Do You Have What It Takes to Write an Original Feature Screenplay in 30 Days?

On November 1st, you will type FADE IN. 30 days and one feature screenplay later, you will type FADE OUT. Are you up for the challenge? It's an idea adapted from the popular NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, in which participants pledge to write a 50,000 word novel (or a functional first draft of a novel) in the month of November. Essentially, the idea is to light a fire under your ass to get you writing in high volume, and even better, to make it a daily habit that you can continue even once the month has ended. Read More

HTC One A9 launches with 13MP and OIS

HTC has today announced its newest member of the One smartphone family, the One A9, which slots into the HTC device line-up just under the flagship One M9. In the camera department the new model comes with a lower 13MP sensor resolution than the M9 with its 20MP chip, but on the plus side offers a slightly faster F2.0 aperture and an optical image stabilization system which could easily make it the better option in low light. Read more

Photographer Publishing the World’s First Instagram Novel Over 9 Months

novelinstagram Photographer Rachel Hulin got quite a bit of attention a few years ago for Flying Henry, a series of Photoshopped photos showing Hulin’s son flying through various scenes. Now she’s back again with another creative endeavor. Hulin is currently working on a 9-month project in which she’s publishing an entire novel through Instagram. Titled Hey Harry Hey Matilda, it’s being called “the world’s first true Instagram novel.” The story is about a pair of fraternal twins in their 30s named Matilda and Harry. Matilda is a wedding photographer, and Harry is an English professor. Each installment is an email exchange between the two, and through the correspondence (and the photos that appear alongside the text), the story unfolds. Here are the first few installments that were posted to @heyharryheymatilda (the text is found in the captions of each photo):

New 35mm KONO! Donau Film Is One of the Slowest at ISO 6

<![CDATA[ I find myself saying this a lot these days, but that's not a typo. In fact, the listed ISO range for the new KONO! Donau film is actually ISO 3-6. With such a low sensitivity, photographers can capture longer exposures in daylight. The film's extremely blue tones serve as a reminder that it's still in the experimental range, but there's an entirely new limit to what you could do with a hand-rolled ISO 3-6 film. [ Read More ] ]]>

Leica SL: A New 24MP Full-Frame Camera to Compete in the Mirrorless War

leicaslhead Big news in the camera industry today: Leica has just announced the Leica SL, an entirely new mirrorless camera system that competes directly against the likes of Sony. Yes, the Leica M is technically a “mirrorless camera,” but the new SL is a new non-rangefinder, full-frame camera with interchangeable lenses. Leica says the new SL is “a mirrorless camera system designed for professional photographers.” Inside the Leica SL is a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that has a max ISO of 50,000. A low-pass filter is left out for maximum sharpness and contrast. Leica SL_without lens The camera is also fast: it boasts what Leica is calling “the fastest autofocus on the market,” and the 2GB buffer lets you shoot at up to 11 full res photos per second and save them to the dual SD memory card slots in both 8-bit JPEG and 14-bit RAW DNG simultaneously. Leica SL_CU_2 On the back of the
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A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601)

Last year Leica entered the mirrorless ILC market with its T (Typ 701). And now, just in time for the PhotoPlus Expo later this week in New York the company is going big - and we mean big - with the SL (Typ 601), a full-frame mirrorless model for enthusiasts with a high credit limit. Read more

Pros and Cons of Photographing and Traveling with the Same Model

<![CDATA[ So you want to travel with a model? I've been shooting portraits for around four years now, and have started to [finally!] add more traveling to my life. Unintentionally, it turns out that my travel partner, my friend Victoria, also happens to be a model. In a relatively short span of time, Victoria and I have shot together in multiple countries and states, including Florida, North Carolina, New York City, Ireland, Italy, and France. In my career up until this point, I had worked with a variety of models, choosing them based on how they fit a location or look. Here are some of the pro's and con's of the experience. [ Read More ] ]]>

Elmer Fudd Was Originally a Wildlife Photographer

fudd3 If you grew up watching Looney Tunes cartoons, you probably know Elmer Fudd as the hunter whose life mission is to capture or kill Bugs Bunny. But did you know that Fudd’s character originally started out as a wildlife photographer? In the first episode featuring Fudd, he’s actually a photographer trying to shoot his bunny nemesis with a camera rather than a hunter trying to shoot him with a gun. The Phoblographer writes that the episode originally aired back in 1939 and is titled “Elmer’s Candid Camera.” It depicts Elmer Fudd as a guy who’s trying to get into the art of wildlife photography. After getting all his camera gear together, Fudd goes out into the wild to make pictures. He then runs into Happy Rabbit, an early character that went on to become Bugs Bunny. As Fudd tries to capture a perfect shot of the rabbit, the
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New Resource! The Professional’s Guide to Food Photography

From foodies to top chefs, the culinary culture is a trend that’s here to stay. And, riding on its tails has been a massive opportunity for professional photographers. Unlike ever before, magazines, restaurants, bars, bloggers, artisanal producers, and recipe sites are craving top notch food imagery from skilled creatives. That’s why it’s time to set…

Ghosts, holograms, and the quest for immersion

ghosts-holograms-and-the-quest-for-immersionNot all videos are destined to be broadcast on TV, or even viewed on a computer screen.  While building projections have continued to get bigger, brighter and bolder there are many other options for capturing the interest of the general public.  Here are three case studies of video productions  where the clients have gone beyond simply producing big videos, and have used other techniques to create an immersive experience for the viewer.

