CAME-ACTION2 Gimbal for Smartphones Now Available

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Sigma claims new firmware makes 150-600mm F5-6.3 up to 50% faster

Lens manufacturer Sigma has announced new firmware for its 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and Contemporary lens that it says makes the autofocusing system up to 50% faster. The firmware applies to lenses fitted for Canon EOS and Nikon F cameras, and can be installed via the company’s USB dock and the Optimization Pro software program. The company says that in normal conditions the improved HSM algorithm boosts the AF speed of the lens by between 20% and 50%. The Optimization Pro software needed to install the firmware can be downloaded from the Sigma website. Press release:

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Firmware update for Canon and Nikon mount

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How Crowdfunding Can Screw Your Distribution Plan

What you do in your crowdfunding campaign can affect the final release of your film — positively and negatively. Here's what you should keep in mind from the start. It’s been four years since I ran a Kickstarter campaign of my own, and shared several articles about things to think about before running a campaign of your own (part two here). In that time, I’ve written dozens of drafts of my script, changed titles from Manchild to Amateur, released a short prequel, and now have a 2,337th backer: Netflix. Other than issuing updates to my backers throughout the process, I haven’t been "in the trenches" of running a crowdfunding campaign since 2011. What is new in the world of crowdfunding since then? Turns out, a lot. Many of the capabilities I wanted for my crowdfunding campaign 2011 are now available for you in 2016. Continue reading "How Crowdfunding Can Screw Your Distribution Plan"

Will Sony’s next lens-style camera focus on selfie-shooters?



For the last few years, pretty much everyone in the camera industry has been searching for an answer to the rise of the smartphone. With tiny -- but arguably just about satisfactory -- cameras built into our phones, the average person on the street just doesn't see the need to buy a separate, standalone camera any more. Not only has that proven devastating for the compact camera market, but it's also had an effect on more sophisticated cameras. Connectivity has become a big talking point, with technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and...
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Turn a Pelican Case Into a Tether Station with a $2 Bicycle Quick Release Bolt


I like to keep the amount of kit I have to carry with me to a minimum. Every single pound counts when you’re scrambling up the side of a snowy mountain, and if you’ve ever had to pay excess baggage charges at the airport you will probably appreciate my ‘less is more’ mentality! So when I was looking for something compact but still substantial to use as a tether station, I realized I had everything I needed already. Yes, there are some cool options already out there but some of them are not cheap and they all involve additional kit/weight, which is what I’m trying to avoid. One piece of kit I always have on a shoot is my hard camera case. It keeps everything safe, makes a handy seat or table and generally makes my life easier. If there isn’t a team of people looking at the screen while
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6 Rules for Creating the Hottest Content on the Market Right Now: Docuseries

If you’ve made a documentary, you know how hard it is to fit a complex life story into 90 minutes. Now, you can tell your story for 9 hours — and it might actually sell. The 2016 SXSW Film Festival has been full of talk about the growing distribution prospects for documentaries, and in the wake of series like Making a Murderer and Chef’s Table, distributors are looking at docuseries. Andrew Fried (Chef’s Table), Ross Dinerstein (Silicon Cowboys), Clay Tweel (Print the Legend), and moderator Elsa Ramo (Ramo Law) sat down to speak about their personal experiences moving from features to docuseries. Based on their panel "Documentary to DocuSeries and Beyond," we've outlined the best practices for getting in to docuseries. “Two hours after the SXSW premiere, I had an offer. That’s never Continue reading "6 Rules for Creating the Hottest Content on the Market Right Now: Docuseries"

I Used a Drone to Make a 3D Printed Model of a Giant Jesus Statue


I recently spent some time using a DJI Phantom 3 Pro camera drone to make a 3D printed model of a statue of Jesus that’s by my house in Lima, Peru. The technology used to do this is called photogrammetry. Photogrammetry uses a series of photo images to computationally map a 3D model or space. The practice has been around for over a century, but has become especially popular over the course of the past decade with the proliferation of digital cameras and free or relatively inexpensive, but accurate, processing software. I used a Phantom 3 Pro and took around 110 photos from three different elevations while the drone was automatically flying in a circle around the statue. Here is one of the original images of the Jesus statue. Note the green horse pasture in the background.

