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Sony a7R III Instagram Giveaway!!!

By Colby Brown

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I am super excited to announce that I am giving away a Sony a7R III over on my Instagram Account! For complete Giveaway Details, see the bottom of this blog post…

Dates: December 15th, 2017 – January 15th, 2018

How to Enter:

1.) Follow @ColbyBrownPhotography on Instagram.
2.) Like my IG Giveaway Post (Found Bellow or via my IG Profile)
3.) Tag a friend in the comments on my Instagram Giveaway Post. 1 Tag = 1 entry. Tag as many people as you want to enter multiple times

*If you have any questions, please let me know!

GIVEAWAY!!! I am super stoked to announce that I am going to be giving away a brand new Sony a7R III 42mp full frame mirrorless camera that retails for $3200 USD. It recently won numerous camera of the year awards, showcasing how it is easily one of the best cameras available to date. To Enter: 1. Like this Post 2. Follow me @ColbyBrownPhotography 3. Tag a friend in the comments below. Each tag is an entry. Enter as many times as you wish. Optionally you can also can “Turn On Post Notifications” for my IG Profile, so that you can learn of additional chances to win as well as making sure you get notified when I give other cameras, lenses, tripods, filters, laptops and even trips away here on IG. The Winner will be chosen at random on January 15th, 2018 This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram or Sony. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited.

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Sponsored by Colby Brown Photography Ltd. (“Sponsor”). No purchase or obligation necessary.

Giveaway/Sweepstakes Details

Colby Brown Photography Sony a7R III Instagram Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”)

Entry deadline: January 15th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST

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Problems with Red Giant and FCP X 10.4

By Al Caudullo

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Today Apple released Final Cut Pro X 10.4. While you may be eager to get started with it, we wanted to give you a heads up that not all of our products are currently compatible.

PLURALEYES 4

PluralEyes 4 is not currently compatible with FCP X 10.4. If you are a PluralEyes user, we strongly advise that you not update to FCP X 10.4 at this time. We know how important PluralEyes is to your work, and we are currently working on a fix. We will keep you posted.

MAGIC BULLET SUITE 13 & UNIVERSE

Both Magic Bullet Suite 13 and Red Giant Universe are compatible with FCP X 10.4. If you are using these tools, feel free to update.

As always, if you have any issues, please reach out to our

Not everyone is happy with the new upgrades to FCPX. Red Giant just announced that there is a major problem with using Plural Eyes in FCPX. Below is the announcement from Red Giant.

Today Apple released Final Cut Pro X 10.4. While you may be eager to get started with it, we wanted to give you a heads up that not all of our products are currently compatible.

PLURALEYES 4

PluralEyes 4 is not currently compatible with FCP X 10.4. If you are a PluralEyes user, we strongly advise that you not update to FCP X 10.4 at this time. We know how important PluralEyes is to your work, and we are currently working on a fix. We will keep you posted.

MAGIC BULLET SUITE 13 & UNIVERSE

Both Magic Bullet Suite 13 and Red Giant Universe are compatible with FCP X 10.4. If you are using these tools, feel free to update.

As always, if you have any issues, please reach out to our support team for help. We are here for you.

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From:: Student Filmmakers

The Insta360 ONE Is This the Right 360 Camera For You?

By Al Caudullo

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It’s taken longer than I would have liked, but I finally got time to check out the Insta360 One. With the onslaught of 360 cameras that have come out over the past few months, it’s hard to keep up with all of them.

The Insta360 ONE follows the logic that the best camera that is the one you have with you. It’s small lightweight and connects directly to your iPhone. The company has just come out with the Android adapter. So now you’ll be able to use the Insta360 One with your Android phone as well.

Let’s start out by listing the specifications.

SPECIFICATIONS

Lenses two fisheye lenses
Field of view fully spherical
Aperture f/2.2
Sensors two 1/2.3-inch Sony CMOS sensors
Processors unspecified Ambarella processor
Photo resolution 6912 x 3456 in JPEG or DNG raw
Video resolution 3840 x 1920, 30fps
2560 x 1280 @ 60fps 2048 x 512 @ 120fps
mp4 (log mode available)
Live streaming resolution: 3840 x 1920
Compatible with YouTube, Facebook, Periscope / Twitter, Weibo
Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 60 seconds
ISO: 100 to 3200 (up to 6400 for video)
Stabilization: 6-axis gyro-based image stabilization
Connector: 1/4-20 tripod connector
Storage: one Micro SD up to 128GB (8GB included)
Working humidity: 30% to 80%
Temperature: 14F – 113F (-14C to 45C)
Waterproof: No (waterproof housing accessory available)
Connectivity: MFI-certified lightning connector
Bluetooth LE 4.0
Compatibility: iPhone X
iPhone 8 / 8 plus
iPhone 7 / plus
iPhone 6s / 6s plus
iPhone 6 / 6 plus
iPhone SE
iPad Pro (10.5 in, 9.7 in)
iPad mini 4
iPad Air 2
Android version shipping December 15, 2017
Dimensions: 96 x 36.5 x 25 mm
Weight: 82g
Battery: 70 mins.; not removable; USB charging
Other features: Intervalometer
Freecast (live streaming with changeable perspective)
Time-lapse mode
Bullet time

