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Travel photography and the journey towards a new review style

Ok, I’ve got my passport, I’ve got my boarding pass and the camera is in my bag. We may be stuck in rush-hour traffic, but I’ve made it from the office to the cab and, at this point, success or failure is out of my hands. I’m on holiday (or vacation, depending on how you look at it).

If only I’d remembered to grab the charger and spare battery that I’d left charging. Without USB charging, this means I’ve got maybe one day’s worth of battery for a two week trip.

Taken towards the end of my holiday. If I’d not bought myself a universal charger upon landing in London, I wouldn’t have been able to take this shot.

This got me thinking about the needs of photographer while traveling and how they differ from the kinds of photography I usually do.

Context is all

So, while we’ve long considered USB charging to be a ‘Pro’ in our camera reviews, it’s rarely felt as essential is it did in this moment. And although my particular circumstances brought it into especially tight focus, even for the less harried and forgetful traveler, it’s still an immensely useful feature to have. The plane I traveled on had US plug sockets, then I spent several days in the UK before heading for mainland Europe: the only socket I regularly encountered was USB. So, while USB charging is a feature I rarely feel strongly about in my day-to-day photography, it matters a lot in this particular use-case.

Use-cases like this are going to play an increasing role in our reviews

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Will the RED announcement on 6 July be a modular camera system with cellphone functionality?

By Matthew Allard ACS

Cryptic RED are at it again. On RED USER, Jim Jannard has simply posted “July 6th. 9am PST. Right here. You need to be online. You need to tell everyone…

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Analog revival rolls on: Rollei Vario Chrome slide film coming soon

Dear film photographers! Rollei Vario Chrome 135-36 is a medium to high-speed color reversal film that is intended for photography under low-level daylight illumination or under other light sources using proper filtration. Rollei Vario Chrome has a medium degree of sharpness, its image results are characterized by a slightly visible grain and a warmish image tone. As the name of the film suggests it has a broad exposure latitude from 200 to 400 ISO (DX coded at 320 ISO). If you intend to project the slides we suggest to shoot the film at 200 ISO whereas 320-400 ISO is preferable for scanning applications. Pre-sale will start next week on Monday July 3rd. We expect the supplies to arrive in week 28 so that we’ll be able to start shipping between July 10th and 14th. We hope you’ll like the film as much as we do and thank you all for the support.

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Well this is some unexpected, but exciting news: German photography shop and producer of Rollei-branded film, Maco Direct, has announced Rollei Vario Chrome 135-36. It’s an ISO 320 color reversal film stock with medium sharpness and a warm tone, which sounds perfect for grey Seattle days.

That brings the count to four new, reformulated or resurrected film stocks that will become available this year. The others include: Kodak Ektachrome, Ferrania P30 b/w film, and a reformulation of LomoChrome Purple 400 film. Not to mention Lomography also announced three new single-use cameras and German film maker ADOX announced it will doubled the size of its film plant. All this means more options for analog diehards.

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From:: DPreview

JMR unveils three new SiloStor PCI Express SSD cards

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Leo Waldock)

JMR unveils three new SiloStor PCI Express SSD cards

JMR, based in Chatsworth, California has announced three new SiloStor PCI Express SSD cards billed as ideal for computer-intensive workflows, ie anything to do with video.

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    Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM – a good lens for video shooters?

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM is the seventh lens in the Art series – but is this a practical focal length for video shooters?

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    Sony Tidbits…

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    GH5 vs Sony A6500 – Which one is right for you? Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es. Batis 135mm review by Alin Popescu. Laowa 12mm review by Ken Rockwell and at TheDigitalPicture Zeiss 135mm F2.8 Batis E-mount lens reviews (Dyxum). Data Management and Workflow for […]

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    Pastors: Why You Shouldn’t Be Like Joel Osteen

    By philcooke

    I met Joel Osteen many years ago when he asked me to help him direct a series of TV specials featuring his father, Pastor John Osteen. We became friends, and when his dad passed away and Joel became pastor of Lakewood Church, I once again helped him create the television program you see every week […] → continue…

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    Watch: 3 Tips on Getting Better Audio While Shooting Outdoors

    By V Renée

    Does your scene have to be shot outdoors? Here are some tips that will help you make sure your audio is as good as possible.

    Recording audio outdoors poses several unique challenges, not the least of which is having to deal with sound pollution. Noise from traffic, people, and wind are obstacles that you almost always have to find a way around, but making smart choices in your approach can help you record cleaner, more useable audio for your film and video projects. This video from Filmora offers three tips on how to do just that.

