Do you prefer going to the movies or watching stunning FPV drone videos? Well, here’s both. In another incredible drone video, Jay Christensen takes you on a spin around a movie theatre.
Well, this is an interesting looking light, if not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination. Coming in at $4,999, the Vortex8 is the new flagship LED panel from Australian lighting manufacturer Creamsource. It’s a high powered 650W LED panel with a 60 x 30cm front face and it’s IP65 rated for use in even the wettest of weather.
If you haven’t heard of Creamsource before, that’s perhaps not too surprising. They’re not a common name amongst most photographers and filmmakers. But their kit has been used to light the likes of The Mandalorian, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and more.
Have you seen Ad Astra? Do you remember it being one of the most colourful movies you’ve ever seen? No? Why not?
Many modern space films have been guilty of looking a little drab and desaturated, but can we blame them? Space, as far as many of us see it, is pretty colourless. It’s just a vast black void punctuated only by blindingly bright light. We don’t immediately associate that limitless void with bold, striking colours that exist between those two extremes. So how does a film about space inject colour into its scenes whilst still remaining somewhat realistic?
Many new people who find my work today, think my lighting is simply inspired by me watching a couple of modern films. Either that or I get asked which photographer inspires me the most. The truth behind my lighting and colour inspiration is routed far further back than that though, and not even by cinematographers or photographers at all.
Although I’ve never consciously tried to be inspired by this, my best guess assessment of what inspired me and my work all those years ago was in fact not a photographer at all, but rather a comic.
As the name of the filter alludes to, these lens filters do indeed lower the overall contrast of a shot. To clarify what that means in relation to photography; these filters will reduce the darkness of the shadows by allowing light to bleed into them from surrounding highlights.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K made some pretty big waves when it was announced last year. And given its current high demand, there seems to be no shortage of customers for such a low budget camera. Especially one with such capability. So, it’s not much of a surprise that other manufacturers want to muscle in on that market.
Z-Cam is one such company. They’ve just announced their new E2C camera. A 4K cinema camera, which may very well be the smallest and least expensive on the market right now. And while it doesn’t shoot ProRes or raw video (yet?) it does look like a fairly impressive unit for the price.
Panasonic has now officially announced the new full-frame L mount mirrorless S1H camera. With 6K 3:2 24p video capabilities, 14+ stops of dynamic range, the camera is still technically in the development stages, but it is now definitely on the way. They’re hoping to release it in Autumn 2019, though, and is expected to have a price tag of around $4,000.
Panasonic is expected to announce a new full frame Lumix camera tomorrow. The name “S1S” had been thrown around, but it seems that it’ll actually be called the S1H, according to an early leak of the announcement and photos from French website Magazine Video.
Not too much has been released about its specs yet, except that it’ll shoot 6K 30fps and 4K DCI 60fps 10-bit video, feature V-Log/V-Gamut with a dynamic range of 14 stops, and that it will have no shooting time limit.
So here’s an interesting bit of news, if true. Panasonic is apparently getting ready to announce a new “Cine LUMIX” camera at the end of the month, according to a post on L-Rumors. There isn’t much information about it yet, or, well, any at all, really, except for rumours, but they have high confidence that they’re true.
I’m not a fan of western superhero franchises.
Yes I fully appreciate that I’m in the minority here and it’s certainly not my intention to turn you away in the first sentence, but rather to solidify the fact that this exploration of colour in cinema does not come from a fanboy solely driven by vapid, one dimensional characters and napkin narratives, but rather pure adoration of a masterwork in cinematography.