Get Over $2,000 Worth Of Photography Education For Only $89 Today

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Learning the ropes of photography is not trivial. I mean there is just so many things out there that you want to master. So sometimes you turn to the nets, or to forums or buy an online course, or an online resource like a set of actions or presets.

Over time you realize that you have invested hundreds of dollars. And usually if you pick your purchases right, it is money well spent.

The only thing is that it can sum up to a lot of money over time. The folks over 5daydeal came up with a pretty elegant solution. They bundled up some of the top internet courses and resources and are currently selling them for $89.  This is quite sweet considering that if you bought those resources separately  they would be over $2,000.

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Drone Loses Contact With Operator, Activates Return To Home, Crashes GoPro4 Into Rock

Video firm Every Angle Films had it in their pocket. They shot about one minute of a beautiful sun rise at Pinnacle Peak, Utah using a their new GoPro4 mounted on a DJI F550, naza v2 and an H3-3D gimbal (all and all a few thousands dollars worth of gear).

For some reasons the drone lost connection for a short time with the operator which triggered its Return To Home function. Sadly there was a big rock between the drone’s ‘current location’ and ‘home’ which the drone went straight into, falling all the way down.

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Tip: Shooting Fewer Frames Will Make You A Better Photographer

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How many frames do you take per shoot? One? Two? Fifty? Back in the days, film and developing was expensive so there was a price to each click. In today’s world clicks are cheap and a single frame no longer costs any money. This is why it is refreshing to see this tip coming from Hasselblad master Roman Jehanno.

It is a very simple advice: “shooting fewer frames will make you a better photographer“.

Roman says that the amount of pictures taken is counterproductive.

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How X-Men: Days of Future Past Quicksilver’s incredible Slow-Mo Sequance Was Made

Have you seen X-Men: Days of Future Past yet? Even if you are not into science fiction that much, this is a wonderful movie to start with. It has a strong plot, good character building and (ok…) some mutants going back and forward in time…. (Ok, I’m a fanboy)

One of the most notable scenes in the movie has to do with a mutant called Quicksilver’s (Evan Peters). He is Marvel’s twin of DC Flash meaning he can move really, really fast. So fast actually, that it almost looks like bullet time…

In that specific scene Quicksilver has to get himself, Magneto, Wolverine and prof. Xavier out of a maximum security facility. Of course, this was the perfect chance to have some fun so Quicksilver knocks the hats off the security, makes them slap each other and tastes some of the food that is flying around. Wait a second.. Bullet Time? It may be quite interesting to see how they shot it.

Interestingly, it did not involve an array of cameras but a ton of CGI and a few huge fans instead.

[via wired]

The GaffGun Straighten, Tapes and Secures Cables In Seconds

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If you ever had a set with lots of cables you know how important it is to have them all secured. Even with the best insurance plan you really don’t want anyone stumbling over one of the ‘bumps’. In the ‘good’ scenario, they will stumble curse a little and continue, in the medium scenario they will fall. And in the worse scenario they will take down your $20,000 lights.

So what do you do? You get down on your hands and knees gaff like crazy. Sadly, Gaffing a cable to the floor, while classified as grantwork, is not an easy task. It involves tapping small bits of gaff on the cable and then going back and reapplying gaff to the whole thing.

And this is what the GaffGun is here to solve. The GaffGun is somewhat of a packaging tape dispenser on steroids. You drop a Gaffer roll in the thing and simply roll it on the floor. It has rails to guide the cables and securely gaff them to the floor. This means that it is almost trivial to run cables in a straight line.

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Sekonic Shows Their One-In-The-World Prototype Of The C700 Spectrometer

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Have you ever had to balance LED lights? If you have, you know it is a nightmare. For once not all 6500K are created equal and even if all the LEDs on your setup are set to 6500K, they light output is slightly different. The other thing is that regardless of the color temperature, LED lights (and other pulsing lights, such as fluorescents) do not show a consistent light pattern.

This inconsistent light pattern means that a graph showing the color signature of an LED light may have spikes on certain colors. (have you ever heard on the horrible green spike?). Here is the thing though, (in general) the color meters that we currently have are not built to measure those color spikes, they assume that the signature is linear and sample the light color at wide intervals. Those wide intervals may cause the light meter to miss a spike (or a valley).

This is where the Sekonic C700 comes into play. We had a chat with Sekonic International sales director, Lorenzo Gasperini and he explained to us how the C700 is coping with those issues. There are some good news. Apparently, Sekonic rushed production and only had 2 of the C700 units produced, and even those were not guaranteed to be the final models. And there is nothing more exciting than putting your hands on a one of a kind unit :). And yes, the screen was stellar :)

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Train Kills One Photographer And Injures Two More While Taking Photos On Train Rails

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Apparently the risk taken while walking on/near railroads does not match the need for taking beautiful photos.

One man was killed and another two injured while taking photos on a train trestle in Santa Barbara.

According to Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason the 4 people foreign students were standing on a trestle which bridges a coastal canyon taking pictures. when an Amtrak train came near they tried to get off the trestle, but did not make it.

Only a month ago a wedding party escaped a close encounter with a train in what Reddit commenter city_nightowl pointed out to be more than a few isolated incidents. There have been many similar cases over the last few years:

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Watch The Technology Under The Plastic In Nikon Lenses

We know that lenses are some of the most innovative piece of technology around. It actually quote surprising how much technology one can cram into what once was “just a piece of glass”. But today’s lenses feature so much tech and innovation that it is scary. This promotional clip from Nikon Asia shows how each of the different lens technologies look like once you take the lens shell away and look inside it.

The music is horrible, but it gives some great understanding on how a lens actually works, including some insight into the VR mechanism.

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Understanding Full-Frame vs Crop-Sensor Impacts on Depth-Of-Field And Perspective

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There has been a lot of discussion going on about what are the impacts of using a crop sensor vs full frame when using a particular lens. How are crop factor sensors impacting depth of field and what are they doing to composition. In fact if you went to any photography forum on the web, you are likely to get as many answers as forum members.

Of course, the answer to that question really depend what you are comparing and how you are doing your tests. Photographer Neil van Niekerk did a thorough test accompanied with clear explanations on what actually makes a difference when using a crop sensor vs a full frame and  the answer is not that simple.

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