How NOT to Clean Your Expensive Camera Gear

Photographer Ryan Heywood uploaded this bizarre video titled “How to clean expensive camera gear.” It shows a RED Epic Dragon 6K camera, Canon 1D X, and a couple of high-end Canon L lenses getting deep “cleaned”… with water and sand. This is the last thing you should do with equipment worth tens of thousands of dollars (the RED camera alone is worth that much), so is this what it looks like when a photographer reaches their breaking point?…
P.S. A similar “joke” video floated around on the Web about a year ago.

Holga Digital: A Lo-Fi Toy Camera for the Digital World

holgadigiheader The popular Holga lo-fi camera is about to get a digital makeover. The Hong Kong-based company Holga Digital has unveiled a new digital camera system based on the design of the vintage toy camera. “We designed the Holga Digital for everyone from the first-time Holga user to the photography enthusiast,” the company writes. “You’ll be snapping beautiful images in a matter of seconds.” The camera is designed to be a simple point-and-snap device — you won’t have to think about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance when using it. holgadigitop holgadigiside What the camera does come with is fun customization potential. There are 4 different camera colors (black, white, pink, and mixed) and a set of accessories you can use with it, including lenses (wide, fisheye, and tele) and external flashes (via the built-in hot shoe). colors Here are some actual sample photos captured with the Holga Digital: 8e7ba2e7e9c16ae2ce06783d48b51bbe_original 64763be379e40ac6af0403aca662e08a_original fd8f72da425594d18c6658c5100d6812_original 3b035ab122c8ba92435d30c0dcaad281_original 7954bcae7d200b88d7cd2d620615a2a1_original Specs-wise, the Holga
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Review of the Updated “One Man Crew” Automated Slider for Documentary Video Production

I’ve been a user of the original One Man Crew for many different videos. It’s ability to get elegant motion video clips have made it a go-to piece of gear for when I need my interviews to have an interesting look to them. When I heard that an updated version was being released, I was excited to see if a few issues were fixed. In this gear review, I'll break down what is fixed, and what left me wanting more. [ Read More ]

DIY: An Ultraviolet Flash for Black Light Photography

uvflashheader Back in May, a body painter offered to collaborate with me for a photo shoot with airbrushed models. This offer gave me a reason to finally experiment with black light photography, which I’ve wanted to try for years now. After searching the Web, I found that black light photography is a rather technically complicated process. The main obstacle of black light photography is the light source. Generally, there are two main options for UV lighting: ultraviolet constant lighting and ultraviolet strobe lighting. The problem with ultra violet constant lighting is low light output. For example: even when using a pair of 400W UV lights, it would require to use relatively high ISO and low shutter speeds, that wouldn’t work with my old Nikon D5100. The other option, black light strobes, solves the problem with low shutter speeds and high ISO, but the problem is in cost. For example, a
EXIF: 1/200sec, f/2.8, ISO 100
EXIF: 1/200sec, f/2.8, ISO 100
EXIF: 1/160sec, f/2.8, ISO 100
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The Daily Promo: Embry Rucker

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Embry Rucker

Who designed it?
I worked with Dustin Ortiz on the design. He has done a few newspaper catalogs and print jobs that I loved so his experience and skills were invaluable.

Who edited the images?
I had a collection of images I loved and wanted to include.  Dustin helped me cull the herd and pair images that I normally wouldn’t see together. I tend to associate images by  shoot.  It’s cool to see what fresh eyes see and think work well together.

How many did you make?
We mailed out 2500 and I think we printed 3,000 so we would have some to hand out and use to light fires with.

How many times a year do you send out promos?
I suppose everyone says ‘not often enough’ right? I probably send two realistically, but I think four is probably a good number. With the ‘mass’ mailing like this I’m less convinced it has much of an impact.  I prefer to stay in touch with my smaller select group of people I work with, have worked with, who I believe would be a good fit in the future. Something more personal, like the package I sent Rob with the zine, patches, stickers and note…

What was the most creative use of your promo and why the newsprint instead of the card?
No real back story other than just wanting to break away from the postcard, grind. I like the newspaper size it’s like a zine and it gives you a tactile experience. Here’s my Daughter using it for shade at the beach…lots of possibilities!

