The Red List Lets You Study the Work of the Greatest Photographers

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 11.14.11 AM copy Photography is an art; by looking upon past examples, we can not only learn to improve our own technique, but also to study and appreciate times before ours. However, with the first photograph taken almost two-hundred years ago, it can be difficult to find a place to start. Enter, The Red List: a website with over 100,000 images that continues to cull the world of photography to find the very best images. Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 11.14.33 AM copy The Red List is ‘designed as a trend book and a source of inspiration’ for the visual arts. It’s a free and not-for-profit effort, and the collection is created by ‘passionate experts’ within their respective fields. Categories of photos include, nude & body, existentialism, social documentary, unusual concept, and more. Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 11.14.59 AM copy The Red List chooses their own photographs and feels no pressure based on a particular artist’s name or stature. Best of all, The Red List encourages users
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Have Fun With Any Camera

Camera-technology This picture covers a relatively mind-boggling span of the history of camera technology, and deserves a bit of deconstruction. It shows, of course, a smartphone, resting on the beautiful new "Non-Use Device," acquired for decor in the recently completed TOP Headquarters atrium, a.k.a. the old table just inside the front door of my little house. The Non-Use Device*, which turns out to be exceptionally beautiful and exceedingly well preserved, was built c. 1903–06 in Rochester, New York, not far from my new environs. The largest of the Pony Premo cameras of the era, the No. 6 also was a whole-plate (6.5x8.5-inch) size camera of a type called "self-casing." It folds into a neat little leather-covered box with a handle, like a small valise. The smartphone, of course, is an iPhone, currently the most-used type of camera on Facebook, which in turn is the largest collection
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Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study

The recently announced Sony Alpha 7R II packs a lot of groundbreaking features, and one of its highlights is the new full-frame 42.4MP BSI-CMOS sensor. Sony sensors tend to show very high Raw dynamic range due to low noise characteristics, but we wanted to take a closer look at exactly how little noise the camera itself contributes to images. Read on

Composer Joe Trapanese on His Musical Score for ‘Straight Outta Compton’

After another successful weekend, it's clear that Straight Outta Compton is a hit. Besides the iconic music of NWA, there was also a tremendous score by Joe Trapanese, and in this terrific SoundWorks Collection video from Michael Coleman, Jon Burlingame talks to him about the project and how he went about composing the score and creating a theme for the film: And here's the trailer if you missed it: One of the biggest challenges for him was trying to find a voice for the characters outside of rap. Since these guys are larger than life, and their music is clearly recognizable and shapes who they are to a great extent, his goal was to find their voice when they were vulnerable and didn't have an audience. That's likely a challenge for any biopic about a Continue reading "Composer Joe Trapanese on His Musical Score for ‘Straight Outta Compton’"

Wiz Khalifa Was Nearly Arrested and No One Noticed He Used the VHS Camcorder App

On Saturday, Rapper Wiz Khalifa was shoved to the ground and handcuffed by airport police after refusing to dismount his “hoverboard.” Khalifa later posted video of the encounter to his Twitter account. But I’m not here to discuss the potential police overreach or a lack of compliance by a suspect. Rather, I’m fascinated by Khalifa’s rapid adoption of new technology starting with the use of his gyroscopically stabilized hoverboard to his use of the VHS Camcorder app, which was released the day before the incident. VHS Camcorder converts your high quality cellphone video into grungy, analog-inspired goodness complete with time/date stamp that is reminiscent of the 80s and 90s.  And following the incident, Khalifa reiterated that he is Continue reading "Wiz Khalifa Was Nearly Arrested and No One Noticed He Used the VHS Camcorder App"

Rick Guidotti on Photographing Genetic Conditions to Reframe Beauty

CBS Evening News just aired this short segment on the work of photographer Rick Guidotti, who has spent years shooting portraits of people with genetic conditions for his non-profit, Positive Exposure. As we first shared back in 2013, Guidotti is using his background as a major fashion photographer to change the way people see and think about beauty. Here’s a slightly longer feature that aired a couple of years ago on NBC News: If you’d like to see some of Guidotti’s portraits for yourself, check out our original feature and the photo gallery on the Positive Exposure website.

Capture the Magical Golden Hour With Rizon For iOS

main-screen A magical moment of soft and warm light, the golden hour is a period slightly before sunset or slightly after sunrise when the sun is low in the sky. Many photographers aim to shoot during these time periods in order to take advantage of the unique natural lighting. Rizon is an elegant new app for iOS that will not only find you the best time but remind you to head outside when the time approaches. quick-reminders Just launch Rizon to quickly see when the golden hour starts and when it ends for a particular location. Check the schedule for where you are currently located or move ahead to where your upcoming photo shoot may be held. The Rizon app is designed to make capturing the golden hour easy and provides up to date information for photographers to help find the perfect moment. repeat-reminders “The idea behind Rizon was that it’s usually a
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The Daily Promo – Blair Gable

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Blair Gable

Who printed it?
The books were printed by Photobook Canada – 40 copies. The postcards were printed by Vistaprint and the stickers were printed by Loudmouth Print House in Ottawa. Who designed it?
The Gablehead, Blair Gable Photography, and Third Floor York logos were designed by Jason Harper at Strongvine Visual Communications. I designed the book and postcard myself – layout using Photo Mechanic and page design with Fundy Designer. Who edited the images?
I edited the images myself, though I showed a pre-production book to close family and friends to see if there was anything missing. How many did you make?
I send out packages to editors that I regularly work with at least once a year. This was my first time sending promo kits to a large number of new editors. How many times a year do you send out promos?
I mostly shoot politics and portraits for my editorial clients and rarely have time to work on personal or self-assigned projects. I worked on a number of projects last year that I shot first and sold later, so I thought I would showcase that work in this particular promo package. I like the title, did you write that and was impact the goal? 
I did write the title, it came from the topics of the projects, but I thought together they were compelling enough to make someone crack the book. So I guess the goal was to make it as enticing as possible, as quickly as possible.

