DJI’s Most Unique Product Yet

DJI's Most Unique Product Yet

We currently know DJI as one of the leading drone companies in the world. Recently, DJI has been releasing consumer products like the Osmo Pocket and Osmo Action, but their latest product is called the RoboMaster S1.

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DJI RoboMaster S1 – Intelligent Educational Robot

DJI has just announced the RoboMaster S1 Intelligent Educational Robot. The RoboMaster S1 aims to educate users on science, math, physics & programming. The RoboMaster S1 features a number of built-in AI modes, including line recognition, vision marker recognition, individual recognition, clap recognition, gesture recognition and S1 robot recognition. In addition to the programming education, … Continued

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Musicbed Challenge – $80K in film grants & gear up for grabs

Musicbed has just announced the first ever Musicbed Challenge, a short film competition with prize packages totalling more than $80,000 in film grants and gear. The competition is free to enter and closes on July 9. Musicbed will provide pre-selected songs for each category and entrants will be required to use at least 10 seconds … Continued

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Sony announces two new Super-Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Sony has just announced two new super-telephoto full-frame FE lenses, the FE 600mm F4 GM OSS & FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS. This now brings Sony’s E-mount lens line up to 33 full-frame models and 51 lenses in total. B FE 600mm F4 GM OSS The FE 600mm F4 GM OSS becomes Sony’s longest reaching … Continued

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What Happens if There’s No Gaffer on Set? (Hint: Bad Things)

There are lots of titles in the credits of films, but today we want to cover the gaffer and make sure you know why they are on set and what they do!

If you’re like me and sit through the credits, you may notice a lot of different jobs on set. Today, I wanted to take a look at a video that covers the gaffer specifically. Gaffers are not just the namesake of some wonderful tape, they do one of the most important jobs on set.

Gaffers help define the look and feel of everything you watch.

In this video from Vanity Fair, master gaffer Andy Day takes through a day-in-the-life of a gaffer, revealing how sets are lit for the screen, as well as the lighting techniques he uses to make actors look great.

What’s a Gaffer?

On film and television crews, the gaffer, or chief lighting technician, is the head electrician. Gaffers are responsible for coming up with a plan to light every scene in your movie or TV show. They have to know every detail about the production and work in concert with the cinematographer and director to help achieve a consistent look and feel.

Why are they called gaffers?

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How ‘Moonlight’ Uses Cinematography to Wreck Us Emotionally

How do camera placement, lighting, and eyeline all cooperate to create emotion in a movie?

There might not be a better film to explore these multiple elements than Oscar-winning drama, Moonlight.

In this video from TIFF Originals, director of photography James Laxton takes viewers through a single scene in the movie, specifically the moment where adult Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) reunites with Kevin (André Holland). Laxton explains the choices made to convey the scene’s tone and shares some behind-the-scenes details.

Watch the clip below.

Lighting

From the opening of the scene, as Chiron approaches the diner, lighting is at play. Laxton placed lights within a tree to cast dappled shadows on the character as he walked beneath, creating entirely new visual interest from the very first second.

Outside the diner, the bulbs were changed to give a more blue hue. Inside, much of the lighting is practical and natural, coming from golden, warm hanging lamps and overhead lighting.

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Freedom of speech-WikiLeaks-First Amendment-Julian Assange

In CapicúaFM’s episode 42 (in Castilian), Ecuadorian attorney Viviana Paredes and I discuss the concerning situation regarding our freedom of speech, the US Constitution’s First Amendment, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, its founder. There are now four countries which are pushing and pulling his fate. Those countries include his homeland of Australia, the South American country of Ecuador (which protected Assange in its London Embassy for almost seven years before changing its mind right before NAB 2019), the United Kingdom (where Assange is currently in jail) and Sweden. Right after the US State Department added an additional 17 new charges against him at the end of May, suddenly many of the US media outlets that were previously against Assange suddenly now want to protect him, and have begun doing so. We also play and comment about Spaniard attorney Baltasar Garzón Real’s statement… and much more.

 

 

The award-winning CapicúaFM show resides at CapicúaFM.com. I plan to cover this topic in English too, as soon as any of the invitees respond.