There is a recommended Insta360 Selfie Stick and an Original Insta360 ONE Action Camera Waterproof Case available as well and even a Drone Mount for a DJI Mavic.

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From:: Student Filmmakers

The Olympus TG-5 and Nikon Coolpix W300 go to Puerto Rico

José Francisco Salgado is an astronomer, science photographer, and visual artist. His series of Science & Symphony films that have been presented in more than 200 concerts in 15 countries. He is a native of Puerto Rico.

Editor’s note: The events described in this article took place several weeks prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria, which caused catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean.


Last summer I traveled to Puerto Rico to do some night photography for a new Science & Symphony film I’m producing. I was planning to photograph the Milky Way and the ocean at the same time, though it’s difficult to visit tropical beaches and limit yourself to work.

I shoot my time-lapse sequences with Nikon DSLRs, but decided to bring along two ‘rugged’ cameras, the Nikon Coolpix W300 and Olympus TG-5, for casual shooting. These point-and-shoot cameras are shockproof (rated to resist drops from at least 2.1m / 7ft) and waterproof (to depths of at least 15.2m / 50ft), so my motivation was to use them while snorkeling with my fiancée, Paula.

She was more than happy to try these cameras, and since she’s not a professional photographer I thought it would be good to get her impressions of them as well. I wanted to find out how intuitive the controls were myself, so I decided to consult the manuals only when needed.

Olympus TG-5 sample gallery

One big difference between the cameras that’s worth calling out is Raw support: the TG-5 allows you to capture Raw images, but the W300 shoots only in JPEG. I found myself processing the images from both cameras quite a bit in Adobe Lightroom to get pleasing results, though with the Nikon I was limited to editing → continue…

From:: DPreview

Have your say: Best entry-level ILC of 2017

The most important camera you’ll ever own is the first one you buy. This year was relatively quiet on the entry-level ILC front, but the quality of the cameras released in this market segment was universally excellent. Vote while you can – polls close Monday!

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From:: DPreview

Have your say: Best mid-range ILC of 2017

This year saw several cameras released in the mid-range ILC class, from full-frame DSLRs to super-compact APS-C mirrorless models. Take a look for a reminder of the key mid-range ILCs released in 2017, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites.

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From:: DPreview

The 10 Best South Korean Movies of 2017

By Panos Kotzathanasis

Evidently, two consecutive great years are quite uncommon, even for Korean cinema, particularly because films like “The Handmaiden” and “The Wailing” did not find their equals in 2017. This, however, does not mean that the level of quality fell much lower, since the country’s film industry seems to provide great films continuously, even despite their mainstream and Hollywood-like aesthetics, at least for the most part.

Furthermore, the international hype about Korean movies continued with productions like “A Taxi Driver” and “The Villainess.” Hong Sang-soo managed to shoot three films, with one of them standing out. Dae Hyung-lim shot a great indie film, while films like those on the rest on the list continued the legacy of the country in action/gangster thrillers.

Lastly, I took the liberty of including “The Truth Beneath,” which, although a 2016 film, I watched very late last year and did not manage to include in that list…

Here are the 10 best Korean films of 2017.

10. The Villainess (Jeong Byeong-gil)

Villainess

The movie starts with an extremely impressive action scene, where we watch an unknown assailant attacking swarms of enemies in a building, butchering, maiming, breaking, kicking and punching everyone who enters the scene, in a style identical to the first-person shooters in video games. After awhile, the camera is pushed back and the character is revealed to be a woman, while the video game aesthetics remain, as a third-person action this time.

After the end of this scene, and a disorienting cut including a flashback, we watch the main heroine escape a room in which she was secluded. Some seemingly surrealist scenes occur where she has to pass through a room where women practice ballet, another where they act, and another where they put on their makeup. In this sequence, the film transforms into yet another → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

OWC 2.0TB Aura Pro X SSD Flash for your Mac

By Matthew Allard ACS

OWC have just started shipping their 2.0TB Aura Pro X SSD Flash memory for the Mac Pro, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina. The 2.0TB Aura Pro X SSD Flash…

The post OWC 2.0TB Aura Pro X SSD Flash for your Mac appeared first on Newsshooter.

