Watch Out Cable Companies, Apple Is Coming for You with Its Own TV Streaming Service

With more and more of our media streaming to us over the internet, it was only a matter of time until traditional broadcast channels took the leap as well.

Hot on the heels of HBO's announcement that they've struck an exclusive deal with Apple for their new streaming service 'HBO Now', the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in the process of launching its own live television streaming service. Presumably aimed at younger viewers who are intent on cutting bloated cable packages from their budgets, Apple's new service will likely offer 25 core broadcast channels including those from ABC, CBS, and Fox, as well as other popular channels like ESPN and FX, and will cost between $30 and $40 per month. Notably (but not surprisingly) absent from Apple's negotiations for the licensing of streaming content is NBCUniversal and its parent company Comcast.

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Watch Out Cable Companies, Apple Is Coming for You with Its Own TV Streaming Service

With more and more of our media streaming to us over the internet, it was only a matter of time until traditional broadcast channels took the leap as well.

Hot on the heels of HBO's announcement that they've struck an exclusive deal with Apple for their new streaming service 'HBO Now', the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in the process of launching its own live television streaming service. Presumably aimed at younger viewers who are intent on cutting bloated cable packages from their budgets, Apple's new service will likely offer 25 core broadcast channels including those from ABC, CBS, and Fox, as well as other popular channels like ESPN and FX, and will cost between $30 and $40 per month. Notably (but not surprisingly) absent from Apple's negotiations for the licensing of streaming content is NBCUniversal and its parent company Comcast.

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In Motion: EYE FULL by John Zissovici

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From the first moment, the city that slides into view is a fragmented world of image assemblies that bears little resemblance to Google’s familiar simulations of moving along the street. At best we accept it as a provisional place of images, flat or curved, which seem to have acquired gravitational force that alternatively attract, or repel us. The whole city mimics our current state of distracted attention where we are surrounded and tempted by images on...

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Learn Depth of Field with this Powerful (& Free) Online DOF Simulator

Depth of field is an incredibly powerful tool, but the mathematics and mechanics of calculating and pre-visualizing it can be overwhelming.

A Polish software engineer (and amateur photographer) named Michael Bemowski recently put together one of the most helpful depth of field tools out there, and the best part is that it's completely free. The tool, which you can find here, allows you to manipulate every camera and lens setting that affects depth of field, from sensor size to focal length, from aperture to the distance between the subject and the camera. Plus it gives you a handy visual approximation of what each specific set of parameters would look like in a real world setting.

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Learn Depth of Field with this Powerful (& Free) Online DOF Simulator

Depth of field is an incredibly powerful tool, but the mathematics and mechanics of calculating and pre-visualizing it can be overwhelming.

A Polish software engineer (and amateur photographer) named Michael Bemowski recently put together one of the most helpful depth of field tools out there, and the best part is that it's completely free. The tool, which you can find here, allows you to manipulate every camera and lens setting that affects depth of field, from sensor size to focal length, from aperture to the distance between the subject and the camera. Plus it gives you a handy visual approximation of what each specific set of parameters would look like in a real world setting.

Depth of Field Simulator

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Learn Depth of Field with this Powerful (& Free) Online DOF Simulator

Depth of field is an incredibly powerful tool, but the mathematics and mechanics of calculating and pre-visualizing it can be overwhelming.

A Polish software engineer (and amateur photographer) named Michael Bemowski recently put together one of the most helpful depth of field tools out there, and the best part is that it's completely free. The tool, which you can find here, allows you to manipulate every camera and lens setting that affects depth of field, from sensor size to focal length, from aperture to the distance between the subject and the camera. Plus it gives you a handy visual approximation of what each specific set of parameters would look like in a real world setting.

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Aputure DEC Remote Wireless Follow Focus Canon EF Lens Adapter – First Examples

So yesterday I spent a little time testing the Aputure DEC Remote Wireless Follow Focus Canon EF Lens Adapter. Keep in mind that all of the units that other reviewers have (including mine) are just prototypes. So everything that you see could change when they go to final production.

As mentioned in my earlier article, the prototypes available today can attach a Canon EF (autofocus) Lens to a Sony E-Mount or Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Camera and allow you to change aperture values and remotely change focus via a wireless remote. Here’s a little video showing the Sony E-Mount DEC Adapter in use.

Since the Aputure DEC Lens Adapter relies on the internal motors of the lens being used, each lens may provide a slightly different experience. Some lenses may offer a smoother transition, while others may have a more prominent stepping motion moving from one focus point to the next. During slower focus movements some lenses will have a louder ’stepping’ type noise, while other lenses may be a bit more silent. This is all based on the lens, and at this time not a lot of testing has been done.

