The Air Selfie: Just a toy or a serious drone?

By (George Shaw)

Image sin the palm of your hand. Or floating just over them anyway...

The Air Selfie can fly out to a preset distance, take a picture and return. Indoors or outdoors. And the best part is, it fits inside your iPhone case. But is the Air Selfie a serious drone for capture or just another aerial toy?

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    From:: RedShark News

    Magic Carpet – Camera Slider + Motion Control from Syrp

    By Cinescopophilia

    The Syrp Magic Carpet is a simple, portable solution for obtaining buttery smooth tracking slider shots. Designed with a full roller-bearing carriage and quick-release levers the Magic Carpet ensures your time on-location is well spent creating amazing footage rather than dealing with the technical set up of your shoot. The Magic Carpet also comes motion […] → continue…

    From:: Cinescopophilia

    Gaff Tape Vs Photo Black Tape

    By Cinescopophilia

    Dave Donaldson AKA Grip Tips, looks at Gaff Tape Vs Photo Black tape. In this episode we talk about why gaff tape should almost never be used and an industry standard tape that is used all the time but never spoken about. → continue…

    From:: Cinescopophilia

    Meet The Gaffer Luke Seerveld looks at the Kino Flo Select 30 Lights

    By Cinescopophilia

    Meet The Gaffer’s Luke Seerveld compares the workhorse of the commercial and broadcast industry, the Kino Flo 4 foot x 4 Tube unit and it’s LED replacement, the Kino Flo Select 30. → continue…

    From:: Cinescopophilia

    The Teaching Cinematography Conference

    By (Tony Costa)

    Taking in consideration the remarks received from the attendees about the Teaching Cinematography Conference we can consider it was a great success. In fact, for the organization the most optimistic expectations were clearly overcome. When the IMAGO Education Committee began preparations and planning for the conference it was estimated that we could have around 40 attendees or maybe we could have as maximum up to 50. But it ended up by having 120 attendees from 30 different countries and some came as far as Australia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.

    The success cannot be majored only for the number of attendees. The quality of the key speakers, the presentations, the round table discussions the intensive program enriched considerably the event.
    The highly number of attendees prove that the subject matter of teaching cinematography is an actual concern for schools, teachers and cinematographers in general. The IMAGO Education Committee was right in organizing such an event. It proved that the topic is still a matter of concern even after one decade passed from the digital cinema acquisition revolution. The revolutionary RED One which appeared in the parking lot in Las Vegas during NAB in 2006 still deploys some passionate discussions between those who defend film versus digital.
    The education method has swing quite a few degrees not to say that swung 180 degrees. The classic method of educating cinematography by teaching to students’ skills to manipulate cameras, magazines, film stock, exposure, should have now a different approach. The image is directly on a display. This fact makes quite a great difference. Apparently gives an overall sensation that there is lack of discipline and commitment to learn. More discipline should be implemented and new tools must be thought like exposure reading devices like waveforms and false colour systems, like Stephen Lighthill ASC, teacher of → continue…

    From:: Imago News

    What BMW Knows About Videos That Churches Need to Learn

    By philcooke

    I’ve written many times on the power of short videos and how Christian organizations can benefit from their incredible popularity. Now, Michael Goefron, writing for MediaPost shares some secrets about why major brands like BMW are expanding and using longer form videos. As a read his article, I found a few things that stood out […] → continue…

    From:: Phil Coke

    What BMW Knows About Short Videos That Churches Need to Learn

    By philcooke

    I’ve written many times on the power of short videos and how Christian organizations can benefit from their incredible popularity. Now, Michael Goefron, writing for MediaPost shares some secrets about why major brands like BMW are expanding and using longer form videos. As a read his article, I found a few things that stood out […] → continue…

    From:: Phil Coke

    You, me and the N.D.A..

    By Azurgrip Just a quick update. It’s great to hear, through the grapevine and to see the daily people joining the Facebook page that people are reading and still finding the site worthwhile. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or possible topics of discussion.

    I know in my case, the last bunch of shows have had me under Non Disclosure Agreements which forbid me from taking photos and talking about the shows which puts a real downer on any topics which may come up on set.

    We’re still here and want to hear from you.

    Can’t wait to see / hear what comes out of the J.L. Fisher and Chapman open houses in the coming months.

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    From:: Dolly Grippery

    Cactus V6II firmware update will add wireless cross-brand TTL support

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    Cactus announced a new firmware upcoming firmware release that will allow cross-brand TTL support on your Cactus V6IIs for Sony! More info will be available soon at And that’s the press release where you can learn many details: – X-TTL TTL without Boundaries! Cactus launches FREE firmware upgrades on the V6 II and V6 […]

    The post Cactus V6II firmware update will add wireless cross-brand TTL support appeared first on sonyalpharumors.

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    From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

    EOS 6D Mark II, EOS Rebel SL2 Show Up For Certification Again

    By Canon Rumors Nokishita uncovered some more Canon gear that has been submitted to certification agencies and it looks like the two expected DSLRs, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS 6D Mark II are almost ready to go. Canon appears to have also registered the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 macro IS STM. DS126631 (EOS 6D Mark II) Digital single-lens … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    In Light of GH5, Atomos Adds 4K 60p Ninja Inferno and Slashes Prices

    By Daron James

    Atomos has updated products in line with Panasonic GH5 release.

