E is for Education

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by Matt Nystrom

CineStories is proud to announce its partnership with Monte Zucker Photographic Education. Their Drive for delivering quality education to photographers and Our Passion for Filmmaking has lead to a relationship that will deliver the best education to photography and film students all over the world.

Please Check out Monte Zucker Photographic Education to see our Latest Educational DVD’s. Such as…

Got in Motion!

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by Matt Nystrom

The Get in Motion Tour was a huge success Due to all our great sponsors and students who were eager pursue the world of video for photographers. We were able to reach photographers in over 41 Cities between Canada and the United States, and everyone was AWESOME! With a lot of good feed back and reviews. CineStories has been invited to continue their tour world wide and even consider Master Class Sessions, which would provide a more hands on/intimate learning environment for our students.

See what our Students had to say about the Tour, and check back often for our Master Class Sessions. Visit Tour Website>>

David Ziser

Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by Cameron Walker

Check out David Ziser’s blog post on how HDSLRs have changed the photography business over the last three years, starting with Vincent Laforet’s groundbreaking video Reverie, which crashed the Canon website on its debut. One part history, a quick look at the modern photography/film industry, and a call-to-action. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Thanks David!

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You can also check out the behind-the-scenes making of Reverie.

Resource Television

Posted on: September 13th, 2011 by Cameron Walker

Photography Industry Television

The Get in Motion Tour is proud to find ourselves on the front page of Resource Television. I guess that makes us kind of official… okay, we were already official. Keep an eye out for our upcoming Resource Magazine article on the 180 Rule and how a cat in a window can break the rule. (Cats are always breaking the rules.)

Photo Credit: Cory Walker

How to Photograph Everyone

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by Cameron Walker

Yesterday we gave you a sneak peak into Kevin Kubota’s How to Photoshop Everyone. Today we are excited to announce the launch of Clay Blackmore’s How to Photograph Everyone website, featuring his educational DVD by the same name. The website includes Sandy Puc and Hanson Fog as guest instructors, and a gallery of Clay’s stunning photography. Keep up-to-date by checking the blog and event sections.

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How to Photoshop Everyone

Posted on: September 7th, 2011 by Matt Nystrom
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When learning is fun, you learn better, and you enjoy the process. We want you to have as much fun with Photoshop as we had making this DVD.

CineStories and Team Kubota have been in Bend, Oregon filming the DVD series How To Photoshop Everyone. This isn’t your standard Photoshop training DVD. Written and directed by Ross Hockrow, produced by Jeff Medford, and starring Kevin Kubota, it is written, filmed and edited like a feature film. Like any feature narrative, it has characters, it has a plot line, and it has a story flow. This is a comedic story about the journey of a young female photographer who needs to learn How To Photoshop Everyone. Along her journey she encounters several photoshop experts, all played by Kevin Kubota. This 2 hour film is as funny and entertaining as it is packed with information to take you from the most basic steps of Photoshop, to the most complex tasks. We believe the best way to learn and retain information is to have fun while learning. This DVD raises the bar for photography education.

A special thanks to Plankers Sandwiches for their delicious cookies. Ross is now lovingly known as the cookie monster.

If I were trapped on an island…

Posted on: May 31st, 2011 by Ross Hockrow

I love when people play the desert island game. They ask, “If you were trapped on a desert island for the rest of your life and you could only have one food forever, what would it be? Well, after I answer confidently that peanut butter and jelly could satisfy my cravings and nutritional needs until death, I got to thinking… what lens/camera combo would I want to film this escapade of insanity?

I’ve heard a lot of people say the 7D with the 24-70 2.8 Cannon L-Series, but for cinema I’m not so sure. Sure it would be nice to have a focal range to select from but I do have legs. I can walk closer or further from my subject. So now that I realized I can walk I think I have the perfect combo: L-Series 50 1.2 with the 5D.

“Why,” you ask? Well, first off the 5D is a far superior camera when it comes to depth of field and low light. Secondly, the 50 mm 1.2 is the most versatile prime lens in all of the land. I’ve found (from filming an entire feature film and several other major projects) that the 50 can double as a wide-angle lens, and a decent close-up lens. Being that it has the ability to open up to 1.2 and it’s on the 5D, you’ll get amazing fall-off with any shot, but it also has the sharpness to hold up when trying to show off your wide-angle skills.

So how do we translate this to reality?

Okay, so forget the desert island game. Imagine you see the rest of the world jumping on the DSLR bandwagon. You have a budget of 4000 and don’t know how to spend it. Let me help you.

5D mark II 2499.99
50 1.2 L-Series 1200.00
Monfrotto Video Monopod 270.00

Making films that really move people… priceless.

For everything else there’s mastercard.

Photography Education at its Finest

Posted on: May 30th, 2011 by Matt Nystrom


CineStories is currently working with two of the most renowned wedding and portrait photography educators – Kevin Kubota (left), and Ken Sklute (right).

Ken Sklute’s latest education DVDs will include everything you need to know about posing a male and female, and tackle the issues photographers are having with ETTL lighting (Electronic Through The Lens). His next two DVDs will be ready for release later this Fall. Keep checking back for more information.

Kevin Kubota is known worldwide for his Photoshop plugins, and he is sharing his insider knowledge with the rest of us in his CineStories produced DVD series called “How to Photoshop Everyone.”  This DVD will approach photography education unlike anything the industry has ever seen before. CineStories is making the title into a full length feature film that will captivate the audience while instructing at the same time. Check back for details…

All of our CineStories-produced education can be found on the website of the man who inspired us to reach for greater heights – Monte Zucker. Visit www.montezucker.com to see the legacy he left behind and the new innovations his influence has helped to create.

All in a Logo

Posted on: May 28th, 2011 by Matt Nystrom

When branding CineStories I wanted to capture the true essence of what it is that we do. We tell stories through films. Believe it or not this was the first logo idea that came to mind. By combining the imagery of a book and film strip, the logo is a literal interpretation on the title – CineStories.