Camera accessory manufacturer Syrp acquired by Vitec Imaging Solutions


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New Zealand-based camera gear company Syrp, which was founded in 2012 by two videographers, has been acquired by Vitec Imaging Solutions. The acquisition took place on January 23, according to Vitec, which holds an extensive brand portfolio that includes Manfrotto, JOBY, Gitzo, and more.

Syrp’s product lineup includes motion control and slider hardware for photographers and filmmakers, as well as related software for controlling the hardware. These products will become part of Vitec’s own portfolio under the acquisition, which will involve Syrp being integrated with Vitec Imaging Solutions.

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Instagram clarifies its algorithmic feed doesn’t limit post reach, despite viral claims


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Instagram has released a statement clarifying a viral image that claims only 7% of a user’s followers can see content they share on the platform. Images of the clickbait claim have been making their rounds on the platform for months, usually with the header, ‘This is a test.’

A collection of posts with the hashtag #thisisatest that can be found when searching Instagram

According to a series of tweets from the company, Instagram hasn’t made any recent changes to its feed algorithm and doesn’t hide any posts from users.

A Young Tony Soprano Will Keep It in “The Family”


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Like father like son? Tony Soprano left some big shoes to fill.


If you weren’t already excited at the casting of Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal in undisclosed roles, maybe the casting of Tony Soprano will get your heart racing: James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, has been cast as a young Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos movie on HBO.





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Film lens vs. digital lens: what are the differences?


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I’ve worked with a lot of cameras, and I’ve always come back to ARRI cameras whenever I’ve had the chance. It’s just my artistic preference. I’ve been more agnostic about lenses, as one can put any lenses on any camera, and I’ve always felt that, in the digital realm, the camera makes a huge difference—possibly more so than the lenses.

I’m slowly changing my mind.

I still think the choice of camera is hugely important. It defines the look of an image at a very basic level. How a manufacturer builds their sensor and interprets its signal has everything to

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Lunar Eclipse Video Catches Meteorite Hitting the Moon


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During the super blood wolf moon total lunar eclipse on Monday, cameras pointed at the moon captured the first known sighting of a meteorite slamming into the shadow-covered moon. This 24-second video of the impact was released by Jose Maria Madiedo at the University of Huelva in Spain.

New Scientist reports that discussion about a possible meteorite strike emerged after people watching live streams of the eclipse noticed a tiny and brief yellow-white flash on the moon’s surface.

Madiedo and his research colleagues had been hoping for years to observe a meteorite impact during a lunar eclipse, so during this

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3 Big Takeaways from the ShareGrid Year In Review


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ShareGrid is generous with the amount of reporting it provides, giving worthwhile insights to the whole industry.


While it remains true that you should buy what you want to use and expect rental income to supplement that, sometimes it’s fascinating to see precisely what is going on in the rental market.



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RED Introduces New Touch 7.0” DSMC2 Ultra-Brite LCD Monitor


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Get lit with RED’s new “Ultra-Brite” 7” touchscreen LCD monitor for recording and viewing footage on DSMC2 cameras.


It’s been a big week in the world of attachable LCD camera monitors. Fresh off the news of SmallHD announcing a new line of FOCUS Bolt monitors, RED has unveiled its own “Ultra-Brite” 7” LCD monitor to partner with its line of DSMC2 cinema cameras.



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9 Inspiring Landscape Photographers on YouTube You Should Follow


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It wasn’t until 2015 that I began using YouTube for more than just a means of entertainment, but rather for the video-centric super search engine that it is. When I first became interested in landscape photography I would scour YouTube for as much pertinent information on the topic as I could discover which ultimately led me to create the following list of 9 inspiring landscape photographers on YouTube you should follow.

1. Fototripper — Gavin Hardcastle

Gavin is relatively new to YouTube, but I can assure you that he’ll have one of the larger landscape photography followings on the platform

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The High Cost of Perfection


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Walking past booth after booth at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, I often heard camera company presenters explaining to their uncomfortably-seated, yet nonetheless-enraptured, audiences how they shot the “perfect” photo.

This was typically further explained as having achieved the perfect lighting, the perfect exposure, clear focus from edge-to-edge, etc. — typical technical rules we all know and try to follow, well, until we don’t. I wondered: Where does this obsession with perfection come from, and what is the cost to our creative output?

Actually, it is not hard to trace photography’s obsession with perfection. Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac’s 1840s report to

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Apple launches its 2019 ‘Shot on iPhone’ contest, but don’t forget to read the fine print


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Shot on iPhone 6s by Mariko Klug.

Apple is launching its 2019 ‘Shot on iPhone’ photo contest by inviting iPhone photographers to submit their best photographs shot on an Apple device. Photos can be submitted from now to February 7th and will be judged by an impressive panel including photographer Pete Souza and Annet de Graaf, as well as Apple’s VP of Marketing Phil Schiller and head of camera software team Jon McCormack. Apple says winning images will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores and online.

