Guest Blog: Movie Poster Designer, Photographer and Digital Artist Clinton Lofthouse

Growing up I was never told to dream, that I could achieve anything I wanted, or that there was literally a whole world of opportunity out there just waiting for me to come and get it! I was born and raised in the north of England, in a typical mill village, in a typical post-industrial city. There is a saying in England which goes, ‘It’s grim up north,’ and to a certain extent it was and still is, but maybe in more metaphorical terms these days.

Dreams were shot down like pheasants in hunting season. All that was left in

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Business for Creatives – The Long-term Mindset You Need to Adopt

While visiting Sydney earlier this year, I had a good long chat with Den Lennie about the challenges of building and sustaining your Production Company, as well as how to stay busy as a freelance or contract DP. We dive deep into how to structure contracts and payments to protect yourself (and your sub-contractors), as well as how to position yourself in what can be a very crowded market. We also discuss some alternative reasons why you might want a DP or Production Company reel, and how to leverage that and your client relationships to get the type of work Continue reading "Business for Creatives – The Long-term Mindset You Need to Adopt"

Sony to release 12 more E-mount lenses in two years, add AI to cameras

At Sony's press conference at Photokina the company announced that 12 more E-mount lenses will be arriving over the next two years, bringing the total to 60. In addition, the company emphasized its focus on both speed and integrating artificial intelligence into its approaches. One application of the latter Sony talked about was using machine learning to train its Eye AF algorithm to detect and track eyes of animals, with benefits to both wildlife and pet photography.

Kodak Ektachrome is Now Shipping

After nearly two years of building up anticipation, Kodak Alaris has just announced that it has started shipping Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 film worldwide. If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the film stock again, you’ll be able to very soon. The new Ektachrome will initially be available in 35mm film rolls in the standard 36×24mm film format. It’s a daylight balanced color positive film that features “clean, vibrant colors, a neutral tone scale, and extremely fine grain,” and it’s “well suited to a wide range of applications, such as product, landscape, nature and fashion photography,” Kodak Alaris
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Sigma to take Foveon full frame and adopt L mount

Sigma has said it will create a full-frame Foveon camera and will adopt the Leica L mount for its system. Sigma will allow existing users to adapt or convert SA mount lenses to the L mount. The full-frame L-mount Foveon will arrive in 2019, according to Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki. The company will produce its first native L-mount lenses in 2019, too. He also said the company would not create any more cameras using its proprietary SA mount. However, existing SA-mount users will not be left out in the cold: the company will be able to convert some SA mount
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Hasselblad announces three XCD lenses, including its fastest lens ever

Hasselblad has announced three new lenses and one teleconverter for its XCD lens system. The lenses are the XCD 80mm F1.9, the XCD 65mm F2.8 and XCD 135mm F2.8, all of which are designed for the X1D digital medium format camera. In all, this brings the system to nine focal lengths covering 21-230mm (16.6-178mm full-frame equivalent). The standout lens for most users will be the XCD 80mm F1.9, which is not only the fastest lens currently in the X System, but the fastest lens Hasselblad has ever released. Offering a Continue reading "Hasselblad announces three XCD lenses, including its fastest lens ever"

Sigma unveils 56mm F1.4 DC DN lens for Sony E and Micro Four Thirds

Sigma has announced the 56mm F1.4 DC DN lens for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts. The compact 56mm lens becomes the sixth DN lens for mirrorless cameras and will make a handy portrait lens on both systems. On Micro Four Thirds, the lens will behave as being equivalent to a 112mm F2.8 lens on full frame. On Sony E mount, it will act as an 84mm F2.1 equivalent. In both instances it should lend itself to offering a good degree of control over depth-of-field and, if previous Sigma pricing for the DN range is anything
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Sigma announces 28mm F1.4 Art, 40mm F1.4 Art, 70-200mm F2.8 Sport and 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 Sport

Sigma has announced four lenses for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma SA mounts. The 28mm F1.4 DG and 40mm F1.4 DG are both part of the company's premium 'Art' range that prioritize image quality over price and weight. These two lenses will also be available for the Sony E mount. The new lenses help round-out the series, which now includes a range of prime lenses extending from the 14mm F1.8 DG HSM up to the 135mm F1.8 DG.
The 28mm F1.4 DG adds a semi-wide option to Sigma's impressive range of 'Art' prime lenses.
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Phottix introduces Odin Z, a new OS for its lighting products

Phottix introduces Odin Z, a new OS for its lighting products Phottix reveals at Photokina its Odin Z Operating System, a new solution for the future that is available to all Phottix users through a firmware upgrade, making their products even better! The new Juno TTL flash from Phottix takes the original Juno from the company and moves it to the next level, with everything you expect from a TTL hot shoe flash – a Guide Number of 60 with TTL, Manual and Stroboscopic modes, and an adjustable flash head that can zoom to 200mm. there is one thing more, though, and that’s very important: the Juno TTL is the first
Phottix introduces Odin Z, a new OS for its lighting products
Phottix introduces Odin Z, a new OS for its lighting products
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Instagram Founders Leaving Facebook After Internal Clashing

Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned from their leadership roles and are leaving Facebook. While Instagram has continued its worldwide domination under Facebook ownership, the co-founders reportedly clashed with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other leaders over the direction of the photo-sharing app. “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team,” Systrom writes in an announcement. “We’ve grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We’re now
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ON1 Photo RAW 2019 due out in November with revamped UI, improved Lightroom migration

ON1 has announced the upcoming version of its photo editing program ON1 Photo RAW 2019. Due out November 2018, ON1 claims version 2019 'is one of the biggest and best releases in our history [and] will include tons of improvements to the photo editing workflow and new features.' Specifically, ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will have an updated UI, a new non-destructive workflow for layers, auto-alignment of layers, focus stacking, a new portrait module, a new AI-powered masking tool, a new text tool, new digital asset management updates and — arguably most significant — a Lightroom photo settings migration plug-in. Continue reading "ON1 Photo RAW 2019 due out in November with revamped UI, improved Lightroom migration"

Fujifilm’s Next GFX is a 102MP Medium Format Mirrorless with PDAF, IBIS, 4K

Fujifilm today announced that it’s currently building its third GFX medium format mirrorless camera. The new flagship camera will feature a 102-megapixel sensor and a number of firsts among its kind. The not-yet-named camera will be the first medium format mirrorless camera to feature phase detection pixels across the entire image sensor, allowing it to track moving subjects and be more accurate during continuous autofocus. It will also be the first medium format digital camera to feature in-body image stabilization, allowing photographers to capture sharper ultra-high-resolution photos while shooting handheld. On the video front, the upcoming camera will be the
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