What’s the best way to ensure that you’ll get the perfect selfie at a famous landmark? Well, smack whoever tries to take that ideal spot you picked! Of course, I’m not being serious here, but two women at Trevi Fountain in Rome actually got into a fight over a selfie. And what’s more, even their families got involved and the police had to intervene.
A big thing for me, as a location shooter, is portable power. Whether it’s for powering lights and cameras or charging them up when they’re dead, power on location is always a struggle. It always seems that more of the kit I take out with me uses power or now seems to drain power much faster than it used to as they cram more tech into cameras.
Blind Spot Gear, though, want to try to make life a little easier for us, though. The Power Junkie is a new adapter plate that lets you turn standard Sony NP-F batteries into a pair of USB sockets and a 7.4v output for powering cameras with dummy batteries.
While the Mavic 2 is the talk of the town, people often forget that DJI isn’t the only drone company out there. There’s also Yuneec. Over the years, Yuneec have brought out some pretty cool drones. There’s the Typhoon hexacopter, the little Breeze 4K that we saw at Photokina 2016, and we’ve seen their tech in other products such as the Steadicam Volt stabiliser.
Now, Yuneec have introduced a new drone, the Mantis Q. And while it looks to go head to head with the Mavic Air, it has something special up its sleeve. Bucking the trend of gesture control (although it has those, too), the Mantis Q is voice operated.
Thinking about switching from DSLR to mirrorless? It will have its advantages, but there are some challenges too. In this video, Pierre Lambert talks about switching from Nikon DSLR to Sony A7R III. He will give you seven warnings you might not have thought about. So, no matter if you want to switch to the existing cameras or you’re waiting for that Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras to arrive: read this first.
Most people wish they could look a few years younger when captured on camera. Especially these days, with 4K and 8K cameras that seem to catch every pore and detail. While retouching to “fix” this is common with stills photography, it’s much more tricky to achieve in video. But filmmaker Rousselos Aravantinos seems to have it cracked.
Using a combination of Nuke and Mocha Pro, Rousselos says he’s been playing with new techniques to achieve some digital age reduction. And his results are just incredible. And he’s not just been working on faces, either.
Even though Nikon D850 isn’t an action camera, it’s surprisingly tough and resilient. In a recent video published by Nikon Asia, you can see how the company’s experts test the durability of the Nikon D850. It turns out that you can use it in pretty harsh conditions without worrying that it will get damaged.
The guys at Corridor are fairly well known for their flying cameras. From others, we’ve also seen action cameras stuffed into a giant nerf football and attached to kites to get an airborne view. And then there are a million drone videos. So, video from the air needs to be pretty interesting to catch our attention these days.
Well, this one sure is interesting. The Corridor Crew actually attached an Insta360 One camera to an arrow. Yes, one that you fire out of a bow. And the results are pretty cool. Even if it does require a repair after each time it’s fired.
In the latest teaser of the Nikon mirrorless, we had a sneak peek at the camera body. However, the teaser video doesn’t reveal what the back of the camera looks like. But a sketch that recently appeared on Nikon Rumors shows what you can expect from the dials and the screen at the back, so you can form a more complete picture of the upcoming camera.
Sometimes, you aren’t able to get access to the types of real locations you need in order to photograph somebody. Sometimes the location might have a fee to rent it, there might not be enough time to arrange it, or it may simply be out of bounds. But there are other ways around the problem. Like reconstructing it in your own studio space.
When the background is thrown out of focus, it’s easy to fake all kinds of looks. That’s what Jeff Carpenter of Readylight Media explores in this video, where he creates a fake recording studio out of pegboard and a cardboard box for the background of a client headshot.