Shot on iPhone 6 by Mandy Blake.

To participate you

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Panavision’s Millennium DXL gets wireless audio feed and control


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Panavision expands Millennium DXL Ecosystem with wireless audio and control

Wireless audio feed, C-Motion F.I.Z. wireless control compatibility, and DXL Control app for Android are some of the new features developed for the Millennium DXL. Discover them at BSC Expo 2019.

Panavision, returns to BSC Expo next February with a demonstration of the company’s comprehensive and expanding ecosystem for feature film, television and commercial productions. Along with Panalux and LEE Filters, the array of integrated technologies – ranging from lenses, camera systems, and accessories, to filters and lights – illustrates the extent to which Panavision is committed to giving filmmakers the most versatile and creative storytelling tools possible.

Panavision expands Millennium DXL Ecosystem with wireless audio and control
Panavision expands Millennium DXL Ecosystem with wireless audio and control
Panavision expands Millennium DXL Ecosystem with wireless audio and control

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This Photo Shows the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse Rising in Texas


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Photographer Jason Weingart shot this beautiful composite photo of the super blood wolf moon total lunar eclipse on January 20th and 21st. The image features six stages of the moon that night as it rose from the horizon and became totally eclipsed.

“I shot the barn at 105mm to give a compressed effect and eliminate some trees on both sides of it,” Weingart tells PetaPixel. “I shot the progression of the moon through the night at 250mm.

“I went back out every half hour, to give myself a good selection of moon images. I grabbed a shot of stars to

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‘The Beach Bum’ Trailer: An Auteur Filmmaker Returns


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How many films does it take to become an auteur filmmaker?


It seems like everyone in Hollywood was talking about Harmony Korine after the release of Spring Breakers. Which is sort of a shame, because Korine has been consistently making genre-bending films since 1995. He wrote Kids for Larry Clark, and wrote and directed Gummo in 1997. Gummo is a nihilist coming of age film. I want to say I highly recommend it, but it’s super weird. So enter at your own risk.

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Is GoPro Failing as a Company?


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Almost every year, GoPro releases a new action camera, and for the last few years, they’ve been pretty disappointing. Also, every year I seem to fall for their marketing and buy one of their action cameras only to lament that decision. I understand it’s my fault, I should know better. Clearly, I’m operating with heaps of wishful thinking.

Earlier in 2018, there were reports that GoPro was looking for a buyer. The company has been hemorrhaging cash and is struggling with debt. Their drone division has been completely killed off and their action cameras have been getting nothing but lackluster

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Eyeing post-Brexit landscape, Sony announces Amsterdam office will become new European HQ


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According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Sony is moving its European headquarters from the United Kingdom (UK) to the Netherlands in an effort to avoid shipping and customs disruptions that are expected as a result of the UK leaving the European Union (EU).

In its report, Nikkei had the following to say regarding the transition:

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The Most Inspirational Steven Spielberg Quotes


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What quotes get you through the hardest parts of your filmmaking struggles?


We all know that creating stories can be a slog. Whether you’re trying to write a feature or trying to write a pilot, or directing both, we all come across peaks and valleys in our careers. One person whose words I keep going back to is Steven Spielberg.



If you read No Film School a lot or know me outside of the digital world, you’ll know I am a massive Spielberg fan.



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This $6 Flea Market Projector Lens is Surprisingly Great for Portraits


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While browsing a flea market, photographer Mathieu Stern came across an old slide projector and managed to buy the Rollei 90mm f/2.4 MC lens mounted to it for just €5 (~$5.70). With a little bit of ingenuity and effort, Stern converted it into a camera lens and found that it’s a terrific lens for shooting portraits.

Designed specifically for projectors, the lens features minimal components and doesn’t even have an aperture system.

Stern then found that the lens sits perfectly inside a M52 to M42 helicoid ring adapter, which provides manual focusing by moving the lens closer

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How to Build a $30 DIY Rain Machine (and How to Shoot with It)


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I’ve written about this project in the past, as I originally made the rain machine and shot with it in 2012, but we’ve now done it in video form! Hopefully it shows a little more detail about the construction and how I shot with it.

I made this just for fun really, it rains enough here in the UK that you really don’t need a rainmaker, but this allowed me the control of putting studio lights outside without getting electrocuted!

The Build

Making this was a surprisingly easy job. I started off with 2 long bits of wood, crossing

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Mac Mini Might be “the” Mac for Filmmakers


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The Mac Mini has long been popular with production companies as a little “do anything” device. With Thunderbolt 3, it might be the best option as a main system.


Apple has been working very hard to get back into the good graces of professional users, with a huge wave of activity in 2018 letting us know that pros are a high priority. While we wait on the long-rumored 2019 Mac Pro and what wonders it might offer (Thunderbolt 3 AND USB-C ports! PCI card slots!), right now, in January 2019, we spent a few Continue reading “Mac Mini Might be “the” Mac for Filmmakers”