Clever camera angles and captivating b-roll are important when making a solid and complete video product. When you’re on the move in a car, dune buggy, sailboat or tank, great videographers create enthralling footage by capturing unusual angles and movement. The Delkin Fat Gecko shines as a low-cost, effective suction mount for any slick surface that allows you to get your camera in the face of the mobile action. [more]
If you haven’t seen the movie Snow White and the Huntsman, then you’ll want to go see it after watching this video. Filmed with the Red Epic camera, the amount of detail that went into creating the Mirror Man is amazing. The guys over at The Mill Visual Effects Studio did many tests with liquid before deciding to use cloth instead. Cloth provided more control over making the sculpture appear seamlessly out of the mirror. [more]
Recently, some of the engineering crew from Duke University with the assistance of scientists from the University of Arizona, University of California – San Diego, and Distant Focus Corp decided to slap together 98 minuscule cameras, each with a 14-megapixel sensor and capture an image with all of them through a single lens.
Last week we posted a video featuring a high speed robotic arm that is used for precise movements during high frame rate filming. Although this robot isn’t as fast, it is on a dolly, which gives it the ability to move around the room. Check out Bot & Dolly’s website to learn more about their “bot” and see a few examples of their work. [more]
If you are into studio lighting at all you have probably heard about the D1 Monolight by Profoto. These lights are known for their size, flash consistency, and of course the wireless Air Remote system. In this video I’ll take you through each of my favorite and least favorite features of this flash. If you are on the fence you may want to try renting these lights first. [more]
When Nikon first released the MB-D12 battery grip for the Nikon D800 it cost a staggering $615. Since then the price has fallen to a still ridiculous $429. We have been waiting patiently for an affordable 3rd party version and today I got an email from a reader that they were available on ebay. The “Pixel MB-D12″ is a much more affordable $109.00. I just purchased one and once it shows up from Japan (at least 30 days) I’ll review it. I’m hoping this grip is as good as the last fake I got.
Blair Bunting is a good friend of mine, and by far one of the best commercial portrait photographers out there today. He just published a blog post regarding the highly lauded (while simultaneously seriously attacked) new MacBook pro with retina display. While the display is absolutely breathtaking, it has a serious disadvantage. Is the display too good? [more]
In this video, Ren Ng discusses the history and future of photography. Ng has spent years studying light field technology and computational science. He created the Lytro camera in 2006 and is continuing to develop some mind-boggling photographic technology. This particular video is from a recent TEDx event in San Jose. At about the 13:35 mark you’ll see the newest Lytro feature – the ability to change the perspective of an image. [more]
…Or do they? Camera manufacturers today — especially consumer camera manufacturers — have created sensors that keep growing the megapixel count on each chip year after year, meeting consumers’ general expectations for a higher number of ‘MP’ with every subsequent refresh. But what do these numbers really mean? Do you need all of those pixels? These are some of the many questions discussed in the full post article. [more]
Amidst the leaked Nikon D600 and D400 specs, we have some rumors arising from the Canon side. The Nikon D600 is being called an entry-level full frame, so it’s no wonder that Canon is also ready with their foray into this market with their revamped 7DII and replacing both the 60D and the original 7D with the upcoming 70D. [more]
Photographers like pulling for the underdog, and each year photographers are hoping to see Olympus return to the throne they once held, or at least make an appearance in the Court. Back when film was king, the Olympus brand was as strong as Canon, Nikon, and Kodak. But in the digital age and especially in the last year, things haven’t been so great. Yet this new advertising campaign could change all that- It’s witty, quick, original, and best of all, relatable. [more]