Oct 182014
 

Short film shot at the Isle of Skye, Scotland, in June 2014.
“In colabaration with Pathgate Institute we produced a series of images to be used in an upcoming remake of the Buddhist film ‘Life Story of Guru Rinpoche.’ The film is still in production but this short film showcases a selection of the time lapse photography shots as well as video footage shot from a quadcopter.
For the film, the sequences are being processed in a 3D space so that mountain ranges and sky replacement can be added in order to emulate Tibet and the Himalyan region. This is an ongoing project with more shooting locations being planned.
All shot in Isle of Skye over 5 days in June 2014 except one shot at Red Tarn, Lake District.”

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Oct 162014
 

Today Apple announced several interesting new products. The new iMac features an astounding 27″ 5K display! Here now! Unfortunately Apple did not announce a standalone 5K display…

Oct 152014
 

If you are planning to travel to shoot fall foliage, this interactive map from smokymountains.com may help. Better hurry though as the color will not last much longer!

Please click the image below to view the interactive map:

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Oct 062014
 

Adobe’s largest creativity conference kicks off today and nearly 6,000 creatives from all over the world are attending in LA this week, while another half a million will view online. MAX is where the Adobe creative community comes together to share ideas, inspiration and learn from one another.

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Oct 012014
 

This new Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Sport lens looks like a winner. Here are a few sample images!

For more info please click the link below:

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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 242014
 

 

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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 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.”

To view full article please click the link below:

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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 082014
 

“Watching a photographer at work is always fascinating to me. Ever been to a wedding as “just a guest,” when you’re a wedding photographer? You almost have a sixth sense as to where the hired photographer has positioned himself, how he has posed the couple and what lenses he is using for that particular shot. You picture in your mind what you would do differently had you been the one in their shoes instead of enjoying the wedding cake and champagne from the grandstands. But watching a master photographer at work is something altogether different. When commercial photographer Erik Almas  gives a glimpse of himself at work, you stop and you listen and soak in every word. Erik’s images have a hint of surrealism to them that pulls you into a dreamy romantic world. He is unapologetic for his use of compositing to fulfill his vision as a tool for his art and his vast knowledge is freely shared.”

To view full article please click the link below:

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Sep 032014
 

“Dolby Vision is a new technology for Dolby, marking the first time it has ventured into an area outside of audio. It aims to hugely increase the ‘dynamic range’ of TVs, allowing TVs to show a greater difference between the darkest and brightest parts of a scene.”

Please click here to read the full article

Aug 302014
 

Emmy-winner Yves Faroudja on his company’s prototype technology and why he sees high frame rates as “disturbing”

During the transition to HDTV, Yves Faroudja won three Emmys for processing technology that remains in use today. And now the award-winning engineer is using his experience to take aim at new formats including Ultra HD, or 4K, which is four times the resolution of HD.

“Bandwidth requirements for video are clogging the Internet, and we need to reduce the bit rate on the video system,” he told The Hollywood Reporter, noting that today it commonly involves use of a 4K-capable compression scheme known as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding, or H.265). “But that doesn’t work. It doesn’t [keep up with] the increased popularity of video transmission, which is doubling every 2 to 3 years.”

To view full article please click the link below:

The Hollywood Reporter

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Aug 292014
 

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Widening Your Horizons

If you are a professional photographer, you know how the photography market has morphed over the last few years. We have more competition than ever from our fellow pro shooters. The relative ease of creating digital images has inundated stock photo agencies to the point that our images often get lost in a “sea of similars.”

To add insult to injury, we are now seeing a tidal wave of smart phone images and a perception that images should be free!

Over the last 21 years, the art of creating visually compelling (and highly marketable) panoramic images has brought me the unique appeal I always wanted as a professional photographer. 

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A Profitable and Fun Niche

I found that the panoramic format is fun, as well as challenging, in many ways. I love the cinematic feel of panoramas and enjoy the compositional opportunities the format has to offer. By concentrating my efforts, I have found a unique way to compete in a changing marketplace.

Creating Your Panoramas

First of all, you may want to investigate the technical aspects and gear requirements of the format. One of the most important technical aspects of creating panos is that your lens must rotate around the entrance pupil of the lens. Sometimes, this point is called the “Nodal Point.” This is essential to getting a good stitch. You can read a good explanation about it here.

When shooting images for a pano be sure your camera is set on manual exposure and focus. If these change during your exposure sequence, the resulting panorama will be useless. Also, be sure to use a remote to trigger your exposures as any vibrations can ruin the panorama.

I set my exposure based on the brightest portion of the panorama using “Expose to the Right” technique.

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Use Gear You Already Own 

Add a good a panoramic tripod head, either manual or automated and you are on your way. Here are a few panoramic gear suppliers;

360 Precision

Nodal Ninja 

Really Right Stuff 

Seitz Roundshot 

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Dedicated Panoramic Cameras?

With the exception of the Seitz Roundshot Digital cameras, all of the dedicated panoramic cameras use film… not that there’s anything wrong with that! Actually, the Fuji and Linhof panoramic cameras are fantastic. The problem is that we just don’t know how much longer we’ll be able to purchase film and find labs to process it. These cameras served me well for many years. That being said, I have rarely used my film cameras in the last few years. 

