Finishing off a Speedway film I made 26 years ago

26 Years ago I made a documentary called Steve Lawson the Story so Far and brought it out on VHS video tape. Back then 26 years ago we were filming with Panasonic F10 camcorders with a 15x zoom lens, one of the first commercially available CCD cameras on the market. The cameras were attached via […]

Using the 4K JVC GY-LS300 on the Arran film set “UNCOWED”

We have just completed shooting our first ever full-length feature film, a ridiculously bold adventure considering that we are now retired and no longer employ a professional crew. However, our colleagues of thirty years generously shipped themselves over to the Isle of Arran for a fortnight to help make it happen. We opted to work […]

Uncowed comes to a dramatic end

Well thats me two weeks over on the isle of Arran filming a documentary of a film about bullying called Uncowed. I used my trusty Panasonic GH5 with various lenses and XLR unit. There has been hanging actors from cliffs… Results of dropping actors from cliffs Dancing on the Arran ferry Shootings at the standing […]

For Sale: Hasselblad 500c Cameras, Mold Edition

Now here’s an unusual camera sale: someone on eBay is selling two Hasselblad 500c cameras along with 80mm planar lenses and film backs. The caveat: both of the camera kits are “really moldy.” DPReview first spotted the auction, which is still at less than $20 (plus $13 shipping) with less than 3 days to go. “I know for sure that the speed focus handle is in working condition,” the seller writes in the description. “Other than that you are on your own.” There are no details regarding how exactly the gear ended up in this wretched state.
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A documentary shot entirely on the Isle of Arran

Over the last week we have been hard at it filming Uncowed, a serious comedy about bullying on the wonderful Isle of Arran. I am shooting a behind the scenes documentary for Chris Attkins the director of the film. Day one had us up the top of the String Road on Arran filming with the […]

This Time-Lapse Shows a Massive Dust Storm Sweeping Across Arizona

The 2018 monsoon season has arrived in the American Southwest, and on July 9th, photographer Jesse Watson drove out into the desert to capture some time-lapse stills of an approaching storm. While out, he was met by the largest dust storm he had ever seen. Watson managed to capture some breathtaking views of the approaching haboob, which he later turned into the beautiful 30-second video above. “I checked my radar late in the afternoon and saw that storms were blowing up and heading my from Gila Bend,” Watson writes. “My girlfriend was cooking dinner, I ran into the kitchen
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Just when we thought SD cards had maxed at 2Tb

The SD Association announced today SD Express which adds the popular PCI Express® and NVMeTM interfaces to the legacy SD interface. The PCIe interface delivering a 985 megabytes per second (MB/s) maximum data transfer rate and the NVMe upper layer protocol enables advanced memory access mechanism, enabling a new world of opportunities for the popular […]

How to Make a Pro Photo Portfolio

Thinking of putting together a professional photo portfolio as a high-impact way of sharing your work with potential clients? Check out this informative and inspiring 5-minute video by photographer Caleb Kerr, who recently built a portfolio of his own and put together a helpful walkthrough for anyone interested in doing the same. “Having a beautiful way to present my photos in person has been something I’ve wanted for a long time, but creating a photography print portfolio was daunting,” Kerr writes. “I finally made it happen, and here’s a look at the process.” Here’s a quick look at
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Canon update the 70-200 “L” lens range

Canon have updated both 70-200 professional L lenses. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an ideal lens for professional photographers who shoot with the Canon 1D and 5D series of DSLR cameras. The inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology helps to reduce flaring […]

Sony announce a 3D version of their Hi-end Venice camera ??

  Sony “With this new VENICE setup shooting in 3D will make a very light and small setup. (PS I have yet to see a “small” 3D setup). With two of the small E-Mount optical block cameras in a beam splitter configuration, the rig came in at 30 pounds. The new Venice camera with the […]

Canon Patents a New Lens Mount

Canon has applied for a patent for a brand new camera lens mount design that’s similar to its EF and EF-M mounts. Canon News first reported on the patent (#2018-084713), writing that the design may be a first hint at what’s to come in Canon’s upcoming full-frame mirrorless camera(s). Here’s a rough translation of the patent’s text by Canon News:
Conventionally, the serial communication (synchronous serial communication) of a clock synchronization system has been adopted as a communication method of a camera and an interchangeable lens. The following technical contents are disclosed in the Patent document 1. First, synchronous
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Watch a Photographer Shoot 7 Urban Portraits in a 24hr Photo Challenge

We recently challenged photographer Steven John Irby (AKA Steve Sweatpants) to step outside his comfort zone. Irby usually shoots candid street photos and is the mastermind behind Street Dreams Mag, but we tasked him with shooting 7 creative urban portraits of one model in the city of Barcelona. In addition to focusing on the model, we wanted Steven to connect with the city of Barcelona through this challenge. The 8-minute video shows how Irby fared. Here are the 7 portraits Irby ended up with (watch the video above to see how they were made):

Portrait #1

Portrait #2

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PromptSmart PRO User Review $19.99

PromptSmart is the first and only “smart” teleprompter app. VoiceTrack speech recognition technology automatically follows your voice as you speak. PromptSmart is a unique prompter app because VoiceTrack’s speech recognition engine gives you unparalleled and intuitive control over your content, where other teleprompter or autocue apps fall short because they rely on clunky hardware or […]

Panasonic GH5 and GH5S Firmware announced for 30th May 2018

  1. Improvement of AF performance • AF tracking performance in video recording has been improved. • AF speed at 180d (180°) has been improved when displaying the shutter speed in degrees in [SS/Gain Operation]>[ANGLE/ISO]. 2. Improvement of Body I.S.(Image Stabilizer) performance • There were cases where peripheral distortion occurred in video recording while walking when […]

STV 2 Shutting down at the end of June

Sadly, STV is to close its second channel as part of a reorganisation that will result in the loss of 59 jobs. The broadcaster said the loss-making STV2 would close at the end of June, with investment shifting to its main channel and online streaming. While 25 jobs will go at STV2, a further 34 […]

New Auction site to sell your video gear.

Fed up with EBAY and all those fees why not try H Preston Medias new auction site. John Preston “We now have a on line auction site which we are running our selves so many customers have had so many problems with selling on Ebay and so much fraud.  We will advertise Display demo it […]

Apple Faces Patent Lawsuits Over the iPhone’s Dual Cameras

Apple is being sued in two separate patent infringement cases by an Israeli company that’s one of the pioneers of dual camera technology in smartphones. Corephotonics accuses Apple of violating its patents in the dual camera systems found in the latest generations of iPhones. Corephotonics filed an initial lawsuit in November 2017 that focused on the iPhone 7 Plus, and now the Tel Aviv-based company has launched a second claim that includes the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
In 2014, it was rumored that Apple would be launching an iPhone with a groundbreaking “two lens system,” and Corephotonics was
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