May 212015
 

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In a dramatic about turn from previous announcements, LG has exclusively revealed to me today that it’s going to add high dynamic range video playback to its current range of OLED TVs.

According to a statement from LG’s Korean headquarters, the ability to handle HDR video with its higher contrast, more richly coloured images will be added to LG’s EG9600/EG960 OLED TVs via a network update. The statement also promises that the firmware update will include the ability to handle HDR both through LG Smart TV partner apps or video streams delivered via other devices through the TV’s IP interface.

LG wouldn’t be drawn on an exact date for when the firmware update might start rolling out to its EG9600/EG960V TVs, only stating that it will ship “once technical specifications for HDR are finalised”.

Prior to this new announcement, we’d been led to believe that we wouldn’t be able to get our hands on an HDR-capable OLED TV from LG until later in the year, following a potential unveiling at the IFA technology show at the end of August.

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May 212015
 

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“We usually wait until the end of the year to put our documentary panel coverage and filmmaker interviews into a guide containing the best advice we’ve cultivated over the course of the year. But with the triumph of Laura Poitras’ “CITIZENFOUR” at the Academy Awards this year, along with the successful release of films like “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” and “The Hunting Ground,” we realized that we shouldn’t wait, because audiences and the industry seem to be in agreement on the incredible importance of documentary filmmaking.

This guide is more like a portal. It’s not meant to answer all of your questions, but rather, to provide you with access to meaningful context from individuals who are experts in the field. Every article included was published in 2015. Later on in the year, we will put together a fuller survey.”

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May 202015
 

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Samsung’s flagship camera, the NX1, has had its firmware updated to version 1.3, bringing a collection of new enhancements and abilities. When introduced, the NX1 was poised against Sony’s A7s as both units brought to market 4K video recording. However, the Samsung NX1 was capable of recording UHD video without the need for an external recorder. Samsung’s latest enhancements focus on largely adding additional features for movie recording while also improving the still photography experience.

Video Updates

For the budding cinematographers out there, the most recent addition to the NX1 includes a new “1920×1080 (120)” mode within the movie size menu, automatic on/off control for the microphone, histogram and level displays during recording, and a new manual focus responsiveness mode.

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May 192015
 

Bentley Motors is synonymous with timeless style, luxury, and affluence. Their cars are still regarded around here in Newport Beach, where every other car is a Porsche, BMW or Mercedes, as a status symbol of the uber-wealthy.

Like Bentley, in terms of the classic and sleek design, Apple also strives to capture that timeless style and elegance in their products. So to highlight the new technology in their updated Mulsanne, Bentley Motors teamed up with filmmaker Austin Reza and Apple to shoot the following short film, Intelligent Design.

Each new Bentley Mulsanne has a dual working station in the back seat, equipped with integrated iPads (because people who own Bentleys don’t actually drive them, they sit in the backseat making multi-million dollar deals while their drivers fight the LA traffic. Duh.) To market this new feature, the team used this new technology to create the film. They shot the first Intelligent Design film on the iPhone 5, and the new film on the iPhones 6 and 6+. Then they assembled the footage with the iPads located in the backseat of the Bentley.

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May 192015
 

Panasonic has just officially announced its new Lumix G7 Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, a compact camera that’s designed with both serious photography and serious videography in mind. Inside the camera is a 16-megapixel sensor that can shoot 4K video in 30p or 24p with real time autofocus. A “4K Photo” feature allows photographers to extract frames from the 4K video as 8-megapixel still photos inside the camera.

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May 182015
 

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The critical value created when shooting a great portrait is tied to building impact that lasts. Psychologically, humans have evolved to take notice of sexually attractive people, focus on them briefly, then completely forget. This phenomena helps maximize genetic quality in a population but can also have an impact on how viewers remember your sexy photos.

There is nothing wrong with shooting sexy subjects, rather, shooting attractive images can be tremendously rewarding to the client. However, it is your job to add more depth to the image than just being “sexy.” Sexy needs to be limited to being an aspect of the image rather than the primary focus of it.

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May 182015
 

It’s the latter half of May, and what that signals for a tremendous number of people is graduation season. Who couldn’t love graduation season? From lower to middle, middle to high, high to university, and then life. They should all be celebrated as receiving a degree of any kind, particularly a higher education degree is typically not a small feat; there are years of sweat and growth, and lots of money spent to attain it. It’s a point of progression that we as humans can actually measure.

This single point, however, is one of the reasons many seek out a degree. People like to measure things, but it can be difficult to measure progress, productivity, and success. So we gravitate to the generalized standards which are boxes to check off that help us realize we’ve done something. But does success have to be measured this way? No, and that’s becoming clearer and clearer in today’s world where students are realizing that many of them are being funneled into 4-year-long or more degrees, at a high cost, to get jobs that don’t exactly exist anymore – and may not be worth the opportunity cost and forgone earnings that often accompany a university degree.

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