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More Bad News for Canon’s 6D Mark II

By Jon Fusco

Does Canon’s new camera actually perform worse than the cheaper EOS 80D?

Canon released its 6D Mark II last month to a pretty unanimously disappointed group of DIY filmmakers. Many had hoped that Canon’s popular, cost effective little brother to the 5D would have the ability to record in 4K. It does not.

4K is quickly becoming a necessary format for cinema cameras, so this is a significant spec for Canon to leave out if it is courting the filmmaker market at all. Others are quick to point out that the photography company has been distancing their line of DSLRs from film users, perhaps in an attempt to draw more buyers towards its true cinema line of C-series cameras. The 6D was clearly updated with the photographer and not the filmmaker in mind.

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From:: No Film School

Watch: 9 Thrilling Zombie Shorts That Prove George Romero’s Influence is Undead

By Emily Buder

These zombie shorts both embrace genre convention and subvert it.

Yesterday, we lost George Romero, director of Night of the Living Dead, creator of the zombie genre, and one of the first successful DIY filmmakers. But his legacy lives on with more fervor than ever, evidenced by the success of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and the plethora of zombie movies that roam every corner of our culture.

To commemorate Romero, Jason Sondhi of Short of the Week has compiled an eclectic list of some of the finest zombie shorts available to watch online. The films, which have screened at Sundance, Fantasia, and other festivals, both embrace and subvert the zombie genre; some riff on the tropes, while others bring an entirely fresh sensibility to the undead.

“They prove something primal about the concept of the undead and the flexibility of the premise to tell all kinds of stories,” writes Sondhi. “Outrageous laughs and heartbreaking feels to follow in this playlist of 9 essential zombie short films.”

Film synopses provided by Short of the Week.

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RIP George Romero: How the Horror Auteur Gave Rise to Underdog Cinema

By Scout Tafoya

George Romero, who recently died at 77, helped usher in the DIY filmmaking age.

Stephen King called him his favorite collaborator. He invented zombies as we know them. He brought comic book style to the screen for what felt like the first time after the original Batman. He fought Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes with his images time and again. He created the American midnight movie and never sold out or compromised his vision. He adopted half a dozen generic forms and always made them his own. His name was George A. Romero, and his legacy will live on.

Throughout his life, Romero never once forgot the little guy. He put his focus on the struggling family, the forgotten wife, the lower class scrapper, the handicapped man, the downtrodden and tired, the one black face in a squad of white cops. He battled producers all his life for money, and he always won.

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From:: No Film School

RIP George Romero: How the Horror Auteur Gave Rise to Underdog Cinema

By Scout Tafoya

George Romero, who recently died at 77, helped usher in the DIY filmmaking age.

Stephen King called him his favorite collaborator. He invented zombies as we know them. He brought comic book style to the screen for what felt like the first time after the original Batman. He fought Nixon, Reagan, and both Bushes with his images time and again. He created the American midnight movie and never sold out or compromised his vision. He adopted half a dozen generic forms and always made them his own. His name was George A. Romero, and his legacy will live on.

Throughout his life, Romero never once forgot the little guy. He put his focus on the struggling family, the forgotten wife, the lower class scrapper, the handicapped man, the downtrodden and tired, the one black face in a squad of white cops. He battled producers all his life for money, and he always won.

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Video: How to make a DIY ‘beauty dish’ for $12

Photographer and YouTuber Joe Edelman is a bit DIY obsessed when it comes to portrait gear—from DIY gobos, to a reflector holder, to a portable background stand, he’s created some pretty interesting things. But this poor man’s DIY ‘beauty dish’ might be his most useful creation yet.

A beauty dish, as Edelman explains in the video, is a light modifier that turns a bare bulb flash into a large direct light source with rapid fall off and no hot spot in the center. It creates a fairly harsh light that is unforgiving, but desirable in portrait lighting situations where you really want to carve out your subject’s features.

If you’re a novice you might occasionally want this create this look, but not so much that you’re willing to spend $60, $70 or $80 on a bona fide beauty dish. What’s a poor (literally) photographer to do?

Left: Edelman’s DIY ‘beauty dish’ made from an umbrella and a piece of foam core. Right: sample photo shot with this modifier.

Edelman’s solution is to use a 30-inch photography umbrella, place it strategically close to your subject for faster fall-off, zoom your speedlight as far in as you can, and cut out a 12-inch circle of black foam core to place in the middle.

All together, this hacked-together modifier can cost as little as $12 ($11 for a 33-inch umbrella, $1 for some foam core at your local WalMart).

Sure, it’s not a ‘real’ beauty dish, and maybe you can hack together a more accurate facsimile in your spare time, but it’s portable, takes about 5 minutes to ‘make’ and the results are remarkably similar to a real beauty dish.

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From:: DPreview

Tutorial: How to Build a Dirt Cheap DIY Lighting Setup for Product Shots

By V Renée

If you’ve got $50, you’re well on your way to capturing pro-level product shots.

Getting professional looking product shots almost entirely depends on how well you light your subject. In the past we’ve shared a few tutorials on how to build your own DIY light boxes, which is an excellent (and cheap) way to light scenes like this, but Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows you another approach you can take to capture high-quality product shots. And yes, it’s super easy and super budget-friendly. Check out the tutorial below:

All you really need for this lighting setup is a cheap softbox with diffusion layer (the one Pike uses in the video is less than $20), LED bulb (also, less than $20), and a bunch of plastic bins, which you can get for about $1 each. (I assume anything would work as a replacement, like books.) All Pike does is stack the plastic bins and set the softbox on top, essentially using the bins as a lighting mount.

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From:: No Film School

DIYer adds giant heat sink to overheating Lumix GF7 camera

One industrious Lumix GF7 owner named Eric Strebel has solved his camera’s overheating issue with a pretty intense DIY hack. Namely, he added a massive heat sink to the back of the camera…. problem solved.

The entire hacking process is detailed in a video that Strebel uploaded to YouTube, where he explains that his camera would, at times, warn him to let it cool down due to overheating while shooting video. The heat sink, which is attached to the camera using piano wire, is very effective at keeping the camera cool for long recording sessions.

The GF7 features a hinged display that can be flipped up, leaving the back of the camera flat and exposed. It is on that portion of the camera that Strebel mounted the heat sink, which he harvested from an old PC. A drill press was used to machine the heat sink to size, while piano wire was bent and utilized as a removable attachment point for mounting the heat sink onto the camera.

The entire project, explains Strebel, took about 4 hours to complete.

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From:: DPreview