Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus T2.0 16mm & Anamorphic/i 135mm Full Frame Plus T2.3

Cooke Optics has announced that two new lenses. The S7/i Full Frame Plus T2.0 16mm and Anamorphic/i 135mm Full Frame Plus T2 will make their worldwide debut at IBC 2019. S7/i Full Frame Plus T2.0 16mm The new S7/i Full Frame Plus T2.0 16mm prime lens is the widest focal length lens in the S7/i … Continued

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Steven Soderbergh’s New Movie With Meryl Streep Has Found a Home

Let Them All Talk is heading to HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s new streaming service.

Steven Soderbergh’s new movie starring Meryl Streep got Film Twitter all excited last week when it was announced that he will be shooting it on the new RED Komodo Dragon camera. Now, we know where you can see it: HBO Max.

WarnerMedia’s new streaming service will be the home for the director’s latest, a comedy starring Oscar-winner Streep, Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Gemma Chan, and Lucas Hedges. Talk is the first feature film picked up by the upcoming streamer, and it is arguably its most high-profile get, given the awards pedigree of both its director and star, Streep. Let Them All Talk, according to the official synopsis, centers on “a celebrated author (Streep) who takes a journey with some old friends (Bergen and Wiest) to have some fun and heal old wounds. Her nephew (Hedges) comes along to wrangle the ladies and finds himself involved with a young literary agent (Chan).”

The movie is written by MacArthur Fellow and PEN / Faulkner award-winning author Deborah Eisenberg.

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‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ Director Reveals the Secrets of His Animated Film

For the acclaimed filmmaker, making Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles was a process of immersion and discovery.

Las Hurdes, Luis Buñuel’s third film, made in 1933, is as shocking in some ways as his first two films, Un chien Andalou and L’Age d’or. Shortly after the beginning of this documentary about the lives of a dangerously impoverished population in one of the most isolated, mountainous parts of Spain, a chicken’s head is ripped off. In another famous scene, a swarm of bees attacks a donkey.

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Pro Grade’s New Software Could Save You Lots of Time

Software will evaluate ProGrade Memory Cards and help you restore them to factory specs.

Media can get expensive. Especially when you’re using larger and larger media files, requiring more storage. And when a card goes bad, it does so at the worst of times. But what if you could give your media cards a check-up and know when it’s time to replace them? That’s the idea behind ProGrade’s New Refresh Pro Software. But there is a catch.

ProGrade Digital’s Refresh Pro is the best tool available to check your card’s health and refresh its performance to factory fresh condition. Refresh Pro checks key attributes of the memory card’s use history to determine how much life is remaining, (and) also cleans the way data is stored to the memory card to ensure it is optimized for the highest performance.

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RED Pushes Back on Apple Patent Challenge

It all comes down to whether RED’s Raw Patent shows not only a unique solution but a time frame indicating that as well.

The crux of Apple’s request for an “Inter partes review,” or patent challenge, of RED’s 314 patent on RedCode Raw, is that the cinema camera company merely combined the prior technologies to create a cleverly worded application surrounding their raw codec, and did not bring anything new to the patent party.

Apple cites the work of both Ari M. Presler and Molgaard, who had developed their own patented portable recording technology and lossless codec for high definition Raw video at resolutions of HD, 2K and 4K respectively. Presler had created a similar portable cinema camera system to the RED One. Molgaard, by contrast, had laid out a processing technique that would achieve nearly lossless compression optimized for data from a Bayer sensor.

“It would have been obvious to combine the specification of the SATA standard… to support the disclosed capability of Presler’s system to store compressed processed images data at a rate of at least about 23 frames per second”.

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What the ‘Friends’ Pilot Script Can Teach You About Writing Great Characters

The Friends pilot does an excellent job with using character archetypes to create a show that felt fresh and exciting. What can we learn?

When the Friends script was first written, it was impossible to know it would be a phenomenon. It was picked up by Warner Bros. TV with low-ish expectations. But that pilot lit the spark on one of the biggest TV shows of all time, with Friends airing from 1994 to 2003. The show is still one of the biggest international hits, currently the No. 1 show (syndicated) globally in most markets.

So how did Friends find so much success? It all comes down to the characters.

While most of the storylines found voices in the room, the show was pitched and sold because of the characters who inhabited the world and the potential networks saw in the hijinks that would ensure.

