Obviously, no one watches porn video,s but the adult industry represents 30% of internet bandwidth with a greater visitor count than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. The French artist Hierophante, who specializes in social satire, made a short video depicting all the cliché of porn videos.
Apple has announced new 13.3″ and 15.4″ MacBook Pros which include 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Cor processors. The top-tier 15.4″ version is equipped with eight cores. This is the first time a MacBook Pro has been available with eight cores. The eight-core processors are only available on the 15.4″ models, but it can also be … Continued
At NAB 2019, we got our first look at the Sound Devices Scorpio, their premium portable mixer-recorder and it is now shipping. The Sound Devices Scorpio retails for $8,995 USD. Visit www.sounddevices.com/products/scorpio for more information and detailed specifications.
The Vibesta Peragos is a brand new series of compact lights that offer high levels of brightness, full RGBWW control, built-in cine effects library, high speed flash sync and wireless control. There are three different versions of the light available. A RGBWW version, a Bi-color version, and a high output daylight version. All three versions … Continued
Now Android users can (for the most part) edit video on their smartphones, too, with Adobe Rush.
First, let’s clear up the point of Adobe Rush. It’s not a full-featured editing software. Honestly, coming from something like Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro would probably be a detriment to workflow because it’s quite limiting in features that are standard in the aforementioned programs. But, if you’re using mobile devices for content production and editing and delivery and you’re not editing the next Ben-Hur, then Rush makes sense (especially because it’s free). I’ve used it between my iPhone X and my MacBook Pro, and for basic stuff, like jump cuts and simple titling and quick, 10 to 20-minute delivery, it works fine.
I think the key is to not treat a Rush project with too much care.
If you embrace the “rush”ness of Adobe Rush, then the software starts to make a lot more sense.
It’s about time, though, that it came out for Android. Except…it only kind of came out for Android.
Initial client inquiries can set the tone for the entire interaction and can often dictate whether or not you’ll end up closing the sale. This great video shows a simple trick that can help set up every client interaction to be more successful right off the bat.
Though the Canon EOS RP is certainly limited in some respects, it remains a highly affordable full frame mirrorless camera and thus, an intriguing option of any photographer who is looking for a full frame camera at a budget-friendly price. Is it right for you? This excellent and balanced review takes a look at the camera.
All DIY filmmakers should think about adding these important (and usually affordable) tools to their kits.
There are some basic tools that every filmmaker needs, whether you’re working on a big Hollywood production or a small indie film. And in most cases, you’ll be able to find them in a basic hardware store at a cheap price.
Indy Mogul interviewed their site co-founder and famous do-it-yourselfer Erik Beck to get his top recommendation for tools every filmmaker needs. Watch the video below.
Basic hardware tools
A quick trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot will get you squared away with a set of hex keys, an adjustable wrench, and a screwdriver with both flathead and Phillips-head options.
Beck also suggests keeping something like a Leatherman Skeletool on your person for a compact, multitool option. In your car, you can keep items like a moving blanket available.
Along with tools you’ll be utilizing on set, there are items you’ll need for the production as a whole, like your basic tables, chairs, and dollies/hand trucks.
Learn how to smooth things out with Beauty Studio from Borix FX.
What is Beauty Studio?
When you’re retouching a single photograph, isolating an area of skin is usually pretty straight forward. When that area is slowly moving its position over the course of several hundred photos, however, things can prove more difficult.
The Beauty Studio Filter from Boris FX simplifies the art of retouching and applying digital makeup to video via a basic two-step process of isolating and smoothing. It’s available for purchase as a standalone product, in an Image Restoration pack, or with the full Continuum suite of products. The most budget-friendly option is the annual subscription.
For this tutorial I’ll be using Beauty Studio inside of Adobe After Effects. However, this filter works with a number of other software applications, including:
- Adobe Premiere Pro
- Avid Media Composer
- FCP X (Motion 5) – Continuum 11 version only
- VEGAS Pro
Now let’s have a closer look at how it works.
This is the first episode in photographer Tommy Reynolds new YouTube series entitled “A Portrait of…” featuring his wonderful and warm friend, Holly-Ann Dennis.
The trigger features 5 dedicated group setting buttons on top and 3 function buttons on the back that allow photographers to make adjustments quickly — by comparison, the X1T featured fewer buttons and required more adjustments to be made through the display.
