When I was a kid, stop-motion was the thing. There were many cartoons made using this technique, and I was enchanted by them. I even tried doing it with my old camera and some toys, but of course, it didn’t look like I imagined. If you’re enchanted by stop-motion like me, you will enjoy this video from Great Big Story. It’s a story about the master of stop-motion animator Phil Tippett and his project “Mad God.” A story of decades dedicated to his passion, and the incredible result he got from it.
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A few years ago, the Strobist movement went crazy, and that was when a lot of people discovered high-speed flash sync for the first time. To those of us who are used to seeing a ‘sync speed’ of a maximum of 1/60 on a camera, high-speed syncing was absolutely magical… But have you ever stopped to think how the flash manufacturers tackled that challenge? Read on to find out…[Read More…]
Have you ever wondered why the images you created a few years ago look very different from the pictures you are taking now? Chances are you became a better photographer. You trained your eye and you got better at post-processing. But I am not talking about the craft. I am talking about the art behind photography. The art that feeds off your emotions.
The Godox AD200 has been out for a couple of years now. But ever since the release of the AD600Pro and AD400Pro, customers have been asking for an updated AD200 with the colour consistency and performance of its larger siblings. Now, the Godox AD200Pro is here, it’s real, and it offers that same level of colour consistency, with 1.8 second recycle times, 1/10th stop power increments and a new recessed LCD panel for better protection.
Nokia’s five-camera smartphone was rumored last year, with some images leaked showing the rear camera setup. And now, HMD Global has finally officially announced it at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Nokia 9 PureView smartphone is real, and it really has five cameras with Zeiss optics.
We are a small crew, this is why it’s handy to have one moving camera that needs no attention when we shoot. It means one less crew person while getting top notch B cam footage. And our slider package of choice for that is the Rhino Ultimate Slider (Amazon | B&H).
Having an automated motorized slider is a powerful tool to have in your box. It allows the same camera moves that your typical slider will allow. But it also adds an array of abilities to the team that a normal slider does not:
Canon has announced a shiny new speedlight. The Canon 470EX-AI. It contains a new feature that’s apparently supposed to make life easier for those who use on-camera flash, but I’m really not entirely sure why. That feature is a new motorised head which allows the flash to re-orient its head when you “double half press” the shutter button. Call me cynical, but this seems to be a solution looking for a problem.
Making a video of cinematic quality doesn’t only depend on the quality of the camera. You can even shoot with your phone if you’re on the budget. But, you may want to add movement to your footage to make it look more professional. InMotion is an automated slider aimed particularly at those filming with smartphones. Additionally, it can support action and mirrorless cameras if that’s your preferred gear. In either case, it promises to provide you with “Hollywood quality content” without breaking the bank.
If there’s one thing of which we can be sure, it’s that if we post a photo to social media, somebody will ask us what settings we used. Tony Northrup recently put out a video begging people to stop asking for the settings used to get a shot. Why? Because it’s useless information. The settings were unique to those circumstances. The camera, the lens, the amount of light available
Now, though, he appears to have caved, and posted this one, showing off around 50 sample photos, along with settings. But don’t think for a second that this means you can go and use those settings to replicate the shot. Tony talks about his thought process for each photograph, and why the settings were what they were. Understanding the why