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Jon Simo

The Official Canadian International AutoShow
1 week ago
Meet BMW’s new concept car: The Vision M Next 👉swipe through my post to see how I captured it using a very long pole and some cool camera tech. I wanted to capture this wild new car in a different way than other photographers had before. So I brought my 25ft telescoping pole with me and found a really beautiful looking angle that utilized the interesting shapes and colours surrounding the car from a perspective that would have only been possible with a scissor lift or drone. Using the Lumix Sync app on my iPhone, I was able to remotely view and control my Panasonic S1H to change camera settings, frame up and capture what I needed. The app is incredibly handy for placing the camera in hard to reach places like this and I’m even able to transfer RAW files directly from the S1H to my phone so that I can edit them in Lightroom Mobile. This shot however, needed more work that Lightroom mobile can handle so I dove into photoshop and did a pretty extensive background cleanup, environment replacement, colour grade and crap to give you the final 4x5 image you see above. The entire edit took me about 90 minutes from start to finish and I’m really happy with how it turned out, I was able to utilize the natural spot-light effect lighting and make the Vision M feel like it’s the only car in the room, despite being surrounded by hundreds. This was captured at the @cdnintlautoshow - I’ve shot a ton of new content for @BmwCanada that I’ll be releasing soon so stay tuned! Are you guys checking out the show this week? Let me know in the comments P.s. that last crane shot was also captured with my long pole, I was able to attach my @djiglobal Ronin-S gimbal to it and get a really high production value shot without having to bring a full crane setup with me. Turn on story notifications to see more about that ⚡️ All the tracks used in these clips are from the awesome @slowheal0 - go give him a listen. Produced by @notchvideo #bmw #bmwvisionnext100 #bmwvision #visionmnext #bmwvideo #speededit #photoshopedit #photoshopediting #insta360go #panasonics1h #lumix
4 weeks ago
I shot this by sticking a 360 camera on a long stick outside of this M8’s window, technology is awesome 🎥🎉 . . Shot on the @insta360 One X, edited in After Effects and Premiere. . . P.s. if you zoom in you can see my hand in the stitch-line 😬 #bmwcanada #insta360onex #insta360 #bmwm8 #bmwm850i #bmwvideo
Salon International de l'Auto de Montréal
1 month ago
Captured some beasts for BMW at the Montreal Autoshow 🔥 . . I only had a few hours to capture 40 stills and enough video to create this teaser so I had to be incredibly efficient with my time and gear choices. I decided to just bring the Panasonic S1H and 24-70mm with me as to not worry about changing lenses or rigging elaborate setups. . . The video was shot entirely handheld thanks to the S1H’s insane stabilization and big 6k sensor. The unsung hero of this shoot was definitely my circular polarizer though, it helps limit reflections on the ground, glass and bodywork of the car, an essential for any vehicle capture. Which was your favourite car in the cut? I’ve got a big sweet spot for that purple M8 💎 . . #bmwcanada #bmwm8 #bmwm2 #bmwi8 #montrealautoshow #bmwvideo @bmwcanada produced by @notchvideo
Salon International de l'Auto de Montréal
1 month ago
Capturing @bmwcanada’a new beauty, The 2 - at the Montreal Auto Show. . . Photographing vehicles in these kinds of environments can be really tricky, you can have busy backgrounds, reflections all over the place and uncontrolled lighting. That’s why I decided to use my circular polarizer to minimize those reflections, then open up photoshop to clean up the background and replace the ceiling with something a little cleaner. The edit took me about 1.5 hr but the resulting image was absolutely worth it. Watch my latest story to see some BTS. I captured this on the Panasonic S1H and their amazing 24-70mm lens made by Leica - amazing combo! In fact it was the only lens I brought with me on this trip because it’s so incredibly versatile. Are you checking out the MTL Auto Show this year? I’m dropping more car content soon 👀 . . #bmwcanada #montrealautoshow #bmwm2 #bmwm3 #bmwm235i #salonautomtl @lumix @lumixcan
Dharamshala
1 month ago
