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Douglas Sonders
Works at Fstoppers.com
Attended rochester institute of technology
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Photoflex May Have A Chance To Live Another Day
Well it has been a rollercoaster for the team over at Photoflex, makers of some of my favorite studio lighting accessories. First, they pulled what many thought was an April fools joke by announcing that they were closing their doors as of late March 31st. Then, they sent out a press release stating they had to close their business due to "health issues" as well as the increasingly competitive market (cough cough cheap knock-off photo accessories...
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my new ad for Discovery Channel
Happy to finally show off one of my recent Discovery Channel ads as they finally surface online. This was a fun and interesting photoshoot. The BTS post here on Fstoppers will be interesting since this is a composite using 2 cars and separately photographed portrait subjects.
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Awesome holiday card bts
We've posted about commercial photographer Eric Doggett on here before. You may recall his popular post about how he put together his family's Back to the Future Christmas card.  He goes out of his way to create some of the most creative holiday cards I've ever seen. Eric uses a creative arsenal including set-building, 3D modeling, Photoshop, photography, and graphic design to create unique one-off pieces for his clients. Read below to learn how ...
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How To Prep, Fly, And Photograph with A Quadcopter Drone On Location
If you've ever thought about trying out a drone, you probably have heard how complicated it is. Sure, there are easier systems to use like the DJI Phantom, but there is still a learning curve that you need to overcome before you should fly and shoot with a drone on your own, especially before an important shoot... and also before any situation where you may possibly LOSE the drone. Watch the video and learn more below.
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Behind the scenes of my +Alternative Press  cover shoot with the band +twenty one pilots 
Recently I had the opportunity to fly to Ohio and photograph the enigmatic alternative rock duo Twenty One Pilots for the cover of Alternative Press Magazine. Sure, you may have seen my posts before about shooting musicians and magazine covers, but never have I ever had to hang one of my artists upside down for a trick shot. Watch the video and read below to see how this shoot came together!
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My new +Fstoppers article. I've been in talks with the guys over at Red Digital Cinema and their big plans to get more still photographers doing photoshoots with their cameras. What do you guys think? #video   #photography   #moviemaking  
You read that headline correctly. After making a huge splashes in the motion-capture industry since 2005, Red has big plans to be the only camera system you use on set for both your motion AND still photography needs, and it's closer to being a reality than you would think. Prepare to have your minds blown.
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An Incredible Automotive Shoot That Did Not Go As Planned
As photographers starting out, we quickly learn that shoots do not always go as planned. This fact seems to remain the constant even as we proceed through our careers, but we know we have to make the most out of what we are given or we risk not getting the job done! One such example happened to veteran car photographer William Stern when he was hired to shoot a new Corvette, but his strobes were dead on arrival. Learn how he overcame the obstacle...
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My Simple Tips for Effectively Photographing Dogs in Studio
I will start this article off by saying that I am not a pet photographer. I am a portrait photographer that typically captures humans for magazines and ads. However, a couple years ago I started a pit bull charity (Not A Bully) and it unexpectedly led me to some jobs photographing rescue animals. If you're reading this, you already know that capturing animal portraits is a unique challenge in itself. I've done some of the difficult leg work for y...
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Building the House of Capture One Version 8 - Imaging Software Evolution
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This is a really unique article for me to post. I was talking with my friends at New York City based Phase One dealer, Digital Transitions, and they were interested in sharing the story of how industry's leading RAW processing and tethering software, Capture One, evolved into what it is today. It is very interesting to learn how a company learns from its products weaknesses and grows to make something that really shines. Read below to learn more:
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New composite I just did for a client
Shot for a client to promote a new show. All 3 characters composited in, but shot on location.
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The Making Of The Amazing New Gus Van Sant BMW i8 TV Commercials
If you have not heard of BMW's nimble new i8 hybrid supercar, you should look it up now. Even if you aren't into cars, you do have to take a moment to marvel at not only its beautifully-futurisitc aesthetics, but it's equally as impressive performance technology. BMW hired director Gus Van Sant to create a trio of gorgeous ads to help introduce the car to the world. Watch the behind the scenes video above and see the final three videos below. 
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My new article. How to light a car with the +Westcott Lighting Ice Light. Awesome tutorial video by +Andrew Link 
My friend and RIDES Magazine's head photographer Andrew Link is no stranger to Fstoppers. He also happens to be one of the kings of shooting cars with the Westcott Ice Light, which is essentially a handheld LED rod (looks like a flourescent tube) used as a constant daylight temperature light source. After about 6 months of me begging Andrew for him to make one, he has finally created a fantastic and to-the-point tutorial on how to create an epic ...
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Photography and Filmmaking
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  • Fstoppers.com
    Wroter, 2012 - present
  • 8112 Studios
    Producer, present
  • Self
    Photographer, present
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Commercial Photographer, Filmmaker (8112 Studios), World Adventurer, Troublemaker, FStoppers.com Writer, Kelby Training Instructor, 80's Movie & Muscle Car Lover
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I'm a commercial photographer and filmmaker. I travel for a living and I'm always up to shenanigans. Recently I joined the Kelby Training team as a photography workshop instructor.
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  • rochester institute of technology
    Advertising Photo, 2000 - 2004
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