Recently I started adding monitor calibration to my workflow and I am grateful that I did. I am using the Spyder4 Elite to do my calibration and I am going explain what it is and how it can help save your butt.
BAFTA Guru sat down for an interview with J.J. Abrams which gives a little insight into the director’s thoughts.
My biggest takeaway from the interview, and something I feel is deeply relevant to photographers in particular and any story tellers in general are one advice Abrahams got from his dad and one that he passes on as his own:
And his parallel advice to go out and shoot – “Go out and make your movie!“
While this was super good news, the process of getting the files out of the camera and convert them to a RAW video was a bit cumbersome involving windows, mac, and after effects.
London Grammar just released their new video – Wasting My Young Years. One of the most interesting things about this video is that it features several bullet time shots that are not only shot on film, but are shot on 625 pinhole cameras.
So, how do you shoot 625 pinholes simultaneously? See the video and BTS after the jump. [Read more…]
Even if you’ve never heard about Hamburg based studio, The Marmalade, there is a good chance you are familiar with their work. They are the studio responsible for many of the fascinating High Speed / Slow Mo footage in many commercials including Lipton Ice tea, Pepsi, Daimler, Dove and many, many others.
The studio specializes in creating incredible, slo-mo footage and they have perfected this into science.
Their main difference from other slow-mo footage is that they are using a robot called spike to control the motion and focus of any standard camera. That enable the team to precisely repeat moves that would not otherwise be possible.
Spike’s extended arm has a reach of 1.6 meters. The robotic arm itself weighs 250kg. the base onto which the arm is fastened weighs about 300kg. [Read more…]
Here are some great news for the photographers/makers out there. Raspberry Pi just released their camera module into the world.
This is a 5MP camera which uses a similar imaging core (though different optics and sensor) to the Nokia N8. The camera module costs $25 and is available to order from MCM or Element 14 (North America) and RS or Farnell (Europe).
The board adds a 5MP camera to the Raspberry Pi board and can take static images with resolution up to 2592X1944, and stream video both 1080p, or 720p and as with any Raspberry Pi project where you take it from here is entirely up to you. Having a fully customizable camera for $60 ($35 Pi board + $25 Camera module) is not a trivial thing. [Read more…]
Death Valley in California is not where you usually expect to find an aurora. Those are usually found way more to the north.
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…]
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.
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…]
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.
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.
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.
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…]
Allen Mowery is a commercial and lifestyle photographer, pseudo-philosopher, and wannabe documentarian killing time amidst the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him. You can check out his work on his website or follow along on Facebook, Twitter (@allenmowery), and 500px.
JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.
JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.
Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!