Turning your work into a brand is not an easy task, and it may seem overwhelming if you’re just starting it out. In this episode of Chase Jarvis RAW, Chase Jarvis meets Ben Von Wong. They’ll share some tips and thoughts that could help all photographers wanting to build a brand and grow their business.
Transitioning from one shot to the next in a video or film has a huge psychological effect on the viewer. It can be seamless showing an instantaneous switch from one viewpoint to another. Or, it can show the passage of time. They can be relaxing or jarring. It all depends on the feeling you want the viewer to have.
With the proliferation of affordable video cameras and editing software, new transitions pop up all the time. Not all of them work for every pair of clips, but they all have their place. In this video, filmmaker Darious Britt shows us 6 easy in-camera transitions that you can use yourself. While aimed at vloggers, you can adapt these to fit many genres of video.
Earlier this month, DIYP featured some of the most beautiful lava shots I’ve ever seen. But there was a price to pay for these photos: photographer Erez Marom melted his drone. Seeing the images, I’d say it was definitely worth it. And now, Erez has published the drone footage of the lava flows which caused his drone to melt. And guess what – the video is just as beautiful as the photos.
Freckles are beautiful, but not all of us are lucky to have them. So, we can sometimes cheat a little bit. If you want to add freckles to your model’s face, you can use make-up, of course. But if you’d rather add them after the shoot, Aaron Nace from Phlearn will show you how. In this simple tutorial, he’ll teach you how to create custom brushes and turn them into natural-looking freckles in a couple of minutes.
It’s not rare that photographers get inspired by other types of art. Melbourne-based photographer Bill Gekas draws inspiration from the old master painters like Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Vermeer and Velazquez. And while he masterfully recreates the light, atmosphere and tones of the classical paintings – he adds some family fun to it.
The main protagonist of Bill’s portraits is his daughter Athena, who first posed for the photos when she was only three years old. And now, almost seven years later, the project is still ongoing and these amazing portraits are popular all over the world. Bill has shared some details about his work with DIYP, along with some of his beautiful photos.
As much as I love going out and using gear and creating stuff with it, I can’t help but get excited about the geeky technical side of photography and video, too. This particular video from Curious Droid talks about ultra high speed cameras. And while the Panasonic GH5 with its 180fps 4K footage is quite impressive, we’re talking cameras that shoot millions of frames per second.
I had wondered in the past how cameras had managed to track objects in slow motion moving at or over the speed of sound. And we’ve all seen the nuclear test footage of bombs exploding in slow motion. But how did they manage this? Especially given the technology of the day? Turns out, it’s all down to mirrors.
It feels like only yesterday that the world was being convinced that 4K is the future. Now, at a rapid pace, we’re already being pushed toward 8K. I’m not complaining. The higher resolution the cameras & capture devices get, the more options we get in post – even if the final content is being created for 1080p or 4K display.
Sharp recently announced its new 8K broadcast camera a few days ago, and now Blackmagic have come along with their new DeckLink 8K Pro. A capture card that’ll work with SD, HD, UHD, 4K and 8K 12Bit RGB 4:4:4 signals. It can also handle 64 audio channels and stereoscopic 3D. And it does it in real time.
I’m not the biggest fan of digital black and white conversions. They’re often just far too much work and effort to get the look that I want. There are a million different ways to make black & white conversions. Until you try a bunch of them, though, you usually don’t really know how quite they’re going to turn out. So, if I know I want black & white then I usually just shoot them on film.
But it is possible to make great black & whites digital conversions from colour shots, though. This video from Blake Rudis at f64 Academy talks us through his three-stage process to make his black & white images.
The new Sony A7RIII has a new function that is called Pixel Shift. This function basically increases the resolution of your images by 4 times. In short: the camera takes 4 photos and shifts the sensor 1 pixel in between. By combining these images later (the camera doesn’t do this) you get an image that has 4 times the resolution of a normal raw image (4×42 Megapixel). This does NOT mean your file is suddenly 168 Megapixels. The files you get are still 42 Megapixel but they contain way more detail, especially noticeable when you zoom in 100%.
So how exactly does this work? By shifting the sensor by 1 pixel in every direction the sensor captures the full RGB data for every pixel. This is explained in Sony’s own video:
Ever had to carry a C-Stand from one place to another? If you do you know how cumbersome it is. It’s big. It’s heavy and those legs just seem to get stuck everywhere. If only there was a bag for them…
Enter Matthews. (they say they invented C-stand, but I am really not that old to know this…). Matthews came up with two bags to transport C-Stands; one to put on your shoulder, and one with wheels.