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From:: News Shooter

What’s the Best Camera?

By John P. Hess

I tackle the common question in my attempt at creating a driving confessional:

The post What’s the Best Camera? appeared first on FilmmakerIQ.com.

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From:: FilmmakerIQ.com

Sony Tidbits…

By SonyAlpha Admin

Sony RX10IV First Impressions – Initial Thoughts Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es. New 360deg High Quality Imaging Sensor from Sony. Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D for E-mount review by Matthew Durr. The Best Zeiss Lenses of 2017 (Explora). Sirui Monopods for Video Shooter (Personal View). […]

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From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

Director Series: Errol Morris, Breaking Boundaries with “Wormwood”

By Mary Ann Skweres

Uncovering some of the U.S. government’s darkest secrets, “Wormwood” examines the life-long quest of one man–Eric Olson–to find the truth behind his father’s mysterious death. Weaving this mystery into a six-part story, renowned documentarian Errol Morris (Fog of War, Thin Blue Line) combines his own noted interview style with a dramatic narrative anchored by Peter […]

The post Director Series: Errol Morris, Breaking Boundaries with “Wormwood” appeared first on Below the Line.

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From:: BLT News

The 20 Best Genre-Hybrid Movies of The 21st Century

By David Zou

It’s no grand revelation that filmmakers (and artists in general) take inspiration from works that came before. In recent years, to keep audiences interested and their stories fresh and exciting, directors have begun to make more and more films that play with genre; subverting, exaggerating or commenting on genre tropes and conventions.

This list will focus on ‘genre-hybrids’; that is, movies that has its roots in 2 or more genres and takes elements from these disparate genres and combines them to form a unique whole.

The stylistic and thematic components from the genres they draw on must be clearly recognised to be on this list. It is not presented in any particular order, but simply a selection of great recent films that are eclectic and diverse in the genres they draw on.

20. Colossal (2017)
Genres: Comedy-drama, Kaiju

Colossal

Anna Hathaway plays an alcoholic, Gloria, who goes back to her childhood town to get her life back in order. And because this is a genre-hybrid, she is also psychically connected to a giant monster terrorizing Seoul, South Korea.

The comedy-drama aspect of Colossal is a bit paint-by-numbers. We know all the story beats as Gloria meets an old friend (Jason Sudeikis), goes through highs and lows and finally learns a life lesson which changes her life for the better. What we don’t expect is the Kaiju (meaning ‘strange beast’; giant monster genre) element, used by director Nacho Vigalondo as a metaphor for all the human-to-human drama.

Many Kaiju films can be read as an allegory for human folly. King Kong is about the way African-Americans were treated in the times of slavery, and Gojira/Godzilla is a metaphor for the atomic bomb. Colossal seems to say that the things one does when drunk is like what one does when drunk with power. But → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Masters of Light: a classic revisited

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Roland Denning)

Masters of Light: a classic revisited

Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers is one of the most revered book releases on the subject. Roland Denning reminisces over what makes the publication such a classic.

  • DP
  • Director of Photography
  • Lighting

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    From:: RedShark News

    Disney’s 21st Century Fox acquisition means it will now own National Geographic

    Earlier this week, a major entertainment industry merger was announced: Disney is planning to buy 21st Century Fox for a whopping $52.4 billion. But while this might seem unrelated to the world of photography at first blush, a closer look reveals something pretty important.

    If the purchase is allowed to go through, Disney will be the majority stake holder in National Geographic, taking over the 73% controlling share that Fox purchased in September of 2015.

    In the scope of the entire deal, Fox’s share in National Geographic might seem like small potatoes—the entertainment giant bought Nat Geo for just $725 million (less that 1/50th what THEY are being bought for) and immediately set about cutting costs further by slashing 9% of Nat Geo’s workforce. But fans of the iconic brand will pay close attention to see what Disney plans to do with it.

    For now, all we know is that National Geographic will join Pixar, ESPN, Marvel and many more well-known brands in Disney’s so-called “swollen portfolio” of entertainment assets.

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    From:: DPreview

    Introducing C-Stand KitBAGS – Crew Gear First Look

    By Staff

    At last, the first bags designed specifically for transporting C-Stands are now available. Choose from either the Rolling KitBAG, which carries 3 removable base C-Stands, or the Shoulder KitBag that holds 2 fixed or removable base C-Stands. Both are built to last with features designed from years of experience and market feedback. www.msegrip.com/c-stand-kitbag/

    The post Introducing C-Stand KitBAGS – Crew Gear First Look appeared first on Below the Line.

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    From:: BLT News