The Flight Path


The statue is about 550m from my house. I flew
Maybe 100+ photos was overkill?
Close up of the render
A closeup view
A closeup of the back.
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How to Create Fake Shadows Using Photoshop

Don't get me wrong; I am not going to show you how to make up for bad lighting in post-production. However, Glen Dewis has created a very interesting video that shows us how to achieve a gobo-like effect using Photoshop, something that be very handy if you are looking for an easy way to add drama to your picture without spending too much time in front of your computer. [ Read More ]

Nissin adds radio receiver unit to Air system for branded flash units

Flash manufacturer Nissin has announced it has produced a receiver unit for its NAS wireless flash communication system that allows flash units from Canon, Nikon and Sony to be used within its radio command structure. The new Air R units are designed to convert flashguns that usually rely on line-of-sight optical control when used off camera in a group to come under the company’s 2.4GHz radio network. Once mounted into the hotshoe of the receiver flash units from Nissin and other brands compatible with Canon, Nikon or Sony systems can be controlled by either an Air transmitter from the hotshoe of the camera, or by a Nissin flash unit that features the Air commander mode – such as the new i60A. The receiver is equipped with eight channels and can work in one of three groups. The system allows flash exposure compensation of +/-2EV and manual output from full Continue reading "Nissin adds radio receiver unit to Air system for branded flash units"

Review: The $49 Platypod Pro is the World’s Most Compact Mini Tripod


You’re not a photographer if you haven’t been somewhere (traveling light on a weekend excursion perhaps) when out for an evening stroll you spot it… the picture you thought you wouldn’t need to take this weekend: a long exposure. Your tripod is at home and the only stable base for which to rest your camera on and still somewhat frame your shot up properly is an uneven concrete wall.


The best composition you can muster includes an ugly lamppost and a garbage truck flanking either side of your frame. If only there were some sort of slim, easy to use and effortlessly carried, lifesaver of a tool, which could, in a pinch, get the job done. Well now there is and it’s called the Platypod Pro, a $49 mini-tripod plate that fits in your pocket and is designed to quickly adapt to uneven surfaces.


When I first saw the
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Record High-Quality Audio with the New PIX-LR Accessory for Video Devices PIX-E Series

External recorders are great for shooting high-quality video, but getting great audio into those recorders hasn't always been so easy.

The new Video Devices PIX-LR from Sound Devices, LLC is designed to solve all of those audio issues for $399. The PIX-LR is an optional audio accessory for the PIX-E5, PIX-E5H, and PIX-E7 4K recording monitors that gives you not only two super low-noise analog XLR inputs, but also two analog XLR outputs, and has fantastic limiters built in to prevent distortion when levels get too hot.

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Photo Essay: The Dog Savior


Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. But they are often neglected and left to die by their owners in places around the world. On the streets of India, people treat them in the worst possible manner. Throwing stones, kicking and abusing them by all means. But there are some people who take care of these innocent creatures. They feed them and give shelter. This is a series on one such couple, Arun Pasare and his wife Suvarna Pasare, who have been taking care of street dogs for the past 9 years. Suvarna Pasare cooks the food for the dogs at their home. They have 5 dogs in total. All were strays earlier. All of them were rescued from the streets by Arun.
Chicken soup and rice pudding are set in different containers and let to be cool down.
Chicken soup and rice pudding are set in different containers and let to be cool down.
Arun is seen taking one of the food containers filled with Chicken soup down to his van. The containers weigh about 6-8 KG and Arun takes 4 of them each morning. And everything gets finished by afternoon.
Arun is seen taking one of the food containers filled
Arun says the reason for him to start feeding strays is that, 9 years back he saw a dog running scared with a wound on his head filled with maggots and behind was a security guard with a big stick. The guard hit the dog at the head exactly where it had that wound. Since then everything changed for him. He is a middle class man who struggles to live his life. But he makes sure that his dogs are fed well and timely.
Arun and Suvarna are very devotional. Arun is an Astrologer by profession and Suvarna runs a Naturopathy clinic. They have a son who also follows his father's footsteps and is Vastu Shastra specialist.
Arun feeds the dogs in multiple trays to avoid unwanted fights between the dogs.
3 brothers are seen having their food together in a single tray.
Arun not only feeds the dogs, he also vaccinate and medicate them when needed. A normal vaccine costs Rs.350 in a private hospital whereas, you get it for Rs.80 at local pharmacy.
A traffic policeman is helping Arun put powder on a dog's wound.
Suvarna takes out a container of pedigree to feeds the dogs. They buy around 5 KG of pedigree each day which costs Rs.2500. They shell out around Rs.50000-60000 each month just of the dogs food.
The vehicle which Arun and Suvarna uses for their purpose was actually gifted to Arun by a lawyer for his great work.
Arun loves and takes care of each one of his dog. He is seen with one of his closest ones, Sheru.
They feed around 200-300 dogs a day. Their daily feeding schedule is 7am to 1pm and then again from 4pm to 12 midnight.
This dog has a wound on its foot when it had an accident.
This sight is so common. We see it all day. Most of the drivers are either negligent or ignorant to strays. A lot of accidents happen just because of that.
Kalu, as Suvarna calls, is affected by Cataract in its left eye. Government Animal hospitals are no longer functioning in Pune. All are taken over by private hospitals where the cost of treatments are high.
A dog poses for a quick photograph.
Arun is one of those few people in the world who has been different from all the other in the society. In his span of 9 years, he has never been bitten or attacked by any stray. The love he shows to them, he gets in return 10-fold.
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Crazy 9 Hour Sale on 128 GB Sandisk SD Memory Cards Today Only