 

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A Sharpness Test Between the Canon 5Ds and Sony a7R III

A Sharpness Test Between the Canon 5Ds and Sony a7R III

Does it even make sense to compare these high-megapixel cameras? Does it even matter which one you choose when it comes to picture quality? As it turns out, not really.

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Cine Gear: The Panasonic 6K Full-Frame Lumix S1H

This camera, according to Panasonic, is designed especially for film production. The LUMIX S1H is more than a mirrorless camera from Panasonic. Oh no, this camera, which was only teased at Cine Gear Expo 2019 and under plexiglass, appears to be feature rich and built for success in Panasonic’s portion of the mirrorless market they have carved out for themselves.

The LUMIX S1H is the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K, and it combines the video quality of a professional camera and the high mobility of a mirrorless camera.  With this new model Panasonic now offers three choices in the LUMIX S series: the S1R, the S1, and the new S1H. The LUMIX S1R is ideal for capturing high-resolution images, while the LUMIX S1 is an advanced hybrid camera for high-quality photos and videos, and the LUMIX S1H is designed especially for film production.

Lumix S1H
This camera was under plexiglass but you can read as well as I can and 240fps at ISO 204800 is… well… astounding if true

To many customers, the new S1H model suggests the Panasonic is not afraid to have a mirrorless camera marketed along-side the Panasonic EVA1 or VariCam LT. Personally, I think many are missing the point between a dedicated video camera like either the EVA1 or VariCam LT versus the Lumix S1H. To me, the Lumix s1H is a companion camera which can breakout on its own during long production shoots if needed. If I was a dedicated Panasonic shooter, and their cameras definitely seem ideal for Doc / News work, then a Lumix S1H would be my “B” or “C” camera in my kit. In many ways, this is exactly what Sony or Blackmagic have done, just with fewer features in their smaller less expensive camera options

Things to think about with the news of Panasonic’s Lumix S1H. Panasonic went on camera and called the S1H a 10-bit camera but did not give specifics in person while they do state the camera will be 10-bit at 4K online. I also talked to other video shooters reporting at Cine Gear and we all ran into a little bit of confusing details coming from Panasonic. I say we wait and see exactly what Panasonic decides to put into the Lumix S1H. At the least, this will be a popular camera for those wanting to drop $4,000 for the S1H.

Lumix S1H

  • High resolution up to 6K for multiple formats
    Maximizing the use of the pixels in the full-frame image sensor, the LUMIX S1H, as a digital camera, has achieved 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio) or 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) video recording for the first time in the world.*1 It is also the world’s first full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera*1 to enable 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K *2*3 video recording. It accommodates a variety of recording formats like 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. Its high-resolution data can also be used to create 4K videos with higher image quality or to crop images in 4K.
  • Rich gradation and a wide color space virtually equal to those of cinema cameras
    The LUMIX S1H features V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops, which are virtually the same as those of the Panasonic Cinema VariCam, allowing it to precisely capture everything from dark to bright areas. So much so, that the color and even the texture of human skin are faithfully reproduced. Designed under consistent color management, the S1H’s recorded footage is compatible with V-Log footage recorded by VariCam or the LUMIX GH5/GH5S.
  • High product reliability that allows unlimited video recording
    In every S1H recording mode, video can be recorded non-stop under the certified operating temperature so the user can concentrate on shooting.

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This Might Be the Most Beautiful Video of the Great American Solar Eclipse

Behold! The Great American Solar Eclipse in all its glory.

Remember the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017? I do. Its path crossed 20 minutes north of my hometown, so my whole family gathered on my rooftop patio with $15 eclipse glasses to watch the sun disappear to near totality.

I’ll never forgive myself for not making the very short trip to actually experience and photograph the solar eclipse when it reached complete totality, but thanks to a select number of talented photographers and videographers, I can bear witness in the next best way: through their work.

Using over 12 cameras in 4 separate locations, photographer Phil Hart managed to capture the incredible event and turn his images into an unforgettable timelapse of one of the coolest occurrences in the cosmos (that we can see with the naked eye…with protection.)

