6 Reasons You Might Want to Start Using Stock Footage in Your Films


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If you’re looking to save time and money on your production, using stock footage is a tool you might want to add to your toolbox.


I know, stock footage gets kind of a bum rap in the filmmaking community. The shots don’t come from the limitless depths of the original filmmaker’s inventive mind (camera, also), but from a list on a website, so some might think they’re less — I don’t know — original. However, it’s important for us, as indie filmmakers, to find ways to make use of what’s around us that is both inexpensive and time-saving. Here are a few creative and practical reasons that might sell all of you who are trepidatious about utilizing stock footage in your projects.

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A Time-Lapse of the Calbuco Volcano Eruption in Chile


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Yesterday, the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted for the first time in over 42 years, sending an enormous ash cloud 7 miles into the air and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes in a 12 mile radius. A man named Rodrigo Barrera was on the scene with his camera, and he managed to capture the above time-lapse video showing both the beauty and terror of the eruption. Flashes of lightning can be seen in the 22-second clip.

Apple patent hints at super resolution camera mode


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Olympus and Pentax have introduced cameras with sensor-shift-driven resolution modes designed to maximize the amount of information collected by their sensors. Apple has also patented a similar system, using an optical image stabilization system to create and combine multiple exposures into a higher resolution image. Read more

Canon Acquires Lifecake, A Startup Building a Photo Sharing App for Parents


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Canon Europe has acquired a London-based startup company called Lifecake, which builds a photo-sharing app that’s marketed toward parents of young kids. The service, which launched back in 2013, claims to offer “time travel for parents.”

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The app consolidates a parent’s photos of their kids from various sources into one easy to browse timeline. Scrolling through the stream of photos lets you experience the child’s growth progress in a simple and enjoyable way.

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TechCrunch reports that terms of this deal have not been disclosed, but it seems that Canon has acquired the entire startup, both the team and the technology. The service currently has 350,000 register users of the iOS and Android app.

Canon is reportedly trying to become more involved in photo services in addition to equipment, service customers across different devices and platforms.

An Incredibly Rare Photo of a Quadruple Rainbow


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New Yorker Amanda Curtis was waiting for a train in Long Island, New York, this past Tuesday when she spotted something incredibly rare: a quadruple rainbow in the sky. She quickly snapped and shared a photo of it online, where it became one of the most talked about images over the past couple of days.

While many people have responded with amazement at the photo, others are skeptical, offering different explanations as to what Curtis actually captured. Some say she faked the shot entirely, while others claim she must have captured it through a window or some other place where there were artificial reflections.

Curtis says the shot is 100% real and was taken in open air, and experts believe her. Meteorologist Paul Neiman of NOAA’s Earth System Research Observatory writes that the photo “is an outstanding example of a primary and secondary rainbow (relatively common) occurring together with

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Webinar: Boost your SEO – 8 Tips To Get You Started


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We get it: Search Engine Optimization can seem complicated, and you probably want to throw in the towel on the whole thing if you’ve tried time and again to start showing up on the first page of Google search results. Fortunately, for those who feel a little lost we’ve broken down easy tips and tricks you can do to build your SEO in our recent guide, SEO for Photographers, and we’re hosting a live webinar with tips from it next week, April 29th at 2pm ET. In this live Google Hangout, Allen Murabayashi will be showing examples of photographer websites with good SEO practice, the inner workings of Google Analytics, how to create a free Google Business listing and more.

In this hour Allen will cover:

The Way I See It: A Day in the Life of 13 Photographers


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It’s reported that over 208,000 photos are uploaded to Facebook EVERY MINUTE. “That’s so Tumblr” is an actual phrase used to identify images that would get noticed and go viral.

This week Hipstamatic launched a new camera app called DSPO, pronounced ‘Dis-po’. One of the things I love about this app is its ability to use photography to bridge the gap between distance.

The idea behind it is simple. It’s a digital disposable camera which you share with friends. You set a time limit and the catch is that no one gets to see the photos that each other takes until the time is up. You get notifications that there are images being made, so its motivation, but you have no idea what they look like.

I thought a fun way to try it out would be to invite a few of my favorite photo friends to join me

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Sony updates 24-70 and 16-35mm A-mount Zeiss lenses with improved AF and image quality


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As promised last November, Sony has announced two new full-frame A-mount lenses. Compared to their 2008-vintage predecessors the Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II feature improved image quality, less ghosting and flare, and a four-fold improvement in subject tracking speed, according to Sony. Another addition are seals that should make these lenses dust and water resistant. More details

The Pentax K-3 II: Pixel Shifting, GPS, Compass, and Star Tracking


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Pentax today announced its new K-3 II DSLR, the successor to the K-3 of 2013. The camera packs a number of new features, including pixel shifting, GPS, and star tracking.