Creative ruts are the f*cking worst. Read how I got out of my brutal one in my new blog - link in bio💡 . For two weeks in December I spent my time in the mountains of Northern India filming a documentary with the Dalai Lama - while it was challenging I felt so very creatively fulfilled. Upon returning to a very contrasting (and cold) Toronto I fell into a creative slump, before I knew it I didn’t even want to touch my camera and I my limbs refused to allow me to leave my couch… These blackholes of creativity happen all the time, they’re frustrating as hell and seemingly come out of nowhere. That’s why this time I really wanted to put pen to paper and reflect on how I’ve dug myself out of them before. I came up with 5 tactics that at the very least would help me get out of my own rut and get back to making cool shit. I’ve always loved writing and remembered just how much I missed it when the words started flowing out of my mind melon. I’m planning on jotting down one blog post every couple of weeks and have a lot of great things I can’t wait to share; from photo/filmmaking tricks & tips, productivity hacks, behind the scenes look at my work and some general ramblings from my brain to yours. I hope you guys find this first post informative and fun, I’d love if you could leave your feedback here in the comments and let me know what you do when you find yourself in a creative rut, I want to keep adding to the list. #jonsimoblog #creativerut #creativityhacks #mediumblog #torontocreatorcommunity
The Dalai Lama's Temple. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
2 months ago
10 years ago these two shots would have cost thousands of dollars to create - now I can fake a drone with a $500 360 camera and I can film dolly shots with nothing but my hands. The golden age of filmmaking is right now and I couldn’t be more thrilled 🎥🎉 . . The first shot was captured using an @insta360 One X, a tool I’ve been loving more and more every time I use it. With its built-in flowstate stabilization and ability to reframe in any direction I’ve been able to capture shots I never thought possible. The second shot was captured handheld using the new Panasonic @lumix S1H, which has the best in-body stabilization I’ve ever seen. I barely used my gimbal during the entire documentary production I was filming. Having 6k internal recording and 14+ stops of dynamic range solidifies this beast as my current dream camera. If you’ve been watching my stories you know that I’ve been in India shooting a documentary with the Dalai Lama, I captured a lot of amazing content and can’t wait to share it, stay tuned ✌🏻 . . #cinematographer #cinematography #panasonics1h #insta360onex #filmmaker #filmmakerslife #behindthescenes @lumixusa @lumixcan @filmakrs @filmmkrs
Toronto, Ontario
2 months ago
The vibrant blue #PriusPrime striking a pose against the warm Fall palette. . . This series of images was shot on my new favourite hybrid camera the @lumixcan S1H. I already knew the camera was a video beast but I was so happy to find out it shoots incredible stills as well. 6.5 stops of IBIS, a 5.9mil don’t Viewfinder, articulating LCD screen, so many handy features that made it a joy to use. The new L mount pro lenses they’re making are stunning, I fell in love with the 50mm f/1.4, in fact 90% of these photos were shot with it. The colours straight out of camera are magical and I was able to push the raw file around a TON in photoshop. I’ve officially switched from Sony to Panasonic and I’m not looking back, can’t wait to see what else this beast of a camera can do🔥 . . #panasonics1h #lumix #lumixs1h #panasoniclumix #lumixphotography
2 months ago
New work for @toyotacanada pt.2 // No drones were used in the making of this, just my @insta360 One X 🤯 . . #insta360 #insta360onex #360video #insta360official #toyotaprius
2 months ago
New work for @toyotacanada - When Toyota reached out to me to create content for the release of their brand new #PriusPrime, I jumped on the opportunity to create something unique and fun. I shot this spot on two very powerful but opposing tools, the @insta360 One X and the @lumixcan S1H. Using the Insta360 on this spot was incredibly fun, I wanted to create this sporadic edit with nonstop movement, the ability to reframe 360 footage in post has been a game changer for my editing. I was even able to create fake bird’s eye drone shots by sticking the 360 camera outside the window of the car with a long pole, pretty convincing huh? I shot the final warp-speed sequence using the One X’s built in time-lapse functionality which looks incredibly cool. I still can’t believe what a $500 camera these days can do. The Panasonic S1H was amazing for capturing burst stills of the car in motion and 24mp was just high enough for me to reframe the match cuts however I liked. The whole spot was edited in Premiere Pro and After Effects, aligning and reframing was a bit of a tedious process but absolutely worth it in the long run. Want to learn more about my editing techniques and style, join the #TorontoCreatorsCommunity server by clicking the link in my bio. You can also use the link in my bio to get your very own @insta360 OneX with a special discount code. Project produced by @hashtagpaid Cam assists @jasonkattides @owainparri . . #toyotacanada #insta360 #insta360onex #360video #toyotaprius
Sherbrooke Quebec
2 months ago
