Lectrosonics has announced a new miniature IFB (Interruptible Foldback) Receiver pack, the IFBR1B, as well as the companion CHSIFBR1B Dock Charging System. Wireless IFB (interruptible fold back) systems are used for talent cueing and crew communications in broadcast and motion picture production. In other cases, the IFB system is used by directors and other management … Continued
COVID-19 might have caused the industry to grind to a halt, but Chinese brand Zhiyun are pushing on all the same with the announcement of their newest gimbal.
Wedding photographers are being hit hard during COVID-19/coronavirus shutdowns. With events anywhere from 100, to 50, to 10 people being shut down, dependent on the city, couples and photographers alike are scrambling to pick up the pieces. With the coronavirus switching things up for the peak of wedding season in many markets, it has left wedding photographers wondering how to fill the gap. Until it’s safe to resume with events, there are other ways to fill it.
Over the course of 27 years, from 1991 until 2017, photographer Deanna Dikeman has a ritual. Every time she left her parent’s house in Sioux City, Iowa, she would snap a picture of her mom and dad waving goodbye from the driveway.
The resulting photo series—titled Leaving and Waving—is part family photo album, part homage to a parent’s steady affection and unwavering love.
It all began with a snapshot captured from inside her car in the year 1991 as her mother and father waved goodbye from the driveway of their new home. By then, Dikeman was already four years into chronicling the lives of her entire family, and the “leaving and waving” photos happened almost by accident.
“I never set out to make this series. I just took these photographs as a way to deal with the sadness of leaving,” says Dikeman. “These photographs are part of a larger body of work I call Relative Moments […] When I discovered the series of accumulated ‘leaving and waving’ photographs, I found a story about family, aging, and the sorrow of saying good-bye.”
In a sense, Leaving and Waving could be described as one long, extended goodbye. The sorrow that Dikeman describes weaves its way subtly throughout the series, crescendoing in two equally emotional frames. The first, captured in 2009, in which her father is no longer present; the second, the final photograph in the series, shows an empty driveway.
Scroll down to see a selection of our favorite portraits from this equally heart-warming and heart-wrenching project:
A huge thank you to Ms. Dikeman for allowing us to share this deeply personal project. To learn a bit more about her or if you’d like to see more of her work, be sure to visit her website and give her a follow on Instagram.
(via New Yorker)
Image credits: All photos by Deanna Dikeman and used with permission.
Coronavirus or not, Apple has just released its iPad Pro 2020. With an A12Z Bionic processor, two cameras, a LiDAR scanner, and a brand new Magic Keyboard, the professional Apple tablet is closer than ever to a laptop. Let’s take a closer look at it!
iPad Pro 2020 – Faster Than Ever
While everybody was waiting for the announcement of a new “low-cost” iPhone, Apple unveiled the iPad Pro 2020. This updated version of the famous professional Apple tablet features a brand new A12Z Bionic processor with an 8-core graphics processor. All this processing power should make the iPad Pro 2020 a device that, according to Apple, “outpaces most PC laptops available today.”
If It Works, Don’t Fix It
If you are familiar with the iPad Pro, you probably see that there is no significant change on the outside. Like the 2018 version, the iPad Pro 2020 still features a USB Type-C port, four speakers, and the support for 4G LTE (no 5G). On the inside, there is now four “studio-quality” microphones, as well as Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) instead of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac).
The iPad Pro 2020 is still available in two versions with the same dimensions: 178.5mm x 247.6mm x 5.9mm for the 11″ version, and 280.6mm x 214.9mm x 5.9mm for the 12.9″ one. But your previous protective shell won’t fit this new iPad Pro due to its new camera system.
Two Cameras – Double the Fun
The iPad Pro 2020 now features two cameras on the back of the device, like the iPhone 11: a 12MP F/1.8 wide-angle camera, and a 10MP F/2.4 ultra-wide camera with a 125° field of view. You can shoot videos in 4K at 24/30/60 fps using the wide camera, and 60 fps using the ultra-wide one. If you like to shoot slow-motion footage, you can go at up to 240 fps in 1080P resolution, no matter the camera.
Videos are captured in HEVC and H.264 formats, and “cinematic video stabilization” is available in 1080P mode. You got it, nothing revolutionary on the photo/video side of the iPad Pro 2020 compared to the iPhone 11/11 Pro: most of the photo/video features are the same between the two lines of products. However, these updates are significant compared to the previous iPad Pro, including the addition of the LiDAR Scanner (talking about the previous model, please take a look at Nino and Pedro discussing video editing on an iPad Pro equipped with LumaFusion App – mind you that they were also using the older iOS version before iPad OS was released.)
