[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.]
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
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
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.
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.
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:
Autofocus algorithms from the E-M1X improves performance tracking moving subjects and makes S-AF more accurate
Group 25-point AF mode added; Center priority mode sticks to center focus point and will use surrounding points if subject moves ‘vigorously’
‘Active use’ of PDAF improves performance when shooting video
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.
When you are new to artificial lighting, it can be a bit of a tough world to navigate. This great explores one of the most fundamental concepts behind working with artificial light and why it’s so useful for photographers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 is possibly the most ambitious effect Red Giant has ever created. It’s a complete compositing engine that runs in a panel in After Effects. It makes realistic, integrated composites easier and more intuitive to create, thanks Continue reading “Red Giant VFX Suite”
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