User Review of the Lumix FZ1000 (£599 Wex)

A few of my readers have asked me to do a review on the Lumix FZ1000 as I use it as my main camera to film blog interviews and many of you have been more than impressed with the results. I bought the Panasonic FZ1000 a week before filming at Edradour, a whiskey distillery in […]

The Future of Photography is Software

Since the digital photography revolution began near the turn of the millennium, a steady march of new cameras and lenses has been released filling various niches. On the pro side, faster processors combined with advancements in sensor technology have allowed cameras to see in the dark while capturing 14 frames per second. Fresnel lens design…

Elinchrom collaborates with Phottix to bring real HSS to the Skyport system

https://youtu.be/oRAEMRUv8wA Hi gang: For those of you who have seen me out on tour, or in my lighting classes on KelbyOne online, you know I’m a big fan of Elinchrom studio and location lighting, and today I fell a little more in love with them. The video above is from our own RC Concepcion who takes you through the new Elinchrom Skyport Plus HS (it’s a wireless trigger/transmitter/control unit with built-in High Speed Sync done right, thanks to a collaboration with the folks from Phottix). We’re talking firing studio strobes (or strobes on location) at 1/8000 of a second, going way beyond the X-sync of your DSLR. This is really cool stuff, so check out RC’s video above and you’ll see what all the fuss is about (and there’s plenty of fuss to go around)! Congrats to Elinchom and Phottix for putting two great groups of engineers together Continue reading "Elinchrom collaborates with Phottix to bring real HSS to the Skyport system"

This Matchup Pits Alfred Hitchcock Against His Arch Nemesis, Stanley Kubrick

"Jimmy was having a rather beautiful day until he bumped into Jack and things got weird." If you thought walking through Hell's Club with cinema's most violent and nefarious characters was bad, imagine how hellish it'd be if the world's of Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick collided. Well, stop imagining and watch as Jimmy Stewart is followed by Jack Torrence and a bunch of other Kubrick droogies through scenes from each directors' films in The Red Drum Getaway, a suspenseful and utterly disturbing mashup by Gump TV. There is no shortage of hilarious and well-made movie trailer mashups and recuts. I'm sure you have your favorites, like "Scary Mary", the Mrs. Doubtfire recut, or even a previous Kubrick mashup of The Shining. (I'll leave mine at the end of this post.) But the great Continue reading "This Matchup Pits Alfred Hitchcock Against His Arch Nemesis, Stanley Kubrick"

Tips on How to Pose Newborn Babies

<![CDATA[ Have you ever wondered how baby photographers (no, not babies that are photographers) pose newborns? Have you wondered how they got those little writhing, crying, flailing bundles of joy to stay the heck still for at least 1/200th of a second? Well, the crew over at Redhead Photography seems to have found the right combination. In fact, the babies in this video are so malleable that it's a little bit unnerving. [ Read More ] ]]>

Amazon’s ‘Snowball’ Might Be the Best Way to Back Up or Transfer Large-Scale, Critical Projects

<![CDATA[ With a slightly more enterprise-solution twist, Amazon has announced a new 50-terabyte "Snowball" drive that ships itself to your address, gives you ten days to load it with as much data as you can, and then gets picked up by UPS to transfer the data back to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage — all for $200 per job. The process works in reverse, too; so, you can import or export a job between any AWS product more quickly and at less cost than alternatives. [ Read More ] ]]>

FilmConvert now offering GH4 V-log profiles

By site editor Dan Chung: FilmConvert’s popular film emulation plugins allow users to apply the look of their favourite film stock onto video from various different cameras. Most of the current popular models like the FS7, C300, 5D, a7S and Alexa are supported. Recently they also added support for the new Sony a7R II. FilmConvert […]

FilmConvert now offering GH4 V-log profiles

By site editor Dan Chung: FilmConvert’s popular film emulation plugins allow users to apply the look of their favourite film stock onto video from various different cameras. Most of the current popular models like the FS7, C300, 5D, a7S and Alexa are supported. Recently they also added support for the new Sony a7R II. FilmConvert […]

First Lady Michelle Obama Jumps Into a Selfie Vine

firstladyvine First Lady Michelle Obama launched her new “Better Make Room” campaign at the White House today to encourage teenagers to pursue higher education beyond high school. “This campaign will leverage traditional and new media platforms to celebrate student stories in the same way that we often celebrate celebrities and athletes,” the White House writes in a press release. “With partners in the business, philanthropic, media, and education realm, this campaign will stretch across the country to inspire students and give them the tools they need to reach higher for college.” It appears that “new media” includes both Vine and selfies. Among the people invited to the White House today was Lele Pons, a Vine superstar with over 9 million followers and 7 billion views. Pons posted this 6-second video in which Obama joins a group of Internet celebrities for a series of silly selfies (the caption
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From Zero to Niche in One Hour