In the ‘current user manual’ it lists several Canon EF L Series lenses, but I decided to try a few different ones such as the Sigma, the Canon 40mm STM, and a 50mm F/1.8. All of the lenses worked flawlessly to adjust iris and I could control focus. I was a bit worried the system would be buggy using random lenses, but so far it’s taken everything i’ve thrown at it.

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So while this is still a prototype, so far I think the Aputure DEC is an awesome product for anyone who needs to adjust focus

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The Daily Edit – Portland Monthly: Michael Novak

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Portland Monthly

Art Director: Michael Novak
Photographer: Andy Batt

How often do you have celebrities on the cover? Is this a unique cover story?
This is actually almost unheard of for Portland Monthly. As a city mag, our covers tend to stick to standard tropes such as Best Restaurants, Travel, Schools, Real Estate, etc. Occasionally we experiment with more “newsy” subject matter, but those covers have typically fared poorly on newsstand. And more specifically, our covers almost never feature actual people, except in cases where they’re fairly anonymous, eating in a restaurant or hiking a mountain; our readership responds better to more tried and true reader service. In the 8 years I’ve worked here, we’ve published only three celebrity covers—so it was definitely an experiment to try this approach.

Is this an an annual theme: exceptional Oregon women?
We’ve never done this topic before. The subject was championed by one of our executive editors, Rachel Ritchie, and embraced by our founder, Nicole Vogel, who had experienced plenty of sexism herself in the process of raising capital to start this magazine 12 years ago. Nicole wrote an essay in the issue, about the disrespect she encountered in a city considered a bastion of liberalism.

What makes an exceptional woman for your title?
We chose women across multiple industries and geographies—all of them bravely innovating in their given fields. Our criteria was really just that the women included be doing impressive work that our readers didn’t necessarily know about. We wanted each profile to feel both surprising and inspiring, from the chief of staff for the Governor to a death row investigator to Portland’s first female head brewer.

How did the concept evolve, was it hooked on the idea of these women being pioneers?
The concept was always tied to the pioneering spirit of Oregon women; from a journalist’s perspective, it’s just such a rich subject with so much material to work with. The feature’s evolution was mainly due to our selection of individuals to profile and the format those profiles would take. We could’ve easily made a whole magazine on this subject—we started with a list of more than 100 women to whittle down to 10—so the real challenge was smartly editing our aspirations and limiting the feature to the 13 pages available.

What made you choose Andy Batt for this project?
Andy brings the right skills to the table. He’s worked on many Portland Monthly projects over the years, from shooting a school bus of screaming 7-year olds (never try art directing 7-year olds!) to ballerinas to the March Fourth marching band. He always comes to a project looking to try something new, and though he’ll always execute the client’s ideas, he also brings his own. In the case of the Carrie Brownstein shoot we only had an hour with her, so we had to figure out an approach that was simple enough that we could get options for both the cover and the interior. We had conceived of a Northwest referencial set, with Carrie standing on the stump of a tree with a rough-hewn wooden background. But when I got to the set on the day of the shoot, Andy had commissioned a prop builder to assemble a green background made out of fanned fern leaves, another powerful NW visual. And in the end we went with his fern idea because it just made a better visual.

Do you ever have photographers from out of state shoot for you?
Typically no. Occasionally I’ll have someone from Seattle shoot for me, but honestly our coverage is tightly Oregon-focused and we are blessed with an abundance of local talent so I almost never have to hire from out of state. I often joke that Portland is where photographers come to retire. We seem to have more of them per capita than NY and LA. That’s probably not strictly accurate, but it’s gotta be close!

What’s the best way for photographers to get in touch with you?
The can email me at mnovak@pdxmonthly.com.

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The Complete Mark Duplass Filmmaking Bible on Becoming a Successful Director

You want to be a successful filmmaker, but you’re a nobody in nowheresville with no connections.

Well, the Duplass Brothers started out just the same way, and now they are admired, household names in the independent film world. How did they do it? On the ground at SXSW 2015, No Film School covered Mark Duplass’ entertaining keynote address on his career and compiled it into an easy-to-follow 9-step plan.

[Update] The full keynote has been uploaded online and we've added it above.

As he described it in his Keynote address, Mark Duplass started his career in Austin, where he and his brother Jay had lots of ideas and excitement about filmmaking, but absolutely no connections. After enough odd editing jobs, they had raised enough money to shoot a feature for $65k. Unfortunately, as Mark characterized it, the film they made was “a steaming pile of dog diarrhea.”

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The Complete Mark Duplass Filmmaking Bible on Becoming a Successful Director

You want to be a successful filmmaker, but you’re a nobody in nowheresville with no connections.

