Here’s Why the Boulder Scene from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is So Iconic


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Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most iconic adventure films of all time thanks, in part, to its famous boulder scene.

In this episode of CineFix’s Art of the Scene, we get to venture through the perilous temple featured in the opening sequence of Raiders to figure out exactly why the scene worked so well at not only exciting audiences, but setting up the rest of of the film.

There are so many great little tidbits of trivia to take away from the video that’ll make you a formidable foe at any trivia night, like how sound designer Ben Burtt used the sound of the tires on his Honda Civic to create the sound of the boulder. But if you’re interested in learning some real storytelling, cinematographic, and editing techniques to use on your own work, the video provides that as well.

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Here’s Why the Boulder Scene from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is So Iconic


This post is by V Renée from No Film School


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Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most iconic adventure films of all time thanks, in part, to its famous boulder scene.

In this episode of CineFix’s Art of the Scene, we get to venture through the perilous temple featured in the opening sequence of Raiders to figure out exactly why the scene worked so well at not only exciting audiences, but setting up the rest of of the film.

There are so many great little tidbits of trivia to take away from the video that’ll make you a formidable foe at any trivia night, like how sound designer Ben Burtt used the sound of the tires on his Honda Civic to create the sound of the boulder. But if you’re interested in learning some real storytelling, cinematographic, and editing techniques to use on your own work, the video provides that as well.

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Here’s Why the Boulder Scene from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is So Iconic


This post is by V Renée from No Film School


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Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most iconic adventure films of all time thanks, in part, to its famous boulder scene.

In this episode of CineFix’s Art of the Scene, we get to venture through the perilous temple featured in the opening sequence of Raiders to figure out exactly why the scene worked so well at not only exciting audiences, but setting up the rest of of the film.

There are so many great little tidbits of trivia to take away from the video that’ll make you a formidable foe at any trivia night, like how sound designer Ben Burtt used the sound of the tires on his Honda Civic to create the sound of the boulder. But if you’re interested in learning some real storytelling, cinematographic, and editing techniques to use on your own work, the video provides that as well.

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10 Photography Tips for Mirorrless Cameras


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More and more people are choosing mirrorless cameras over digital single reflex lens cameras (DSLRs). Some do it because they are transitioning from a compact camera, others because they are too intimidated by the size and feature set of a DSLR.

Understanding your Mirrorless

y1First, in order to work your camera, you need to understand it. Mirrorless are in the Digital Compact Cameras category, which means they have tiny sensors and exchanging lenses is impossible. Being compact is one of the best attributes you can find in a MILC (mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera).

So, a MILC is like a digital SLR, only without the mirrors and all the extra features. It is also much, much smaller and lighter than a digital SLR, which means it is more versatile and chances are that you will be using it more on a daily basis, because it can easily fit in your bag. A MILC menu of controls and operation is very similar to a compact camera. But the best thing about mirrorless is that it has large sensors that help improve the image quality, giving you more accurate results.

Some people use a MILC as their only camera, other use it as an extension, while some photographers have a MILC that they take out on a daily basis, taking quick, beautiful snapshots. Either way, here are some tricks for you to make the best use of your mirrorless camera.

Mirorrless Camera Photography Tips

#1 The first tip is to invest in extra lenses. If you’ve purchased a camera with interchangeable lenses, take advantage of them. Most cameras come with the 18-35 mm zoom lens which is okay – until it isn’t. These lenses are versatile and functional, but they get in the way of achieving amazing results. For starters, you should use a

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Redrock Has a New Autofocus Tool That Should Work with Any Camera & Lens


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While video autofocus technology is getting better on cameras, many don’t have it, and even if they do, there is no guarantee it’s going to work how you want it.

Thanks to Canon Rumors, this BTS video showed up online that gives a little info on a system that Redrock is developing (which they mentioned on Twitter) that uses their microTape along with what looks like a version of their microRemote wireless follow focus (in fact it could even be a software update):

And here’s the final video:

Really high-end versions of this already exist like the Easyfocus, but it’s likely that this version would be a bit more budget-friendly, and could even be an update to their current system. We’ve also seen some interesting systems like the one from Andra that attaches sensors to the objects that need to be in focus. Autofocus technology will never be perfect because you’re always going to want to have some control over what’s actually in focus. The more control over what’s in focus, the better the system will be.

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Redrock Has a New Autofocus Tool That Should Work with Any Camera & Lens


This post is by Joe Marine from No Film School


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While video autofocus technology is getting better on cameras, many don’t have it, and even if they do, there is no guarantee it’s going to work how you want it.

