It looks like Chinese lens manufacturer AstrHori has a couple of new lenses on the way for mirrorless systems, including the Canon RF mount. The first is the AstrHori 12mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, with a possible announcement date coming soon, according to rumours on Weibo. Images have been released, along with a basic set of […]
Fujifilm’s GFX line of medium format mirrorless cameras revolutionized the industry by including an array of modern features traditionally reserved for smaller-sensor bodies and putting them all together at extremely competitive prices. Perhaps the most intriguing option of the line is the GFX 100S, which brings the company’s best sensor in a body that competes on price with top-level full frame options. This great video review takes a look at the image quality and performance you can expect from the camera.
Photographers love to talk about gear, but there is also a strong contingent of those who believe that all that discussion is a distraction from what really matters. The truth is probably somewhere in-between: gear does matter, and your choice of it can affect your workflow, but it is still the means, not the end. This interesting video discusses the matter and why gear matters.
Along with shutter speed and ISO, aperture is one of the fundamental parameters that helps you create balanced exposures and gives you a ton of creative control over the look of your photos. If you are new to photography and looking to improve your photos, check out this awesome video tutorial that will show you the ins and outs of aperture and how to use it to take better control of your images.
2022 has been quite the year for photo gear, with a huge range of impressive camera and lens releases. What has been your favorite? What failed to impress you? This hilarious video discusses the best and worst camera and lenses of the past year.
That’s what one of the internet’s most popular photographers and reviewers said about the rumored specs on the Canon EOS R5 II, due for release in 2023. Take a look inside to see why he made such a huge statement.
When it was first released, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art was one of the most exciting and innovative lenses ever seen, being the only standard zoom with an aperture below f/2. Nonetheless, the lens is almost a decade old now, and in the meantime, sensor resolutions have increased. So, can this famous lens keep up with the demands of a modern camera? This excellent video review takes a look.
TTArtisan has announced a new 11mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens for full-frame Nikon F mount and Canon EF mount DSLRs. Yeah, I know, a DSLR lens in 2022! What are they thinking? Well, it looks like might be bringing out some dedicated mirrorless versions, too, although so far, it only appears to be Nikon F and […]
It’s that time of year again when we can spread a little love and Christmas cheer with a Christmas gift the film editor in your life will love.
This year I’ve (mostly) tried to aim for ‘analogue’ gifts that will get them up and out of the chair and enjoying the rest of life, away from the screen so they can come back to their creative work, refreshed and re-inspired.
Here’s a short list of thebest Christmas gifts for film editors in 2022:
If you’re one of the 5 winners selected at random from the Cut/daily list of current subscribers, you can choose any one of these excellent books, hand-picked by me, and the team at Routledge will have it shipped to your door, worldwide.
I’ve ordered this year’s list with the more expensive gifts towards the end, so you can keep scrolling the more generous/hopeful you are!
A Free Gift To You – The Gift of Laughter
This is without doubt, my favourite funny video of 2022.
The team at Zulu Alpha Kilo, created this bitingly funny short, delightfully skewering competition case studies. Having edited some of these kinds of case studies myself in the early days of working for different Ad agencies, the whole thing is superbly crafted.
Post Production Christmas and End of Year Sales for 2022
But there are now close to 180+ world-class experts to learn from so the value of the all-access pass has sky-rocketed in recent years, with new classes added every month. Recent additions include The Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things) teach Developing an Original TV series, Yo-Yo Ma teaches Music and Connection and Jimmy Chin teaches Adventure Photography.
Get inspired and learn from the best, it will help to broaden your creative horizons!
The Best Christmas Gifts for Film Editors 2022
So what are the best Christmas gifts to give to the film editor in your life in 2022?
Here are some of the things I’ve enjoyed (or would enjoy!) this year and I hope they will too.
There’s no real way around this, you’re likely to be staring at a screen for most of your working day. And then when you stop working and pull out your phone to doom scroll on Twitter or crack today’s Wordle.
But with the help of blue-light blocking glasses you can save your eyes from strain, headaches and the negative effects of all that blue light being blasted in your face from your digital displays.
Are Blokz and computer glasses the same?
Yes and no. Blokz are blue-light blocking lenses that are designed for all-day wear and protection from blue light.
Whether you’re a heavy computer user or not, Blokz can be worn like regular glasses to protect your eyes from harmful blue light emitted from any digital device, as well as artificial fluorescent and LED light exposure.