The Disorienting Beauty of Inverted Seascape Photos

2-the-pull-massaia-2015 Check out this photo of wispy clouds over a barren desert. It’s actually a photo of a choppy waves hitting a beach… flipped upside down. New Jersey-based fine art photographer Michael Massaia‘s latest project is a series of these disorienting upside-down beach photos. The series is titled “The Pull: Inverted Seascapes.” “I have always been fascinated by the the similarities between movement of the sky and the movement of the ocean (the pull of tides and the pull of the atmosphere),” Massaia writes. For this project, he simply printed and displayed the images they way they appear on the ground glass of the 5×7 camera through which each photo was shot — inverted and backwards. “I found it amazing how visually disroentating the landscape becomes,” says Massaia. “The ocean became a rolling sky – ‘the pull of the ocean surrenders to the pull of the sky’.” 1-the-pull-massaia-2015 3-the-pull-massaia-2015 4--the-pull-massaia-2015 5-the-pull-massaia 6-the-pull-massaia 7-the-pull-massaia 8-the-pull-massaia 9-the-pull-massaia
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The Daily Edit – BEST: Steve Simko


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Fashion Director:
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Editor in Chief: Jane Ennis
Art Director: Owen Connolly
Photographer: Steven Simko

I know you like to golf, were you able to play while you were there?
Yes, actually, the opportunity to play St. Andrews was a major incentive to take the job (I’m a single handicap golfer). And on top of it, getting to shoot half a dozen fashion stories on location at the “Home of Golf” was beyond exciting – combining my two passions in one trip: photography and golf. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play St Andrews, The Old Course as well as Kingsbarns.

How did this project come about?
I had recently reconnected with a fashion editor from London on Instagram whom I met light years ago. She had grown up in St. Andrews and was inspired to shoot some fashion stories in her home town after attending The Open Championship. She must have noticed all my “likes” were of photos she posted from The Open (she was following Dustin Johnson) and put together that I liked golf…the rest is history.

What type of direction did you get from the magazine?
It was a great collaborative effort between myself and the editor of Best, a fashion weekly.  The idea was to juxtapose the stories/fashion and unique location. St. Andrews offered a variety of different backdrops. There’s a beautiful beach (West Sands Beach), which many have probably seen if they’ve watched The Open, spectacular fields and rolling countryside, and the town featured amazing historic ~15th century architecture. We also had the opportunity to shoot at the Cambo Estate that featured a stately home with stables and wild ponies.

What did the creative brief look like and where did the horse come from?
There were several creative briefs for

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Teradek Launches ‘CSLA’, A Storefront & Education Center in Los Angeles

Teradek, Paralinx and SmallHD users now have a place to hang out, talk tech and get support for their products.

In the world of wireless video signals for cinema and television, Teradek and Paralinx products have come a long way in recent years. The difference between the company's products? Paralinx offers great zero-delay uncompressed wireless signals in stripped down units that are lightweight and plug n' play. Teradek generally has more features built in, things like iPad monitoring and live-streaming options.

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Thai Fisherman Praised for Rescuing Photographers From Thick Mud

selflessmudhead A fisherman in Thailand is being lauded as a hero online thanks to a viral video that shows how he rescued an elderly Norwegian photographer couple who got stuck in thick mud while out shooting. The Bangkok Post reports that 44-year-old Chat Ubonchinda noticed the photographers had gotten trapped by thick, waist-deep mud. Walking over, Ubonchinda first help extract the couple’s pricey DSLR, telephoto lens, tripod, and camera backpack from the scene. He then returned and, after finding that pulling the couple up didn’t work, plopped himself down on the mud and allowed the couple to use him as a platform to free themselves. A 4-minute video of the man’s selfless act was captured by a nearby camera. After being posted on Facebook, the video has been viewed over 2.75 million times in just a few short days:


I knew there was something "right-sized" about the Fuji X-T1:

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Can anybody provide a picture of the Fuji XF 23mm ƒ/1.4 with either of the 35mm ƒ/1.4's from Canon or Nikon? (Or the Zeiss 35mm ƒ/1.4 for the Sony A7[x] cameras.) I think that's the size comparison that really makes the Fuji right-sized for me. ...All a matter of personal preference of course!


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Newest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Pulls Out All the VFX Stops

Based on comments from director J.J. Abrams, if you were worried about there being too many practical effects in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fear not, because this thing (like any other sci-fi film today), is going to have a healthy mix of both: Some have gotten the impression that this website has a vendetta against VFX, which couldn't be further from the truth. The issue is bad VFX. If you're putting something on screen that instantly rings false, I'm going to be taken out of the movie completely. This isn't a post to go off about that entire industry, but there are a lot of reasons that we've seen some pretty awful VFX on-screen, and a lot of it has to do with how movies are made and the insane timelines that artists are given to complete Continue reading "Newest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Pulls Out All the VFX Stops"

Wide lens, right price? Nikon 24mm F1.8G ED real-world samples

Earlier this year Nikon expanded a series of F1.8 primes with the 24mm F1.8G ED, sitting alongside 20mm and 35mm models. Compact and lightweight, it hits a $750 price point that's relatively reasonable, considering the F1.4 version retails for over $2000. We've spent some time shooting with the new 24mm prime - take a look at its performance out and about. Read more