You don’t always need to have a complicated lighting setup to shoot high-quality images, and in fact, with a bit of ingenuity and editing prowess, you can make some very creative photos. Check out this awesome video to see how this natural light HDR portrait was shot.
One of the tricky things about modern video consumption is that it’s watched on many different devices with vastly different aspect ratios. Adobe recently showed off a new feature that will make this issue much easier to deal with by automatically and dynamically cropping a video to match the desired aspect ratio while simultaneously keeping the most important action in frame.
When you are new to photography, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to nail down the fundamentals, build a signature creative style, and work toward a career and financial success all at the same time. This excellent video discusses seven things a photographer wishes he had learned when he first started in the industry.
A leaked version of the Google Camera app 7.0, which will likely be installed on the upcoming Google Pixel 4 device, has made its way into the hands of the people at XDA Developers who have analyzed the code and found a bunch of new camera features to look forward to.
The new camera will likely come with a motion blur mode that lets you capture moving subjects in the foreground and blur the background to emphasize the impression of motion and speed. The feature, which should come in handy at racing or sports events, will likely be called Motion Mode.
|A section of code inside the Google Camera 7.0 app that hints at the upcoming Motion Mode.|
The app source code also suggests that the computational photography feature Night Sight will be improved on the Google Pixel 4, likely with the previously leaked astrophotography mode. The Night Sight feature will also be sped up by making use of zero shutter lag technology and for astrophotography Google will be using the chipset’s integrated GPU to accelerate segmentation of the sky as well as identifying and brightening stars.
References to Live HDR and HDRNet in the code hint at HDR rendering in the preview image and it also looks like the the Pixel 4 will come with an audio zoom feature, similar to what Apple has implemented on the iPhone 11 and what LG and HTC have been using for some time now. The feature allows the phone to focus its microphones on a major audio source when zooming the camera.
|Code from within the Google Camera 7.0 app that references Live HDR settings, as well as mesh warp settings, presumably used in conjunction with depth data.|
Other sections in the source code indicate that the Pixel 4 and other compatible Pixel devices will support saving depth data as a Dynamic Depth Format (DDF) file which should allow for re-focusing and other depth modifications in any app that supports the format.
Further improvements could include an updated version of the Photobooth feature which was introduced with the Pixel 3 and automatically takes photos when it detects smiles or funny faces in the frame, integration of an augmented reality measurement app into the Camera app, and a ‘rewind’ feature, the exact function of which is as yet unknown.
Google Pixel have traditionally been at the forefront of mobile imaging and it looks like the Pixel 4 will be no different. We’ll now more in October when the new device is expected to launch.
Image credits: Screenshots used with permission from XDA Developers
Laowa is one of the first to create a wide lens for Nikon’s Z and Canon’s RF mount, with their 15mm f/2 Zero-D. The lens is also available in Sony’s FE, representing a unique option for full frame mirrorless users. With an impressive aperture and focal length combination, is it a lens you should consider?
Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer and Edius now have the capability to read and edit Blackmagic RAW 1.5 with the latest updates.
Editors can now celebrate and download the latest free update to BRAW 1.5, which includes a plug ins that enables native editing in Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. Importing and editing the RAW footage is now possible in Edius, by updating to version v9.5. File transcoding is no longer required, which will increase the efficiency of the workflow.
This also benefits the grading suite, as the metadata stored inside of the RAW files is passed through to DaVinci Resolve.
Additional updates to Blackmagic RAW include the Speed Test, which tests the GPU and CPU against the different RAW constant bitrates, and how fast the processors can decode them. There are also minor bug fixes too
The update is completely free, and you can download the latest BRAW 1.5 update via the Blackmagic website here.
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You don’t need a fancy studio to take fancy photographs. Sometimes, all you need is a garage.
The SIGMA fp is very close to being in our hands. At IBC 2019 we talk to the Yamaki-san, creator of the SIGMA fp camera for a development update. The camera has come a long way since our last post about it, and SIGMA can confirm a number of specifications in our exclusive interview.
Back in July we reported about the surprise announcement about the SIGMA fp camera; the worlds smallest full frame, mirrorless camera. Check out what we found out in our article here.
The SIGMA fp hardware is now complete, and the camera itself is in production. SIGMA are still developing and fine tuning the firmware, which is in it’s beta stage.
SIGMA has previously used Foveon sensors in its mirrorless cameras, however this was not possible due to the required readout speed of the sensor. A CMOS sensor has been used instead.
SIGMA fp Recording Formats
The format of the camera is very flexible in it’s application; you decide how the camera can be used and configured. In regards to recording formats we can now confirm the following:
Internal 8-bit CDNG RAW in UHD 4K at 23.98/24/25p.