Let’s look at the Friends characters from the pilot script and talk about how riffs on popular archetypes made them come alive.

Read and download the Friends pilot script here!

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Canon Australia shares accidental ‘first look’ at EOS M6 Mark II, EOS 90D cameras

Canon Australia appears to have leaked two upcoming cameras – the EOS M6 Mark II and the EOS 90D, in a pair of videos posted on its YouTube channel (which have been taken down in the minutes since we started drafting this article). The two videos gave a ‘first look’ at what appear to be forthcoming mirrorless and DSLR APS-C products.

Canon Australia has since removed the videos, but Canon Rumors downloaded them before they were taken down and uploaded the videos to its YouTube channel.

Canon M6 Mark II

According to the video, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II will feature major improvements over its predecessor, the EOS M6, both in terms of ergonomics and specifications.

Most notably, it looks like the EOS M6 Mark II will feature a 32.5-megapixel CMOS sensor powered by a Digic 8 processor. It will have a continuous shooting speed up to 14 fps with autofocus, Eye Detection, Dual Pixel AF and a dedicated MF/AF Focus Mode Switch button on the rear of the camera.

A screenshot from the video showing the new Focus Switch Mode on the back of the M6 Mark II.

Canon Australia notes in the video’s description that the M6 Mark II will be able to shoot 4K/30p video and 1080p at 120 fps. Also shown in the video is a removable OLED viewfinder that works with the Touch & Drag AF on the rear camera display and a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth transfer option, although the specifics of the transfer technology remain unknown.

Canon EOS 90D

Also leaked by Canon Australia was what we presume to be the promo video for the EOS 90D, Canon’s next-generation APS-C DSLR.

According to the video, the 90D will feature a 32.5-megapixel sensor with a Digic 8 processor behind it (presumably the same combination found in the EOS M6 Mark II). IThe 90D appears to be limited to 10 fps continuous shooting, but it too has Dual Pixel AF, Eye Detection AF and a 45-point all-cross-type autofocus sensor with a joystick for navigating through the AF points.

The optical viewfinder inside the 90D features 100-percent coverage and includes a 220K-dot RGB + IR metering sensor that features Canon’s iTR AF (face-detection).

On the video front, the video doesn’t share much, but notes the 90D will shoot 4K 30p video and up to 120 fps when shooting in 1080. The video also says the 90D is dust- and water-resistant and can be paired with Canon’s BG-E14 battery grip, the same one used for Canon’s 70D and 80D cameras.

No pricing information or definitive release date was mentioned in the videos, but given both were posted on an official Canon channel, and have since been removed from YouTube, we assume that the EOS M6 II and EOS 90D are real, and coming soon.

How the Daguerreotype Started a Victorian Black Market for Pornography in London

How the Daguerreotype Started a Victorian Black Market for Pornography in London

Louis Daguerre is one of the founding fathers of photography, but little did he know, his invention opened a secret door down a street in Victorian-era London. Needless to say, this article is NSFW.

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An Epic Showdown Between the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Sony a7 III, Panasonic S1, Nikon Z 6, Sony a7S II, and Panasonic GH5

An Epic Showdown Between the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Sony a7 III, Panasonic S1, Nikon Z 6, Sony a7S II, and Panasonic GH5

There has never been a better time to be looking for a camera, as there is a veritable plethora of high quality cameras with an array of feature sets and prices available to anyone looking. This fantastic showdown takes a look at a wide variety of some of the most popular and intriguing cameras out there.

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Canon EOS M6 Mark II Leaked: 32.5MP Sensor, 4K Video, 30fps RAW Burst

In addition to the Canon 90D promo video we just shared, Canon Rumors has also gotten received a seemingly-official promo video for EOS M6 Mark II, showing what Canon has in store for this compact APS-C mirrorless camera.

According to the leaked video, the current Canon EOS M6 is getting a serious overhaul, with more resolution, higher speed, better controls, and higher-quality video all on the list.

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II maintains the M6’s compact size and lack of EVF, but packs a 32.5MP CMOS sensor, Digic 8 processor, up to 14fps continuous shooting with AF/AE, Dual Pixel AF with Eye Detection, the ability to capture 30fps RAW bursts using the electronic shutter, a dedicated focus mode switch with AF-ON button, 4K video, and 1080/120p slow motion.

