Feature Stories


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Behind The Scenes: Wildlife as canon sees it with heath holden

Heath Holden is an Australian based photographer whose photojournalism and nature work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the world. For the past couple of years he has returned to his home base of Tasmania, off the south coast of Australia where he has been working on a project photographing the Tasmanian devil. This conservation project features in the November issue of National Geographic magazine, as part of the iconic “Wildlife as Canon Sees It” campaign that has been running since the 80’s. The campaign features species which are listed by the IUCN Red List as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered. They must be photographed in the wild and once a species has been featured, it will not run again. We recently got a chance to talk with Heath about these nocturnal creatures, and how he captures his amazing shots....

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Behind The Scenes: Red Bull Rampage with Christian Pondella

The Red Bull Rampage mountain bike event held out in the desert of Utah never ceases to amaze. An invitational mountain bike freeride competition, where every year the riders seem to push the limits of what is possible on a mountain bike. The incredible riding and dramatic terrain creates a spectacle that transcends action sports media and amazes hardcore fans and casual spectators alike. The images that come out of Rampage are equally draw-dropping. We caught up with Global Icon and Rampage veteran, Christian Pondella, for his take on capturing this year's mountain bike madness:...

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Maria Sahai: obsessed with the arctic

Photographers are often referred to as story-tellers, but what of the stories that inspired them to pick up the camera? For f-stop Amabassador, Maria Sahai, the tales of the far North she was told as a child have stayed with her, and underpin her love of exploring the Arctic. In this feature, through her words and images, Maria takes us on a journey into the deeply personal relationship she has with the Arctic she photographs. If this inspires you, read on for how you can join her tours of this wild and beautiful environment.

Words and photography: Maria Sahai...

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Behind The Scenes: Nicolas Rakotopare Chasing Volcanos

The news of a volcano erupting should be enough to make most people head in the opposite direction fast. Very fast. However, on Reunion Island out in the Indian Ocean where the Piton de la Fournaise comes to life more regularly than most volcanos, the local reaction is a little different. For travelling adventure photographer, Staff Pro Nicolas Rakotopare, seeing this amazing demonstration of the Earth's power as child set him on a path to try to and capture it with his photography....

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Catching Up With Lars Schneider: RUGGED BEAUTY OF THE Faroe Islands 

The Faroe Isands sit in the North Atlantic, 200 miles north of Scotland, between Norway and Iceland. The rugged landscape is kept above freezing by the Gulf Stream, but life is far from comfortable in this rugged landscape. Global Icon Lars Schneider runs workshops in this stunning location, and he has been nominated for the 2018 Hasselblad Masters photography competition for his work capturing of the desolate beauty of this landscape. We caught up with Lars to talks workshops, photocompetions and becoming a and Hasselblad Ambassador:...

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OFF Camera: Eleonora Raggi talks about launching her new lighting solution

The same passion that drives our Staff Pros to create stunning images as photographers and videographers also makes for exciting projects when they step out from behind the camera. A great example of this is Staff Pro Eleonora Raggi from Italy, who has just launched a new lighting solution, ghostLED....

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH SAMO VIDIC - LIVE!

We will be hosting a live hangout interview with f-stop Global Icon, Samo Vidic on Tuesday, October 17th, at 10pm Slovenia (GMT+2 // 4pm in New York). Come and join the conversation with us here! ...

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Behind The Scenes: Tsutomu Endo in Alaska

f-stop Global Icon Tsutomu Endo traded up the mountains of his native Japan for the wild open spaces of Alaska last spring. He undertook a road trip across Alaska with the goal of meeting up with a small community of snowboarders forging a snowboarding lifestyle far away from ski resorts. He took the FUJIFILM X-Pro2, a camera more commonly associated with artistic landscape and street photography, to capture both the snowboard action and document the tight-knit community dedicated to this lifestyle....

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Shooting wildlife with Antonio Liebana

With more than 20 years of experience in the world of photography, Staff Pro Antonio Liebana is one of the most prolific wildlife photographers in Spain. Check out what he has to say about his work, the gear he uses as well as his favorite locations. ...

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Catching up with Dan milner

Dan Milner is a long-term friend of f-stop and Global Icon. As stated on his website, many would describe him as a sucker for punishment considering the locations some of his assignments have taken him to....

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FREE FALL EXPOSURE: SHOOTING SKYDIVING WITH JESPER GRONNEMARK

Ever since his first skydive, Staff Pro Jesper Grønnemark had the idea of doing a shoot while in the air. Even though as he says, his first skydive was more than enough for him, this idea was remained stuck in his mind. ...

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100th Anniversary of Finland with Maren Krings

Staff Pro Maren Krings recently joined an international media group coming together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence in quintessential Finnish style - by hiking arctic trails and blowing an alphorn on the summit of the country's highest peak, Halti....

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SmugMug Films, Tim Kemple, & the Iceland Trifecta

If there was one guy that we initially made bags for, it was Tim Kemple. He was a driving force behind our early products and continues to influence our pack designs today. Like many people, we are big fans of his work and watching him in action using our products brings us great joy. Recently, SmugMug Films released their latest video featuring him at work doing things we’ve grown quite accustomed to seeing Tim do. If you got a half hour, grab some popcorn and turn up the sound. This is a good watch you won’t regret make time for....