Internal 8/10/12-bit CDNG RAW in HD up to 60p.
Internal 8-bit H.264/MOV in UHD 4K/1080 HD up to 119.88p.
External 8/10/12-bit CDNG RAW in UHD 4K/1080 HD at 24p.
Those are some very impressive internal RAW recording features for a full frame camera of this size.
What About Picture Profiles?
Yamaki-san (CEO, SIGMA) mentioned that the camera has been developed predominantly for photographers, but filmmakers will have a big influence on the fp camera too. For this reason, a flat or gradable picture profile will not be included in the camera upon release. However, SIGMA are very open to feedback, so we hope to see this implemented in future firmware updates.
Small Lenses For A Small Camera?
Since the L Mount Alliance was announced at Photokina 2018, Panasonic and SIGMA have produced a range of L-mount lenses. We also reported last week that it is now possible to adapt PL-mount lenses to L-mount through the SIGMA MC-31 adapter.
At present the available L-mount lenses for the camera are all very large, even more so with the MC-31 PL to L-mount converter, which practically dwarves the camera body. On the current lens road map, there is not a plan to produce smaller lenses, but again SIGMA is accepting feedback as to whether pancake type lenses should be introduced.
What About Accessories?
SIGMA is hoping that accessory manufacturers will come forward to support the fp camera. The likes of Tilta and Smallrig produce rigs, cages and the like for many cameras upon their release so I would expect to see the same for this camera.
As for audio, there has been no mention of the headphone jack, which is a real shame. It does however have a mini jack microphone input which is a step in the right direction.
So When Will It Be Available and For How Much?
Yamaki-san has confirmed that SIGMA are aiming for the SIGMA fp to be available in Q4 of 2019, around November time. However, there is no mention of pricing. SIGMA is considering affordability for all users when it comes to its retail price, which is a good sign.
It seems as though the SIGMA fp is nearly ready to land in our hands, and of course we will be ready to field test it and put the camera through it’s paces in our lab too. What do you think of the camera and its specifications? Would you shoot with the camera? Let us know in the comments.
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Fstoppers recently covered a vlog that detailed the benefits of repeatedly photographing the same location. And now we have further proof that repetition can pay off in photography, this time from the Scottish countryside.
There are lots of ways to improve your photography. Getting your workflow in order, learning to light, but I think I have learned the one thing that has impacted my photography more than almost anything else. (Other than practice, of course).
At IBC 2019 our own Nino Leitner had an interesting in-depth sit-down with Atomos CEO Jeromy Young, talking about 16bit RAW on the Sony FX9, updates to ProResRAW with regards to support in NLEs, as well as the pending multicam switching software updates to Atomos’ Sumo and Shogun 7.
At this year’s IBC Atomos has not announced any new products, but has instead concentrated on consolidating support for its ProResRAW collaboration with Apple, as well as integration into new and already existing cameras like the Sony FX9, Panasonic S1H and Nikon Z series. Additionally there had been some pending updates to the Sumo and Shogun line of products, as well as a rather surprising brightness improvement on the Shogun 7 via software update.
State of the union for ProResRAW
Atomos has been central in the proliferation of ProResRAW and Apple’s closest ally within the industry regarding the same. Now, where Apple might just advertise ProResRAW as the future of any RAW workflow, Atomos founder and CEO Jeromy Young has a more nuanced view of the niche that ProResRAW might live in in the future. Whereas Hollywood will probably continue using very high-profile resource-heavy RAW workflows that will most likely stay cost-prohibitive for most other parts of the industry, the wide-spread adoption of RAW workflows might just change and improve the way that video is shot in broadcast and independent filmmaking communities.
In particular, Atomos CEO Jeromy Young sees a lot of potential for cameras with a more photography-related DNA like the Panasonic S1-H, Nikon Z6 and Z7 being able to be more closely matched with A-cameras in broadcast related contexts, namely the Canon C200 and C300, Panasonic EVA-1, or the new Sony FX9 which is set to take over the FS7’s hold on the broadcast market.
Sony FX9 RAW recording
While Sony has apparently given up on creating their own RAW recorders to be integrated with the FX9’s XDCA extension unit, there is a solution involving the Atomos NEON line, with a master control unit (which is basically an additional Ninja on the NEON’s backside), giving it the ability to actually process the 16bit RAW that the Sony FX9 outputs. This is not yet a standardised solution, but Atomos is working out how this might look. Jeromy Young mentions that pricing might be somewhere around $ 5000.00, but this still needs to be ironed out.
Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro CC adoption
During our interview Atomos’ Jeromy Young mentioned the recently announced support of ProResRAW in Avid Media Composer. In addition to the native support of ProResRAW in Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer’s support of the format adds one more widely adopted NLE, which has a particularly dedicated community of supporters in the film and broadcast communities. This adoption of the format might help ProResRAW make inroads into said communities in the near future.
Surprisingly after our interview was done Adobe also announced support for ProResRAW in Premiere Pro CC. With Premiere’s very large user base this is a big step for the format and in turn for Atomos, being the principal hardware manufacturer for products supporting it. It also takes ProResRAW one step ahead of Blackmagic RAW, which is only supported via plugin in Premiere Pro CC and Avid Media composer. There is no timeline on when ProResRAW support will be implemented into Premiere Pro CC yet.
3000 nits on the Shogun 7 via firmware update
In another surprising update Atomos announced that their Shogun 7 recorder was to receive an update increasing its brightness from 1500 to an incredible 3000 nits. Now this increase in brightness is not supposed to make the Shogun 7 a daylight viewable monitor, but it is meant to better represent the whole dynamic range of the sensor being monitored – meaning if your sensor has a dynamic range of 15 stops, with the updated Shogun 7 your monitor will be able to more closely match that dynamic range on screen.
How can brightness be increased via software update? Well apparently Atomos shipped the Shogun 7 with zone-dimmable backlight LEDs already built in. However the software side wasn’t quite ready, so these LEDs were locked to 1500 nits across all zones.
Just to recap the problem here: LCD screen produce colored pixels. These pixels then have to be lit to actually be bright enough to be seen on screen. In the past these backlights ran in strips around the edges of the LCD screen, thus causing the problem that blacks were actually never really black on LCDs because they were always lit by the illuminating strips. OLEDs solved these problems by the technological brute force approach of every pixel having its own little backlight – the downside being increased cost and a lower life expectancy for the displays. Zone-dimmable LCDs are something of an in-between solution: these are traditional LCDs, but the backlights are arranged in zones, which means they can be dimmed individually and thus produce much greater dynamic range.
The obvious problem is this: to decide which LED-zones have to be dimmed, the image has to be analysed in real time, and then the array of LED backlights has to be coordinated. This is the step that took a little longer for Atomos to implement, but now that it’s done the Shogun 7 can unlock its full brightness potential of up to 3000 nits per backlight zone. Again: this is meant for HDR monitoring only, not for daylight viewability.
The Shogun 7 firmware update for this feature will be available to download soon.
Multicam switching on Shogun 7 and Sumo
Jeromy Young also gave some insight into the status of multicam switching on the Sumo line and the Shogun 7. Apologising to the users who might have thought that the Shogun 7 was to ship with this feature on board he conceded that the development process was far more difficult than expected. That said Atomos seems to be making some progress here, since the Sumo line will receive the software update enabling said feature end of the month with the Shogun 7 following in October.
While Atomos might not have announced any new products, it is nice to see them work so hard on consolidating the software side of things and doing the hard work of building partnerships with companies spreading ProResRAW to more environments. We will keep you posted of course, once any new developments arise.
What do you think about Atomos updates? Do you own a Shogun 7 and a camera that will allow you to take advantage of the 3000 nits brightness update? Let us know in the comments!
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The two competing “open” raw video formats are now supported by all the major players… except each other.
This week fans of raw video who want to work with “open” formats (not locked down to a single camera manufacturer) got great news. ProRes Raw, previously only supported by Final Cut X, will now be available natively in Premiere and Media Composer. Blackmagic Raw, previously only supported by Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, will now be supported in Media Composer and Premiere via a plug-in.
Aputure Lighting, best known for their affordable yet punchy 120d and 300d lines, have just announced the ultra-punch 600D, designed to compete with 800Watt HMIs.
Many photographers love to shoot natural light portraits for a variety of reasons, and with them come their own sets of challenges. This awesome video will give lots of tips to shoot better and more creative natural light portraits.
Bright Tangerine was showing a prototype of their new Misfit Kick matte box at IBC 2019. Building on the success of the original Misfit, Bright Tangerine has made a few incremental improvements to create the Misfit Kick. Bright Tangerine has redesigned the reveal stage mechanism so it is a lot more robust and easier to … Continued
The iFootage Shark Slider Nano was announced at NAB earlier this year. We covered it then and it looks like a compact option for adding motion to shots with mirrorless cameras. Tweaks ahead of shipping While it’s not quite ready to ship yet, iFootage have made some changes to the hardware in advance of shipping … Continued
The Sony RX 100 VII is the latest entry into the company’s line of premium point and shoot cameras, and with it comes a plethora of features for photographers and videographers alike. This great video review takes a look at the video features of the camera to help you decide if you should consider adding it to your kit.