Moon in Motion was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick for its stellar imagery. Check it out below.

It should go without saying, but a lot of preparation went into Hart’s project, and he documented the massive undertaking on his blog.

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A to Z of Photography: Daguerrotype and Frederick Douglass

A to Z of Photography: Daguerrotype and Frederick Douglass

Following along on the path of the ABCs of photography, we reach D and the process that kicked off photography in the first place: the Daguerrotype. But what or who will join such an auspicious and founding technique?

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The Biggest Advantages of Being a Professional Photographer

The Biggest Advantages of Being a Professional Photographer

Being a professional photographer these days is not easy. Everyone with a camera is out to make money, and the industry is saturated. However, despite this, there are some serious — and sometimes serendipitous — perks to the job.

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Skylum Luminar 3.1.1 update brings speed improvements and new features

Skylum has updated its photo editing software Luminar to version 3.1.1, bringing improvements and new features to both the Windows and Mac versions of the application. The company says the new version of its software improves navigation on Windows and Mac by enabling users to right-click on an image and go straight to the folder in which it is stored.

For Windows users, right-clicking on an image also now presents the option to view other images that were taken on the same day. Skylum presents these two features as a way to easily find other content that may be related to a current project, such as other images taken during the same photo shoot.

For Mac users, Luminar version 3.1.1 can create albums faster and now supports changing the software’s language independent of the operating system’s settings. Both the Windows and Mac versions of the software have received launch time improvements, as well, drastically reducing the software’s startup time.

Luminar version 3.1.1 is available now. Windows users can find the update by clicking ‘Help > Check for update’ in the top toolbar; Mac users can update by clicking ‘Check for updates’ in the Luminar 3 menu option in the system’s top bar.

This is Why Macs Are Slower Than PCs

If you’re in the market for a desktop computer or laptop to do some serious photography work on, you might want to watch this 10-minute video first. Tech presenter Linus Sebastian of Linus Tech Tips explains why the thermals of Apple’s Mac products generally make them perform slower than rival PC equivalents on the market.

In 2018, Apple’s new top-of-the-line MacBook Pro caused a stir when reviewers found that heat issues caused major slowdowns that brought performance down to the level of lower-tier models. Apple then responded by saying that the CPU throttling was being caused by a software bug, and the fix did bring performance gains in official tests.

But in the video above, Linus argues that heat and CPU throttling are still big issues across many of Apple’s Mac products. In his own tests, he found that running a 2018 Mac mini and 2018 MacBook Pro in a custom chill box resulted in significantly better performance:

While most competitor laptops on the market also thermal throttle, many of them do so to a lesser degree. And Linus believes that these throttling issues are intentional design decisions.

“We found that even with better cooling, temperatures were the same,” Linus says. “So Apple took advantage of the extra thermal headroom by keeping the fans low for as long as possible instead of attempting to boost the CPU’s performance for longer.

“I get it. Nobody wants their fans to ramp up like a jet engine just because they loaded a big file in Photoshop that made the CPU work for five seconds, but if we’re running an all-core load, we’re hitting 90 plus degrees for more than that, the system needs to kick its fans into overdrive in order to protect itself.”

By prioritizing the design and aesthetics of its products, Apple has made compromises in the area of performance that PC rivals don’t make (to the same degree), Linus argues. And instead of Apple going with slower processors that are more suited for the form factors and designs, Linus believes that it’s marketing that drives Apple to choose faster processors that do throttle.

“Remember: a slower CPU that doesn’t throttle is not slower than a faster one that does,” Linus says.

What this means for professional photographers and creatives is that while your Apple Mac product may look sexy, you may be able to have a noticeable increase in performance by going for a better-cooled and less-throttled PC equivalent.

One big exception to this warning may be Apple’s newly announced and completely redesigned Mac Pro, which starts at over $6,000 and can cost well over $40,000 when fully loaded. This time, Apple has made it a point to create “a state-of-the-art thermal architecture” that allows the up-to-28-core processor to run at full strength continuously.

