It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Moose Peterson!

Passion Tells the Story We’d driven eight hours and gotten in later on Friday night than desired. We needed to be in place for the sunrise shoot the next morning, which with the alarm set for 04:45, we were ready to greet it. We’d been trying to make this shoot happen for a couple of months and had rescheduled it numerous times because of weather and smoke from a number of wildfires. While in theory if we got skunked, which does happen more times than not, we could reschedule the shoot again, but the time had been committed to now. So before turning off the lights for the night, sensors were cleaned, batteries charged and everything triple checked. The forecast for the next day was perfect so sleep came fast and hard. Then the alarm went off and it was time. We stepped out of the lodge with gear and
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Servo City Motor Kit on Cinerails SnapTrack Curved Track Dolly

This short video shows a very simple way to motorize a tripod track dolly using friction between two wheels. In the video below i’ve modded the Cinerails Snaptrack kit. The main parts are a simple DC motor and Speed Controller from Servo City, and small venom 11V 3S Lipo battery. I mounted the Speed Controller up top so I don’t need to bend over to change speed or direction. I mounted the motor just over one of the track wheels, and used washers to get the right amount of spacing. Unfortunately these were spare parts laying around my house, so I don’t have the exact part numbers. While I work on getting that together, here’s a few links to get you started. I’m sure If you contact they can probably help you out with an entire kit. Parts
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  • With 21x Zoom, These Macro Lenses Let You Get Up Close & Personal on Your iPhone 6

    It's clear that smartphone feature filmmaking is not only possible, but potentially career-making -- with the right add-ons and extras. The filmmakers of Tangerine did it with a Moondog Labs 1.33x Anamorphic Adapter, the FiLMiC Pro app, and an iPhone 5s (as well as some excellent filmmaking chops, of course), but what about lenses? There are several really well-made smartphone lens attachments out there that get great results, but one highly-respected company, Olloclip, has come out with their Macro Pro Lens series for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that comes with 7x, 14x, and 21x zoom attachments, designed to be changed out quickly and easily. They produce some really stunning images, which you can check out in the video below:
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    BB&S to show a range of new lighting solutions at IBC

    By technical editor Matt Allard: Brother, Brother and Sons (BB&S), who were one of the early adopters of remote phosphor technology will be showcasing a range of new lights at IBC. The company will be showing a Pipeline LED System, an expandable array of modular, cylindrical fixtures, customizable to suit specific requirements. These new form-factor […]

    Learn How to Create a Quick DYI Reflector to Improve Your Lighting Set Up

    When it comes to shooting photography and video, reflectors fall into the "basic need" category. Whether you're dabbling in the craft for fun or shooting professionally, everyone should own and have a basic understanding of how to use a reflector. If you think standard reflectors are too expensive or just want a fun project check out this quick DYI video by J.P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens on making your own reflector out of bead foam.

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    Heavy lifting: Leica S (Type 007) sample gallery

    A few weeks ago we got a hands-on look at the Leica S Type 007, a camera that brings a CMOS sensor to Leica's medium format S-series for the first time. Its 37.5MP 30 x 45mm sensor boasts ISO sensitivity up to 12,500. We took the S and a pair of lenses out for a spin - check out our gallery. Read more

    Canon Officially Developing 8K Recording Equipment and a 120-Megapixel DSLR

    Camera manufacturers have been in a megapixel race for some time. Canon has its new 5DS and 5DS R bodies, Nikon has its D810 and even the D810A for astrophotography, and PhaseOne, Hasselblad, Pentax, and even Leica are competing for medium format, high-megapixel territory. While Canon's 120-megapixel APS-H sensor is actually not entirely new (it was announced some time ago), the announcement that Canon is actually working to get it into a DSLR body and not just using it for bragging rights (their 250 MP sensor now lifts that crown) is a huge development. Meanwhile, Canon is among the first to announce some serious commitment to 8K video. [ Read More ]

    Here’s How a Photographer Saved $750+ by Repairing a Broken GH4 Himself

    Shane Reetz is a photographer whose Panasonic GH4 developed an issue recently: the lens mount began to wobble in and out. After sending the camera to Panasonic’s repair service and finding out a fix would cost $762, Reetz decided he would try performing surgery on his camera himself. The total cost for fixing the camera turned out to be only $5, and Reetz learned quite a bit along the way. Reetz removed the metal lens mount from the camera body, collected the broken bits of metal and then used a welding epoxy adhesive to fit everything back correctly. The happy ending to Reetz’s story is that his Panasonic GH4 is now working great without any negative side effects. Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.07.19 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.07.25 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.07.49 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.07.55 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.07.57 PM Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 4.08.04 PM

    Dear Photographer, You Only Live Once

    camera-photography-vintage-time Dear friend, You might have heard the term “YOLO”, which stands for “you only live once”. However, I think most people misconstrue the word. They think that it means to live a life of hedonism and pleasure, and give themselves the license to do stupid stuff and waste their time and money. For example, let’s say that I have to go to work tomorrow, but I’m out with my mates and they ask me if I want to drink some Red Bull and vodka shots. Instead of being a responsible human being and knowing that I shouldn’t (because I need to go to work tomorrow morning), I might say “YOLO” and drink the shots. But of course, this is an idiotic thing to do.

