Direction, Cinematography, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Out of everything I’ve learned when it comes to photography, what strengthened my work the most was watching movies. Much of how I shoot my pictures today came from observing and comparing different directors and cinematographers. It’s why I started writing about film at all here in the first place – We’re not No Film School, but it’s still never a bad thing to learn from a good looking movie. Most of us are familiar with the concepts covering film direction and cinematography in general – but considering this is at heart a “DIY” blog, I thought it’d be cool to give a visual presentation on just how much both factor into the end result of a film. So let’s compare two relatively recent films that adapt the same source material: Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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The iPhone 5S Gets its First 4K App; and it’s Available Right Now for Only $999

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Apple doesn’t have any plans on implementing 4K into their iPhone models anytime soon, as we already know from last week’s keynote, but it looks like someone managed to make it happen already. Developing company i4software has a new app out called Vizzywig 4K, and if you’ve got an iPhone 5S, iOS 7.0, and about $1,000, you can get it from the App Store right now.

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Apple Introduces the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with Phase Detection Auto-Focus, Optical Image Stabilization, 240 FPS Video, and More

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For the past few years now, Apple’s keynotes have highlighted how the iPhone has now become the world’s most popular camera. With today’s event, the company shifted the focus towards the fact that it’s the worlds most widely used video camera; and that’s exactly what the technology behind the iPhone 6 focuses on, as well.

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Let’s start off with the still photography. It shouldn’t be surprising that the new iPhone 6 still retains an 8 megapixel camera; the pixel size hasn’t gotten bigger than the iPhone 5S’s 1.5 microns, and the aperture remains the same at f/2.2. So what’s different?

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Fuji’s Photokina Teaser: Is Mirrorless Really as Evolved as They Say it is?

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There was a graphic released by Fuji this past weekend that many of you may have seen by now. It’s a clever little play on the famous “March of Progress” painting we all probably have pop into our heads when we think of evolution; this time, however, the painting depicts an evolution from using SLR cameras to going mirrorless.

Without trying to sound like I can’t take a joke (because that’s what this graphic ultimately is), I wanted to add my own comment on this image. I’ve said before, myself, that mirrorless is likely going to become the next standard for the world of photography; my Chrome browser’s spell check isn’t recognizing the word “mirrorless” right now, but it soon will be. That being said, I think Fuji’s latest advertisement is completely missing any point it’s trying to make.

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Sigma Gearing to Aim at Tamron With New Massive Telephoto Lens

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It’s that time of the year again, and with Photokina back in session comes the inevitable new gear announcements, as well as the rumors leading up to them. This time, the rumors are about a new and upcoming telephoto lens from Sigma. Made for their Sports line, the 150-600mm F/5.6-6.3 lens seems to be a direct competitor to Tamron’s own recently released 150-600mm model.

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Sony Aims To Turn Smartphones Into Full DSLRs with the QX1 and QX30

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Yesterday, Sony’s upcoming QX1 was leaked onto the internet, giving us our first look at the lens mount and exactly what it’s expected to bring to smartphone users. The device wasn’t just officially announced today; it’s coming with a partner, as well, called the QX30.

I’ll start off with a TL;DR. Basically, we got the QX1 down yesterday: a mount compatible with any E-mount lens Sony offers. The newly announced QX30, however, is a fixed lens mount with an appropriate-to-title 30X optical zoom.

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Sony Set to Introduce New Interchangeable Lens Mount for Smartphones

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According to SonyAlphaRumors, Sony is preparing to announce another addition to its line-up of professional lens mounts for smartphones. This time, however, the new mount allows you to switch out between the lenses offered on their E-Mount line.

“These are the first pictures of the ILCE-QX1 E-mount camera. The third QX camera after the QX10 and QX100 (here one Bay). But unlike the other two this hasn’t a fixed lens but is an E-mount module. It has an APS-C sensor (not sure yet but should have the same great A6000 24MP sensor with fast af), built-in flash, costs 300 Euro body only and 450 Euro with 16-50mm lens.”

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Trust Issues: The 4Chan Photo Leak, and What We Need to Learn From It

Louis CK did a bit on Jimmy Kimmel Live, once, where he spoke about Cloud services, and just how absurd it sounds to pay someone you don’t know to look after your personal pictures.

That video’s been getting reposted pretty frequently since what happened over the weekend, and it’s no wonder why. For those who don’t know by now, last Saturday the private pictures of over 10 different celebrities were leaked onto the internet by an anonymous user on 4Chan. According to the running stories, the pictures may have all came from iCloud, and someone found a way to hack into the servers. Literally hours after appearing on 4Chan, those pictures were on the front page of Reddit; twenty-four hours later, the FBI released a statement declaring that the leaker will be brought to justice.

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Gawker Reporter Launches a Witch Hunt, Attacks a Photographer Allegedly Using Ferguson For Self-Promotion

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Over the past month, the events taking place in Ferguson have become a significant catalyst for rising tensions between the public and the media. With the emotional responses that issues of racism trigger across the political spectrum coupled with the response to police brutality that we’re already so familiar with, there’s an unsettling amount of conflict for the journalists and photographers involved.

Just recently, that crossfire hit 30-year-old freelance photographer Leo York, who was present in Ferguson during the riots. An Al Jazeera writer posted an article discussing his contempt for the media’s reaction to the events, and mentioned how an unnamed reporter asked him if he could take a picture of him and Anderson Cooper. That same reporter also mentioned how he was there for the “networking opportunities”.

“One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a ‘networking opportunity.’ He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper.”

- From Ryan Schuessler’s original article on Al Jazeera

After the post went viral, grabbing attention from multiple online blogs, Gawker reporter J.K. Trotter posted an article asking readers to find out who the people being referred to in the post were since the Al Jazeera writer, Ryan Schuessler, wouldn’t give out any names. Eventually, a few readers managed to deliver on the request, finding pictures of Leo York posing with Anderson Cooper on the former’s personal Twitter account.

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Pentax K-S1: A DSLR Camera Built for a Generation of Beginners

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Typically, DSLR cameras aren’t really ever about fashion over form. Almost every high-end model out there comes in a bulky black, various buttons surrounding an LCD screen, and an interface that just assumes you know exactly what you’re doing. And then there’s the Pentax K-S1, a mid-range DSLR camera that’s set to come in colors as vibrant as the entirety of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Yesterday, I posted an article about Instagram, and it talked about the new generation of photographers growing up today with smartphones. If it wasn’t for smartphones, many of those people probably wouldn’t have ever gotten into photography, and the minimal touch screen interfaces they’ve been accustomed to are all that they probably know when it comes to using a camera. For older generations, that’s the equivalent of using a disposable or a compact point-and-shoot. With Pentax’s new K-S1, Ricoh attempts to build a bridge that fills that learning gap and draws younger photographers closer to the DSLR world.

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