Watch: How to Clean Your Lenses and Camera Sensors the Right Way

By V Renée

Your camera is bound to get dirty. Here’s how to clean it in the safest, most effective way possible.

Dirt and dust is going to find their way onto your gear, especially if you shoot outdoors in places with a lot of floating particles in the air, and once they accumulate they can really ruin the quality of your shots. This is why cleaning your gear, including lenses, camera body, and sensor, is so important, but you have to know how to do it right. In this tutorial, filmmaker Peter McKinnon shows you a few safe and effective ways to clean your delicate and expensive lenses and DSLRs. Check it out below:

Whether it’s due to ignorance or just pure laziness, there are a lot of people that don’t clean their gear correctly. Case in point: how many times have you seen someone clean their lens by wiping it with the bottom of their shirt, or by blowing on it, or by using their dirty, greasy finger?

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From:: No Film School

No Crew, No Problem: How to Shoot a Film by Yourself

By V Renée

Here are some things to think about when shooting a film all by your lonesome.

Maybe you live in a small town, maybe you don’t live in a film hub, or maybe you are just a little antisocial—whatever the case, you might find it difficult to find a crew to work on your projects with you. This is a problem plenty of filmmakers encounter at some point in their life, but instead of slinking home to spend another night binge-watching something on Netflix, you can actually spend your time figuring out how to make films all by yourself.

In this video, Darious Britt of D4Darious explains his approach to one-man-band projects and shares a bunch of tips that will come in handy when you’re making films without a crew. Check it out below:

Now, you may not be able to get away with shooting a complicated feature film stuffed with car chases and explosions without a crew, but shooting a short film about something simple is absolutely doable.

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From:: No Film School

Is Apple finally readying a 4K HDR Apple TV?

By (Freya Black)

Apple's TV is now seriously behind the curve. Can 4K HDR capability save it from obscurity?

People have been expecting a 4K capable Apple TV for a long time, even before the last version of the device was announced way back in 2015 but now it seems like a 5th generation of the Apple TV might be on the horizon that is both 4K and HDR capable.

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    From:: RedShark News

    Twin Peaks: The Return: “Something is Missing”

    By Cliff Benfield

    To a generation viewers groomed by two and a half decades of “outside the box” television ranging from X-Files, Northern Exposure, and Six Feet Under to the arabesque mysteries of Lost, Broadchurch, The Killing, True Detective, and Westworld (to name but a few), the hype over Twin Peaks must have always felt overblown. Those of us who lived it the first time around can only say, “Trust us, you had to be there.” Played straight (maybe even a little corny), but with a twist, Twin Peaks captured the American imagination and became the must-watch event of 1990. Simultaneously nostalgic and […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Did You Order a New Canon or Nikon DSLR? You’ll Have to Wait

    By Liz Nord

    Shipping for both the new Nikon D5 and Canon 6D Mark II is delayed.

    Nikon announced a slate of 100th-anniversary commemorative gear back in April, including a metallic gray version of its flagship D5. Then, in June, Canon unleashed details of its 6D Mark II. Today, both companies have reported that their latest DSLRs will be delayed reaching the hands of eager customers.

    Canon released a statement saying that shipment of the Canon 6D Mark II kit with the EF 24-70mm F4L lens—which was intended to ship on August 4—has been delayed until an unspecified date due to an excessive number of orders (which, honestly, has us raising our eyebrows given all the early complaints about the unit from filmmakers). However, if you don’t want to wait for that particular combination, you can currently get your hands on the 6D Mark II body only, or with the 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 and f/4 lenses.

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    From:: No Film School

    Watch: ’12 Angry Men’ is a Masterclass in Blocking Your Movie

    By Jon Fusco

    Never waste even a single iota of your frame.

    Sidney Lumet’s 1957 classic 12 Angry Men is a masterclass in blocking—and one that directors today should be able to learn from. Every scene is composed in a way that keeps the action moving and the audience engaged. This is in large part due to Lumet’s integration of camera movement and actor staging. Pinpointed, pre-planned, and deftly executed, each frame is used to its maximum capability.

    Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society breaks down the strategies Lumet employs to achieve this in the video essay below.

    First and foremost, Saladino suggests freeing up your actors. “Modern directors sometimes limit dialogue to characters just standing or sitting and nothing else,” he observes. When you get those actors on their feet, moving in the manner of their character, and physically interacting with their environment, it gives them an opportunity to explore and make discoveries that will most likely end up benefitting the film. This also keeps the scene energized—the audience will never feel as if the action is stagnant.

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    From:: No Film School

    Canon EOS 6D Mark II w/24-70mm f/4L IS Kits Delayed

    By Canon Rumors The brand new Canon EOS 6D Mark II has begun shipping along with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II kit. However, it appears the EOS 6D Mark II w/24-70mm f/4L IS has been delayed. The kit was scheduled to begin shipping on August 4, 2017, however it has been pushed back indefinitely. From Canon: (Google … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    How to Pitch HBO: 6 Insider Tips for Getting the Green Light from Top Execs

    By Dylan Dempsey

    HBO’s top-level gatekeepers share the secrets to getting the green light.

    If someone asks for your favorite TV show, chances are it’s on HBO. Is it Game of Thrones? Silicon Valley? Last Week Tonight With John Oliver? The Night Of? Or maybe it’s a Vice documentary, a late-night comedy special, or an Andy Samberg cycling mockumentary.

    The HBO sizzle reel at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival demonstrated the massive scope of HBO’s arsenal. A one-minute compilation, it ranged from sardonic Larry David exchanges to epic Night’s Watch battles. It featured an amazingly diverse slew of shows—all big hits, all engaging.

    So, how do you get your own million-dollar idea noticed by the premiere cable network in the world? How does the pitch process work for shows like High Maintenance? Insecure? Look no further: two of HBO’s key creative execs are here to provide all the answers.

    “People who’ve made a web series definitely stand out. It’s the perfect proof of concept.”

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    From:: No Film School

    Video: See exactly how a mechanical DSLR shutter works

    Have you ever wondered what exactly happens when you press your DSLR’s shutter button? Many of us know the theory, we may have even seen (or made) diagrams and GIFs showing how the standard mechanical shutter works. But for this video, YouTuber Chris Marquardt actually yanked the shutter out of a Nikon D500 to show you the mechanism IRL.

    The demonstration is pretty simple, showing you how the two spring-loaded curtains move across the frame, and revealing the electromagnets that keep them in place when the curtains are cocked.

    “The first and second curtain are both cocked against spring tension and held back by electro magnets,” explains Marquardt. “When it’s time to fire the shutter, the electronics release the first curtain, then after the exposure time is up, the second curtain. This is one of the reasons why cameras use up battery during long exposures: the second curtain is still held by an electro magnet.”

    It’s definitely an interesting demo if you enjoy these kind of tear downs, although you might want to turn the volume down… or off. As our own Richard Butler put it, the music “makes me want to rip my sound card out of my computer and destroy it.” Okay then…

    Once you’ve watched the video (sound card intact, we hope), click the button below to read Richard’s more comprehensive dive into all things shutter related.

    Electronic shutter, rolling shutter and flash: what you need to know.

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    From:: DPreview

    After the Credits: Atomic Blonde

    By Film School Rejects Matthew welcomes Birth.Movies.Death’s Jacob Knight to talk about how expectations match with reality for Atomic Blonde, the spiritual cousin of John Wick, starring Charlize Theron. → continue…

    From:: Sound Cloud

    Nikon and Canon both announce delays for upcoming DSLRs

    Both Nikon and Canon have warned users that forthcoming DSLRs will be hit by delays: The 100th anniversary edition of the Nikon D5 and the Canon 6D Mark II kit with the EF 24-70mm F4L lens are both going to arrive at your door later than expected.

    According to a statement on Nikon’s website, the 100th anniversary edition of Nikon’s D5 has been put back by a couple of weeks from July 28th to ‘early August’ while final adjustments are made. The company promises to inform users of the new release date once it is determined.

