Some Quick Tuesday Photography Stuff


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7 Beautiful Places to Celebrate Planet Earth
I did a post over at CocaCola’s Journey’s website for Earth Day last week on some beautiful places to visit (and shoot, of course), but I didn’t do your average places — I tried to do some places most folks might not consider at first (like Lookout Mountain and Rock City, shown above). If you have a moment, here’s the link. 

My Advice for New Photographers
I did a short interview over at WPPI’s excellent Rangefinder magazine, and while we talked about a few different topics, one thing we did touch on was some advice for new photographers. You can find the interview online at this link. 

Episode #11 of “The Lightroom Show” Went up late on Friday. Really late
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DJI Ronin-M brushless gimbal gets amazingly low price of just £1082.50 + tax


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By site editor Dan Chung: DJI’s Ronin-M brushless gimbal was one of the hits of NAB 2015 in Las Vegas. It brings the control, tool less adjustment and build quality of the original Ronin to a smaller, more manageable stabiliser built for DSLRs and lightweight camera packages. We had expected DJI to price the Ronin-M […]

Shaka King’s Satire ‘Mulignans’ Turns the Tables on Mob Movie Racism


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“People who make movies don’t have a choice,” said writer/director Shaka King (Newlyweeds) at Sundance this year. With a well-received, darkly hilarious Sundance feature already under his belt, King proved his point by proceeding to make a no budget, shot-in-one-day short because, in his words, “I don’t like doing anything else.” King writes, directs, and stars in the five-minute “Mulignans,” which he and his longtime friends planned on making and releasing themselves — but then they got the call that they were selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered earlier this year.



“Mulignans” asks important questions that offfset its breezy pacing and humorous tone: if viewers tolerate offensive language and perspectives from white Italians on film, how do they feel when those same attitudes and epithets come from those who are usually the target of the vernacular? And is Continue reading “Shaka King’s Satire ‘Mulignans’ Turns the Tables on Mob Movie Racism”

NAB 2015 Live Show Replay: Zeiss lens solutions and a look at the new CZ servo zoom unit


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By technical editor Matt Allard: At the Teradek live show at NAB we caught up with Michael Schiehlen from Zeiss to talk about the companies offerings for digital filmmakers. Zeiss are very keen to point out that they make lenses that cover full format sensors so your investment will be protected now and into the […]

NAB 2015 Live Show Replay: Fotokite- the tethered aerial image solution


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By technical editor Matt Allard: At the Teradek live show at NAB Dan Chung caught up with Sergei Lupashin from Fotokite. Fotokite is a tethered flying camera system that has been designed to be reliable, safe to use and quick to deploy. Unlike traditional drones the Fotokite allows the operator to have a direct physical […]

IndiProTools Power Pods Power Anything with LP-E6 Batteries


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In the world of video, Canon LP-E6 batteries have managed to become the standard across many accessories whether it be LED lighting, Monitors, EVFs, and more. At NAB 2015 we checked out the newest version of the IndiProTools Power Pods that takes these batteries to the next level.

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The Power Pods are adapters that allow you to use inexpensive Canon LP-E6 batteries to power just about everything. Mounting the pod is easy as it comes with a 1/4″ tripod mount for you to add a 15mm clamp, friction arm, mini ball head, or hot shoe adapter.

For anyone shooting with the Sony A7s or BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, these Power Pods are the perfect external battery pack. In previous versions, the Power Pods had a dedicated cable built in which meant you had to choose the correct Power

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A Fast and Easy Way to Remove Annoying Dust Spots


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Dust spots are inevitable, and removing them can sometimes be a burden. While there are many ways to go about removing dust spots, retoucher Chris Lambeth shows us a really quick and easy way to get rid of them. This method for removing them is completely new to me, but I’ll be sure to incorporate it into my workflow.

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Your iPhone Is Now a Professional Light & Color Meter


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Light metering apps and accessories have been around for years, but color metering has remained elusive in the realm of smart phones. Until now.


