Sound & Picture, the Filmmaking Workflow Magazine, Is Giving Away Free Subscriptions

If you're not particularly fond of in-depth filmmaking coverage, you should probably stop reading right now. Otherwise, Sound & Picture magazine is about to make you an offer you can't refuse.

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In celebration of their fifth birthday, Sound & Picture, a print and digital publication that focuses on a wide variety of filmmaking techniques and workflows, is offering 50,000 free lifetime subscriptions to the digital version of their magazine. If you're interested, just click here.

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Sound & Picture, the Filmmaking Workflow Magazine, Is Giving Away Free Subscriptions

If you're not particularly fond of in-depth filmmaking coverage, you should probably stop reading right now. Otherwise, Sound & Picture magazine is about to make you an offer you can't refuse.

Sound & Picture Magazine Front Cover
In celebration of their fifth birthday, Sound & Picture, a print and digital publication that focuses on a wide variety of filmmaking techniques and workflows, is offering 50,000 free lifetime subscriptions to the digital version of their magazine. If you're interested, just click here.

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Danny MacAskill leaps from Skye to eclipse other action shots

The weather spoiled today's solar eclipse for many would-be watchers in the UK but it was visible in some parts of the country. Dutch photographer Rutger Pauw teamed up with trials biking genius Danny MacAskill to get a rather different shot. Using a long telephoto lens and shooting from over 300m away, Pauw had to communicate with MacAskill by radio to time the shot precisely, a process complicated by only having enough battery power to fire their super-powerful strobe once. Read more

Selects #32: The Winning Image

Our members really did it this time. We asked for “winning” images since we recently relaunched our guide, The Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests, and they sure did deliver. We were overwhelmed by the amazing contributions for this “contest-worthy” send — each shot more gorgeous than the next! We took our sweet time selecting our favorites, which you can see for yourself in the email, but we hope everyone will also check out the board on Lattice to get a sense for how stellar the full assortment really is. You can see the entire Selects email, here.

Photo by Jonathan Bielaski

Photo by Jonathan Bielaski

Image by Carlos Peñalba

Image by Carlos Peñalba

Ian Willms’ Photography Brings Him Close to his Father | I Love Photography Ep. 50

A motorcycle accident paralyzed Ian Willms’ father, but it also brought them closer as Ian captured the recovery through Instagram. Plus, the best photo of the Northern Lights and Paul Octavious’ Pantones on Mr. Porter. I Love Photography is our weekly look at all things photographic with Sarah Jacobs and PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi.

 

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2:03 PhotoShelter Webinar: Copyright & Your Rights with Jack Reznicki and Ed Greenberg
3:54 Elite Daily Sued for Stealing Photos from Peter Menzel
5:31 Gear Reviews from a Chick who doesn’t do gear reviews: Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8
9:35 Sebastian Saarioos’ insane photo of the northern lights
11:38 Kickstarter events, 3/25: Talking Shop: Rachel Sussman on Becoming an Artist
14:49 VII’s Donald Weber says The Rules of Photojournalism are Keeping Us from the Truth
19:27 Greg Boratyn’s Milky Way & Mountains
21:45 How Photography Brought Ian Willms back to his father
25:12 Paul Octavious’s Pantones on Mr. Porter
26:59 Pei Ketron gets a few billboards with her iPhone (plus our webinar with Pei)
28:57 LPV Podcast w. Sarah J & Amanda Jas aka HokayTokay
30:22 Alícia Rius captures the mesmerizing beauty of the sphynx cat

 

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‘WESTERN’ Filmmakers on Creating Context, Condensing Time & Being Real With Your Subjects

Bill and Turner Ross' new film WESTERN turns their curious vérité gaze into the border tensions between Texas and Mexico. In our interview from SXSW they talk about form, the brother/filmmaker relationship and decidedly not being "answer people."

Awarded at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with a Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking, celebrating "the restraint of filmmakers letting image and sound speak for itself," the Ross Brothers are filmmakers that immerse themselves fully into their subject matter in an attempt to discover a unique context for their stories to exist within. I was drawn to the Ross Bros' work and decided to sit down with them at SXSW to chat about their process.

"We are presenting neither the problem nor the solution. We are presenting the context."

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‘WESTERN’ Filmmakers on Creating Context, Condensing Time & Being Real With Your Subjects

Bill and Turner Ross' new film WESTERN turns their curious vérité gaze into the border tensions between Texas and Mexico. In our interview from SXSW they talk about form, the brother/filmmaker relationship and decidedly not being "answer people."

