripTight GorillaPod, GorillaPod SLR-Zoom, Gorillapod Action Tripod, GPod Mini Mag, Ultrafit Sling Strap, REI Headlamp, Flashlight, Remote Trigger.

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When did you start taking photos?

I have always enjoyed taking pictures, but when I got my iPhone in January 2014 my life changed. I downloaded Instagram and started Gramming.

 

Why did you start taking photos?

I enjoy it and as a designer it’s a way of expressing what I see.

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When did you join Instagram and why did you join?

I joined in November of 2012 when I got my iPad, but hardly posted anything until I got my iPhone in January 2014 and had more access to it more frequently.

 

What is your favorite image you’ve posted to Instagram and why?

I have so many favorites, but there are three that stand out. Table Mountain, Cape Town City, and Cape Back Roads. (These are the things I love to see).

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What do you use the most, DSLR or Smartphone?

My Nikon DSLR.

 

Are there any photo apps you recommend?

No I edit most of my images on my phone and use Lightroom. The Instagram editing tool is awesome. As for the filters, I do not use filters.

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Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist?

It’s a hobby but I can see myself moving into it professionally over the next few years.

 

Do you attend or have you attended photography workshops, classes etc?

Yes I am currently attending a 9 week photography course.

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What’s your day job?

I’m a graphic designer.

 

Do you carry a camera daily? Which one?

Yes I do, it hardly leaves my sight. One never knows when a great moment arises and you would like to capture that perfect moment.

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Which fellow instagrammer do you admire the most?

I admire Brendon Wainwright @brendon_wainwright for his creativity and dedication to taking the perfect landscape pictures.

 

Any advice to those staring out?

Do not give up before you have even tried. Practice makes perfect. Think about the end result before you take a picture.

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JOBY Labs

JOBY Labs | Steel Wool Photography

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JOBY Labs | Episode 1 | Steel Wool Photography

We are constantly inspired by our JOBY advocates on Instagram and after seeing some really amazing Steel Wool photos, like the ones below from @thebumonboard and @monodelespacio we decided to give it a go ourselves.

And so was born JOBY Labs. It’s a new video series where we tackle photography and video trends and explore the fun side of Photo & Video. Follow along as we learn, have fun, and get a bit crazy with our cameras.

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JOBY Labs | Episode 1 | Steel Wool Photography

In this episode we see what it takes to burn steel wool, check out camera settings, and then kick it up a notch. How often do you see a 2ft. ball of steel wool on fire, much less throw a bunch of sparks at a firefighter?! And that’s not even the half of what we experienced. Be sure to watch the video for this and so much more!

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Canon 5D mkIII | 16-35mm | f/2.8 | f220 | 8 second exposure | ISO 100

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Canon 5D mkIII | 16-35mm | f/2.8 | f220 | 20 second exposure | ISO 100

Watch the full video on our YouTube page now!

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