Elaine Baldazo

Apr 072015
 

Get ready to leave your jaw on the floor. Brain Farm Cinema, the production company that is one of the global leaders for capturing ultra high quality, pioneering action sports and documentary cinematic digital video, has done something no one else has. They have just released this stunning footage showing what happens when you strap a very expensive high speed cinema camera, to a very expensive drone, and fly around trying not to have a $250,000 mishap. The footage is glorious, and is.

According to Brain Farm Cinema CEO, Curt Morgan, the idea for what they’ve managed to achieve has been 5 years in the making. Curt, who started Brain Farm when an injury prevented him from continuing a professional snowboarding career, has broken new ground with this level of sophistication and experimentation. The issue – up until now – has been trying to find a drone capable of lifting the 30lb + payload of the Phantom 4K Flex, the world’s best high speed camera (not to mention a team capable enough to pull the whole thing off).

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Apr 072015
 

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Panasonic will introduce a new Micro Four Thirds hybrid photo/video camera at the 2015 NAB show (April 11-16th). Here are some of the rumored specs:

  • 4K video
  • 18MP photo
  • 16+ stops of dynamic range
  • Improved lowlight capabilities
  • Improved skintones
  • Improved highlight rendition
  • Useable ISO (almost no grain) up to 12,800
  • The new camera will basically have one of the best stills and images/color rendition/dynamic range compared to the competition
  • Price tag is expected to be high – similar to the  AF101: around $3k-$4k

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Apr 022015
 

Hawaiki Keyer is the new professional keyer plug-in that delivers outstanding control, quality and performance at an unbeatable price.

Hawaiki Keyer is the most powerful and best value keying solution for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5, and its unique feature set will also appeal to users of Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Create great-looking mattes and make easy work of fine, wispy hair detail and tricky motion blur. Hawaiki Keyer offers a powerful set of matte extraction tools and includes optional built-in core and outer mattes to overcome even the toughest keying obstacles.

Experience exceptional control over spill suppression to tame even the toughest contamination, and choose either the standard Despill operation or the user-customisable Unspill option.

Edge Control in Hawaiki Keyer offers unique, powerful and versatile tools for truly exceptional results.

Choose from a wide variety of custom views, including a powerful Analysis mode, to help you get the best out of your keys.

Use the extensive built-in color correction to fine tune your composite, and add lightwrap for great-looking final results.

A host of other professional features combine to make Hawaiki Keyer the best keying solution that you can buy, and at the incredibly low price of $49 it is also by far the best value.

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Mar 312015
 

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SOMETIMES YOU NEED to  break the rules. Henri Cartier-Bresson was a legendary rule-breaker, and his discordance with photography’s stymied role in culture changed the medium forever. His book The Decisive Moment, recently republished by Steidl, was groundbreaking when it was released in 1952 and still inspires photographers everywhere.

“The difference between a good picture and a mediocre picture is a question of millimeters—small, small differences—but it’s essential,” Cartier-Bresson said in a 1971 interview.

His book was filled with examples of that crucial moment, juxtaposed with delicate geometry and a deep sense of humanity. It was produced, start to finish, in just under six months in New York and France under the title Images à la Sauvette.

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Mar 302015
 

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CusUnlimited Photos Plan (free 3-month trial, then $11.99 per year—equivalent of less than $1 per month): Store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices.Customers can upload existing collections and store all future photos taken. This plan also includes 5 GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files.Unlimited Everything Plan (free 3-month trial, then $59.99 per year—equivalent of less than $5 per month): Store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies, and music in Cloud Drive.

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Mar 262015
 
“At WPPI earlier this month, I kept hearing about Mylio, the first complete photo organizing system for everyone who loves photography. Chris already wrote up an overview of the software, which you can read here: MYLIO | AIMING TO MAKE MANAGING YOUR IMAGES EASIER, so I wasn’t sure if I should take the time to check it out. I’m so glad I did though, because this software has already saved me a ton of time and solved a major, ongoing problem I’ve had since I bought my first Nikon Coolpix in 2003. What problem is that, you ask? How to quickly organize and find my photos, from all of the many electronic devices we use these days.”mylio1

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Mar 262015
 

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According to a report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, the A7R II will indeed feature the same 36MP sensor as the original A7R. In addition to that, the A7R II will have the upgraded grip, in body stabilization and AF upgrades that we have seen in the A7 II. It does, however, appear that the camera is getting some sort of processor upgrade, as the post notes improved ISO performance from processor upgrades.

Sony A7R II Details

  • Same A7R 36 megapixel sensor
  • Improved high ISO
  • Faster autofocusing
  •  5 axis stabilization
  • A7II alike body size
  • Silent shutter mode

The report goes on to say that there are no dates being thrown around at them yet that can be taken seriously, but that “the release really appears to be imminent.” I would be very surprised if we make it past the first week of April without the A7R II being announced.