Next to the two cameras of the iPad Pro 2020, there is another sensor, which is the LiDAR Scanner. This scanner works with the pro cameras, motion sensors, and frameworks in iPadOS to measure depth. The LiDAR Scanner is especially useful for VR applications, and according to Apple, it makes the iPad Pro “the world’s best device for augmented reality.”
Both the 11″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro 2020 come with a liquid retina display that features a 600 nits brightness. Apple tablets are known for being really color accurate, and this new iPad Pro should be no different. Indeed, it is even capable of displaying P3 wide color gamut.
There is a slight resolution difference between both versions: the 11″ has a resolution of 2388 x 1668 at 264ppi, while the 12.9″ version has a resolution of 2732 x 2048 at 264ppi.
Magic Keyboard – Here Comes the Trackpad
Since the introduction of iPadOS in 2018, Apple is blurring the thin line between the iPad Pro and a “proper” computer. This is something Apple is aware of, and they are playing with the ambiguity in the ad below.
Along with the release of the iPad Pro 2020, Apple launched the Magic Keyboard, which is a four-in-one product:
- A stand: with a floating cantilever design, you can magnetically attach the iPad Pro to the Magic Keyboard and smoothly adjust the viewing angle.
- A keyboard with a trackpad: butterfly keyboard is gone, welcome back scissor mechanism (same as the 16-inch Macbook Pro). Also, for the first time in the iPad history, there is a built-in trackpad at the bottom of the Magic Keyboard. Indeed, iOS 13.4 now supports mouses and trackpads.
- Front and back cover to protect and transport the iPad Pro 2020.
- A charging station: there is a built-in USB Type-C at the base of the Magic Keyboard port with passthrough power.
The Magic Keyboard is compatible with previous iPad Pros.
Pricing and Availability
The iPad Pro 2020 is available in Space Gray or Silver color, with 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB capacities. Prices start at $799.00 for the 11″ version with 128GB of memory and Wi-Fi only and go all the way up to $1649.00 for the 12.9″ with 1TB of memory WiFi+Cellular. All models should start shipping on March 25th.
The Magic Keyboard will be available in May for $299.00 for the 11-inch version, and $349.00 for the 12.9-inch version.
What do you think about this new iPad Pro 2020? Do you think it can replace a laptop for basic daily tasks? Do you already own an iPad Pro? Let us know in the comments below!
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Zhiyun-Tech just announced their new flagship stabilizer for higher payloads – Zhiyun CRANE 3S. With its new powerful motors, the gimbal can support loads up to 6.5kg (14.33 lbs) so it should be able to handle many cinema cameras. It also offers modular design with EasySling Handle and SmartSling Handle and it can be used with EasyRig. It is available now in three kits.
The Chinese gimbal manufacturer Zhiyun-Tech first introduced the new gimbal design with the CRANE 3 LAB and Weebill LAB back in 2018. The aim of the gimbals was to improve the ergonomics for easier underslung filming mode – when the camera is underneath the gimbal. Since then, the smaller stabilizer Weebill LAB already got its improved successor with the Weebill-S compact gimbal in October 2019. Now the time has come to improve the larger model. Zhiyun-Tech just announced its new flagship stabilizer for higher payloads – the Zhiyun CRANE 3S. Let’s take a short look at its features and specs.
Zhiyun CRANE 3S
One of the most significant changes in the new Zhiyun CRANE 3S are its new, more powerful motors which allow it to handle up to 6.5kg (14.33 lbs) payloads allowing to use the gimbal with heavier camera setups. According to Zhiyun, the gimbal will be able to handle setups with Canon EOS 1DX, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, Canon Cinema EOS, Sony FS and FX series, and RED Digital Cinema cameras. It should even be possible to balance a Blackmagic URSA on the gimbal, although it has to be mounted reversed.
CRANE 3S also features a modular design in the motor axis and handles. For larger cinema camera combos, users can attach the included extension module onto the roll axis. For smaller DSLR combos, the extension module can be removed to make the setup compact and portable.