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The K-3 II is the first Pentax camera to feature Pixel Shift Resolution, which uses the shake reduction mechanism to capture four photos in quick succession with 1 pixel offsets using its 24.35MP APS-C CMOS sensor. The images are then combined into a single high definition image.

However, unlike the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which uses sensor shifting to create 40MP images with a 16MP sensor, the K-3 II’s pixel shifting creates higher quality images without increasing resolution. The high definition image that pops out is still 24.35 megapixels — it just has more resolution, reduced false color, and “improved overall quality” for non-moving subjects.

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NAB 2015: 3D Robotics Solo smart drone is designed to work in harmony with GoPro


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By technical editor Matt Allard: Newsshooter at NAB 2015: 3D Robotics – Solo from Dan Chung on Vimeo. 3D Robotics were showing their new Solo Smart Drone at NAB. The Solo is an all-in-one personal drone designed with ease of use in mind. There is a computer-assisted Smart Shot flight feature which they claim allows […]

Andrew Hetherington Interview


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Jonathan Blaustein: You’re from Ireland. Is that right?

Andrew Hetherington: Correct. Yes.

JB: How far does a good accent take you?

AH: Good question. It certainly helped get my foot in the door and I have certainly laid it on thick at times to break the ice. Then sprinkle some irony, sarcasm and charm on top for the full Irish effect.

One has to use what one has. You know?

JB: Don’t hate the playa, hate the game. Right?

AH: We wouldn’t say that in Ireland. But…I guess, yeah.

JB: (laughing) There’s the sarcasm. I guess. Whatever.

AH: Let’s face it. It is partly a game, and how you choose to play it. I think you’ve got to use all the tools in the arsenal. Do you need to take good photographs? Absolutely, but what else sets you apart from the pack?

I recently photographed Conor McGregor the mixed martial arts fighter aka The Notorious AKA from Dublin here in New York for Esquire magazine. We hadn’t met before but he knew where I was from as soon as I spoke my first word. I said off the bat that I was a shite photographer and the only reason I was on the shoot was that I was Irish. Ice broken.

Doesn’t matter to me whether I am photographing a celebrity, a person in the street or a slice of bread I try to be as genuine and sincere as possible.

JB: You could not have set me up more perfectly for the next question. You used the word arsenal, I’m curious as to whether you’d agree that Arsenal Football Club are likely to beat the pants off of Liverpool this upcoming Saturday?

AH: I have a funny feeling they will, yes. They are the form team and we

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Hollywood Screenwriters Answer Burning Questions from the Rest of Us


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Maybe the one rule in screenwriting is there are no rules.


Okay, perhaps that’s not exactly true, but sometimes what might seem like a fundamental approach to writing a screenplay is actually only how one particular screenwriter approaches the process. Certainly, screenplays follow a particular format and often share an underlying story structure (not always though), but each script should have its own nuances and style because of a writer’s unique voice. Otherwise, screenplays would be spectacularly boring to read because they would all look and sound the same.



So, thanks to BAFTA Guru’s “Ask the Screenwriters” series, we get three different opinions on how to approach screenwriting from Emma Thompson, Steven Knight and James Schamus as they answer questions from us, the masses, in the videos below.





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Kipon announce Canon EF to M4/3 lens adapter with full auto-focus and IS capabilities


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By technical editor Matt Allard: Chinese lens adapter maker Kipon has announced a world first; a high speed auto-focus adapter that allows you to use Canon EF full-frame and EF-S APS-C lenses on a M4/3 camera mount. The adapter is equipped with electronic contacts and a built-in circuit board that includes a chip. As well […]

Video clip: extract from “The Cigar Connoisseur” my…


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Video clip: extract from “The Cigar Connoisseur” my new mini doc shot with the A7s. Found location/ subject and shot all within 2 hours during @bhphoto doco workshop I held this week in NYC. See the full doco and kit list at Vimeo.com/philipbloom/cigar

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!


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It’s finally here! We here at KelbyOne are excited to announce Adobe’s newest release of the pre-eminent photographic organization and editing program – Lightroom CC. Our Lightroom CC Learning Center is designed to get you up to speed on all of the features of Lightroom CC as quickly as possible. There are 21 videos in all from Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, Pete Collins, and Mia McCormick – covering everything from major features that were added to detailed changes that have been made to modules that you need to know. Plus you can watch the Lightroom Launch Day webcasts with Scott and RC if you missed those!

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