17 Rules of the Coen Brothers’ Cinematic Universe

Enter the world of the Brothers Coen, a place "steeped in a slightly embellished reality." If you tried to describe the work of directors Joel and Ethan Coen collectively, what would you say? Realistic, but also kind of whimsical? Dark, but weirdly funny? High-minded, but also completely morally adrift? It's nearly impossible to explain a Coen film without using multitudes of qualifiers to give your adjectives more context, but that's because it's rather difficult to nail down the cinematic qualities found in films like Miller's Crossing, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading, No Country Continue reading "17 Rules of the Coen Brothers’ Cinematic Universe"

DPReview TV: Looking back at the Panasonic G1 and ten years of mirrorless

It's not just the Seattle team celebrating ten years since the announcement of the first mirrorless system. Chris and Jordan have also been looking back at the camera that started it all: the Panasonic Lumix DMC G1. This week they've been remembering what it was like and how things have progressed from there.

Click here to see Richard's look back at Micro Four Thirds and the birth of Mirrorless

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When color grading your images, Photoshop’s vivid light blend mode should not be ignored

There are 27 blend modes in Adobe Photoshop and many people use only a handful of them in their own workflow. As Blake Rudis of <a href="https://f64academy.com/" >f64 Academy</a> points out in his latest video, there may be blend modes you haven&#39;t tried yet that could significantly improve your photo editing workflow. One of these lesser-used blend modes if the "vivid light" blend mode, which Rudis states is a very powerful tool for color grading.

Upon first look, the vivid light blend mode may not seem particularly useful. However, once you understand how it works,...
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Belotti, Oakland, California

Had dinner tonight at the lovely Belotti on College Avenue in Oakland, California — a wonderful Italian restaurant with some of the most amazing dishes. Definitely a memorable meal and definitely a new local favorite. Since we were speaking Italian, brought a nicely cellared 1998 Barolo which accompanied the meal perfectly. Belotti Belotti Seńor Belotti Clerico 1998  Ciabot Ginestra Mentin Barolo Belotti
Hand cut certified Piedmontese ribeye dry aged beef tartare, carasau bread, parmigiano reggiano, micro arugula, aged balsamic, truffle caviar, quail egg yolk. INSALATA DI BURRATA
INSALATA DI BURRATA — Organic mixed leaves, celery, California nectarines, Italian burrata, crostini, Piedmontese amaretti cookies, 8 years aged balsamic Giuseppe Giusti Tortino
My favorite dish of the
Panna Cota
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A First Look at the Sony 400mm f/2.8 Lens

A First Look at the Sony 400mm f/2.8 Lens Although the Sony a9 takes direct aim at the flagship bodies of both Canon and Nikon, one of the most prominent issues has been the lack of wide-aperture super-telephoto lenses. The Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS directly addresses that need, and this great video offers a first look at it. [ Read More ]

Shooting live music with the Panasonic Lumix GX9


85mm | ISO 200 | 1/2000 sec | F2.8
The South Lake Union Block Party is pretty standard as far as block parties go these days; loud music and expensive beer in a vacant lot in the heart of Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Over the course of putting the finishing touches on our full review of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9, I wanted to get some real-world autofocus experience to put our more formal testing into better context. So, on a hot and hazy Seattle afternoon, I took the GX9 and Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F2.8 lens
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Sony takes five at the 2018-19 EISA awards

The European Imaging and Sound Association has announced the winners of its 2018-19 awards, with Sony doing particularly well and coming away with five of the eighteen prizes. The Camera of the Year award went to the Sony a7 III, while the a7R III took Professional Mirrorless Camera of the Year and the Cyber-shot RX10 IV bridge camera came away with the award for the best superzoom model.
The prize for the best mirrorless camera went to the Fujifilm X-H1 and the Canon EOS M50 was the recipient of a new award for Best Buy Camera. Nikon’s D850 deservedly won Continue reading "Sony takes five at the 2018-19 EISA awards"

Adorama Weekend Deals! Discounted Price on Sigma Lens, Think Tank Shoulder Bag, Canon 5D Mark IV and More!

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens – With Syrp Genie Motion Control Time Lapse
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Landscape photography camera settings: Metering, exposure, focus and shooting with Atillio Ruffo

Photographer <a href="https://www.instagram.com/attilioruffophotography/" >Attilio Ruffo</a> is in California doing landscape photography and he wants to discuss camera settings. Ruffo likes to keep things simple and straightforward, so the video below focuses on four different camera setting topics: metering, exposure, focusing and shooting.

How does Attilio meter his landscape scenes? He primarily uses two kinds of metering modes, spot and matrix. The latter of which evaluates nearly all of the scene. How precisely it works depends on your camera, but in general, it meters the entire frame....
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Firmware Friday: Fuji fixes FinePix XP130, XF 18mm and 60mm lenses

For the second week in a row, our regular <a href="https://www.imaging-resource.com/topics/firmware+friday" >Firmware Friday</a> roundup is a relatively brief affair. In the past seven days, the only manufacturer which has dropped any new updates is Fujifilm, with the company supplying new firmware for one compact camera, and two XF-mount lenses. And in all three cases, the new firmware is free of new features, instead focusing on fixes for miscellaneous bugs.

For the Fuji FinePix XP130 firmware version 1.01 update (<a href="http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/firmware/xp/finepix_xp130/index.html" >download here</a>), the date stamp function will now change its placement to...
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Five Helpful Camera Tips for Beginner Photographers

Five Helpful Camera Tips for Beginner Photographers When you're first starting out in photography, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to learn all the things that help you take better pictures and properly use and protect your equipment. This great video will give you five helpful tips to improve your images and make shooting easier. [ Read More ]