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
 

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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
 

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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 092015
 

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It was announced a few days ago that Fujifilm will launch a new PRO Rental and Repair service come March 16th. The new service will be available to professional photographers who would like to rent Fujifilm cameras, be it at your home or a remote location. The other great aspect to this new program is the discounted rates that will be available for Fujifilm customers with gear in for repair. This will allow you to get the same gear you have in for repair, so it will have as little effect on your workflow as possible.

Return shipping will be as easy as ever, with a simple return label included in each package, allowing you to just place the new label on the box and ship it out. Easy peasy. The new service will be available in little over a week, and will have its own dedicated website at FujifilmProRental.com

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Feb 242015
 

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“When you are planning a big trip, what are some items that you simply have to bring every time? Some clothes and your camera are probably pretty high on the list, but where would you rank your tripod?

Today, I wanted to share this great video from Mark Wallace that highlights four reasons why you should really consider bringing your tripod with you on your next vacation/trip. If you are anything like me, you usually don’t consider your tripod a travel accessory, but in reality, it should be.

There are many tripods out there these days that are great for traveling; they are small, light weight, and are very compact. We at SLR Lounge really like the MeFoto tripods, not only for their quality, but they are pretty to look at too.”

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Feb 112015
 

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From the time he was a young boy, around 10 years old, German photographer, Patrick Pnecht loved photography. He developed a fondness for photographing landscapes, people and weather. And like many of us, when he got his first DSLR five years ago, tried out many different genres of photography – from animal photography to 3D photography -before discovering his true passion, which lead him back to landscapes, people and weather all at once.

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Two years ago, Patrick read a book by Matt Kloskowski, landscape photographer and PhotoshopGuy. Within the last few pages, Matt mentioned compositing and also a photographer named Joel Grimes. After looking at Joel’s work, Patrick knew the genre he wanted to pursue. He wanted “to bring portraits into landscape photos or buildings.” From then on, Patrick began photographing landscapes during his vacations and compositing them with portraits shot in his studio. The creative possibilities were endless.

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Feb 042015
 

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“Filmmaker Christopher Ireland from The Pool Collective directed three promo’s for Canon that add the depth of the photographer’s perspective to their images through an intriguing 360 degree setup. But it wasn’t the creative 360 degree approach that makes these videos work stand it out, it’s the fact that this movement tells a story.”

—Sebastian Wöber
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Feb 022015
 

Similar to the recent move I made myself, Mark Wallace, best known for his work with Adorama TV and Snapfactory, made a complete switch over from shooting Canon to the much lighter and smaller Leica rangefinder system. Less than a year ago, I made the decision to trade in a lot of my gear for a Leica M9 and 2 Leica M Summilux lenses. Being a working professional, I would have never made this move simply on a whim. There was a lot of thought that went into my decision, and it was made after testing the system for a couple months in all different shooting conditions. It was an expensive move that I’m still very happy with today, and one has ultimately made me a better photographer.

In the video below shared by Adorama, Mark Wallace explains the decision making that went into his move.

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Feb 022015
 

The latest buzz in the Sony and Canon rumor mills is that the next round of high megapixel sensors for both companies, will be produced through a joint venture.imageAccording to the report, published both on Canon Watch and Canon Rumors, the new 50MP sensors that we have been hearing so much about from Canon and Sony, are actually the same sensor. The rumor states that by way of a patent share, Canon would get the benefit of Sony’s sensor design and Sony would get the advantage of Canon’s Dual Pixel AF, the resulting 50MP sensor would be used in both companies’ high megapixel bodies.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the best of both worlds. If you are a Canon shooter, you get a HUGE increase in dynamic range and sensor quality, while retaining the awesome abilities of the Dual Pixel AF. If you are a Sony shooter, you gain the advanced AF ability of the Dual Pixel AF (something we know many mirrorless offerings still struggle with), while maintaining your superb sensor performance.

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Jan 222015
 

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He says, as a closing statement, that he hopes this tutorial has inspired you to explore blend modes more. He, is Jimmy McIntyre, and he needn’t hope, because it has, and I’ll bet for you it will. In near-as-makes-no-difference 7 minutes, McIntyre illustrates how incredibly powerful Photoshop blend modes are, and how fast they can be manipulated for effect.

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Jan 212015
 

What makes a film a classic? It is not about whether it was shot in 4k on a Arri Alexa or it was shot on an 16mm Bolex. What all classic films have in common is that they convey a certain emotion. The technical aspects of cinematography can be learned by anyone, but to capture an emotion and move the audience is what real cinematographers are about. The short documentary, ‘Light & Shadow,’ reminds us that you don’t make movies; you make films.

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Jan 012015
 

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Chromecast has been on the shelves for awhile. It is a great little device for watching Netflix, Hulu and local content. With its newest update, Google added the ability to add screen casting from your Android phone. Cheesy Cam shows us how use the Chromecast to turn any compatible television into an HDMI monitor.

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Dec 152014
 

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When Zeiss first released their Otus 55mm f/1.4, most photographers couldn’t get past the $4000 price tag. Then the reviews started coming out and Otus became synonymous with perfect image quality. Lens manufacturers fixed their crosshairs on the Otus line, attempting to achieve similar image quality. Now there’s a 2nd lens in the Otus lineup, the 85mm f/1.4, and the 85mm focal length is one of my and Pye’s favorite when it comes to portraits. Check out our thoughts on the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 in the video below!

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Dec 022014
 

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The Camera Store TV just released their in-depth review and field test with the NX1, and beyond some issues with the AF accuracy in low-light, they were impressed in almost every way. They even go as far as to say that the new Samsung flagship NX1 has “probably the best APS-C sized sensor on the market,” and that it “competes with some full frame cameras.”

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The slow dripping of water as it hits the bottom of a coffee pot. The leaky sink that drips all night long when you’re battling another night of insomnia. It happens in a millisecond, where one drop of liquid hits another pool of liquid, you can see it splash in your mind’s eye. Norweigan photographer, Ronny Tertnes has set about to capture them and manipulate each droplet into a masterpiece.

Using ultra high speed photography, flash rigs, smoke and different types of liquids, this IT administrator by day creates what looks like blown glass with Earth’s most basic element.

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Nov 122014
 

Think about a lot of the issues that you currently have with your camera’s performance: moire, rolling shutter (in video), ISO performance, under 10fps burst mode, etc. All of these issues would no longer be a problem if this rumor about some upcoming Sony sensor tech is legit.

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According to a report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, which is rating this rumor an SR4 (out of 5, with 5 being most reliable), Sony is poised to announce a new “Active-Pixel Color Sampling” sensor in 2015. This new sensor is technology completely different from what is in your current camera, which is based on Bayer methodology. This is also completely different from Foveon or other multi-layer technology.

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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.”

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