    When it comes to upcoming camera releases, Atomos is quick to react with products that seemingly bridge the gaps in software. The new Ninja Inferno is a Shogun Inferno-Lite looking to take advantage of the Apple Pro-Res 10-bit 4:2:2 4K 60p the Panasonic GH5 spits out over its HDMI 2.0 connection.

    If you happened to pre-order the GH5, you may already know the shipping firmware can internally record 4K UHD 60p—but only in 4:2:0 8-bit, and tops off its 4K UHD 10-bit 4:2:2 at 30p limited to 150Mbps. The Ninja Inferno will give you the added bump with a slew of features priced at $1,000 less than its big brother (at $995).

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    From:: No Film School

    Pulling Focus: Spirited Away (2001)

    By Shane Scott-Travis

    “Miyazaki has been crafting films more lusciously illustrated and rapturously imaginative than almost anything else on the silver screen.”

    – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

    Come sail away

    Most assuredly there is no one else making animated films like auteur-director Hayao Miyazaki. Born in Tokyo in 1941, the personal universe he presents onscreen is absolutely unparalleled, a manufacturer of one of a kind miracles, consummate cosmologies, and as such, his delicately captured and elegantly rendered artisanal fantasies are surreal singularities, loved and cherished in the hearts of so many.

    Japan’s highest grossing movie of all time, Spirited Away earned 30.4 billion yen, and was the work that got Miyazaki identified as one of Nippon’s greatest living writer-directors, and rightly so.

    With its ample and teeming animation styles, not to mention its vicious-streaks, and often scatological connotations, Spirited Away denounces Disney’s silky-edged hegemony with speed. Offering recurring leitmotifs, Studio Ghibli presents vibrant fantasy realms populated with young, analytical, forward-looking, female protagonists and––above all––the suspicion that what is being shown is a dreamlike estimation of unconscious anxieties prompted by being in the real world.

    “It’s not me who makes the film. The film makes itself and I have no choice but to follow.”

    – Hayao Miyazaki

    Over the hills and far away

    Dissident to so many mainstream animated films, Miyazaki constructs imaginative worlds without the condescending expression and over-sentimental characters. This certainly allows for the appeal his features have to both adults and children, elaborate enough for the former to appreciate yet simple enough for the latter to enjoy on an altogether express level.

    Like so many of Miyazaki’s films, like My Neighbor Totoro (1988) or Ponyo (2007), Spirited Away rewardingly contrasts the differing and digressing behaviors of adults and children, which also adds to the prescription for what’s essentially universal appeal.

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    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun

    The Leica Summaron-M 28mm F5.6 is a curious thing – a ‘new’ M-mount version of a pancake lens originally introduced in the mid 1950s. Manufactured in limited numbers between 1955-1963, the original Summaron would have been most commonly paired with Leica’s screw-mount and (via adapters) M3 and M2 film rangefinders of the day.

    So is the Summaron a collectors item best left inside its presentation box, or is this something you might actually want to shoot with?

    Leica Summaron-M 28mm F5.6: Key specifications

    • Optical construction: 6 elements in 4 groups
    • Aperture range: F5.6-22 (full-stop detents)
    • Minimum focus: 3.3 feet (1m)
    • Filter thread: 34mm
    • Hood included
    • 6-bit coded
    • Eight aperture blades
    • Weight: 165 g (0.36 lb)

    The answer to that question is a bit complicated, and I must admit that I changed my mind a couple of times during the course of shooting for this article.

    Initially, I must say I was rather skeptical. Leica lent me the Summaron ahead of a trip to Japan at the end of February, and I opted not to take it, borrowing a more practical 28mm F2.8 Elmarit instead. I enjoy vignetting as much as the next person, but I didn’t like the idea of being limited to F5.6. The fact that the Summaron arrived in a satin-lined presentation box scared me a little, too. I’m painstakingly protective of loaner gear, but accidents do happen, and the thought of accidentally losing or scratching the tiny jewel-like lens worried me. So I took the Elmarit, and I don’t regret it.

    Back home though, with a few days left on the M10 loan agreement and a strong desire to get away from rain-drenched Seattle, I headed to the coast to see what the little Summaron could do.


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    From:: DPreview

    Ep. 162: Is Sony Really Keeping the Good Stuff for Itself? – and more

    By Sharky James

    Episode 162 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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    Is Sony keeping the best sensors for themselves…or not? And, would anyone be surprised if they do? (#)

    Fujifilm announces a large number of new features to be rolled out via two firmware updates. (#)

    The Trump White House is Flickr-free thus far. (#)

    Cactus announces an upcoming firmware update which will maintain TTL and HSS across a number of camera and flash brands. (#)

    A wealth of knowledge is available online from the School of Visual Arts. (#)

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    From:: Petapixel

    New Instant Rebates on EOS 5D Mark IV & EOS 7D Mark II Kits

    By Canon Rumors New instant rebates on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 7D Mark II kits have gone live through authorized sellers. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV w/24-70mm f/4L IS $4249 (Reg $4399) Canon EOS 5D Mark IV w/24-105mm f/4L IS II $4399 (Reg $4599) Canon EOS 7D Mark II w/18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS $1949 (Reg … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors