Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue?

Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue? In April, Sony shocked the photography community by announcing the rumored Sony a9 to the world. The camera attacked all the critics by improving on most of the aspects that many believed to be holding Sony back from being a true “professional” camera. Dual SD card slots, 20 frames per second burst with autofocus, and improved battery life all made it seem that the a9 would be the camera to battle the Canon 1DX and Nikon D5 for the top sports camera in the industry. While on paper this camera seemed to be perfect but recent events have come to Continue reading "Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue?"

Quick Workflow Tip for Mac Users

Quick Workflow Tip for Mac Users Today's quick tip is in regard to efficiency. Anyone who has ever talked to me knows that I am 100 percent a Mac user. I feel they are by far the best for photographers. Before getting into a Mac versus Windows argument, it is not so much in regard to the hardware as it is the operating system and the level of efficiency that a Linux-type operating system allows. [ Read More ]

Documentary Film Explains Why Apple Killed FCP7 – But Will It Be Anything More Than a Promo for Final Cut X?

Documentary Film Explains Why Apple Killed FCP7 - But Will It Be Anything More Than a Promo for Final Cut X? There’s an interesting documentary in the works if you’re a video editor. With an obvious pun for the title, "Off the Tracks" interviews professional editors, trainers, and application developers to dig into why Apple made such a shift, when their existing app suite was already successful. I’ll provide some background, but also some editorial commentary below, as I feel like this documentary has potential to either be very interesting or completely pointless. [ Read More ]

Ep. 180: What You Need To Know About 500px – and more

Episode 180 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F

Beautiful flowers in golden sunlight along the southern California coast
I had to leave all my musical instruments in Cincinnati when I first moved to Seattle three years ago. Recently, I found the time to road trip back and collect them. Seattle is about as far removed from the rest of the United States as a major US city can be, while still being part of the 'lower 48'. This means that if you're headed a great distance East, there are a number of ways you can go. And when you work at DPReview, there are also a number of cameras
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Watch: David Fincher is a Secret Mastermind of Visual Effects

A new video essay looks at some of the incredible (and usually invisible) VFX work in David Fincher's films. David Fincher may not be widely regarded as a visual effects director, but the fact is, he got his start at ILM in the early '80s working on Return of the Jedi. Also, The Social Network has more VFX shots than Godzilla (the one from the '90s, with P. Diddy and Jimmy Page). In a new video essay, Kristian Williams shows how David Fincher puts his visual effects to work in the Continue reading "Watch: David Fincher is a Secret Mastermind of Visual Effects"

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: ‘Treasured Lands’

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: 'Treasured Lands' In 2002, QT Luong became the first person to photograph all U.S. National Parks with a large-format camera. His experience in traveling these beautiful, natural lands is simply inspiring. He was even a featured artist in the epic Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” With all his knowledge and stories gained from decades of creating stunning imagery across the United States, I feel fortunate that Luong authored his photography book, “Treasured Lands.” [ Read More ]

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: ‘Treasured Lands’

The Must-Have U.S. National Park Travel Guide for Photographers: 'Treasured Lands' In 2002, QT Luong became the first person to photograph all U.S. National Parks with a large-format camera. His experience in traveling these beautiful, natural lands is simply inspiring. He was even a featured artist in the epic Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” With all his knowledge and stories gained from decades of creating stunning imagery across the United States, I feel fortunate that Luong authored his photography book, “Treasured Lands.” [ Read More ]

‘Loveless’: Andrey Zvyagintsev Reveals How the Anguish of Russia is in All of Us

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev's 'Loveless' is a bleak window into a vapid society devoid of empathy and meaning. In 2014, Andrey Zvyagintsev made the definitive contemporary Russian film. At once, the ambitious and harrowing Leviathan is a Biblical tragedy, a classic Russian novel (in the vein of Dostoevsky), and a searing indictment of Russia's current political situation. In the film, a poor man from a remote fishing village engages in an uphill battle against eminent domain; in the end, he loses much more than his property to the state. Needless to Continue reading "‘Loveless’: Andrey Zvyagintsev Reveals How the Anguish of Russia is in All of Us"

