ARRI Fresnel lights are known for great quality of light, but also for being super-hot. But are they hot enough to cook breakfast on them? Apparently, yes! In this video, Sweet Lou Photography does a super-funny challenge of frying eggs using three different ARRI Fresnel lights. So let’s see how they perform.
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Time-of-Flight (TOF) has started popping up more and more lately. It feels like a bit of a buzzword, but it’s actually pretty cool tech. Essentially, it sends out some kind of light (typically a laser) into the environment and then times how long it takes for it to bounce off those objects, creating a pretty accurate 3D map of its surroundings.
It can then use this data for various functions. In the case of phones, that means things like the fake bokeh everybody seems to love these days, but also for faster and more accurate autofocus. And according to a report on MacRumors, it’s coming to two 2020 iPhone models.
With a heatwave rolling over America & Europe, photographers are going to be dealing with some pretty direct light. Here are some tips about dealing with harsh shadows and high contrast.
This blog is pretty good timing, as I have just come back from a shoot in the UK. 10 lucky winners in association with Sigma UK and Amateur Photography Magazine, had won the chance to come down to London and photograph two traditional Geisha (Mai Watanabe and Chiyono Watanabe.) I was asked to set up the shoot & help with the lighting as part of the day.
Photographing Geisha’s on a London Rooftop with the direct & bright sun was not ideal. But with some thinking, we worked out a set up that was pretty good. The main objective of the shot was to show the color of the face and keep the flat color tones. I wanted to show the makeup as much as possible. Getting the image as soft as possible while still showing the colors in the silk was another objective. The bright sunlight was very overpowering and creating deep shadows.
In my never ending search for that “special” photographic look that sets me apart from the competition, I recently discovered that overexposing film increases the grain and adds a vintage pictorial look to my images. So I wanted to explore that look further. To that end, I wanted to find out if this film grain can be copied in the digital world using Adobe Lightroom. So I went out and shot a few rolls of film and shot the same images with my digital camera. I used the same lens and F stop for each image. (Well, almost the same F stop. I made a few mistakes but it was close enough for my purposes)
Aputure has come a long way since its founding in 2005. Every year they bring us an array of newer and better lights, and occasionally something that’s just a little bit different. But one light that got a lot of attention at NAB 2019 in Las Vegas a few months ago was the Aputure 300D Mark II.
Well, now it’s available to buy and is shipping now. The Aputure 300D Mark II builds upon the original in a number of ways, sporting a new enclosure, with a new control unit, wireless capabilities and it’s 20% brighter than its predecessor, offering 45,000 lux output with the reflector at one metre and 80,000 lux with the Fresnel attachment.
Zhiyun has refreshed its popular Crane-M with a new model. Not surprisingly, it’s called the Zhiyun Crane-M2. Designed to be as versatile as possible for travelling filmmakers, this lightweight motorised 3-axis gimbal is designed for use with small mirrorless cameras, compact cameras, phones and action cameras.
It offers up to 8 hours battery life, features “enhanced camera control”, Bluetooth and WiFi control, and a Crane 2-style OLED display. Zhiyun says that the Crane-M2 is “a revolution in affordable camera stabilisation technology”.
When you shoot video, the sound is as important as the picture. If you want to improve both the sound and the lighting, you can kill two birds with one stone with this awesome DIY project. In this video, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter will show you how to make your own sound panels that will help you improve audio, but you can also use them for lighting.
This is quite an interesting idea from Canon. I mean, photographers are often losing lens caps, especially if they shoot on location. You take off your cap, put it down somewhere, come back to it after shooting and suddenly, oh, where’s it gone? I’ve lost track of how many I’ve lost by now, to the point where I usually buy 5 at a time.
Canon’s new patent application (JP 2019-113645), though, describes a lens cap with a barndoor style configuration that allows you to open it up, shoot through it, and then close it again without having to take it off the lens at all.
The Gimbal Wars – we can call it that, right? – have been hotting up over the last few years with the likes of DJI, Zhiyun, Moza and others all competing for your gimbal dollars. There seems to be a constant struggle between them over load capacity, responsiveness, smoothness of motion, camera connectivity, mobile control and a bunch of other factors.
But probably the biggest complaint with the DJI Ronin-S was that of weight. It’s a hefty beast. Well now, DJI has announced the new DJI Ronin-SC motorised 3-axis gimbal designed specifically for use with mirrorless cameras, weighing in at only 1.1kg (2.4lbs – 41% lighter than the Ronin-S) and can be taken apart for easy storing in your backpack.[Read More…]