Sony Q&A @ CP+ 2019: The future of AI autofocus; what else is next. Plus, expect more APS-C bodies!


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I had a chance to sit down with Kenji Tanaka from Sony, as part of my usual round of interviews at this year's CP+ 2019 trade show in Yokohama. Tanaka-san is the Senior General Manager of Business Unit 1 of Sony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc's Digital Imaging Group. That's a typically Japanese-business-card mouthful, but he's basically the guy responsible for Sony's interchangeable-lens camera strategy. He also has a very strong engineering background, so has an excellent grasp of just what the technology can do now, and…

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Firmware Friday: Better focusing for Sony A6000; Canon preps fix for 400mm / 600mm lens flicker


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It's been a while since we had a really brief Firmware Friday post, but this week rectifies that with news of just three updates: One from Sony, and two from Canon. (And the latter aren't actually available yet, just in development.)

So what's new? Well, Sony's A6000 mirrorless camera has just received improved autofocus stability in its version 3.21 update. It's currently available here for Windows users, and here for MacOS. No other changes are made in this release.

And as for Canon, the company has pledged new firmware

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Critique the Community Technology


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Technology

Submit your best image that fits the theme “technology” for a chance to win a free Fstoppers tutorial.

Technology is constantly changing but it always requires good imagery to sell. See if your images are portfolio worthy by putting them in front of the Fstoppers community to be judged.

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Cinephiles Rejoice! Criterion Channel Announces Its April Lineup


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David Lynch, Akira Kurosawa, Vittorio De Sica? Criterion is offering every cinephile’s dream programming on its new streaming channel.


Look, I know you’ve spent years purchasing premium copies of your favorite selections from the Criterion Collection, but the day when you’ll be able to give your wallet…and your shelves…a rest is now in sight.



Criterion, purveyor of all things historically important and cinematic, has officially announced when its highly anticipated streaming channel is set to go live.


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Fuji GF 100-200mm f/5.6 OIS WR Field Test: Fuji’s new GF telephoto zoom delivers excellent image quality


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Click here to read my Fuji GF 100-200mm Field Test

As Fujifilm continues to expand their GF lens lineup for the GFX medium-format system, photographers have more options than ever. Until the new Fuji GF 100-200mm lens debuted, however, there was only a single zoom lens for the system, the GF 32-64mm f/4. While this new 100-200mm zoom isn't as fast as the GF 110mm f/2 or GF 250mm f/4 lens, the new GF 100-200mm f/5.6 mid-telephoto zoom occupies a unique role by offering a fairly flexible 2x zoom range in a weather-sealed and…

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Editor Chimes in on His Editing Decisions


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Another lesson in how not everything can be “fixed in the edit”.


By all accounts, John Ottman is a good film editor. He’s been in the business for decades working his way up editing films like The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns, and the X-Men series. However, as we wrote about earlier this week, his most recent editing work on Bohemian Rhapsody has stood out as being not-quite reflective of what you’d expect to see in a mainstream blockbuster movie.



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4 Features in 6 Months: Director Luke Korem’s Path to Showtime


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How do you make a four-part docuseries for a major cable network in just six months?


Director and executive producer Luke Korem faced this unique and enviable challenge after pitching a new series called ACTION to Showtime, and the cabler asked him and his team to deliver essentially four feature-length films within a few months.



Korem spoke with No Film School via phone ahead of the show’s Sunday premiere, chatting about the pitch process, finding the real-life characters he featured in the series, and the impact of networking.


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Filmmaker Friday featuring James McKenzie


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With hundreds of jobs and opportunities, breaking into the entertainment industry can be a unique experience for anyone who decides to try to make a career as a filmmaker. From pitching an idea, casting, shooting, editing and screening there are countless ways to be involved in the creative process. This week we had a chance to speak with James McKenzie who is a Director of Photography within the commercial production world. This is what he said:

Photo of James McKenzie

What is your name and where are you from?

James McKenzie: My name is James McKenzie. I grew up in Iowa but I’ve

Photo of James with hockey player holding camera rig
RED Camera with 18.5mm lens

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Harvard sued over allegedly profiting from 1850s images of American slaves


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Harvard University has been sued over its licensing of daguerreotypes believed to be the first images of American slaves. The lawsuit was filed by Tamara Lanier, who says she is the direct descendant of Renty, the man featured alongside his daughter, Delia, in the daguerreotypes. The suit was filed on March 20 in the Middlesex County Superior Court.

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Harvard sued over allegedly profiting from 1850s images of American slaves


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Harvard University has been sued over its licensing of daguerreotypes believed to be the first images of American slaves. The lawsuit was filed by Tamara Lanier, who says she is the direct descendant of Renty, the man featured alongside his daughter, Delia, in the daguerreotypes. The suit was filed on March 20 in the Middlesex County Superior Court.

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DIY Tips for Creating (and Destroying) Your Own Interior Set with the Filmmakers of ‘Relaxer’


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Director Joel Potrykus and DP Adam J. Minnick breakdown how they created an entire apartment set in their friend’s garage for their SXSW ‘18 feature ‘Relaxer’.