AOTC with editor of the documentary “KEDI”

Mo Stoebe currently works as freelance editor of both documentaries and narrative films in Los Angeles. He got his start in the industry as motion designer and animator for commercials and music videos, but his love for film eventually brought him to editing long-form content. He’s completed five documentaries and a feature and loves learning something new about the art of editing every day. Art of the Cut discusses one of his latest project, the documentary Kedi which has received praise form many fronts. It is currently available on Netflix. HULLFISH: While there are English subtitles, the language spoken in
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Hail Veydra

Background
When Sony launched their consumer e-mount line of mirrorless DSLRs a few years back, it opened up a wide variety of lens options. The short mount flange distance allows enough space so that it can be adapted to a wide variety of other lens mounts. They have continued to expand this system for affordable video cameras, first with the FS100 and FS700 cameras, and now in the Sony FS7 and FS5 camera lines. Shooters invested with Canon EF lenses seem to love this system, as affordable adapters from companies like Metabones and MTF make it very easy to use
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Squeeze Your Quasars With This One Cool Trick

Lighting dimmers. Everyone needs a few in their kit. You can buy ’em pre-made and robust, or you can DIY them if you are handy. There are even mini in-line dimmers for use in practical fixtures (no cord!). But my favorite solution by far is the lowly Harbor Freight Router Speed Control. At just $20 from your local cheap tool supply, this thing is a no-brainer. For starters, it’s got an on/off switch. This is very handy for lights that have no power switch, like the incredible Source Four leko, or those fancy new Quasar Science LED
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Here’s How to Make Your Gun Blast Effects Look More Realistic

Find out how to make a gunshot blast effect that looks so real it hurts. If you've got a project you're working on that includes some gunfire, one of your biggest obstacles is making sure that those gunshots look believable. If using squibs and blanks isn't really an option for you, you can always try to sell the effect in post, but you'll want to know a few techniques before you start dropping a bunch of smoke, spark, and blood spatter elements into your timeline. Axel from HitFilm provides a bunch Continue reading "Here’s How to Make Your Gun Blast Effects Look More Realistic"

Open Mike: Week 600, Coming Right Up

TOP will be off on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. I've been trying to change up my life a bit to combat the danger of burnout, and part of that effort has been taking weekends and holidays off. At first I didn't do very well at this—I would work anyway—but I'm getting better. We'll return on Tuesday with our next photo book sale, offering a really great Paul Strand title for almost half off and a matched set of books by Lee Friedlander at an even deeper discount, in cooperation with Yale University Press. After that, Jim Hughes has
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This Basketball Demo Shows the Sony a9’s Blazing Fast Autofocus

Sony is touting its new a9 camera as a sports camera with blazing fast autofocus and shooting speeds. If you weren’t impressed with the camera tracking a pole vaulter at 20fps, check out the demo in the video above: the camera accurately keeps its focus locked on a basketball being tossed back and forth near it. The video is by the Mandarin-speaking camera review channel NTimage. At 5:13, the hosts test the a9 by having it track two basketball players tossing a ball near the camera.
Despite the relatively small ball moving pretty quickly across the frame at an
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Blockai Rebrands as Binded, Raises $950K More for Copyright Platform

A new copyright protection service called Binded just launched this week. It’s actually a rebrand of the company formerly known as Blockai, and the purpose remains the same: using the Bitcoin blockchain to protect photographers’ copyrights. Originally launched back in July 2016, Blockai touted itself as a copyright platform that would use blockchain technology to simplify copyright claiming and protection. With this latest rebrand to Binded, the company is moving away from trying to sell the technology behind the service through its name and instead focusing on making it clear that its service helps photographers “bind” their name and
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Photographing the ‘Great Migration’ in Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the best places in the world to see nature and wildlife as it has been for thousands of years. The 947,303 square kilometer country holds some of the most famous national parks and nature reserves in the world with diverse landscapes and dense population of wildlife like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater. One of the most famous nature phenomenon Tanzania is known for is “The Great Migration,” a huge annual movement of approximately 1.5 million wildebeest, accompanied by several hundreds of thousands of zebras and other antelopes, the largest overland migration in the world with
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