The One Thing Apple Understands is Photography

iphones Only a Luddite would still categorize Apple as a computer company. Indeed, the company officially changed its name in 2007, dropping “Computer” and simply settling for “Apple, Inc.” Still, most people probably think of Apple as the maker of the iPhone and iPad, and to a lesser extent as the company that makes MacBooks and iMacs. But let me suggest that Apple is the most important camera company today. shot-on-iphone6 Over a cup of coffee the other day, @jbchan told me, “The one thing that Apple understands is photography.” It took a few seconds to register in my brain, but it suddenly became obvious. The iPhone is a transformative camera in the same way that the Kodak Brownie brought film photography to the masses. The Brownie’s slogan? “You press the button, we do the rest.” 115 years later, consumers still desire the same ease of use. kodak_ad Industry consultant
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The Monday Retouch Episode 3 – Submit Your Image To Be Retouched For Free

It's Monday so it's time for another speed retouch and episode of Retouching Mondays. This week image comes courtesy of last weeks winner, Ben Scott. If you would like me to retouch your image and send you back the full-high res final image, all you have to do is post your image in the comments and wait to hear back. I will email the winner on Thursday morning, so post your newest favorite image that you want retouched. It can be any genre, beauty, fashion, landscape, wedding! I'll record the retouching and send you the final image to use as you wish! Take a look at the speed retouch of Ben's image and let me know in the comments if you have any questions, I'm happy to answer them. Now lets take a look at the before and after and the challenges for this week's Monday Retouch. [ Read More Continue reading "The Monday Retouch Episode 3 – Submit Your Image To Be Retouched For Free"

This New Algorithm Gives Photos the Look of Famous Paintings

neuralartwork Scientists have created a new algorithm that can magically give photos the look of famous paintings by old masters. In a newly published research paper titled “A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style,” scientists at the University of Tubingen in Germany describe how their deep neural network can create new artistic images when provided with a random photo and a painting to learn style from. “Here we introduce an artificial system based on a Deep Neural Network that creates artistic images of high perceptual quality,” the paper says. “The system uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images, providing a neural algorithm for the creation of artistic images.” To show what the algorithm can do, the scientists used this photo of a ordinary photo of Neckarfront in Tubingen, Germany. original The algorithm was provided different famous photos to base its new creation on. Here
The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, 1889
Femme nue assise by Pablo Picasso, 1910
Composition VII by Wassily Kandinsky, 1913
The Shipwreck of the Minotaur by J.M.W. Turner, 1805
Der Schrei by Edvard Munch, 1893.
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Dear Wes Craven, Thank You for the Nightmares

"Horror films don't create fear, they release it." - Wes Craven (1939 - 2015) The first bad dream I ever remember having was of Freddy Krueger slicing my stomach open. I was 4. Wes Craven literally gave me my first nightmare. Like he did for many of us, the "Master of Horror" spurred on my love and obsession with horror films with his own macabre work. The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream: it's clear that Wes Craven has been there through the decades, observing what causes us to feel fear only to make movies that shove those things right in our faces -- so that we can release that which scares us. Wes Craven passed away August 30th after a battle with brain cancer. We thought the best way to celebrate Continue reading "Dear Wes Craven, Thank You for the Nightmares"

Videoguys Tutorial: Create an Affordable 2-Camera Live Production System

videoguys-tutorial-create-an-affordable-2-camera-live-production-systemOur Videoguys technicians created an afforbale live production bundle that would run on laptops or desktops, Windows or Macs. For this bundle we combined two epiphan Video Grabbers and Telestream Wirecast Studio 6 software and reviewed it using a Macbook Pro 2015 with 16GB of RAM and two (2) Epiphan HD and 2 Canon Vixia cameras.


The One Thing That Apple Understands is Photography

Only a Luddite would still categorize Apple as a computer company. Indeed, the company officially changed its name in 2007 dropping “Computer,” and simply settling for “Apple, Inc.” Still, most people probably think of Apple as the maker of the iPhone and iPad, and to a lesser extent as the company that makes MacBooks and…

A lot to like: Real-world Leica Q gallery posted

The Leica Q certainly wowed us when we spent a little time with a pre-production unit back in June. Its 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 28mm F1.7 stabilized lens and 3.68M dot equivalent viewfinder cut an impressive figure, something modern and classic all at once. Now we've been out shooting with a full production camera and have been quite impressed with our results - take a peek. Read more

BIRTV 2015: Nebula 4200 brushless gimbal aims to take the spring out of your step