Blokz Plus and Blokz Plus Anti-Fatigue provide extra protection and symptom relief from heavy screen use, so they are great options for computer work or gaming.
Although, I don’t know how they affect your colour perception if you’re grading…
While I love that I can learn more about the craft of filmmaking from industry-veterans on Masterclass.com, one of my favourite things about Masterclass is the breadth of visionary voices that are available in their always growing library.
I love learning new and interesting things from genuine experts and Masterclass.com has that in spades.
Here are some of my favourite non-film courses on Masterclass.com
As editors we are often walking around with expensive stuff. Sometimes that stuff gets lost or stolen. But this gift will give you the big ‘undo’ you’re looking for.
Although not a particularly cheap gift at $99 for 4 Apple AirTags, they could easily repay themselves 10x fold if they help you track down that missing laptop, hard drive or other expensive gear that you’ve accidentally mislaid, or has walked off by itself.
From the stories I see on Twitter, secreting them into places that a would-be thief or airport baggage handler won’t find them is a good idea, whilst making sure there’s one in every bag while travelling seems equally sensible.
Apple’s AirTags use bluetooth to privately ping other devices on the FindMy network to identify their location. They are water resistant and the (replaceable) battery should last for about a year or so, depending on how often you ping it.
Never lose things again, at least not without knowing where you’ve lost them.
It’s a concise, practical and insightful book that is well worth reading, especially for more experienced editors who are looking to learn how to work more effectively with directors, progress in their career and generally absorb wisdom from another professional editor.
I don’t screen the film for a test audience in order to get compliments – we’ll hear those, or we won’t, once the film is finished.
At the editing stage, we screen to get criticism. And even if the early exposure unnerves the director, I won’t back down on this matter, even at the cost of a confrontation.
I truly believe it is for the good of the film.
— Arik Lahav – Leibovich, From Footage to Film
I shared some lessons from the book in this issue of Cut/daily and in this recent article for Frame.io.
As I’m writing up this Christmas gift list, I’m also in the middle of finishing a detailed review and how-to guide to using the brand new Stream Deck Plus for video editing and colour grading.
The SD+ is the latest addition to the incredibly popular Stream Deck line of workflow peripherals, bringing with it two new interfaces – 4 infinite dials and a touch sensitive LCD display strip.
If you’re an existing Stream Deck user then you’ll likely be tempted to add this to your set up, because dials, while if you’re new to bringing one of these into your day-to-day editing workflow, you’re in for a treat.
The Stream Deck + is so new that the SDK for third-party development isn’t even out yet, so given a few months I’m sure we’ll see lots of useful updates and new integrations arrive, making it all the more useful.
8. Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies – Creativity Cards
Originally created in 1975 by Brian Eno, Oblique Strategies, is a set of cards that contains a series of prompts, suggestions, ideas and truths to help you either get out of creative rut or back into the flow.
Today, you can also buy Oblique Strategies as an iPhone or Android app, to have at the ready whenever you need them.
This version on the App Store by Nicolae Gherasim is only £1.79 and contains all 5 versions of the cards, in a minimalist digital format. You can even create a lock-screen widget to show you a different card every day.
A great gift for the Post Professional in your life who ‘already has everything’!
9. The Best Reading Light You’ll Ever Buy
This gift was on last year’s list (and the year before) but it’s just been too useful not to include again!
Having bought several kinds of reading lights over the years to try to get through some books in the evening while not disturbing my wife, this one is the clear winner.
It’s got a chunky grip which makes it ideal for working through massive tombs or clipping to a desk, shelf or night stand. It’s soft and deeply orange light means it won’t keep you artificially awake and doesn’t bother anyone else in the room.
The neck is entirely flexible and can be shaped into any position, while the light itself is pretty uni-directional, which prevents a lot of spill. The battery lasts for ages and charges quickly via a standard mini-USB cable.
All in all this light is amazing, especially if you’re up changing nappies at 3am and don’t want to wake your sleepy baby by blasting them with light.
I’ve always liked the idea of leverage. Especially when it comes to harnessing the power of a group to get something done. Whether it’s crowd-sourcing ideas, solutions, money or action; many hands make light work.
In this case, I’m looking to leverage the gift giving resources of everyone who might buy me a little something to get one big thing I (Read more…)