Cine Gear 2019: Sony VENICE Firmware Updates with HFR and more

We had a chance to talk to Sony about the new firmware 4.0 for the Sony VENICE. The big news? High Frame Rates up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9 on the large-format 6K camera.

At Sony’s booth, the new  Version 4.0 high frame rate capabilities and the popular VENICE extension System were shown to those who tried to get black VENICE t-shirt swag during Cine Gear 2019. Hey, it was a cool t-shirt.

Here are the key features of the VENICE Version 5.0 firmware, designed to achieve enhanced shooting usability and efficient production workflow:

  • HFR Capabilities – Up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9.
  • Apple ProRes 4444 – Record HD videos in high image quality with SxS PRO+, without Sony’s AXS-R7 recorder. This is especially effective for HD VFX workflow.
  •  180 Degree Rotation Monitor Out– Flip and flop images via viewfinder and SDI.
  • High-Resolution Magnification via HD Monitor Out – Existing advanced viewfinder technology for clearer magnification is now extended to HD Monitor Out.
  • Improved User Marker Settings – Menu updates for easier selection of frame lines on the viewfinder.

VENICEFirmware 4.0

Will be released this June, this version includes an HFR license to support 120fps at 4K 2.39:1, 110fps at 4K 17:9, 75fps at 4K 4:3 and 60fps at 6K 3:2. The next version of the firmware will mean that the VENICE can capture three times slow motion at 24p even in 6K. Cinematographers can utilize the same camera across multiple speeds, maintaining the full-frame shallow depth of field, as well as the high picture quality of oversampling in 6K.


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The Ultimate Guide to Selling Fine Art Prints

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Did you ever want to get into the prestigious and often lucrative world of selling your photos as fine art limited edition prints, but didn’t know where to start? In this video, learn how you can get started in the fine art world of photography and start making money with your photography today.

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Cinema5D Takes a Look at the Development of the Fujifilm GFX 100

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If there’s one thing that the internet photography community loves to do, it’s call gear manufacturers out for the various “bad” design choices they make. Fujifilm’s new GFX 100 has certainly not been spared this. In this video, Cinema 5D heads over to the Fujifilm design labs to find out about the process of the design of their new flagship large (er-than-35mm) format camera.

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Sony World Photography Awards adds new 2020 category, reveals grant recipients

The Sony World Photography Awards has a new ‘Environment’ category under its Professional competition, the World Photography Organization has announced. Under this category, photographers are challenged to ‘address environmental concerns affecting the world today.’ Additionally, the 2020 Awards will also feature a new Youth competition that allows photographers ages 12 to 19 to submit up to three images per months through December 2019.

The 2020 Sony World Photography Awards kicked off its Youth competition this month; its deadlines are the last day of each month from June to December. Under the competition, photographers as young as 12 and as old as 19 can submit up to three single images each month. Every month has its own theme and will result in one winner and a shortlist.

In addition to the new Youth competition, the 2020 Awards will feature a new ‘Environment’ category in the Professional competition, which has a January 11, 2020 deadline. According to the organization, winning and shortlisted photographers will get a ‘global platform’ for showcasing their work.

The 2020 Awards will also include the Open competition with a January 7, 2020, deadline and the Student competition with a November 29 deadline.

In addition to revealing the new Environment category and Youth competition details, the organization has announced the 2019 Sony Grant recipients. In the Professional competition, 2019 Sony Grant recipients get $7,000 each alongside Sony photography gear. Recipients of the Student grant receive $3,500 each and will work together as a team to provide commissioned images.

The 2019 Sony Grant recipients are:

Professional category:

– Yan Wang Preston (UK)
– Ed Thompson (UK)
– Kohei Ueno (Japan)
– Thomas Uusheimo (Finland)

Student category:

– Joel Davies (Central St Martins, UK)
– Sam Delaware (Pacific Union College, USA)
– Tobias Kristensen (Danish School of Media & Journalism, Denmark)

You can find a gallery of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards competition in our previous coverage.

Press Release:


Sony World Photography Awards reveals new categories for 2020 and latest Sony Grant recipients

Photography’s power to capture environmental issues recognized in new dedicated category
Sony Grants awarded to four exceptional professional artists and three student talents
Youth competition restructured to give young photographers more opportunity
Exhibition tours to Japan, Italy, Germany and beyond in 2019

June 4, 2019, London: Submissions for the 13th edition of the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are now open and free for all to enter at

The 2020 Awards are marked by the introduction of an Environment category to its Professional competition, recognizing the importance of the subject for contemporary artists, and a new format for the Youth competition, to engage and reward young photographers working worldwide.

The Awards also announced today the recipients of the 2019 Sony Grant. Chosen from the winners and shortlist of the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, the Sony Grant give artists the freedom to create new bodies of work or develop long-term projects. In clear demonstration of this, a new film by 2018 Photographer of the Year Alys Tomlinson funded by her Sony Grant will be premiered at Rencontres d’Arles, France, this summer. The film is an extension of the artist’s 2018 award-winning series Ex-Voto.

