National Geographic posted this video of how they photographed the world's largest Sequoia in one image. Wait till you see the guys dangling on ropes from the tree—they look like characters out of a Tim Burton film as the tree completely dwarfs them.
Here's a really cool how-to on making a video using stills that looks like you spun your camera in a huge circle around a building:
Check out this underwater project of Octavio Aburto as he captures the mating ritual of some fish and their epic underwater tornado. Making David and Goliath from Octavio Aburto on Vimeo.
Here's a couple mini documentaries on two awesome photographers. The first (Silver and Light — Ian Rughter) is doing wet plate collodian in a very large scale and the second (Beyond — Joey L) is traveling the world and shows you how he does what he does. Must see videos: SILVER & LIGHT from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo. Varanasi, India: "Beyond" from Cale Glendening on Vimeo.
Chase Jarvis has a great interview on his blog with a photography collector by the name of W. M. Hunt. If you want to someday have your work in galleries, museums and private collections—this is a great primer.
Landings at San Diego Int Airport Nov 23, 2012 from Cy Kuckenbaker on Vimeo.
How do you know you are ready to be a full-time professional photographer? You have a portfolio, website, some awards under your belt. Getting an outside opinion is a great way to gauge how others feel about your work and web site. There is a service called Eyeist that will review your work and give you their two cents on the state of your union. Their fees are very affordable considering in the past you would have had to hire a consultant or be in the industry to get well structured feedback. Check it out and see if you have what it takes to be a full-time professional photographer.
If you don't already read Shane Hurlbut's blog, you should. He is a cinematographer but his techniques and insight will also enlighten photographers. Here's a cool tutorial he posted on creating a beauty light: