Nov 212014
 

Have you ever tried macro photography? Here Thomas Shahan gives us a look at his macro techniques. It is well worth watching!

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Nov 212014
 

I would say that he Cinema5D team does the best video reviews on new cameras. Johnnie Behiri filmed this example and gives a frank review of the 4K video capabilities of the new Panasonic Lumix LX100. I learn more about cinematography each time I see one of the short films Johnnie shoots.

“If I have to define the Panasonic LX100 in two sentences, those are the once I would have chosen to use but this time, it’s not me it’s her (the camera) and yes, so close yet so FAR away….
With 4K internal recording, relatively large sensor (4/3”) and other professional feature like Zebra, peaking and a fast lens (f1.7-2.8), you might have mistaken the Panasonic LX100 to be a serious working tool especially when considering its price tag ($899). Well, it is and it’s not….True, the overall picture quality is nice, but when starting to look at it carefully, that’s when the disappointment is starting to build up. Moiré can be very ugly and the “rolling shutter effect” is un avoidable.”

Read More at Cinema5D

Nov 202014
 

 Andrew Reid at EOSHD.com has put together a fascinating hands-on review of the new Samsung NX1.

“The NX1 is a 4K camera out of the box but make no mistake, it is really a 6K camera. When the NX1 was being developed in Samsung’s lab, the sensor output ran at 6.5K raw at 240fps. Although the feature was only for debugging and not destined for consumers, this should give you an idea of the kind of hardware advances they have made with this camera and the new manufacturing techniques they are employing to get there.

The camera has a CPU with 5 cores (general purpose), 240fps object tracking. 4K video, H.265 and 1080/120fps. Further dedicated hardware cores handle various computational tasks rather than them being done in software.

With this camera Samsung are starting to put their boot into the camera industry in a big way.

And it shows in the images.”

For more info please click the link below:

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Nov 202014
 

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DPReview recently got a chance to put the $900 Panasonic Lumix LX100 through a thorough review, and after putting it through the wringer, the camera has come out victorious… like really victorious. In fact, it received the highest ever award in its class.

The long and short of the review is that the LX100 provides ‘significantly’ better image quality than essentially every other compact zoom camera on the market. DPReview says this is not only due to the considerably large sensor Panasonic has put into this beast, but also due to the fast, impressive Leica glass.

For more info please click the link below:

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Nov 202014
 

Well this is astonishing. Sony has announced the a7 II with extremely useful 5-axis image stabilization. I think it is quite clear that Sony and Panasonic are driving innovation with Canon and Nikon falling further behind with every new announcement.

“The remarkable new 5-axis image stabilization system dramatically expands your range of expression by compensating for five types of camera shake during handheld shooting of still images and movies. So you can confidently zoom in faraway subjects, snap detailed close-ups and capture night scenes with minimal camera shake blur. Since camera shake compensation is equivalent to using a 4.5-step* faster shutter speed, you can also take advantage of a wider range of shutter speeds. All this, within super compact dimensions!”

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The new A7 II has been announced, but technically only in Japan. As of now, there is no information about a US release of this body, neither availability nor pricing. But, if you want to try and snag a Japanese version (which, obviously, wouldn’t be serviced by Sony USA) you should be able to do some come December 5th for around $1600 US.

Read more: SLRLounge 

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Nov 192014
 

 Joe utilizes a dark blue theatrical gel on a speedlite to emulate the light of a movie projector.

Nov 192014
 

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The Iris+ personal drone is all you need to start seeing and sharing your world from above. The Iris+ offers up to 20 minutes of flight time, and has an optional stabilized Go-Pro gimbal for stunning aerial imagery.

http://3drobotics.com

KEY FEATURES

Ready to Fly – Inside the Iris+ box is everything you need to fly. Simply spin on the props, charge the battery, and you’re ready to fly with the included remote controller or autonomously with a Mac, PC, Linux or Android device.
Follow Me – 3DR’s 3PV™ (Third Person View) Follow Me technology turns your Iris+ into your own hands-free aerial camera crew that puts you in the middle of your own adventure. The Iris+ can easily follow and film you while carrying any GPS enabled Android device. This advanced technology simultaneously controls the gimbal to keep the camera centered on you, capturing sweeping cinematic video from a perspective unlike any other.
Automatic Mission Planning – With free DroidPlanner 2 software, IRIS+ users can plan flights by simply drawing a flight path on any Android tablet or phone, which allows for hands-free flight control. Now your drone will go where you tell it to go, and it can even keep your GoPro pointed at the same location via a Region of Interest waypoint throughout the entire flight. This enables fun autonomous journeys, and automatically stabilized video capture that would be otherwise impossible.
Flight Protection – The Iris+ can land itself automatically or return to a home point if it travels out of range or runs low on battery.

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ADDITIONAL FEATURES

- 20 minute flight time, 16 minute flight time w/ camera & gimbal

- Integrated LEDs on all arms for trouble-free directional awareness

- Radio Controller with On-Screen Telemetry for instant data as you fly

- Screw on, self-tightening propellers for easy assembly

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Nov 192014
 

In this episode of Digital Beret TV, we look at controlling and shaping your light through the use of flags.

This video takes examples from the training video “How To Light Like a Cinematographer”, which is available at:

http://www.digitalberet.com