Filmmaker Friday Featuring Filmmaker James King

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a filmmaker. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a filmmaker. This week, we had the opportunity to speak to filmmaker James King about his work. This is what he said:   What is your role on set? James King: I’m a Cinematographer. Why did you choose this field? James King: I’m a problem solver. What inspires you? James King: People. Nature. Work… The opportunity to take part in or learn something different. I love staying outside my comfort zone.
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Watch: These BTS Videos Will Get You Even More Stoked to See ‘Black Panther’

Get some insights into how Ryan Coogler’s superhero epic was made. [SPOILER ALERT: Though this post does not contain major plot points, you may want to wait until after seeing the film to avoid any sneak peeks of sets or scenes.] It's finally here: opening weekend of co-writer/director Ryan Coogler's hotly anticipated blockbuster Black Panther. The film is so anticipated, in fact, that it has broken the ticket presale record for all superhero movies, beating the previous one set by Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. In the movie, Chadwick Continue reading "Watch: These BTS Videos Will Get You Even More Stoked to See ‘Black Panther’"

Microsoft adds ‘Ultimate Performance’ mode to latest Windows 10 Pro build

Microsoft has introduced a new "Ultimate Performance" power scheme in its latest Windows 10 preview build. The new mode will be available to Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, a high-end version of Windows 10 that Microsoft introduced back in August. The company explains that Ultimate Performance is a way to "provide the absolute maximum performance" on these workstations for users who need as much power as possible. Ultimate Performance mode builds upon the existing High-Performance option, working to eliminate micro-latencies, says Microsoft, that are "associated with fine grained power management techniques." Ultimately, the new mode is designed for reducing
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Zeiss Adds Loxia 25mm Wide-Angle for Sony E-mount Cameras

The Loxia f/2.4 25mm compact wide-angle lens is the fifth in the series. The Zeiss Loxia lenses are designed for mirrorless cameras in the Sony Alpha series and feature full frame coverage in a small footprint. The Loxia f/2.4 25mm is the latest addition, making it the fifth alongside 21, 35, 50 and 85mm focal lengths. Because of its E-mount, Sony FS7/FS5 users can benefit from its optical quality or any sensor up to the 35mm format (36 x 24mm). The optics (10 lens Continue reading "Zeiss Adds Loxia 25mm Wide-Angle for Sony E-mount Cameras"

Judge rules that embedding a photo tweet is still copyright infringement

In a court case that could fundamentally change what constitutes copyright infringement online, a New York district judge has ruled that embedding a tweet that contains a copyright protected photo does, in fact, constitute a copyright violation. If the ruling is upheld, its impact across the internet is hard to understate. The case involves a photographer, Justin Goldman, who sued several major publications including Time, Vox, Breitbart, and others, when they embedded someone else's tweet of his copyright-protected photo of NFL star Tom Brady. Judge Katherine B. Forrest is ruling in favor of Goldman, writing:

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This Week in Photography Books: Nina Berman

  I’m not feeling very creative at the moment. The sky is gray out my window, and the dreary light is making me lazy. In a perfect world, I’d get back in bed, pull the covers around me tight, and take a big fat nap. But we don’t live in a perfect world. I bitch and complain as much as the next guy, but in general, I’m aware of how good I have it. While life can turn on any given day, I’m healthy, have a beautiful family, and live in a wonderful place. If I feel hunger, I go to the refrigerator and make myself some food. So in the grand scheme of things, I have little to complain about. Living with comfort and security is the root of the American Dream. Without question, we take it for granted. It’s hard not to, as the micro-stresses of daily life add up, and in the aggregate make it difficult to maintain perspective. As artists, we have a built-in stress relief mechanism, as long as we have the energy to use it. I’ve written many times that I taught abused teenagers for 10 years, and was able to see firsthand how creative outlets allowed them to channel the powerful emotions they have, in response to their tragic circumstances. Art is its own form of therapy. I knew my students had undergone horrific situations. As I wasn’t their therapist, I never asked for details. (It didn’t seem appropriate.) My wife, who is a therapist, and works with the same population, has heard frightening stories that would make most people reach for a bottle of whiskey. Or a big fat joint. She doesn’t tell me the details, because she’s not allowed. (It’s all confidential.) So she keeps it inside, and sometimes
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This Week in Photography Books: Nina Berman

  I’m not feeling very creative at the moment. The sky is gray out my window, and the dreary light is making me lazy. In a perfect world, I’d get back in bed, pull the covers around me tight, and take a big fat nap. But we don’t live in a perfect world. I bitch and complain as much as the next guy, but in general, I’m aware of how good I have it. While life can turn on any given day, I’m healthy, have a beautiful family, and live in a wonderful place. If I feel hunger, I go to the refrigerator and make myself some food. So in the grand scheme of things, I have little to complain about. Living with comfort and security is the root of the American Dream. Without question, we take it for granted. It’s hard not to, as the micro-stresses of daily life add up, and in the aggregate make it difficult to maintain perspective. As artists, we have a built-in stress relief mechanism, as long as we have the energy to use it. I’ve written many times that I taught abused teenagers for 10 years, and was able to see firsthand how creative outlets allowed them to channel the powerful emotions they have, in response to their tragic circumstances. Art is its own form of therapy. I knew my students had undergone horrific situations. As I wasn’t their therapist, I never asked for details. (It didn’t seem appropriate.) My wife, who is a therapist, and works with the same population, has heard frightening stories that would make most people reach for a bottle of whiskey. Or a big fat joint. She doesn’t tell me the details, because she’s not allowed. (It’s all confidential.) So she keeps it inside, and sometimes
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5 Tips For Shooting Your Project On A Prayer

