Adobe Releases Roadmap for Development of Photoshop for iPad

Adobe Releases Roadmap for Development of Photoshop for iPad

Adobe recently released the long awaited version of Photoshop for iPad, but initial reviews were quite mixed, with many disappointed by the lack of features in the app. Adobe has responded to the criticisms by releasing a roadmap for the application, and it details the features we can expect to see in the app in the coming months.

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Photographer Who Was Knocked Unconscious at Football Game Still Got the Shot

Photographer Who Was Knocked Unconscious at Football Game Still Got the Shot

A photographer was knocked unconscious at a recent football match in Atlanta which quickly made the news. What the news didn’t say is she still got the shot, like a boss.

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A Review of Canon’s New RF 24-70mm f/2.8L for Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

A Review of Canon’s New RF 24-70mm f/2.8L for Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Canon’s RF 24-70mm f/2.8L is now in the hands of photographers, and Jared Polin has put it through its paces to see how it performs. Significantly more expensive than its DSLR predecessor, does it live up to expectations?

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Huge Update to HitFilm Pro Brings You Popular After Effects Plugins.

FXhome is launching support for choice After Effects plug-ins from Video Copilot and Red Giant.

Some of the most sought after plug-ins are now available to HitFilm 14 users. These new additions are among the most requested and FXhome maintains that the rollout of support for more is coming.

Here is what you’ll be getting with this update:

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Wildlife Filmmaker Has a Close Call With a Leopard

Wildlife Filmmaker Has a Close Call With a Leopard

One way to increase your chances of getting a good wildlife image is to carry out a thorough overview of a potential area. That’s why having a solid understanding of the subject’s behavior is so important. Sometimes, though, even the most seasoned wildlife veteran can get caught off guard, as this incredibly lucky gentleman was reminded.

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A Potential Movie Distribution Game-Changer and The New MacBook Pro

Is the studio system making a comeback?!

The Department of Justice is working to rescind the Paramount consent decrees, we break down what those are and how it could impact film and the entertainment industry at large.

Charles also gives us further insights into the new MacBook Pro, what he loved about it and what he’ll have to learn to live without.

This week’s episode is brought to you by PolarPro. Challenging the boundaries set by traditional camera gear, PolarPro is a team of designers who are trailblazing creative freedom for storytellers everywhere. Check out the Basecamp system now.

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Atomos and Timecode Systems – Wireless AtomX SYNC Ninja V Module

The Wireless AtomX SYNC module is a new product from Atomos and Timecode Systems which should make multi-camera setups sync much easier. It connects to Ninja V’s expansion port and synchronizes more recorders and Timecode Systems products wirelessly in one network. All units in the network can also be controlled from one Ninja V unit. In the future, there will also be a remote app to control the whole network. AtomX SYNC module should ship within a few weeks and the price is around $150.

Atomos SYNC sandwiched between the Ninja V and a battery – Image credit: cinema5D

At the end of October 2019, Atomos announced the acquisition of Timecode Systems, a UK-based company designing and producing timecode sync solutions (our news post can be found here). Atomos promised integration of Timecode Systems technology into their products for better and easier multi-cam production workflows.

One of the first outcomes of the acquisition is the AtomX Wireless Sync module for Atomos Ninja V. During Inter BEE 2019 in Japan, Atomos and Timecode Systems presented the working modules. My colleague Johnnie asked Paul Scurrell from Timecode Systems about this new module and the future of Atomos timecode synchronization.

Wireless AtomX SYNC Module for Ninja V

AtomX SYNC module takes advantage of the expansion port of Ninja V. It connects right to the body of the recorder and provides a battery plate for Sony NP batteries. The module itself also contains a small battery that acts as a hot swap solution, so users can change Sony NP batteries without powering down the recorder.

The module can wirelessly synchronize multiple Ninja V recorders equipped with SYNC modules, other Timecode Systems products, and new Atomos products with built-in wireless sync modules. The module integrates the timecode information directly into the video files from the Ninja V. The number of synchronized devices is unlimited.

Apart from being a synchronization module, the AtomX SYNC also offers control. All connected Ninja recorders in the network can be controlled from one unit. Users can change recording modes, framerates, resolutions, codecs, and so on. Recording on all Ninja V recorders in the network can also be triggered by one unit.