    More seriously perhaps, Canon has issued a statement letting hopeful shoppers know that demand for the EOS 6D Mark ll kit with the Canon EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens has exceeded expectations, and that orders will take some time to fulfill. The kits were supposed to ship on August 4th, but Canon has not revealed when it will be able to satisfy the initial demand.

    The EOS 6D ll is also offered body only and as a kit with the 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, so those desperate to buy the camera do have other options.

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    From:: DPreview

    Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 120 Black & White film is now available for preorder

    Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter has just launched the JCH StreetPan 120 Black & White film for preorder through the company’s online shop. Hunt first released a 35mm version of the StreetPan film in 2016, and he has now launched this 120 version in response to popular demand.

    According to Hunt, “It is the same old StreetPan you know and love, just in a larger size” for medium-format photographers.

    Hunt goes on to explain that, while the film is available for preorder now, it is still in production; if everything goes as planned, the film will launch in mid-to-late August with shipping starting in early September. The film is offered in various quantities starting at a 3-pack for ¥3900 / $35 USD and ranging up to a 10-pack for ¥13,000 / $118 USD. Shipping is available globally.

    As with the original StreetPan film, the 120 version offers a very fine grain alongside ‘excellent penetration’ through atmospheric conditions like fog and haze. Japan Camera Hunter explains that this high-speed film is sensitive to red light and has “near IR sensitivity.” Full details on its properties, including development times, are available here.

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    From:: DPreview

    The Best Way to Downsample 4K Smartphone Footage

    By Richard Lackey

    In this article, I want to share with you how to downsample 4K smartphone footage to create great-looking 1080p with minimal chroma sampling artefacts.

    For any of you who follow me on social media or have seen my YouTube channel, you’ll know that I shoot a fair amount of video with my iPhone SE and iPhone 7 Plus. I color grade in Resolve as I would any other source footage, and the results have surprised me enough to keep me experimenting and pushing what can be done with well-exposed, well-shot video from a smartphone. These devices, along with the FiLMiC Pro app, continue to fascinate and impress me. I want to share as much of my findings as possible, and this is one of my techniques.

    It’s known and accepted that down-scaling from a higher source resolution (such as UHD to HD) produces better looking, sharper, cleaner results when compared to footage originated natively at that resolution. There are many reasons for this, and the results differ depending on the method and math involved.

    I will stop short of claiming that my results show true 1080p YCbCr 4:4:4 from YCbCr 4:2:0 4K source in order to save myself the online trauma which would no doubt follow.

    I will, however, claim that the method you are about to learn will downsample 4K YCbCr 4:2:0 source files to 1080p YCbCr with better relative spatial chroma resolution and fewer artefacts than the 4K 4:2:0 source that is simply scaled to HD in an NLE.

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    Putting the effects of video compression (macro blocking especially) aside, let’s take a quick look just at YCbCr chroma sampling.

    Hopefully you are familiar with discussions of 4:2:0, 4:2:2, and 4:4:4 chroma sampling. You probably know that 4:2:2 gives you more color information than 4:2:0, and that 4:4:4 gives you full → continue…

    From:: Cinema 5d

    AMD Threadripper vs Ryzen vs Intel i9: Which is the Best CPU for DaVinci Resolve?

    By Sareesh

    In this video I go over the differences between AMD Threadripper, Ryzen and Intel i9 (as well as i7 and Xeon) processors to find out which is the best bang for the buck for DaVinci Resolve:

    Exclusive Bonus: Download my free cheatsheet (with examples) of tried and tested ways to cover a scene or action that will save your skin when your mind goes blank (PDF file optimized for mobiles and tablets).

    Here’s the chart comparing CPUs:

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    From:: Wolfcrow

    Sample gallery: Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD

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    The Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD is an ultra wide angle lens for crop sensor DSLRs. It offers a 15-36mm equivalent field of view on Nikon DX and a 16-38.4mm equivalent field of view on Canon’s APS-C format DSLRs.

    We’ve been out and about with the 10-24mm recently in and around Seattle, shooting on the Canon EOS 80D.

    See our Tamron 10-24mm sample gallery

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    From:: DPreview