With the push towards larger sized sensors, I was keen to find out if there is still a demand for fixed lens Pro Camcorders with smaller sensors. All the big manufacturers, Canon, Panasonic, and Sony are all still investing heavily in developing fixed lens Pro camcorders. Some of these cameras offer 4K UHD recording at … Continued
FilmConvert, the popular film emulator plug in, has a major upgrade coming out, enticingly named Nitrate.
Back in 2017 at NAB, FilmConvert came to our attention with an impressive camera-matching demo for color grading called Cinematch. With Nitrate, FilmConvert unfurls the first enhancement of the effect plug-in since its release in 2012. For those who don’t know, FilmConvert allows editors and cinematographers to bring the grain and the color effects of their favorite Kodak and Fuji film stocks to video footage, regardless of the camera it was shot on, or the camera sensor that captured the color.
FilmCovert has been a destination plug-in for freelance shooters and editors, first because of its accuracy emulating these pro stocks, and second, for the ease with which it plays across NLEs: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut X, DaVinci, Vegas, Avid, even Photoshop. With continuous camera-specific updates, FilmConvert has only grown in power and popularity.
So how enhanced is the upgrade? Pretty enhanced, it turns out, with more colors in the plugins and a noticeably more fun user interface.
A writer’s voice helps carry the story from page to screen. What can you learn from this year’s Emmy nominated screenplays and their voices?
When you’re starting out as a writer, you need to take the time to develop your voice. Voice is that little something extra you bring to the page. It’s your point of view. The way you imbue your story with a piece of you. It might be in the dialogue, or action lines, but if you’ve read enough screenplays you know when the writer’s voice stands out.
Recently, we saw all the nominated Emmy scripts posts for download. Today, I wanted to pull three very different television scripts to show you how different voices pop off the page and accentuate the different genres of the shows.
There is no right or wrong way to write a screenplay. We know the “rules” are bullshit. Except for plant and payoff. Definitely, do that.
But let’s go over some of the best voices in the game and the lessons you can learn from each.
Take a peak inside this landscape photographer’s backpacking bag to get an idea of the camera and camping gear that you might want to bring on your next adventure.
Steven Soderbergh’s first film is still the standard-bearer for how we make indie movies.
Working with a $1.2 million budget and five weeks to shoot his debut feature (including a week of rehearsals), Steven Soderbergh once called sex, lies and videotape “the only movie I’ve ever made where I felt like I had all the money and all the time I needed.”
It’s a hard claim to believe given everything that came afterward from him; just over a decade later, after all, he was launching a big-budget studio trilogy that starred not one or two but nine or ten of the biggest names in Hollywood. But the quote less exemplifies Soderbergh’s struggle to secure funding for his ideas than it does his fierce independence in an industry that often anesthetizes even the most combative dispositions.
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Filter system manufacturer Lee has introduced a new adapter for its 100 series that allows photographers to hold two filter holders at angles to each other in a move aimed at offering more precise control of brightness across the scene. The new Lee 100 Tandem adapter fits into one of the slots of the existing 100 series holder and is able to rotate a second holder independently of the main one.
The idea is to accommodate situations in which brightness transitions in the scene work across more than one plane, and the Tandem holder can be used to position a second graduated filter at an angle to the others. The main holder can still hold two filters as well as the adapter, while the adapter holds its own holder with filter slots. Once the filters are in the right place the adapter’s position can be locked to prevent accidental movement.
Lee has also launched a new hood for the 100 system holder. The collapsible hood uses a self-supporting bellows structure and extends to shield the lens and filters loaded in the Lee 100 holder from the sun or directional artificial lighting. The hood locks on to the main holder and can be rotated independently when needed.
The Lee 100 Tandem adapter will be available from 5th August and will cost £44.50 plus tax. The Lee 100 Hood will come out on the 19th August at £208 plus tax.
For more information see the Lee Filters website.
Welcoming the latest additions to the LEE100 Family
Following on from the hugely successful launch of the new LEE100 Filter Holder earlier in 2019, LEE Filters has now introduced two new products to further enhance the system.
The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor
There are occasions when one filter holder isn’t enough, and this is when the new LEE100 Tandem Adaptor proves invaluable. Unique to the LEE Filters system, the Tandem Adaptor, which is constructed from aluminium, allows the photographer to use more than one ND grad and rotate each independently of the other, so they can be set at different angles. This allows for far more precise creative control of the exposure in complex lighting situations than one holder alone.
