‘Madden NFL 16: The Movie’ Spoofs Just About Every Action Cliche Possible

If you pay attention to video games at all, you've probably heard of Madden.

Then again, even if you don't pay attention to video games, the Madden franchise has been around for a few decades now. Last year, they had a funny promo spot with Kevin Hart and Dave Franco (yes Dave, not James) to promote the game, and this year for Madden 16, they've taken it to a whole other level. They pulled out all the stops for this fake movie trailer, turning the volume up to eleven, and joining Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse together with a team of real NFL players (and one coach who is not Mintz-Plasse's father).

In the style of movies like Kung Fury, Madden NFL 16: The Movie spoofs just about every action cliche you've ever seen:

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After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Write-on

after-effects-hidden-gems-weekly-write-onThe Stroke effect in After Effects is a workhorse, but it has one major limitation: It’s width is constant over the entire length of the stroke. You can edit and even animate its Brush Size parameter, but this changes the entire stroke. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a stroke become thicker or thinner at select points along its shape? You can: It’s called the Write-on effect.

Learn How Profoto Freeze Mode Can Help Sharpen Your Studio Lit Images

The Profoto B1s are the battery operated smaller brother of the Profoto D1 monoblocks. One major advantage they have over their AC counterpart is that you can freeze super fast motion much easier than you can with the D1s. Suspending motion with strobes has everything to do with flash duration, and as I learned today, the Profoto B1 heads have a special mode called Freeze Mode that can make your flash duration even faster.

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Learn How Profoto Freeze Mode Can Help Sharpen Your Studio Lit Images

The Profoto B1s are the battery operated smaller brother of the Profoto D1 monoblocks. One major advantage they have over their AC counterpart is that you can freeze super fast motion much easier than you can with the D1s. Suspending motion with strobes has everything to do with flash duration, and as I learned today, the Profoto B1 heads have a special mode called Freeze Mode that can make your flash duration even faster.

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Learn How Profoto Freeze Mode Can Help Sharpen Your Studio Lit Images

The Profoto B1s are the battery operated smaller brother of the Profoto D1 monoblocks. One major advantage they have over their AC counterpart is that you can freeze super fast motion much easier than you can with the D1s. Suspending motion with strobes has everything to do with flash duration, and as I learned today, the Profoto B1 heads have a special mode called Freeze Mode that can make your flash duration even faster.

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Learn How Profoto Freeze Mode Can Help Sharpen Your Studio Lit Images

The Profoto B1s are the battery operated smaller brother of the Profoto D1 monoblocks. One major advantage they have over their AC counterpart is that you can freeze super fast motion much easier than you can with the D1s. Suspending motion with strobes has everything to do with flash duration, and as I learned today, the Profoto B1 heads have a special mode called Freeze Mode that can make your flash duration even faster.

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Learn How Profoto Freeze Mode Can Help Sharpen Your Studio Lit Images

The Profoto B1s are the battery operated smaller brother of the Profoto D1 monoblocks. One major advantage they have over their AC counterpart is that you can freeze super fast motion much easier than you can with the D1s. Suspending motion with strobes has everything to do with flash duration, and as I learned today, the Profoto B1 heads have a special mode called Freeze Mode that can make your flash duration even faster.

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Learn How Profoto Freeze Mode Can Help Sharpen Your Studio Lit Images

The Profoto B1s are the battery operated smaller brother of the Profoto D1 monoblocks. One major advantage they have over their AC counterpart is that you can freeze super fast motion much easier than you can with the D1s. Suspending motion with strobes has everything to do with flash duration, and as I learned today, the Profoto B1 heads have a special mode called Freeze Mode that can make your flash duration even faster.

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Learn How Profoto Freeze Mode Can Help Sharpen Your Studio Lit Images

The Profoto B1s are the battery operated smaller brother of the Profoto D1 monoblocks. One major advantage they have over their AC counterpart is that you can freeze super fast motion much easier than you can with the D1s. Suspending motion with strobes has everything to do with flash duration, and as I learned today, the Profoto B1 heads have a special mode called Freeze Mode that can make your flash duration even faster.

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Critique the Community: Submit Your Wedding Photos to be Critiqued by Lee and Patrick

Since fall is the biggest and busiest Wedding Season for most photographers, we want to see your best wedding images for our next episode of Critique the Community. Lee and Patrick will select 20 images to critique; upload your wedding image of choice to your Fstoppers account, then paste the URL of the image in the comments below. We are anticipating a lot of images, so you have until August 25th to submit your best image. [ Read More ]

Critique the Community: Submit Your Wedding Photos to be Critiqued by Lee and Patrick

Since fall is the biggest and busiest Wedding Season for most photographers, we want to see your best wedding images for our next episode of Critique the Community. Lee and Patrick will select 20 images to critique; upload your wedding image of choice to your Fstoppers account, then paste the URL of the image in the comments below. We are anticipating a lot of images, so you have until August 25th to submit your best image. [ Read More ]

