Heck yes! I’m pretty dang pumped about this post. Ever since the middle of high school, I’ve been immensely interested in “the process.” You know, that middle bit between point A and point B that nobody but the artist ever sees. I’ve always loved peeking behind the scenes to see where something started and what kind of work and thought went into creating the finished product. I know I’m not the only one because a lot of you have asked to see before/after’s of certain shots on my…
By associate editor Elliot Smith: Worth a look if you’re in the market for a video transmitter: Teradek are marking CineGear by offering 20% off their Bolt, Beam and Cube systems. The discounts are online-only and are available direct from the Teradek site here. Here’s a copy of the offer flyer for that authentic CineGear show floor feeling:
Every wedding photographer has their very own tricks to get their calendar fully booked each year. Websites and social networks have of course become a staple for every solid business nowadays. But sometimes we forget that brides and grooms are not connected 24 hours a day and that they might meet other vendors before coming to us. This might be the oldest trick existing to get booked, but referrals from other vendors are a strong way of getting more business.
By associate editor Elliot Smith, video by Adam Plowden: SLR Magic are at Cinegear this year with their new Rangefinder product. This attaches to any standard lens, giving it a cine-style anamorphic field of view and an easily controllable focus throw. Panasonic are showing the product in conjunction with the new anamorphic mode on their […]
We see the work of our talented readers every day when they post their images to our galleries, forums and challenges. Lately we’ve been showing off some of our favorite reader portfolios in a weekly showcase. If you’d like your photos to be considered for a future Readers’ Showcase, just drop us a line. Read more
Colour correction is one of the most important aspects of compositing and visual fx. This quick tip will show you the best way to begin colour correcting different layers in a composition – just by pointing your mouse.
When you love to take pictures, you want to share them with the world, and sometimes Instagram or sharing on Facebook just doesn’t feel individual enough. Having an online portfolio of your pictures on your own website can be a great way to add a personal touch to how you display your gallery of favorite shots, and can be something you can easily share links to with your friends and family, as well as allowing other people to discover your photos on the web.
If you are a professional photographer, or are just starting up as one, then an online portfolio is even more important, because it is how you will win business. In this case, it is vital that your images are displayed at their best, and look beautiful whether they are viewed on a computer or on a mobile device.
By technical editor Matt Allard: Australian company Achtel Pty Ltd have launched TrueBlue, a sophisticated optical filter that is said to significantly improves separation of blue colours from unintended red contamination when using the RED Epic and Dragon cameras. The RED cameras have always been known to have a slight magenta look to the images, […]
Earlier this week, Nikon and Joe McNally announced something called the Nikon Wedding Truck. As part of the new #iamgenerationimage campaign they brought a truck into New York City and parked it in front of City Hall. Any couple who brought their certificate of marriage dated between June 1st-5th 2015 received free portraits from Joe.
In any given week, the average US child will watch more than a day’s worth of TV. This subject is the focus of a new photo series by photographer Donna Stevens called Idiot Box. It’s a set of portraits showing blank expressions on kids faces as they watch television in a dimly-lit room.
“TV is just one of the ever present Black Mirrors through which we negotiate our lives today,” the Australian photographer tells PetaPixel. “Idiot Box hopes to explore the darker side of our love for technology.”
“Should we exhibit more caution about the role of technology in our children’s lives? Is our techno-paranoia warranted? No matter what gadgetry we may possess and blame for our undoing, do our problems still just remain human?”
Regardless of what the answers are, it’s clear that these kids are completely lost in a different world while their portraits are being
Earlier this week, Stillmotion launched the pilot program for MUSE, their most ambitious and potentially game-changing project to date.
To recap everything that was in our first article, MUSE is a combination of an interactive online course and a physical toolset that is designed to empower filmmakers to tell more engaging, powerful stories. Even though the MUSE pilot program, which closes on Monday at 10am PST, was met with skepticism by many readers of this site, our good friends at Stillmotion wanted to give our audience an exclusive look at some of the actual content included in the course. They’re insanely proud of what they’ve built, and they’re confident that this material can help all types of filmmakers, not just folks working in the non-fiction realm of documentary and corporate, to tell more intentional stories that move audiences.
Any Sony A7s owner knows there are a few things this camera needs to get the best possible quality out of it. If you want 4K footage, you simply can’t record to internal media, so you’ll be adapting a recorder like the Atomos Shogun. The battery life is also terrible, so a decent external power option might be the IndiProtools Power Pods (found here).
With these accessories, you’ll need a solid way to mount it to the Sony A7s. There’s a number of rigs i’ve shown in the past, and this is just another great option to consider for your A7s. The CAME-TV Sony A7s Cage is available in a variety of bundles if you need extra items such as a Mattebox, Shoulder Pad, Handles, etc.
An Oslo musician and photographer has created a photo stitched together using 400 images, showing an entire orchestra with every instrument played by the same person. Violinist Alexander Light created the 200MP picture by shooting percussionist Heming ValebjØrg in every seat on a stage while he played the appropriate instrument for that position. Read more
Angry (and possibly drunk) neighbors aren’t the only ones attacking camera drones these days. Yesterday, a man named John Thompson took his drone to a structure fire in New York to capture some aerial shots of the fire company battling the blaze.
12-minutes into the flight, the firefighters on the ground suddenly began trying to shoot the drone out of the sky with water from their high-pressured fire hoses.
Here’s what the incident was like from the drone’s point of view:
“This is real misconduct on their part and very unprofessional,” Thompson writes on his Facebook page. “My second take off the camera did not record so it look’s like they destroyed a $2,200 drone.”
“Thanks guys for the nice job you’re doing for the community […] The news was there filming, why not me?”
Thompson also tells the fire department to be ready for the bill he
ARRI made a big splash a few months back by announcing the ARRI ALEXA Mini, a scaled-down version of their larger camera with the same image quality but the addition of internal 4K (and of course plenty more). We talked with Michael Jonas at NAB, who served as the product manager for the Mini:
Here are just some of the basic specs of the camera:
Camera drones are all the rage today, but what if you want to take your camera down into water instead of up into the air? That’s where the Seawolf comes in.
Created by the company TTRobotix, the Seawolf is a remote control submarine that’s designed to carry a small camera for underwater photos and videos.
The 7.7 kilogram (~17 pound), 70cm long sub can dive down to a depth of 8 meters and features a mounting point on the front that can fit a GoPro HERO3 or HERO4 action camera. The 5-blade brass propellers allow the sub to travel at up to 3.5kph (~2.2mph), and the built-in battery can power the vessel for up to 50 minutes on a charge.
The Seawolf will be launching to the public in August 2015 and will come in salt and fresh water versions for $999. Check out the product
The sixth Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now accepting entries. This is an annual contest open to wildlife photographers residing in the UK, with a top prize that includes an eight day photography trip in Estonia via Wildlife Worldwide (valued at £1,795/$2,740). Read more
Nikon has released firmware 1.04 for the D3200. This update addresses an issue with the camera’s memory card slot, causing the access lamp to light for too long or the camera to give an error while accessing the memory card. Read more
Here’s a look at the optical quality of the Yongnuo 35mm f/2 for Canon EF. There’s only so much that can be tested at home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home.
It’s not super scientific, but it does give some further input on the lens and what you might expect. And all tests were done as compared to the Canon 35mm f/2 lens — each shot was taken on a sturdy tripod, and all settings were kept the same, with the lenses switched out for each shot.
Sharpness (center, corner, edge)
Flare (not a great test, I admit, but its something to consider)
Bokeh (spoiler: the Yongnuo wins)
All tests done with a Canon T5 to match the budget target audience of this