There will also be an optional OLED viewfinder that you can add to the camera’s hot shoe, which allows you to use touch-and-drag AF.

Check out the full video above to see everything Canon is promising with this compact little powerhouse. As with the Canon 90D leak, there was no pricing mentioned in the promo video, but we expect the official announcement is just around the corner.

Having Trouble Starting to Write? Let Seinfeld Guide You!

Nothing is scarier than the blank page. But the show about nothing, Seinfeld, has some wisdom for you.

I was talking with my manager last week and he asked when I would have something new for him to read and it terrified me. So much of breaking in is constantly staring at the blank page and creating something from nothing. Now, more than ever, you don’t need one or two spec scripts, you need to be writing that many a year.

Just that thought makes me want to puke. So far, this year, I’ve only written one pilot and one rough feature draft. That means in the days I have left I need to produce even more. It’s a daunting task.

Especially when it’s so hard to start working.

It’s not easy to start working, like this clip from my favorite show, Seinfeld, shows.

So how can we overcome our anxiety and turn the blank page into something good, or maybe even great?

Just write.

The truth is, the only way forward is just to write.

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Canon 90D Promo Video Leaked: 32.5MP Sensor, 10fps, 4K Video

Canon Rumors has gotten ahold of the official promo video for the upcoming Canon 90D. The video was leaked just minutes ago, and it reveals all of the key specs and design elements for what may be Canon’s new flagship APS-C DSLR.

Previous rumors indicated that the EOS 90D would replace both the Canon 80D and the Canon 7D Mark II, making it Canon’s new APS-C flagship DSLR. While it doesn’t seem that the upcoming 90D will totally fill the shoes of Canon’s sports-focused 7D Mark II, it’s getting a speed boost and a major bump in resolution as well!

According to the promo video, the camera will feature a 32.5MP APS-C image sensor, 45-points AF system (all cross-type), DIGIC 8 processor, 10fps continuous shooting, and optical viewfinder with 100% coverage and face detection, and the ability to shoot 4K at 30p/25p or FullHD at 120p/100p. It will also feature Dual Pixel AF with Eye-Detection when used in Live View, so it’s inheriting some of the capabilities of the mirrorless EOS-R.

Finally, the video shows that the camera will be fully dust- and weather-sealed, and compatible with an option BG-E14 battery grip.

Check out the full video up top to see Canon’s overview of the unreleased camera, and keep an eye on the site the next few days. If we’re at the point of full product videos leaking, the official announcement can’t be too far off.

How to Enhance the Starry Night Sky in Photoshop

Let’s say I would like to enhance the stars in this Milky Way landscape photo. I could load the image into Camera Raw and add some Clarity at the risk of adding noise and artifacts to the night sky. Another way of doing it could be to use “Select Color Range” combined with a curves or levels adjustment. However, I often find that these methods don’t yield satisfactory results.

I am not saying that the technique I am to demonstrate is the best — it’s just my preferred approach to achieve what I have in mind.

A night sky is rarely uniform in terms of luminosity. There will be both color and luminance gradients across the sky. I will therefore add several blank layers set to Normal that cover various parts of the sky. In this example, I start in the upper right corner, painting with white at 100% opacity.

Next, I double click on the layer which brings up the Layer Style dialog box. I am only interested in the bottom left slider where it says “Underlying layer”. Moving it to the right equals protecting the dark tones from the layers below the current layer.

I am happy with the adjustment when the white I painted in is only affecting the stars. I often prefer to feather the ‘selection’ by pressing down Alt/Opt, which splits the slider in two when placing the cursor on the right part or to the right of the double arrow.

I add a new blank layer, set it to Normal, paint white in the bottom right corner of the sky, and then follow the steps outlined above.

In this instance, I encounter an expected issue due to the gradients in the sky. When the stars are shining even brighter than before, some white residues are left below the Milky Way core. I simply grab the Eraser tool and remove it.

White is bleeding into the night sky below the Milky Way

The left part of the sky may have approximately the same luminosity values as the right part, so I try to use the layers I have already added and then paint with white using the Eraser tool to remove any unwanted effect. If this doesn’t work, I add new blank layers for that side of the sky.