<![CDATA[ Building a respectable name for yourself as a photographer can oftentimes feel impossible, especially in a market saturated with other photographers. In an industry with so much competition, you need to differentiate yourself and your work from the rest your competitors if you really want to stand apart from everyone else. That sounds extremely overwhelming, but there is a very practical and efficient way to carve out your own niche in this market. [ Read More ] ]]>

US DoT & FAA Are Going to Require You to Register Your Drones at the End of the Year

The US Department of Transportation held a press conference today announcing the first ever federal drone registry, requiring both professional pilots and hobbists alike to register their drones. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx explained that a task force will be put together to come up with recommendations for the drone registry, which is intended to crack down on the illegal use of drones, namely over airports and other controlled airspace where drone pilots have interfered with operations or put others in danger. According to Secretary Foxx, this new registry will help educate drone users on the rules and regulations of operation, as well as give whichever government agency who will enforce them a way to hold pilots accountable. You can check out the DoT press conference below: Read More

US Announces the Upcoming Federal Drone Registry: Register or Face ‘Consequences’

droneregistry The Obama administration announced today that it will be creating the first ever federal drone registry to reign in the wild wild west of drone usage. Drone owners will be required to register their drones with the database in order to fly legally, and those caught flying unregistered drones will face “consequences.” Reuters reports that at a press conference, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx revealed that the administration is putting together a task force consisting of industry and government representatives. The group will be tasked with putting together a set of recommendations for the drone registry. One of the big questions will be whether certain types of drones (e.g. small, cheap, and relatively-harmless toy drones) will be exempt from the registry, or whether the registry will include all drones. The goal is to have the registry up and running by Christmas 2015, and the task force
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The Cinematography of Wes Anderson’s Go-To DP, Robert Yeoman

There's probably nothing more pleasing to my eye than the images created by cinematographer Robert Yeoman when he's working with Wes Anderson. The symmetry, the camera movements, the beautiful lighting -- it all serves to create a world that is, strangely, both unique and nostalgic. In this video essay by Nick Hansbauer, we get to take a look at the work of Robert Yeoman, from his first job (uncredited) on To Live and Die in L.A. in 1985 to his almost 20-year collaboration with Anderson. Even though Yeoman has worked on Hollywood films throughout his career, the fabric of his sensibilities is very independent. Working on films with low to low budgets gave him the opportunity to think on his feet -- to get creative and improvise in order to find solutions to the many obstacles Continue reading "The Cinematography of Wes Anderson’s Go-To DP, Robert Yeoman"

US authorities to force users to register their drones

By technical editor Matt Allard: The US government plans to force all domestic drone owners to register their gear with the Department of Transportation, according to a report from NBC. The DoT is yet to make the announcement formally, but NBC News said it expected the plan to be launched imminently with the registration program […]

Kono Donau: A New Ultra-Slow 35mm Film with ISO 6

konodonauhead Want to shoot film photos at ISO 6? Now you can. Lomography today announced the new KONO! Donau 35mm film. It’s a limited-edition, ultra-slow film that has an ISO of just 6. The lack of sensitivity makes the film suitable for long-exposure photos — exposures of several minutes in both day and night — and for strange daylight photos that have blue tones and cold color casts. branding Created by KONO! and sold exclusively through Lomography, the C-41 color negative film will only be produced in very small quantities. It was originally designed for transferring digital images to film during post-production in the movie industry — when used in cameras for still photography, the resulting photos have a “retro-tungsten” look.
A light-painting photo shot at night.

A light-painting photo shot at night.

A "retro-tungsten" photo shot during the day.

A “retro-tungsten” photo shot during the day.

Here are some sample photos captured with Kono Donau film: 8 814x1216x116 860x576x2 9935 1216x814x112 1216x814x16 Kono Donau 36-exposure film rolls are available in
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How to Take a Portrait With Shallow Depth of Field and Studio Strobes

<![CDATA[ Many photographers rely on their 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.4 lenses to give that dreamy, narrow depth of field look to their portraits. These two lenses have become a staple for portrait, headshot, wedding, and boudoir photographers who enjoy the soft look that comes with a narrow depth of field and natural lighting. But what happens when you want to create a similar effect in the studio, where your strobes are often too powerful for shooting wide open? Today, I'm going to share with you a fairly unconventional lighting technique that will allow you to shoot your lenses wide open in the studio.

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