Awarded at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with a Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking, celebrating "the restraint of filmmakers letting image and sound speak for itself," the Ross Brothers are filmmakers that immerse themselves fully into their subject matter in an attempt to discover a unique context for their stories to exist within. I was drawn to the Ross Bros' work and decided to sit down with them at SXSW to chat about their process.

"We are presenting neither the problem nor the solution. We are presenting the context."

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‘WESTERN’ Filmmakers on Creating Context, Condensing Time & Being Real With Your Subjects

Bill and Turner Ross' new film WESTERN turns their curious vérité gaze into the border tensions between Texas and Mexico. In our interview from SXSW they talk about form, the brother/filmmaker relationship and decidedly not being "answer people."

Awarded at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with a Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking, celebrating "the restraint of filmmakers letting image and sound speak for itself," the Ross Brothers are filmmakers that immerse themselves fully into their subject matter in an attempt to discover a unique context for their stories to exist within. I was drawn to the Ross Bros' work and decided to sit down with them at SXSW to chat about their process.

"We are presenting neither the problem nor the solution. We are presenting the context."

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This Week In Photography Books: Andy Freeberg

by Jonathan Blaustein

I got a lot of good feedback on last week’s review. Honestly, I wasn’t that surprised. Who doesn’t love to read the ramblings of a slightly deranged mind?

It was as if I were Raskolnikov for a few moments. Fleetingly crazy, only without the menace. Who knew what I might say? I could have written the whole thing stark naked, having a laugh at everyone’s expense, and no one would have been the wiser.

This week, however, I’ve moved past the pain-killer phase of this particular illness. As two of my students correctly predicted, it migrated from my throat to my chest. Now, I have bronchitis, which is less painful, but more annoying.

All day long, I’ve been hocking up phlegm.
Cough. Cough. Chest boogers.
Cough. Cough. Chest boogers.

Not. exactly. sexy.

And yet, as I said last week, the trains must run on time. Books must be reviewed. Content must be produced. It is the way of the 21st Century, and who am I to question reality?

(Were I still in the Dostoyesvky-impersonating phase, I might do just that. “The world. It is bleak. People. They are dark, miserable animals. Happiness is an illusion. We are all capable of murder. Why go on living? What is the point? I really should kill myself. Or better yet, someone else. They don’t deserve to live. I hate them. I love them. I am thoroughly confused.”)

Are you confused? Shall I make things less complicated for you?

How’s this? Andy Freeberg’s new book “Art Fare,” published by Sojourn, is awesome and hilarious, in a dry, insider-kind-of-way. He laughs at the type of powerful, humorless people that normally intimidate the shit out of regular folks like us: Contemporary Art Dealers, and their bespectacled minions.

This book requires little explication, which is why it is perfect for today. The pictures below will amuse you, for certain, and allow me to wrap this column up quickly, so I can go back to my obnoxious, Russian-level suffering.

Cough. Cough. Chest boogers.

The pictures were made in the Miami Art Fairs, and feature gallery owners and workers in front of the goods they buy, sell and trade. Not much to figure out.

There are connections between the people and the art, occasionally. Like the guy in front of his own painting, with his wiener hanging out.

But what I really loved was the fact that almost all of these people have adopted the kind of affected, bored-of-the-world, I’d rather check my Iphone than stare at a wall, I’m-better-than-you-are kind of postures. It makes you want to punch them in the face, collectively, but then, not really. They’re just flawed human beings, as are we.

Everyone gets bored, I suppose, and if you stare at the art too long, perhaps your mind will explode.

I’m sure they’re secretly insecure, these Art World Denizens, and trying to fit in, like the rest of us. So they wear faded black T-shirts, like their buddies do, and pretend not to care. (Like their buddies do.)

Bill Hunt, who writes an essay, is also featured in a photograph, at his former gallery Hasted Hunt Krautler. In fairness, his pose affects no such ennui. (Which really ought to be a Russian word, instead of French. Don’t you think?)

He ends with Chuck Close, in his wheelchair, looking at an Andy Warhol “Soup Can” on the wall. What a great way to “close” a book. Perfect, really.

Blaustein out.

Bottom Line: Hilarious, well-observed investigation of the Art-World-Gorillas in their natural habitat

To Purchase “Art Fare” Visit Photo-Eye

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This Weekend Only – 25% OFF Prints from MPIX!

THIS WEEKEND ONLY – 25% OFF ALL PRINTS!
Our friends at Mpix are here to help you clean out your camera just in time for spring with a 25% off all prints sale you can’t afford to miss. From now, Friday March 20, through Sunday March 22, fill up your cart with whatever prints you’d like to purchase, then enter the promo code kelbyspringcleaning at checkout to receive the discount!

Maybe it’s time to freshen up your home with some new photos for your walls, give that special someone a way to remember that amazing day you shared recently, or it’s just time you treated yourself to some new prints for your portfolio. Whatever the reason, why not do it now when you can save 25%? Head over to Mpix.com now to get started.

Please note: This sale is valid for all photo prints. Additional services applied to prints are not discounted. This offer is not available through ROES and no refunds will be issued for orders placed prior to the sale. Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (Central) on March 22nd, 2015

Priime, The Best iPhone Photo Editor I’ve Ever Used

Priime is Liive -- Get It While It's Hot

Disclosure, I am an advisor to Priime and have styles included in their style marketplace.

Boom. Just a few hours ago Priime went live in the Apple iTunes App Store and already on launch day Apple is featuring it in their best new apps section.

What is Priime?

Priime is the best mobile phone editor I’ve ever used. I’ve been using it behind the scenes for the past few months and am blown away by how much better it is than anything else out for mobile editing today. The free app features a powerful suite of editing tools allowing you to enhance a lot of the basics around your photos: brightness, structure, contrast, warmth, tint, saturation, sharpness, highlights/shadows, vignette and fade. The app can also save photos up to 50 megapixel in size! I don’t know of any other app that can let you output such high res photos.

In addition to these tools, Priime has currated some of the best mobile photo styles available. These are styles developed by photographers for photographers. I have two styles for sale in the Priime marketplace — Americana and Neon. Neon can be a particularly tricky thing to shoot sometimes. I’ve taken over 10,000 photos of neon signs and this is my best attempt at an overlay that works especially well for signs.

The app gives you some great free starter styles. It will also make suggestions for what styles may work best with your photo after analyzing it.

In addition to my styles, Priime features styles developed by 30 other insanely talented photographers, each with their own unique way of processing the world through their iPhone.

Daniel Krieger, who shoots for the NY Times, is probably the best working food photographer in the world right now. If you are going to

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Priime Featured in the Best New Apps Section of the iPhone App Store
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Replay the Light Iron Focus event

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Couldn't make it to Los Angeles for the recent Light Iron event where the the directors and editor of Focus talked about how they made the film on Final Cut Pro X? The recordings from the sessions are now online.

How Do You Know if a Film is Going to Be a Hit? Just Take a Look at the Stock Market

What factors influence the financial success of a film? Star power? Marketing? Humongous budgets? Sure, maybe. But one of the biggest factors is the state of the Stock Market.

What? What does Wall Street have to do with the entertainment industry. (Everything?) Well, in this short excerpt from the documentary History's Hidden Engine, which chronicles the science of socionomics (the study of "how social mood motivates social actions"), Robert R. Prechter, Jr. explains why certain genres of films perform the way they do depending on market trends.

If you've been through the ups and downs of the economy, chances are you've noticed certain trends forming up on the Big Screen. Studies have shown that action/family films tend to fare better in bull markets, while horror films tend to fare better in bear markets. That is, in times of prosperity, audiences go to see action/family films, while in economic crisis and social unrest, audiences flock to horror films.

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How Do You Know if a Film is Going to Be a Hit? Just Take a Look at the Stock Market

What factors influence the financial success of a film? Star power? Marketing? Humongous budgets? Sure, maybe. But one of the biggest factors is the state of the Stock Market.

What? What does Wall Street have to do with the entertainment industry. (Everything?) Well, in this short excerpt from the documentary History's Hidden Engine, which chronicles the science of socionomics (the study of "how social mood motivates social actions"), Robert R. Prechter, Jr. explains why certain genres of films perform the way they do depending on market trends.

If you've been through the ups and downs of the economy, chances are you've noticed certain trends forming up on the Big Screen. Studies have shown that action/family films tend to fare better in bull markets, while horror films tend to fare better in bear markets. That is, in times of prosperity, audiences go to see action/family films, while in economic crisis and social unrest, audiences flock to horror films.

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How Do You Know if a Film is Going to Be a Hit? Just Take a Look at the Stock Market

What factors influence the financial success of a film? Star power? Marketing? Humongous budgets? Sure, maybe. But one of the biggest factors is the state of the Stock Market.

What? What does Wall Street have to do with the entertainment industry. (Everything?) Well, in this short excerpt from the documentary History's Hidden Engine, which chronicles the science of socionomics (the study of "how social mood motivates social actions"), Robert R. Prechter, Jr. explains why certain genres of films perform the way they do depending on market trends.

If you've been through the ups and downs of the economy, chances are you've noticed certain trends forming up on the Big Screen. Studies have shown that action/family films tend to fare better in bull markets, while horror films tend to fare better in bear markets. That is, in times of prosperity, audiences go to see action/family films, while in economic crisis and social unrest, audiences flock to horror films.

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Best Video Monopod Sirui vs Benro vs Manfrotto

When you have to shoot video and move fast, the last thing you’re thinking about is a Tripod. If you have to move fast with some type of stability, maybe you’re thinking more along the lines of a good Video Monopod. In this video i’m showing you why I personally think the latest version of Sirui Video Monopods are at the top of my list, and how it offers more than other Top Brands.

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The moment you pick up a Sirui Video Monopod you’ll notice the build quality. Every moving part is precision made and the feature set is well thought out. The monopod can be detached from the feet for more compact travel, yet you can still use the Monopod without the feet, and you can use the Feet without the Monopod (as a small Tripod | Hi Hat).

A locking base prevents the Sirui Video Monopod from swiveling and panning, and a variable drag adjustment at the base allows fine tuning to the operator. Panning can be achieved from the fluid column, or you can lock down the panning feature. Check out the variety of Sirui Video Monopods.

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DSLR Guide for Beginners: The Best Entry Level DSLR Tips

So, you’ve purchased your first DSLR camera, have you? You most likely read the manual, watched tutorials, asked your fellow photographer friends for tips. And still, you are reluctant to experiment with your new purchase. Do you find it easier to just use the Auto function? You don’t even take the camera out with you because you find it too difficult and somewhat embarrassing to fiddle around with various settings? This guide on the best entry level DSLR tips for photographers just starting out. Continue reading "DSLR Guide for Beginners: The Best Entry Level DSLR Tips"

ARRI Will Give You More Control Over Lens Flares with Their New Master Anamorphic Flare Sets

In addition to the new ALEXA SXT cameras, ARRI also announced the Master Anamorphic Flare Sets, which consist of replaceable front and rear glass elements that give specific lens flare effects, and gives you more control in-camera. Here's a video showing what they can do:

Here's a little bit of info on them:

Each of the seven Master Anamorphic focal lengths has its own specific flare set, comprising easily replaceable front and rear glass elements with a special lens coating that encourages flaring, ghosting and veiling glare. The flare elements can be used individually or in combination to provide the lens with three additional looks for enriched on-set creativity.

By using the ARRI Master Anamorphic Toolkit, the front and rear glass elements can be exchanged with the regular Master Anamorphic elements in a matter of minutes, since each flare element is pre-aligned in a metal frame. A set of Master Anamorphics effectively becomes four different anamorphic lens sets, each suitable for different flaring requirements while maintaining the famously distortion-free optical performance.

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ARRI Will Give You More Control Over Lens Flares with Their New Master Anamorphic Flare Sets

In addition to the new ALEXA SXT cameras, ARRI also announced the Master Anamorphic Flare Sets, which consist of replaceable front and rear glass elements that give specific lens flare effects, and gives you more control in-camera. Here's a video showing what they can do:

Here's a little bit of info on them:

Each of the seven Master Anamorphic focal lengths has its own specific flare set, comprising easily replaceable front and rear glass elements with a special lens coating that encourages flaring, ghosting and veiling glare. The flare elements can be used individually or in combination to provide the lens with three additional looks for enriched on-set creativity.

By using the ARRI Master Anamorphic Toolkit, the front and rear glass elements can be exchanged with the regular Master Anamorphic elements in a matter of minutes, since each flare element is pre-aligned in a metal frame. A set of Master Anamorphics effectively becomes four different anamorphic lens sets, each suitable for different flaring requirements while maintaining the famously distortion-free optical performance.

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