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Mar 262015
 

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Canon has long been rumored to have a small 4K camera up its sleeve, and now the world is getting its first glimpse of the new product. The company has unveiled the camera at a press event in China ahead of its rumored official launch in the United States at the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas next month.

The 4K concept camera is roughly DSLR-sized and appears to have a rotating grip. Different views of the camera were captured at the event by the Chinese Photo Association, photographer Li Bai, and Chinese gadget site Evolife.

Canon Rumors suggests that the camera will have a 1-inch CMOS sensor, a 10X optical zoom 8.9-89mm (24-240mm in 35mm terms) f/2.8-5.6 lens, a 58mm filter, built-in Wi-Fi, and an external viewfinder. “This definitely looks to be Canon’s foray into the drone market,” they write.

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Mar 242015
 

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Any photographer who wants their work to stand out has to offer something unique to the viewer. The following list contains ideas, poses and editing techniques that probably aren’t too original and should be avoided. If I had known this when I started photography, I probably would have found a signature look sooner.

Before you read please take note that photographers knocking other photographers is not ok and not the intended purpose of this article. This is why I dug through my own photos that I took within the first 6 months I owned a camera. With that being said, everyone has to start somewhere and I am thankful for the way my photography journey panned out.

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Mar 232015
 

 Photographer David Noton was chosen by Canon to be the first landscape photographer in the world to experience a preproduction model of the new 50.6 megapixel Canon 5DS, the world’s highest resolution full frame DSLR. In this video, Noton, a Canon Explorer, shares his thoughts about the 5DS.

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The highly anticipated Canon EOS-5DS and 5DS R camera bodies are now available topre-order at Adorama! The EOS-5DS and EOS-5DS R cameras will be bundled with aShure VP83F LensHopper Camera Mount Condenser Microphone.

 

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Mar 202015
 

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Canon kicked off the next bout of the Megapixel Wars with the announcement of their 5Ds and 5Ds  R – both 50MP monsters. But a problem with announcing things so far ahead of time is that you open the door to have your thunder stolen, and it looks like Sony could be gearing up to do just that.

Canon’s 50MP bodies are not expected to be ready until June, but according to the latest rumors, Sony could be announcing their own 50MP body within the next month, and it is said to ‘easily outperform’ the Canon offering.

Currently, the rumors say that Sony will have two cameras utilizing this new 50MP sensor: the A7R II, which will retain the 36MP sensor in the A7R, and a new body. The new body possibly being that long rumored A9 ‘Pro’ mirrorless camera, or maybe a new flagship A mount body.

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Mar 192015
 

Traditionally, the market for photo cameras that can shoot video is being ruled by the Japanese manufacturers, but now it looks like Samsung, the mighty Korean giant manufacturer is very determined to change the face of the pro-sumer camera industry especially when it comes to affordable large sensor 4K video recording within those photo cameras.

samsung-nx500The Samsung NX1 was their first serious attempt to enter this slowly growing market and now they are proudly presenting the “little sister”, the Samsung NX500.
As stated in the “important notice” above, I kindly ask you NOT to conclude any final thoughts regarding that camera based on the sample Footage above, simply because it is a very early “engineering sample” and as such it has some limitations like:

  • 4K resolution recording is not functioning. The highest resolution I could shoot on was 2560×1440
  • x0.5 and x0.25 Slowmotion is not enabled

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Mar 192015
 

Knowing when to stop is the hardest lesson to learn for those new to retouching. In this tutorial we will look at how to recover lost texture and over smoothed skin tones, even when your file has been flattened. In this image the texture has been over retouched resulting in a significant loss in the skin texture. The transitions between skin tones have also been slightly overdone. Frequency Separation is a term we see in retouching all the time its also a technique I’m working on using less and less and bring in as a last resort. By using frequency separation here we can borrow texture and tone from the original, straight out of camera, image. This saves us from having to scrap the work that has been done and can save us hours of work.

Above is a sample from another image in the same series. The middle image is the original and un-edited image. On the left is an over edited version of the image, in this version the texture information has been stripped out. On the right is the correct or properly retouched version. There is much less of a change from the original. Larger texture has been replaced and tones have been smoothed out, but with dodge and burn instead of frequency separation. There is no frequency separation work done on the right hand version at all.
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Mar 172015
 
Here’s a great video on photographic composition, created by The Cooperative of Photography using tips and photographs by legendary photojournalist Steve McCurry. Each of the 9 composition tips is illustrated with examples from McCurry’s impressive body of work.
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Mar 172015
 

Apparently, posting your drone footage to YouTube could constitute flying them commercially, at least if the experience of Jayson Hanes is any indication of the FAA’s thoughts.

