Other than coming home with great photos, traveling enriches your soul and helps you learn more about yourself, the others, and the world. A young Swiss couple shares this point of view, and they have even quit their jobs so they can travel Asia for six months. And it wasn’t for nothing. Sylvain Botter and Jenny Gehrig visited nine Asian countries and returned home with thousands of photos. They used them to create an epic hyperlapse called “Share Your Dream”, to share their adventure and inspire others to travel.
Today, we see plenty of awesome timelapse videos created with still cameras. Sometimes they are even made from screenshots. But twenty years ago, they weren’t very common. In 1997, Alastair Thain filmed a commercial for Nikon F5, “technically the quickest camera in the world”. And to prove it really was the quickest, he created a timelapse using precisely this still camera. The results are pretty cool, both in terms of the quality and the mood of the commercial.
When you create a vlog, a video tutorial or any kind of video material, a lot of factors play a role in the number of views you get. It’s not just about creating quality content and making it interesting, but you should also know human nature and some psychology to make the videos more engaging.
A recent study offers a simple psychological trick that can double the views on your videos. And it comes down to one single word. According to the study, you should say it twice in the first five seconds of the video to make people stick to it and get more engaged. And if you’d like a hint: I used it in the very first sentence of this article.
We’ve all seen the animations showing “how focal length affects your subject“. Whenever one gets posted, the smart ones chime in with “It’s nothing to do with your focal length, it’s all about subject distance”. And, they’re right. The confusion really all comes down to equivalent framing of the subject. If you stay where you are and just change focal length, nothing happens to the distortion in your subject’s face. They just get smaller or larger in the frame.
But, if you want to keep your subject the same size regardless of lens used, you have to move. With a longer lens you go further away. With a shorter one, you have to get closer. To illustrate this, the folks at Fstoppers have put a video together showing how the two work in combination with each other. The correlation between changing focal length and subject distance.
With the recent official launch of the Fujigilm GFX 50S some photographers have been left wondering exactly what market it’s aimed at. The array of videos they’ve released along with it cover a wide range of topics. But now Fuji have spoken. Makoto Oishi is manager of Fujifilm’s Sales and Marketing Group. He told DPReview in an interview that “Fashion, commercial and landscape photographers are the main targets”.
Manager for Technical Marketing, Billy Luong, also expects the camera will appeal highly to wedding photographers. Architects are also mentioned. So, it seems they’re actually throwing out a pretty wide net. But they’re not just aiming at professionals, at least when it comes to landscapes. They’re also hoping to capture the high end amateur market, too.
Are you planning to buy LED light? Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter shared some tips before you make the final decision. No matter if you’re buying LED light for the first time or you already own some of them, you may find these tips useful and choose the best model for your needs. And even though he aims at video shooters, most of these tips are also applicable to photographers.
Launched and subsequently acquired by Twitter in 2012, Vine has been a valuable outlet for many creatives. The service that let you post your life in six second chunks announced its closure in October, and now it’s finally moving onto the next step in its evolution. Vine will not go away completely, but it will become a camera app. With 200 million active users before its end, users can now publish their short clips straight to Twitter.
Today, though, is the last day that users have to be able to download their Vine videos from the site. So, if you don’t have your clips backed up safely already, you’ll want to hurry. They’ll all be disappearing very soon. Vine haven’t stated the exact hour or timezone that this option will finish, though. While the site says the downloads are only available until the 17th, today is the 18th where I am, and the option is still there.
FiLMiC Pro has been my go to app for mobile video for the past few years. Whether I want to shoot a quick personal clip or shoot some behind the scenes footage, it mostly works great. There’s one or two issues, like drifting audio and no ability to shoot 23.976fps (it does exactly 24), but it’s still the most useful video app out there.
One thing that’s a big problem common to all mobile video apps, though, is the contrast and colour typically provided by most phones sucks. The team behind FiLMiC Pro are getting around this by giving us a Log profile in future update, though. This produces an extremely flat shot out of camera, but allows for capture of more dynamic range. Filmmaker Matteo Bertoli got his hands on it early, and posted up some sample clips to YouTube.
Capturing footage with a moving car has typically meant one of three things. Either you’ve got an operator clutching a camera pointed through a window or missing door. The camera is fixed to the vehicle itself, strapped to all manner of poles, suction cups and various other things. Or, you hire a vehicle equipped with the Ultimate Arm. Now, that’s all about to change.
Thanks to the rapidly advancing gimbal technology we have today, other options become easier to develop. This is where the Motocrane steps in. A universal camera platform that can be mounted from almost any vehicle. And they say the setup takes half an hour or less. In this 30 second teaser video, it seems to handle extremely well, too.