Get Started Fast with NewBlue Titler Pro for Media Composer—Episode 2

get-started-fast-with-newblue-titler-pro-for-media-composer-episode-2With the move to larger then HD projects, there have been some changes in Media Composer that editors need to get accustomed to, one of which is that we've lost the use of both the Title Tool AND the Marquee Tool.  Not to worry, though, as NewBlueFX's Titler Pro is included in your subscription or perpetual license.  Let's see how it works!

5 Tools That Will Help You Move Your Camera More Cinematically

There are a lot of ways to make your footage look more cinematic, like lighting, set design, and costuming. Great camera movement can also do wonders, but you might need some tools to pull it off. Neumann Films has listed 5 key pieces of gear that have helped them pull off more professional, cinematic-looking camera moves in the video below: Okay, so maybe you're not a fan of the specific brands that they listed. That's fine. The important thing here is this: if you're a beginner who doesn't know your way around camera gear, Neumann Films lists 5 basic tools that 1.) you should definitely know about, and 2.) might be useful to you when it comes time to shoot. So, here they are (minus the actual brands): Read More

A Primer on the Cinematic Techniques of 3-Time Oscar-Winning DP Emmanuel Lubezki

After his third straight win at the Oscars, it's pretty safe to say that Emmanuel Lubezki is one cinematographer that has become a master at his craft. His work in The Revenant has been the topic of conversation for months (especially after winning an Oscar for it last night), and before that, and the brilliant "seemless" camerawork in Birdman. But what exactly distinguishes Lubezki's cinematography from other DPs? This video from wolfcrow breaks down the techniques of the illustrious cinematographer, including how he uses natural light, as well as what motivates him to move his camera. It's a great starting point for those who want to know more about good ol' Chivo! One interesting thing about Lubezki's approach to cinematography is that even though he certainly has his own distinctive style, he has shown that he can Continue reading "A Primer on the Cinematic Techniques of 3-Time Oscar-Winning DP Emmanuel Lubezki"

Behind the Scenes With Oscar’s Big Winners

Here's what happened on set, and in the edit rooms, of some of this year's Oscar hits. Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight Producers: Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust Screenwriters: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
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In movies, as in journalism, it all begins with a story that needs to be told. When producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust first encountered the story that would become Spotlight, they recognized its significance immediately. "It was obvious from the get-go," the producers told The Boston Globe. Read More

Looking at Sabrina by Lizz Thabet

In the In-Between Hers is a face I recognize and know intimately. Sabrina is almost always smiling. She is every smiling white female I see in ads, mail order catalogs, Facebook photos, and family albums. I know her, her image convinces me. The truth is that I know very little about the woman behind the photograph, the 25-year-old army reservist from Lorton, Virginia, who served at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003. Along with eleven other soldiers, Sabrina Harman was convicted for her participation in the infamous torture scandal, in which Iraqi men and women were brutally attacked by dogs, raped, beaten, and forced to masturbate in elaborate scenes staged for and documented by the camera. This post Looking at Sabrina by Lizz Thabet appeared first on In the In-Between.

Fujifilm is Putting an End to Its FP-100C Peel-Apart Instant Film

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Fujifilm’s Instax brand of instant film has seen a boom in popularity in recent years — it was the #1 selling product in Amazon’s “Camera” category last Christmas season. Sadly, the same can’t be said about the FP-100C, Fuji’s last line of peel-apart instant film. Today, the Japanese company announced that it will be discontinuing the FP-100C lineup, marking the end of Fuji’s peel-apart-type film. “Sales volume has declined significantly from year to year,” the company writes. The last FP-100C units will be shipped out sometime in the spring of 2016. The company says it will continue to develop its other film businesses while reviewing its product lineup for the future. FP-100C can be used in any instant camera with an image size of 3.25×4.25 inches. “Its fine grain and rich tonal gradation make it ideal for passport photos, commercial test shots, presentations, ID photos, and direct printing,”
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How to Make $60 Flexible LED Panels for Thrifty Photo Lighting

Want to add some flexible LED panels to your lighting kit without breaking the bank? This 19-minute video tutorial by DIY Perks is for you. It’s a step-by-step guide on how you can assemble your own LED panel for about $60 by buying high CRI LED strip lights (~$25), a PWM LED dimmer (~$8), an articulating DSLR camera arm (~$18), some faux leather for the backing, some wiring and a solder gun. Here’s what the finished product looks like:

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These do-it-yourself panels can be bend into any shape you want, have dual color temperature (cool and warm), are super light, and can be mounted pretty much anywhere. (via DIY Perks via Lifehacker)

How Christopher Nolan Brilliantly Hides ‘The Prestige’ in Plain Sight

It's fitting that Christopher Nolan, a modern-day wizard of cinema, would make a film about magicians. The Prestige, though a comparatively "minor" entry in Nolan's filmmography (because it's not Inception?), is, according to the below video essay from The Nerdwriter, one of Nolan's most triumphant pieces of cinematic misdirection. It's one that demands —and rewards —multiple viewings. Read More

“New Community: An Instagram Story” Brings Light to How Incredible Social Media Can Be for Photographers

