Ep. 180: What You Need To Know About 500px – and more

Episode 180 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Photographer and filmmaker, Michael Shainblum

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Photographer and filmmaker, Michael Shainblum opens the show. Thanks Michael!

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Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F

Beautiful flowers in golden sunlight along the southern California coast
I had to leave all my musical instruments in Cincinnati when I first moved to Seattle three years ago. Recently, I found the time to road trip back and collect them. Seattle is about as far removed from the rest of the United States as a major US city can be, while still being part of the 'lower 48'. This means that if you're headed a great distance East, there are a number of ways you can go. And when you work at DPReview, there are also a number of cameras
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Watch: David Fincher is a Secret Mastermind of Visual Effects

A new video essay looks at some of the incredible (and usually invisible) VFX work in David Fincher's films. David Fincher may not be widely regarded as a visual effects director, but the fact is, he got his start at ILM in the early '80s working on Return of the Jedi. Also, The Social Network has more VFX shots than Godzilla (the one from the '90s, with P. Diddy and Jimmy Page). In a new video essay, Kristian Williams shows how David Fincher puts his visual effects to work in the Continue reading "Watch: David Fincher is a Secret Mastermind of Visual Effects"

‘Loveless’: Andrey Zvyagintsev Reveals How the Anguish of Russia is in All of Us

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's 'Loveless' is a bleak window into a vapid society devoid of empathy and meaning. In 2014, Andrey Zvyagintsev made the definitive contemporary Russian film. At once, the ambitious and harrowing Leviathan is a Biblical tragedy, a classic Russian novel (in the vein of Dostoevsky), and a searing indictment of Russia's current political situation. In the film, a poor man from a remote fishing village engages in an uphill battle against eminent domain; in the end, he loses much more than his property to the state. Needless to Continue reading "‘Loveless’: Andrey Zvyagintsev Reveals How the Anguish of Russia is in All of Us"

AOTC with editor of the documentary “KEDI”

Mo Stoebe currently works as freelance editor of both documentaries and narrative films in Los Angeles. He got his start in the industry as motion designer and animator for commercials and music videos, but his love for film eventually brought him to editing long-form content. He’s completed five documentaries and a feature and loves learning something new about the art of editing every day. Art of the Cut discusses one of his latest project, the documentary Kedi which has received praise form many fronts. It is currently available on Netflix. HULLFISH: While there are English subtitles, the language spoken in
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Hail Veydra

When Sony launched their consumer e-mount line of mirrorless DSLRs a few years back, it opened up a wide variety of lens options. The short mount flange distance allows enough space so that it can be adapted to a wide variety of other lens mounts. They have continued to expand this system for affordable video cameras, first with the FS100 and FS700 cameras, and now in the Sony FS7 and FS5 camera lines. Shooters invested with Canon EF lenses seem to love this system, as affordable adapters from companies like Metabones and MTF make it very easy to use
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Squeeze Your Quasars With This One Cool Trick

Lighting dimmers. Everyone needs a few in their kit. You can buy ’em pre-made and robust, or you can DIY them if you are handy. There are even mini in-line dimmers for use in practical fixtures (no cord!). But my favorite solution by far is the lowly Harbor Freight Router Speed Control. At just $20 from your local cheap tool supply, this thing is a no-brainer. For starters, it’s got an on/off switch. This is very handy for lights that have no power switch, like the incredible Source Four leko, or those fancy new Quasar Science LED
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Panasonic GX85 Review, Part II

(Part I is here)

Words and pictures by Gordon Lewis


One of the benefits to shooting with a Micro 4/3 camera is being able to get this much depth-of-field without having to use ridiculously small apertures.