I had a blast shooting this Neon inspired series with some badass machines. Swipe to see all the looks I captured, which colour palette is your favourite👀 . . I was tasked with shooting 10 vehicles in a variety of set ups, over 2 days for BRP’s new XPS line. We had a 400 sq ft room acting as makeshift studio, which was certainly challenging…especially that boat 😅 We rigged up 8 titan tubes along the ceiling so I could have full modular control over key, fill and back-lighting all with an iPhone. On the ground I used 3 @colorspike RGB lights with barn doors to create moody splashes of light and areas of interest to highlight the products or actions. In the past, shooting this many setups with so many different colours would have required tedious rigging over and over again but the fact that we could swap an entire room with over 12 lights in single click brings me so much joy, definitely nerded out over this one. I shot the series on an A7rIII with Sigma ART glass, shot tethered into Capture One - created a nice grungy look on set so the client could see my vision on the monitor as we went. The neon was added in post and I think they did a great job. Huge shout out to @unreasonablestudios , @getjuiced , @davidstulberg and @owainparri - We had a small nimble team but created something I’d super proud of. P.s. my favourite look is the muddy CanAm off-roader in green, love how it turned out. #seadoo #skidoo #canam #neonphotography #xpslubricants
3 months ago
Swipe through more of my favourite shots from the BMW M8 campaign 👉 . . Thanks again to my awesome team: @cbenfey, @jasonkattides, @jhuze1988 and @canningbrandon - couldn’t have captured so much content in 2 days without them. Photos by myself and @jasonkattides, colour grade done in camera raw and photoshop. Speaking of which I’m prepping a car Lightroom preset package based on the looks I’ve created on my previous automotive shoots - stay tuned! Produced by @notchvideo #bmwm8 #bmwm850i #bmwphotos #bmwm8competition #automotivephotography
3 months ago
Aren’t cars just so much better in 3Dimensions . . These are from my BMW M8 project, on top of capturing stills and video I created a few looping 3D photos. These are done by snapping a photo, taking a step the the side and then repeating. In photoshop you align all the photos to a central point - in this case it was the front BMW logo. From there you create a frame animation sequence, colour grade them and then you export as video and you’ve got yourself a fancy lil piece of content 😎 . . Shot by myself and @cbenfey, using an A7iii and Tamron 28-75mm e mount. Graded with my upcoming car preset pack. . . #bmwm8 #bmwm8grancoupe #bmwphoto #3dphoto #nishikan8000
3 months ago
I’ve always had an affinity for cars ever since I was a little boy, but only recently have I been paying more attention to bringing work & play together. Here are a few of my favourite shots from my BMW M8 Campaign.

I was tasked with capturing 60 stills and 10 looping videos by BMW that would showcase their new 2020 machines, the M8 Cabriolet, M8 Coupe, M850I and 750. I assembled an awesome team including @cbenfey @jasonkattides @jhuze1988 @canningbrandon and over 2 long days we captured a ludicrous amount of content and tried out some techniques that had never been done before. I just watched Ford Vs. Ferrari in theatres and found myself resonating with Carol Shelby, as he sat in his cobra and felt the stress of the world melt away. Whether it be on a motorcycle or a finely crafted car, there’s something blissful in riding a machine that has been so carefully tuned, it’s kind of beautiful. Photographs by myself and @jasonkattides (who was a ninja at finding amazing locations) colour grade and retouching done in Camera Raw and Photoshop. Shot on the Sony A7III, with Sigma Art and Tamron E mount lenses. Produced by @notchvideo #bmwm8 #bmwm850i #bmwcanada #bmwm8competition #bmwphoto
Neon Demon Studio
3 months ago
Neon light therapy w/ @rishad . . Shot on my favourite 360 tool the @insta360 One X 👀 Did you know you can colour grade video using photoshop’s camera raw? That’s exactly what I did for this clip using my own neon presets. It can be very powerful, clarity, HSL, dehaze, they all work really well. Just drag your clip into photoshop, convert it to a smart layer and apply camera raw 🤟🏻 . . #neonsign #neonportrait #neonlights #neondemonstudio #brandonwoelfel #torontostudio #neondemon #perfectloop #insta360onex #insta360
Neon Demon Studio
3 months ago
@aidan asked me to help him update his profile pic, went a little overboard 😅 . . . Video and photos graded with my Neon presets, link in bio 💪🏻 . . . #neondemonstudio #perfectloop #spinnyhat #aidantanner #cinemagraph #cinemagrapher #3dphoto
Don Valley
3 months ago
