Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto

Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto Devin Allen, a 26-year-old West Baltimore resident, only aspired to be a professional photographer. When protests took over his city, the photos published in Instagram propelled the amateur on the global stage. Photographing models and street photography were passions for the young amateur dreaming to become professional.  Inspired by artists like Andy Warhol or photographers as Gordon Parks, Devin Allen revealed already in his street photographs the influence of Parks work. Gordon Parks was a seminal figure of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many
Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto
Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto
Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto
Devin Allen’s new book: A Beautiful Ghetto
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This is the story behind that tragic, viral photo of a seahorse holding a Q-tip

Photo by Justin Hofman
When photographer Justin Hofman snapped this photo while snorkeling off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumbawa in 2016, he couldn't have guessed the environmental impact the snapshot would have. A year later, the photograph is a finalist in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and has been dubbed "the poster child for today’s marine trash crisis." Hofman is based out of California, but he travels all over the world leading wildlife expeditions. This photo was captured on one-such expedition in Indonesia. He was gleefully watching this seahorse bounce from natural object to Continue reading "This is the story behind that tragic, viral photo of a seahorse holding a Q-tip"

The Profoto A1 is the ‘world’s smallest studio flash’ and Profoto’s first on-camera flash

As expected after last week's photo and specs leak, lighting manufacturer Profoto has launched an on/off camera flash unit called the Profoto A1. But if you were expecting a simple speedlight, Profoto is definitely branding this as more powerful than that. In fact, they're calling it "the world’s smallest studio flash." The new A1 is styled much like most on-camera flash units, but is equipped with the powerful features of a Profoto studio head. The 76Ws unit uses a lithium ion battery that is claimed to be good for up to 350 full Continue reading "The Profoto A1 is the ‘world’s smallest studio flash’ and Profoto’s first on-camera flash"

How to Add Handwritten Text to Your Instagram Pictures

How to Add Handwritten Text to Your Instagram Pictures It’s been quite trendy in the past few months to see handwritten text composited onto images on Instagram. Perhaps you’ve been wondering how it’s done or maybe you’ve just been looking for a way to make your writing even more personalized. No matter the reason why you’re reading this article, if you want to give a more personal dimension to your images with handwritten text, be sure to watch this tutorial. [ Read More ]

Profoto A1: Profoto’s First On-Camera Flash, World’s Smallest Studio Light

Profoto has just announced the A1, the lighting brand’s first-ever on-camera flash. It’s also what the company calls “the world’s smallest studio light.” “Our focus with the A1 was to create a flash that delivers a truly high quality of light, which is why it features a round head which delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a pleasing soft-smooth fall-off, that blends seamlessly with the ambient light,” Profoto says. The A1 features both a flash and an LED modeling light. The flash can be fired at full power 350 times on one Li-ion battery charge, which
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Sony Z90 Brings A9 Autofocus To Video for the First Time

Sony has taken the spectacular phase detection autofocus from the A9 and put it in a video camera, the Z90. Integrated lens video cameras don't get a lot of love when compared to their integrated lens brethren, but they offer a lot of value for money and, on certain productions, are undoubtedly the right tool for the job. With the new PXW-Z90, Sony is has put together a very attractive package for filmmakers who want an all in one tool for under $3,000, with a target price point of $2799. Continue reading "Sony Z90 Brings A9 Autofocus To Video for the First Time"

Louis C.K. Whips Out the Story Behind His Polarizing, DIY Film ‘I Love You Daddy’

Louis C.K. shares his own words on the movie everyone is talking about. I Love You, Daddy would be a controversial film no matter how it came about. The story of a successful TV writer whose teenage daughter is seduced by a legendary filmmaker is edgy enough on its own, but given that the self-financed, black and white film was directed (and edited) in secret by one of the most famous and controversial comedians around, it's no wonder everyone is looking to talk to Louie, including the TIFF Long Take podcast. Here's a few Continue reading "Louis C.K. Whips Out the Story Behind His Polarizing, DIY Film ‘I Love You Daddy’"

Enter to win one of these 2 Kupo Click Stand Sets (3 Stands each) – ends Sept 30

Enter to win one of these 2 Kupo Click Stand Sets (3 Stands each) – ends Sept 30.
There's a new planet5D giveaway that launched a couple of days ago! We're giving away 2 sets of 3 8′ Kupo Click Stands (so that's a set of 3). Features:

Enter to win one of these 2 Kupo Click Stand Sets (3 Stands each) – ends Sept 30

Enter to win one of these 2 Kupo Click Stand Sets (3 Stands each) – ends Sept 30.
There's a new planet5D giveaway that launched a couple of days ago! We're giving away 2 sets of 3 8′ Kupo Click Stands (so that's a set of 3). Features:

Will the Sony A7III Be A Lower Cost Version of the Sony A9?

SonyAlphaRumors has shared what they think are the specs for the next version of the Sony A7 which basically makes it appear to be a lower cost clone of the Sony A9 (with a few features missing or lower spec of course). This just shows how aggressive Sony is being (ok, we knew that already but man, if this is true, it would be a very attractive offering for many shooters! Yesterday I posted a rumor about Canon possibly creating a new DSLR line for more video functionality – but Sony's A7iii isn't really going to be a competitor to that
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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review

The EOS Rebel SL2 (known as the EOS 200D outside of North America) is Canon's second-generation ultra-compact digital SLR. It's largely packed with Canon's latest tech, including Dual Pixel AF, a DIGIC 7 processor, Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth, and a new user interface for beginners. While its small size may lead one to believe that it's an entry-level model, similar to Nikon's D3400, the SL2 actually sits above the bottom-end Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D), which costs $150 less. The SL2's main competitor is the aforementioned Nikon D3400, which is just a tad larger and heavier. The SL2s' other peers
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Lensbaby Unveils New Composer Pro II 80mm and Bokeh Optic Lenses

Lensbaby has today released two new products: an 80mm lens known as the Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 as well as a Creative Bokeh Optic that provide selective focusing and creative effects.