Well, the Duplass Brothers started out just the same way, and now they are admired, household names in the independent film world. How did they do it? On the ground at SXSW 2015, No Film School covered Mark Duplass’ entertaining keynote address on his career and compiled it into an easy-to-follow 9-step plan.

[Update] The full keynote has been uploaded online and we've added it above.

As he described it in his Keynote address, Mark Duplass started his career in Austin, where he and his brother Jay had lots of ideas and excitement about filmmaking, but absolutely no connections. After enough odd editing jobs, they had raised enough money to shoot a feature for $65k. Unfortunately, as Mark characterized it, the film they made was “a steaming pile of dog diarrhea.”

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Our Friend and Instructor Cliff Mautner Wins the WPPI Grand Award for Photojournalism For The 2nd Time!

A big congrats from everybody here to KelbyOne instructor Cliff Mautner who not only took the 1st place at in WPPI’s annual 16×20″ print competition, but he also won 1st place for wedding photojournalism, AND the Grand Award for photojournalism (this was his 2nd time running the Grand Award by the way) at the awards ceremony held on March 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
There were more than 3200 images entered from around the globe in various categories, which is fairly awesome unto itself, but while Cliff was there he also received the title of “Double Master of WPPI” with his accumulation of points in this competition. To view a video (and while you’re there, check out Cliff’s Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp, and also check out his new online classes on KelbyOne filmed on location during an actual wedding (it’s a two-part series).
About Cliff’s award-winning photo, above (in Cliff’s words):
“In many traditional weddings when a bride prepares for her wedding at her home, it’s common for them to have her father waiting for her at the bottom of the stairs. I had concerns about my ability to capture this moment because of the lack of space between the steps and the front door. I decided to shoot this from inside the living room- thereby using a frame within a frame. I take great pride in never staging a moment like this, and it’s rare that all of the elements fall into place the way this did. Her twin sisters followed her down the stairs along with her niece, and her dad, normally a stoic man, was really overcome with emotion. The three ladies were a bit stunned at dad’s reaction, and I was able to fire off one single frame with this composition. Those Continue reading "Our Friend and Instructor Cliff Mautner Wins the WPPI Grand Award for Photojournalism For The 2nd Time!"

Learn the Ropes of Marketing & Selling Your Films with Vimeo’s Free VOD Handbook

If you're an indie filmmaker today, it's imperative to know how to distribute your films online. Luckily, Vimeo released a free handbook today that contains a bunch of great insight from filmmakers, distributors, and industry pros.

Obviously Vimeo's VOD Selling Handbook is geared toward the company's own VOD platform, Vimeo on Demand, which if that's the route you're taking -- perfect! Now you've got a highly detailed and easy to follow guide on how to get your project online and making money on the site. It's a relatively short read at just 14 pages, and it's full of helpful images and graphs for all of you visual learners. (One of 'em, right here.) It also contains several "Pro Tips", which are -- well, they're tips from pros -- many of which are professional filmmakers who have used Vimeo on Demand to distribute their own work. They offer a bite-sized piece of wisdom if you're just looking for a quick skim through the ol' pages.

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Webinar: Copyright & Your Rights – Straight Talk on the Facts vs. the Fiction

Photographer Jack Reznicki and IP attorney Ed Greenberg have been favorites in the industry for their no-bull, get-straight-to-the-facts approach to explaining and making sense of the confusing world of legal jargon and copyright technicalities. Together they’ve written the Photographer’s Survival Manual, and their newest release, the second edition of The Copyright Zone, is an essential for every working photographer. Through real world case studies, personal asides, and their clear, plain English speaking style, they’ve gained a following of photographers who have benefited from their sound advice over the years.

In this webinar, PhotoShelter’s co-founder Allen Murabayashi will chat with Jack and Ed to debunk many of the myths about copyright that have spread among the creative community throughout the years. They’ll present the facts, plain and simple. Tune in to get easy-to-digest advice on what you need to know to survive and thrive as a photographer in today’s digital world.

This free 1 hr webinar will cover:

  • What is copyright and why do you care?
  • Why registration is not just important, but critical
  • What to do and not to do when you’re infringed
  • Copyright Myths and Facts
  • Poor excuses we hear from infringers and their lawyers
  • Head fakes – What excuses lawyers use when their clients infringe
  • Things to consider when hiring a lawyer

Register today!

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The Daily Promo – The Morrisons

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Who printed it?
The foil stamped folders were printed by a great local printer, Mr. Lam at Candid Bindery.  He’s been foil stamping with expert precision forever.  The nine double-sided image cards were printed by Shapco in Minneapolis.

Who designed it?
We worked with Studio Lin here in New York.  They have a great eye for detail, materials, and color, and we loved some of their previous work (check out the cat calendars for United Bamboo on their site.