Traditionally, dedicated color meters are incredibly expensive, with higher-end models from Sekonic coming in at upwards of $1700. Our friend Adam Wilt, designer of the popular Cine Meter II iPhone app, recently rolled out a massive update to his already-stellar app, and it includes powerful new color metering features that are surprisingly accurate.

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How to #MakeClientsHappy & Land the Job – Advice from Commercial Photog Monte Isom


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This is Part 1 of 2 from our interview with commercial photographer Monte Isom.

With a saturated market of capable photographers, how do commercial clients narrow down the list to choose just one photographer that’s right for the job? For some advice on how to stand out and be “the chosen one” we talked to New York based commercial photographer, Monte Isom. To our surprise we learned that making your clients happy from the start, before you get hired, has a lot to do with it (oh, and that food can also help seal the deal). Here, Monte, who has shot for brands such as Nike, EA Sports, Adidas and more, dishes out tips for those initial calls with potential clients. Read ahead to get some fantastic pointers on what to talk about during the, what can be, intimidating conference calls with art producers who are making the hiring decisions,

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Photo by Monte Isom
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NAB2015 – Filmpower Nebula 4000 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer


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To date there are still only a couple of single handed pistol grip styled 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizers designed to support cameras like the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s, or even Canon T4i. The first ever and possibly still most popular one available is the Nebula 4000 from Filmpower. Here’s a quick interview from the Camera Motion Research booth during our NAB 2015 coverage.

Although the Filmpower Nebula 4000 Gimbal can be found around the world, USA residents should visit Camera Motion Research. They may be the only USA reseller of the Nebula 4000 gimbal. You’ll benefit from their fast shipping, quality customer support, and domestic shipping if you ever have to deal with warranty issues. Even if you have just basic questions about the Nebula 4000, you can contact Camera Motion Research over at their website http://camotionllc.com (found here).

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The Making of a Viral Video Featuring the Apple Watch With Casey Neistat


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The creative genius that is Casey Neistat, for me, is next to none. The pure drive and passion this man has for what he does brings inspiration and motivation to my career and even my daily life. Late last week, Neistat decided to up and create his own viral video around the launch of the Apple Watch, and this is how he did it!

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Photos of Food Neatly Arranged by Color and Size


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If you love food, colors, and neatly organized things, you’re going to love these photographs by Seattle-based photographer Brittany Wright. Her images often feature a large number of fruits, vegetables, and foods that are carefully arranged according to color and/or size.

“I’m working on my life goal of teaching myself how to cook everything and anything. I enjoy the science behind cooking and experimenting with flavors,” Wright writes. “I see food as an art, and an opportunity to do something creative.”

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Here are a couple of behind-the-scenes photos showing Wright at work:

You can find more of Wright’s work on her website and Instagram.

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Image credits: Photographs by Brittany Wright and used with permission

Massive 2540mm f/8 NASA Lens Shows Up on eBay


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If you want a lens that looks more like a spaceship’s laser weapon, today is your lucky day. A ginormous NASA 2540mm f/8 mirror tele lens has appeared on eBay in the “film cameras” category. Called the Jonel 100, it’s being touted as “one of the biggest lenses ever,” by the seller.

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The auction’s description states that NASA used this lens to keeps it eye on rockets such as the Saturn V, and that a similar lens was used to track and capture images of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the day it exploded during launch.

The listing also enigmatically states that the original price paid for this lens was “a family home.”

In some of the product photos included in the listing, a Hasselblad medium format camera is placed next to the lens to give a sense of scale.

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The lens features a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope design that produces

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DxOMark Mobile report: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge tops rankings


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DxOMark has just released test results for Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 Edge and, by extension, the Galaxy S6. Both phones share the same hardware and specifications, including a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, F1.9 lens and optical image stabilization. The S6 Edge’s camera performance puts it at the top of DxOMark’s mobile rankings – find out why. Read more

DxOMark Mobile report added to our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review


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DxOMark has just released its test results for the Galaxy Note 4, putting it just behind Samsung’s Galaxy S6 but above Apple’s flagship iPhone 6 Plus. Our comprehensive review of the Note 4 and its 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, F2.2 lens and optical image stabilization has been updated with DxOMark’s findings. See how it stacks up against the competition. Read more