Thanks to Canon Rumors, this BTS video showed up online that gives a little info on a system that Redrock is developing (which they mentioned on Twitter) that uses their microTape along with what looks like a version of their microRemote wireless follow focus (in fact it could even be a software update):

And here’s the final video:

Really high-end versions of this already exist like the Easyfocus, but it’s likely that this version would be a bit more budget-friendly, and could even be an update to their current system. We’ve also seen some interesting systems like the one from Andra that attaches sensors to the objects that need to be in focus. Autofocus technology will never be perfect because you’re always going to want to have some control over what’s actually in focus. The more control over what’s in focus, the better the system will be.

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Redrock Has a New Autofocus Tool That Should Work with Any Camera & Lens


This post is by Joe Marine from No Film School


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While video autofocus technology is getting better on cameras, many don’t have it, and even if they do, there is no guarantee it’s going to work how you want it.

Thanks to Canon Rumors, this BTS video showed up online that gives a little info on a system that Redrock is developing (which they mentioned on Twitter) that uses their microTape along with what looks like a version of their microRemote wireless follow focus (in fact it could even be a software update):

And here’s the final video:

Really high-end versions of this already exist like the Easyfocus, but it’s likely that this version would be a bit more budget-friendly, and could even be an update to their current system. We’ve also seen some interesting systems like the one from Andra that attaches sensors to the objects that need to be in focus. Autofocus technology will never be perfect because you’re always going to want to have some control over what’s actually in focus. The more control over what’s in focus, the better the system will be.

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Adaptalux introduces portable lighting studio for macro photography


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Adaptalux has introduced a new portable lighting studio, likewise called Adaptalux, which is designed specifically for macro photography. The design is modular in nature, allowing photographers to ‘rebuild’ it in different ways to meet different needs. This is achieved using a core Control Pod into which Lighting Arms are plugged, with each Lighting Arm being customizable in regards to color, beam angle, brightness and diffusion. Read more

Instagram Releases All New App Called Layout – But Where Does it Fit?


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This week Instagram released an all new photo collage app to the masses called Layout. Similar to their last development, Hyperlapse, it’s completely separate from the original photo sharing application. Though I am glad Instagram is branching out into new ventures, it feels as though this one might be a complete waste.

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Adaptalux: Portable Mini Studio System for the Macro Shooters


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If you’re into macro photography, Adaptalux could be your new best friend. The new Kickstarter project is aimed to solve a lot of the lighting issues macro photographers face and offer new ways to light objects in creative ways. The Adaptalux is a small device with five ports and five adjustable LED lighting arms with different color outputs. The device can be mounted on the camera itself for on-the-go outdoors shooting, or can be placed off-camera in more controlled environments.

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Watching a CD Warp & Explode at 170,000fps is As Cool As It Sounds


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If spun fast enough, a CD will begin to warp, until eventually the overwhelming centrifugal force causes it to explode violently. Not surprisingly, this phenomenon looks really cool in slow motion. The Slow Mo Guys, who are taking over YouTube one awesome slow motion video at a time, recently captured an exploding CD at a whopping 170,000fps with the Phantom V2511:

Here’s the trailer for their channel if you haven’t seen their work before:

While these kinds of high speed cameras aren’t as useful for everyday filmmaking and are really designed for scientific use, it’s hard to argue with the fact that they help us see the world in a way that would otherwise be impossible.

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Watching a CD Warp & Explode at 170,000fps is As Cool As It Sounds


This post is by Robert Hardy from No Film School


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If spun fast enough, a CD will begin to warp, until eventually the overwhelming centrifugal force causes it to explode violently. Not surprisingly, this phenomenon looks really cool in slow motion. The Slow Mo Guys, who are taking over YouTube one awesome slow motion video at a time, recently captured an exploding CD at a whopping 170,000fps with the Phantom V2511:

Here’s the trailer for their channel if you haven’t seen their work before:

While these kinds of high speed cameras aren’t as useful for everyday filmmaking and are really designed for scientific use, it’s hard to argue with the fact that they help us see the world in a way that would otherwise be impossible.

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Portraits


This post is by Michael Johnston from The Online Photographer


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All this talk of lighting makes me eager to do portraits again. Portrait photography was my only professional specialty. My breakthrough there came when a friend who owned a frame shop in Georgetown (a fashionable neighborhood of Washington D.C.) gave me a beautiful display space in her store. I hung fifteen portraits in the round room in the center of the store where she did her consultations for customers. Any of her customers who saw my work there would call me wanting work in just the style I happened to practice, which was a great boon.

