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How to buy used gear (and not get burned)

Don’t get burned!

Photography gear is pricey, and buying used is a great way to keep your wallet from getting too thin, but it also comes with quite a few risks. The high price associated with photo gear sometimes attracts unsavory folks disguising themselves as reputable sellers, as a means to part you from your hard earned cash. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to avoid this from happening.

I’ve been buying gear on a budget for thirteen years now, mostly via eBay and Craigslist, and in that time have come of with a basic set of rules to protect myself from getting burned. And after recently reading a gear-buying horror story, I felt compelled to write down my rules – with the input of my DPReview colleagues – and share them with you.

Note: There are exceptions to these rules and following them does not necessary guarantee you won’t get burned by a bad deal. As with any big-ticket purchase, common sense is the best and safest policy.

Buy from reputable used retailers

Buy from reputable used retailers like KEH or from the used department of reputable camera retailers like Adorama or B&H. If you are unsure of whether a camera retailer is reputable, if they are based in the USA, a quick search of the company’s name on the Better Business Bureau website should provide you the answer.

As a rule, always be sure to check and understand the retailer’s return policy, just in case you have an issue. For instance, KEH offers a 6 month return window.

Buy from sellers with a positive history

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Stock Notice: Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom 6 & CC

By Canon Rumors B&H Photo has stock of the brand new Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom 6 & CC, they are the only retailer in the USA with stock. Watch the video above to learn more, or view it here. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS For Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 & CC Speeds Up Editing Workflow Dedicated Dials, Wheels, and Keys … → continue…

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10 Great Movies From The 2010s No One Talks About

By David Zou

No matter how hard you try, it is virtually impossible to see everything that film industry and small workshops have to offer, whether you’re into mainstream, festival circuit or underground cinema. And if you are a very curious cinephile, then you probably often wish sleep weren’t a vital necessity.

So, whatever your case may be, let this modest selection of the 2010s titles from different corners of the world guide you to the next favorite. From an experimental supernatural drama to a humorous road movie, something will surely strike a chord with you…

1. All My Friends Are Funeral Singers (Tim Rutili, 2010) / USA

All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

The frontman of Chicago-based indie rockers Califone makes his first foray into filmmaking with a quirky fantasy dramedy “All My Friends Are Funeral Singers” which shares the name with his band’s 2009 album. Casting the delightful Angela Bettis in a starring role, Tim Rutili recounts the “folksy” tale of a kind-hearted “psychic advisor”, Zel, who lives a harmonious life with a bunch of ghosts until a mysterious, “heavenly” light shines through the trees of the nearby woods.

Once “Caspers” enter the naughty mode, their “hostess” is precluded from continuing the tarot and palm reading practice, as well as from channeling the spirit of her best friend Camille’s husband Frank and the household starts to fall apart in a maddening cacophony of sounds.

What initially appears to be a slice of (after)life chronicle takes a slightly darker turn in the film’s second half which could be labeled as a melancholy-fueled subversion of a haunted house sub-genre peppered with quirky humor. In addition, there are fourth-wall-breaking mockumentary sequences –almost certainly the work of a specter called Bunuel – which offer (witty) glimpses into the restless souls’ past.

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Photographer travels around the globe to photograph all her Facebook friends

Ahna Anomaly, San Francisco, California

Social networks have changed the meaning of friendship. Many of our Facebook friends we might not have seen in a long time or never even met personally. Photographer Tanja Alexia Hollander decided to take friendship back out of the virtual into the real world by visiting and photographing all of her 626 Facebook friends.

Since 2011 she has been traveling around the USA and to countries as far as the UK, Belgium, France, Greece, and Malaysia to meet her friends in their homes, take their portrait and share real-life experiences with them.

Shannon Lam and Maury Browning, Sungai Long, Malaysia

According to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, where Hollander’s Are you really my friend? is currently on display, the project turned from a personal documentary on friendship “into an exploration of contemporary culture, relationships, generosity and compassion, family structure, community-building, storytelling, meal-sharing, the economy and class, the relationship between technology and travel in the 21st century, social networking, memory, and the history of the portrait.