Every AtomX SYNC module contains a long range wireless antenna to communicate with other Ninja recorders with SYNC modules on set. It also contains a Bluetooth antenna to connect to a smartphone. Atomos will offer a remote app, which will be able to connect to the AtomX SYNC module and control it. Through one module, it will be possible to control all the devices in the network. Atomos remote app will basically offer all the controls which are accessible on the touchscreen of Ninja V itself.

In their future products, Atomos will integrate the timecode sync modules into the products directly. The Neon series from Atomos already has the timecode sync built-in.

Price and Availability

AtomX SYNC module is available for pre-order now and it should start shipping within the next few weeks. The price for the module is around $150.

What do you think of the Sync module for Atomos recorders? Can you imagine using it on your multi-cam shoots? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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DJI Ronin-S and Ronin-SC Now Support PS4 and Xbox Remote Control

DJI launched a new firmware update for Ronin-S and Ronin-SC as well as a new version of their Ronin app. Perhaps the most interesting new feature is the support for wireless control using Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox Bluetooth gaming controllers.

New firmware update for Ronin-S and Ronin-SC brings wireless control for PS4 and Xbox gamepads

On November 19, DJI launched new firmware updates for Ronin-S (firmware V2.1.1.0) and for Ronin-SC (firmware V1.3.0.20). The update brings a number of improvements and some new features. Perhaps the most interesting new feature is the support for wireless control using Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox Bluetooth gaming controllers.

Ronin-S and Ronin-SC Gamepads Control Support

Now it is possible to control the gimbal using the PS4 DualShock controller or Xbox gaming controller. Photo capture, video recording, focus, zoom, profile switch, and gimbal movements can be controlled after connecting the controller to the mobile device and gimbal. Enter the Ronin app and select Create, and then open and stay on the Gaming Controller screen. The speed and smoothness of the control sticks can be adjusted. Set the focus value within 10 for optimal performance.

In order to control the gimbal, connect the controller to the mobile device via Bluetooth. Follow the steps below for the Bluetooth connection. When using a PS4 DualShock controller:

  1. Press and hold the power button and the Share button simultaneously. Release them when the indicator on the controller flashes quickly.
  2. Enable Bluetooth on the mobile device and select DualShock controller.

When using an Xbox controller:

  1. Power on the controller, and press and hold the connect button for three seconds.
  2. Enable the Bluetooth in the mobile device and select Xbox controller.

Notes:

  • If the gaming controller is connected to a mobile device, press the power button and the controller will automatically connect to the mobile device if the Bluetooth is disconnected. If the gaming controller and the mobile device cannot reconnect, unpair the device on the mobile device and try again.
  • If the PS4 DualShock controller is connected to a mobile device and needs to be connected to a PS4 console, use the USB cable to reconnect the PS4 controller and the PS4. If the Xbox controller is connected to a mobile device and needs to be reconnected to an Xbox console, use the USB cable or press and hold the power button and the connect button simultaneously to connect the Xbox controller and the Xbox console.

Further Improvements for Ronin S

  • Added ability to create a Motionlapse through photo capture in ActiveTrack in the Ronin app. It is recommended to create the Motionlapse of a building, and keep the subject in the same position of the frame during shooting (requires Ronin app v1.2.6 or higher).
  • Added a quick switching function to Portrait mode. Press M button twice to enter/exit Portrait mode. Portrait mode requires using Ronin-S in Flashlight mode and the joystick control is not available. Portrait mode can be disabled on the Ronin app Status page (requires Ronin app v1.2.6 or later). Note that the tilt axis will rotate 90° when switched to Portrait mode. Make sure the camera will not collide with the gimbal.
  • Added Advanced Calibration feature. If the roll axis drifts after recentering the gimbal, enter the DJI Ronin app then System Status and select Advanced Calibration to fix the issue (requires DJI Ronin app v1.2.6 or later).
  • Added photo capture, video recording, and autofocus for Panasonic G95 cameras using a RSS control cable for Panasonic (RSS-P). To use autofocus on the Panasonic G95, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Panasonic S1H cameras with supported L-mount lens using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (MCC-C). To use autofocus on the Panasonic S1H, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Nikon Z50 cameras with supported Nikkor lens using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (MCC-B). To use autofocus on the Nikon Z50, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added disable 3D Roll 360 feature in the Ronin app (requires Ronin app v1.2.6 or later).
  • Fixed issue: zoom settings on Sony cameras could not be saved after the gimbal rebooted.
  • Fixed issue: focus control failed for Canon EOS series cameras.
  • Optimized Auto Tune in the Ronin app.
  • Optimized SmoothTrack settings in the Ronin app.