Composer Pro II with Sweet 80

With a maximum aperture of f/2.8, the lens can be closed down to f/16 at the most. It has a 46mm filter size, an internal 12-blade aperture. The system allows photographers to achieve up to 15-degrees of tilt motion and has a minimum focusing distance of 22 inches (55.88 cm). Measuring just 2.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.
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The Daily Edit – People Magazine: Bradley Meinz

People Magazine

On Set Photo Editor: Rachel Lieberman
Photography Director: 
Catriona Ni Aolain Lindbaek
Creative Director: Andrea Dunham
Photographer: Bradley Meinz
Heidi: How long did you have for this shoot?
Bradley: I was given ten minutes total for the shoot, which took place during the press junket at the Four Season’s hotel in Beverly Hills, California.  The shoot was to promote the new Samuel l. Jackson and  Ryan Reynolds film, Hit Man’s Bodyguard.
What type of direction did you get from the magazine?
I had a call with the magazine’s photo director in NYC prior to the shoot, she really wanted to get a reportage style image rather than a controlled portrait on seamless,  however to cover all bases I was asked to get both!
With only 10 minutes to shoot, what type of exchange did you have with the subjects and the publicist?
The publicist were mainly just a voice to keep the shoot to the ten minute limit!  I introduced myself to talent when they stepped into my set (first shoot was seamless) and I gave them only a little direction asking them to have fun with it.
What are your go to tools for managing the stress of this type of shoot?
I always try and tell myself to stay in the moment, often times these types of high profile celebrity shoots take on there own personality.  I never really want the photo to feel “about me” as the photographer but rather the energy of the subjects.
How did you overcome the obstacles of the uninspired hotel room and low ceilings?
I called the hotel prior to the shoot asking for the rooms measurements & ceiling height!  I knew it was going to be a close fit with lighting and grip.  I could
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SmallHD Doubles nits on 17″ Production Monitor

SmallHD looks to rival OLED displays with the updated 17" 1703-P3X production monitor. When we first met the creators behind SmallHD, it was at a tiny Cine Gear Expo booth nearly a decade ago. Now, they've blossomed into a brand bought out by Vitec Group which owns the likes of Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, Teradek and dozens of others. With that kind of support, SmallHD has been rapidly growing its product line for filmmakers. Known for on-camera monitors, SmallHD has been adding to its line of production monitors in 13", 17", 24" Continue reading "SmallHD Doubles nits on 17″ Production Monitor"

You can now use Adobe Spark with your own custom logos and colors

Adobe Spark is a web-based platform for blogging and storytelling, and it got an update with "premium features," which lets you create and share branded stories in all three Spark formats: Post (for graphics), Page (for web pages), and Video (for video stories). Now instead of carrying Adobe's branding wherever it went, Spark stories can carry your own and be a better representation of you and your business. 

Adobe has baked in what they are calling "design intelligence," so all you need to do is add your brand ingredients to get...
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Profoto enters new territory with the announcement of their first speed light: the Profoto A1

Announced today by Profoto comes a new product in a market we haven&#39;t seen them even show a desire to really enter. Until today, Profoto is most notably known for their pro-level strobes and lighting kits that cost thousands of dollars (but those who use them will say they&#39;re worth worth every penny). So what is their next step? Well, apparently speed lights, with the announcement of the Profoto A1. Friend of Imaging Resource <a href="https://zsuttonphoto.com/" >Zach Sutton</a> is in Sweden for the launch, and was kind enough to give us the down-low as well as his first...
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Review: Teradek Serv Pro and VUER

Teradek’s Serv Pro is a $1799 camera-top wireless transmitter, sending H.264 video and audio to as many as ten iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches. VUER is the free app that receives the Serv Pro’s transmissions. The two combined form a wireless monitoring system for any production that needs to show a feed to multiple people and doesn’t want the bother of running cables.
Serv Pro on a GH4
Serv Pro on a GH4
VUER displaying Serv Pro's feed
VUER displaying Serv Pro’s feed
Serv Pro fills a unique niche. There are uncompressed camera-top transmitters like the Paralinx systems and Teradek’s own Bolt series; these are real-time links with zero
Serv Pro with iPhone 6 running VUER
Serv Pro left side
Serv Pro back
Serv Pro right side
Serv Pro front
Serv Pro underside
Serv Pro with supplied parts
Serv Pro booting
Serv Pro after startup
Serv Pro detecting video
Serv Pro showing video
Serv Pro with client connected
Serv Pro's web interface
VUER's screen with no inputs configured
VUER sees one Serv Pro on the network
You can use the same input for all four channels
VUER gives a snapshot tutorial on important controls
VUER's CDL editor, on iPad
VUER's Distort settings, set for 2.0x desqueeze
Comprehensive marker and mask settings
The result: 2.0x anamorphic with 2.39:1 framing
Quad-split display to show false color, WFM, focus assist
Three clients, no problems
Six iDevices receiving from Serv Pro
Serv Pro 4-way display delay
WFM: six steps from 0% to 100%
The menu bar overlays the data panel...
...and the picture too, as it turns out.
VUER screen, showing a cat.
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How To Get New Clients and Network

How To Get New Clients and Network A portfolio isn’t going to get you the work. Going out and knocking on doors is the only way to introduce your work to people who don’t know you yet. This video by The Futur discusses how to get new clients for an introvert. It’s insightful, practical, and watching it got me face-palming myself for not thinking about it the same way Chris Do does. They discuss new business development from a graphic designer's perspective, but it works for any creative person. [ Read More ]