Unsure of how to get your no-budget project off the ground? Look at the resources around you. Eureka, you’ve got it! After months of jogging that idea around in your head, tossing it against the walls of your brain, you've finally settled on something that feels right. Be it a character, a plot point, or a fully fleshed out storyline, you find yourself ready to create something. The realization then hits: the more you look into the idea, the harder it becomes to fathom getting it done. You have to factor Continue reading "5 Tips For Shooting Your Project On A Prayer"

Field Test: Ronin 2 is a High-End Gimbal That is Surprisingly Easy to Use

DJI is back with a major revision to its popular Ronin gimbal with the heavily upgraded—and more expensive—Ronin 2. DJI is a world crusher in drones, but the company has long felt like the "second brand" of gimbals, with FreeFly systems and its MoVi being at the top of the pecking order. While the Ronin has the biggest rental base on indie platforms like ShareGrid, MoVi has the biggest penetration into high-end production. With the Ronin 2, announced last April and shipping as of a few weeks ago, DJI is clearly pushing hard to get Continue reading "Field Test: Ronin 2 is a High-End Gimbal That is Surprisingly Easy to Use"

Microsoft Photos Companion app offers easy photo transfer from smartphones to PC

Microsoft has launched a new app to facilitate easy photo transfer from mobile devices to a Windows 10 PC, without using the cloud. Photos Companion is available for iOS and Android and deposits your mobile images in the Windows Photos app on the desktop or laptop PC using just a WiFi network. To get started, you have to scan a QR code in the Windows Photos desktop app to pair smartphone and computer. Both devices have to be connected to the same WiFi network, which in turn allows you to send individual images or entire batches across very quickly. It
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8ball, a “holographic” audio experience for cinematic VR

HEAR360’s 8ball is a patented omni-binaural microphone and software suite, designed to offer true spatial audio that immediately immerses listeners, creating the illusion they’re actually there. According to HEAR360, up until now, VR creators had to record immersive audio with microphones that were separate from software workflows, creating overcomplicated post-production processes, and often discouraging creators from fully leveraging immersive audio in their productions. ProVideo Coalition mentioned, back in November 2016, that HEAR360 had opened its Beta Program, inviting cinematic VR filmmakers to try the power of spatial audio offered by the 8ball omni-binaural microphone. The promise, then, was simple,
8ball, a “holographic” audio experience for cinematic VR
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Fujifilm X-H1: What you need to know

Introduction

The Fujifilm X-H1 arrived in the last few hours of February 14th, at least out here on the West Coast in the US, making it a Valentine's gift that came in just under the wire for the Fujifilm faithful. It's deserving of a big red bow with a range-topping APS-C 24MP X-Trans sensor, sitting above the X-T2. It builds on many of the X-T2's features by adding in-body image stabilization, a touchscreen and enhanced video options. Here's a detailed look at everything that's new and improved.

Image Quality

Given the camera's pedigree and the initial results we've seen, the
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Enlightening Photography: An Interview with Joey Terrill

Nikon Ambassador and lighting master Joey Terrill carved his own path as a freelance commercial photographer early on in his career. After a portrait assignment, Terrill became fascinated by the creative possibilities with strobe portraiture and has subsequently put his mark on the world of photography with his eye catching photography. But equally important as… The post Enlightening Photography: An Interview with Joey Terrill appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Why I Don’t Like to Shoot Weddings Alone

Why I Don't Like to Shoot Weddings Alone There's much to be said about enriching the photography industry through positive and honest collaborations between professionals, but one thing I think we don't talk about enough is the benefits of shooting weddings with a trusted second shooter and how it can benefit your business and even your wellbeing. [ Read More ]

Day 16 #28daysofQuickTips 2018 – 3 reader Adobe Premiere Pro QuickTips

Today we have three reader QuickTips for Adobe Premiere Pro that take us from the relatively new Library panel to the Effects panel to the Modify menu. Thanks to the PPro-using readers for sending in these tips! And here we go

Working with assests in the Library panel from Patrick Boyd

Adobe Premiere Pro Library rename Did you know that you can copy, move, and rename assets in your Adobe Libraries? Adobe Premiere Pro Library copy to
Just right click on one or multiple assets and the three functions can be seen.
Adobe Premiere Pro Find Similar
Editor’s Note: I don’t use Adobe Libraries very often but I know a few editors working in
Adobe Premiere Pro modify audio channels
Adobe Premiere Pro modify window
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Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200

Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (TZ200)

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is a powerful, pocketable travel zoom compact camera, with an impressively long lens. We've had our hands on one – click through for a closer look.

20MP 1"-type sensor

The ZS200 is built around the same 1" 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor as its predecessor the ZS100, which immediately makes it a cut above traditional superzooms that sacrificed (among other thing) sensor size for lens reach.

15X optical zoom lens

The ZS200 scores over its predecessor in a few ways, but the most obvious upgrade is to the lens. While the ZS100's
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Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 / TZ200

Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 (TZ200)

The Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 is a powerful, pocketable travel zoom compact camera, with an impressively long lens. We've had our hands on one – click through for a closer look.

20MP 1"-type sensor

The ZS200 is built around the same 1" 20MP BSI-CMOS sensor as its predecessor the ZS100, which immediately makes it a cut above traditional superzooms that sacrificed (among other thing) sensor size for lens reach.

15X optical zoom lens

The ZS200 scores over its predecessor in a few ways, but the most obvious upgrade is to the lens. While the ZS100's
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Ep. 255: OK, so I Think Lightroom May Be Faster…Maybe – and more

Episode 255 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Photographer and digital artist, Renee Robyn

In This Episode

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Show Opener:
Photographer and digital artist, Renee Robyn opens the show. Thanks Renee!

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