PRVKE 21 is a rugged and versatile camera backpack

Recently we have seen several camera bags that look like anything but camera bags, and Wandrd’s new Prvke 21 is the latest example for this trend. With its roll-top and rugged style it looks like a cross between a bike messenger bag and a mountaineering backpack. The Prvke 21 is made from ballistic nylon, water-resistant Tarpaulin and rugged YKK zippers, the combination of which should keep all your gear dry and safe. Magnetic loops and large buckles allow for easy conversion from backpack to tote.

The Prvke 21’s design has been based on feedback from users of the original Prvke bag, many of whom were looking for a smaller version. The interior is customizable and its 21 liter capacity, that can be expanded to 25 liters, makes it a good option for the commute bag, for the occasional hike or even a quick weekend trip.

That said, photographers will probably be most interested in the Prvke 21’s removable camera cube. It holds a mirrorless camera with up to four lenses or a full-frame DSLR body plus two lenses. Integrated straps allow for “hands-free” access to your camera gear and a camera sling keeps your camera ready without having it dangling from your neck. In addition the bag comes with a hidden passport pocket, front pockets for the small stuff, a padded laptop-sleeve and various other small pockets, for keys, mobile phone and memory cards.

If you like the look of the bag you can now secure one by pledging $149 for the early-bird option on the Prvke 21’s Kickstarter page. Delivery is planned by Christmas 2016. More information can also be found on the Wandrd website.

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Watch: What Makes Boxing Movies Staples of American Cinema?

By V Renée

Why do we love boxing movies so much, and what makes one into a heavyweight champ?

Whether you watch them for the scrappy underdogs, for the heart-pounding drama, or, as Survivor would say, for the thrill of the fight, the boxing film is a subgenre that continues to play a big role in cinema. But why? In this video essay for Fandor, Nelson Carvajal digs into the history and themes of these boxing movies, as well as how and why audiences identify so closely with the fighters inside the ring.

If you’re currently in production (or would like to be) on a boxing film, Carvajal provides a ton of great technical information on how they have been approached both cinematically and narratively by a variety of directors and DPs, specifically focusing on the fight scenes inside the ring. Some, like Creed director Ryan Coogler and DP Maryse Alberti shot them up close in a single take to help immerse the audience in the fight.

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From:: No Film School

This Company Wants to Revolutionize 100mm Filter Holders

By Michael Zhang

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A new brand called Wine Country Camera is teasing a revolutionary new Filter Holder System that will be released in the fall of 2016. It’s a new “timeless” design that rethinks how filter holders should look and work.

Here’s a 3.5-minute “top secret preview” video that offers a sneak peek at the upcoming product:

“All previous filter holder systems were sold by filter manufacturers as a ‘necessity’,” the company says. “The WCC holder is exquisitely designed.”

“The filter vaults create a light-tight seal for the ND, plus the vaults leave the filters in a resting state, meaning there is no image distortion,” it continues. “The internal polarizer is actuated by an elegant rotating knob.”

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“The design is timeless and will make filter use a joy for everyone who uses it.”

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If you’ve been disappointed with the performance of your 100mm filter holder, keep an eye on what Wine Country Camera is doing. The company’s website is launching in September, orders for the new filter will start around Photokina, and deliveries will begin before the holiday season rolls around.

Specs, features, and pricing will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

(via Wine Country Camera via Fstoppers)


Image credits: Photographs and video by Wine Country Camera

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From:: Petapixel

Display your camera collection in style with these 3D-printed wall mounts

Looking for a sleek, minimalist display for your vintage camera collection? LaudWorks, a purveyor of DIY project tools, has launched a small accessory called Hangie for easily mounting a camera on a wall. The 3D-printed mount is offered in both steel and plastic versions with multiple color options, and is nearly invisible when used, giving the impression that the camera is floating on the wall.

The Hangie mount is simple to install: first, attach the mount to a wall using two screws, then secure the camera using a tripod mount screw. The metal version of Hangie is made from bronze-infused stainless steel and is designed for heavier cameras; LaudWorks says it tested this version with a Canon EOS 7D and a EF-S 17-55mm lens attachment (1500g / 3.3lb). The plastic version, meanwhile, is made from white nylon plastic and is made for ‘small, lightweight cameras.’

Both products are available from Shapeways; the plastic version is $4 and the metal version is $21.

