Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography

Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography There are no rules for perfect composition, said photographer Arnold Newman. There are infinite ways to frame a shot, adds Raymond Thi. His website, Geometric Shots, will help you to break free from rules. I sat down yesterday to watch, again, “The Great Budapest Hotel” of Wes Anderson, and the experience dictated that I followed the 104 minutes “funtastic” vision with this article, which I had promised myself to write, a long time ago. In fact, the notes for this article have been lingering in a folder inside my computer since 2015, when I wrote one article, “From Kubrick
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
Geometric Shots: the importance of lines in cinematography
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Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?

Anthem One: is this the LED light to rule them all? Presented as a groundbreaking LED technology, Anthem One has a new Strobe battery that will allow its Light Cards to last 500% longer than a xenon flash bulb. There is also a mobile battery for video. Announced as “twice as bright, half the weight, one-third the size and 2,000 times the lifespan… for one-fourth the cost of any HMI 400W system”, Anthem One, an “LED Lighting For Film, Photography & Much More!” , made it to Kickstarter early in 2018, only to be cancelled by the project creator in February 2018, despite the fact that during the first two
Anthem One: is this the LED light to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
Anthem One: is this the LED lighting system to rule them all?
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Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019

Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019 A strong attendance from 32 states across the U.S. and seven countries at the premiere of Cine Gear Expo Atlanta justifies that the event becomes annual. New dates will be announced soon. The Southeast’s Film and TV community showed its support of filmmaking art and technology with strong attendance at the premiere of Cine Gear Expo Atlanta. The event culminated several years of requests from vendors and crews who wanted to see the Hollywood-style event happen closer to home. For the organizers of the event, “the recent rise of production in Atlanta, and the rest of the south” justified
Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019
Cine Gear Expo returns to Atlanta in 2019
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Adobe Moving Stills: the tool to generate video from a single photograph

Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image Moving Stills enables any photograph to become an animated 3D image with a realistic effect of flying through the photo. It’s not wizardry, but a process with roots in experiments from 20 years ago. We’ve Cinemagraphs, Cliplets, Plotagraphs and other formats that introduce animation to photos, like the good old Animated GIF, but soon we may have Moving Stills, Adobe’s own solution to animate images. Revealed at Adobe MAX, along with many other technologies the company is exploring and developing – some of which might never see the light of day – Moving Stills managed to get the crowd
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
Adobe Moving Stills: generate video from a single image
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Radeon Pro WX 8200: best workstation graphics performance for under $1000

Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000 Created for real-time visualization, VR and photorealistic rendering, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 offers users the best workstation graphics performance for under $1000. $999, to be exact! The price is set to attract attention. It’s just one dollar short of $1000, but that’s part of the marketing strategy. More accessible than the competition and even other Radeon solutions for workstations, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 aims to seduce those dreaming about having access to a high end professional solution… at a more human price. Obviously, price is not everything, so the Radeon Pro WX 8200 graphics card finally made available
Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000
Radeon Pro WX 8200: best graphics performance for under $1000
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ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom

ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom Migrating your photos and settings from Lightroom to ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will soon be easier. The new version also features a new non­destructive workflow for layers. ON1 has been hard at work and has been listening to users. The 2019 version of ON1 Photo RAW, which will be available this November, offers significant enhancements to the migration process for customers looking to switch from Lightroom. According to ON1, “version 2019 will be one of the first solutions to utilize AI­ powered algorithms to transfer and display Lightroom edited photos in ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The transferred settings will also
ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom
ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom
ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom
ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom
ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom
ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom
ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom
ON1 Photo RAW 2019: an invitation to migrate from Lightroom
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Samsung Galaxy A9: the world’s first quad camera smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone Smartphones with dual cameras are common and some even have three. Now Samsung introduces the first model with four rear cameras, the Galaxy A9, expanding the creative options for photo and video. The new Galaxy A9 smartphone does not feature the Samsung Dual Aperture the company showed in the Galaxy S9+ model (probably because it does not make much difference having F1.5 or F2.4 as aperture), but the new model may well be a videographer’s dream, as it comes with all or most of the lenses you may need. In fact, the new smartphone is the first in
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
Samsung Galaxy A9: the world's first quad camera smartphone
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Insta360 ONE X: the 360-degree action camera you can throw around

Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera Available October 17, the Insta360 ONE X is presented as the future of the action camera. It offers cinematic slow-mo, groundbreaking stabilization, can be thrown around and be a “silent drone”. The ONE X that soon will be available for Android and iOS users is more than a 360-degree shooter. The company behind it says that “it’s a new kind of action camera that uses 360 to give users more freedom and more creative possibilities – both during and after capture.” Since it was founded, in 2014, Insta360 has invested in the development of 360-degree cameras. Based in Shenzhen
Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera
Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera
Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera
Insta360 ONE X: the future of the action camera
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Manfrotto Befree Camo tripods: a limited series for travelers

Manfrotto Befree Camo: a limited series for outdoor use Manfrotto had to go back to its roots, with a tripod conceived for outdoor use. The Befree Camo green, called, Wild Green, is available in a limited series of 500. For the urban jungle you have the Rock Grey. The classic Manfrotto 190 NAT 3 tripod or the 055 version, painted in green, are long gone. Those tripods painted in a camouflage green color were/are much appreciated by outdoor photographers. I am not sure if the green helped to keep the photographer hidden from view, what is apparently the idea with camo, but the truth is that I could not
Manfrotto Befree Camo: a limited series for outdoor use
Manfrotto Befree Camo: a limited series for outdoor use
Manfrotto Befree Camo: a limited series for outdoor use
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A real Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone

A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone There are multiple smartphone apps that show colors, flashes or strobo rainbows, as if you’re in a party, but few can be used as a serious lighting tool by photographers and videographers. Pocket Softbox can! Apps for photographers and videographers are essentially tools to calculate exposure, DOF, Sun & Moon position in the sky, and other things. We’ve covered a few of those in recent weeks, now it is time for something different and not very common: one app that transforms your smartphone in a tool able to provide extra light for your photography or video. Can a smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
A Pocket Softbox hidden inside your Android or iOS smartphone
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ProGrade Digital announces new microSD cards and dual-slot readers

ProGrade Digital announces new microSD cards and dual-slot readers The new professional grade ProGrade Digital microSDXC card, available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB capacities, offers a video speed class rating of V60, for uninterrupted video capture. Revealed at Photokina 2018, but only available in Q4, the new card readers and microSD card from ProGrade Digital expand the solutions from the company designed for imaging professionals. The new products will join the flagship products already available, which include ProGrade Digital CFast 2.0 and ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II memory cards offered in a range of capacities and optimized to render maximum performance when paired with high-end DSLR, mirrorless, camcorder, drone  and
ProGrade Digital announces new microSD cards and dual-slot readers
ProGrade Digital announces new microSD cards and dual-slot readers
ProGrade Digital announces new microSD cards and dual-slot readers
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ONsite Power: 2 AC outlets and 4 USB ports to use anywhere you go

ONsite Power: 2 AC outlets and 4 USB ports to use anywhere you go Available in November, ONsite Power allows users to harness the power of D-Tap batteries to charge multiple devices, from laptops or camera batteries to LED monitors and lights. Without power we are lost. In today’s time-sensitive and demanding world, where you need to be connected and keep different equipment powered up, running out of power is simply not an option. Years ago, running out of batteries or simply forgetting extra batteries at home was still manageable. The last time I experienced such a situation was many years ago, while testing an Olympus Camedia digital camera that still used AA batteries
ONsite Power: 2 AC outlets and 4 USB ports to use anywhere you go
ONsite Power: 2 AC outlets and 4 USB ports to use anywhere you go
ONsite Power: 2 AC outlets and 4 USB ports to use anywhere you go
ONsite Power: 2 AC outlets and 4 USB ports to use anywhere you go
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iOgrapher Multi Case: a new case for Android and iOS mobile filmmaking

iOgrapher Multi Case: a new case for Android and iOS mobile filmmaking The iOgrapher Multi Case will ship at the end of November,  priced at $79.00. It’s a flexible design to support recent model iOS and Android mobile phones of all sizes. Available for pre-order and priced at $79.00, the new iOgrapher Multi Case is the company’s newest solution for mobile filmmaking. As an early pioneer of mobile media filmmaking cases for iOS devices, iOgrapher is now targeting mobile filmmakers with a flexible design to support recent iOS models but also Android smartphones. The new model is based on the original iOgrapher case, which is the foundation for all the
iOgrapher Multi Case: a new case for Android and iOS mobile filmmaking
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Adobe introduces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019

