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Learn about Photoshop blending modes in just 8 minutes

Confused about what all those layer blending modes do in Photoshop? Well, you don’t need to be any more. Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel has made an excellent short video tutorial that explains each mode in simple and easily-understood terms, so even beginners will get the picture.

His 8-minute Crash Course uses a gray tone chart over a normal photograph to show how each blending mode alters the way the chart appears. Jesus also demonstrates how different brightness values blend together, and how to use layer blending to control color density and saturation. Finally, he also explains why the modes are grouped into six sections on the drop-down menu, so you can quickly find the mode you need depending on the situation.

Check out the full video above. It’ll only cost you eight minutes of your life, and you’ll almost certainly learn something new unless you’re already a Photoshop expert.

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From:: DPreview

Smartphone front cameras might soon be placed below the display

With smartphone displays getting larger and moving to an 18:9 (or 2:1 if you prefer) aspect ratio and display bezels shrinking at the same time, there is hardly any space left at the front of new devices for physical controls or other components.

Physical home buttons and fingerprint readers have already largely disappeared from the front and moved to the rear or edges of devices; however, moving the front camera to the rear isn’t really an option (for obvious reasons) which is why devices like the iPhone X or the Essential Phone have ended up with unsightly notches at the top of their displays.

A new patent by Samsung could offer a solution: moving the front camera and other components, such as the earpiece and proximity and ambient light sensors, below the screen. A camera that can see through the display would also offer an additional advantage, allowing manufacturers to place it towards the center of the screen so that the camera and the face of the person you’re talking to would be roughly in the same spot.

While Samsung’s idea definitely looks like an elegant answer to the space limitations at the front of modern smartphones, nobody has built a suitable camera yet. That said, an earlier patent that has been referenced by Samsung, Apple and LG among others, suggests using an OLED display with a very high refresh rate. The system could then activate and deactivate the screen at a very fast rate and allow for camera recording during the inactive periods.

As usual with patents, there is no way of knowing if and when the technology will make it into a production device, but the idea of a totally seam- and bezel-less display is certainly an appealing → continue…

From:: DPreview

“Modern-Day Slavery is Happening in our Neighborhood….”: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter on her Sundance Debut Feature, A Woman Captured

By Lauren Wissot

Making its U.S. premiere at Sundance in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, A Woman Captured is the remarkable debut feature doc from Hungarian filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, who stumbled upon a horrifying story in her native country hidden in plain sight. Marish is a housekeeper in her early 50s, though her hard-knock life has aged her considerably). She has spent over a decade cooking, cleaning and serving, mostly as a human punching bag, both verbally and physically, to a mystery woman of indeterminate wealth who remains off-screen. That woman, Eta, who we hear but never see, has allowed Tuza-Ritter access to […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

“The More I Embrace Chaos, the Better”: Director Narcissister | Narcissister Organ Player

By Filmmaker Staff

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? I have always employed and celebrated capital-C Chaos in my work, perhaps it’s a reflection of the world I find myself in, perhaps it’s a result of Chaos on many levels, both good and bad, being a constant in my family life. In specific terms, Chaos was my muse and my guide in the documenting of […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Voigtlander changes 35mm FE release date to ‘unknown’

By SonyAlpha Admin

Don’t know what this means but we noticed this: Voigtlander has changed release date of 35mm 1.4 FE to ‘unknown’. And BHphoto. has pulled from their site. – Thanks to the anonymous tipster!

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From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

Documentary DP Tim Cragg on the Sensational Family Saga of Three Identical Strangers

By Filmmaker Staff

Three men make a remarkable discovery in Three Identical Strangers, a new documentary premiering at Sundance from Tim Wardle. The men, all strangers, learn that they are in fact identical triplets separated at birth. Wardle chronicles this real-life saga through dramatizations from the ’70s and ’80s, present-day documentary footage and studio interviews. To shoot the film, Wardle hired Tim Cragg, a DP with more than 40 credits as a documentary cinematographer. Cragg spoke with Filmmaker ahead of the film’s six screenings at Sundance about the challenges of filming Three Identical Strangers. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Filmpower Nebula 4100 Slant now Shipping – Improved Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras

By Yossy Mendelovich

Nebula 4100 slant

With an integrated lightweight structure, good battery life, innovative balancing system and higher payload, the Nebula 4100 is probably the most flexible of the 3-axis Nebula gimbals.

Filmpower has been designing film-making equipment since 2010, and was behind “the first full metal gyroscope stabilizer in the world” – the Nebula 5000, back in NAB 2014. Since then, Nebula gimbals have become a valid tool for many independent filmmakers requiring a hand-held gyroscope stabilizer for their productions.

The Nebula 4100 is the newest in the line of one-handed stabilizers, and offers some cool features that can definitely make a filmmaker’s life easier, especially in one-man-band productions.