Mary Bok with Surely and Honey the dogs, Camden, Maine

You can see all the images and learn more about Are you really my friend? on the project website. You can also follow Tanja Alexia Hollander on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to find out about her ongoing work.

All images courtesy: Tanja Hollander and MASS MoCA, used with permission

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | X-Rite Pantone Exhibits at Booth 1104

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

X-Rite Pantone’s exhibit is located at booth 1104.
www.xrite.com

Streamline your product design process, reduce approval cycles, and accelerate your speed to market with X-Rite Pantone solutions that offer a new level of accuracy in capturing, communicating, and visualizing physical materials. X-Rite’s Total Appearance Capture (TAC) Ecosystem takes 3D virtualization to a new level. Capture reality in a physically precise way and ensure consistency in your presentation of digital materials across your design, marketing, and point-of-sales tools.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Cogswell College Exhibits at Booth 1100

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Cogswell College’s exhibit is located at booth 1100.
www.cogswell.edu

Students say they’ve found their tribe at Cogswell College – the creative arts college in the heart of Silicon Valley.

In an all-inclusive, collaborative environment, Cogswell delivers an intense focus on developing undergrads for jobs in high-demand creative arts industries through project-based learning. Cogswell stands out as a creative arts college by offering true studio environments that feature professional-level equipment, multi-disciplinary collaboration and industry expert instruction, coaching and mentoring. Cogswell prepares students for the real world by giving them real-world experience through a project-based learning approach while they’re still in school.

Students in the school’s Project X studio, for instance, come together from multiple disciplines to create professional-grade animated films. In the MediaWorks studio, the students complete video and animated shorts for Silicon Valley companies.

At Cogswell College, “work hard, play hard,” is easy, because work and play are one and the same. It’s about training and development of talent. And it’s about creating the best job calling card of all: an impressive portfolio.

Cogswell grads earn jobs at signature companies, such as Disney, DreamWorks, Blizzard Entertainment, Pixar, Microsoft and Apple.

They have engraved their names on Hollywood movies such as Big Hero 6, Godzilla, Frozen, The Avengers, Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Boris FX Exhibits at Booth 1011

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Boris FX’s exhibit is located at booth 1011.
www.borisfx.com

Boris FX & Imagineer Systems are leading developers of visual effects & motion graphics plug-ins for broadcast, film and 360/VR post-production professionals. Flagship products, Continuum Complete, Sapphire and Mocha Pro have made their mark on Hollywood feature films and broadcast TV shows including Rogue One, The Hobbit, The Walking Dead, Mr. Robot and many more. In 2016 Boris FX acquired GenArts and the popular VFX plug-in package, Sapphire. Together Boris & Imagineer software complement industry standard editing & effects software from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Blackmagic, The Foundry and more. At SIGGRAPH 2017 visit the Boris FX booth to preview the new Mocha VR and Sapphire v11. Mocha VR brings Mocha’s Academy Award-winning tracking and VFX tools to an optimized 360 video workflow for cinematic VR post-production. Sapphire 11 is the newest version of flagship VFX plug-in package.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Wacom Technology Exhibits at Booths 831 and 931

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Wacom’s exhibit is located at booths 831 and 931.
www.wacom.com

Wacom’s aim is to make technology more human, more natural, and more intuitive. The company strives to create solutions that help people harness and execute new ideas.

Wacom creates harmony between people and technology. As the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions, Wacom brings people and technology closer together through their natural, intuitive interface technologies.

The company provides tools and instruments that let people express their creativity as fluently in the digital world as they would with ink on paper, paint on canvas, light in a darkroom or editing suite. Wacom’s enthusiasm for creativity overflows from the professional sphere to provide the tools and inspiration for anyone on their creativity journey, whether just starting out or well on the way. Together we celebrate and explore the human spirit of creativity and what that can achieve in the world around us.

We are all using technology to do more and more. And enjoying being able to interact with devices in new and creative ways. Wacom provides the tools that make it simpler, easier and more intuitive for anyone to use sophisticated technology, whatever they want to do with it.

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Intel Exhibits at Booth 807

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Intel’s exhibit is located at booth 807.