There might not be a more destructive filmmaker working than Joel Potrykus. Best known for his DIY indie-punk features Ape, Buzzard and The Alchemist Cookbook, the Grand Rapids, Michigan based writer and director has found a his niche making tight, smart and brutal indies well outside the Hollywood or New York mainstream systems that are equal parts horror thrasher flicks as heady character studies into the limits Continue reading “DIY Tips for Creating (and Destroying) Your Own Interior Set with the Filmmakers of ‘Relaxer’”

The Problem Isn’t the Photo Contest, It’s Us


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Eye-rolls, shrugs, and barbs greeted the $120,000 Grand Prize winner of Dubai’s HIPA Photography Prize. Malaysian photographer Edwin Ong’s photo of a partially blind Vietnamese woman carrying her baby was derided for representing yet another “poverty porn” contest winner before it was suggested that the image was staged by photographer Ab Rashid.

Ong defended his claim that the image was not staged to the Malaysian daily The Star, saying, “In this trip to Vietnam, we (the photographers) went to the rice field and there was a mother (who had her children with her) that passed by. We never told

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Opera browser: Why I love it beyond the common praises


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Many people —and other reviewers— have praised the free, cross-platform and open source Opera browser because of its speed, small footprint, and low demand on resources. Others have applauded its facility to capture screenshots even from websites that prevent it, or because of its built-in VPN. On the other hand, I also love Opera for its URL presentation, something I haven’t seen mentioned in other reviews. At least I have observed that feature in Opera’s macOS and Android version. Opera is also available for basic phones, Linux, USB and Windows. Ahead I’ll cover that benefit in more detail.

URL visual

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This is How Photorealistic Video Game Engines Are Now


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The asset library Quixel has released this new 2.5-minute cinematic short film titled “Rebirth.” It’s an eye-opening look at how photorealistic real-time rendering in video game engines is now.

To prepare for the project, Quixel spent a month in cold and wet locations in Iceland, scanning all kinds of objects found in the natural environment using. The team returned with over 1,000 scans that captured the details of the landscape.

Examples of Quixel photogrammetry scans. Screenshots by TechSpot.

Using the scans — a part of Quixel’s Megascans library — a team of three artists at Quixel created the

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5 Quick Headshot Tips in 3 Minutes by Photographer Peter Hurley


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Want to up your portrait game? Here’s a video by B&H in which Naew York City-based portrait photographer Peter Hurley shares 5 headshot tips in about 3 minutes.

Here’s a rundown of the tips covered:

1. Keep it Simple

2. Keep a Consistent Portfolio

3. Get the Jawline Out

4. It’s All About the Squinch

5. Confidence and Approachability

Watch the video at the top for Hurley’s explanation of each of these tips and how they can result in better headshots for your business.

Unreal Engine’s latest demo videos show just how photorealistic the digital world has become


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At this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), Epic Games showed off a new pair of demo videos that show just how capable its Unreal Engine has become thanks to advanced ray tracing technologies.

The first video, seen above, is titled Rebirth and showcases just how photorealistic scenes can be when developed with the gaming engine’s technology. The demo, designed by the studio Quixel, highlights how realistic the lighting technology inside Unreal Engine 4 has become.

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Unreal Engine’s latest demo videos show just how photorealistic the digital world has become


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At this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), Epic Games showed off a new pair of demo videos that show just how capable its Unreal Engine has become thanks to advanced ray tracing technologies.

The first video, seen above, is titled Rebirth and showcases just how photorealistic scenes can be when developed with the gaming engine’s technology. The demo, designed by the studio Quixel, highlights how realistic the lighting technology inside Unreal Engine 4 has become.

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This Proposal Photo Was Shot Using a Drone


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When two of his good friends got engaged, photographer Mike Soulopulos flew his drone above them and got this creative proposal photo that captures the couple in a romantic shadow.

“There was no scouting or planning involved with this photo,” Soulopulos tells PetaPixel. “I just had a shot drawn out in my head and went for it.”

When the sun is right, all you need to do is properly position your subjects for optimal shadows.

“The sun was quickly setting, creeping closer and closer to the fog wall that was rolling in from off the coast, so I knew

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First Hands-On Footage From Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 Drops


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Take a peek at some of the first high frame rate footage from the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.


Just announced a few weeks ago, the new Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 looks to have already begun making the rounds with select videographers enough to garner some first hands-on footage tests.



In this video by Garth De Bruno Austin, the filmmaking Youtuber is one of the first to take the new URSA Mini Pro to task and try out some of its boosted high frame rate recording. (The Continue reading “First Hands-On Footage From Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro G2 Drops”

This Clever Timelapse Blends Seasons in Central Park Into One Frame


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Emmy-winning cinematographer and time-lapse photographer Tyler Fairbank visited Central Park in New York City over the course of two years and shot photos from the same locations with the same framing. Afterward, he blended the images into this mesmerizing 2-minute time-lapse titled, “The Seasons of Central Park.”

“Filmed over the course of two years, The Seasons of Central Park chronicles the incredible seasonal and atmospheric changes that take place every year throughout Central Park,” the film’s description reads. “Home to centuries-old bridges, 20,000 trees and 9,000 park benches, this two and half mile park is a beloved New York

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