Glitterbombs of Truth for Photographers

glitterbomb Here are some glitterbombs of truth about photography and being a photographer…
If the photo you are posting to Facebook is the very top of a mountain, and that mountain is stealthy and cunning, it is a “Sneak Peak.” If it’s anything other than that, it’s a “Sneak PEEK.”
If you have to buy a pre-made photography workshop kit, you probably shouldn’t be teaching photography to others.
The hand that holds the camera will turn into a claw after a wedding. You will have a Lego Person hand. Don’t be alarmed by this.
Accepting a RUSH order is a lot like going into labor: while you’re in the middle of it, you swear you will NEVER do it again, but, sure enough, you do.
It doesn’t matter what size a client wears, if you do your job right, they’re going to love their images.
The more wine I
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9 Pieces of Gear I Wish I Hadn’t Purchased

Since my first DSLR purchase in 2001, I’ve exhibited symptoms of Gear Acquisition Syndrome that have left a sizable dent in my pocketbook. Here is a list of my most regrettable acquisitions. What are yours? Strip boxes I belong to the Church of the Infinite Watt/Second. In other words, I couldn’t possibly have enough lighting gear. And during a turbulent lighting modifier phase, I was convinced of the necessity to own strip light boxes. Now don’t get me wrong: If shooting in the studio is your thing, then strip lights will absolutely come in handy. But the only times I’ve used them in the past five years, were two separate trips where I thought I was grabbing a rectangular softbox, flew to Hawai’i, and pulled out a skinny strip box. FV-HDMW-1000   24mm f/1.4 The AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED is a beautiful piece of glass. Tack sharp. Bright.
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Crazy 8: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 sample gallery

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is the follow-up to the company's successful GX7 rangefinder-style mirrorless camera. The GX8 boasts a new 20MP Four Thirds sensor and 'Dual IS', which combines sensor and lens shift image stabilization for better results. The camera's ISO range tops out at 25,600 and offers a max burst rate of 8 fps with single AF and 6 fps with continuous AF. We've been shooting with one for a little while - check out our gallery of samples!

Announcing My 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

  I’m very excited to invite you to be a part of my 8th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk™ (it’s a worldwide phenomenon with walks in over 1,000 cities last year). Here’s a quick Q&A with all the details: Q. When is the official Photo Walk day?
A.The official date is Saturday, October 3, 2015 Q. What do you do on a Photo Walk?
A. You start by meeting with up to 50 other photographers at a central meeting point. Then a Photo Walk Leader leads the group on a leisurely paced stroll through an area that is photographically interesting; you take lots pictures; you can chat with other folks (photo walkers are very friendly by nature); you laugh, you enjoying being outside with a group of like-minded folks; and then after around 2-hours you wind up at a local restaurant, pub, cafe, etc. (chosen in advance
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Come on Godard & Truffaut, Can’t You Guys Just Get Along?

One of the constants in the world of cinema is the curious animosity between some of the greatest auteurs in history. Jean-Luc Godard is one of those filmmakers that attracts all sorts of descriptions, but there is no question he was a filmmaker that helped change the face of cinema. He was also pretty opinionated, not unlike many of the auteurs at the time, and famously had a bizarre feud with former friend François Truffaut:

In this supplement on Criterion's release of François Truffaut's DAY FOR NIGHT, film scholar Dudley Andrew talks about the major fight that Truffaut and former friend Jean-Luc Godard got into around the time of that film's release in 1973.

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Do Jonathan Demme’s Style of Close-Up Shots Make You Feel Uncomfortable, Too?

Composer Stephen Sondheim once said, "A close-up on screen can say all a song can." Whether you agree with that or not, you can't argue with the fact that the close-up is one of the most powerful shots you can use. Directors and cinematographers have used it to draw viewers in closer, alerting them to pay closer attention to what's about to unfold on screen -- to capture the emotion of a character in a bigger, clearer way. Close-ups are intimate and unavoidable -- and ubiquitous. They're used so often and so formulaically that we've come to expect them; we know when they're coming: two lovers embrace and the violins begin to play -- we're going to get a close-up of each of them, because -- emotions. However, Jacob T. Swinney highlights one director that adds a little something special to Continue reading "Do Jonathan Demme’s Style of Close-Up Shots Make You Feel Uncomfortable, Too?"

Video Review: DFOCUS DCAGE for Panasonic GH4

By contributor Clinton Harn: The DCAGE from DFOCUS is an affordable solution for owners of the Panasonic GH3 or GH4. Made in the USA, it is a precision CNC machined aluminium cage specifically designed for the Panasonic GH3 and GH4. The form-fitting design allows full access to all of the camera’s buttons, battery, SD card […]

The new Hollywood and independent film paradigm

A recent question submitted to the PVC mailbag was from a indie movie producer who wanted to know about investor splits and percentages. The question struck me as a bit naïve, but after looking into some of the details around how projects are created and sold these days, naïveté should be least of anyone’s concerns.

Are Blackmagic Studio Cameras now the obvious choice?

are-blackmagic-studio-cameras-now-the-obvious-choiceIf you are building a multicamera video studio today, you may be asking whether one of the Blackmagic Studio cameras —either the HD-only or the 4K UltraHD model— is now the obvious choice. In the past month, Blackmagic both added the previously missing 720p option and lowered the prices by removing optical fiber from the base model. Now it’s time to ask how seriously you should consider them. As a preamble to an upcoming review of them, here are details to keep in mind.