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Patent: Variable Curved Image Sensor Concept

By Canon Rumors Northlight Images has uncovered a patent showing some curved sensor technology. The interesting part of this patent, is that the level of curvature in the sensor changes depending on the focal length. You can see in the image above that there is a piston like device that will change the curve of the sensor. As … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

Cheap purchases that will help improve your photography

Cheap items that will help improve your photography

Photography gear isn’t cheap. If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level, there’s no shortage of expensive lenses and accessories that will beckon to you.

Sometimes it’s worth it to save up for the right piece of equipment, but you don’t necessarily have to make a serious investment if you’re looking to make gains in your creative pursuit. Here are a few relatively cheap buys that will pay off dividends if you’re looking to try something new, build on your current photography skills, or just add another visual trick to your arsenal.

Go back to school

To really master the arts of things like lighting or post-processing, online courses are invaluable. They can also be pretty expensive. But if you’re looking to pick up some additional knowledge on the cheap, Creative Live hosts classes on an array of topics – and best of all, they’re free when you watch live. The Creative Live app also offers a free lesson of the day.

Along those lines, maybe read some books for inspiration. Remember the library? The library! Learn about past masters of photography or see what current photographers are doing. Bryan Petersen has a whole slew of instructional books, or you could look for some creativity boosters like David du Chemin’s follow-along lessons.

Join the club

Local photography groups can help you get out the door and put you in good company. Being around other photographers and making connections within your area’s photography community are great ways to keep furthering your skills, and organizations often have very affordable yearly membership fees or suggested donations – one Seattle group suggests $20 → continue…

From:: DPreview

Remove Dust or Dead Pixels from Footage with This Masking Trick

By Zach Ramelan Sooner or later, every filmmaker finds dust in their shot — either on the lens or sensor. Here’s how you can get rid of it without sacrificing your footage. → continue…

From:: Premium Beat

Firmware: Sigma Updates the Brand New 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art.

By Canon Rumors From Sigma: We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA and CANON, as well as a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E and EF-E is now available. This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

How to Write Better Commercial Treatments

By Tanner Shinnick Writing a solid treatment is the key to landing your next big commercial or music video gig. Check out these tips to improve your chances. → continue…

From:: Premium Beat

WATCH: What Is Aspect Ratio? – Indie Film Hustle

By Jonathan Roberts

What Is Aspect Ratio? An aspect ratio is simply an image’s width and height. As technology in camera advances, some standard ratios have fallen behind, giving way to exciting and new movie ratios. Good movie makers know how to make great choices in picking the aspect ratio to use to give viewers a wonderful viewing…

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From:: Indie Film Hustle

Canon’s powerful lower priced low light alternative

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Simon Wyndham)

Canon's ME200S-SH and the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 lens were both launched at this year's NAB

RedShark Review: A cousin of the remarkable 4 million ISO ME20F-SH, the Canon ME200S-SH shares the same form factor and is essentially a box with a sensor inside of it. That means that from straight shooting to drones to gimbal mounts, there is a lot you can do with it.

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    From:: RedShark News

    Sony Tidbits…

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    feature finders ios app for sony a9 camera Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es. A Week with the Sony FE 100-400mm G-Master Telephoto Zoom and the Alpha 9 (Mark Forman). Sony E 18-105mm f4 review-so-far (CameraLabs). Seetec 28″ 4K Carry-on Broadcast Monitor (Personal View) NAB […]

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    From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

    10 Horror Gems of the Past 10 Years You Might Not Have Seen

    By Dustin Moravick

    Daybreakers (2009)

    The horror genre, since the beginning of time, has been a constant escape for its viewers. Through the decades there have been classic films that haunt our dreams and even over the top cheese fests that make us laugh. Horror is that genre that critics love to say will come and go but fans remain loyal to and support for years. It’s a genre that has given some of today’s biggest directors, writer, editors, and actors their starts. It’s a genre that demands respect and attention.

    Unfortunately, with any form of art that contains hundreds and thousands of entries, some horror films get overlooked or seem to disappear from history. There may be a film or two some remember watching from their childhood whose title never comes back. Maybe there’s an indie film with 200 ratings on imdb that’s a goldmine of a film but never gets any attention.

    This list today is a nod to some great horror films of the past 10 years, movies that seem to be forgotten or never got their chance to shine. If there are any movies on this list that seem of interest go out and buy a copy. Support the horror genre!

