HTC unveils the U12+: Brings back the dual-camera and adds 4K 60p video

With the release of the HTC One M8 in 2014, HTC was a true dual-camera pioneer; unfortunately, that phone was also slightly ahead of its time. The One M8's camera only had a lukewarm reception, and overall the device did not prove to be particularly popular. As a consequence, HTC dropped the dual-camera concept after the M8... until now. HTC has finally rejoined the ranks of dual-camera proponents with the launch of the brand new HTC U12+. Building on the camera performance of last year's U11+, the new model appears to have a lot to offer mobile photographers. The Continue reading "HTC unveils the U12+: Brings back the dual-camera and adds 4K 60p video"

You can now favorite images in Google Photos

Google Photos is the default online image management platform for many mobile and desktop users, but until now, it's been lacking one pretty basic feature that is available in most comparable applications: the ability to favorite photos. Today Google closed this glaring gap in the Photos feature set, announcing via Twitter that it is rolling out a feature that allows users to tap a star in the upper right corner of any photo in their library. This automatically adds the image to the new Favorites album, making it easier to manage your most cherished images.

Designing a Big Life /w Kevin Rose, Kelly Wearstler, and Tan France

This week, I feel lucky enough to bring you not one, not two, but three masters of inspiration into the hot seat. Join me in this LIVE conversation from the WeWork Creator Awards where I was joined on stage by serial entrepreneur and investor Kevin Rose, interior designer Kelly Wearstler, and star of Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ & fashion designer Tan France. All three of our panelists are built a life doing the things that they love, but like all of us, there were a lot of twists and turns. In this episode, they share stories of inspiration, overcoming challenges, as Continue reading "Designing a Big Life /w Kevin Rose, Kelly Wearstler, and Tan France"

Apollo app for iOS uses dual-cam depth map to create impressive lighting tricks

Apple's dual-camera setup can create a depth map to simulate background blur - but now, someone's figured out how to simulate lighting effects with an impressive level of control.
Apple's dual camera devices (the 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X to be precise) generate a depth map to create the effects of Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting that we've all come to know well. Whether you love, hate or feel generally 'meh' toward fake background blur, things get interesting when Apple makes that depth map information available to third party app developers. Enter Apollo: Immersive illumination, a $1.99
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Price Drop on iKan PD Movie Lineup

ikanHey y'all… I had an alert from Adorama about a price drop on iKan PD Movie gear and wanted to let you know. I had a couple of great conversations with folks at the iKan booth at NAB and their booth was one of the busiest booths at the show the entire week (the crowd died down a bit Weds and Thurs but there were still a bunch of people at the booth especially compared to many other booths). And the have a LOT of tools for you!

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Apps to Help You Work Faster (Podcast 620)

I’m often asked how I get so much done, so this week I’m going to share some information about some of the tools that I use daily to speed up my work.
We should preface this, by mentioning that I get a lot done because I work hard. I actually think I’m working a little too hard, as I hate to just sit around. Relaxing to me is not really very, well, relaxing. I don’t work every waking hour of course, and I do enjoy making time to practice playing the piano or learn new skills, but there is always
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Guest Blog: Portrait Photographer Sam Haddix

Limitation Exercises or: How Playing Guitar Saved My Photography
Before I was a photographer, I was a musician. I was the “practice for 10 hours a day until my fingers bleed” sort of musician. About 8 years after I picked up my first guitar, I found myself a graduate of Berklee College of Music. I had a wealth of musical knowledge, and a ton of sweet gear – from custom shop guitars to collectable amplifiers and a small army of effect pedals and accessories. It was up to me to take all of that knowledge and gear and make

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What’s Tone? It’s Basically the Difference Between 1978 Superman and 2013 Superman

We know it when we see it, but what is "tone" exactly and how do we use it to tell better stories? How many times have your parents told you to watch your tone? If you were as boneheaded as I was when I was an adolescent troublemaker, 1.) it was probably a lot, and 2.) you probably quizzically replied, "What do you mean by "tone," even though you absolutely knew what they meant. In terms of filmmaking, tone is oftentimes easier to point out than it is to create. For instance, you Continue reading "What’s Tone? It’s Basically the Difference Between 1978 Superman and 2013 Superman"

Lemonading the Sun: Because You Shouldn’t Have to Stop Shooting Because It’s Bright Outside

What's worse? Looking blown out or shady? No one loves light more than filmmakers, man. I mean, we love light like Yoncé loves Hova, but like Hova, light, especially sunlight, can do things that make loving really, really hard. The sun and the sky and the clouds do their thing regardless of whether you've got a bunch of b-roll to shoot, which is why it's so important to know a few cinematic techniques that will help you take advantage of not-so-great lighting situations in times when you can't take control of them. In this video, Continue reading "Lemonading the Sun: Because You Shouldn’t Have to Stop Shooting Because It’s Bright Outside"

Nashville Filmmakers Guild Post-Production Workshop June 2

The Nashville Filmmakers Guild is more than just a Facebook group. It’s an active organization in and around Nashville , Tennessee that has spent the last several years doing many different things: The Great NLE Debate, the Camera Debate, #Setlife Roles as well as workshops on lighting, VR 360, shooting film, the business side of filmmaking and many others. StoryGive was a way for filmmakers to give back by giving a weekend of their time to make a film for a non-profit. One June 2 we are hosting a Post-Production workshop. This all day workshop will be taught by Continue reading "Nashville Filmmakers Guild Post-Production Workshop June 2"

4 Nifty Techniques for Hiding Lav Mics on Your Subjects

As a filmmaker, knowing how to hide a lav on a subject is an absolute must. In many cases, having a boom operator follow your actors around with a mic is an excellent way to pick up dialogue, but if for some reason a boom won't work (like, if you want to record audio in a wide shot), a lav mic most likely will. The tricky thing about that, though, is while boom mics are kept out of the frame, lavs infiltrate the cinematic stage, so concealing them becomes a top priority. If you're not Continue reading "4 Nifty Techniques for Hiding Lav Mics on Your Subjects"

‘Cargo’ Prosthetics Designer on How to Make Realistic Zombie Effects on a Budget

To pull off realistic zombies roaming the Austrailian outback, prosthetics guru Larry Van Duynhoven went practical. A sense of pressure coming from all sides asserts itself early in Cargo, a new Netflix film directed by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling and starring Martin Freeman and Susie Porter. Freeman and Porter play Andy and Kay, parents in the Australian outback of the near future, caring for a baby in the aftermath of a massive pandemic that has left little behind. All that remains are a few desperate humans and bands of roving zombies who bury Continue reading "‘Cargo’ Prosthetics Designer on How to Make Realistic Zombie Effects on a Budget"