Further Improvements for Ronin-SC

Ronin-SC Gimbal is compatible with various accessories. Source: DJI

  • Added ability to create a Motionlapse through photo capture during ActiveTrack in the Ronin app. During Motionlapse capture of a faraway subject such as a building, keep the subject in the same position of the frame during the shot (requires Ronin app v1.2.6 or higher).
  • Added parameter saving feature for the Focus Motor. Calibrating the Focus Motor is not required every time it is powered on unless you have moved the position of the Focus Motor. Make sure to update the latest firmware for both the Focus Motor and Focus Wheel.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Nikon Z50 cameras with supported Nikkor lenses using the Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C) with the Multi-Camera Control Adapter (Type-C to Micro USB). To use autofocus on the Nikon Z50, press halfway down on the gimbal’s camera control button.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, and autofocus for Panasonic G95 cameras using a RSS control cable for Panasonic (RSS-P). To use autofocus on the Panasonic G95, press halfway down on the gimbal’s camera control button.
  • Fixed issue: zoom settings on Sony cameras could not be saved after rebooting the gimbal.
  • Fixed issue: focus control failed for Canon EOS series cameras.

New Ronin App

For the new update to function properly, users need to have the latest version of the app. On November 19 DJI released version 1.2.6. For the wireless gimbal control using Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox gaming controllers, it requires iOS 13 or later and phone and gaming controller compatibility.

Further improvements of the app for both Ronin-S and Ronin-SC:

  • Optimizes ActiveTrack to support Hyperlapse shooting mode and adds a shutter delay timer
  • Adds onscreen prompts for joystick calibration.

Only for Ronin-S:

  • Optimizes the Ronin app user interface and the overall user experience.
  • Introduces Advanced Calibration for realigning the gimbal.
  • Adds a switch for disabling gimbal portrait mode.

The new version of the Ronin app is already available for download in the App store. At the time of writing, the Android version of the app has not been updated yet. I expect DJI to make it available soon. Android 9.0 or higher is required.

What do you think of the new firmware update for DJI gimbals? Do you use either Ronin-S or Ronin-SC? Did you test it with one of the gaming controllers already? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

Source: DJI Forum

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Three Reasons the New Canon 1D X Mark III Might Not Be so Great

Three Reasons the New Canon 1D X Mark III Might Not Be so Great

Canon recently announced a new edition of the flagship 1D Mark III is on its way. While that got many people excited about what might be in the offing, there are some things that could also be rather underwhelming.

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December 2019 Edition

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and Many Mirrorless Still and Cine Cameras

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Photojournalism Is (Still) for White Men, as Revealed by a Stunning New York Times Photograph

Photojournalism Is (Still) for White Men, as Revealed by a Stunning New York Times Photograph

There’s no question that the New York Times photo of American diplomats William Taylor and George Kent, where they detailed their uncomfortable and suspect dealings with President Donald Trump’s handling of a phone call with the president of Ukraine, is going to be one of the iconic ones of our time. There’s also no question about who overwhelmingly seems to dominate the photojournalism field based on this photo: white men.

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A DIY solution to adding a mechanical cable release to digital cameras with hotshoes

A recently featured Instructable guide from user ‘Steloherd’ details the creation of a mechanical release cable for his camera’s shutter. The project involves a spring plate and hot shoe mount, as well as basic tools that include a hacksaw, sandpaper, pliers, a thread cutter, drill, and drill bits. The release cable serves as an alternative to a wireless remote control or mobile app.