Adobe introduces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019 The brand-new Elements Home Screen that welcomes you every time you open Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019 is the center of the changes introduced to Adobe’s apps for home users. Adobe refers to it as “A Home Screen Designed for You”. It’s the first thing you’ll notice when opening either Photoshop Elements or Premiere Elements 2019. The brand-new Elements Home Screen welcomes you every time you open the apps. This new interface is designed so as to offer a personalized experience by surfacing info on what’s new since your last version of Elements and content suited to your level of
Adobe introduces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019
Adobe introduces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019
Adobe introduces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019
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Cine Gear Expo goes East, to the famous Pinewood Studios in Atlanta

Cine Gear Expo goes East, to Pinewood Studios in Atlanta The famous Pinewood Studios are the setting for the first edition of the Cine Gear Expo Atlanta, an event offering the city’s production community a place to discover techniques, tools and trade secrets. Cine Gear Expo moves East, during the next week-end, The LA event is scheduled for June 2019, but before it happens the now popular event is opening a new front. The 2-day Expo will offer bustling Atlanta production community a relaxed venue to get caught up on techniques, tools and trade secrets. Like the now revered annual Hollywood event, Cine Gear Expo Atlanta aims to create
Cine Gear Expo goes East, to Pinewood Studios in Atlanta
Cine Gear Expo goes East, to Pinewood Studios in Atlanta
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ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first full frame camera with Adobe Lightroom CC inside

ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first camera with an Adobe subscription Ugly, huge and strange, the new ZEISS ZX1 is the first camera in the world to come with a subscription plan. Adobe Lightroom CC is inside, so you can edit images in camera, using a 4.3″ multi-touch display. Announced at Photokina 2018, after a couple of weeks where ZEISS made the news with images showing it partially, the ZEISS ZX1 is real. Or better, it will be somewhere in 2019, when the camera makes it to the market, at a price that ZEISS didn’t disclose but will be somewhere beyond the $4000 mark. ZEISS is known for its lenses
ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first camera with an Adobe subscription
ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first camera with an Adobe subscription
ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first camera with an Adobe subscription
ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first camera with an Adobe subscription
ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first camera with an Adobe subscription
ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first full frame camera with Adobe Lightroom CC inside
ZEISS ZX1: the world’s first camera with an Adobe subscription
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Burning Man seen from the sky: the photography of Will Roger

Burning Man seen from the sky: the photography of Will Roger Scheduled for release in April 2019, Will Roger’s book of the ever-changing cityscape of Black Rock City documents the past 14 years of the temporary city for the unique festival in the Nevada desert. Drones have made it easier to discover the view from above, but the aerial photographs captured by Will Roger represent more than an aerial view: they are unique documents chronicling the ever-changing cityscape and transformation of Black Rock City, the temporary city for the unique festival in the Nevada desert which has become a global phenomenon with an eight day event of more than 70,000
Burning Man seen from the sky: the photography of Will Roger
Burning Man seen from the sky: the photography of Will Roger
Burning Man seen from the sky: the photography of Will Roger
Burning Man seen from the sky: the photography of Will Roger
Burning Man seen from the sky: the photography of Will Roger
Burning Man seen from the sky: the photography of Will Roger
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Pictar Pro: camera grip for smartphones offers advanced video features

Pictar Pro: a new camera grip for iPhone and Android Less than two years after introducing the Pictar One, miggo is back on Kickstarter with a new product: the Pictar Pro,  a camera grip with advanced video features, for iOS and Android smartphones. Introduced in 2016 through a Kickstarter campaign, the Pictar One was made available in 2017, with two versions: Pictar One, designed to accommodate standard sized iPhones, and the Pictar One Plus, conceived for the plus-sized iPhone. The camera grip for smartphones is the result of extensive research into how users capture images with their iPhone, that revealed an uncomfortable grip and poor control over features were the main
Pictar Pro: a new camera grip for iPhone and Android
Pictar Pro: a new camera grip for iPhone and Android
Pictar Pro: a new camera grip for iPhone and Android
Pictar Pro: a new camera grip for iPhone and Android
Pictar Pro: a new camera grip for iPhone and Android
Pictar Pro: a new camera grip for iPhone and Android
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Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: a new high-end Cine Lens in disguise

Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: a high-end cine lens in disguise The Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is more than a new lens for the Art series from Sigma: it represents an evolution of the Art line, a “bridge” between the worlds of still and moving images. Sigma’s presence at Photokina 2018 represents a bold move from the company, not only through the association to the L-Mount Alliance and the announcements made around the partnership with Leica and Panasonic, but also with the introduction, by the company, of five new Sigma Global Vision lenses: 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 56mm F1.4
Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: a high-end cine lens in disguise
Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: a high-end cine lens in disguise
Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: a high-end cine lens in disguise
Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: a high-end cine lens in disguise
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