When I am done with a star enhancing layer, I always turn that layer off and on several times to check if I unwittingly have brightened parts of the sky. If that is the case, I again double click on the layer to further fine-tune the Blend-If sliders, or I use the Eraser tool if I painted too far across a gradient. Reduce the opacity of the layers if the stars come across as too bright.

Here’s the original photo:

And here’s the photo edited with this technique:


About the author: Ole Henrik Skjelstad is a landscape photographer and math teacher from Norway. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Skjelstad’s work on his website, Flickr, 500px, and Instagram. This article was also published here.

A Review of the Sony RX100 VII Camera

A Review of the Sony RX100 VII Camera

Sony’s RX100 line of cameras is well known for packing a ton of technology and great image quality into a very tiny package, making them an intriguing option for photographers and videographers looking for something they can carry everywhere. This excellent video review takes a look at the latest version to help you decide if it is right for you.

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Photos of a Paddleboarder Gliding Through Alaskan Glaciers

Paddling Tranquility is a new project by photographers Toby Harriman and Jussi Ruottinen of Planet Unicorn, who trekked to remote Alaskan glaciers to capture gorgeous photos of a paddleboarder navigating through a landscape of ice.

The idea for this project was born back in 2017, when Harriman and his friend Kyle flew out to Inner Lake George next to Knik Glacier, found an old canoe, and shot photos of Kyle paddling through broken ice.

“Ever since then, I have always wanted to keep exploring remote glacier areas and keep creating abstract, adventurous aerials and stories,” Harriman says. Especially considering places and scenes like these won’t be around much longer the ways things are going.

For a first adventure, the team backpacked with an inflatable paddleboard and 50 pounds (22.7kg) of camera gear 3 miles out in search of a glacier pool.

“After a 1-mile backtrack after going the wrong way, we finally found the route and set eyes on the most beautiful glacier lake we have ever seen,” Harriman writes.

For a second expedition, the trio got dropped off by helicopter at Bear Glacier.

“I have flown over this area a few times over the years, so getting dropped off to hang out for the day was definitely a dream that finally happened,” Harriman writes. “We paddled around for hours listening to the glacier calve in the distance and the icebergs flip over in front of us. It was an incredible experience and one of the most surreal moments we have experienced in a while.”

Here’s a 6-minute short film shot during these expeditions:

You can purchase fine art prints of these photos from Planet Unicorn.


Image credits: Aerial photos and short film by Toby Harriman. Ground-level photos by Jussi Ruottinen. All photos used with permission.

Speedbooster launched for 6K Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to emulate full frame sensor

LucAdapters has launched a crowd funding campaign to develop a focal reducer for the newly announced Super 35mm 6K cinema camera from Blackmagic Design. The reducer will allow users to mount full frame lenses on the camera with only a slight crop, thus emulating the look of a camera with a full frame sensor.

The company has history with this kind of adapter and currently makes a reducer for the Ursa Mini called Magicbooster Pro, and has in the past made a full-frame adapter for the Samsung NX1. This new model will be called Magicbooster Pocket 6K and will combine the benefits of a 1 stop increase in effective aperture as well as decreasing the crop factor of the 6K area of the camera’s Super 35mm sensor from 1.5x to 1.1x. This allows full frame lenses to practically maintain their intended angle of view when recording 6K footage, with a 50mm lens acting like a 55mm with the reducer instead of like a 75mm without it.

Here’s a video made with the current Magicbooster, shot on Blackmagic Ursa mini 4.6K by PILOTMOVIES.

The Magicbooster Pocket 6K will be fully compatible with all of Canon’s EF lenses according to LucAdapters, but not EF-S models. The Magicbooster fits inside the camera’s throat leaving the mount untouched, and replaces some internal parts of the camera itself in doing so. The unit comprises a small barrel with lens elements at the end. It screws into the camera with the magnifying lens sitting directly in front of the camera’s sensor and behind the IR filter.

Buyers will receive a replacement UV-IR cut filter that the company claims is better than that which is shipped with the camera. Such a degree of installation is required that it isn’t the sort of adapter that can be attached and unattached in a couple of seconds, but it also means there’s no need to add and remove the adapter every time you have to change a lens.

LucAdapter says the Magicbooster Pocket 6K will ship in November this year, and will cost from €499 (approx. $550). For more information see the LucAdapters Magicbooster Pocket 6K Kickstarter campaign.