WPPI Feb. 24-25, 2018 Las Vegas!

By Edmund Olszewski

Why Attend WPPI

Why Attend

REGISTER NOW for WPPI 2018! Advance pricing ends January 31.

All PHOTO+ members receive a complimentary Full Platform Pass for WPPI 2018 and a $50 discount on all Photo Walks, PLUS Classes and Master Classes.

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The Premier Industry Event for Wedding & Portrait Photographers

The annual WPPI Conference + Expo specializes in the creative and business aspects of wedding and portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, thousands of professional and aspiring photographers and filmmakers attend WPPI to network, learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to grow their business, experience new products, gear, and solutions from the world’s top photo suppliers, improve their productivity, and enjoy the many attractions in Las Vegas. The 2018 WPPI Conference + Expo will take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. The conference will run February 25-28, with the Expo February 26-28. Live judging of the ANNUAL competition takes place February 24-25.

Get more information on becoming a member, and get a free Full Platform Pass to WPPI 2018.


  • Meet the New Stars of WPPI, and learn more about the seminars they’ll be presenting at the 2018 conference, including: Jordan Bunch, Jane and Steve Pilkerton, and Sharron Goodyear & Barrie Downie.
  • Why you should come to WPPI 2018.
  • WPPI and Rangefinder‘s own Jacqueline Tobin recently sat down with The Click Cartel to discuss how to get your work in front of the right people. Listen to the full interview.
  • WPPI 2018 Attendee Connect is now live! You can use Connect to email and schedule meetings with exhibitors, and add sessions to your personal show calendar.
  • Watch our recent Facebook Live broadcast in which Jerry and Melissa Ghionis went over highlights for this year’s WPPI → continue…

    From:: Student Filmmakers

10 Best Documentaries About Movies Every Cinephile Should See

By David Zou

Movie production breeds conflict. Films take years to make, involve thousands of people, ridiculous sums of money, and the biggest egos in the world. This combines for a chaotic environment where any misstep in the process means the loss of money, careers, reputations, and renown—the latter of which is most coveted. So much rides on a motion picture’s success that it’s no mystery why the industry attracts and sustains eccentrics. It takes a special type of person to risk his life for make believe, and that person might not think rationally.

Documentaries are at their most interesting when the above qualities coalesce. Film as a subject is as entertaining as film as a medium. Unlike film as a medium, these stories need no punching up; they contain enough crazy characters, multi-layered interpretation, and plot twists to make Hollywood writers obsolete. If desperate for ideas, look no further than a movie about a movie. Charlie Kaufman knew this and exploited it.

Though we’ve included a few token documentaries about the history and techniques of movie making, you may notice a common theme throughout this list: Art’s resistance to compromise.

10. This Film is Not Yet Rated

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is the organization which assigns ratings to movies. From NC-17 to G, these alpha and numeric distinctions can make or break movies, affecting viewership, distribution, and, consequently, box office results. This Film is Not Yet Rated explores the organization, its members, and the censorship and distortion of films at the board’s discretion. These include double standards on issues like nudity, violence, and dark humor, all of which are subjective and, as directors like Darren Aronofsky, Kevin Smith, John Waters explain, incredibly frustrating.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

10 Types of Movies Most Likely to Win Best Picture at The Oscars

By David Zou

Before we know it, the 2018 Oscars will be here. Many of the Best Picture nominees can be predicted if you are familiar enough with the annual formula. You see which films have done well in all sorts of other awards ceremonies. You take notice of which films have the current push (promotion and success before the big night are major factors when it comes to swaying votes).

At the end of the day, you can definitely consider the Oscars to be extremely formulaic. It is so specifically structured that you can even pinpoint the exact types of films that would do well at this ceremony (and with most mainstream ceremonies, if anything).

However, this does not mean that these films are actually the best of their year. A term that is often tossed around is “Oscar bait” (films made specifically to do well at the Oscars), and you can definitely label the criteria below as being just that. While not every film that has ever won was made specifically to bait Oscar voters, it is impossible to not notice ongoing trends when you really look at these past winners.

As both a cinephile and a student who is obsessed with overanalyzing all things film, I am fully aware that the Oscars are not the be-all end-all when it comes to the best films of all time (in fact, the eventual winners of the top prize are often wrong and are only sometimes right). However, it is always a pleasure to investigate all things that surround the medium (even the obviously biased).

Here are 10 types of films that are the most likely to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

1. Underdog Stories

rocky movie

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Kodak goes all crypto with KODAKOne and KODAKCoin

By Matthew Allard ACS

I’m pretty sure no one saw this coming. Kodak have unveiled KODAKOne, an image rights management platform , and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take…

The post Kodak goes all crypto with KODAKOne and KODAKCoin appeared first on Newsshooter.

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From:: News Shooter

70th Annual DGA Awards: Judd Apatow To Host, Don Mischer To Chair

By Admin


Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme today announced that Judd Apatow will host the 70th Annual DGA Awards, and Don Mischer has been appointed Awards Chair for the event, which will take place on February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“What makes the DGA…

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From:: Shoot OnLine

American Society of Cinematographers Unveils Nominees in All Categories

By Admin


The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the nominees in all categories of the 32nd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement…

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From:: Shoot OnLine

The Internet and the Rise of Christian Mobs

By philcooke

Religious mobs have been around for thousands of years. After all, it was a religious mob that called for Barabbas to be freed and Jesus to be executed. It was a similar motivation for the mobs that called for the arrest of the disciples. And throughout history, Christian mobs have done plenty of damage in […] → continue…

From:: Phil Coke

Bad Karma: What next for GoPro?

