Quick Tip: How to Fold a Reflector in One Easy Motion

Here’s a quick tip that will save every newbie photographer (and probably more than a few intermediate shooters) some agony and embarrassment: how to properly fold a reflector in one easy motion. The video was created by photographer Jason Lanier, who has seen far too many beginners struggle with this basic chore. “Folding reflectors is one of the most basic and frustrating things for newer photographers to figure out,” reads the description. “All photographers have struggled with this, and Jason took a few moments to show his followers how to easily fold a reflector.”
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‘Krisha’ Dominates the Inaugural American Independent Film Awards

There's a new awards show on the block, and it may just be the most indie yet. If there's one thing this February needed, it's definitely another awards show. With this weekend's Oscars and Film Independent Spirit Awards virtually identical in terms of nominees, and debate raging on what the term "indie" actually classifies, The American Independent Film Awards look to set a place for the best of the year's truly low-budget, self-produced films. So, while the Spirit Awards and Oscars may consider Jackie and Moonlight to be independent films, standout Continue reading "‘Krisha’ Dominates the Inaugural American Independent Film Awards"

‘La La Land’ Engagement Photos Pay Tribute to Love and Hollywood

Fans of the movie La La Land will love this creative engagement shoot. In a tribute to Hollywood romance and the romance between bride-to-be Ellen Wleklinski and her betrothed Corey Collins, photographer Marlies Hartmann recreated some of the Oscar-nominated movie’s most popular scenes in real life. The idea came to Hartmann after Ellen suggested doing their engagement photos at Griffith Observatory. Hartmann had just seen La La Land and thought the couple would be the perfect real-world representation of the movie’s main characters Mia and Sebastian, played by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. “I figured another photographer had probably beat
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Lumix GH5 arrives in Glasgow

Got a phone call about lunch time from Marise Plater from Holdan who had a GH5 in her car and would I like to see it as she was passing by, heading back to Glossop. 800 ISO looks ver clean on the GH5 but the RAW file as yet is not recognised by Adobe Lightroom […]

This is How Sony’s New Smooth Trans Focus Lens Captures Creamier Bokeh

Sony is making a lot of their new 100mm f/2.8 GM lens with its Smooth Trans Focus technology. But what exactly is this so-called STF, how does it work, and why does it produce smoother bokeh? This short video explains all. The Sony video was published by The Pixel Connection on YouTube, and it explains in simple terms how something called an apodization (APD) element helps create “breathtaking bokeh” in your photographs. Essentially, the APD element acts like a circular graduated neutral density filter inside the lens, letting progressively less light in as you move from the center to
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Film is Growing: ADOX Building a New Plant to Produce Film and Chemicals

Film is not dead. In fact, it’s a growth industry. No, we’re not talking Tech or Medical type growth, but there is a clear and obvious resurgence of interest in film photography, and companies like ADOX are reacting to it by expanding and building new factories. Film production company ADOX announced this month that they are going to double the size of their production capacity by building a brand new factory next to their old one in Germany. The factory will help alleviate some of the crowding in their current plant, and joins a factory-family that includes a recently acquired
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Blackmagic Web Presenter Makes Professional Web Streams, Skype Interviews Easier

With the new Blackmagic Web Presenter, the process of integrating a professional-quality camera into a web stream is now easier than ever. Streaming video is an increasingly large part of the video marketplace, but for many filmmakers, it's a frustrating one. While there are solutions like Switcher Studio that allow you to add more cameras to create a better-edited streaming experience, you're still stuck largely using the built-in phone or computer camera. For filmmakers used to a high level of control when crafting their images, this is not ideal. The new Continue reading "Blackmagic Web Presenter Makes Professional Web Streams, Skype Interviews Easier"

ADOX is doubling the size of its film production plant in Germany

The analog revival seems to roll on, as film producer ADOX has announced it's doubling the size of its facility that produces photographic chemicals, film and papers. This latest facility comes shortly after ADOX acquired a facility in Marley, Switzerland, which itself joined the company’s Berlin facilities. The new production plant is being constructed alongside the company's current 'crowded and stuffed' facility in Germany. Per a statement from ADOX, the additional space will enable ADOX to construct additional laboratories, a new emulsifying machine, build a large freezer for storing master rolls, incorporate a Super 8 production line, relocate its packaging factory and setup Continue reading "ADOX is doubling the size of its film production plant in Germany"

How to Shoot & Develop the Sharpest Possible Black and White Film Photos

If you want sharp black and white images with fine grain, then you’ve come to the right place! I’m a bit of a freak in terms of image quality and I love very detailed photos. That’s why I’ve been searching for the combination of film and developer that would get me the best results. The technique I’m about to share is not for every situation and, ideally, you will need either a decent amount of light or a tripod. The reason behind this is that we need to reduce the size of the grain, and the first step in this
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iPhone 8 front camera rumored to capture 3D images

Last week it was reported that Apple might be replacing the Touch ID fingerprint reader with 3D facial recognition on the top-of-the-line model of the upcoming iPhone 8 series. Now these rumors have become more substantiated by another report by Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo which has been published today and obtained by 9to5Mac. According to the report, the upcoming iPhone top model, which is also expected to feature an OLED display, will come with a technology that combines 2D images captured by the front camera with depth data from an infrared module to record 3D information. The application for Continue reading "iPhone 8 front camera rumored to capture 3D images"

From Dream Sequence to Hallucination, What the Hell is Subjectivity, Anyway?