By Maxim Duncan and site editor Dan Chung: Some Chinese manufacturers have a reputation for making near-identical copycat designs of established products. That certainly isn’t the case with the latest brushless gimbal from Filmpower, which Newsshooter has just filmed at the BIRTV show in Beijing. Filmpower surprised us last year by bringing the first mass […]

Namibia Full Circle Tour 2015 Travelogue Part 1 (Podcast 486)

From August 10 to 26, 2015, I joined my friend Jeremy Woodhouse in Namibia to co-host a tour with ten wonderful participants. We had a amazing time, and from today for the next few weeks, I’m going to walk you through the trip via a selection of photographs from each day.
We start on August 11, as we were due to leave Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, for a long drive south to Keetmanshoop, where we’d photograph the Quiver Tree Forest, that we’ll look at shortly. We had some car troubles right off the bat, so ended up spending a little time at our travel partner’s office, but this gave me thirty minutes or so to capture some photos of a Weaver bird making its nest, as we can see in this first photograph (below).
Weaver Bird at Nest

Weaver Bird at Nest

This was my first time seeing a Weaver bird up close,
Quiver Trees with Big Sky
Dusk at Quiver Tree Forest
Dusk at Quiver Tree Forest Wallpaper Mockup
MBP High Resolution Desktop Wallpaper
Quiver Tree Milky Way
Quiver Trees and Milky Way
Devil's Playground
Devil's Playground
Kolmanskop Room
Kolmanskop Room
Kolmanskop School Corridor
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Desert Fashion Shoot (with behind the scenes pics and video)

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably seen me posting some shots from a class I’ve been working about my location lighting set-up. I had four different location shoots planned for the class (we wrapped up taping last week), but the day before Photoshop World we did the first shoot out on a dry lake bed just outside Vegas. fashiond Here’s one of the shots from the shoot. It’s lit with just one flash and I’m the replacement for what has been my go-to kit for years now — the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra — the new model is the ELB 400, and it’s got a slew of new features over the old kit (I go over all that stuff in the class, but mostly the class is about lighting tips and techniques and ideas for location lighting. The ELB is pretty awesome, though!). The dress is from
Our model Dani and Zee our Hair/Make up Artist in the Production Trailer
This is our base camp for the shoot
Touching up the makeup between shots. It was hot.
We're shooting tethered into my tap lap with a Thinktank cover shielding the sun
Brad's throwing a little light back with a reflector.
Here's the view from my shooting position
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Hands on with the new Panasonic DVX-200

Heading down to London to get my first look at the new 4K DVX-200. As I type I am getting ready for my 4 hour train journey down to the big smoke. Panasonic have asked a select party of bloggers to meet in London city centre on Tuesday to have a hands on with the […]

Intimate Photos of Oliver Sacks by His Partner

The world lost a great neurologist, author and human being yesterday. Dr. Oliver Sacks died in his home in Greenwich Village at the age of 82. His partner of six years, the writer Bill Hayes, recently posted some photos of Sacks on his website. In them, Sacks seems at ease – the types of photos…

Meet ReelSteady, a Video Stabilization Plugin That Really Does Its Job

If you're staring at some shaky footage in post wishing that it could look a little better, it can -- in fact, it can look a lot better. No, you don't necessarily need to purchase a pricey handheld gimbal to smooth out your shots. Robert Mcintosh and his partner, both former Light and Magic VFX pros, have created an After Effects plugin called ReelSteady that takes a new approach to video stabilization -- and their results are pretty damn magnificent. Check out their demo video below. (The shot of the ferris wheel compares no stabilization, the Warp Stabilizer, and ReelSteady.) Here are a couple of before and after videos, too: ReelSteady was designed with Continue reading "Meet ReelSteady, a Video Stabilization Plugin That Really Does Its Job"

TS/TRS/TRRS/TRRRS: Combating the misconnection epidemic

ts-trs-trrs-trrrs-combating-the-misconnection-epidemicThere are at least four different varieties of 3.5 mm plugs and jacks, each with its own purpose and application. In the last 60 days, several friends have had severe problems by not understanding the differences and innocently plugged the inappropriate plug into the jack on their recording device, which caused them severe problems. Shure is even including a special adapter with some of its latest MOTIV products to combat this misconnection epidemic. In this article, I explain and show them all, so you can get your desired result and avoid falling into the trap where my friends did.