The dial on the device has been moved to a lower position on the bottom left-hand corner, allowing more of the back to be used for the larger LCD panel.
Godox has introduced Bluetooth support in the X2T. Photographers can use iOS and Android smartphones and tablets to connect to the trigger. Then, using the GodoxPhoto app, you’ll be able to control flash mode, power output, modeling light mode, the beep, and more, all from your smart device.
A new scan setting in the trigger helps to automatically detect the optimal channel that has the least interference.
On the bottom of the trigger is a new hot shoe quick-lock system that replaces the tightening wheel.
Other features and specs of the X2T include a minimum power output of 1/256 and 1/10 step adjustments, TTL support, 5 groups, 32 channels, 99 wireless IDs, 1/8000s high-speed sync, multiflash mode, manual mode, one-shot/multi-shot settings, firmware upgrades via USB-C, wireless triggering by 3.5mm sync cord jack, 2xAA battery power, flash exposure compensation, and a weight of 3.17oz (90g).
The Godox X2T trigger will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, and Pentax. No word yet on pricing or availability, but the X1T currently costs around $40 from various retailers.
Winner of a VR Award at the Venice International Film Festival in 2018, and soon available on Steam, The Isle of the Dead, from French author Benjamin Nuel, is another step in the right direction for VR.
Written by Benjamin Nuel and Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat, produced by Oriane Hurard, a coproduction of the French cinematography company Les Produits Frais, and ARTE France, this new VR short film included in the ARTE 360 VR collection is a good example of the potential Virtual Reality has to tell stories in a completely new way. The 8 minute experience will be available on Steam, for free, on May 29th, and all you need to admire this “animated version” of the famous painting is a HTC Vive VR headset.
The Isle of the Dead was painted by Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin, who produced six different versions of the mysterious painting between 1880 and 1886. It combines the pictorial influences of Symbolism and Romanticism, and for the first time in the history of art, depicts death as an island. The painting Isle of the Dead captivated Lenin, Hitler and Freud, and inspired Marguerite Yourcenar, Dali, Scorsese and H. R. Giger, while fascinating an audience of millions around the world, with thousands of reproductions sold in different formats and often found in the bourgeois interiors of the early XXth century. Freud had a reproduction of the painting in his office, as did Lenin. Hitler bought the third original version to display at the new Reich Chancellery in 1940. Different scholars have tried to explain the spell the picture casts on its viewers, and this film in VR is not the first documentary about the subject.
VR offers the most immersive voyage
There is also a 360 degree exploration of the theme, part of a series dedicated to the discovery of Swiss painters, produced by RTS (Radio Television Suisse) and created by DNA Studios, with the voice of Yann Marguet. The 5-minute documentary, from 2017, “Hors-Cadre : Isle Of The Dead” represents a new way to approach this famous work that has inspired many filmmakers, artists and cartoonists throughout the years.
The Virtual Reality universe present in Benjamin Nuel’s approach, though, is the one that most effectively takes viewers to the gates of the underworld. Put your VR headset on and you’re about to enter a journey like no other. Are you ready for your ultimate journey? In Greek mythology, Charon – or Karon – ferries the deceased across the river Styx to the world of the dead. That’s what this short animated VR film invites you to do.
Rachmaninoff’s symphony envelops you
The journey begins in your cosy, modern-day flat. All of a sudden, everything around you starts to crumble: the partitions crack and the walls collapse, engulfed in the dark water of the end of days. Charon is waiting for you. It’s at this moment that you understand how VR opens the path to new experiences that you could not have on a screen or even on a 3D theater. Because the universe created is all around you, as if you’re taking the barge to The Isle of the Dead. Like in other examples mentioned here at Provideo Coalition before, “you are virtually there”.
Sergei Rachmaninoff composed a symphonic poem, Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 (1909), inspired by a black-and-white print of the painting. Rachmaninov’s powerful symphony envelops you, in the VR short film, as you settle in the ferryman’s boat for a mesmerising crossing to the place you won’t come back from.
Keeping the mystery of The Isle of the Dead
The voyage ends near the stairs that lead to the island. Benjamin Nuel said, in one article published by French newspaper Libération “I did not want to enter the painting and I did not feel authorized to show an angle that the author had not imagined”. In doing so he maintains the mystery of the painting, while offering the public a new, refreshing perspective of Arnold Böcklin’s masterwork.