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 According to a report over on Motherboard, Hanes has been notified that his aerial drone footage on YouTube constitutes commercial use, and thus, he now finds himself at the mercy of the FAA’s new commercial use regulations.
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The issue comes down to the ads on YouTube. If a user uploads their videos with the monetization settings turned on, then money can be earned via YouTube – and if you want to get technical – that means you are using your footage for commercial use. The interesting twist here is that Hanes contends that he has not made any money – or even tried to – off the drone footage; he is just an amateur hobbyist who enjoys putting his videos up on the popular video sharing website.

It would seem that the FAA needs to step back and take another look at their drone regulations, as the line between what constitutes commercial and non-commercial use is still as fuzzy as ever.

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Mar 162015
 

Learn to use a 10 stop ND filter for creative long exposure photography. Best practices, correcting color, getting the right exposure, and other tips.

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Mar 162015
 

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Now that Canon has officially announced the new 5Ds and 5Ds R, the question on everyone’s mind is, when will the 5D Mark IV be making its debut? The answer is: we don’t know, but it may be farther out than initially anticipated.

According to multiple new rumor reports, it sounds like the Fall of 2015 is the earliest that we should expect to see a Canon 5D Mark III replacement announcement. Included in that rumor is the caveat that Canon could extend the wait longer to try and drive more sales to the new high megapixel 5DS and 5DS R. The rumor specifically states “we won’t be seeing it until the EOS 5DS/5DS R are shipping in reasonable numbers.”

This will be sure to anger many Canon users who are waiting to see what Canon brings to the table with the Mark IV. I know several people, in fact, that are weighing a full move to a Nikon D750 or Sony a7 II kit, but are waiting to see what the 5D Mark IV offers. Maybe Canon realizes this and is taking extra time to get it right.

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Mar 122015
 

In the third and final part of ON THE COUCH with lens manufacturers Zeiss (Christophe Casenave), Samyang (Joost Wierenga) and SLR Magic (Andrew Chan), we talked about why manufacturers like themselves focus on manufacturing 35mm full frame lenses, not releasing any Super35 lenses any more – despite the fact that 95% of all professional cinema cameras only have a Super35mm sensor…

Next we moved on to zoom lenses and why it is so hard for lens manufacturers to design an affordable cinema zoom lens – which doesn’t really exist on the market right now (except maybe the Sony 28-135mm f/4 lens). Christophe from Zeiss and Andrew from SLR Magic mentioned how hard it is to design a zoom lens for cinema market. While photo zooms can have breathing and focus shift, it is not accepted on cinema lenses. “Compromise” lenses might be on the way … however, as Christophe said, “At Zeiss we are very bad at making compromises”.

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Mar 122015
 

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We heard that 2015 could be theyear of the mirrorless’ for Canon, but after the launch of the new EOS M3, and its exclusion from the North American market, that seemed to all be a bunch of crap. But now we are hearing that Canon may not be done yet. Could we have more mirrorless options from Canon on the way?

According to a new rumor report over on Mirrorless Rumors, a source has told them that Canon will have 4 mirrorless cameras launched by the time 2015 is over. We have had one so far (the EOS M3), so that leaves three more releases in the remaining months. But wait! Another source clarified that at least one of those mirrorless options was a 4K camcorder, so let’s remove that from our calculations as well – which means that we could have one or two more mirrorless camera releases in 2015.

Could one of them be a full frame mirrorless to compete with the Sony a7 series? Or maybe a vintage-styled EOS M to compete with the Fujifilm cameras? At this point, we really don’t know what it is we will be getting out of Canon, just that (grain of salt applied) one or two more mirrorless options are on the way this year.

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Mar 122015
 

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We share over 1.8 billion photos per day, and thanks to the ever-growing technology in cameras paired with the expansive world of social media platforms it’s become increasingly easy to add the title “photographer” to the resume. Apple has searched high and low for the world’s absolute best photographers and their work that spans the planet. The “Shot on iPhone 6” World Gallery features photos from creatives spanning 70 cities in 24 countries, and brings the mobile photography community front and center proving again that the best camera is the one that’s with you.

Apple has launched a beautiful ad campaign featuring photos captured on the new iPhone 6 looking to highlight the best of the best. Owners of the iPhone had submitted their top shots and Apple selected their favorites to be featured on the website’s front page. The incredible photos were captured from the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China, New Zealand, and many more countries. Having made a living shooting solely with my iPhone, it’s inspiring and a continued push for me to learn all that I can about simply taking great photos with the tools I am given, rather than relying on gear dictating what I create.

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Shot by Gayle T. in Takachiho Gorge, Japan
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