Main features and improvements

Weight and payload

At 700g, the Nebula 4100 Slant weights less than previous models, and is the most compact gimbal in the whole Nebula series. Furthermore, the payload of the gimbal is higher (1.8kg), thus supporting a variety of mirrorless cameras.

Balancing mechanism

The balancing mechanism is straightforward, and the whole process of balancing the camera is faster and easier thanks to its 3 points (gravity center, pitch point and roll point).

No screen blocking

Although not an improvement specific to this model, this is a very important feature when shooting with one-handed 3-axis gimbal since it gets over the painful limitation of having the camera screen blocked by the gimbal while shooting.

Integrated structure

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From:: Cinema 5d

NAACP 2018 Image Awards Winners

By Staff

Danny Glover was honored with the prestigious NAACP President’s Award, while Taraji P. Henson won for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Empire. Entertainer of the Year: Ava DuVernay Outstanding Motion Picture: Girls Trip Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Outstanding Drama Series: Power NAACP President’s Award: Danny Glover NAACP […]

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From:: BLT News

Panasonic DC-GH5S added to buying guides

Now that we’ve spent some time with Panasonic’s video-centric Lumix DC-GH5S, we’ve added it to our ‘Best Cameras for Video’ and ‘Best Cameras over $2000’ buying guides. When our review of the GH5S is complete – and if we think it’s the best camera in one or both of those groups – the guides will be updated again.

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From:: DPreview

Canon Sends Invitation to Dealers for Major Mirrorless Presentation Next Month

By Canon Rumors We’ve been told that Canon is sending out “very elaborate” invites to select dealers and VIPs for a mirrorless camera announcement next month. The invitation was described as being very high end, printed on heavy glossy paper and showing a silhouette of a camera shaped like the EOS M6 with a hole cut out where … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

The 10 Most Disturbing Movies Without Any Violence

By Aleks Wansbrough

On a philosophical level, violence is rather difficult to define and violence can have connotations reflective of temperament and psychical states. Any sense of disturbance or perturbation may be said to be violent, however artfully rendered.

Slavoj Žižek argues that there are distinguishable types of violence, namely subjective and objective violence. Subjective violence which is manifestly apparent as it seems to emerge from an agent and is directed toward agents. Looting, murder and terrorist attacks are subjective forms of violence. Objective violence is the political and economic structures that generate much of what we deem to be subjective violence.

The films on this list may in some sense deal with a sort of violence, but depict very little subjective violence. Documentaries have been avoided but there are numerous disturbing documentaries that don’t feature violence, such as Mr. Death: the Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. which follows a Holocaust denier and designer of death-penalty instruments.

A possible omission was Last Tango In Paris, especially given the circumstances of how an infamous scene was shot, but its inclusion would risk trivializing sexual assault. Films in which the very making of the film is disturbing have therefore been avoided. Given these considerations, hopefully the title is not too misleading.

10. Innocence (2004)

Innocence (2004)

Innocence is a beautiful film by Lucile Hadžihalilović about prepubescent girls in a strange school, where they are sheltered from the outside world. Not much happens in the film. Rather the film evokes a sense of wonder and mystery. However, the exploration of these girls as they transition to adolescence and the sensuality of the cinematography may unnerve some viewers.

As there are intimations of prepubescent sexuality, the film’s subtlety itself may add unease. Also, the fact that new girls to the school arrive → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

How To Fix Out-of-Sync Audio on a Video Game Screen Capture

By Lewis McGregor Do you run into audio-syncing problems when editing your gaming videos? Here’s the reason why — and how to fix the problem. → continue…

From:: Premium Beat

Kamau Bilal on Serving as Director and DP for Documentary Short Baby Brother

By Filmmaker Staff

Missouri-based filmmaker Kamau Bilal chronicles his brother’s move back home to his parents’ house in Baby Brother, a documentary short that premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. A documentary DP, editor and director, Bilal’s recent work includes shooting Abortion: Stories Women Tell for HBO. Below, Bilal discusses the traits of a “cinematic film,” the influence of Ramin Bahrani’s Chop Shop and his concerns on exploiting a documentary subject. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for this job? Bilal: For this film I operated […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

XM2 Thingymajig – A Safety Upgrade for Freefly MōVI Pro Gimbals

By Newsshooter Staff

If you have used a Freefly MōVI M5/M10/M15/Pro gimbal, you will probably be familiar with the Toad In The Hole Quick Release. Attaching between the gimbal and handles, additional Toads can…

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From:: News Shooter

The Ins and Outs of Working with Diffusion Material

By Tanner Shinnick Diffusion material makes your lighting softer and more cinematic, but the options can be confusing. Let’s take a look at what you need to know. → continue…

From:: Premium Beat