Via: PetaPixel

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From:: DPreview

Vogue Photoshopped Away Limbs on Models for Paralympic Photos

By Michael Zhang

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Vogue Brazil is being criticized for a recent photo shoot promoting the Paralympics. Instead of shooting portraits of actual athletes competing in the games, the magazine decided to made portraits of able-bodied models and give them faked limb amputations using Photoshop.

The magazine published a photo from the shoot on Instagram this week with a caption that reads: “We are all Paralympians.”

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People soon noticed what the “athletes” actually look like thanks to a behind-the-scenes photo posted by Brazilian table tennis player (and actual Paralympian) Bruninha Alexandre:

The two models recruited by Vogue Brazil are actually Cleo Pires and Paulo Vilhena, celebrity ambassadors for the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. After photographing them, Vogue digitally amputated Pires’ arm and Photoshopped Vilhena’s real leg into a prosthetic one.

People and publications immediately began to slam the magazine’s decision as being one of bad taste, saying that it’s offensive to Paralympic athletes.

Thanks, Vogue Brazil, for saying disabled people aren’t pretty enough to play themselves in your magazine https://t.co/sgnfOKVIjj

— Lilit Marcus (@lilitmarcus) August 28, 2016

Vogue Brasil’s feature on Paralympics has able-bodied models Photoshopped to be “disabled”. Someone thought this was a good idea?

— George (@GML07) August 24, 2016

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An Inside Look at Hollywood's Biggest Budgets

By Daron James

20-year-veteran Unit Production Manager JoAnn Perritano tells us how she breaks down the numbers on films like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Social Network.’

One of the most important roles before a movie even beings principal photography is held by the Unit Production Manager (UPM). To put it simply, a UPM is the studio’s guiding light to a film’s budget and schedule. JoAnn Perritano has been plugging away at it for 20+ years, touching different genres on films from Red Dragon, Van Helsing and The Social Network to Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Solider, and Ant-Man. While she’s working on her latest project Avengers: Infinity Wars, we asked her to give us a little insight on her day-to-day.

“As soon as the script lands, they want a budget immediately.”

NFS: Your job starts with the script, but how early do you receive a draft?

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From:: No Film School

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV added to studio scene comparison

As soon as our Canon EOS 5D IV test unit arrived we put it straight to work, both out and about in Seattle and in the studio. The EOS 5D IV has just been added to our studio test scene comparison tool, so you can easily compare it to its peers. Our dynamic range test results will be following shortly.

For now, check out how the EOS 5D IV compares to its peers and competitors in our studio by clicking on the link below.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV studio test scene

*Raw images have been processed with an early beta build of Adobe Camera Raw. Image quality may not represent the final version of the plugin, but is likely to be close.

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From:: DPreview

Making Gobos Out of Unusual Things for Creative Portrait Lighting

By Nick Fancher

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Typically, the term “gobo” is reserved for the lens filters and patterns that are affixed to theater lights. The terms “flag” or “cucloris/cookie” are actually more accurate for what we’re going to be using in this post, which is an object placed between the light and the subject, but not attached to it.

For the sake of simplicity, however, I’ll use the term “gobo” to encompass all such modifiers. So, what can you use to make a gobo? Here are some ideas.

As I said, gobos can be quite literally anything that stands between your light and your subject. To block or shape light or create stylized shadows, you use an opaque gobo. Although you can use pretty much any non-transparent material, such as cardboard, foam core or poster board, cinefoil is the easiest to mold.

If you aren’t familiar with it, cinefoil is essentially a slightly thicker, black aluminum foil. It’s lightweight and easy to cut and shape, which is both a blessing and a curse. You can quickly mold it into any shape you need, and because it’s super lightweight to work with, you can easily hang it with nothing more than gaff tape. The down side of working with a super thin, lightweight material like cinefoil is that your gobos will be fairly temporary. Any shapes that you cut it into can easily spread or tear, so you pretty much need to make a new one each time you use one.

As you can see in the photo above, my gobo is hanging by strips of gaff tape from the low ceiling while Sydney is reclining on my weight bench (which never gets used) in a beautiful gown and black socks. You will learn just how invaluable mobility is when you start working with gobos and realize how precise continue…

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Web Series Musical ‘Rachel Unraveled’ Subverts the Usual Broadway Stage Dreams

By Steve Greene “A satire of the young-actress-moves-to-NYC trope, the show follows actress/singer/dog whisperer Rachel Ravel as she tries to make it big in the Big Apple.” continue…

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