How To Use A Business Card Book To Keep Track Of Gobos And Gels

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Some ideas are simple. Simple to the point of how didn’t I came up with this… Such is this clever repurposing that Eric Krügl  gave his business cards book. Those little black books are slowly disappearing from our world and being replaced with the contact app on our smart devices…

But then you look at all your Light Blaster Gobos and Gels that you cut for your strobes and you realize that it is that book that can bring order to them all. It is the simplicity of the solution that makes it so good so I am going to let the photos talk:

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Use This Quick Fog Machine Hack For Perfect Low Hanging Fog To Use On Your Photo Set

 

fog machine hack1 (1)Fog machines are super useful and lots of fun to keep around the studio. They are perfect for creating smokey or foggy atmospheric photos just about anywhere. In the latest DIY hack from Ryan Connolly at FilmRiot, he shows you a quick little hack to get your everyday fog machine to produce epic, thick, low hanging fog. There are a lot of uses for this type of fog and Connolly shares several of them with you in the clip.

As far as the hack goes, you’ll need a knife, styrofoam cooler, PVC pipe about 2-foot long (sized to fit your fog machine),  fog machine, fog machine liquid, and a chunk of dry ice. [Read more...]

Light & Shadow: This Profound Short Film Expounds On A Photographers Best And Worst Friend

Light& wisdomThis is a must see short film for photographers and cinematographers, alike. Aptly titled, Light & Shadow, the Zacuto produced film is a solid 14-minute long soundbite (20 minute total play time including the end credits). Light & Shadow explores various aspects and opinions of some of the industries greatest minds. The clip starts out by discussing the namesake of the film, light and shadow, and what those two things mean to a photographer. The collective wisdom of the photographers and filmmakers involved in the project continues to unfold as they begin sharing invaluable advice on how to make it in the business and make work you’re proud to have your name on.

“If you think for one moment that Hollywood gives a damn about what camera you used on a job, they don’t even know and I bet you couldn’t find three people who would even ask, so nobody should be worried about what camera they’re using.”

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How To Choose The Right Softbox For The Job: Understanding Softbox Size Vs Soft Light

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As Gavin Hoey explains in this informative video tutorial on softboxes, soft light is generally preferred over a hard light when shooting portraits. There are a number of light modifiers that can help achieve soft light, but one of the most commonly used is a softbox. When choosing and setting up the correct softbox for the job, size and distance from the subject will make a huge difference in the softness of light it will distribute. [Read more...]

Interview with with ISS Astronaut Don Pettit (from smugmug’s From Above)

Astronaut Don Pettit has become one of the most prolific astronaut photographers during his expeditions aboard the International Space Station. He could (and did) saturate downlink transfers with photos for three full days from just one 30-minute photographic session in space. While photography is part of an astronaut’s job requirement, Pettit’s engineering ingenuity and natural curiosity has led him to create photos that are as stunning for their artistic beauty as they are for their scientific value.

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How To Make A DIY Square LED Ring Light

build a ledsquare RinglightHere’s a quick and easy DIY build you can use to spice up your collection of studio lighting. Kevin Kubota walks us through the process in the 12 minute CreativeLive session, below. He uses four of these 4′ LED strip lights he found at Lowes for $34 each, so this isn’t exactly a cheap only-need-stuff-you-already-own kind of build, but I imagine if you looked around a bit, you could source some less expensive lights. With that being said, however, Kubota prefers the more expensive LED lights of florescent lights for a few reasons. Primarily, that they are much more durable than florescent; also that they draw very little power, making them ideal to use on location with his AlienBees portable power pack.  [Read more...]

The Advantages Of Shooting With A Rangefinder And How To Use One

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Ever wonder what it was like to shoot with a rangefinder? In this quick little vignette produced by Leica, street photographer Craig Semetko takes us on location as he wonders the city showing viewers the benefits of using a rangefinder firsthand. Semetko also explains how to use one, which is a slightly different process than your typical SLR.

“When you look through the viewfinder of an [Leica] M, everything is in focus. Everything has clarity whether it is behind your subject or in front of your subject or your subject itself. When you look through an SLR, you’re actually looking through the lens and the lens is going to show the picture it wants you to take. Things are going to be in focus and things are going to be out of focus. The M demands more from the photographer, it demands you use your imagination, that you think about what you’re doing, understand what it is you want to achieve then change your manual controls accordingly to achieve that vision.”

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Want To Know More About Stop Motion Photography? This Free Online Course Can Help Get Your Started

Photo: Day 24 by Pascal

Photo: Day 24 by Pascal

If you ever wanted to try your hand at stop motion photography, or just learn more about it, here’s your chance. As part of their 12 Days Of Learning promotion, the online education resource, Lynda, is offering an entire course on stop motion photography free of charge–you click through here to view it. Taught by professional photographer Richard Harrington and produced by his visual communications company RhedPixel, the two hour course walks you through entire process of stop animation filmmaking from beginning to end. [Read more...]

Shooting Kim Coates: How To Balance Crew, Cast And Client Needs In A Corporate World

Earlier this summer, Cinescapes Collective was hired by Tourism Saskatoon to produce a video series featuring some of Saskatoon’s local and international talents as they talk about why they love Saskatoon so much. One of the people we featured in the series was Kim Coates, star of the show, “Son’s of Anarchy”. We felt his was the perfect advocate for the city. For the short film, we wanted to not only talk about why he loves Saskatoon but also find out about his journey as an actor. What we want to do with this post is give you insight into how the project went down and also talk about what we learned through the process of working with talent. Our three main topics include:

  1. Working with Talent
  2. Balancing Client, Cast and Crew Needs
  3. Production Breakdown

Coming into this project we were excited for the opportunity to work with Kim Coates. The diversity of his body of work intrigued us and really played a role in the direction we wanted to take the project.

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