Russian photographers and rooftoppers, Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov became internet sensations when they began releasing dizzying video footage of them free climbing to insane heights. Like clear to the top of the Shanghai Tower, for example. Even in their early rooftopping days, the teams fearlessness garnered attention, helping to spread worldwide interest in the death defying trend.
Backups! We all need them, we hardly make ‘em!
Over the years, as a digital artist, I have on occasion lost bodies of work. I lost them when building a new PC, I lost them when my drive crashed, fell, burnt, and I even lost them while watching in horror as I mistakenly said yes to “are you sure you want to format drive D”?.
Data keeps piling up, and to keep everything archived we need at least double the amount of drive space.
Luckily I don’t do animation anymore so my projects aren’t that super large anymore, but I have been photographing and editing work for a couple of years now and the data pile keeps growing. Next to that I kept running out of space locally, and kept buying new drives for my Drobo to accommodate my expanding archive. The problem with new drives to store your projects is that you need to copy your data over and over, you get sloppy, you forget projects, you ignore folders, and in the end you lost some precious pictures in the transfer process.
I’m a creative artist, and even though I have OCD tendencies, I get bored with tedious tasks and mistakes are easily made. I needed a better backup plan to safeguard my body of work, without having to spend too much time on this task.
Now there are numerous ways to maintain a backup, but I’m going to share one that has been working for me the past few years, and makes me feel secure about my data.
here’s my hardware setup:
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.
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.
Regardless of skill level, we’ve all made at a least a few of these common photography faux pas. Even pros like Jeff Cable are guilty of a few, which is precisely why he’s here to share his experiences and advice on how you can recognize the mistakes as you’re committing them and what you can do correct it.
The clip is about an hour long, but don’t let that deter you. Jeff is an outstanding educator who knows how to keep it light, fun, and engaging. Watch the video here, then we’ll recap the list for you after the jump…
Police are investigating a string of three burglaries that took place in the San Jose, California area, which they believe are all connected. The thieves targeted high-end camera/cinema production equipment sellers and production houses including popular camera manufacturers, Blackmagic Design.
Blackmagic was hit the hardest with losses totaling between $1.2 and $1.5 million dollars. Representatives from Blackmagic say the burglars took more than 350 cameras and computers. Core Microsystems, another company hit by the thieves, say the thieves were professionals as they drilled through several layers of drywall and snipped internet and phone lines (heist style) before taking off with over $200,000 worth of equipment. [Read more...]
One of the awesome things about being a well known photographer like Scott Kelby, is that Canon sends you pre-production models of their latest cameras just so you can test them out. When Canon asked Kelby if he’d test out their forthcoming Canon 7D Mark II, of course he accepted.
Once the 7D arrived, Kelby wasted no time before he took it our for a test drive, shooting with it at couple sporting events over the course of a weekend. Check out his full review, along with a heap of sample images, in the video below. (In case you skip through the video and miss the disclaimer, all of the images Kelby shot were JPEG, not RAW. Since the camera hasn’t been released yet, there is no RAW support for it in photo editing software. Except where noted by Kelby, they are also “out of the camera”, meaning no post processing was performed.) [Read more...]
As someone who, admittedly, still hasn’t entirely accepted the Creative Cloud (and as someone who prefers their editing programs to be desktop based), I confess that I’ve been moonlighting with the Capture One Pro software as a potential replacement for when/if I’m ever ready to branch away from Adobe. I also admit that I’ve been a little lazy when it comes to taking the time to learn and establish a workflow using the Photoshop alternative. Needless to say, I was pleased as punch to see Michael Woloszynowicz from FStoppers do a full walk through video of his post production process using only Capture One Pro 8.
Even if you’re not interested in the Capture One software, the video still provides you with an excellent tutorial on non-destructive fashion and beauty editing, so be sure to jot down some notes!
Equipped with a Panasonic GH3 and a GoPro 3, director and photographer, Leonardo Dalessandri spent 20 days exploring Turkey, travelling over 3500 km and documenting his experience along the way. The result is this incredible 3 1/2 minute long perspective of Turkey that handily trumps the stock footage travel videos that are oh-so-common these days.
Aspiring filmmakers should be taking a few notes as Dalessandri demonstrates his editing skills and post production prowess. Not to mention the wickedly brilliant sound design that went in to the short film with a little help via contributions from musician Ludovico Einaudi, and voice over actress, Meryem Aboulouafa. Watchtower Of Turkey is definately one you don’t want to miss! [Read more...]
Tony Northrup and his wife, Chelsea shared this gem with us on their Facebook page today, and I’m pretty sure every wildlife photographer who has ever made the mistake of bringing a non-photographer with them on a photo adventure will really appreciate it.
“Did you ever get your pictures in National Geographic? [No] That’s too bad, my uncle did once.”