The key to making a camera such as the Panasonic Lumix GX85 as enjoyable as possible for street photography is for the shooting experience to be smooth and intuitive. You want the camera to melt away. You want to be able to pay more attention to what’s going on around you and less on the camera. This will depend partly on camera ergonomics,
Roam Crop
GX-85 Product Shot
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Here’s How to Make Your Gun Blast Effects Look More Realistic

Find out how to make a gunshot blast effect that looks so real it hurts. If you've got a project you're working on that includes some gunfire, one of your biggest obstacles is making sure that those gunshots look believable. If using squibs and blanks isn't really an option for you, you can always try to sell the effect in post, but you'll want to know a few techniques before you start dropping a bunch of smoke, spark, and blood spatter elements into your timeline. Axel from HitFilm provides a bunch Continue reading "Here’s How to Make Your Gun Blast Effects Look More Realistic"

Open Mike: Week 600, Coming Right Up

TOP will be off on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. I've been trying to change up my life a bit to combat the danger of burnout, and part of that effort has been taking weekends and holidays off. At first I didn't do very well at this—I would work anyway—but I'm getting better. We'll return on Tuesday with our next photo book sale, offering a really great Paul Strand title for almost half off and a matched set of books by Lee Friedlander at an even deeper discount, in cooperation with Yale University Press. After that, Jim Hughes has
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This Basketball Demo Shows the Sony a9’s Blazing Fast Autofocus

Sony is touting its new a9 camera as a sports camera with blazing fast autofocus and shooting speeds. If you weren’t impressed with the camera tracking a pole vaulter at 20fps, check out the demo in the video above: the camera accurately keeps its focus locked on a basketball being tossed back and forth near it. The video is by the Mandarin-speaking camera review channel NTimage. At 5:13, the hosts test the a9 by having it track two basketball players tossing a ball near the camera.
Despite the relatively small ball moving pretty quickly across the frame at an
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Blockai Rebrands as Binded, Raises $950K More for Copyright Platform

A new copyright protection service called Binded just launched this week. It’s actually a rebrand of the company formerly known as Blockai, and the purpose remains the same: using the Bitcoin blockchain to protect photographers’ copyrights. Originally launched back in July 2016, Blockai touted itself as a copyright platform that would use blockchain technology to simplify copyright claiming and protection. With this latest rebrand to Binded, the company is moving away from trying to sell the technology behind the service through its name and instead focusing on making it clear that its service helps photographers “bind” their name and
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Photographing the ‘Great Migration’ in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best places in the world to see nature and wildlife as it has been for thousands of years. The 947,303 square kilometer country holds some of the most famous national parks and nature reserves in the world with diverse landscapes and dense population of wildlife like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater. One of the most famous nature phenomenon Tanzania is known for is “The Great Migration,” a huge annual movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest, accompanied by several hundreds of thousands of zebras and other antelopes, the largest overland migration in the world with
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Term of the week: Choking

What happens when the matte in your alpha channel is too big? You choke it. Confused? moviola.com‘s glossary term of the week is here to help. About moviola.com moviola.com is a resource dedicated to the art of filmmaking, and only filmmaking. It covers every aspect from pre-production to final delivery. Its Coffee Break Film School focuses on core competencies, while other features like the Glossary of Terms and Compendium provide a visual reference library for understanding specific techniques and industry jargon.
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How do you know you need a new camera?


For the vast majority of shooting I do, even on weddings, I find my aging DSLR is still more than enough camera for the job. After all, it's the photographer, not the camera, right?
Nikon 35mm F2 D
ISO 200 | 1/1000 sec | F8
'Do I need a new camera?' Unsurprisingly, I get that question a lot. I also ask myself that question a lot, especially after working at DPReview for the last eighteen months. My answer has always been 'no.' Until now, that is. You see, I shoot all my personal work on a Nikon D700.
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How to Get Smoother Handheld Footage

How to Get Smoother Handheld Footage If you shoot or looking to shoot video, one question that you might be trying to think a solution for is how to get smoother video footage. I am not sure how many people would be interested in watching a video that you are trying to produce if it is entirely too shaky especially if that doesn't fit the mood of the video. Some scenes like a chase sequence may work better with shaky footage, but some scenes will work better with a smoother shot. [ Read More ]