Cloister at Santa Maria de Santes Creus Monastery, Tarragona, Catalonia



This splendid Gothic cloister arcade can be admired at one of the gems of Cistercian art in Catalonia, the Santa Maria de Santes Creus monastery (1160). Cistercian architecture is well known for its austerity, following the precepts of Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux (St. Bernard), who was against any sort of superfluous adornment that distracted monks from their religious path. Although the original cloister was Romanesque in style, most of it was demolished and replaced by this sober but admirable Gothic architecture. Santes Creus is not the only Cistercian monastery built throughout the 12th century in Catalonia there are also the monastery of Poblet (1150) and Vallbona de les Monges (1157). Santa Maria de les Santes Creus holds the royal tombs of Peter the Great and of James II and his wife Blanca of Anjou, as well as the great admiral Roger de Llúria. How to go from Barcelona to Santes Continue reading "Cloister at Santa Maria de Santes Creus Monastery, Tarragona, Catalonia"

An Insightful Interview with Indie Film Legend Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez needs no introduction around these parts. Between his numerous feature films and his TV network, he's been very prolific, and he's one of the more inspirational figures in the world of indie filmmaking. Despite his fantastic book, Rebel Without a Crew, and his numerous educational programs, his recent appearance on the Tim Ferriss show might have some of his best filmmaking wisdom yet. In case you're not familiar with the show, Tim Ferriss, who has written a number of books including The 4-Hour Workweek, interviews world-class performers — everybody from chess prodigies and artists, to angel investors and entrepreneurs — and attempts to deconstruct the habits and strategies that make these people remarkable in their chosen fields. So without any further ado, here's the rather lengthy interview with Tim and Robert (you might want Continue reading "An Insightful Interview with Indie Film Legend Robert Rodriguez"

42 Megapixels of Garbage: An Unconventional Review of the Sony a7R II

"                               " The 42MP Sony a7R II has got to be one of the most anticipated camera systems in the history of cameras, and for good reason. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to play with all sorts of camera systems, from cheap point-and-shoots to $30,000 80-megapixel behemoths. I’ve observed as the DSLR video revolution spread across the world, and watched as the lines between photography and videography started to blur as video cameras started to shoot stills and still cameras started to shoot video. As I slowly began to dabble in videography myself and watched how much it helped build my name and brand, I came to the inevitable conclusion that the future of my career was going to depend on my ability to not just grow my photography, but also to branch out and learn as much as I could about motion pictures. And that’s where the a7R II
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Endless rows of trucks delivering garbage for where men, women and children pay for the privilege of sorting through it.
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Photographer Loses Copyright Suit Over CC-Licensed Photo on Flickr

photoused Photographers, be warned: if you share a photo online with a Creative Commons license that allows for commercial usage, you need to be okay with if that actually happens. A photographer named Art Dragulis just learned that lesson by losing a copyright infringement lawsuit. Techdirt reports that back in 2008, Dragulis uploaded this photo of a rustic location in Maryland to his Flickr account:
"Swain’s Lock, Montgomery Co., MD." Photograph by Art Dragulis.

“Swain’s Lock, Montgomery Co., MD.” Photograph by Art Dragulis.

Four years later, he was surprised to find that the atlas company Kappa Map Group had published his photo on the cover of their commercial Montgomery County atlas. thecover Dragulis filed a lawsuit against Kappa Map Group, claiming that they had no right to use his photo in this manner. In response, the company simply pointed out that Dragulis had given up his copyright protections with his choice of Flickr licensing. The photo had been licensed
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Thoughts on the ‘I Could Do That’ Response to Art

Have you ever looked at a piece of artwork — a photo, for example — and had the thought “I could do that”? PBS’s The Art Assignment takes a closer look at the statement to explore a few questions it raises. The first: could you honestly ‘do that’? Many pieces of art are inherently more complicated to create than what is contemplated at first glance. thoughts There are also deeper and more complex questions to consider, delving into why the artist created the work, why you didn’t, and why it has an audience. Regardless of whether this 6-minute video will convince you of any view on art, this is still an interesting subject to think and talk about.

Testing the Sony a7R II on a Huge Canon 600mm Lens

FullSizeRender-3 Last week, we shared a video showing how the Sony a7R II has greatly improved autofocusing with Canon EF lenses using a Metabones adapter. Photographer Yannick Ciancanelli did some similar tests using a Fotodiox adapter and a wide range of Canon lenses, including the massive $11,499 Canon 600mm f/4. Ciancanelli’s findings weren’t as positive as what other photographers are reporting. Photo-20-08-15-13-46-11 Autofocus didn’t work with some older lenses (e.g. 85mm and 135mm). For others (e.g. 100mm and 70-200mm), autofocus performed decently well. The 600mm f/4 produces sharp photos, but the AF compatibility with the a7R II leaves something to be desired. Here’s a video showing the a7R II with a Canon 600mm mounted to it (or perhaps the other way around): A couple of sample shots from the camera/lens pairing: © Yannick Ciancanelli © Yannick Ciancanelli “This stunning lens’ AF, sadly, does not work that well,” Ciancanelli writes. “Focus picks up sometimes. It depends on
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