17+ Iconic Vintage Car Ads

10 Vintage Car Ads for Your Nostalgia

Long before you'd see an Instagram story of a BMW, talk to Mercedes on Twitter, or watch an influencer (who couldn't tell you the difference between horsepower and torque) talk to you about a Porsche, car companies doubled down on creating visually aesthetic and compelling print advertising.

Before we all had advertising machines in our pockets in the form of smartphones, Car advertisers needed to grab your attention about their latest models and provide just the right amount (or a huge amount) of information as you're zipping through a magazine or walking by a billboard. On-location photos, hand drawn renditions, beautiful studio film work; all remnants of a bygone era of incredible advertising. Buckle in and check out some of the best vintage car ads.

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Dispo by David Dobrik: Disposable Camera Effect App Review

Dispo by David Dobrik Guide: The Disposable Camera Effect App

From film photography, to the camcorder aesthetic, vinyl records, and beyond – analog is making a comeback like never before. Enter Dispo – David Dobrik's new disposable camera effect app.

Late 2019, David dropped his famed film account @davidsdisposable, and has since reignited excitement around the film photo aesthetic even more. Now, everyone can have a disposable camera in their pocket thanks to Dispo.

Dispo brings together the convenience of a smartphone, and the nostalgia and candidness of film photography - letting users capture disposable-esque shots, without the disposing.

In October 2020, Dispo raised $4 million from Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian's new venture Seven Seven Six (the firm's first-ever investment) – and the rest was history. Dispo's team is a lean and mighty machine, and on a mission to create a photo-sharing platform that restores joy and authenticity to the space.

Whether you've just downloaded the app and want to get the most out of it, or just want to know what the heck it's about, here's everything you need to know about Dispo.Read more


David Dobrik Vlog Camera & Gear

David Dobrik’s Camera & Vlogging Gear: A Full Guide (2023)

One of the most renowned vloggers on YouTube, David Dobrik brings his hilarious, quirky, prank-ridden vlogs to us through capturing his daily life. Whether it's goofing around with his famed Vlog Squad, doing the wildest of science experiments, or giving back to his community and followers in need, David has a way with how he captures his life.

One thing we can appreciate is his simplistic approach in his vlogs. We've seen the fancy vlog setups and high production approaches out there, but when it comes to David, he employs simple capturing methods with cameras and equipment that are accessible to everyone!

The main priority of his vlogs is to capture the moment, no matter how raw, how messy, how hilarious, or how heartfelt it can be. Check out our guide for David Dobrik's vlogging camera and gear!Read more


Best Twitter Photography Accounts to Follow

23 Must-Follow Photographers on Twitter

Twitter is often in the shadows of Instagram when it comes to getting photography inspo. Truth is, some of the best photographers are consistently sharing their work on Twitter. The less overly-curated nature of the platform, as well as photo sets, make for a more candid experience – keeping the focus on great storytelling rather than sharing that one “Insta banger”.

Beyond sharing photos, Twitter’s platform gives more opportunity to engage with creators, and learn more about their processes and day-to-day behind the camera. You might even get put on to new creators based on who they follow, like and retweet.

These are our favourite Twitter photographers of 2021 for you to follow and get a little more inspiration on your timeline.Read more


Car Fonts & Automotive Brands

Car Fonts From Your Favorite Automotive Brands

We know some of the iconic cars of all time, from the Ferrari Enzo to the Bugatti Chiron. We know of some of the most famous car colors from Rosso Corsa to British Racing Green – but how about the fonts used to create these legendary automotive brands?

Explore the car fonts that have become synonymous over decades and centuries with some of our favorites, whether it be from Maranello, Stuttgart or Gaydon - every automotive typeface brings years of history, culture and design along with it.Read more


Brandon Woelfel's Camera Gear & Creative Accessories

Brandon Woelfel's Camera Gear & Creative Accessories

Brandon Woelfel is a New York-based photographer who pioneered his unique look that uses dreamy bokeh, vibrant colors, fairy lights, and so much more.

From working with influencers like Lilly Singh and LaurDIY, and large brands such as H&M, to amassing over 2M followers, and launching several high quality photo books, it's no exaggeration to say Brandon's incredibly accomplished in the space.

Just a quick look through Brandon's photos will have you guessing, what intricate setup does he use to create his iconic look? Guess no more – we've put together a full guide of gear for you! Featuring the camera, camera lenses, and the various other creative tools that he uses to get the shot.

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Brandon Woelfel's Camera – The Nikon Z7

Brandon Woelfel's camera started out as a Nikon D750, to which he upgraded to a D850, to now this mirrorless powerhouse – the Nikon Z7, the camera that does it all. The Z7 packs an all-new 45.7MP sensor capable of producing 4K video, 8K timelapses, and 1080p at up to 120fps. Beyond the incredible resolution and video capabilities, the Z7's 493-point on-sensor phase detect autofocus system with up to 9fps shooting speeds is what allows Brandon to not only focus fast, but capture the perfect image. All within a small package which is perfect while Brandon shoots on the go.

Check out the Nikon Z7

Brandon Woelfel Camera

The Wide Prime Lens – 35mm f/1.4

When we talk about Brandon Woelfel's lenses, we'll need to board a one-way ticket into prime lens town. These are the lenses of choice that let Brandon capture amazingly sharp and vibrant images, and buttery bokeh along with great low-light performance. We'll start off with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 – a lens fit for any portrait photographer. This focal length is said to be one that captures the most true-to-life images, avoiding distortion.

Check out the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4

Brandon Woelfel Lens - 35mm

The Portrait Prime Lens – 58mm f/1.4

Next on the list of Brandon's lenses is the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4, a slight step up from the 35mm prime he packs. Another lens that opens up to a wide f/1.4 aperture and lets in all the light from sunset to night time (which you'll observe a lot of in Brandon's work), the extra focal length from 35mm to 58mm allows Brandon to get closer to his models and isolate them from their surroundings.

Check out the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4

Brandon Woelfel Portrait Lens

The Zoomed Prime Lens – 85mm f/1.4

Add an extra 27mm of focal length to the 58mm above and what do we get? This gargantuan of a lens that is the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4. This lens sports the same low-light performance and fast capture as the primes above, but zooms into a punchy 85mm. At this focal length, we start to experience compression of the background to the foreground, helping create a feeling of grandeur in the photo.

Get the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 lens

Brandon Woelfel Prime Lens - 85mm

The Telephoto Prime Lens – 105mm f/1.4

Last but certainly not least, this behemoth of a prime lens - the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4. Where do we start? It's a beautiful piece of equipment and demands your attention, houses 14 elements, and captures incredible images. Having yet again, similar features to the above primes such as fast capture, bokeh, and low-light performance – the compression of this lens speaks for itself! Brandon loves to capture bokeh behind his models, often of city lights in the distance or a fairy light backdrop, and this lens takes those bokeh circles and makes them look massive and magical in the background!

Check out the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 lens

Brandon Woelfel Telephoto Prime Lens

Lens Mount Adapter – Nikon FTZ Adapter

Since Brandon started out on the Nikon D750 and D850, most of his lenses are F-mount lenses, meaning you could only mount them to Nikon's full-frame DSLRs. This FTZ Adapter is plain and simple – it takes the F-mount lenses and adapts them for the new line of mirrorless cameras. In Brandon's case, his Nikon Z7!

Check out the Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ

Nikon Camera Lens Mount

Tripod - GEEKOTO Tripod

Brandon's go-to tripod is the GEEKOTO, which comes with a ball head, rotatable center column, 75-inch height, monopod mode, AND it all folds nicely to be easily stored in a bag. Precise, flexible, practical, and built from a strong magnesium-aluminum alloy – it's no wonder this is Brandon's tripod of choice.

Check out the GEEKOTO Tripod

Brandon Woelfel Tripod

Fairy Lights – GDEALER 2-Pack 20ft LED Fairy Lights

There was a time when not a lot of photographers were using fairy lights. Since then, Brandon Woelfel has definitely become known as the fairy light pioneer – often creating bokeh-surrounded magical shots of his models, which are a result of these lights intricately placed for the shot. If you're looking for more tips and ideas for using these lights, don't miss our guide on fairy lights photography!

Check out the GDEALER 20ft Fairy Lights

Brandon Woelfel Fairy Lights Photography

Projector – 1080p LCD Projector

Projectors allow Brandon to impose large images onto his models, and create vibrant backdrops to contrast with his subjects. He'll often take cool patterns and position them on or behind his models. This specific projector hooks up to your smartphone via its built in WiFi, so it's a great one for on-the-go shoots where all you'll need is a wall outlet and your phone!

Check out the HD LCD Projector

Projector photography

Suncatcher – Axicon Rainbow Window

Sun catchers act as a small handheld intricate photography prism of sorts. Taking light and omitting kaleidoscope-like patterns, and refracting light into all the colors of the rainbow! Brandon often places these either in front of his lens, or in front of a lamp to refract light onto his models for a rainbow cast.

Check out the Axicon Rainbow Window

Suncatcher Photography with Brandon Woelfel

Rainbow Projection Lamp – Canrulo Red Projection Lamp

A lamp that has grown in popularity on photography Twitter from photographers like Josh Tep, these new sunlight projection lamps quite literally replicate a nice warm sun orb on whatever you point it at. Whether it be the wall, your bed, or position it on a model, Brandon's use of these lamps resembles the sun, bringing nice warm tones to his images.

