Sep 302014
 

The histogram can be a very useful tool in helping photographers properly expose their images, but it can be just as hurtful as it is helpful when used improperly. Cinematographer Ryan E. Walters explains why the methods used by photographers to expose their images should not be used by videographers.

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Sep 302014
 

I have seen so much Time-Lapse video over the last few years that I am quite jaded. However this 4k Time-Lapse adventure in Norway is excellent! Congratulations to filmmaker Morten Rustad.

Sep 302014
 

I think many of us have been waiting a long time for this upgrade of the Gopro Hero! 4k at last…

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Sep 302014
 

I hope this rumor is true! I have been wondering for some time when Apple would create a 4k or better display. I am hopeful that there will soon be separate 4k Apple display as well!

For the report click the link below:

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Sep 272014
 

When the Panasonic FZ-1000 was announced, it was obvious to everybody that Panasonic was going for the Sony RX20′s jugular… metaphorically speaking. It was cheaper, could shoot 4K and had a longer (albeit darker) lens.

Well, it seems Sony is ready to fight back, and soon, with a 4K-capable RX20.

The rumor broke over on Sony Alpha Rumors, who was told by an anonymous source that the RX20 would use the same 20.1MP sensor and 24-200mm f/2.8 lens as the RX10, but feature 4K video, 120fps capability at 720p and the ability to shoot the XAVC-S codec.

According to this source, the camera will be announced in mid-October for $1,300 USD — what the RX10 originally cost before the price dropped to $1,000 post-Panasonic FZ-1000 release — while the original RX10 will remain on the market after an additional $100-$200 price drop.

For more info please click the link below:

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Sep 252014
 

The Canon 7D Mark II is Canon’s new high-end DSLR in Canon’s APS-sensor lineup. Features include a 20.2MP CMOS sensor, 10fps burst rate, an intervalometer, a new battery, and a top ISO of 16,000 that’s boostable to 51,200.

“The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is built on a new 20.2MP sensor that Canon says will deliver stunning detail and impressive clarity. The sensor has a top native ISO of 16,000, and it can be expanded to ISO 51,200 with claimed low noise for both stills and video. The sensor works in tandem with Dual Digic 6 image processors, which help the camera up to 1090 JPEGs, 31 RAW and 19 RAW+JPEG shots in a single burst. The image processing also handles lens aberration, peripheral illumination and distortion correction in real time.

The shutter is ruggedized and designed for 200,000 cycles. Burst rate is up to 10fps, a major increase, while shutter lag is down to 55 milliseconds. An efficient shutter drive motor and vibration dampened mirror is also part of the package. The camera chassis is built of lightweight, rigid magnesium and is sealed against water and dust.

All Cross-Type AF Points

An EOS first: The camera features 65 autofocus points, all cross-type, and boasts accurate subject tracking down to -3 EV sensitivity at the center point. Cross-type AF points are more accurate and stable, and aren’t influenced by subject shape and color. The EOS 7D Mark II’s AF points are spread across a wide area of the frame for faster AF on off-center subjects.

Autofocus is also said to be excellent for video. A new Dual Pixel CMOS AF represents, according to Canon, a milestone in AF speed and accuracy. Traditionally, image sensors have one photodiode per pixel for recording, but the CMOS sensor on the 7D Mark II has two photodiodes per pixel-40 million altogether. Each pixel on the sensor can perform phase-difference detection autofocus and capture light. With phase-difference detection AF, autofocus is achieved quickly and easily, and videographers and users of Live View will see the fast-focus results most clearly. Combined with the predictive power of Movie Servo AF, subjects in motion are smoothly and consistently tracked.

Smart Viewfinder

The Intelligent Viewfinder II makes it easy to both shoot, change and confirm camera settings and shooting modes all without lookingaway from the viewfinder. Displaying approximately 100% of the composition, the viewfinder can show settings like shooting mode, exposure level, white balance, drive mode, AF operation, metering mode, recording format, even an electronic level and more. All of this information can be displayed by or superimposed easily over the image for review while shooting, and multiple views are customizable.

The 3-inch, 1,040k dot resolution monitor has a resin-coated cover so reflections are minimized. The LCD’s surface is treated with asmudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints

Intelligent Subject Recognition

The camera’s iSA Intelligent Subject Analysis system employs an independent RGB light sensor with approximately 150,000-pixel resolution. This sensorenables intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (iTR AF) that detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the AF point to optimize tracking. New tracking algorithms are tailored to recognize faces and colors.

A new Scene Detection system features a new 150k pixel RGB metering sensor for greater precision.”

– Canon

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To check out the Cinema5D review of the Canon EOS 7D MarkII, please click the link below:

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Sep 242014
 

 

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Sep 232014
 
Arri has just done something extraordinary. They have just announced the new Alexa 65 motion picture camera. This new Alexa features a format slightly larger than 65mm motion picture film. The camera’s resolution is 6550 x 3102 pixels.  As with the previous Alexa this camera handles 14 stops of dynamic range.  Not only that. but Arri also announced a range of prime lenses for this new camera that extend from 24 to 300mm plus a 50-110mm zoom!