Subjectivity is a tricky concept to grasp, but once you've got it, you can make mental objects visible in your movies. If you're thinking about making a film with surrealist elements like Trainspotting or Take Shelter, it might be time for a new entry into your filmmaker lexicon: subjectivity. While one may argue that the term itself is subjective in nature, we'd have to argue that that's kind of the point. Subjectivity, as the term is used in film theory, is to create the experience of thinking like one of Continue reading "From Dream Sequence to Hallucination, What the Hell is Subjectivity, Anyway?"

Watch the Rise of Photography in This Video of Every NY Times Front Page

You can literally see the rise of the photograph in this fascinating short video that compiles every single front page the New York Times has published from 1852 until the present day. The one-minute video, created by data artist Josh Begley, takes us through a very broad swath of time and shows us how the world changed during those years. Except that, unlike a regular timelapse, you’re not looking at a weather pattern or a building being built; instead, you’re watching every single front page the NY Times has ever published scroll right before your eyes. For us, two
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LAB-BOX Lets You Develop Your Film at Home Without a Darkroom

Developing your own 35mm or 120 film at home almost always requires a darkroom, but LAB-BOX wants to change all that. The new ‘multi-format daylight-loading film tank’ lets you develop your own film anywhere, even in bright sunlight if you’d like. No darkroom required. Released on Kickstarter earlier today and already more than a third of the way to its funding goal, LAB-BOX is being marketed as the perfect tool for educators and film nerds alike. It’s a daylight loading developing station that allows you to process your own 120 and 135 film without the need to load your rolls
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Sigma Announces ‘Light Bazooka’ 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Lens

When Sigma calls their new Contemporary 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM a “light bazooka,” we’re not sure which definition of “light” they’re using. But given the lens’ f/5 max aperture and ultra-light construction, we’re going to guess they mean light as in lightweight. Unlike the other three (very exciting) lenses announced today, the 100-400 is not part of Sigma’s much-adored “Art” line. No, this is a “Contemporary” lens, but that hasn’t stopped Sigma from touting the optical quality they built into the lightweight monster:
With the goal of creating an ultra-telephoto lens that is far more accessible, SIGMA
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Ultra variety in the ultra-wide angle lens market: Irix announces 11mm f/4.0 full-frame lens

                     



             




It has been a big week so far for ultra-wide lenses. Early this morning, <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2017/02/21/sigma-announces-four-new-lenses">Sigma announced</a> their new 14mm f/1.8 lens. Irix, a newcomer to the lens industry, has replied with an even wider 11mm lens of their own, the <a href="http://en.irixlens.com/11mm" >Irix 11mm f/4.0</a>. This is the second lens from Irix, as they <a href="http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2016/03/23/go-ultra-wide-and-fast-with-new-irix-15mm-f-2.4-full-frame-lens">announced a 15mm f/2.4 lens last year</a>.

The Irix 11mm f/4.0 offers a 126&deg; angle of view on full-frame cameras and has a focus range of 0.9 feet (0.275 meters) to infinity. The lens has four high refractive lenses, two <!--more--> lenses and three aspherical lenses as...
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How to Quickly Remove Fungus from a Lens

Ever buy a used lens and discovered some unwanted organics inside? Humid environments are breeding grounds for all kinds of microorganisms and, though they are encased in glass, lenses are not safe from nature. Fungus inside your lens can eat away at the lens coating, cause optical aberrations or even (in some newer lenses) erode the glues that keep elements in place. Filmmaker Mathieu Stern recently purchased a Cyclop 85mm 1.5 lens from Russia and when he discovered fungus inside, he made this two-minute tutorial for how to treat it: Continue reading "How to Quickly Remove Fungus from a Lens"

How to Quickly Remove Fungus from a Lens

Ever buy a used lens and discovered some unwanted organics inside? Humid environments are breeding grounds for all kinds of microorganisms and, though they are encased in glass, lenses are not safe from nature. Fungus inside your lens can eat away at the lens coating, cause optical aberrations or even (in some newer lenses) erode the glues that keep elements in place. Filmmaker Mathieu Stern recently purchased a Cyclop 85mm 1.5 lens from Russia and when he discovered fungus inside, he made this two-minute tutorial for how to treat it: Continue reading "How to Quickly Remove Fungus from a Lens"

Sigma Unveils 14mm f/1.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, and 135mm f/1.8 Art Lenses

They’re official! Arriving right on time, given this weekend’s massive photo leak, Sigma has revealed their newest trio of full-frame Art lenses for Canon, Nikon, and Sigma bodies: the long-awaited 24-70mm f/2.8, the 14mm f/1.8, and the 135mm f/1.8.

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art

The most anticipated of the three lenses is actually not one of the primes, but Sigma’s long-rumored high-end 24-70mm f/2.8 competitor. If they’re not already, Canon and Nikon ought to be shaking in their boots about this one. Sigma is calling this “the definitive large-diameter standard zoom lens
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