To fit, the first LEE100 Filter Holder is attached to the lens via the adaptor ring as normal. The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor then slides into the holder’s outermost slot, and the second LEE100 Filter Holder is attached to the adaptor. The holder closest to the lens can be used with up to three filter slots (one must be used for the Tandem), while the holder that’s attached to the Tandem Adaptor can be configured with one, two or three further filter guides.
Both holders can be rotated freely until the desired effect is achieved, and then locked in place to avoid any accidental movement of the filters.
The LEE100 Hood
Versatile and sturdy, the LEE100 Hood is fully compatible with the new LEE100 Filter Holder. Designed to shade the camera’s lens, and reduce the risk of stray light and flare spoiling the image, it can be used with up to three slot-in filters plus the LEE Filters Polariser. Constructed from a water-resistant reinforced nylon in a collapsible concertina design, it is self-supporting, with no need for intrusive and fiddly rails or guides, and can be adjusted to different angles and extensions for maximum versatility.
Simple to set up, the hood comes with an attachment ring that is affixed to the LEE100 Filter Holder via four locking tabs. The hood is then locked securely on to the attachment ring with a lever. It is then attached to the adaptor ring in the usual way.
The hood can be rotated independently of the LEE100 Filter Holder, allowing the photographer to use ND grads as normal, while still getting the most out of the hood itself. At its fullest extension, the hood can be used with lenses of around 28mm and a two-slot filter guide without the risk of vignetting. Once it is reduced to half extension, lenses as wide as around 20mm can be used without vignetting.
Simple to extend and collapse, and quick to attach and detach, the LEE100 Hood is the ideal addition to the photographer’s kit bag.
The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor is available to purchase from LEE Filters dealers from 5th August 2019, with a RRP of £44.50 ex-VAT.
The LEE100 Hood is available to purchase from LEE Filters dealers from 19th August 2019, with a RRP of £208.00 ex-VAT.
Couples photography has become more popular in the boudoir industry. It is a way to connect, interact and photograph moments between a couple to give a glimpse into their relationship. Although what happens when the couple is a pair of complete strangers?
In this short tutorial, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect lays out his “Sharpening Separation” technique: a more advanced sharpening technique that allows you to sharpen your images as much as you like without creating those dreaded halos.
As most of you already know, digital sharpening works by adding contrast to the edges of an image—darkening one side of the edge and lightening the other. It works well, giving the appearance of a sharper photograph, but a consequence is the creation of visible halos on very contrast-y edges.
This is where “sharpening separation” comes in. By using the Lighten and Darken blending modes, Dinda shows you how to separate these two aspects of the sharpening process onto their own layers, giving you more control over the final product. Instead of eliminating halos by reducing or removing the sharpening from an area entirely, you can selectively remove the halos by masking the Lighten layer without affecting the Darken layer.
Check out the full tutorial to see the trick in action or file it away for a rainy post-processing session. And if you found the tip useful, you can find more like it in the PetaPixel archives or by digging through all of PiXimperfect’s videos on YouTube.
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Petra Costa’s “The Edge of Democracy,” a Netflix documentary, takes us into the center of a decaying democracy—and it looks a little too familiar.
A democracy, like a person, is a fragile thing. It needs nourishment. It needs support. It needs not to be taken for granted. Democracy is an idea, after all, not a given—an idea that only stays alive as long as the people who believe in it do.
These are the lessons Petra Costa learned firsthand throughout the process of filming her haunting documentary, The Edge of Democracy. The film, now streaming on Netflix, chronicles Brazil’s descent into autocracy with the outraged you-are-there fervor, tenacity, and poeticism that only a citizen watching the death of her own country’s democracy can muster.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino break down how they wrote and developed Rick Dalton and the relationship between actor and director.
Developing a character that actors want to play is a real challenge. You have to draw them to the part but also work with them to build backstory and the way they’ll arc.
So how do the masters do it?
Lucky for us, Vanity Fair sat with Quentin Tarantino and Leo DiCaprio to talk about the way they developed his character in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood and how directors and actors need to work together to create memorable characters on screen.
Check out the video and let’s break it down after the jump!
How Quentin Tarantino develops characters
When Tarantino sat down to write Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, he quickly realized that to understand parts of the movie, you had to be extremely fluent in the 1950s and 60s television scene. So, he spent a lot of time immersing himself in the shows of the day and was able to start to build out this person.
You’re prepared to conduct a great interview, but does it look good?