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Andy Stout)

GoPro no go: the Karma enters its own, permanent no-fly zone

While previous CES outings have seen GoPo stand unassailable at the top of the POV camera tree, 2018’s show has seen the canning of the Karma drone and the company rumoured to be up for sale. What happens next?

  • GoPro
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    From:: RedShark News

    Comedian Johnathan Fernandez Set To Host The Art Directors Guild Awards

    By Admin


    Comedian Johnathan Fernandez will host the 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards (ADG, IATSE Local 800) on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. The announcement was made by ADG Awards Producers Thomas A. Walsh, ADG, and…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Carbon Chicago Bolsters Roster with Addition of Several Key Talents

    By whitehouse

    Chicago, IL

    Since opening its third office, in Chicago in 2016, Carbon continues to cement their place in the market by acquiring iconic brands Filmworkers Chicago and Vitamin, to become the second largest visual effects and design studio in the city….

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    WD launches two new portable SSDs designed for photographers and drone users

    In addition to revealing the world’s smallest 1TB USB-C flash drive, Western Digital has launched two new portable SSDs specifically designed for “avid photographers and drone enthusiasts” at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

    The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD offers both high performance and durability in an extremely portable package, while the My Passport Wireless SSD gives photographers a solid state version of WD’s popular My Wireless Pro, which features built-in WiFi, an SD card slot, and other convenient features for photographers on-the-go.

    SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

    The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a lightweight (79g / .17lbs) pocket-sized USB-C drive encased in a durable housing with an IP55 dust- and water-resistant rating. Thanks to the housing, the drive can withstand operating temperatures ranging from 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F), as well as storage temperatures ranging from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F).

    The Extreme Portable SSD drive has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, read speeds up to 550MB/s, and out-of-the-box compatibility with Windows and macOS.

    The drives are currently listed on SanDisk’s website as “not in stock” at the following capacities and price points: 250GB for $100, 500GB for $170, 1TB for $350, and 2TB for $700.

    WD My Passport Wireless SSD

    The My Passport Wireless SSD, as the name suggests, is a solid state version/update to the original My Passport Wireless Pro that we reviewed and actually quite liked.

    Housed in an enclosure with an integrated 802.11ac wireless connection, this drive allows users to access content on the drive over WiFi, including streaming 4K videos to a computer or mobile device. The wireless feature works with the My Cloud mobile app, as well as some third-party apps including LumaFusion and FiLMiC Pro.

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    From:: DPreview

    Do You Want to Take Your Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Apart?

    By Canon Rumors I don’t, but Peter McKinnon did! Before Peter sent his EOS-1D X Mark II off for repair, he decided it would be best to check out what’s inside on his own. If it’s already going for repair, I guess it doesn’t matter if you can’t put it back together… You’ve done half the work for … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    KODAK and WENN Digital Partner to Launch Major Blockchain Initiative and Cryptocurrency, CRCoin Coming Soon

    By Canon Rumors KODAKOne platform and KODAKCoin cryptocurrency give photographers a new revenue stream and a secure platform for protecting their work ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Today Kodak and WENN Digital, in a licensing partnership, announced the launch of the KODAKOne image rights management platform and KODAKCoin, a photo-centric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    “It’s 3:00 AM and the Fuses Keep Blowing…” Director Michael Walker on Paint

    By Filmmaker Staff Did you really get into making movies so that you could have order in your life? Making movies, at least low budget movies, is fucking crazy. It’s always wild and unpredictable. That’s the fun of it. When you do it with people you love and trust – which is nearly always – it’s the best party you ever went to, no matter how hard you’re working. It’s 3 in the morning and everybody is exhausted and you can’t get the blood gag to work and the fuses keep blowing and the smoke machine sets off the fire alarm and you’re […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Ricoh courts developers with plug-in program for the Theta V 360 camera

    DPReview Ricoh Theta V hands-on photo. Credit: Jeff Keller.

    Ricoh has just announced a so-called Partner Program for the 360° Ricoh Theta V. Taking advantage of the fact that the Theta V runs the Android operating system, Ricoh is setting up a program that will allow developers to create plug-ins specifically tailored to the camera.

    The idea is actually kind of brilliant, as DPReview’s own Dale Baskin explains:

    This is interesting because most consumer-grade 360° cameras really don’t do anything unique. What makes them useful is the software (which is why I really liked the Rylo). I think Ricoh is smart to open their platform up to developers as someone may come up with a really interesting feature that could potentially drive sales of the hardware.

    What we’re not clear on is to what degree developers will be able to create features from scratch, given that Ricoh uses the word “plug-in” to describe what they’ll be creating. The Partner Program graphic Ricoh released isn’t much help in that department either:

    “Based on the Android operating system, the RICOH THETA V provides a user-friendly way for third-parties to not only create apps and software that extend and enhance the capabilities of 360-degree imaging but also new features and functionality for the camera itself,” reads Ricoh’s announcement. “These can include customized capabilities that enhance the RICOH THETA V’s use for specialty applications and in vertical markets.”

    The first step is to give developers access to the Theta V API and SDK. And once the apps and plug-ins start flowing, Ricoh will make them available for download through “an online RICOH THETA V partner marketplace where plug-ins can be uploaded and shared.”

    We consider this a step in the right direction for Ricoh, and a good reason to → continue…

    From:: DPreview