In return, I’d leave the finished work at the frame shop for pickup—where of course it was only natural for people to go ahead and get their portrait framed.

I have very little of my “old” portrait work digitized, but here are a couple of examples I’ve showed here before:

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My girlfriend S. has on her wall here a portrait of her son as a baby that I did for her 22 years ago. A straightforward naturalistic photographic style holds up well as the years go by.

I did many portraits by natural light and many by artificial light. My favorite artificial light was when I’d arrive at a client’s house to find a room with white walls and a white ceiling—a single flash aimed up into the corner of the room made a beautiful three-way softbox that was also quite versatile, since the light would change depending on where you located the person.

Do you have a favorite portrait or portraitist? I’m not usually egocentric at all, but quite honestly my favorite portraitist is me. Maybe that’s just because I can do work that exactly suits my taste, I don’t know.

Mike

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Kingjoy VT-3510 55 Dollar Video Head with Manfrotto 501 QR Compatible Plate


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If you haven’t heard about the Kingjoy VT-3510 Video Head, it’s a damn close version of Manfrotto’s popular 701HDV (now discontinued). So much that the pan handles are interchangeable between the two heads, but of course the best part is that the Kingjoy is VT-3510 is compatible with Manfrotto’s 501PL QR plate. Here’s a closer look at this video head in the video below.

I’ve also included a gallery of images comparing the Manfrotto 701HDV next to the Kingjoy VT-3510 Video head so you can see the close resemblance.

While this head may not be as smooth as the original 701HDV, the build is sturdy and perfect for tripods that are often set aside for a static angle, mounted to the end of a jib, used on a skater dolly, or even placed on a slider. All while still offering the compatibility of a Manfrotto 501PL plate.

You’ll typically find the Kingjoy VT-315 for over $100 dollars or sometimes listed as a Kenro Video Head (as seen here). The big news here is that the one I received was from a listing for JUST $55 Dollars + FREE Shipping. There’s only just a couple left, and I think it’s safe to say that after this blog post it will sell out quick. Most likely they won’t be available for this $55 Dollar Price again (find it here).

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If that item has completely sold out, here’s an eBay link to more VT-3510 Video Heads, though I don’t think you’ll find quite the deal I got.

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This Week In Photography Books: Ingvar Kenne


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by Jonathan Blaustein

I often reference movies in this column. Have you noticed? You must have. Otherwise, you haven’t been paying attention.

What’s wrong with you? Why would you bother coming here, every Friday, if you weren’t going to pay attention?

What’s that? You do pay attention? I’m making unfair accusations? Jumping to conclusions based upon spurious assumptions?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. After 17 days of being under-the-weather, I’m grumpier than an alcoholic-undercover-Russian-soldier, fighting in Eastern Ukraine, after the daily vodka ration’s run out.

But I often find a good photo book will make me think of a film, and once the idea’s in my head, the fingers dance upon the keyboard like a Spring Break frat boy trying to impress a bevy of pretty ladies. (Sadly, it’s all in the hips, but most meat-heads are not flexible enough to move them.)

The movie I’ve got in mind at present is “Groundhog Day.”

Such. A. Classic.

Harold Ramis, RIP, had all sorts of Buddhist motivations, but nobody laughs in Meditation group, so he clearly needed Bill Murray’s genius to make this one fly. What a scenario. You wake up every day, and it’s the same day all over again.

How long did it take Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, to turn to a life of crime and perpetual suicide? Not that long. Monotony is a killer, even if you CAN fill your day torturing groundhogs, eating pancakes, or chasing after peak-hotness Andie MacDowell.

In the end, we all learn a valuable lesson, through Phil’s evolution towards enlightenment: Life without growth and change is meaningless. Even fun stops being fun, when that’s all you know. (When you’re trapped in a pleasure prison of your own making.)

Where is this coming from? Clearly, I’m not talking about me, because you already know I’ve been sick for two-and-a-half weeks. No, I haven’t had much fun at all.

I’m thinking, rather, of “The Hedgehog and The Foxes,” a new book that turned up in my mailbox recently, all the way from Australia. It was made by photographer Ingvar Kenne, produced by the MAUD design studio, and forced me to ask the questions, above, for reasons I will elucidate for you. Now.

This book is about the legendary porn star Ron Jeremy. He may be the man living the oddest existence on Earth, or at least, the one with the least-expected life.

Have you ever seen Ron Jeremy?

I’d like to think we all have, but then again, not a safe assumption. Though this is the second book I’ve reviewed this year that delves into pornography, I should probably mention I’m no expert on the subject. But I’ve certainly seen Ron Jeremy’s ugly mug in the past, and I might have even seen his private parts.

