Looking to Get Into Astrophotography? Check Out This Cheap Equatorial Mount

Looking to Get Into Astrophotography? Check Out This Cheap Equatorial Mount

Astrophotography can be an incredibly rewarding and awe-inspiring photography genre to get into, but it can also requires loads of specialized equipment that is decidedly not cheap. This awesome video review takes a look at a budget option to see if it can still get great results that make it worth the cost.

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Scientists Are Using Drones to Study Tornadoes

Scientists Are Using Drones to Study Tornadoes

Tornadoes are notoriously hard to predict and to study, but better understanding the complex processes that lead to their formation is crucial to providing the sort of advance notice needed to save lives. Researchers in Project TORUS are turning to drones to better study these dangerous storms.

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Stallone in ‘Terminator 2’: How Deep Fake Could Change Movies Forever

It might be a fun game for film fans, but how will “deep fake” technology actually change the future of filmmaking?

In a viral sensation that has been bouncing around the internet, some very popular and very interesting videos have used this budding “Deep Fake” technology to superimpose different people and actors into some of our favorite film scenes.

Found by the Ultimate Action Movie Club, here’s an example of the tech at work replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous intro scene in Terminator 2 with Sylvester Stallone.

Deep Fake Videos

Created by YouTuber Ctrl Shift Face, the video seems harmless enough. It’s kind of fun to see such iconic performers juxtaposed into such a classic cinema moment. (For action movie buffs, it’s also a nice nod to a moment in Schwarzenegger’s Last Action Hero where we see a T2 poster with Stallone in the starring role).

However, once you dive deeper into the technology you can see how the potential for fake news or hoaxes to emerge, especially when it’s used to make celebrities (or politicians) appear to say or do things they never would.

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Lighting Tutorial: Don’t Let Harsh Sunlight Harsh Your Vibe

Shooting outdoors can be a huge lighting challenge, but these tips should make things a little easier.

Interiors can give you full control over the lighting of a scene, but acquiring all the necessary lighting units can be expensive. That’s why it might be financially advantageous to shoot outdoors because the sun provides all the free light you can handle (in the daytime). However, keep in mind that you have almost zero control over your light source…or do you?

In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shows you how to approach shooting in the harsh light of the sun, including how to work with modifiers, blocking techniques, and much more.

Okay, let’s take a look at Jordy’s top tips for filming in bright sunlight:

Break The 180º Rule

Not with your talent or your scene, but with your camera and the sun. Try to avoid having your camera and the sun on the same 180º plane. If the camera rig is on your actor’s front three-quarters, then have the sun on the back three-quarters. This creates depth and dimension, effectively using the sun as a backlight.

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What Is An Over the Shoulder Shot (OTS) & How Do You Use It?

The over the shoulder shot is a useful camera angle that helps put characters within a new point of view. But how can you use it in your film and tv shows?

Camera shots and angles come in all shapes and sizes. The “over the shoulder” shot is no different. Today we’re going to look at a few examples of the over the shoulder shot, look at a definition, and talk about why you would use it in your film and television shows. It’s so important it’s critical to one of the internet’s favorite meme formats:

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Can You Steal a Photographer’s Style?

Can You Steal a Photographer's Style?

Photographers can be very protective of their techniques and creative ideas, while others can be extremely open about how they work. Regardless of the process, the end result is on display for all to see. Does this mean it’s possible for others to steal a photographer’s style? This thought-provoking video examines exactly that question.

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Seven Myths About Landscape Photography That Might Be Holding You Back

Seven Myths About Landscape Photography That Might Be Holding You Back

There are lots of myths out there about photography that can end up holding you back if you listen to them, and it’s important to avoid falling prey to them. This great video discusses seven such myths in landscape photography and sets the record straight on what it’s really like.

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Removing Halos From HDR or Aggressive Photo Edits

Removing Halos From HDR or Aggressive Photo Edits

If you’ve pushed a photo edit too far in post processing, you’ve probably noticed a halo effect happening at high contrast areas of your image. If you didn’t catch it right away, here’s the trick to removing them at any time.

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Report: Apple stops development of quantum dot image sensors

Last week, shares of Nanoco Technology, a UK company specializing in quantum dot (QD) technology, dropped by nearly 80 percent after news broke that a high-volume supply-contract had been canceled by a major customer.

The Telegraph now reports this customer is Apple which has been working with Nanoco on the development of QD technology for image sensors that could have been used in future iPhone generations. According to market research firm BlueFin Research, Apple decided to stop the development of QD image sensors because it was too expensive for mass production.

Nanoco first announced a partnership with a ‘large, undisclosed U.S. listed corporation’ in 2018. In January of this year it announced the contract had been expanded to cover stress testing and refinements. According to the report, the contract had a volume of £17.1 million ($21.7 million) which is more than half of Nanoco’s total revenue.

The UK company specializes in cadmium-free QDs, which are currently predominantly used to improve image quality on TVs and other high-resolution large screens where the dots’ light-emitting properties allow for more accurate color rendering. In an image sensor Apple and Nanoco were hoping to apply the technology to enhance image quality and help with the development of advanced augmented reality features.

With QD technology off the table, it remains to be seen if Apple’s iPhone cameras will rely on more conventional technologies for the foreseeable future or if the US company has another innovative image sensor card up its sleeve.

Your Guide to Sony Autofocus Settings for Video

Your Guide to Sony Autofocus Settings for Video

Sony cameras have become a big hit among the indie filmmaking crowd due to their versatility, cost of entry, and video quality. If you’re new to these cameras or just need a refresher, here’s what you need to know about setting up autofocus for video on Sony cameras.