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Behind the scenes with nadir khan

Nadir Khan entered the world of photography in his late teens. Now, with years of experience in filmmaking and adventure sport photography, he is in high demand from world class athletes and companies alike....

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Red Bull Photography: Duneriders

What happens when you remove athletes from the mountains they’re use to traversing to something radically different... like a desert. We were anxious to find out and earlier this year we joined f-stop Pro, Craig Kolesky, to execute a wild idea in the sand dunes of Namibia. The shoot also ended up being a great opportunity for us to test out Red Bull Photography Ajna in addition to capturing some images of it in a less than unique environment....

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Behind the Scenes with Jason Halayko

Jason Halayko is a native Canadian, but he spends his days living and shooting in Japan. Embedded in the Japanese Freestyle Motocross (FMX) scene for many years, Jason has captured the highs and lows of this photogenic (and inherently dangerous) sport....

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Behind the Cover : Dan Milner

About the cover shot below, tell us about how you photographed it and tips for those looking to capture something similar?...

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The making of the "modern mummy"

We all know Ulla Lohmann - the girl that does everything that other people wouldn’t dare to do. A while ago she had an extraordinary opportunity to witness and photograph the process of mummification one of Anga Tribe’s elders....

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Behind the Cover : Lars Scharl

About the cover, tell us about how you photographed it and tips for those looking to capture something similar?...

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Behind the scenes with dom daher and jeremy bernard

A great behind the scenes view to the everyday life and work of the photographer duo and f-stop Staff Pro’s Dom Daher & Jeremy Bernard!...

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Tsutomu Endo's photobook

INNER FOCUS is the first photobook from Japanese Staff Pro snowboard photographer Tsutomu Endo covering the last 18 years of his career. The timing of his photobook comes as snowboarding is maturing to appreciate its own history and culture, and Endo himself is moving from purely action photography into more artistic directions. f-stop caught up with him for the inside line on this labor of love:...

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Judging the World of Photography Chi Yin Sim 2016 World Press Photo Juror

World Press Photo is not something that usually fits in the Outdoor and Adventure Sports Photography world but many photographers across multiple genre’s follow the World Press Photo awards with interest and evaluate who win’s what and whether there will be any controversy....

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Christian Pondella and Shutterbug

Christian Pondella is a photographer who has been part of the Staff Pro team here at f-stop for quite a while now and has always inspired his fellow photographers through his creativity and desire to push the boundaries with what has been considered possible....

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Krystle Wright and REDirect

Over the last few years we have worked with some amazing photographers and some amazing partner brands. Last year we started talking to the guys at RED Digital Cinema about the possibility of working together as they really liked the fact that the Shinn can take a rigged RED Digital Cinema camera and be ready shoot. This is also the reason the guys at BrainFarm, Teton Gravity, Sherpas Cinema and Camp4 love the bag....

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Porsche and the Outback: Shooting with Easton Chang

We know that photographers, if given a chance, would shoot everything because each and every photographer has their own vision and for many it is a passion as well as a vocation or a hobby. Many photographers (even professionals) never get to shoot their dream assignment, but it does not stop them trying to visualize it and replicate elements in other shoots. Whether you are shooting a skier, a climber, a Formula1 race, a celebrity or your family, photographers are always looking for something a little different, a break from the norm. Something to make their work stand out from the crowd....

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Catching up with Christian Walgram

World Press Photo is one of the largest photographic competitions in the world and is entered by thousands of photographers each year and the list of winners is as illustrious as it is long....

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Catching up with Scott Serfas

Last year we spent sometime with the amazing photographer Scott Serfas, while we where travelling the world getting some input on the 2015 Mountain Series pack. As with all of these trips you get different things as everyone comes at this from a different angle, one of the things we love about photography....

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Dogs and Snow with Lars Schneider and Jason Nugent

In the second of our new series of interviews about various shoots, trips and expeditions that our team and involved in we are talking to Global Icon, Lars Schneider and our self-titled, Web Overlord, Jason Nugent about an upcoming photographic dog sledding trip to Norway with VerticalShot Expeditions....

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Behind the Cover : Blake Jorgenson

About the cover, tell us about how you photographed it and tips for those looking to capture something similar?...

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AR Family Video Portrait: Daniel Rönnbäck

Daniel Rönnbäck - The Chris Hemsworth of photography. A fun loving guy with a knack for big mountain adventures. He’ll be the first to admit he’s a little coocoo, but you kind of have to be to do what he does. Honestly, we all need to be a little crazy if we want to be innovative in a crowded industry of creatives. So what roads were taken to bring him to where he is today? Click play below to watch their “Video Portrait”....

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The Moving Landscape: Photo Interview with Sarah Hatton

Photography is a craft. Some do it as a profession; others do it as a hobby. Regardless of how or why, there are common traits found in all great shooters. They almost always have the drive and most certainly have the passion. Passion is the enjoyment of freezing a moment in time. It’s waking up early to wait behind a lens as light peaks over the summit. Drive keeps the alarm clock pinned at 4am. It’s is the motivating factor that forces creativity to do something different and new....

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Q&A with HelloDarcy

F-stop staff pro Darcy Turenne is an award winning director from Vancouver, Canada. She works on a broad range of projects including commercial shoots, travel films, music videos, and her own art. She is also known internationally from her previous career as a professional mountain biker....