Who edited the images?
We always go through extensive rounds of edits ourselves before enlisting the expert eye of consultant and artist Melissa McGill.

How many did you make?
This was our first promo working officially as a team, and we wanted to introduce ourselves in a thoughtful way, favoring quality over quantity.  We printed 500, which was thankfully just enough.

How many times a year do you send out promos?

We hope to mail promos once or twice a year.  We love working with designers and producing something from start to finish.  It’s a luxury and can be great fun.

Check Out This “Behind The Scenes” Tour Of the KelbyOne Headquarters

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That video above is a public sneak-peek of a new Webcast created exclusively for KelbyOne members called “Backstage Pass” and it’s produced and hosted by our own Mia McCormick. In this first episode, she takes you on a rollerblade tour of our expanded KelbyOne HQ and she meets up the “Photoshop Guys” along the way, including a stop by my office for a quick chat.

Anyway, since it has this behind-the-scenes tour in it, we thought we’d make just this first one available to the public, and I hope you enjoy Mia’s “rolling review.” ;-)

I’m in Dubai today, and as you might imagine I’m very excited about tonight’s Awards Ceremony and I’ll be posting photos from the event (taken by Brad) over on my Facebook page, so stop by there if you get a chance (btw: Dubai is nine hours ahead and the ceremony is at 7:00 pm, so by 10:00 New York time the awards ceremony will be starting.

Hope you all have a fantabulous Monday!

Best,

-Scott

Huge devastation in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam hits. Please help them if you can

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The island nation of Vanuatu is a very special place and one that became special to myself and the rest of “The Wonder List” team when we filmed there in November for our premiere episode of the new series.

It’s been almost two weeks since that episode went out and for most people it was the first time they had heard of the country and seen how magical it is.  Vanuatu is full of some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. Now it is in the news for the wrong reason as I am sure many of you know.

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This is a very poor nation with little infrastructure in most of the islands, most don’t even have proper roads let alone hospitals. The cyclone has reported flattened whole villages. There are confirmed deaths in the capital of Port Villa but there is no word from the other islands which is not surprising given the strength of this storm and the very poor communications on the islands. Very few people have phones so it’s going to be days before we find out the true devastation this cyclone has done to Vanuatu.

They need our help for the immediate relief and most likely for long term aid, as it’s going to take a long time for these people to recover from this. If you can spare anything to help please consider donating to one of the many organisations who have mounted campaigns for help. You can see a list of them and updates on the situation there on the CNN

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Tim Matsui Says Winning Contests Isn’t Everything | I Love Photography Ep. 49

Tim Matsui won first place honors in POYi and World Press Photo, but his real goal is to effect change through his documentary project covering domestic minor sex trafficking. Tim is using a variety of techniques (e.g. social media, community outreach, pounding the pavement) to reach a broader audience and make sure the project outcome isn’t just a coffee table book. Plus, Feature Shoot interviews Martin Schoeller, and Andrew Scrivani sure is skinny for a guy who shoots food for a living.

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Our weekly look at all things photographic with PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi.

1:19 An interview with Tim Matsui who creates social change through documentary journalism
18:41 Disqualified World Press Photo Winner Giovanni Troilo gets exhibitions
20:22 Getty Images CEO Jonathan Klein steps down; John Harrington reports on Getty turmoil
21:59 Justin & Mary share branding secrets, and we give away a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens!
23:01 Martin Schoeller says, “Go assist!”
24:32 The New York Times on Instagram
25:30 Texas Representative introduces bill to restrict the right to photograph police
26:37 Nicholas Williams attaches a camera to his face
28:17 Ricoh returned 90,000 photos to tsunami victims
29:34 Andrew Scrivani’s delicious food porn

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VIDEO: Getty Images Losing Ground in Mid-Stock Business as CEO Steps Down

With the news of Getty CEO Jonathan Klein stepping down to take on the role of Chairman (as reported here) Klein will have little to celebrate as the storied company itself celebrates 20 years in business this week.
Neither do the photographers whose work is in the Getty Images archives, and who see this announcement - where Klein is Chairman without CEO authority, effectively not much to do - as a last ditch effort to survive, so they are not celebrating either.
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VIDEO: Getty Images Losing Ground in Mid-Stock Business as CEO Steps Down

With the news of Getty CEO Jonathan Klein stepping down to take on the role of Chairman (as reported here) Klein will have little to celebrate as the storied company itself celebrates 20 years in business this week.
Neither do the photographers whose work is in the Getty Images archives, and who see this announcement - where Klein is Chairman without CEO authority, effectively not much to do - as a last ditch effort to survive, so they are not celebrating either.
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Please post your comments by clicking the link below. If you've got questions, please pose them in our Photo Business Forum Flickr Group Discussion Threads.