    1. End of the Line (2007)

    End of the Line (2007)

    Very few films are able to achieve the complete sense of dread and despair as perfectly as this Canadian gem from first and only time director Maurice Devereaux. This genuinely frightening low budget film offers up a story about a religious cult who believes the end of days is coming. They believe it’s up to them to purge as many souls as possible so that they can send them to the grace of God. Set mainly in underground subway tunnels, the film follows a group of survivors as the → continue…

    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    10 Horror Gems of the Past 10 Years You Might Not Have Seen

    By Dustin Moravick

    Daybreakers (2009)

    The horror genre, since the beginning of time, has been a constant escape for its viewers. Through the decades there have been classic films that haunt our dreams and even over the top cheese fests that make us laugh. Horror is that genre that critics love to say will come and go but fans remain loyal to and support for years. It’s a genre that has given some of today’s biggest directors, writer, editors, and actors their starts. It’s a genre that demands respect and attention.

    Unfortunately, with any form of art that contains hundreds and thousands of entries, some horror films get overlooked or seem to disappear from history. There may be a film or two some remember watching from their childhood whose title never comes back. Maybe there’s an indie film with 200 ratings on imdb that’s a goldmine of a film but never gets any attention.

    This list today is a nod to some great horror films of the past 10 years, movies that seem to be forgotten or never got their chance to shine. If there are any movies on this list that seem of interest go out and buy a copy. Support the horror genre!

    1. End of the Line (2007)

    End of the Line (2007)

    Very few films are able to achieve the complete sense of dread and despair as perfectly as this Canadian gem from first and only time director Maurice Devereaux. This genuinely frightening low budget film offers up a story about a religious cult who believes the end of days is coming. They believe it’s up to them to purge as many souls as possible so that they can send them to the grace of God. Set mainly in underground subway tunnels, the film follows a group of survivors as the → continue…

    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    The Year’s Best Cameras and Lenses, According to European Pros

    By Liz Nord

    Sony, Panasonic, and Tamron dominate this year’s EISA Awards.

    The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) is an association of over 50 photo, sound, and multimedia magazines across Europe, and it’s been offering up awards for the best in audio and video products for over 40 years. The awards place an emphasis on consumer products, but there are categories for pro and prosumer; now that the gap between professional and consumer-level tech is increasingly narrowed, their choices seem more relevant than ever.

    One of 2017’s most anticipated cameras—the Panasonic GH5—nabbed a spot, as did a Tamron lens, which we’ve called “a cheaper alternative without the sacrifice.” The products in this year’s lineup of most useful to indie filmmakers (and EISA’s words about them) are listed below.

    For the full lineup, check out the EISA site.

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    From:: No Film School

    How ‘Patti Cake$’ Transformed an Actress Who Can’t Rap Into a Hip Hop Star

    By Chris O’Falt Director Geremy Jasper breaks down how he taught Australian actress Danielle MacDonald to rap and why he never consider casting an experience hip hop artist to anchor his Sundance breakout. → continue…

    From:: Indie WIRE Filmmaker Toolkit

    Patent: New EF Mount Bayonet for Cinema

    By Canon Rumors A Japanese patent uncovered by Northlight Images shows a new kind of EF mount that doesn’t require you turn the entire lens to mount and dismount it. There is a lever on the lens mount to likely speed up and simplify swapping lenses. Check out the images below for an example. → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    Filmpower Nebula Focus: be your own focus puller

    By Elliot Smith

    Filmpower have released the Nebula Focus, a clip-on follow focus unit designed for use on gimbals by solo operators. Focus can be incredibly frustrting to get right if you’re trying…

    The post Filmpower Nebula Focus: be your own focus puller appeared first on Newsshooter.

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    From:: News Shooter

    How to Monitor Audio on Cameras Without Headphone Jack

    By Johnnie Behiri

    In this episode of cinema5D Essentials, Li-Lian and Johnnie discuss how to monitor audio if you have a camera with no headphone jack. Bear in mind that you still need a microphone input in order to be able to use this tip.

    Saramonic SmartRig+

    What can you learn in this episode?

    Some of the recent small, video-capable mirrorless cameras like the Sony a6500/a6300 and the FUJIFILM X-T20 are equipped with a microphone input but lack a headphone output. This is a major concern when needing to monitor audio during shooting interviews, or when wanting to control audio in general. One of our solutions is to use the modestly-priced Saramonic SmartRig+ 2-Channel XLR Microphone Audio Mixer. In this episode we take a closer look at this device.

    Saramonic Smart Rig+ Pros:

    • 2 professional XLR inputs
    • Separate gain control knobs for each audio channel
    • Can be used with a smartphone or a DSLR/Mirrorless camera
    • It provides a standard 48V phantom power
    • Better pre-amps then most DSLRs
    • Offers a headphone jack to monitor audio

    Saramonic Smart Rig+ Cons:

    • No headphone volume adjustment, which can get quiet at times
    • No battery level indicator
    • You monitor the sound that comes into the Saramonic, which is not necessarily what makes the camera is recording.

    Love this new episode and looking for previous ones? Look no further. Click here to see all our previous episodes.

    Music was kindly provided by Art List.

    What solution do you use when monitoring sound with your camera? Do you have any special tricks to help combat the absence of a monitor jack ? Let us know in the comments section below.

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