BenQ Unveils the Ultimate Monitor for Photogs, a 31.5-inch 4K HDR Beast

By DL Cade


If you’ve got some cash to burn and you’re looking for the ultimate photo editing monitor, BenQ’s got a great new gadget for you to consider. It’s called the SW320, and it’s 31.5-inches of 4K, HRD, IPS, Adobe RGB color space goodness.

The SW320 was developed with photographers and other imaging professionals in mind. At the core of this 31.5-inch 3,840 x 2,160 resolution behemoth of a monitor is a true 10-bit IPS panel that supports 100% of the sRGB color space and 99% of Adobe RGB—but the goodies don’t stop there.

There are also a ton of ports, a built-in SD card reader (take that Apple!), and support for HDR 10 content. And as if that’s not enough, the monitor even features three different black and white presets so you can preview your images in B&W before you ever touch a slider in post. Finally, the SW320 also features a little “Hotkey Puck” on the stand that lets you switch color space between sRGB, Adobe RGB, and Black and White, or program your own custom settings right into those buttons.

When we said “ultimate photo editing monitor” we weren’t kidding. Here’s a closer look at this beast:







To find out more about the BenQ SW320, head over to the company’s website by clicking here. The monitor is scheduled to arrive in January of 2017—detachable shading hood included—for the not-so-affordable price of $1,000. Of course, in this case at least, you may just get what you pay for.

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From:: Petapixel

I Photographed My Own Wedding Day

By Guest Author


As photographers, whether consciously or not, I think we’re all trying to capture moments in the way that we would like our own moments to be captured. What then are we supposed to do when it’s our turn to be the subject? This question troubled me as my wedding day drew closer. Who does the wedding photographer choose to photograph his own wedding?

To help with the decision, Elissa didn’t really care much for a photographer to capture our wedding either. Perhaps it was the result of helping me cull through thousands of wedding photos in the earlier days of my career, or simply hearing too many stressful wedding day stories that put her off the idea. I think in reality though, she’s just not your average girl who dreams of a big, fancy wedding.

One evening, I jokingly mentioned that since I’d never be able to decide on one person to entrust with the job of capturing all the moments I wanted, I should be the one who shot our wedding.

“Perfect,” she said.

Leading up to the big day, plans crossed my mind to set up various shots which would tell the story to the viewer, positioning the tripod here and there, taking a photo of the guests from my point of view, the ring being put on Elissa’s finger, the registry being signed… then I realized what was happening. My desire to be creative with the story telling was making our plans become less and less about a simple, natural ceremony with our two families, and more just like a photo shoot for the viewer to enjoy.






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Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Godfather Notebook’ is the Development Bible of Our Dreams

By Sophia Harvey

Here are five things you can learn from the early days of one of our greatest directors.

When Francis Ford Coppola got the call to direct The Godfather, things hadn’t been looking very promising. Like many of his peers in the “New Hollywood” group, Coppola went to UCLA and got his start working under Roger Corman. He had just formed Zoetrope with George Lucas, and was a young, broke, father of two with a third on the way. If it weren’t for the desperation that comes with providing for a young family, on an artist’s budget, we might never have seen the brilliant classic that isThe Godfather. The thing was, Coppola didn’t like Mario Puzo’s novel, from which the film was to be adapted. He thought it was “salacious and commercial.” But when he got the call, he took it for the money, like many young directors do.

All of this and more is outlined in the heartfelt introduction to Coppola’s recently published The Godfather Notebook. What happened next is every filmmaker’s fantasy; Coppola sat in a cafe, for months, carefully studying and breaking down every element of Puzo’s book—and turning it into a screenplay.

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From:: No Film School

A Lawyer Digs Into Instagram’s Terms of Use

By Guest Author


Social media have so thoroughly infused our everyday lives that calling them “ubiquitous” seems inadequate. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and others take up an astonishing amount of our time, bandwidth, and attention, and have become indispensable business and marketing tools as well.

While it’s easy to think of these as neutral platforms for users’ interaction, we must bear in mind that each is a functioning business, governed by its balance sheets and accountable to its owners. Accordingly, each requires users to agree to its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before creating an account. These agreements tend to be long and rather arcane, yet the average time spent reading them is between 6 and 8 seconds.

A user agreement is not a mere formality. It’s a binding legal contract, of the type lawyers call a “contract of adhesion.” Contracts of adhesion offer no room for negotiation — the user’s only options are to take it or leave it. When faced with Instagram’s Terms of Service (TOS), a new user’s thinking may proceed as follows:

  1. I don’t want to read this entire long, confusing legal document.
  2. There are 500 million people using Instagram, so they all must have signed this thing already.
  3. Everyone I know who’s on Instagram likes it, and none seem to have suffered terrible consequences from signing this.
  4. If the terms were really bad, people wouldn’t be using the service.

