Apr 182016
 

In a bold move from Hasselblad, the new H6D-100c looks set to include some

While it’s been clear for some time that a move beyond super 35mm and even full frame sensors would materialise at the high-end of digital cinema acquisition, the likes of Arri’s Alexa65 reaches a niche demographic among the world’s top cinematographers, and is rental-only. It’s never been totally clear where a more mainstream offering would come from. At EUR 28,900 the H6D-100c is hardly mainstream in the sense of the average DSLR, but it will be a commercial production camera, stocked by dealers, and accessible by anyone willing to part with the cash.

If you are craving the ultra shallow depth of field, and the commanding imaging aesthetic of the ultra large format look in video (think Lubezki’s arresting cinematography with the Alexa65 in The Revenant, and Robert Richardson’s work with Ultra Panavision 70 in The Hateful Eight), it looks like the new Hasselblad H6D-100c might give you just that.

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Apr 182016
 

There is no shortage of amazing videos on the subject of photography. The field is broad. Every once in a while, however, there is a video that pops up which leaves me with my jaw on the floor. Whether it invokes the magic of inspiration, or opens doors I didn’t even know existed, those sorts of videos stand out as keystones of great, inspirational teaching.

In this post I’m going to point you towards four videos in particular that stand out in my mind as some of the most inspirational content I have ever ingested. Fair warning however, they are not short.

Building a Dramatic Portrait by Joel Grimes

Joel Grimes has a magical way of distilling the breadth of photography into the simplicity of creative passion. This particular talk he did at B&H Photo a few years ago is a great inspiration that not only focuses on Grimes’ particular brand of portraiture but also on the development of the artistic mind. I’ve sent this video, many times, to friends who aren’t even photographers because of how well Grimes empowers creativity.

Stunning Photos of the Endangered Everglades by Mac Stone

I had never heard of Mac Stone until I clicked on a TED talk that had an interesting photo on the cover. Not entirely sure what I was expecting, I quickly became utterly mesmerized by Stone’s amazing passion for storytelling. Any photographer can learn from Stone’s method of drawing his soul into the work. Not only is he creating beautiful work but Stone is tethering that beauty to the heart and soul of his audience in an unforgettable way.

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Apr 182016
 

 

 

The race to create both the hardware and the software that will drive the emerging virtual reality market is heating up, and now GoPro has unveiled its latest plans to support VR filmmakers and fans.

At this week’s NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) event in Las Vegas, the company will unveil a new VR camera and launch a new VR platform for sharing immersive videos.

See also: GoPro Odyssey VR camera will cost $15,000, arrive in November

First, GoPro will show off its new Omni VR camera, which features six synchronized cameras in what the company calls a spherical array, but the housing itself looks more like a rounded square.

The six Hero4 cameras, plus the aluminum rig, which is lightweight and made for action shots, will be offered for $4,999 and will allow users to capture 8K video.

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Mar 312016
 

With the announcement of the Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame today, I thought now was a good time to explain what HDR is and why Atomos have made a panel that can resolve the brightness detail and colour accuracy of 10-bit HDR images.

Atomos have definitely been looking ahead to the future when it comes to HDR. While HDR is still very much in its infancy, Atomos have looked to future proof (as much as you can) their Flame series of monitor/recorders. By adding HDR support now, Atomos are giving you a monitor that will still be relevant for many years to come.

So why do we need HDR and what is it? Grab a coffee because this isn’t something that can be explained in a few paragraphs.

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Mar 312016
 

Time-lapse photographer Rufus Blackwell spent the last 2 months taking the DJI Osmo handheld stabilized camera around Saigon, Vietnam. The 3-minute video above is what resulted.

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“Because the camera is so steady, you can create hyperlapse sequences from shooting video, a completely new way of creating a moving timelapse,” Blackwell tells PetaPixel. “This allows you so much latitude in post, you can warp time. This was a highly experimental shoot, I was amazed by the results.”

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Mar 312016
 

Palmer Luckey has never used an Oculus Rift.

That’s what the founder of Oculus keeps telling himself as he unboxes the commercial version of the virtual reality system he invented. Opens the package. Takes out the few elements—the headset, the single cable that connects it to a computer, the small cylindrical infrared camera that tracks it in space. Runs through the setup. And finally puts on the headset and takes stock of his surroundings.

Luckey has been doing this same thing over and over and over again, on different computers in different rooms on Facebook’s campus. He’s spent days repeating the sequence, putting himself in the shoes of a customer who has just received a Rift.

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Mar 212016
 

Here is another example of a new water-resistant stabilizer for the GoPro camera:

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