A Gorgeous Flyby of Jupiter Made with Photos from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

Every 53 days, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flies close to Jupiter and travels from the giant gas planet’s north pole to and past its south pole, shooting photos along the way. The eye-opening 2-minute video above was created using a set of these still photos. Colossal reports that it takes 1.5 days for the 6 megabytes of photo data captured over 2 hours to be downloaded by scientists on Earth. After the raw photos were beamed to Earth and made available to the public, Gerald Eichstädt colorized them, Sean Doran set the stills in motion, and Avi Solomon added
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My RØDE Reel Presents ‘The Power of the Short’ Filmmaker Series

World's Largest Short Film Competition My RØDE Reel Presents ‘The Power of the Short' Filmmaker Series

As part of the My RØDE Reel 2017, pro audio company RØDE Microphones today released a four episode series ‘The Power Of The Short‘ – a Q&A format with Australian filmmakers, each with experience in how short films helped form their careers in features and in television. Hosted by My RØDE Reel ambassador and judge Tim Ross – whose career includes radio DJ, stand-up comedian, author and producer and star of several TV comedies and documentaries – the series looks at unique
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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 ]

How to Get Smoother Handheld Footage

How to Get Smoother Handheld Footage If you shoot or looking to shoot video, one question that you might be trying to think a solution for is how to get smoother video footage. I am not sure how many people would be interested in watching a video that you are trying to produce if it is entirely too shaky especially if that doesn't fit the mood of the video. Some scenes like a chase sequence may work better with shaky footage, but some scenes will work better with a smoother shot. [ Read More ]

A Beginner’s Guide to Using Lens Flare Creatively in Photos

Lens flare can either be an annoyance or an interesting creative tool. In this 6-minute video, Jay P. Morgan of Slanted Lens demonstrates how to master lens flare for your photography. It’s pretty easy to add lens flare to an image in post, but intentionally introducing it while you are on location can result in a much more natural appearance. The effect occurs when the sun or a light hits the camera lens, creating streaks of light across the image. The first step of course is to remove your lens hood, which is designed to block lens flare. You can
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Creating a Conceptual Photo of the Full Moon Getting Swapped In

Conceptual photographer Erik Johansson created this beautiful and surreal image titled “Full Moon Service,” showing a couple of workers swapping in a full moon to maintain the lunar phases. Johansson has also released a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the project was done, from concept to final shot. Here’s the 3-minute behind-the-scenes video:
The project was done in the late summer of 2016. It all started with a sketch of what Johansson wanted to create. After creating many of the props used in the shoot (e.g. spray painting a black moon symbol onto one of the worker’s hats), Johansson
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Insanely Cool! World’s Smallest HD Cinema Drone Cruises Through Muscle Beach

This is just damn cool and a must see for all you drone fans! Related: New $500 entry level DJI Spark! I'm very impressed with the skill of Robert McIntosh who created this video – and note the video towards the bottom about “practice” – and he's also provided a very cool behind-the-scenes to go with it so you can see the final take the way it was originally shot. And what makes this video for me is the audio! Compare the original with the drone sounds to the final version and there is NO comparison! Audio makes this video so
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Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Summer is in full swing and that means there's plenty of blockbuster films to see over the next few months. One that my son and I are looking forward to is the next chapter in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise starring Jack Sparrow, aka Johnny Depp, along with returning original cast Orlando Bloom and . This is the fifth installment of the franchise and it hopes to breathe a fresh take on the story that brings back key characters from the first couple films. In this video, you get a fantastic glimpse into what makes these movies Continue reading "Go Behind the Scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"

HOT! Just Announced – DJI Spark – Small, Light, Launches from your Hand – Heck Even I Can Operate This!

Yep, I just preordered the DJI Spark! It looks like something even I can operate as you can launch it from your hand, use hand motions to tell it what to do, and land it in your hand when you're done. Of course, it has more sophisticated controls as well. Downside? Only 16 minutes of flight time (but that’s probably enough for my needs). PRE-ORDER: DJI site or Amazon And the ability to have the videos/photos sent to your phone so you can edit instead of having to remove the card and edit on your desktop.

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This one is pretty
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A Massive 30-Part Guide to Retouching Photos in Photoshop

Want a crash course in retouching photos in Photoshop? Here’s a 4-part video series that clocks in at 4.5 hours in total, making it a very comprehensive guide. There’s something here for everyone — even the most experienced photographers are sure to learn something from the series. Nathaniel Dodson from tutvid goes over a total of 30 techniques from healing skin blemishes to creating skin texture, replacing skies, puppet warping, and even swapping out faces. Photoshop is a very powerful piece of software, and it seems that no matter how long you’ve been using it for there’s always something
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Five Hacks to Creating Cinematic Looking Video Without Breaking the Bank

Five Hacks to Creating Cinematic Looking Video Without Breaking the Bank Modern DSLR and mirrorless cameras are capable of shooting razor sharp footage in spectacular 4k 60fps and up. But how do you give your footage a cinematic feel without purchasing pricey anamorphic lenses and professional cinema cameras? Fstoppers is here to help with five great hacks to achieving a cinematic feel to your video without spending a small fortune. [ Read More ]

Sony a9 Hands-On Review And Problems With Dynamic Range – So It Isn’t The Perfect Camera After All?

So what's up with the Sony a9? What are people saying about it? Is it the killer DSLR for sports that everyone's been hoping for? (Ok not everyone, but many LOL). We've got a hands-on report from our good friend Hugh Brownstone as well as a troubling report from DPreview about the unfortunate results in their testing of Dynamic Range with ISOs below 640. So what are your thoughts? Are you jumping on the Sony a9 bandwagon?

Sony a9 Hands-On: Best Sony Ever Demands Best from YOU

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Constructive Pessimism: Why Artists Are Never Happy

In this great video from DSLR Guide, Simon Cade talks about discontentment: how it can be harnessed as a fuel to keep driving forward, and as a signpost to assure that you’re on the right track. All creatives know the feeling of that spark when ideas just flow, and the thrill that comes with just nailing a concept. But much more common is that feeling of frustration and discontent with your work. According to Cade, that discontent is not at all a negative thing, and in fact should be seen as a sign that you are on to something.
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This Forest Mirror Illusion is Bending People’s Minds

Stop-motion animator Kevin Parry has shared a clever little video illusion titled “Walk in the Woods” that has a lot of people scratching their heads. It’s a loop that shows Parry repeatedly walking into a mirror in a forest and emerging out “the other side.” Take a close look and see if you can figure out how the illusion was created (using minimal digital trickery):

Walk in the Woods

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The video has been viewed over 100,000 times since Parry originally published it a week ago.
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Learn Filmmaking Without Film School

I'm always on the lookout for inspiration and good training. I've also been following Darious Britt (D4Darious) for a while and he's putting out some great content for filmmakers on youtube. This tutorial was really fascinating to me because he really pushes you to PRACTICE. Sure there are lots and lots of videos on how to learn to make movies, but this one is dead serious on making you practice. You can't get good without practice. Really.

How to Learn Filmmaking FAST! – Without Film School

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Learn Filmmaking Without Film School

I'm always on the lookout for inspiration and good training. I've also been following Darious Britt (D4Darious) for a while and he's putting out some great content for filmmakers on youtube. This tutorial was really fascinating to me because he really pushes you to PRACTICE. Sure there are lots and lots of videos on how to learn to make movies, but this one is dead serious on making you practice. You can't get good without practice. Really.

How to Learn Filmmaking FAST! – Without Film School

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