Check out the Canrulo 90 Degree Red Projection Lamp

Rainbow Sunset Projector Photography

Fog Spray – Atmosphere Aerosol

When Brandon can't haul a big smoke machine and smoke fluid around with him, these aerosol fog spray cans come in handy! Brandon's photos often feature lights shining through a faint haze, to which you can see the beams of light passing through – whether it lasers, laps, or even sunlight through window blinds.

Check out the Atmosphere Aerosol Fog Spray

Brandon Woelfel Fog Spray

LED Light – Falcon Eyes F7 RGB LED Light

Brandon is able to change the color of a setting at the push of a button with his pocket LED light: the Falcon Eyes F7 RGB LED Light! with an illumination rating of 4000lux, a battery that lasts 2 hours, changeable to many RGB colors and more, this Falcon Eyes LED light does it all.

Check out the Falcon Eyes F7 RGB LED Light

Brandon Woelfel LED Lights

Star Projector – BlissLights Sky Lite

Known for always showing up in the replies of viral tweets, star projectors have been all the craze lately! Small projectors that can literally fill an entire room with a colorful display of lights and stars, it fits perfectly into Brandon's arsenal of gear that helps him create his look!

Check out the BlissLights Sky Lite

Brandon Woelfel Star Projector

Smoke Machine – AGPTEK Fog Machine

Brandon's photos create dreamlike atmospheres, there's no denying that! One of the ways he achieves this is by filling the room with a faint smoke, done only by a proper smoke machine. His AGPTEK fog machine not only fills the room with a nice haze, but also has LEDs which can color the smoke a certain color. A fog machine is perfect for when you're trying to really up the haze factor and fill up an entire room. With these machines, you also have a bit more control over how much fog you'd like in your room.

Check out the AGPTEK Fog Machine

Smoke Projector Photography

Reflective Sunglasses - Gold Aviator Clear Lens Glasses

Often times, Brandon will have his models rock these clear lens aviators – which catch even more of the surrounding lights. Whether it be from the fairy lights, star projector, or even a disco ball, these glasses will reflect it all!

Check out these Gold Aviator Clear Lens Glasses

Brandon Woelfel Glasses

Which one of Brandon’s gear surprised you? Is there any new equipment you’ve noticed Brandon add to his camera bag? Let us know in the comments below!

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Best Camera Lens for Car Photography

Best Lens for Car Photography

Capturing Formula One’s best racers in the paddocks, composing foreign supercars in grand locations, or even snapping shots of your friend’s JDM car at the local mall parking lot. Automotive photography has helped us appreciate, observe and remember the cars we love. But how are these cars and moments captured?

From the plethora of lenses that are out there, we’re going to focus on the essentials to get you off to the races: a versatile zoom lens, prime lens, and telephoto lens.

Searching for the right camera body for your car shoots? Check out our full guide for picking the best camera for automotive photography.

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Most Visually Stunning Movies With the Best Cinematography

32 Most Visually Stunning Movies with the Best Cinematography

There are so many elements that make a film great, but as photographers, visuals are always top of mind. Lately, we’ve been on the hunt for the most visually stunning movies.

So what makes a beautiful movie? We focussed on three main components: composition, color, and lighting – just like photography. Besides being a treat to the eyes, all three components in harmony make cinematography a key storytelling device: setting the tone for every scene.

After countless hours of movie-watching and scouring the web, we've handpicked our top 32 most visually stunning movies, along with the most beautiful frames from each.

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Looking for the best way to organize and journal your movies and shows? Our Ultimate Movie & TV Show Watch List Dashboard for Notion has it all!

Movie Watch List Template

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Best Tabletop Tripods & Vlogging Tripods

Best Vlogging & Tabletop Tripods for Your Setup in 2023

Tabletop tripods have become to go-to for anyone from vloggers to run-and-gun creators. The sturdy yet compact build of these tripods provides great stabilization, all in a nice compact package.

Tabletop and handheld tripods are often associated with YouTubers and podcasters – and we're here to share the best for not only these use cases, but the several others that command the utility and flexibility of these tripods.
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Aesthetic Fairy Lights for Photography

Aesthetic Fairy Lights for Photography & String Light Ideas

Light is the bread and butter of photography (heck, "photo" in Latin literally means "light") – so, naturally, any means to work more light into our photography is always welcomed. Sometimes it's good ol' daylight, sometimes it's the warm orange cast of golden hour, sometimes it's neons on a bustling street, and sometimes, it's incorporating a prop to work in some illumination magic.

Enter fairy lights.

Fairy lights are an ultra versatile and ultra portable accessory that can be anyone's camera bag staple, available at the ready when you need to give your photos a literal glowup. Whether you need a light source, or just want to add some creative flair to your shots, fairy lights are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional – giving any photo a magical, enchanting look.

From the best fairy lights to buy, to ideas on how to work fairy lights into your photography, get scrolling and dive into our full guide on fairy light photography!Read more