I might push the importance of Instagram each week, but it's for good reason. It has seriously changed my life by introducing me to a hobby and career in photography and I know I am not alone. Thanks to a few talented photographers and Instagrammers including Eric Ward, Craig Hensel, and Ricky Staub, along with the Instagram community, set out on an eight day journey across the country to meet and collaborate with individuals they had met entirely on the social platform. Check out the incredible story here in this short documentary film! [ Read More ]

This is What You Get When You Flip the Front Element of a $45 Soviet Lens

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If you enjoy do-it-yourself photography hacks and projects, here’s an interesting one for you to try: buy an old Soviet MIR-1B camera lens for about $45 on eBay, open it up by unscrewing the front, and reverse the front lens element. The result is a “reverse globular lens,” photographer Mathieu Stern says.
Flip this front element and reinstall it in the lens.
Flip this front element and reinstall it in the lens.
“Why just focus on the ultra expensive electronic lenses when you can do incredible things with just old glass?” Stern says. “The glass is the key to image beauty, not the internal motors.” Here’s what your resulting photographs will look like:

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It’s an interesting effect you can use in video as well. Here’s a simple tutorial on this hack that shows what the lens products in video: You can find more of these tricks and hacks on Stern’s website and YouTube channel.

Will the 3x Optical Lens on the New Asus ZenFone Zoom Replace the iPhone 6s?

Professional photographers understand the quality of imagery that can come from a camera phone will never contend with the pictures and video you can capture with your DSLR. Phones will likely always have an innate handicap with sensor size, which leaves it's images lacking. That said, it would be quite unwise for photographers to neglect the most recent developments in camera phone technology. The ease of use, accessibility, and ability to quickly share your imagery can make your phone one the most important pieces of gear in your business. So, when phones like the new Asus ZenFone Zoom come out with a 3X optical zoom, it's best to pay attention.

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I Captured the Beauty of the Netherlands in 20 Photos

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Over the years I’ve done a lot of travelling, but I always came back to my home country, the Netherlands. Being completely flat, having no mountains, no rocks, no skyscrapers, no good weather (usually), no super dark skies at night because of light pollution, I always feel a bit down when I come back from “spectacular” countries. But that always goes away quickly. There’s a lot to appreciate in the Netherlands. Things that may be normal for us locals have incredible beauty for outsiders. This is the case in each and every country. This is my home in 20 photos, all taken within 1 year. Here’s our capital city, Amsterdam.

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We have a lot of old architecture.

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But we are also known for modern architecture!

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We have endless beaches.

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We have lakes.

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We have enchanting forests.

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Yes we have flowers, as far as the eye can see!

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We are known
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TIME Photojournalist Choke Slammed by Secret Service at Trump Rally

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TIME photojournalist Christopher Morris was apparently choke-slammed to the ground today during a Donald Trump rally in Radford, Virginia, by a US Secret Service agent. The confrontation was captured by a number of cameras held by people at the rally, including Joe Perticone, a reporter with the Independent Journal. He posted a short video to Twitter with the caption: “Secret Service agent choke slams reporter.” It shows the moments immediately after the choke-slam, in which Morris is struggling against the agent as the man hovers over the photographer:

After the video started going viral, Perticone shared a second video that shows the moments immediately before the bodyslam. “Here’s moments prior,” Perticone writes. “The reporter says “f*ck you” — that’s when it got physical.”

Leaf Credo Digital Backs Now Compatible With the Phase One XF Body

Phase One released its new camera body last year, the XF. However, it was not clear if it would ever be compatible with the Leaf Credo backs. It was first said that it would be, and then, months later, the support told everyone who'd ask about it that they could not give any answer. Well, today we finally have one: Leaf Credo backs are compatible with the XF body. [ Read More ]

Olympus ‘Fox Brown’ limited edition OM-D E-M10 II launched worldwide

A brown and chrome version of the OM-D E-M10 II compact system camera, first announced in January, has been launched worldwide by Olympus. The new version is a limited edition, of which only 3500 will be made and distributed, and Olympus hopes the unique coloration and grained texture of the finish will attract collectors.  The camera is the same as the standard OM-D E-M10 II, but comes with a brown leather-effect cover, a premium leather strap and a silver-colored lens cap. It will only be available in a kit with the company’s 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ Pancake standard zoom lens.  Olympus has also launched a pair of messenger-style bags made from brown leather and grey canvas that it says complement the new 'Fox Brown' edition. They come in 'standard' and 'mini' sizes.  The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Fox Brown costs $899/£699/€899. For more information Continue reading "Olympus ‘Fox Brown’ limited edition OM-D E-M10 II launched worldwide"

How to Shoot Bullet Time by Swinging an iPhone on a String

Skier Nicolas Vuignier recently shared a viral video in which he created “bullet time” footage of himself skiing by swinging an iPhone 6 around his head using a special contraption he built himself. The original 3-minute video can be seen above, in case you haven’t watched it yet. It amassed well over 3.5 million views in just a couple of weeks. If you’re interested in doing this project yourself, here’s some great news: Vuignier just revealed the full details of how he built his rig and how the video was made. Here’s the 5-minute-long “making of” video: Vuignier’s creation is called the Centriphone. It looks like a white plastic glider of sorts. After inserting your iPhone, the 3D printed case keeps the phone’s camera pointed directly at you while it’s being swing around.

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What you can capture with the Centriphone is amazing — particular when you’re doing an extreme
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