As explained by ‘Steloherd‘ on his Instructable guide, the mechanical release cable system is lightweight and simplistic, involving a hot shoe mount, spring plate, aluminum arm, mechanical release pin, and a threaded release cable. The most complicated part of the project for most people would likely be the use of a thread cutter to convert the release cable to an M3 thread.

At the end of the guide, Steloher describes some alternative parts that can be used in the creation of this mechanical release. In order to reduce the project’s complexity, for example, DIYers can harvest a release button with threading from an old 35mm camera, then glue that button to the aluminum arm instead of drilling a hole and cutting an M3 thread.

The finished product is demonstrated with a Ricoh GR II digital camera but could be modified for use with other cameras that feature a hot shoe.


Photo credits: Images by Steloherd via Instructables, used under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

SLR Magic Announces New MicroPrime Lenses With EF Mount

Ready to use with the BMPCC 6K.

You may be familiar with SLR Magic from their Cine Primes, anamorphic lenses, HyperPrimes, or MicroPrimes. Now, get ready for “high-quality optics in smaller housing” with MicroPrimes on the Canon EF mount system.

As Product Specialist Andrew Chan from SLR Magic described in his discussion with Vistek, large cinema lenses are “only good when you have a whole crew with you, [like] a focus puller,” so SLR Magic saw the opportunity to create smaller lenses with a smaller focus throw and a smaller 85mm front diameter. Now, SLR Magic has made four MicroPrimes available in an EF mount, ready to go for cameras such as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K.

The four new SLR Magic EF Mount APO-MicroPrime Lenses all have a max aperture of T2.1: the 25mm T2.1, 32mm T2.1, 50mm T2.1, and 85mm T2.1.

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The Russo Brothers Defend Marvel From Scorsese (Again)

Much like Thanos, the urge to comment on “Are Comic Book Films Cinema?” just won’t die. Here’s the latest update from the directors of Avengers: Endgame.

Over the last few weeks, everyone in Hollywood has gotten in on the Scorsese versus Marvel debate.

The only truisms that have come out of it are that Martin Scorsese is a defender of cinema and an emissary of the arts all over the globe, as well as that Marvel is a giant conglomerate making some of the best event movies in the history of cinema.

The cinema debate rages onward. I have talked about my stances on this site. I think that Scorsese is wrong and that these movies are some of the best American pop are being produced in the modern era, but I also respect Scorsese’s opinion that they may be killing the art around them — which is depressing but true.

In my opinion, our cinematic art is evolving. But you didn’t come here for my opinion.

The Russo brothers, the directors behind many of Marvel’s crowning achievements, were asked about Scorsese. Let’s look at what they had to say.

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Watch J.J. Abrams Reveal Why Ending the Star Wars Saga Was So Damn Hard

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director and co-writer J.J. Abrams has never ended any franchise he has started on the big screen before until now. Here’s why.

J.J Abrams is known for picking up the ball or starting a new game, when it comes to making movies. Since his first feature film, 2006’s underrated Mission: Impossible 3, up through Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, the filmmaker has made a career out of continuing or starting or rebooting installments in franchises and then leaving before having to wrap them up.

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Nik Collection 2.3 released with 10 iconic Black and White emulsions added

Nik Collection 2.3: 10 iconic B&W emulsions added

Give your digital images the spirit of analog photography and black and white with the updated Nik Collection 2.3, featuring 10 iconic black-and-white films, to dramatically change your photos in 2020.

Right in time for the festive season, and to give a different touch to your photographs, DxO introduces Nik Collection 2.3, a major upgrade to the famous plugin suite for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Elements. Compatible with macOS Catalina and the latest versions of Adobe software, Nik Collection 2.3 continues to evolve since DxO reintroduced, and more recently added 42 new pre-sets to the suite, improving support for high-resolution screens in Windows, and ensuring RAW-file compatibility through DxO PhotoLab 2, as I wrote before here at ProVideo Coalition.

Now, DxO introduces 10, new iconic black-and-white films to the Silver Efex Pro 2 plugin, allowing users to explore even more options when it comes to reproducing emulsions from the past, some of them only a memory now. It’s more than just desaturating color images to obtain a black and white digital image, than can, if you so want, become black and white print. With its 48 pre-sets, Silver Efex Pro 2 is the ultimate plugin from the Nik Collection by DxO for achieving striking images. Its unique algorithms and extensive adjustment palette make it possible to create extraordinary photos based on dark room techniques.

