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Industrial and Construction Photography: Location Essentials

Recently, we’ve had a few opportunities to work at some industrial and construction site locations and we’ve learned a few things along the way that have made the process run smoothly. While most locations require certain challenges to consider, working around heavy machinery provides unique challenges and opportunities for creativity. Before you tackle your first worksite shoot, there are some things you’ll want to put in your bag you wouldn’t normally consider, some approaches to shooting that may be different than what you’re used to, and some specific characteristics of your edits you’ll want to consider.

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AP Guest Blog featuring Mia Saba

Last spring, a client was referred to us via one of our creative agencies (and preferred clients), MoxieMen, Inc. The project required only post-production work, so we directed it to our resident editor, Mia Saba. We are happy to present a guest blog detailing this unique opportunity, including the challenges of stepping into a project years after production had wrapped, as well as the excitement of becoming involved in something so tremendously inspiring and impactful - the Heidelberg Project.


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Collaborative Knowledge: Our Time with Vacationland

Recently, we were contacted by Vacationland Studios to collaborate on a short documentary about an non-profit equine psychotherapy facility in Grand Haven, Michigan called Out Side In Stables. This beautiful place offers trauma victims a chance to rehabilitate through equine therapy. It was fascinating to learn not only how this method works but how effective it can be. Out Side In Stables Director, Jennifer McVoy, shared her knowledge about how the bond between horse and human can be therapeutic to both people and horses alike.

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KCAN Superhero Fun Run - Community in Action

Each year, the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Council (KCAN) puts on an unique event to raise funds for its critical mission. The Superhero 5k Fun Run is a fun-filled family tradition where the race participants dress as their favorite superhero. The event helps raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention in Kalamazoo County and brings the community together in a unique way.

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Summer Photography and Video Production Internship Recap

This summer, we welcomed an intern from Grand Valley State University - Stephanie Kaszewski. Stephanie is studying to be a documentary filmmaker and wanted to utilize the internship program to spend some time 'in the field' with us. We brought Stephanie along on several photo and video productions while also providing her with weekly assignments and a final project.

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GEAR REVIEW: GVM 480 LS & 520 S LED Light Kits

LED (Light Emitting Diode ) lights are no longer niche, inaccurate color-casting second-rate light sources. These amazing pieces of technology rival their Tungsten, HMI, and other traditional lighting-source competitors in almost ever category from power output, energy use, color accuracy, and even price. Now, that doesn't mean there aren't still advantages to traditional lights namely the years of accessories, systems, and reliability that result from incumbent industries. Still, the big reasons to have LED lights as an essential part of your kit boils down to the following:


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Summer Intern Final Project: Hyzer's

This summer we participated in the internship program with Grand Valley State University and welcomed Stephanie Kaszewski as our intern. We began the summer by focusing on the fundamentals of shooting (the exposure triangle, composition, frame rates, white balance, etc) and spent a good amount of time on both photo and video work. For her final project, we tasked her with telling the story of a local business. We are happy to premiere the result of that effort here. 

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SCAM ALERT: Freelance/Independent Photographer needed for a Fashion Shoot

What could be more exciting than hearing you are being considered to create content for one of your favorite publications. You quickly respond with some examples of your work and guess what - they love your work! You got the job! Your hard work is paying off and the world will finally see your amazing work as it was meant to be! Time to celebrate and begin planning your breakout shoot. Now here comes their confirmation email/contract:

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How to Make an Insurance Claim for Stolen Photo/Video Gear

Is there a worse feeling than walking out to your car and realizing you've just had your equipment stolen? One of the unfortunate realities of working on location is the potential for theft. While we've created gear management processes that serve to prevent opportunities for gear loss,  we recently experienced a loss of gear due to theft. As we were covered by insurance, we have been able to replace the equipment; but having gone through the experience has provided some lessons and action items for us, and we thought we'd share a few tips if you ever need to make a claim. 

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