There are no rules for perfect composition, said photographer Arnold Newman. There are infinite ways to frame a shot, adds Raymond Thi. His website, Geometric Shots, will help you to break free from rules.
I sat down yesterday to watch, again, “The Great Budapest Hotel” of Wes Anderson, and the experience dictated that I followed the 104 minutes “funtastic” vision with this article, which I had promised myself to write, a long time ago. In fact, the notes for this article have been lingering in a folder inside my computer since 2015, when I wrote one article, “From Kubrick
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Presented as a groundbreaking LED technology, Anthem One has a new Strobe battery that will allow its Light Cards to last 500% longer than a xenon flash bulb. There is also a mobile battery for video.
Announced as “twice as bright, half the weight, one-third the size and 2,000 times the lifespan… for one-fourth the cost of any HMI 400W system”, Anthem One, an “LED Lighting For Film, Photography & Much More!” , made it to Kickstarter early in 2018, only to be cancelled by the project creator in February 2018, despite the fact that during the first two
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A strong attendance from 32 states across the U.S. and seven countries at the premiere of Cine Gear Expo Atlanta justifies that the event becomes annual. New dates will be announced soon.
The Southeast’s Film and TV community showed its support of filmmaking art and technology with strong attendance at the premiere of Cine Gear Expo Atlanta. The event culminated several years of requests from vendors and crews who wanted to see the Hollywood-style event happen closer to home. For the organizers of the event, “the recent rise of production in Atlanta, and the rest of the south” justified
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Moving Stills enables any photograph to become an animated 3D image with a realistic effect of flying through the photo. It’s not wizardry, but a process with roots in experiments from 20 years ago.
, Cliplets, Plotagraphs
and other formats that introduce animation to photos, like the good old Animated GIF, but soon we may have Moving Stills, Adobe’s own solution to animate images. Revealed at Adobe MAX, along with many other technologies the company is exploring and developing – some of which might never see the light of day – Moving Stills managed to get the crowd
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With a series of features, including a new zero latency image processing mode, ideal for lip sync monitoring, the first of the new monitors from JVC Professional Video will be available in November.
Ideal for critical video applications in the studio and on location, the affordable JVC monitors feature 10-bit panels and 14-bit color processing to ensure high quality image processing and display. The DT-U31, previewed earlier this year at the 2018 NAB Show, offers UHD (3840×2160) resolution, while the DT-U31PRO offers full DCI 4K (4096×2160) native resolution.
Both monitors from JVC support HDR functions, including Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
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Whether you need to calculate depth of field, how much film you’ve left for a sequence or check the meaning of a term, the free app from Kodak takes the guesswork out of the equation!
Film is not dead. Mission: Impossible – Fallout was shot in Kodak 35mm film by DP Rob Hardy, and so was Steve McQueen’s Widows. DP Kit Fraser also used Kodak 35mm film for Possum, and for The White Crow, DP Mike Eley BSC used chiefly Super 16mm, to evoke the spirit-of-the-age. These and many other motion pictures justify that Kodak keeps their app Kodak Cinema
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Creating interactive live graphics quickly and easily is the promise coming from Teradek and Singular. Teradek is demonstrating the result of their association at NAB New York.
Teradek brings dynamic graphic overlays to the cloud with Singular
, creating the conditions for live streamers around the world to have access to the same capabilities of professional broadcast solutions without the expense or complexity. Developed by industry experts, Singular aims to allow anyone to create interactive live graphics quickly and easily, and the new partnership and the integration into Core Teradek’s cloud-based management and production platform, means live streamers will be
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Created for real-time visualization, VR and photorealistic rendering, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 offers users the best workstation graphics performance for under $1000. $999, to be exact!
The price is set to attract attention. It’s just one dollar short of $1000, but that’s part of the marketing strategy. More accessible than the competition and even other Radeon solutions for workstations, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 aims to seduce those dreaming about having access to a high end professional solution… at a more human price.
Obviously, price is not everything, so the Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card finally made available
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Simplifying video creation and sharing on platforms including YouTube and Instagram is the aim of Adobe Premiere Rush CC, announced with a starter plan that is free… but has limitations.
Adobe is feeling the pressure of other NLEs, with Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
at the top of the list, so they used this edition of Adobe MAX to introduce their own take in the world of free NLE, with Adobe Premiere Rush CC, which can be used as a entry-level video editor to the world of Adobe. First revealed in June this year, as Project Rush
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Professional video editors and video makers participating in the Adobe Max conference should check the new service, LANDR Audio Mastering for Video being demonstrated there.
Artificial Intelligence is everywhere and is a name that atracts attention, more than algorithms, so it makes sense that companies use these modern and more sophisticated algorithms to develop new products. That’s exactly what LANDR Audio Inc. does with its A.I.-based engine that provides editors with free high-quality finished audio for their Adobe Premiere Pro CC video projects.