It’s almost like working with the real emulsions

Users can adjust luminosity and contrast, highlight whites, add colour filters, and more. In addition, its exclusive range of 28 analog films are modelled after iconic, traditional styles, including Ilford Delta 100 Pro, Kodak Tri-X 400TX, and Fuji Neopan 1600. Its grain adjustment tool makes it possible to make minute changes to grain density and harshness for an even more realistic finish. Finally, with U POINT technology, adjustments can also be applied locally. It’s almost like working with the real films and printing from the negatives in the darkroom, with the difference that now you can always revert the effects, if you want to.

Now, the Nik Collection 2.3 by DxO incorporates 10 new film types that simulate some of the most iconic black-and-white films ever created. It’s time to explore emulsions that in most cases are no longer available to try, and understand how “colorful” black and white can be, with names as Adox Silver Max 21, Agfa Scala 200x, Bergger BRF 400 Plus, Foma 100, Fuji Neopan 400, Ilford Pan 100 and 400, Polaroid 667 and 672, and Rollei 100 Tonal.

A handful of classic films

Each film has been carefully selected for its artistic merits or historical appeal, according to DxO. Adox Silver Max 21 was chosen for its fine grain and ability to produce deep blacks and a wide range of greys, making it the perfect option for portraits. Bergger BRF 400 Plus was picked for its moderate contrast and average grain, which makes it well suited for landscape photos. Foma 100, a classic panchromatic film with a fine grain and high resolution, offers a wide range of greys even in bright light, making it an excellent choice for landscape and studio photography. Finally, Ilford 100 and 400 were tapped for their versatility and sharpness, while Rollei 100 Tonal offers a fine grain and soft contrasts, which are popular among architecture fans.

Nik Collection 2.3: 10 iconic B&W emulsions added

Rediscover Fuji Neopan 400

Photographers will also enjoy rediscovering Fuji Neopan 400, a film designed for street photography, flash less indoor portraiture, and reporting that was taken off the market in 2014, although one version, Neopan 400CN, a C-41 process chromogenic film which is only sold in the UK. Already present in Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2 plugin, the Neopan 100 ACROS emulates the last traditional black and white film produced by Fujifilm, which was discontinued in April 2018, but is now returning, due to users request, with Fujifilm announcing the return to traditional silver halide black and white film with an updated Neopan ACROS 100 II, this Autumn.

Owners of the Nik Collection don’t need to buy the emulsion, they just have to pick the Neopan 100 ACROS emulation option from the list present in Silver Efex Pro. And who knows, maybe DxO will even make an updated version, giving them the Neopan ACROS 100 II with an update to the version of Nik Collection now released, or in a near future.

The suite also features the black-and-white slide film Agfa Scala 200x, a style that was discontinued in 2007 and captures exceptional form and razor-sharp details, as well as the eminently popular Polaroid 667 and 672 films, which stopped being produced in 2008.  So this new update really represents a tour down memory lane, showing those who never had trhe chance to try the real emulsions the variety of options photographers had – and still have – with black & white.

Nik Collection 2.3: 10 iconic B&W emulsions added

The maths behind the emulsions

Dan Hughes was entrusted with designing the finishes. Hughes is a lecturer in photography science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a former Nik Software trainer, and the creator of the 42 “En Vogue” styles included in the Nik Collection 2 by DxO. To accurately reproduce the grain, contrast, and nuanced greys in these exceptional films, Dan Hughes based his calculations on photos taken under both laboratory and real-life conditions.

To ensure the best possible user experience, the Nik Collection 2.3 by DxO was optimized so it could be fully compatible with macOS Catalina as well as the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements.

The Nik Collection 2.3 by DxO is now available for download on the DxO website for $149 for the full version and for $79 for the upgrade. Users who purchased Nik Collection 2 by DxO after June 2019 may upgrade their software for free. Nik Collection 2 is a suite of plugins offering an impressive range of creative effects and innovative tools that now includes DxO PhotoLab 2 Essential.

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