Having been seen by 25,000 people in London, the exhibition of winning and shortlisted works from across the 2019 Awards will now tour internationally. Opening in Japan on June 1, the exhibition will travel to Germany, Italy, India, and Mexico giving audiences worldwide the opportunity to see the very best in contemporary photography from the past year.

Environmental issues highlighted in new Professional category

The Professional competition seeks serious bodies of work across ten diverse categories by artists working across fine art photography and photojournalism, and rewards those pushing the boundaries of what photography can do. The new Environment category will challenge artists to address environmental concerns affecting the world today and winning and shortlisted photographers are given a global platform upon which to showcase their work.

Speaking about the direct results of winning, Italian artist Federico Borella states: “Winning the 2019 Photographer of the Year title is one of the most important things for my career and my life. This kind of visibility is amazing because it allows me and my work to reach a global audience. My phone started ringing straight after the announcement and it hasn’t stopped ringing since! People want to listen to the story I want to tell. How can I ask for more?”S

Judges selected Borella as the overall winner in 2019 for a powerful photographic essay on the human effects of climate change in Tamil Nadu, India.A

New opportunity for young emerging photographers

The new Youth competition will give young photographers aged 12-19 the opportunity to enter up to three single images per month from June – December 2019. Each month will have a different theme and judges will select one winner and a shortlist per month. The seven monthly winners will then compete to be named Youth Photographer of the Year.

The monthly structure has been implemented to give emerging photographic talent more opportunity to be discovered and will be accompanied by expert advice on the monthly theme to help those entering.

In addition to the Professional and Youth competitions, the 2020 Awards includes the Open competition, rewarding outstanding single images across ten categories and the Student competition, for photography students worldwide. The National Awards program also runs in 60+ countries and celebrate local photographic talent.

The Awards are judged anonymously, giving all photographers across the world equal opportunity to be seen by juries of industry leading experts and win.

A total prize fund of $60,000 (USD) plus Sony digital imaging equipment is shared between winning photographers, with many also being flown to London to attend the annual awards ceremony. All shortlisted photographers are given exposure via the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition which opens in London before touring globally. The 2019 Awards saw 327,000 entries from 195 countries. For more details about all the competitions and categories please go to

2019 Sony Grant recipients
The World Photography Organisation and Sony are committed to supporting contemporary photographers and contributing to the further development of photographic culture worldwide.

The Sony Grants program, introduced in 2016, is open to winning and shortlisted photographers of the Awards’ Professional and Student competition. Recipients of the 2019 Professional grant are Yan Wang Preston (UK), Ed Thompson (UK), Kohei Ueno (Japan) and Thomas Uusheimo (Finland). Each receive $7,000 (USD) and Sony digital imaging equipment to create work of their choice.

The 2019 Student grant was awarded to Joel Davies (Central St Martins, UK), Sam Delaware (Pacific Union College, USA) and Tobias Kristensen (Danish School of Media & Journalism, Denmark). Each receive $3.500 (USD) and have been commissioned to create a new body of images, working as a team.

The results of all grant recipients work will be shown at the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Find out more about the Sony Grant at

2020 Competition deadlines
●Youth competition: Last day of each month from June – December, 2019
●Student competition: November 29, 2019
●Open competition / National Awards: January 7, 2020
●Professional competition: January 11, 2020

About World Photography Organisation
The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives. Working across up to 180 countries, our aim is to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with both individual photographers as well as our industry-leading partners around the world. The World Photography Organisation hosts a year-round portfolio of events including the Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, and PHOTOFAIRS, leading international art fairs dedicated to photography. For more details see


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When you go out taking pictures, you grab your camera or camera bag, you might set up a tripod, and start shooting. Often, that goes without any problems, but not always. Imagine what happens when your equipment takes an unexpected fall because something fails.

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The One Email Trick That All Photographers Should Be Doing

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Email is not going to stop being a vital tool for photographers anytime soon. It’s for this reason that you should be making the most of each and every one you send. If you want to stand out, get more work, and look professional when corresponding online, this article is for you.

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DJI teases new release for June 11th with new video posted to social channels

DJI released a 21-second teaser video ahead of their latest product release titled ‘Learn to Win.’ An official announcement will be made this Tuesday, June 11th. The world’s top drone manufacturer released the Osmo Action camera less than a month ago.

Naturally, the Internet has offered up numerous theories on the next move for DJI, who hasn’t released a consumer-grade drone since the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom at the end of August last year. One possibility is their official entry into the lucrative and growing FPV racing market with a compact, agile drone. Another potential release could be a Software Development Kit (SDK) aimed at developers and tinkerers for custom applications.

The caption on the video, first posted to YouTube, hints at the latter SDK possibility as it reads ‘DJI was built by tiredless engineers who never stopped looking for answers and pushing boundaries. Now, get ready to push yours. If you’re ready to win, be prepared to learn.’

‘DJI was built by tiredless engineers who never stopped looking for answers and pushing boundaries. Now, get ready to push yours. If you’re ready to win, be prepared to learn.’