Let's face it, you can never have enough memory cards laying around your studio. Today only, Sandisk is having a ridiculous sale on their U3 SDXC Memory Cards. The 128 GB cards are only $44 and their 64 GB cards are only $24. These cards are great for high megapixel cameras, shooting HD video, and can also be used as small hard drives to transfer files from computer to computer. Instead of having a half dozen smaller cards that might potentially get lost in the shuffle, I always encourage photographers to use a single larger memory card and only remove it from their camera once after each shoot. If you haven't upgraded to 64 or 128 GB cards yet, this might be the best sale until the end of summer.

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Wedding Photographer Begs Thieves to Return Priceless Photos


After shooting a wedding this weekend, Boston-based wedding photographer Francielle Santo had her car broken into. She lost not only $10,000 in camera gear, but all of her clients’ wedding photos as well. FOX25 reports that Santo is now making a public plea for the thieves to return just the memory card and photos. The photographer is offering a $1,000 reward for just the card. “It’s like my worst nightmare right now to not have her photos,” Santo tells FOX25. “Just please return that. Just the flash cards, that’s all I want.”
Santo says that after the ceremony, she dropped off her assistant photographer and drove into Boston to pick up some friends. She only left her locked car for a few minutes, she says, but that gave thieves enough time to smash a window and loot her car of the Canon 5D Mark III and other gear. The
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A digest of last week’s photo and video news – Week 11

news011_all A digest of last week’s news is a selection of some of the news from week 10 from 2016 related to the worlds of photography and video, covering multiple topics, always rounded up with a reading suggestion.

A solar eclipse video from above the clouds

Last week there as a total solar eclipse. For Alaska Airlines it was a unique opportunity to be at the right place at the right time. Their Flight #870 from Anchorage to Honolulu on March 8 was arranged so passengers could see the solar eclipse from 35000 feet. The precisely planned equation, based on calculations started one year ago, allowed for the creation of the video above by Mike Kentrianakis/American Astronomical Society.


Andy Warhol, Patty Smith and packfilm

When in February  Fujifilm announced that they had ceased production of their FP-100C packfilm, a whole community got together asking the company to change opinion. A
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Why Photographer Matt Granger is Ditching Sony

Photographer Matt Granger just posted this 16-minute video about why he’s ditching Sony gear when it comes to his professional work. In short: horrible service. As a Nikon Professional Services member, Granger is used to receiving rapid servicing and loaner gear. After discovering a back button issue on his $3,200 Sony a7R II, he called support and was connected to a call center in the Philippines. The line quality was so bad that Granger spent 30 minutes on the phone with a support rep that couldn’t hear him well… and he eventually hung up because they had gotten nowhere. After calling back, the exact same thing happened.


Granger then contacted his personal rep at Sony’s headquarters. While this call was more productive, the process took multiple calls and days because Sony doesn’t do its own repairs in Australia — repairs are outsourced. The whole process eventually took over a
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