Supreme Court rules online retailers such as Amazon and B&H Photo can be required to collect sales tax

One of the biggest appeals of buying cameras, lenses and accessories online may no longer be around. As reported by the NY Times, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, has ruled states can now demand retailers to collect sales tax from online sales, regardless of the physical location of the business. The ruling is the first time since 1992 that the Supreme Court has let states collect sales tax from retailers who don't have a physical presence within their borders. 'In Thursday’s ruling, the court effectively overturned a system that it created. In 1992, the court Continue reading "Supreme Court rules online retailers such as Amazon and B&H Photo can be required to collect sales tax"

I Made a Short With Werner Herzog at Age 17—Here’s What He Taught Me

The youngest participant of Werner Herzog’s filmmaking workshop in Cuba shares his time working with a master. Last year, I was selected as one of 55 participants from around the world to Black Factory Cinema’s workshop with Werner Herzog in Cuba at the Escuela International de Cine. I had applied with very low expectations of being accepted as I was only 17 and there was a very limited amount of space. Once the trip was approaching, I could not believe that I was about to spend ten days with the man whose films have changed Continue reading "I Made a Short With Werner Herzog at Age 17—Here’s What He Taught Me"

This is the Milky Way Photographed in a Crystal Ball

Photographer and astronomer Juan Carlos Munoz was browsing a flea market in Santiago, Chile, a few days ago when he stumbled across some crystal balls. He bought one for a few dollars and then decided to use it for astrophotography. This “cosmic marble” photo of the Milky Way in a crystal ball is what resulted. “I went up to Paranal Observatory for an observing shift, and I decided to test the crystal ball as an astrophotography lens,” writes Munoz, who’s a Photo Ambassador for the ESO. “I placed it on the handrails of one of the entrance corridors to the
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States Can Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax: Supreme Court

Camera gear is about to get more expensive for most online shoppers in the United States. The Supreme Court just ruled that states may force online retailers to collect sales tax on their behalf. While Amazon already does this — it has a “nexus” in every state — camera gear giants like B&H and Adorama will now have to follow suit. In its 5-4 ruling against a coalition of online retailers (Newegg, Overstock, Wayfair), the justices reversed an earlier 1992 ruling that had for years prevented states from requiring businesses with no “physical presence” in the state to collect sales
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This Week in Photography Books: Donald Weber

  Hi everyone. How’s it going? Did you miss me? I took last Friday off, as you may have noticed, as once a year Rob gives me a break from the weekly deadline. This time out, I wisely eschewed email and social media, got in the new family cruiser, and headed North with the wife and kids to Colorado for a little R&R. Or that was the plan, at least. We had a great vacation; maybe the best ever. It was fun, and filled with lots of family QT, (including swimming in pools and springs,) but relaxing it was not. As it happens, my 10 year old son has become addicted to basketball over the last six months. At first, he was just watching it on TV, LeBron James in particular. Then, about three months ago, he got interested in playing, and has been insanely obsessed ever since. It’s all he talks or thinks about, and if he’s not practicing at the court, he’d like to be. (Just so you can visualize, our local hoops are behind the volunteer firehouse, next to an irrigation ditch and a goat/sheep pen.) Luckily for Theo, there was a great park across from our motel, with a pristine basketball court, and another in the tourist district of the town we visited, so we played there too. I dragged my tired, 44 year-old-carcass to the court three times a day, including in the blazing Rocky Mountain mid-day sun, to make him happy. Also, because it seemed karmically appropriate. I learned about sports from my Dad, and as I’ve written over the years, it has been a massive passion since childhood. I played three sports going up, (one per season, including basketball,) and watched endlessly on TV. (Which I still do.) I even blog
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Loupedeck+, more than a photo editing console for Lightroom

Loupedeck+, more than a Lightroom editing console Mechanical keys with a more precise and sturdy feel, improved quality and configuration software are some of the features of the new and improved Loupedeck+, now more than a Lightroom editing console. When last April I asked Felix Hartwigsen, Co-Founder, Head of Marketing at Loupedeck if the company planned to introduce similar consoles for other photo editing solutions, as ON1 Photo RAW, Affinity Photo or Luminar, he replied to me this: “In the future the Loupedeck photo editing console will be compatible with other editing software’s. We are already in talks with different software companies and will communicate about it
Loupedeck+, more than a Lightroom editing console
Loupedeck+, more than a Lightroom editing console
Loupedeck+, more than a Lightroom editing console
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Filmtools Filmmaker Featuring Filmmaker Scott Martin

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a Filmmaker. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a Filmmaker. This week, we had the opportunity to speak to Filmmaker Scott Martin about his work. This is what he said:   What is your name and where are you from? Scott Martin: Scott Martin, and I am from Colorado.