If you are a small skeleton crew or a one-man-or-woman-band wearing many hats, it can be easy to plunk your subject in a chair somewhere and start rolling. We’ve all been there. You’re in a time-constrained situation. You don’t want to test the patience of your subject. And unfortunately, the aesthetics of your location just plain suck. You shudder, roll camera, and wonder if you can cut away from the interview and hope for the best.
Don’t hope for the best, create it!
In this video from Indy Mogul, Oscar/Golden Globes DP Casey McBeath goes over the most important 10 steps to making sure that your interview is solid visually. (With some steps that address sound and interview techniques too.)
You’ve probably already shot an interview that falls below the standards that Casey McBeath is setting above. Be comforted that the content of an interview is way more important than how cool it looks. (Unless you’re making an infomercial, in which case, looking good is about all you’ve got.)
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Ever since DJI acquired a majority stake in Hasselblad back in 2017, people have been waiting to see what the Chinese drone maker would do with their newly acquired camera company. So far, they haven’t done very much, but a Chinese patent application shows that they may be preparing to launch a clone of Hasselblad’s X1D-50c.
The patent was unearthed by Gizmodo Japan after they spotted this tweet:
One more thing, DJI is developing a new mirror less camera competing with SONY A7 series. pic.twitter.com/RQvRjk5StW
— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) August 1, 2019
But what initially seemed like your standard patent application with just a few drawings turned out to yield much more. Gizmodo writer Yuma Yamamoto dived into the Chinese patent database and found the whole design patent, complete with 3D Models that showed the “design rights” to a camera that looks nearly identical to the Hasselblad X1D-50c.
The only differences we could spot is an articulating LCD screen, and a slightly different button layout on the back that includes a joystick. Otherwise, these two cameras could legitimately be twins.
You can see the full patent application below, complete with multiple images and 3D models of the camera from all angles:
And here’s a look at all the 3D models we were able to pull from the database. As you can see, these are pretty detailed, right down to the markings on each of the buttons:
To say the cameras are similar is a vast understatement, which leaves us scratching our heads regarding what exactly DJI is playing at with this patent. Are they planning to release a more affordable version of the X1D in the Chinese market? Are they going to do what Hasselblad did with the Lunar and Stellar, releasing “premium” rebadged versions of another brand’s cameras?
I guess we’ll just have to wait to find out, but if you read Chinese and can glean any interesting information from the patent above, feel free to let us know in the comments!
Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) partnered with leading UAS Service Supplier Kittyhawk to give the government agency a much-needed overhaul to its B4UFly app. Launched in 2016, it has been used over 70,000 times. However, complaints of an antiquated user interface and difficult-to-interpret guidelines plagued the app from the very beginning.
Months of diligent work have finally come to fruition as Kittyhawk and the FAA just announced the new-and-improved version of B4UFly, free to download on both iOS and Android. ’B4UFLY is a hallmark of our commitment to ensuring drones are safely integrated into the NAS. Our partnership on B4UFLY with Kittyhawk represents the kind of public-private partnership that is essential to advance this burgeoning industry. As the skies become more crowded and UAS operations become more complex, basic airspace situational awareness, especially for the newest of fliers, will be essential,’ said Jay Merkle, Executive Director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office.
‘As the skies become more crowded and UAS operations become more complex, basic airspace situational awareness, especially for the newest of fliers, will be essential,’
This release couldn’t have come at a better time. Last week, recreational pilots were granted access to Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) giving them near real-time approval to controlled airspace. B4UFly leverages Kittyhawk’s patented airspace controller for managing real-time flight restrictions, authorizations, and guidance. It also takes advantage of the FAA’s data sources for controlled airspace, special use airspace, critical infrastructure, airports, national parks, military training routes, and temporary flight restrictions.
Based on location, B4UFly offers up straightforward guidance in the form of easy-to-interpret prompts such as ‘Good to Go,’ ‘Warning’ and ‘Do Not Fly.’ Educational guides, safety resources, and, of course, access to LAANC can also be found in the app. Plans for future improvement and usability include new capabilities for Remote ID and weather plus additional data layers for uses in public safety, natural disasters, and emergency response. As Kittyhawk’s founder and CEO, Jon Hegranes, puts it, ’While the Wright brothers had a vast and soft landing area, drone pilots face sometimes complex rules and restrictions that can change quickly. Our goal with B4UFLY is to make knowing when and how you should fly simple, quick, and reliable.’