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BPS 048: Bulletproof: Writing Scripts that Don’t Get Shot Down

Bulletproof: Writing Scripts that Don’t Get Shot Down Today on the show we have screenwriters David and Diamond and David Weissman. Their credits include studios movies like Family Man, Evolution, Old Dogs and When in Rome. We discuss their adventures in the screenwriting trade, working with studios and their new book Bulletproof: Writing Scripts that…

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Model Gigi Hadid Claims Fair Use of Photographer’s Image as She Contributed to It by Smiling

Model Gigi Hadid Claims Fair Use of Photographer's Image as She Contributed to It by Smiling

There seems to be endless lawsuits between celebrities and photographers at the moment. Most rulings seems to fall in the photographer’s favor, however, model Gigi Hadid is challenging the case against her by claiming the image was “fair use” because she contributed to it by smiling.

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Photon is a Mini Product Photo Studio with Ultra-Flexible LED Lighting

Photon is a new modular mini studio for product photographers that features a powerful system of flexible LED lighting.

The system features special 20×20-inch (51x51cm) modules that can form the other three sides of the box. These modules feature 25 active light blocks that measure 4×4 inches (10x10cm) each, and each block has 36 LED elements. With three modules surrounding your product, you’ll have 2,700 total LED lights illuminating the scene.

What’s neat about the system is that each panel/module features its own Wi-Fi transmitter, allowing you to fully and precisely control the lighting setup using a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Light scenes can be changed with a single tap or click as you choose from various presets. The individual light blocks on each module can also be turned on and off to provide the exact light quality you’re looking for.

“The active cell structure of modules provides the ability to design complicated and untrivial lightmaps, so you can highlight the object from the new angle,” Photon says. “Playing with light has never been more creative and engaging.”

Since the lighting is from constant LEDs, you’ll be able to see and just the look on your products in real-time as you’re photographing them.

The system is modular, so you don’t need to arrange them in the shape of a small box. You can use a single module, a wall of them, or whatever arrangement you’d like.

“Object shooting equipment is often bulky, outdated and too expensive,” say Photon founder and CEO Iaroslav Neliubov. “Standard photo boxes are mostly made for an isolated object on the background, and it was still difficult to cope with the light. That’s how we got the concept of controlled light system.”

Here are some example photos captured with the help of the Photon system:

Here’s a short video introducing Photon:

Photon just launched on Kickstarter today and has already exceeded its initial goal of $25,000. If the company succeeds in bringing the product to market, a $219 contribution to the crowdfunding campaign will get you one of the first units when they ship (tentatively in June 2020).

Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Sets Awards Date

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) has announced that the MUAHS Awards honoring outstanding achievements for make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theater, will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020. The announcement was made by Julie Socash, President of IATSE Local 706. 2020 […]

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What Are ‘Parentheticals’ and When Do I Use Them in My Script?

Learning proper screenwriting formatting is essential to looking like a pro, and part of that is defining and using parentheticals correctly in your screenplays.

Working on great dialogue is hard enough. How you communicate complex emotions like sarcasm, snark, and even dictate to whom someone is talking to in a crowd of people is the next level stuff. How do you execute all of that?

Enter the screenwriter’s best friend, a parenthetical.

Parentheticals or “wrylys” are the secret weapons to make sure your intentions on the page are reflected within the story.

Understanding how they work, and how to use them is critical to getting your best work on the page. So let’s get into it!

Parenthetical definition

What is a parenthetical?

Parentheticals are words written under a character’s name in dialogue. They are often referred to as “wrylys” because they are adjectives used to describe how someone says a line or they are verbs that give an actor or actress some kind of action to do while they say the line.

These words appear in the middle of the parentheses.

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William Morris Sues WGA For “Unlawful Group Boycott”

The William Morris Endeavor (WME) has filed an antitrust lawsuit in California federal court alleging that the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has organized an unlawful group boycott against the talent agencies. For months, the WGA has been negotiating a “Code of Conduct” with the Association of Talent Agents (ATA) with the writers demanding that […]

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Syrp’s Genie Mini II portable motion control system adds USB-C and improved connectivity

Syrp has unveiled Genie Mini II, a sequel to the original pocket-sized camera motion controller introduced in 2016. The second generation model retains the same general design and features as the original, but with the inclusion of USB-C instead of micro USB, Bluetooth 4.2 instead of Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi.

The Genie Mini II offers the same portable panning functionality as the original, enabling filmmakers to capture smooth motion in real time and photographers to capture time-lapses. The motion control system supports multi-row panorama capture, offers Astro Time-Lapse and HDR modes, and offers an Ease In/Ease Out feature.

The device works with Syrp’s Genie 2 app for Android and iOS offering keyframed motion control in addition to various presets for easily initiating shooting sessions. According to Syrp, the new Bluetooth 4.2 support makes it possible for advanced users to ‘advantage of more complex, custom motion control settings and multi-row panoramas to create 360/VR images.’

The Genie Mini II, which has a total load capacity of 3.9kg (8.8lbs), is designed to sandwich between a tripod and camera. The device is powered by an internal lithium-ion battery capable of powering six hours of continuous smooth panning, an increase from the previous version’s five hours, or up to a 15-hour time-lapse, a noticeable decrease from the original’s 24-hour duration. The new model has a max 360-degree capture speed of 33 seconds.

Syrp has launched the Genie Mini II for pre-order at the same $249 price as the original model.