Born in 1981 in Saint Etienne, Benjamin Nuel navigates since his beginnings between traditional cinema and the art of video games. His project HOTEL, video game become web-series and feature film, has been broadcast on Arte (web and antenna) and in fifty or so various events in several countries. Since then, he has made another video game The Reversal, always with Arte Web. He continues with several short fiction, traditional or in virtual reality, broadcasted in festivals, and co-produced by Orange VR experience, Arte 360, Canal + and France 2.
Available for Oculus Rift and Samsung GEAR
The astonishing 8-minute experience that has already won international awards including Best VR Story at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, will be available on Steam this month of May, for HTC Vive headsets. The film is also available for Samsung GEAR and Oculus RIFT. It is one of three short films in VR coming this month from ARTE France, all centered on painters. One explores Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s intriguing painting Children’s Games, while the second is titled Claude Monet – The Water Lily obsession. Two more reasons to look at VR production applied to a new generation of documentaries.
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“Game of Thrones” is huge. We know that. But now we have the numbers to back it up and talk about its finale.
The past eight years of Game of Thrones has introduced us to must-see television. Each episode was surrounded by spoilers and audience reactions. The Red Wedding trended on Twitter for like a week. It was absolute insanity. But now the website Reel Good has aggregated all of the seasons of Game of Thrones and come up with some interesting infographics that show us which seasons were the favorites, which got the best ratings, and which ones the audience didn’t embrace.
Given all the chatter about GoT ending, we thought it was a good time to dive into the numbers. If you need to get caught up on Game of Thrones, watch all eight season in under two minutes.
It’s rare to see real revolution in tripo design. Well today we got one: Peak design has just launched a compltely new kind of Tripod on Kickstarter (Click here – preorders open). Here is just a small part of what…
Have you always wanted to photograph live concerts, but are anxious about how to start? Were you recently hired for your first concert photography gig, but don’t still looking for more ideas on how to capture great moments of the show? Well look no further, and keep reading.
Wide angle lenses aren’t as easy to use as a lot of photographers think. They shrink the background and give the foreground strange proportions. They include all sorts of distractions from the scene in front of you, plus a lot of negative space. And yet… used right, wide angle lenses are incredible tools. This 7.5-minute video and article explain the ins and outs of using your wide angle for maximum effect.
One of the most important things about wide angle lenses is their potential for extreme negative space in your photo.
The sky, fields, oceans, and so on – wide angle lenses cover such a huge area that they fill the frame with emptiness in a lot of scenes. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it isn’t always your goal, either.
Negative space, of course, conveys its own emotions: isolation, loneliness, the smallness of your subject in the world. If those emotions are part of your goal, by all means, embrace the negative space inherent in wide angle lenses.
On the other hand, a lot of photographers want to fill the frame with their subject most of the time (or at least not surround it in a field of nothing). Wide angle lenses can do that, but it’s only easy to do so in certain scenes. To avoid large regions of emptiness, you may need to get close to your subject or even just zoom in.
For example, the following scene (shot at 20mm) has way too much empty space in it, which is why it doesn’t work:
The only way around it here was to zoom in to 70mm, where the photo is a lot better:
Capture the Whole Scene
This one is a bit more controversial, but it’s extremely relevant to the topic of wide angle lenses: they let you “fit everything in” – capture the entire scene in front of you at once.
It’s controversial because it can lead to thoughtless compositions. Some first-time wide angle users will set 14mm, stand at a beautiful landscape, and fire off photo after photo. The logic? Beautiful place → capture the whole thing → guaranteed success.
And, truthfully, that is a valid method for capturing good photos in certain cases. If there’s a rainbow in front of you, and you want the whole thing in your photo, a wide angle is precisely the tool for the job. The same is true for subjects like the Milky Way, awesome clouds overhead, and – like in the video – slot canyons.
Of course, if your default reason for using a wide angle lens is to capture the whole scene, it’s probably a bad idea. The “whole scene” often contains distractions that take away from the photo, not add to it.