Apple had previously apologized for the failures of its trash can-shaped Mac Pro in 2017 while promising “something great” for professionals. If the refreshed Mac Pro is an indication of Apple’s new priorities, we may soon see new levels of performance out of the MacBook Pro line as well.

(via Linus Tech Tips via Fstoppers)

OPPO patents foldable phone with pop-up camera

Back in February at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, we saw the launch of a new form factor for smartphones: several manufacturers showed phones with folding displays, including Samsung with the Galaxy Fold and Huawei with the Mate X.

OPPO’s foldable prototype got less media coverage but the company had already filed for a foldable-phone-patent with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) back in October 2018. Now the patent has been published, including several design sketches and full color renders.

The new design’s stand-out feature is the pop-up camera that allows for reduced bezel sizes and means that pictures and videos can be recorded in both in the phone’s folded and unfolded states. Additionally, the camera hardware could be used for selfie-shooting although camera control and image processing would likely have to be modified for front camera use.

As this is a design patent no specs are available but, like with the MWC prototype, the screen folds outwards and there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung’s foldable phone has been delayed indefinitely due to technical issues and the Mate X has not made it into shops yet. This said, it’s likely a temporary delay and it’s only question of time before consumers will hold foldable phones in their hands. We are looking forward to seeing how other manufacturers will design camera implementations for the new form factor and how the design can help take mobile photography to the next step.

IFH 323: Creating Emotional Storytelling in the Edit with Sven Pape

Creating Emotional Storytelling in the Edit with Sven Pape Today on the show we Sven Pape. Sven is an A.C.E. Award-nominated editor who cut for James Cameron, Mark Weber, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and James Franco. We get into the weeds on editing, storytelling, the business of editing and much more. Oh, did I mention Sven worked…

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Is Fujifilm Planning More Craziness for the X-Pro3?

Is Fujifilm Planning More Craziness for the X-Pro3?

Fujifilm is due to roll out a new version of its slightly odd rangefinder hybrid later this year. How is it going to improve on the X-Pro2, which sensor will it boast, and will it really feature 5-axis in-body stabilization?

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Trackpad & mouse support arrives to iOS and iPadOS

Although Apple omitted it from the WWDC keynote last week, several beta testers of iOS 13 and iPadOS have now confirmed and demonstrated that trackpad and mouse support has finally arrived to both, without need of jailbreaking. This has been something that many people (including me) have requested for a long time. They have also confirmed that it works both via USB or wireless Bluetooth, and can trigger Siri Shortcuts, which are like macros. One proved that it even works with an external monitor with the current leading pro video editing app for iOS, LumaFusion, which I have covered before. Ahead are some embedded videos and my initial comments.

Above, iDP’s Mouse support on iPadOS: This changes everything!

At about 5:20, RocYe begins to demonstrate the LumaFusion video editor.

 

 

 

In a Tweet in Castilian (above), Ricky Fernández discovered that his Logitech K600TV (Amazon) keyboard/trackpad is also completely compatible with his iPad running iPadOS beta.

My initial comments

As some of the creators clarify in the videos, this is still beta, and very likely to be polished by Apple before final release of the iOS 13 and iPadOS in the fall (autumn) (Northern Hemisphere of Planet Earth). The prior lack of trackpad/mouse support on iOS has been the reason why many people have rejected the possibility of using an iPad (Pro) instead of a traditional laptop, especially on a large external monitor (Chromebooks have supported this for years). Now that trackpad/mouse support and proper external hard drive support are now here in iOS and iPadOS (for beta testers) and coming soon (for the rest of us), the remaining three questions we must all ask ourselves are:

  1. Are your favorite apps already available for iOS/iPadOS (or is there an alternative app you’d consider)? Some may consider using LumaFusion instead of their current application on a conventional computer. Others might consider Premiere Rush. I personally would need my favorite multitrack audio app, Hindenburg Journalist (Pro), to exist for iPadOS before I’d consider it.
  2. Is the largest iPad Pro large enough (in screen size—The current maximum is 12.9 inches) for you to use it when you are not connected to a large monitor?
  3. For those of us who have traditionally preferred a pure matte display even when not connected to an external monitor, will the premium Paperlike screen protector (Amazon) be good enough?

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