Rumors of a Spark 2 drone, slated for summer, have also circulated and are covered in detail by DroneDJ. The Phantom 4 series is still out of stock at DJI’s official online store, though representatives for the company have gone on record stating that a logical Phantom 5 follow-up is either on hold or, alternately, there was nothing to cancel in the first place.

What Is Color, and How Does It Work in a Camera?

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Color is complicated and incredibly important to what we do as photographers. Even if we shoot in black and white, we have to know how colors will be rendered by our film/sensor in order to create contrast. Let’s dive into the technical details of what color is and how cameras capture it.

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Sony Xperia 1 sample gallery

Sony’s flagship mobile device packs some powerful imaging features, including a rear triple-cam, Eye AF and 4K HDR video recording. It seems like a natural place to find sophisticated autofocus and video capture features given its pedigree, and we were eager to take it for a spin when it arrived in the office. Take a look at how we got along.

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8 Famous Movies Banned Overseas For Ridiculous Reasons

There’s no official or objective criteria for what is or isn’t obscene. Even still, it’s understandable (though not commendable) when films get banned for promoting extremism, offending sexual sensibilities or being extremely violent.

Yet, because offense is in the eye of the beholder, every blue moon a film gets banned for reasons that are ironic, silly, or just plain odd. Here are ten movies banned overseas for ridiculous reasons.


1. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extraterrestrial is a film about children that truly understands children in part because most children take the good adults in their lives for granted and see strange adults as their enemies.

Apparently, the adults in Scandinavia don’t know that children often distrust adults or at least want to curb this, so Scandinavian governments banned children under twelve from seeing E.T. because its portrayal of adults trying to destroy Elliot’s friendship with his alien buddy could lead to children seeing adults as their enemies. God forbid that children realize that adults can do bad things.

Nordic children apparently weren’t too thrilled by this development and started precious little protests demanding that they be allowed to see a little extraterrestrial speak broken English and fly around on a bicycle – it’s a human right after all. Scandinavia’s chief film censor, Gunnel Arrback, was unmoved; she believed that the film’s storyline would traumatize children, leading one to question how Scandinavian children could be so sensitive when they live in such a brutally cold environment.

Children who protested against the age restrictions put on seeing the film may have come to the conclusion that adults are sadists intent on ruining their fun, ironic given the intent behind the ban.


2. District 9

District 9

Alongside James Cameron’s Avatar and J. J. Abram’s Star Trek, District 9 was part of a miniature trend from ten years ago that used extraterrestrials to represent a racial “other” and presented conflicts between humans and aliens to as metaphors for racial hatred.

More than the others, District 9 is intended as a rallying cry against racism against black people, which is ironic considering that it was widely interpreted as being racist against black people. A group of Nigerians in the film are portrayed as ruthless gangsters, leading the Nigerian government to see the film as an attack on their nation as a whole and ban it. While District 9 got mostly positive reviews form critics, director Neill Blomkamp and company clearly dropped the ball in a major way if their intended anti-racist movie was getting called out for racism.

Sony Pictures responded to this controversy by stating that “no offense was intended toward any country or person” and stressing that District 9 is a work of fiction, as if that somehow precluded it from being racist. The Nigerian government eventually allowed for the film to have a limited release in the country but that didn’t prevent the controversy from becoming a permanent stain on the film’s reputation.


3. Offside

Iran has a law against women and girls entering sports stadiums. The justification for this law is that if women enter sports stadiums, their delicate little ears might hear men swear. This law is minor, but it managed to inspire a well -received comedy film, Offside. Offside gently mocks the law and its effect on female sports fans through its cute story about women trying to sneak into a soccer stadium in drag to see a big match.

The film isn’t an attack on Islam, the Iranian government as a whole, or the totality of Iranian gender roles, it just gently ribs this one law. That was apparently too much for Ali Khamenei and the Iranian government who banned any screenings of the film in the country, both to try to prevent its message from spreading and for a more petty reason: to prevent the film from qualifying for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The film put its director, Jafar Panahi, on extremely poor terms with his country’s sharia law government and contributed to his later imprisonment for supposedly spreading anti-Iranian propaganda through his films. All for making some cute jokes.


4. 2012


Even a government as abusive a North Korea’s can occasionally protect its people from harm. Case in point: Kim Jong-il prevented his countrymen from seeing Roland Emmerich’s disaster of a disaster film 2012, even if he did so for self-serving reasons.

Essentially, Kim Jong-il and company wanted to have a monopoly on 2012 predictions. Emmerich’s film asserted that the (alleged) Mayan 2012 doomsday prophecies were true and that countless innocent people would be killed through tacky displays of CGI.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, however, predicted that 2012, the hundredth anniversary of the birth of their regime’s founder, Kim Il-sung, would coincide with the rise of the nation becoming a major superpower.

Because of this, the government banned the film and threatened to heavily fine and imprison anyone caught with a bootleg copy of the film. Surely, anyone whose taste in movies is so bad that they want to watch 2012 unironically probably deserves some form of punishment, but jail time in North Korea is a bit too much.