This is my photographer power stance, what’s yours? 😂 . . I spent the weekend shooting on @panasoniccanada’s brilliant new full-frame mirrorless camera the S1H. I’ve been a long time Panasonic fanboy, from the DVX100 to the Gh2, so when I heard they were releasing a 6k full frame camera I got really excited. First of all this camera looks damn good, it’s got a massive dedicated video record button on top of the body, and overall feels really good to hold in my hands. The EVF is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, it’s the sharpest, most crisp image - like a tiny retina display. The dual flip out LCD is also gorgeous and really easy to see even in harsh daylight. Most importantly though, the image on this sensor is stunning; both in the 24mp stills and 6k video. I could go on and on about the specs so if you want to know more leave a comment below👇 . . #panasoniccanada #panasonics1h #lumixusa #lumixcanada #photogear
Nathan Phillips Square
4 months ago
New work for @redbullcanada 👀 . . Red Bull asked me to create some social content to promote their upcoming music festival in Toronto + their specially designed can to go along with it. I decided to shoot the opening hyperlapse at Nathan Philips Square so that within the first few seconds you know without a doubt it’s Toronto. The hyperlapse took me about an hour to shoot, I snapped, moved my tripod, then repeated, over the entire distance. I shot the can separately after the hyperlapse was completed, doing manual photo bursts and focus pulls all in camera. The footage ‘inside the can’ is a collection of content I shot at last year’s @redbullmusic festival. Shot on a Sony a7III with a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 (my new fav lens). Have any questions have hyperlapses? Ask me below 💪🏻 #hyperlapsevideo #hyperlapse #torontotimelapse #timelapsevideo #toronto_insta
5 months ago
The BMW M8 captured through infrared photography . . Those leaves in the background are actually a deep green, my infrared modified Panasonic GH2 camera captured a wavelength invisible to the human eye. Thanks to the new IR Chrome filter from @kolarivision, specific types of light are filtered out to only let in the IR spectrum, turning foliage into a vibrant red. This specific filter mimics Kodak’s aerochrome film stock, originally produced for aerial government surveillance in the 60s. Remember the scene from Gladiator where Maximus is walking through the fields to meet his family in the afterlife, same idea - they shot that scene using infrared film for an otherworldly feeling. These leaves were in the corner of a gas station parking lot, I wanted to turn an otherwise boring location into something similar, otherworldly. If you’re looking to get into infrared photography/videography, check out the Kolarivision website, tons of great information and products to get you started. @infraredchrome @kolarivision #infraredphotography #irchrome #bmwm8 #m8competition #infraredphoto
Neon Demon Studio
5 months ago
Bad Decisions. 🎥 @caseydeidrick . . I love create small pieces of content like this that tell a story in their own right. Casey had just shaved his head for an upcoming project and I thought it’d be perfect to put a knife in his hand for this moody crime scene about to happen. This was shot on a Sony a6500 with Sigma 24-35mm f/2 glass on my Ronin S, I shot this vertically by mounting the camera to a cage. It was lit with a couple of @yongnuo.cz RGB lights and of course all the neon inside @neondemonstudio. In the background is the @alphaelectromechanics Micro Fogger 2 providing some haze. I graded this in Photoshop using camera raw, a powerful way to grade short clips to really make them feel like moving photos. Music: Sandbox by Mac Quayle from Mr Robot vol 5 Thanks to @justinwu for helping me out with this shot, he’s got a bunch of content from the studio coming out soon! #caseydeidrick #neondemonstudio #moodyvisuals #perfectloop #cinematicclip
Neon Demon Studio
5 months ago
Inspired by the colours of the galaxies above. These are two portraits from my latest collaboration with @finnthehoomann ✨ . . I snapped these using @fujifilm_northamerica’s absolutely mind blowing new camera, the medium format GFX100. There’s something inexplainable about a 100 megapixel sensor, everything you capture is simply epic - I knew @neondemonstudio would be the perfect location. For the few days I had the camera I absolutely fell in love, the colour science from Fuji is unrivalled right now. When I brought the file into camera raw I was blown away at how far I could push the image, even when grain started to appear it had a magical filmic quality to it. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the GFX100 again, so I can test more lenses and dive deep into its video capabilities. Would you guys be interested in a full review in my IG stories? Who else here has become a Fuji fanboy as of late? Haha Shot with the Fujinon 63mm f/2.8 ISO 320 1/80th shutter Lit with a @colorspike and @yongnuo.cz YN 360 v2 Graded in camera raw and photoshop #neondemonstudio #fujigfx100 #fujifilmxseries #neonportrait #masterzofneon #neonportraits #neonports #fujifilm_street
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