The story is that his johnson is so prodigious that he’s had a long-standing career sticking it into various orifices, for money. It was never about his looks, or his sad sack physique. Always, it was about his penis.

Mr. Kenne got to spend some quality time in the presence of “The Hedgehog” as he bounced from one vapid party to the next. He seems to have always been in the company of ladies, some of whom are very attractive. He signs boobs with sharpies, and shoves his hands up women’s pants, presumably at their request.

Through it all, Ron Jeremy exudes an Angst that would chill Vladimir Putin’s soul, if it weren’t already in cryogenic territory. Wow, do I feel bad for this guy. He seems so depressed, amongst the depravity, that I doubt he’s even capable of crying anymore.

Trapped in a world of his own making. A scenario many men would kill for, so I’m told. Getting paid to have sex with pretty women. But I wouldn’t trade places with “The Hedgehog” for all the money in the world.

Kudos to the artist for really showing no boobs or butts or cocks at all. The book is essentially clean, focusing on the emotional tenor of the tale, rather than the dirty goodies. We see the story unfold with lots of black-page-breaks, enhancing the noir quality.

In the middle, Mr. Kenne manages to zoom in and zoom out at the same time, as the contact-sheet-style gives us smaller images, but many more of them. It makes it feel like we’re there for every moment, rather than just the best shots.

There’s a sad poem at the end, which gives words to those emotions. Apparently, all Ron Jeremy ever wanted was to be a serious actor. To be known for his talent, rather than his member. A letter, which the artist included in his packet, states that despite being in each other’s company for close to 24 hours, “no show of human interest and interaction took place between” Ron Jeremy and the artist. (Again, the pictures gave that one away too.)

Apparently, there’s a short documentary video that accompanies the book, and a Limited Edition too, but I’m not sure what they’re about. I don’t want to know, really. Because I need to put on a stupid movie, right now, to wash the bad taste out of my mouth.

Bottom Line: Very well made book that shows us the road to Hell is paved with good intentions

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X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review


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The X30 is the latest iteration of Fujifilm’s line of premium compact cameras. Featuring a 12MP X-Trans sensor coupled with a 28-112mm equivalent fast zoom, the X30 is a capable camera, made more enjoyable compared to its predecessors by the addition of a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. Our man in England, Damien Demolder has been shooting with one and shares his take. Read review

Two new FCPX plugins and a big speed boost to an old favourite skin smoother


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The new plugins keep on coming even though we are starting to enter NAB press release land, which tends to fill up our inbox to the top. A couple of interesting new plugins and a big speed bump to an old favourite.

“Howdy” From Holland!


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Hi gang: Greetings from here in The Netherlands
Got here yesterday and spent the day with my buddy, fashion photographer, lighting wizard, and awesome instructor, Frank Doorhof (that’s a copy of the Czech translation of Frank’s bestselling “Mastering The Model Shoot” I saw displayed when touring Frank’s cool new studios in a town outside Amsterdam).

We went to go shooting yesterday, but by the time I took my “jetlag avoidance nap” the rain had moved in, so we didn’t get any shooting done, but today we’ve got permission for what could potentially be a cool indoor shoot, and if I get anything I’ll post it over on my Facebook page.  (we did visit a town today called Urk that was really just adorable! Wish it hadn’t been chilly, rainy and gray — I can’t imagine how awesome it would be warm, bright and sunny!).

In other news…
We’re planning a free live travel photography Webcast next Thursday evening about my trip to Dubai (along with RC who was leaving Dubai as I was just arriving, and Brad Moore who was along with me on the trip).  We’ll be talking about travel photography, along with shooting tips (including tips on night photography), and post processing stuff, and we’ll be doing some awesome giveaways — a fun night all around and I hope you can join us.

I’ll have all the details here on Monday for you, including a link where you can sign up for the free Webinar.

Well, wish me luck today — hoping to get what could be a pretty cool shot (fingers crossed). Hope you all have a very awesome weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

Best,

-Scott
Diggin’ the Dutch

Time to attempt another good night’s sleep. Been a very…


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Time to attempt another good night’s sleep. Been a very long time since I have managed that. I must ask my cat’s what their secret is. They manage about 20 hours a day and make it look like the greatest thing in the world!

Nice to see 3 of my #TheWonderList photos in National Geographic…


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Nice to see 3 of my #TheWonderList photos in National Geographic even if they are for an advert for @cvpgroup

Top photo taken with A7s bottom two with Pentax 645z