In other words, unlike medium or telephoto lenses, wide angles have a hard time isolating the meat of the scene in front of you. That’s fine if there’s nothing annoying to be captured (your shadow, telephone poles, etc.), but it’s often just not the case. Wide angle lenses will add plenty of distractions if you’re not careful, just because they add a lot of everything.
The closer you get to your subject, the more exaggerated its proportions will appear.
This is actually true regardless of the lens you use. Perspective distortion is caused by your position, not your lens. But the problem with wide angles is that you need to get extremely close to your subject in order for it to fill the frame. Hence, you’ll have an easy path to stretched-out corners and strange proportions.
You might like this distortion effect, but for a lot of photographers, it’s a novelty rather than a goal for most photos. This means you need to choose your subjects wisely with a wide angle or stand farther back when you photograph them (making for more negative space)!
If you photograph something like sand dunes or slot canyons, this perspective distortion probably won’t look unnatural, just because your subject is already somewhat abstract. It will often be a very good thing, even, since it emphasizes an interesting foreground. But for people’s faces, manmade structures, and certain natural elements like trees, it can be a big concern. Strange proportions will stand out to a viewer and potentially overwhelm the rest of your photo’s message.
And it works both ways. When you exaggerate the foreground, you also shrink the background by comparison. Even a major subject on the horizon can start to look smaller than normal unless you’re essentially at the base of a mountain. That’s fine sometimes, like when your foreground is your subject, and the background doesn’t matter as much. However, if the background is the most important part of your photo, a wide angle may not work as well as you’d like.
Handholding a Wide Angle
A final point I’d like to note: Wide angle lenses generally work better handheld than longer lenses do, especially if they have image stabilization or are used on a camera with IBIS.
Because wide angle lenses don’t magnify blur from camera shake as much as telephotos, you can use a longer shutter speed handheld and still capture sharp photos. That’s a big deal in a landscape like the slot canyons, where it can be tricky to bring along a tripod just because it’s already such a tight squeeze. (Though I’ll still argue that the benefits of a tripod outweigh the issues!)
On top of that, assuming you stand in place, wide angle lenses have more depth of field than telephotos. So, you can use a wider aperture like f/5.6 or f/8 rather than f/11 or f/16, while still capturing enough depth of field in your shot.
A lot of landscape photographers use a tripod for almost everything, so these benefits aren’t as important. But if you’re more of a lightweight traveler, or you’re taking pictures somewhere that doesn’t allow tripods, wide angles can make your life a lot easier.
I hope you found these tips to be useful and found some inspiration in the video’s scenery. Wide angle lenses don’t always work well, but when they do, they can give your photos a sense of three-dimensionally and depth that can be hard to capture any other way.
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About the author: Spencer Cox is a nature photographer and writer for Photography Life. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Cox’s photos have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History from 2015-2016 and galleries in London, Siena, and Beijing.
YouTuber Guy Jones, who specializes in sharing historical images, footage, and audio, has uploaded a new video highlighting street photography from 1838 to 2019. The video provides viewers with a curated look at street photography from past generations, including images of New York City, London, Paris, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Francisco, and other destinations.
According to a note on the video, all of the images have been remastered and color adjusted. A full list of audio accompanying the images can be found in the video’s description. Viewers interested in seeing other similar content can find a huge catalog of historical images through the Library of Congress website.
Chinese flash manufacturer Godox has released details of an updated trigger that will have a redesigned button layout, a larger display panel and Bluetooth to allow flashes to be controlled from a smartphone.
The Godox X2T has the same hotshoe for shoot-through flash as the X1T, but now has individual buttons for each flash group on the top panel to make selection and adjustment quicker and easier. The control dial has also been moved to the base of the unit, to make it accessible to the photographer’s left hand.
Other new features include a wider display panel with a new and clearer user interface, as well as a quick-lock for the foot instead of the old locking wheel. A scanning setting automatically detects the most secure channel, and Bluetooth support allows users to control and trigger their flash units using the GodoxPhoto app on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
As before, the trigger will be compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus/Panasonic and Pentax cameras and their respective TTL systems. The X2T uses 2.4GH for a wireless control range of up to 100m, and can operate across 32 channels with 99 wireless ID settings. It has a USB socket for firmware updates and is powered by two AA batteries.
The company has yet to reveal pricing or when it intends to begin shipping, but you can find more information on the Godox website.