Primary role on set?

Director

Name a person in the industry that is on the top of his or her game in your role. 

SALOMON LIGTHELM

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A White Balance Trick For Tricky Situations

I got this question this week, and I thought I’d answer it with a simple answer, but also a cool trick just in case. First the question:  
“If I’m shooting in direct sunlight but am using a diffuser to soften the sunlight, do I set my white balance to shade or sun? “
Softening the sunlight shouldn’t change its color, so I would leave it set to Daylight. This is different than shooting in the shade where the sunlight is blocked and the color of the light captured by your camera turns blue, but with a 1-stop diffuser (btw, Continue reading "A White Balance Trick For Tricky Situations"

Let’s Get Trashed! 8 Camera Hacks You Can Do with a Garbage Bag

Thought those white trash bags were only good for throwing away your hopes, dreams, and Ramen wrappers? Think. Again. Who loves filmmaking hacks? Everyone and their Aunt Linda whose Facebook statuses are almost always intended to be Google searches (true story...learn Facebook, Auntie!). This one that comes from Dave Knop (a.k.a. knoptop) is a real winner because 1.) we all have one lying around, 2.) they have incredible repurposability, and 3.) they usually smell delightful (before they're used for their designated purpose, of course). So, what's the hack? Continue reading "Let’s Get Trashed! 8 Camera Hacks You Can Do with a Garbage Bag"

Getting Started with HitFilm Pro – Lesson 4 – Working with the HitFilm Pro’s Toolbar Part 1

In our last lesson, in our look at learning HitFilm Pro, we talked a little bit about basic editing, and setting your options.  In this lesson, we’re going to move ahead, and talk about HitFilm Pro’s Toolbar, and the tools you have quick access to, when editing in your timelines. HitFilm Pro’s Toolbar is located to the left of your actual timeline, and it has tools in it that will not only help you with editing, but there are a couple of commands tucked away at the bottom that will get your timelines to the Export Queue, to export
HitFilm Pro's Toolbar where you'll find the
HitFilmPro's Slip Tool in action
HitFilmPro's Slide Tool in action
HitFilm Pro's Ripple edit tool is a destructive process
The Rolling edit tool is the perfect job for finite adjustments to edits in your timelines
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Essential Stuff You Might Want to Keep in Your Traveling Camera Bag

Leaving on a jet plane for a shoot? Don't forget to pack these essentials. Traveling is stressful enough without the added burden of having to load up all of your necessary gear for a shoot. You take off without your sunscreen, whatever, you buy more at the store across from your hotel, but if you take off without your portable LED light, clamps, or ball heads, well, let's just say Walgreens probably can't help you. This video from Creative North shows you a bunch of different must-haves that are not only Continue reading "Essential Stuff You Might Want to Keep in Your Traveling Camera Bag"

Free DaVinci Resolve 15 editing keyboard cheatsheet download

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 15 is still in public beta but that hasn’t stopped people from using it. I had to pull AAFs from an Avid project the other day that would be graded in Resolve 15. There is discussion all around Twitter about Resolve 15. And I began my first ever, paid, creative editorial edit in Resolve.

I’m excited about it. With that I thought it was time to once again

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Here’s How to Upload Long-Form Content to Instagram’s New IGTV Platform

It looks like vertical video is here to stay. Instagram just introduced IGTV, an all-new tool giving users the option to upload long-form vertical videos. IGTV is available within the standard Instagram app as well as its own standalone app for both iOS and Android. The good news? You can now upload videos easily via your desktop. Let’s take a closer look at the specifics. Getting Set up To upload a video you’ll first need to create an IGTV channel, which is quite easy. In fact, Instagram gives Continue reading "Here’s How to Upload Long-Form Content to Instagram’s New IGTV Platform"