Death Valley Timelapse Accidentally Captures A Rare Southern Aurora

Death Valley in California is not where you usually expect to find an aurora. Those are usually found way more to the north.

Death Valley Timelapse Accidentally Captures A Rare Southern Aurora

However team Starchasers came across a rare phenomena that caused an Aurora to appear as south as Death Valley, CA while they were shooting March 16th – 18th 2013.

Apparently on March 17, 2013 a rare Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) hit Earth’s magnetic field causing a magnificent and powerful aurora.

Watch closely at 1:36 and 2:22 for the appearance of the corona. [Read more…]

The Slider World Is Changing, Innovating, Are You Game?

I have said it many times before. A slider is probably the first gadget you want to get if you are going into videography. It is one of the fastest ways to add production value to a movie.

The Slider World Is Changing, Are You Game?

It is also great for doing motion timelapse and almost all the time lapse movies we feature on the blog have some sort of sliding motion. And while getting a set of wheels on a rail may seem trivial, there has been a lot of innovation with this over the last year. It seems that even a triviality like a slider has ample space for innovation. [Read more…]

Hotel Keys Don’t Work? Make An LCD Hood! A Pictorial

Have you ever got stuck out side of your hotel room with the plastic keys not working and decided to go on a photowalk, but it was too sunny to read the LCD? Have you? Really wanted an LCD hood, but could not find one.

Hotel Keys Dont Work? Make An LCD Hood? A Pictorial

Well, you’re in luck because master pictorial maker Maciej Pietuszynski has just what you need – a Hotel Room Key to LCD hood pictorial. It has little text and great step by step pictures for you to follow.

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Why Magic Lantern Raw Video Is The Best Thing That Happened To Canon

If you are living anywhere on this little planet of ours and are subscribed to any of the blogs about photography, videography, HDSLR, or cinematography you are probably aware that the Magic Lantern team has a firmware that can shoot RAW video on a Canon 5Dmk3 in up to 3592×1320 resolution.

Magic Lantern Raw Video Is The Best Thing That Happened To Canon

While this is not an official release by Canon, and so far I have not seen any response from their PR department or from other reps, I think that this is the best thing that Canon could have wished for. [Read more…]

Saying No To Jobs And Getting Paid

This post by Andreas Bergmann explores some of the business aspects of being a photographer. Mainly, Should you work for free, and should you accept under paid jobs

Walking a tightrope

One of the hardest lessons to learn, and not only learn but accept and incorporate into your way of doing things, is that sometimes you just need to say no to jobs. For your own sake, for your client’s sake, and for your career’s sake. I think this is proportionally harder the earlier you are in your career as a photographer, and making these decisions can feel like walking a tightrope, but I sure would have benefited from someone sitting me down and telling me this a looooong time ago. So today we’re going to talk about saying no to jobs, and getting paid. [Read more…]

Magic Lantern: Canon 5DmkIII Raw Recording Up To 3592X1320 + Double Buffering

Yesterday we shared that the Magic Lantern team managed to pull a RAW HD stream from the Canon 5DmkIII and today EOSHD shares some hands on with this mode achieving good quality 2.5K (2880 x 1320) and even 3.6K (albeit with some frames dropped).

Magic Lantern: Canon 5DmkIII Raw Recording Up To 3592X1320 + Double Buffering

This is in addition to a new announcement on the ML facebook page, where they share that they implemented double buffering on RAW for the mkII and mkIII.

This double buffering will reduce screen tearing on shot footage.

Screen tearing is “glitch” that shows up when two frames are mashed up in a video stream. An artifact that ML’s double buffering seems to reduce.

A few videos and more info after the jump. [Read more…]

Magic Lantern Pulls RAW Video at 24FPS From Canon’s 5D mkIII

Here are some great news to start off the week. The team at Magic Lantern – Canon’s unsupported firmware just shared an interesting bit of information. They were able to use the firmware to pull uncompressed RAW video from Canon’s 5DmkIII.

Magic Lantern Pulls RAW Video at 24FPS From Canon's 5D mkIII

Usually, the video that’s coming out of the 5D is a compressed H.264 stream which both reduces the resolution and the dynamic range of the data coming from the sensor. But the RAW video provide more resolution and more dynamic rage, just like a RAW file provide those over a jpg file. [Read more…]

Introduction To Tethered Shooting

Tethered shooting is connecting a computer to the camera when you shoot so the pictures you take a downloaded to the computer rather than (or in addition) to a memory card.

Usually, the camera and computer are connected by cable, hence tethering.

In this tutorial, I am going to go over tethered shooting, why (or when) you should shoot tethered, how it is done and what is the gear involved.

Introduction To Tethered Shooting

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2,000 Water Drops Were Used To Create This In-Drop Animation

While this short movie looks like was taken inside a single drop of water, it was actually taken with 2,000 distinct drops each carefully shot in a slightly different location with a slightly different background.

2,000 Water Drops Were Used To Create This In-Drop Animation

Physalia Studio created Entropy – this stop motion – high speed hybrid as a logo animation for IdN magazine. It shows a droplet falling while a card is placed behind it and lit. 320 different cards were rendered and then printed. and as the drop fell to create the animation. This is how you do it for one drop. Imagine 2,000. [Read more…]