    Don’t waste your life

    We’re only given one life to live. I had a friend that I knew ever since I was a kid. We weren’t
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    Nikon Snags New ‘C’ and ‘V’ Trademarks for Software

    86707982 Nikon recently registered two new trademarks: “C Nikon” and “V Nikon”. According to the information provided from the official US federal trademark (USPTO) database, both items appear to be for upcoming pieces of software (sorry gear junkies!). The trademarks were filed earlier this year in July along with the proposed logos for each item. C Nikon is described as a “software program for use in digital photography, to provide an image-editing, printing, browsing, exporting, sharing”. Additional information goes on to explain that sharing is achieved through social media, cloud file sharing, emails, and slideshows. The program will also be compatible with “CD-ROMs, optical discs, magnetic discs and magnetic-optical discs.” Nikon-Logo1 V Nikon is a more advanced piece of software for “scientific, nautical, surveying, photographic, cinematographic, optical, weighing, measuring, signaling and checking (supervision) apparatus and instruments.” The software also allows for digital photographs to be
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    Coming Soon to Video: A Redefinition of High Definition

    coming-soon-to-video-a-redefinition-of-high-definitionWith Adobe Creative Cloud®, the world’s best creative tools constantly evolve to meet the changing needs of video creators and artists. Today, we are excited to announce our next wave of innovation coming soon to Creative Cloud, which includes expanded support for UltraHD (UHD), brilliant color technology improvements, and new touch workflows.

    Portraits of Refugees and the Few Things They Fled Home With

    What's in your bag. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing their war torn countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, bringing very few possessions with them as they make their dangerous — and often deadly — journeys toward what they hope is a better life. The International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian aid organization, commissioned photographer Tyler Jump to shoot a series of photos to document what refugees brought across the Aegean Sea to Lesbos, Greece. “Few arrive at their destinations with anything but the necessities of life,” the IRC writes over at Medium. “Their possessions tell stories about their past and their hopes for the future.”


    Aboessa is a 20-year-old mother from Damascus, Syria. She brought a hat and socks for her 10-month-old daughter, medication, a bottle of water, a jar of baby food, napkins, documents, a wallet, a cell phone charger, and headband. What's in your bag. What's in your bag.


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    NoPro, Don’t Be a HERO, or: When Your Helmet-Cam Shot Doesn’t Go as Planned

    GoPro is known for its viral marketing videos that show extreme athletes doing extreme things while wearing the company’s action cameras. What you never see, however, are the botched stunts that don’t qualify for a “Be a HERO” campaign. YouTube user XeteraCX took a point-of-view video of a Bolivian Death Road bicycle base jump gone wrong and turned it into the parody GoPro video seen above. Amazingly, the athlete escaped with relatively minor injuries (a fractured forearm and injured knee tendons). (via XeteraCX via Reddit)

    Kodak PixPro SP360-4K 360-degree camera unveiled

    Kodak licensee JK Imaging has introduced the PixPro SP360-4K camera, a variation of its PixPro SP360 Action Camera model that includes a 4K resolution option for still images and video. The camera comes with desktop software that transcribes recorded footage into YouTube's 360-degree video format. Read more

    Red Dot Camera App Brings the Leica M Experience to Your iPhone

    screen640x640-5 If you’ve always wanted to play around with the idea of using a Leica M rangefinder but don’t want to shell out the cash, Lifelike Apps has a new app for you. Called Red Dot Camera, the iOS app aims to bring the feel of a Leica camera to your iPad or iPhone; it was “inspired by the retro craftsmanship of the classic M camera series” and does “without the interference of gimmicky filters.” screen640x640-4 Red Dot Camera allows you to control your smartphone’s ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and focus. There is also a simple exposure compensation dial for quickly selecting how you want your image exposed without needing to fiddle with real dials. The app allows ISO to be adjusted between 30 and 1600, while the shutter speed can be set between 1/2 and 1/800 of a second. screen640x640-3 screen640x640-2 The focus of your device can be adjusted using a
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    Learn How to Make Your Own Dirt Cheap DIY Reflector out of Bead Foam

    Reflectors are a staple on every shoot, but if you want to save some cash, here's a great way to create your own on the cheap. The Slanted Lens has shared a tutorial detailing how to make one out of a sheet of inexpensive bead foam that will give you beautiful soft light. Check it out below: The 8'x4' bead board, which you can pick up at virtually any hardware store for about $8, is pretty humongous -- unless you have a truck, I can't imagine you transporting that huge, honkin' piece of styrofoam anywhere. However, it can easily be cut down to any size you prefer. They even sell smaller sheets (4'x3' and 2'x3') for about $10 if you don't feel up to the cutting. This means that for $8, you could have multiple reflectors to use Continue reading "Learn How to Make Your Own Dirt Cheap DIY Reflector out of Bead Foam"