And then they click OK. It’s a strange, implied crowdsourcing of legal reasoning, and unfortunately, it’s not great for keeping things on the up-and-up.

Let’s dig for a moment into what users agree to when they sign up with one of these services. I’ll focus primarily on Instagram here because this is PetaPixel, but we’ll take a quick peek at a continue…

From:: Petapixel

‘Easy Does It’ Follows Two Brothers Robbing Their Way Across ’70s Southwest

By Steve Greene “The struggle to chase big dreams feels very real right here and now.” continue…

From:: Indie WIRE Filmmaker Toolkit

You’re a Church. So Why Aren’t You Live Streaming?

By philcooke


There’s a persistent myth about church live streaming that needs to be put to rest: the idea that once you go live online, your members will stop coming to the services. Nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t have statistics, I can only give you my experience with the hundreds of churches we’ve […] continue…

From:: Phil Coke

Review: Broken Anchor Focus Gear Could Be The Last You Ever Buy

By Charles Haine

With the Zero, Broken Anchor has devised a universal lens focus gear ring that truly feels like it could work on any lens that needs it.

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From:: No Film School

Top 10 Romance Films With Bittersweet Endings

By Redmond Bacon


When you are young, it is easy to assume that all that is necessary for a happy life is to find the person you love and spend the rest of your days with them.

Yet, as you grow older, nothing is ever as simple as initially thought, meaning that sometimes the great loves in your life may be those that don’t end quite the way imagined in fairy-tales. Yet, bittersweet is not quite the same as unhappy; whilst an unhappy ending implies tragedy, a bittersweet one is about understanding those moments of connection — however brief they are — that enrich and imbue life with meaning.

The benefit of a romantic film with a bittersweet ending instead of a generic they-all-lived-happily-ever-after one as seen in the best Disney films, is that it teaches the viewer that the affairs of the heart are infinitely complicated, in the process allowing them to think analytically about their own love lives, and to savour those remembered moments they thought would last forever.

By being able to help emotionally process the endless nuances and faults that may comprise a modern relationship, a romance with a bittersweet ending can work as both catharsis and a warning. From science-fiction to musicals, New York To Dublin, this list showcases the ten best endings where the protagonists don’t get what they want, but maybe just find, they get what they need.

It goes without saying that this list contains spoilers for the endings of every movie on this list. Read on with caution.

1. An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky, 1978)

An Unmarried Woman

As much a film about personal growth as it is about being in love and being loved, An Unmarried Woman is a coming-to-terms story about a woman (Jill Clayburgh) who seemingly has it all, before finding continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

11 Horrifying Production Tales from Deep Within the Catacombs of Reddit

By Jon Fusco

Anonymous filmmakers share production stories both terrifying and entertaining.

Some angry Redditors took to the r/Filmmakers subreddit yesterday to share some of their worst production stories, and it will sure make you feel better about any problems you may have had on set. We’ve parsed the wildly entertaining stories and selected some highlights from the thread “What’s the worst film set you have been on?” (We’ve opted to keep the posts anonymous, in case any of you ever work with anyone involved.) Enjoy.

Porn star problems

“I got a battlefield promotion when the line producer walked on a VERY poorly run pilot I worked on. All of a sudden I was the poor sap trying to hold this production together as it exploded at every seam. I have a hundred bizarre stories from that set. The craft services guy they hired was a junkie who fed us cheap food and put the rest of his budget in his arm. He called me screaming in the middle of the night multiple times, claimed we withheld his pay, and took a bunch of our rental equipment hostage.

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From:: No Film School

DreamGrip Smartphone Rig for Filmmakers

By Jakub Han


If you’re a smartphone videography enthusiast maybe considering to step up your game, check out DreamGrip. You can use it with any smartphone, and allows you to mount plenty of accessories.

The quality of smartphone cameras has been steadily improving in recent times, with more and more people starting to use smartphones to generate high-quality video content. We brought you 10 useful Tips for cinematic smartphone videos in the past, but I think we will continue to see huge progress in smartphone videography in the coming years. This means more smartphone-oriented filmmaking accessories will start making an appearance.

DreamGrip is a Hong Kong-based company but with offices in Vancouver, Canada, and have been developing their smartphone rig since August 2015. After testing their first prototypes during the past year, they are now taking pre-orders.

What does the DreamGrip smartphone rig offer you?