The Intel® Software Developer Zone provides tools and resources – designed to provide the development support and business opportunities developers and software businesses need to innovate and succeed. Connect with a worldwide community of developers and Intel on all things software. Visit http://software.intel.com/ to learn more.

Intel’s products and services include: 2D Graphics, 3D Graphics, 3D Modeling, Animation, Authoring Software, Commercial Game Engines, Computer-Video Interfacing, Desktop Video Production Software, Digital Imaging, Education/Training, Engineering Application, Graphics Accelerator Boards-Hardware, Graphics Accelerator Boards-Software, High Performance Graphics Processors, Media/Publications, Mobile Computing, Multimedia Tools & Applications, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Networking Equipment, Rendering & Modeling, Smartphone Application Development, Smartphone Chipset Solutions, Video Servers, Visual Effects Software, Web Graphics, Workstations

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Intel Exhibits at Booth 807

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. Today is the last day to visit the exhibit booths on the show floor. So make sure to check them out today, 9:30am-3:30pm.

Intel’s exhibit is located at booth 807.

The Intel® Software Developer Zone provides tools and resources – designed to provide the development support and business opportunities developers and software businesses need to innovate and succeed. Connect with a worldwide community of developers and Intel on all things software. Visit http://software.intel.com/ to learn more.

Intel’s products and services include: 2D Graphics, 3D Graphics, 3D Modeling, Animation, Authoring Software, Commercial Game Engines, Computer-Video Interfacing, Desktop Video Production Software, Digital Imaging, Education/Training, Engineering Application, Graphics Accelerator Boards-Hardware, Graphics Accelerator Boards-Software, High Performance Graphics Processors, Media/Publications, Mobile Computing, Multimedia Tools & Applications, Multimedia Tools and Applications, Networking Equipment, Rendering & Modeling, Smartphone Application Development, Smartphone Chipset Solutions, Video Servers, Visual Effects Software, Web Graphics, Workstations

For more information about SIGGRAPH, visit their website at http://s2017.siggraph.org/.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | ACM Student Research Competition

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

ACM Student Research Competition
LOCATION & HOURS
ACM SRC Final Presentation

Room 402 AB
Wed, 2 Aug, 3:45-5:15 pm

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. SIGGRAPH 2017 hosts an ACM Student Research Competition, which takes place in two stages. In the first stage, a panel of distinguished judges views the SRC posters during the poster sessions and selects six semi-finalists. These semi-finalists present their work to SIGGRAPH 2017 attendees during the ACM SRC Final Presentation. At the end of the presentations, the judges announce the first-, second-, and third-place winners in the undergraduate and graduate categories. First-place undergraduate and graduate winners go on to the Student Research Competition Grand Finals.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | CG in Canada

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The CG in Canada event takes place Thursday, August 3, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

This session reviews the state of CG and entertainment technology in Canada, focusing on the country’s two big 2017 anniversaries: Montréal (375) and Canada (150). Prominent events and ongoing projects are reviewed. Refreshments provided.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Join the IRC in 2017

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The Join the IRC in 2017 event takes place Thursday, August 3, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

Informal overview of the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee, its year-round activities, and the International Center at the annual SIGGRAPH conference. Are you a planetary citizen interested in the state of computer graphics across the globe? Are you an avid professional looking for new challenges and ways to learn novel things? Come and learn more about this international committee.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | Silicon Valley Kids: Get-Together for Young Entrepreneurs

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The Silicon Valley Kids: Get-Together for Young Entrepreneurs event takes place Wednesday, 2 August, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

Attention young CG professionals! If you are under 30 and work in the CG industry or are starting your own animation studio, app, or game, here’s your opportunity to see who’s where doing what in the gaming, film, and animation industries. Connect, chat, and network with young people who share your goals and interests!

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | CG in Africa + Middle East

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The CG in Africa + Middle East event takes place Wednesday, August 2, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

Learn what’s happening on the computer graphics scene in these historical regions. Network with international professionals and discover computer graphics projects.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at http://s2017.siggraph.org/acm-siggraph-theater-events.

Venue:
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA

LOCATION & HOURS
Exhibition

South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers