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Jaw Dropping Landscapes Photo Contest
Think you’ve got an award-worthy landscape photo? Want to win a free ticket to Photoshop World, a KelbyOne Live event, or a KelbyOne membership? Submit your best landscape photo to our latest Viewbug contest for your chance to win! For all the details and to submit your photo, just click right here.

Canon 7D Mark II with Scott Kelby
If a Canon 7D Mark II is in your future or already in your camera bag, then this class is for you! Our own Scott Kelby will get you up to speed on everything you need to know to get started on the right foot with your Canon 7D Mark II. From getting oriented to all of the buttons and dials, to making the right choices for image quality, white balance, playback, and focus modes, Scott methodically steps through each feature and function explaining its Continue reading "It’s Free Stuff Thursday!"

NAB 2015: Ikan PDMovie Live Remote focus and iris controller

By contributing editor Chuck Fadely Ikan is bringing out a hard-wired focus and iris control system reminiscent of studio lens controllers for broadcast.  With a sturdy aluminum handgrip with thumb controller on a rosette and the focus motor on a rod under the lens, you can set up either a shoulder rig or tripod rig […]

NAB 2015: Zoom Q8- HD video + four-track audio recorder

By technical editor Matt Allard: Newsshooter at NAB 2015: Zoom Q8- HD VIDEO + FOUR-TRACK AUDIO RECORDER from Dan Chung on Vimeo. Zoom were showing off their recently released Q8 HD video camera with for track audio recording. The Q8 offers a large full-color LCD touchscreen, along with a wealth of advanced features. Dual combo […]

NAB 2015: Lectrosonics SSM radio mic transmitter

By technical editor Matt Allard: Newsshooter at NAB 2015: Lectrosonics – SSM Radio Mic Transmitter from Dan Chung on Vimeo. Lectrosonics were showing off their recently announced SSM radio mic transmitter. The SSM is absolutely tiny and to make it so small Lectrosonics have had to use a rechargeable lithium ion battery instead of the […]

3 years is a short time to go from a no camera to a very…

3 years is a short time to go from a no camera to a very attractive and appealing camera. I have yet to hold it or shoot anything but from appearances and spec Blackmagic have appeared to come out with a very appealing camera. I hope to try it at some point.

Huge difference from the bonkers URSA to the impressive looking #UrsaMini (at Las Vegas Strip) Shows Off Their Powerful Collaboration Platform, Adds Integration with FCPX

Here are's primary features, which are included throughout the different price tiers, even the free version.

  • Accelerated uploading in the browser for fast and efficient media file loading
  • Cloud transcoding of video assets for guaranteed playback on any device; with support for professional formats
  • Hover scrubbing for instant preview of clips
  • Seamless drag and drop interface for simple manipulation of files, content and communications
  • Private workspace for managing separate projects
  • Time-based, frame-specific comments and annotations for clearer communication
  • Side by side version comparison for clear, simple view of changes between versions
  • Integration with FCPX offers a free plan with 2GB of storage and 3 collaborators, but their paid plans range from $15/month to $150/month depending on how many collaborators you have and how much storage you need. You can learn more about and sign up for Frame. Continue reading " Shows Off Their Powerful Collaboration Platform, Adds Integration with FCPX"

NAB News 2015…ARRI SkyPanel…Soft lighting – Redefined

ARRI proudly introduces SkyPanel, a brand new line of LED fixtures. SkyPanel is a compact, ultra-bright and high-quality LED soft light that sets a new standard for the industry. With a design focused on form, color, beam field and output, SkyPanel represents the culmination of more than a decade of research and development of LED […]

NAB News 2015…Ikegami SHK-810 shoulder mount 8K camera

The Ikegami SHK-810 camera employs a single 33 million-pixel Super 35 CMOS sensor, achieving 4,000 TVL horizontal and vertical resolution. The color filter on the sensor employs a dual-green SHV color arrangement and achieves a high level of modulation depth. The System Expander enables the use of large viewfinders and full studio lenses, converting the portable camera into a full-facility studio/field […]

Meet Catalyst, Sony’s Brand New Tools for Simplified Editing & Media Management

Two days ago, Sony announced a mysterious new NLE called Catalyst Edit. Ryan Koo stopped by Sony's booth at NAB to investigate:

And here's an early photo of these new Catalyst post production tools:

Sony Catalyst Edit, Prepare, and Browse

While we were speculating that the new NLE would be specifically designed to handle the native media from Sony's cameras, it seems that it's going to be a much more open and versatile system. Here are the codecs and formats that Catalyst Edit will support:

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Shoot HD Aerial Footage Wirelessly with Zero Latency with the Amimon Connex

Amimon's Connex is a wireless HDV transmitter for aerial shooting that can transmit HD images (1080p at 60fps) up to 3300 ft. with zero latency. It can be paired with up to 4 receivers without quality degradation or delay.

Here are its key features:

  • True full HD 1080p at 60fps
  • Up to 3300 ft/1000 range
  • Zero latency/real-time video
  • 5GHz digital link with AFS
  • Gimbal control over FUTABA S.Bus system

The Connex is available now for $1600 and comes with a receiver, transmitter, and accessories: antennae, cables, connectors, etc.

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How to Use a B&W Layer in Photoshop to Adjust the Brightness of Colors In Photos

Travel photographer Jimmy McIntyre created this short 3-minute video tutorial to share a trick for adjusting the brightness of specific colors in your shot without affecting their saturation.

The technique simply involves creating a new black-and-white adjustment layer…


…setting its blending mode to “Luminosity”…


…and then adjusting the sliders of the colors you’d like to tweak.


You can find more of McIntyre’s tutorials on his YouTube channel here.

(via Jimmy McIntyre via ISO 1200)

Cooke’s New Anamorphic Zoom Aims to Add the Personality & Funkiness Back to Your Images

The new anamorphic lens from Cooke was created to make your shots look as though they were shot with a -- well -- with an anamorphic lens.

When we stopped by to talk to Les Zellan from ZGC and Cooke, he explained how the company was aiming to bring back the "funkiness" of anamorphic by designing their new lens with the anamorphic squeeze in front of the iris -- something he says some manufacturers don't do with their new rear anamorphic lenses.

Cooke wasn't able to give us much information about their new anamorphic lens, but what they could tell us was that it will have a 2X squeeze and will be released by the end of the year.

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