  • Adjustable lens mount, so you can use any smartphone.
  • A variety of lenses: Fisheye, Wide Angle, Telephoto x2, Telephoto x3.
  • Bluetooth wireless remote with free app for Android and iOS.
  • Two cold shoe mounts on the handles.
  • Additional mounting possibilities through ¼” – 20” mounts and screws.
  • Adapter with a 52mm CPL filter.

One of the issues when filming with a smartphone at high resolutions while using Bluetooth is of course battery life. While I am not sure where you could mount a powerbank on this rig, it seems like it could accomodate one of those power cases for extra battery life. These are not available for all smartphones, though.

Below is a short promotional video filmed with Samsung S6 and S7 mounted on a DreamGrip smartphone rig. I personally feel like some of the clips could have been more stable, and many of the shots in the video also rapidly lose sharpness at the edges – probably due continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

25 Great Movies from the 21st Century That No One Talks About (Part III)

By Nikola Gocić

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As eclectic (in mood, style, genre, origin and so forth) as the previous two lists (maybe even more), the third collection of the less talked about films from the 21st century involves a few titles that will make some professional critics cringe, but what the hell! From highly experimental cinema to humanoid robots, you will certainly find a flick or two (or even five) to cherish.

1. Thief or Reality (Antouanetta Angelidi, 2001) / Greece


“The world has been formed of dreams. When you wake up, you no longer exist.”

Through the three colliding and intertwining chapters linked by the character of Thief (who might be Time, Doom or Death), Antouanetta Angelidi (Topos) explores the nature and different levels of Reality and she does so from the perspective of a sculptress, a bereaved mother and an actor playing Antigone.

Emphasizing the ambiguity of the natural elements (fire, water, earth), she pulls the viewer into an abstract game of fates and free will between a human and the Universe. Her hyper-lyrical “story” rests upon an esoteric system of symbols utilized by the protagonists on the brink of madness who perform a metaphysical choreography in the theatre of life (or life’s absence).

The enchanting, oft-symmetrical compositions dominated by eternal black and accompanied by the amalgam of sublime silence, heavy drones, ethereal chants, enigmatic dialogues and requiem-like soliloquies establish a funereal, disorienting atmosphere, with a deliberate artificiality as the main trait of Angelidi’s unconventional “ritual”.

2. Woman of Water (Hidenori Sugimori, 2002) / Japan

Woman of Water

In the feature debut for Hidenori Sugimori, everything is sprinkled with fine azure dust – glints and shadows, mist and the Moon, the roofs and an old truck, the utensils and a huge wall mural, the Fuji mountain and the light in the forest, continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Patent: Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS

By Canon Rumors A patent for the Canon EF 600mm f/4 DO IS has finally appeared. A prototype of this lens was shown in September of 2015 at the Canon EXPO. We were also told a few months ago that the retail version of this lens could be coming near the end of 2017, though we haven’t received … continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

Is Episodic Content the Future of Long-Form Documentary Filmmaking?

By Tanner Shinnick Episodic non-fiction has risen greatly in popularity over the last five years. Is it a simple trend or is the format here to stay? continue…

From:: Premium Beat

Heliskiing the British Columbia wilderness with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II

We took the Olympus OM-D E-M1 II up to Revelstoke, British Columbia and caught the season’s first helicopter out into the wilderness alongside some of the World’s top pro skiers. It was cold and terrifying, but we did it all in the name of putting this new flagship camera to the test. Part of a forthcoming feature video with Scott Rinckenberger, we wanted to share some of the images with you as soon as we got back. We also used the camera to shoot opening day at Revelstoke resort, which is famous for having one of the longest (and most fun) lift lines of any mountain in North America.

The gallery contains a mix of Raw conversions and out of camera JPEGs, including some shot using the Grainy Film II profile (a staff favorite), as well as a High-res mode sample. Many of the images shot in back country were done so under extreme conditions: sub-freezing temperatures, blizzard-like snowfall, avalanche warnings and the like. This in particular should demonstrate just how tough this this camera is, even if the photographer who shot the images was less so.

See our Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Heliskiing Samples Gallery


From:: DPreview

Video: Breathtaking drone footage of Oregon’s landscape

Michael Shainblum is a skilled professional landscape photographer known for his time-lapse footage and incredible still work. In 2015, he decided to take his photography to the skies to begin working on a drone project.

All told, he shot 16 hours of footage with DJI 3 and DJI 4 drones to produce this breathtaking 4K aerial montage filmed all over the state of Oregon. Be sure to turn the lights down, the sound up and HD mode on to really enjoy this short film.


From:: DPreview