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More Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Footage Surfaces

We recently shared test footage directly from Blackmagic’s CEO, but today more footage has shown up online from some of the Blackmagic testers. Captain Hook, a cinematographer out of New Zealand, made this compilation of footage for you to take a look at. At this point, since I doubt many of you have 4K monitors, we should focus on detail and quality of the footage. What do you think? [more]

What To Do When Your Memory Cards Fail

Most of us have run into a situation where we find ourselves scrambling to recover files from a flash memory card, or a hard drive. I’ve found myself running into this issue a few times in my career, and it’s something that comes when you least expect it, and always when you’re in a rush! When you are in that predicament, relax and get Data Rescue to help you out, but don’t shoot over those files!

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This Magical Snow Video Was Shot On The iPhone In One Take

Last week Jerusalem had one of the heaviest snow storms ever recorded in the region. Media outlets called it a “Historic Storm” and “Biblical Snowstorm,” and thousands of people lost power and got stuck at home. Some even got stuck in their cars on the highway. This didn’t stop photography student Nitzan Yogev (24) from going outside, hopping on the light-rail train and recording one of the most captivating snow videos I’ve ever seen – and all shot on the iPhone 5s. [more]

See All of Sigma’s 2013 Line In a Holiday-Themed Size Chart

Sigma, feeling rather in the holiday spirit, created this fun, seasonal size comparison graphic to showcase their line of lenses as we near Christmas. I thought it was a cool look at the diversity of lenses and might actually help you decide what to get and what you can fit into your bags. I want that one the size of a bazooka. [more]

The Strahlen LED: A High Powered Light With A Flexible Design

Boasting a CRI of 90, bi-color options, and an output 1600 lux at 4ft, this Indiegogo campaign for an LED light takes a look at technology that’s not old, but not exactly new either. Read on to find out what makes this LED light unique from others on the market today. [more]

Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits: Studio Lighting

In this article I would like to share some of the basics and tips for those of you who enjoy shooting beauty portraits with controlled artificial lighting.

Make sure to check out my previous articles of this series: Secrets to Crafting Top-Quality Beauty Portraits: On Location Lighting and Composition and visual balance.
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Trilogy Of Light Series Finale Released | “City Lights”

This is the third and final chapter from Colin Rich’s series “Trilogy of Lights” and is one of the most epic time lapse series I’ve ever seen. The first two chapters are posted below so watch them in order if you haven’t seen the first two. [more]

Filmmaker Creates Awesome Car Commercial For His Used ’96 Nissan Maxima

Orlando-based Filmmaker Luke Aker recently decided to sell his old and (very) used 1996 Nissan Maxima. He knew it won’t be easy to find a buyer for the car, so he used his talent and skills and created a video commercial for it. To be honest? It’s way better than most car commercials on TV. “Luxury Defined”. [more]

Blackmagic Releases Footage Taken with 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the 4K production camera, as well as test footage shot with it. Today Blackmagic confirmed they are in the final stages of testing the camera, and released several gigabytes of ungraded 4K footage to the masses for blanket toying with. Though we didn’t grade or otherwise edit the footage other than what you see here, we encourage you to give it a shot! [more]

Fantastic BTS Video of Pre-Wedding Shoot by Vivida

As a writer for Fstoppers I have seen a lot of behind the scenes (BTS) videos, but some of my favorites are those produced by Simeon Quarrie of Vivida. His videos are always top notch and offer the viewers a wonderful opportunity to see real shoots with actual clients while picking up lots of great tips on how he produces such great photographs. [more]

The Fstoppers Flash Disc Is Now Available In Limited Supply

UPDATE: WE’RE SOLD OUT – 6 years ago I built a collapsible softbox that could easily fit in my pocket while I was shooting weddings. I built this product for myself and never dreamed that it would become a real product one day. 2 years ago Patrick and I set out to have the “Flash Disc” mass produced and patented. We just received our patent and first batch. Order now and get 3 before Christmas. [more]

South Park Makes Fun Of The Retouching Industry (NSFW)

South Park is a show that comes off as harsh. With their crude and direct sense of humor, it was just a matter of time before they attacked the world of retouching and post production. In a recent episode, they decided to poke fun at the concept of Photoshop and manipulation.  [more]

The British Library Adds One Million Public Domain Images to Flickr

2013 is coming to a close and in this author’s opinon, one of the greatest things to happen this year has been the release of hordes of public domain images by major institutions. From the Getty Open Content program to crazy macro photos of bees. We’ve seen a massive surge in public domain contributions. Today we get to add another donor to the list, and quite possibly the biggest I’ve seen so far. [more]

Love, Loss, Life And The Intense Power Of Photography

The ability of photography to capture singular moments of emotion – love, particularly – is what many of us find fascinating with the medium, particularly those of us that photograph people. Ben lost his wife Ali to lung cancer shortly after they married, but with his young daughter Olivia, paid tribute to both the love for his wife and the love for his daughter in a wonderful, touching shoot that highlights the true power of photography. [more]

A First Impression of the Sony a7R & How Canon/Nikon Can Beat It

Yesterday I got my hands on the new Sony a7R for a review here at Fstoppers, and I was instantly and somewhat begrudgingly a fan of it. It feels great in hand, doesn’t lack physical buttons like with other interchangeable lens compacts (ILCs), and it sounds fantastic (the shutter has an absurdly glorious “click” that you can’t help but love). My feelings for the a7R were such that I began to wonder why Canon and Nikon can’t seem to get it right in the ILC market. The answer to making the perfect compact appears so clear, but they don’t seem to have any interest of going this direction. [more]

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