John Dooley from the Leica Akademie Mayfair demonstrates all of the cool features you knew about, as well as those that you didn’t, in this six minute hands-on review with the new M. I have to say that it looks like an incredible piece of craftsmanship and technology, and the amount of power that this small rangefinder packs is really quite something. [more]
I’ll no doubt take some heat for this video but you know what?… It’s worth it. Filmed and edited by Rob Volkel (Hula Fantastica), this video captures the POV (point of view) from a hula hoop as it makes it’s way around some of the women at Burning Man. The result is a gorgeous, upbeat and fun video. Is it sexy? Hell ya. Is it sexy enough for a NSFW? Maybe. But one thing for sure is [more]
The future looks healthy within the modeling and fashion industry. More and more people want less retouching in general, people want to see change on the covers and on runways. We’re seeing more being done to make health a priority in the modeling world. Recently, Israel took a step in banning underweight models. The definition of ‘underweight’ is having a BMI of under 18.5. Although this is just one country, we’ll see trends like this progress more regularly as time goes on. [more]
Now available on Netflix, “Shooting Robert King” goes behind the scenes of what it was like to be a documentary war photographer. You always hear and see images from the war but NEVER about what it’s like to be thrown into it as a documentary photographer. At just 24, American photojournalist Robert King began his 15 year journey to follow his passion. Originally he set out to win a Pulitzer prize, but in the end found himself with a life changing experience. [more]
In this clip of an alternate take of the swordfight where Indi shoots the villian, we see the scene being choreographed in a compeltely different way than what went on to make the final film. Ironically enough, this scene is easily one of the most iconic segments from that series. This brings to mind all sorts of speculative questions; What was the original scene written to be? Why was it changed? Why was this version cut? Did
Han Indi really shoot first? [more]
I have never been a huge preset guy. I love having total control over my images, so presets were never really a big thing to me. I also love shooting film, and no matter what kind of tinkering I do in Photoshop I never really nail that film look with my digital files. Then I discovered VSCO Film.
I’ve really been enjoying these episodes of Mark Seliger‘s discussion-based show called Capture. In this latest installment, you’ll get to sit in with one of the most talented photographers around – Martin Schoeller. He tells the stories behind his photographs of Jack Nicholson, Lyle Lovett, Steve Carell, and the breastfeeding mother (that I’m sure you all remember). [more]
Independent video producer Bard Canning spent 4 weeks trying to improve the footage of Curiosity’s landing released by NASA last month, and the result is insanely amazing. He used thousands of tracking points in a technique called motion-flow interpolation, and added sound effects to make it look and sound even more realistic. The original video was made out of 297 frames, and Canning’s version looks like a real video with thousands of frames. Check out his result, and also a side by side comparison. NASA – watch and learn.
I don’t know what GoPro cameras are made out of that makes seagulls like them so much, but once again a seagull stole a GoPro – this time in San Francisco. The camera was on and aimed at the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset when the bird decided to take the viewers for a short tour over the Bay Area. Check it out, and keep your equipment safe!
A while ago we posted the video Dream Music Part 2, which has since blown up and become a huge hit online. Marc Donahue, one of the co-creators along with Sean Michael Williams, shot me a link to their behind the scenes reel, which shows timelapses of timelapses, using various setups with their Dynamic Perception Dolly kit.
The Cleverkids have come out with a timelapse of NYC’s cityscape with the September 11th, memorial lights. The timelapse was recorded in Brooklyn looking over towards Manhattan. A somber reminder of the horrific events of that day. I know this question gets asked quite a bit, but where were you the day the attacks happened, and what are some of you doing to reflect back on this horrible yet historical event? [more]
Have you ever thought about making the exciting move to photojournalism? Then we have someone you have to listen to. Sarajevo born photographer Damir Sagolj has been on the Reuters’ staff since 1997 and is currently their chief photographer in Thailand. He spent five years in the Bosnian army and worked for the Paris-based Sipa press agency as their Bosnian photographer. To sum it up: he knows his shit. So if you answered “yes” to the question above here are 7 tips from Damir that you better take to heart. [more]
Canon just recently released their newest model of the one man Cinema Camcorder EOS C100. The camera boasts a some new features not found in it’s predecessor, the Canon C 300 such as One Shot AF, Push Auto Iris, a built-in microphone and non-compression HDMI out with superimposed timecode and 2:3 pull down marker. [more]
Lenovo, a worldwide computer company that manufacturers laptops, have gathered fifteen of what they believe are the best college filmmakers for their ‘Seize the Night’ Alternate Ending challenge. One of the contestants is a graduate of the University of Alabama (now a film student at USC), Xavier Burgin. His entry into the competition is called ‘Do’. Shot with a Canon 5D MarkII and a Canon T2i, this is definitely a forerunner in the contest. [more]
In a display of surreal, yet concise movements, Ars Electronica and Ascending Technologies in Austria worked together to assemble 49 Quadrocopters with multi-colored lights. Prepared for a a show called “The Cloud in the Web”, programmers wrote movements for each copter and they danced in the sky, much to the delight (or fear) of onlookers. Check out the full post for more images and a video of testing. [more]