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    From:: No Film School

    Sibling Rivalry Appoints Emmy-Nominated Designer/Director Lauren Hartstone to Creative Director

    By Staff

    With over a decade’s worth of experience working across live-action, commercials, and branding, Lauren Hartstone has found a venue to leverage her talents: Sibling Rivalry. “[Sibling co-founders] Mikon Van Gastel and Joe Wright are such an incredible balance–their work is consistently beautiful, refined, and smart,” she said. “The mix of Sibling Rivalry’s experiential, brand and […]

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    2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced

    The grand prize (left), first place (top right), and second place (bottom right) winners of the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards. Photos courtesy of IPPA, individual credits below.

    When the iPhone Photography Awards were established in 2007, the first iPhone had just been released and its 2MP images were… well, they were nothing to write home about. Fast-forward to 2017, and the winners of this year’s 10th annual IPPAs are stunning, taking full advantage of a decade’s technological advancement.

    This year’s winners were selected from ‘thousands’ of entries that poured in from over 140 countries around the world. Let’s take them one by one:

    Grand Prize

    This year’s grand prize and title of iPhone Photographer of the year went to Sebastian Tomada for his photograph titled ‘Children of Qayyarah’. Photo © Sebastian Tomada

    The grand prize winner, titled ‘Children of Qayyarah’, was captured by Sebastian Tomada, a photojournalist based in New York City and the Middle East.

    As the title suggests, the image was captured in Qayyarah, Iraq. It was shot on November 4th, 2016 after Islamic State militants set fire to oil wells in the city. The image was captured with an iPhone 6s.

    1st Place

    First place went to photographer Brendan O Se from Ireland, for her striking photograph titled ‘Dock Worker’. Photo © Brendan O Se

    Photographer Brendan O Se—a university teacher/teacher trainer in Cork, Ireland—was awarded 1st place in the competition for his portrait of hands titled ‘Dock Worker’.

    The photograph was taken on an early morning walk around the docks in Jakarta in April of 2016. “These were the hands of a dock worker who was taking a break,” says O Se. “I was struck by the texture created by the accumulated dirt on his → continue…

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    Colorist Paul Allia Joins Picture Shop

    By Staff

    Picture Shop has announced that they are excited to welcome colorist Paul Allia. He will be joining the company’s growing arsenal of award winning talent. Some of his notable projects include Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and Minority Report. “Paul has been on my radar for a while now, over the years he’s grown […]

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    Watch: How Wes Anderson’s Pretensions Benefit His Art

    By Jon Fusco

    Wes Anderson: pretentious or genius?

    Usually, there’s not much of a middle ground when it comes to people’s feelings about Wes Anderson. Lessons From the Screenplay states, “Some people consider Wes Anderson a genius that converts conventional film language into his own diabetic, while others claim it is artfulness mistaken for art; film devoid of meaning.”

    So, you probably either think Anderson is utterly pretentious or one of the best filmmakers alive.

    In the video essay below, Storytellers makes the case for how Anderson’s lavish style is not superfluous, but rather necessary for the success of his films.

    Anderson’s cinematic style varies with each one of his films. Whether they read like picture books or paintings, it’s the cohesion of his narrative, characters, and dialogue that truly make the movies work. This verisimilitude is what allows the viewer to accept the reality of his meticulously crafted worlds.

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    From:: No Film School

    Who’s Who in Movie Credits: What Do All Those People Do Anyway?

    By V Renée

    Have you ever wondered what all of the people that appear in a film’s end credits actually did to bring the project to fruition?

    Unless there’s a stinger or a hoard of movie theater patrons clogging the exits, most people don’t usually decide to sit through the end credits of a movie. However, this long list of names are real people who have done some pretty amazing things to bring these projects to the masses, and if you’ve ever wondered what these individuals do and what their titles mean, from the producer all the way to the ADR editor, John P. Hess of Filmmaker IQ explains it all in this very informative video. Check it out below:

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    From:: No Film School

    Blackmagic Design Video Assist and Video Assist 4K Summer Special Prices

    By Erik Naso

    Blackmagic Design has a worldwide summer sale special offer going on the Blackmagic Video Assist and Video Assist 4K models.

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    Samsung NX1 is now full frame – First look at the Canon mount NX-L “Speed Booster” from Italy

    By Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

    Comment on this article at the EOSHD Forum

    Comment on the forum There’s now a Canon EF mount focal reducer for Samsung NX mount which gives the 4K H.265 shooting NX1 an extra 1 stop of low light performance and the full frame look (1.08x crop to be exact) from your EF lenses! Key links: Luca’s NX-L project updates on Facebook EOSHD Samsung NX forum The NX-L is a crowd-funded product aiming to do for Samsung cameras what the Metabones Speed Booster does for Sony APS-C cameras. My first impressions are that it is a good one. It fits my NX1 and NX Galaxy (Android Super 35mm camera), …

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