The new service, called LANDR Audio Mastering for Video, makes it easy for editors, says
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Migrating your photos and settings from Lightroom to ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will soon be easier. The new version also features a new nondestructive workflow for layers.
ON1 has been hard at work and has been listening to users. The 2019 version of ON1 Photo RAW, which will be available this November, offers significant enhancements to the migration process for customers looking to switch from Lightroom. According to ON1, “version 2019 will be one of the first solutions to utilize AI powered algorithms to transfer and display Lightroom edited photos in ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The transferred settings will also
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Admit it, no one thinks about batteries until they don’t work. Vancouver-based 1st AC, Tolar Armitt,
though, never leaves home without a charger and multiple Hawk-Woods Mini-V batteries.
Tolar Armitt has learned the hard way the importance of batteries. The Vancouver-based professional has worked on commercials for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Audi, Porsche, Verizon, and even Apple, many times in locations that can be extreme, and where there is no wall socket to get energy from.
“As a 1st AC, I’m in charge of building and maintaining the camera. Commercials are a boutique field. These days,
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Smartphones with dual cameras are common and some even have three. Now Samsung introduces the first model with four rear cameras, the Galaxy A9, expanding the creative options for photo and video.
The new Galaxy A9 smartphone does not feature the Samsung Dual Aperture the company showed in the Galaxy S9+
model (probably because it does not make much difference having F1.5 or F2.4 as aperture), but the new model may well be a videographer’s dream, as it comes with all or most of the lenses you may need. In fact, the new smartphone is the first in
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Released with ZBrush, Daz3D, Iray and InstaLOD workflow, the new Character Creator 3 from Reallusion is a universal 3D character creation platform for animation, game, AR and VR.
Character Creator 3 is a dynamic character creation system with a process to choose a highly-morphable base, morph and shape face and body, mix morphs, choose clothing, accessories and rapidly design stylized or realistic 3D characters, already set up for face and body animation.
The latest features added to Character Creator 3 include a quad-based mesh, ZBrush compatibility with GoZ, subdivision and gamification with InstaLOD, along with Iray rendering. CC3 also connects
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Concensum’s Global Copyright Register, which will launch soon, will track your photos online and go after whoever stole them. The blockchain technology can also be used to protect video and music.
I’ve more than $10000 in fees to collect for the usage of my photos online without permission. That’s just from five images I uploaded to a website that tracks image usage online, to test the system. Christmas is coming earlier for me this time… Now that I’ve grabbed your attention, let me tell you the whole story. Or start telling you a story, as I expect to write some
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Available October 17, the Insta360 ONE X is presented as the future of the action camera. It offers cinematic slow-mo, groundbreaking stabilization, can be thrown around and be a “silent drone”.
The ONE X that soon will be available for Android and iOS users is more than a 360-degree shooter. The company behind it says that “it’s a new kind of action camera that uses 360 to give users more freedom and more creative possibilities – both during and after capture.”
Since it was founded, in 2014, Insta360
has invested in the development of 360-degree cameras. Based in Shenzhen
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Able to reach more than 2500 fps in FullHD and over 300 fps at 4K, the new XIMEA line of industrial cameras may be all a cinematographer wants when there is a need for speed.
The new 16 Mpix high resolution camera from XIMEA now available offers exciting speed possibilities, that extend to cinematographers despite the fact that the company’s line of cameras is primarily designed for scientific field and industrial cameras. Usage of XIMEA cameras covers diverse areas that go from flat panel inspection or printed circuit board (PCB) examination to persistent stadium and border security, wide area surveillance
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Manfrotto had to go back to its roots, with a tripod conceived for outdoor use. The Befree Camo green, called, Wild Green, is available in a limited series of 500. For the urban jungle you have the Rock Grey.
The classic Manfrotto 190 NAT 3 tripod
or the 055 version, painted in green, are long gone. Those tripods painted in a camouflage green color were/are much appreciated by outdoor photographers. I am not sure if the green helped to keep the photographer hidden from view, what is apparently the idea with camo, but the truth is that I could not
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There are multiple smartphone apps that show colors, flashes or strobo rainbows, as if you’re in a party, but few can be used as a serious lighting tool by photographers and videographers. Pocket Softbox can!
Apps for photographers and videographers
are essentially tools to calculate exposure
, DOF, Sun & Moon position in the sky, and other things. We’ve covered a few of those in recent weeks, now it is time for something different and not very common: one app that transforms your smartphone in a tool able to provide extra light for your photography or video.
Can a smartphone
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The new professional grade ProGrade Digital microSDXC card, available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB capacities, offers a video speed class rating of V60, for uninterrupted video capture.
Revealed at Photokina 2018, but only available in Q4, the new card readers and microSD card from ProGrade Digital expand the solutions from the company designed for imaging professionals. The new products will join the flagship products already available, which include ProGrade Digital CFast 2.0 and ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II memory cards offered in a range of capacities and optimized to render maximum performance when paired with high-end DSLR, mirrorless, camcorder, drone and
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