Act Like A Director

Turns out there are good, solid reasons for all that “Lights, Camera, Action” dance you feel utterly silly doing
directing
Director Thomas Gulamerian works with actor Iva Stelmak on the set of Courier X. Photo by Chris X Carroll Unlike, say, photography, filmmaking is a massively collaborative art form. Oh, you can do it all, but you definitely can’t do it all well. Nor can you do it all easily. You start with your bad self, a couple, three actors (God forbid some horse-drawn... Read more

Photographer Jim Herrington’s Photo Book Earns BANFF Award

“The Climbers,” a series of powerfully evocative black-and-white portraits of climbing icons, wins the Mountaineering History prize
Jim Herrington
Photographer Jim Herrington, known for his iconic portraits of legendary musicians like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and The Rolling Stones, for album covers and magazines ranging from GQ to Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair, has a powerful body of black-and-white portrait work that celebrates the icons of the rock and mountain climbing world. Now in book... Read more

We’ll Do It Live!—Fixing Sound Mistakes

Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you
sound editing
Those of you paying attention will recall that at the end of last week’s lesson we were totally screwed. Being photographers, we had used our Canon DSLRs to shoot heart-breakingly gorgeous video. Video that was virtually useless because (among other things) of the proximity of a honkin’ giant fan blowing all that hair around most fetchingly while... Read more

Canon Live Learning EOS Destination Workshops For 2018

Now in their 10th year, the workshops offer a range of topics, from portraiture to landscapes to street photography, led by top photographers specializing in those areas
photography workshops
Photo by Parish Kohanim Canon has announced its lineup for the 2018 Live Learning EOS Destination Workshops. Now in their 10th year, the workshops offer a range of topics, from portraiture to landscapes to street photography, led by top photographers specializing in those areas. This year’s photographers, shooting in locations from Kentucky and Alaska,... Read more

Around The World With The DJI Inspire 2

Learn how the DJI Inspire 2 allows adventurous filmmakers to stretch the limits in the field
DJI Inspire 2
The DJI Inspire 2 has allowed filmmakers to reach new heights while offering professional image quality. With a maximum speed of 58 mph (it goes from 0 to 50 mph in 5 seconds), and containing a self-heating battery that’s perfect for shooting in low temperatures, the DJI Inspire 2 allows the adventurous filmmaker to stretch the limits in the field. Sam... Read more

Cocktails And Cameras: Sony RX0 Hands-On Review In Hollywood

While the tiny box form factor looks like an action cam, the RX0 is much more capable. Intended for 4K multicam immersive experiences, it delivers excellent still images, too
video cameras
Hang 5 on a Hollywood set. Sony RX0 Hands-On Review Flatland BMX is about spinning brakeless tricks and insanely difficult, but also fits into an indoor space quite nicely. You get exciting things to photograph in a small space. In the ’80s, the performances would take up an entire basketball court or a couple courts’ worth of space to entertain... Read more

Litepanels Gemini LED Live-Stream Event

Live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, cinematographer George Mooradian, ASC, shares his experience using the new Gemini LED soft panel, October 5 at 12 Noon PDT
LED lighting
The increasing versatility and dropping production costs of LED panels make them especially attractive lighting solutions. Today, the lighting experts at Litepanels are hosting a live-stream event featuring the Gemini LED soft panel. Live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, cinematographer George Mooradian, ASC, will share his experience using the... Read more

Sound Advice: Why You Need An Audio Pro On Video Shoots

Perhaps the biggest unexpected pitfall in the move from stills to moving pictures is one you not only can’t see coming, you can’t see at all: Sound
audio for video
Put away your laptops, class, there will be a pop quiz today. Those of you who read the homework will have no doubt noticed some of the clues left in the text. For those of you coming in late, I shot what was objectively the most beautiful cinematic tour de force since Citizen Kane, yet nearly ruined the whole thing with rookie errors. The entire project... Read more

Self-Assigned Challenge: Finding Angles

I was looking at the photos from the editor, and it made me think about finding angles
focal point
Photo by David Schloss Scrolling through a gallery of images taken by my editor from a recent trip abroad, I noticed a couple of interesting photos. I don’t mean “cover of a magazine” interesting or maybe even Instagrammable, but for where the focal point was in a very difficult scene. In this instance, the scene was Kendo practice in a setting... Read more

Complete Nikon D850 Specs Announced

Nikon’s newest camera combines high speed and high resolution in one system
Nikon D850
After teasing the release of the Nikon D850 last month, Nikon has now announced the full specifications for the camera, and they are impressive. Speaking with Nikon’s Steve Heiner, Senior Technical Manager, in advance of this announcement, we went over the specs line by line, and the Nikon D850 feels like the child of a Nikon D750 and a Nikon D810. Nikon... Read more

Doug Menuez Hosts Leica Akademie Workshop

Running September 8-10 in LA, the acclaimed documentary photographer’s class will be held in conjunction with the Leica Gallery exhibition, “Fearless Genius: The Next Generation”
Doug Menuez
Photo by Doug Menuez Photographer Doug Menuez, who we profiled with his long-term documentary project that focused on early Silicon Valley, including Steve Jobs, who gave Menuez unprecedented access—and who recently contributed to our blog post on finding a camera system that’s right for you, is holding an upcoming workshop in Los Angeles, September... Read more

Sony Kumamoto Earthquake Footage Released

The company shares footage of the devastating 2016 quake with Digital Photo Pro
Damage from the Kumamoto earthquake in Japan.
In April 2016, a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Kumamoto, Japan, home to the company’s image sensor production facility. The massive shock, which followed a pre-shock of 6.2, devastated the facility. Because Sony’s imaging sensors are used not only in their own products but in the products of other camera manufacturers, the shock set back... Read more
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