With CRANE 3S, Zhiyun-Tech also introduces a detachable second handle with two options:
- EasySling Handle extends the grip for more comfort upright & underslung operation
- SmartSling Handle features an intuitive control panel and OLED screen, for direct camera & gimbal parameter adjustment
It is possible to combine both handles as they are easy to fit and remove. Both provide multiple thread holes in different sizes to mount accessories. The modular design makes the CRANE 3S compatible with motorized dollies, jibs, cable cams, EasyRig, etc. Especially the compatibility with EasyRig is important in my opinion as some setups with the CRANE 3S will be very heavy for handheld operation.
With three 18650-format batteries, CRANE 3S can run for up to 12 hours. A DC-in power port on the battery compartment allows input of up to 25.2V for direct charging. To support long shoots with larger setups, Zhiyun introduces the TransMount PowerPlus Battery Pack which houses six 18650 batteries and independently provides 18 hours of runtime for the gimbal.
The newly-designed locking system can lock all three axes without noticeable swinging. The modular design comes with double locks for additional safety. A larger lens support has been added to the zoom and focus system.
Image Transmission Module
Zhiyun-Tech’s TransMount Image Transmission Module is, of course, compatible with the CRANE 3S. With the transmitter, the video can be streamed to up to three monitoring devices including smartphones. The ViaTouch 2.0 system in the ZY Play app bridges the communication gap between stabilizer, camera and monitoring devices, allowing users to adjust camera and gimbal parameters remotely. The ViaTouch 2.0 system also enables a visualized remote motion control for the gimbal.
Pricing and availability
The Zhiyun CRANE 3S is now available for pre-order. There are three options (kits) available:
- CRANE 3S (with SmartSling Handle) priced at $739 (€849 in Europe)
- CRANE 3S-E (with EasySling Handle) priced at $649 (€769 in Europe)
- CRANE 3S Pro (with SmartSling Handle, PowerPlus Battery Pack, Zoom&Focus Controllers, Image Transmission Transmitter and Smartphone Clamp) priced at $1,149 (€1,299 in Europe)
What do you think about the new Zhiyun CRANE 3S? Do you have experience with other Zhiyun-Tech gimbals? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.
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Another major trade show just got canceled due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Originally planned to be held from 27 to 30 May 2020 in Cologne, Germany, Photokina will not happen this year. As Photokina is planned to happen every two years, it will be a long wait – new dates for the next Photokina are 18 to 21 May 2022.
Photokina 2020 Canceled
For many an expected move given the current global situation – after intensive consultation, Koelnmesse GmbH (Photokina promoter) has decided to cancel Photokina 2020. The show was originally planned to be held 27 to 30 May 2020. It also seems the promoters decided to not hold Photokina annually as planned and they will keep the two-year frequency – the next Photokina is planned to happen on 18 to 21 May 2022. The Imaging Innovation Conference will not be celebrating its premiere in 2020 as originally planned – a new date will be coordinated.
In general, the management team of Koelnmesse has decided not to organize any own events on the part of Koelnmesse until the end of June 2020. This decision is supported by the crisis management team of the City of Cologne. This also happens after the agreement reached between the German federal government and the governments of the German states laying down common guidelines for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic and explicitly including the general closure of trade fairs and exhibitions.
Four Years Without Photokina
As a part of the cinema5D team, I was present at the last Photokina in September 2018 in Cologne. On that very trade show, the decision was made that Photokina will be moved to May and will take place annually (instead of every two years). The next one was originally planned to happen in May 2019, but the promoters decided to cancel it because most manufacturers would not have been able to present new products. The gap of only 8 months between two Photokinas would simply not be enough. Then it was supposed to take place in May 2020, which now also isn’t happening because of the global virus crisis.
According to Photokina promoters Koelnmesse, there are few reasons not to host the next Photokina in 2021. Even before the appearance of the Coronavirus, the imaging market was already subject to strong dynamic movements as less and less cameras are being sold every year globally. This trend will now gain momentum and must be factored into plans for the upcoming Photokina.
Furthermore, the resources of most companies from the imaging industry are already under heavy strain in 2021 – as a result of general economic trends as well as rescheduled events on the global trade fair calendar. The orientation towards 2022 should give everyone involved enough time to prepare for the next Photokina.
This means the gap between the two Photokina trade shows will be almost 4 years. The question is how such a large gap between two trade shows will affect Photokina? That remains to be seen.
Were you planning to attend Photokina 2020 in Cologne? Does this cancelation affect you personally? Do you think this pandemic will change (or wipe out) trade shows as we know them forever?
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Using Adobe Photoshop to composite images can seem like a dark art at first, and while there are a vast array of techniques to learn, this excellent video makes a great introduction, teaching you how to completely transform this photograph.