Ten Iconic Photographs: No. 7


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[Note: Writer and editor Mike J. is doing well, making a slow recovery from a cornea transplant. For your amusement and edification in the meantime, brief discussions of ten remarkable photographs, counting down from number 10.]

Stuart Franklin, © Magnum Photos

Witness

Fortunately, it is not very natural for one human being to kill another. Normal people don't like it. Some normal people who become killers do so for greed or self-interest or simply for status, but organized sprees of killing are usually led or instigated by a few sociopaths and sadists, who also statistically do

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OCTOPUS CAMERA – Open Platform with Swappable Sensors


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Meet the OCTOPUS CAMERA from Octopus Cinema. The camera is still in the very early stages of development and has been built from the ground up to be an open platform with removable and upgradable parts. The camera uses non-proprietary hardware and software. An optimized Linux version runs on an 8-core i7 Intel CPU. The … Continued

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Guest Blog: Adobe Stock Contributor Evangelist and Entertainment Photographer Mat Hayward


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Photographer Mat Hayward wearing oversized red glasses and a red feather boa

When my family and I were searching for the perfect puppy, my wife thought we were buying him for our children and as a household companion. Little did she know that I had a hidden agenda. I was on the hunt for the perfect stock model. While she was worried about temperament and overall health, my only requirement was that he be photogenic. Hold your judgment; Hudson is by far my best-selling model earning me thousands of dollars, and his modeling fee is just one piece of popcorn.

Hudson the Golden Retriever, emerging from a pile of leaves to steal your heart.
Hudson the Golden Retriever, emerging from a pile of leaves to steal

Broken leg in cast with patient in hospital bed
Jason Momoa kissing his reflection
Lady Gaga in a white dress at the Academy Awards
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing on stage
Russell Wilson getting slimed
Bright, colorful jellybeans in red, green, pink, blue, yellow and orange colors.
Woman smiling on NYC street
Couple at home reading book
Woman with blue hair and red glasses wearing black and white striped shirt, standing in front of yellow background, holding pink and yellow balloons with confetti falling around her

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Olympus debuts new 2x teleconverter, plus software updates for E-M1 II, E-M1X and Olympus Workspace


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It's a good day to be an OM-D owner, as Olympus has just announced a handful of new goodies! The sole physical new product is a new 2.0x teleconverter for their current two Zuiko Pro telephoto lenses, as well as their upcoming 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x PRO lens. On the software side of things, there are firmware updates now available for both the E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X cameras, plus a new version of refreshed Olympus Workspace desktop image processing and tethering software.

M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20

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Firmware upgrade brings features from Olympus’s E-M1X to the E-M1 Mark II


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Olympus has released a major firmware update for its nearly three-year-old OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Many of the additions come straight from the company’s flagship E-M1X, so now you can have a camera that shares many of the same features but in a much smaller package.

The most significant features include:

Olympus announces 2X teleconverter for 40-150mm F2.8 and 300mm F4 Pro lenses


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Olympus has announced a 2X teleconverter, the MC-20, which is compatible with the company’s 40-150 F2.8 and 300mm F4 IS Pro lenses, along with the 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro currently under development. On the 300mm F4 in particular, the MC-20 brings the maximum magnification up to 0.96x.

The teleconverter is weather-sealed and has nine elements, one of which is ‘HR’ to suppress aberrations. The ‘ZERO’ coating reduces ghosting and flare. Olympus says that there’s ‘virtually no loss’ in AF performance when using the MC-20.

The MC-20 is now available for $429.

Official sample photos

Bad Things to Say During a Photo Shoot and What to Say Instead


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Bad Things to Say During a Photo Shoot and What to Say Instead

When you’re new to photography involving people, you might spend a lot of time working on getting your technique just right, but that’s only half the puzzle, as you have to be good at directing people as well. This great video discusses several things to avoid saying during photo shoots and what to say instead.

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X-rite releases ColorChecker XL & MEGA for Longer & Wider Shots


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X-rite really does have a ColorChecker for every sized shoot. The latest offering takes their existing line up a step further for the situations where you need the target to be at an extreme distance from the camera or on a large set with multiple cameras. By using a ColorChecker target board, you can ensure … Continued

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How to Win at Screenwriting Contests


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Which contests are worth your time, what do readers want, and how can you jump-start your career.


We’re going to answer all those questions!



There are a lot of aspiring screenwriters out there, which means there are a lot of scripts. One estimate from the WGA claims that about 50,000 new scripts are registered with the guild every year. So how do you stand out from the crowd? A lot of writers have turned to screenwriting contests.



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Explore The Adventure Genre in Film and TV


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The adventure genre is built for cinema. It ‘transports’ the audience to remote parts of the world and keeps them on the edge of their seats. So how do you create an adventure movie?


By studying the genre! Even if you aren’t planning to shoot the next Indiana Jones, you can take elements of the Adventure genre and apply them to ANY film to make it more dynamic.



Today we’ll show you how!



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How to Write, Direct, and Survive Your First Feature Film [Interview]


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We talk with director A.T. White about what he learned from writing and directing his first feature.


Personal inspiration can take you many places, but sometimes it leads to pretty horrific results. Director A.T. White used a personal tragedy to inspire his first feature Starfish. It’s an inspirational story about not letting the worst thing in your life destroy you.



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How to Create an Epic War Scene with Dirt, a Tarp, and Some VFX Tricks


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Can you create high-quality battle sequences with practically no money?


Sometimes beginning filmmakers have ambitious ideas but aren’t sure how to execute them. There’s good news, though—just because you might not have the ideal location or the money for pyrotechnics, insurance, or a big crew, you can still make your visions a reality.



Film Riot recently set out to recreate an epic action/war scene using nothing more than store-bought dirt and an interior set and they show you how they did it in the video below.



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REVIEW: Red Giant VFX Suite


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Red Giant Software has been developing After Effects plugins for over 15 years, and today they’ve launched their newest product.  The brand new Red Giant VFX Suite is comprised of nine individual After Effects plugins, including an updated Primatte Keyer and the latest version of Knoll Light Factory. The new VFX suite replaces the older Keying Suite and Effects Suite, which have both been discontinued.

All nine plugins include GPU acceleration, and all support projects with 8, 16 and 32 bit depth.  Where relevant, they support motion blur.

Of the nine plugins, four are updates to older products

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3 Ways to Use Conflict to Amp Up Your Script


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Examining the core of what makes a compelling screenplay.


One of the most common notes that new writers receive is “there’s not enough conflict.” But what does that note even mean?



As an executive who has read thousands of scripts, I can attest to lack of conflict as a common problem. Sometimes it feels like screenwriters are so focused on writing the cool stuff, they forget about the fundamentals.



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Red Giant VFX Suite


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Today Red Giant has released a brand-new collection of plug-ins for visual effects compositing. It’s called VFX Suite, and some of these tools are things I’ve been dreaming about since computers were beige.

There are nine plug-ins in the suite. You can learn about all of them at Red Giant’ but here I’ll focus on the five I created tutorials for.

Supercomp

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Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System uses ‘Effect Wands’ to create in-camera image effects


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Lensbaby has launched pre-orders for its new OMNI Creative Filter System, a kit featuring a screw-on Filter Ring for existing lenses, as well as Effect Wands that magnetically attach to the ring in front of the lens. Each Effect Wand is designed to create in-camera photo effects similar to app filters, but with a greater level of control and repeatability.

The OMNI Creative Filter System is available with 58mm and 77mm Filter Ring options, both of which include step-down rings for use with different existing lenses. The system currently features three Effect Wands: Crystal Seahorse, Rainbow Film, and Stretch

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