Most camera manufacturers have not produced digital panoramic cameras due largely to the lack of appropriate sensors. Development costs and what would be a miniscule scale of production are to blame. The Seitz cameras are the exception, as I mentioned. Their panoramic cameras are famous for their Swiss precision and durable design. I use their VR-Drive tripod head which automates the process of shooting images needed for the subsequent stitching process. The customer service at Seitz is first rate! Ask for Werner Seitz. Mr Seitz has been very helpful to me over the years.

Aspect Ratio?

Panoramics can be any aspect ratio greater than 2-1. However the best selling and most common aspect ratio used is 3-1. Unless there is a compelling compositional reason not to use the 3-1 aspect ratio, that is what I recommend. The 3-1 ratio being exactly double the width of the full frame 35mm standard format. As such, 3-1 works well for advertising and coffee table books where the images are often displayed across two pages. 

Specialized Software 

Though you can stitch panos in Photoshop CC, I use specialty software; 

PTGui 

Autopano Giga 

HDR Expose 3 

PTGui and Autopano Giga are stitching programs which allow a greater degree of stitching control and precision over Photoshop CC. These programs allow you to create panoramas, but also 360 degree virtual reality images. HDR Expose 3 will allow you to create extremely precise and realistic HDR images and HDR panoramic images. Although there are many HDR software programs, HDR Expose 3 now has a unique “Pano Prep Batch Processing” mode. This new mode allows the application of identical tone-mapping to the HDR panels for subsequent stitching. 

What to Shoot

You will need to consider the types of subject matter that are in demand if you are hoping to get your images licensed on the one hand, or sold as “Print On Demand” on the other. My experience is that compelling scenics will sell, however well composed city skyline images can do extremely well. Nicely executed composites are salable if you have a great concept, and if you have excellent compositing skills. 

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I have found that standard views of well known places may well become best sellers. The images must be well composed, clean and taken in attractive light. 

Marketing Your Panoramas

Working with a specialty panoramic stock agency can be very helpful. I am under contract with Panoramic Images (Doug Segal, President).

Other options for marketing your panoramic images are increasing and well worth investigating. Here are a few that come to mind;

Stocksy 

500px Prime 

I suggest you also set up a section of your website to show off your panoramas. My website is tightly focused on my panoramic work.

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Mastering the Panoramic Medium

The rules of composition for panoramas are no different from standard formats. I have found that one point perspective to be especially effective with panos. The Golden Mean or Golden Ratio is a powerful tool. For years, I used a Golden Mean grid over the ground glass of my V-Pan 617 MKIII panoramic view camera. 

Learning More

The varied technical aspects of panorama shooting are beyond the scope of this article, but stay tuned as I plan to follow up soon with more information on the subject! 

About the Guest Contributor

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Twenty one years ago, I began a voyage to photograph the American landscape with high-resolution panoramic cameras. I used several cameras for this project, including the Fuji G617, the V-Pan 617 Mark III and more recently, high resolution Canon digital cameras and an advanced panoramic device called the Seitz VR-Drive.

There have been many moving moments during this long journey. However, the people I met along the way, have been the greatest source of inspiration throughout my travels.

I wish you the best with your own dreams, photography and adventures of discovery.

Richard Sisk – www.richardsiskproductions.com

Aug 212014
 

Professional photographers and casual photo snappers will both likely find a new free book of interest in this collection of photography eBooks.

Compiled by Light Stalking, the digital books cover topics such as studio lighting, copyright, Adobe Lightroom versus Photoshop, and how to shoot in manual mode. Textbook of Digital Photography, pictured above, alone is a gem, with over 100 sample pages of instruction.

Most of the books are PDFs, and some require you to provide your email, but combined with Light Stalking’s previous collection of eBooks, it’s a lot of great information you can download and read at your leisure.

To view full article please click the link below:

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Aug 102014
 

Bublcam the Toronto-based hardware startup that has created the first spherical, 360-degree consumer camera, is ready to ship its product next month.

The startup was formerly part of the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) ideaBOOST accelerator program, and recently launched pre-orders for the product. It’ll start shipping in early September, continuing into October.

Bubl’s current collaboration with Google allows anyone with a Bublcam to upload spherical photos directly to Google Maps, StreetView and Google+. Other features include real-time image stitching, self-calibration and image stabilization, a four-camera, tetrahedral design for zero blind spots and live video streaming.

To view full article please click the link below:
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Aug 092014
 
Winners – Winners Gallery – Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – National Geographic.

Photo and caption by Mahesh Balasubramanian used with permission

Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha festival, which takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam the day after Maha Shivarathiri (the great night of Shiva). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in Southern India.

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Aug 082014
 

“It seems pretty clear that smartphones have become the point-and-shoots of our time.  The latest smartphone cams on the market have resolutions up to 41 megapixels, well more than the 10Mp of my old Canon PowerShot S90.  Even the average top-end smartphone sports a lens that delivers at least 16Mp.”

“So, other than driving the point-and-shoot guys out of business, what have they achieved, these super-cam smartphones?  Well, a lot, and they’re going to do more.”

“Now, 16Mp will support any format of the new 4K displays, which have roughly 4,000 pixels along the horizontal edge.  In fact, depending on the standard, they can vary from 3,840 to 5,120, and have anywhere from ~7Mp up to ~16.3Mp total, but the standard for ultra high definition television (UHDTV) uses just a bit more than 8Mp.”

To view full article please click the link below:

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