For more info please click the link below:

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Sep 232014
 

For photographers, finding the perfect way to capture the moment can become an obsession. Sometimes you want to depict real life, but other times you just want to convey a feeling. A vision. A dream.

Impression is designed to help you realize your vision by transforming your photos into realistic-looking studio art. Easy-to-use presets (47 of them!) allow you to pick and choose across entire art movements in a few simple clicks. What’s more, you can pull from a huge store of creative adjustment options to make masterpieces uniquely yours. No prior knowledge of art is required – all you need is a photo and an unbounded imagination!

Click the image below to visit the Topaz Impression page at Topaz Labs.

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You can get 25% off untilSeptember 30 by using this coupon code: SEPIMPRESSION. You can link directly to the Impression product page by clicking here.

Here is an image I precessed with Topaz Impression with about three minutes of practice:

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Sep 232014
 

Just like anything else, the head shot can be done easily enough, however the real question for me is “How can I improve my technique?” Here is some great info on the subject from Jim Garner:

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Sep 212014
 

The bi-annual Photokina show going on in Germany is the most important photography tech event in the world. We see some awesome gear, yes, but we also get a get a glimpse for what lies ahead. This year’s show is particularly interesting because it falls just as digital imaging reaches the crossroads between the standalone camera and the camera attached to your phone. Here’s the coolest stuff we saw.

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Sep 212014
 
“A new model is in the works [...]. It’s definitely on the boards for replacement[...]Canon is working to spread a technology called diffractive optics, or DO, into more lenses”

One of the big rumors leading into Photokina was that Canon would be releasing the new 100-400mm replacement along with the 7D Mark II. It seemed like a likely scenario given that the two products are for similar markets, and would likely be used with each other for their intended uses. However, that never panned out and the 7D Mark II was announced without the 100-400mm.

 
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Sep 192014
 

Apple is a company renowned for making products that are not only functional, but also beautiful. When you buy an apple product you’re buying something that’s been crafted as opposed to being cobbled together. Overseeing design at Apple is Jony Ive, the London-born designer who has worked up the ranks at the company since 1992 to take the post of senior vice president of design.

Given Apple’s design heritage, and Ive’s customarily well-calibrated eye, I have to wonder how this carbuncle came to adorn the iPhone 6.

I’m talking about the protrusion from the otherwise sleek exterior of the iPhone 6 to accommodate the camera lens, something that from this point on I will call the “camera nubbin.”

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Sep 192014
 

Since Sony dropped the A7 on us a little while back, it and all its variants have entered our consciousness and headlines the photo-world over, and surprisingly, stayed there. There’s been much whispering about what the successor to this platform/game changer is going to be, and when it would materialize, and even though it’s been getting louder, it doesn’t seem to dissuade anyone from buying them.

Many pros I know with complete platforms for either Nikon or Canon have made the switch, with more in tow. There’s a huge part of me that wants to do the same, so it figures then that Sony’s announcement of a beautiful Zeiss 16-35 f4 Full Frame E-mount lens is about the most enticing piece of kit to spawn for me from recent news. It seems, however, I’m in good and plentiful company, as apparently it’s been flying off the pre-order ‘shelves’ since it was announced two days ago.

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Sep 172014
 

Say hello to 4K video recording with the iPhone… but first you’ll need a 5S model and a cool $999. That’s how much you’ll need to pay in the App Store to purchase Vizzywig 4K, which touts itself as the world’s first mobile app that lets you capture, edit, and distribute 4K video.

The app is designed specifically for iOS 7 on the iPhone 5S, which has a default video resolution cap of 1080p. VZ4K, as it’s known, allows you to capture 4K video by shooting 4K-resolution photographs at a rate of 24 photos a second while recording synced audio on the side.

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Sep 162014
 

“Unique Photo has launched a new series of online events titled “UEventLive”. Hosted by Unique Photo President, Matt Sweetwood – we bring in world’s leading photographers and camera technicians, each event showcases discussions on the latest and greatest in camera technology.”

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Sep 162014
 

 

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Sep 162014
 

Samsung just announced a new Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera today. The exciting news includes 4K at 24 fps with the highly new efficient H.265 Codec.

With our team on the ground at Photokina, you’ll be sure to hear more about this possible game changer. We can’t wait to see how the new 4K DSLR compares to the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7S.

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Sep 162014
 

In the ongoing effort to provide the biggest punch in the smallest package, Panasonic has just announced the LX100. Considerably the most sophisticated compact camera Panasonic has ever created, the LX100 looks to set itself apart from the competition with a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor, a Leica-branded lens and 4K video capabilities.

The MFT sensor built into the LX100 captures stills at up to 12.8-megapixels as well as 4K video at both 30 and 24 frames per second. That sensor looks out at the world through a fast Leica 24–75mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.7–2.8 lens, which offers a solid focal length range without compromising aperture in the process.

The LX100 borrows the autofocus system of the company’s flagship GH4 camera, ensuring your subject will stay in focus even when you’re shooting at 11fps. And, finally, the larger sensor and low resolution helps in the low-light department, boosting the max ISO to 25,600 compared to the 12,800 of its predecessor, the LX7.

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