Andy Shipsides, Pres. ARRI Rental N.A. Camera

Andy Shipsides, shown above in lens distortion mapping test pattern shirt, has been appointed   President of ARRI Rental North America Camera effective May 1, 2020. He will be based at ARRI Rental’s headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey. read more…

MZed 2-for-1 education offer

MZed has announced a brand new offer for April that will not only benefit you but a friend or colleague. Particularly in current times where there are many restrictions and closures in place all over the world to help fight the global health crisis. Get One, Give One For the month of April, anyone that … Continued

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Lindsey Optics New Large Format Director’s Viewfinder Has You Covered

A new director’s viewfinder eyes itself on large format filmmaking.

The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon is strong today. After wondering if traditional director’s viewfinders are still common place among filmmakers, Lindsey Optics rolls out its new Large Format Viewfinder (LF) that touts a range of Super 35 to Alexa 65.

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International Center of Photography is Collecting a ‘Virtual Archive’ of Pandemic Imagery

The International Center of Photography in New York City is putting together a “virtual archive” of the coronavirus pandemic, and they want all photographers—professional and otherwise—to contribute their work to this living archive as a way of fostering community.

The call to action was officially published on March 20rd and shared through the ICP website and Instagram. The organization is asking photographers of all skill levels to share their images and stories that capture life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At the International Center of Photography, we know the value of communication in difficult times. We know the value of human life, of wellbeing, and solidarity,” reads the official announcement on the ICP website. “We would love to see what you are creating in this moment. This will function as an imagined community of our voices—speculative, open, and urgent.”

Photographers who are interested in submitting work can either tag their images with #ICPConcerned, or email them directly to the center’s social media team at socialmedia@icp.org. According to The New York Times, a team of 5 curators will review all submissions, and 3 to 6 images will be posted to the official ICP Instagram account each day of the pandemic, with all proper credit attached.

“Show us how you are responding,” writes the organization. “Single images. Photos sequences. Image-text work. Video. Audio. You are invited to share your responses. Together we can continue to build and strengthen our community.”

As of this writing, nearly 3,700 images have been uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #ICPConcerned, and many more have probably been sent in by email. 27 images have thus far made the cut, appearing the @ICP Instagram account.

If you’d like to contribute, the organization would like to remind you to adhere to all public health guidelines and not take any unnecessary risks in order to capture your submission. Many of the photos sent in thus far were taken from home, or while obviously observing social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home directives.

To learn more or submit your own photography, head over to the ICP website or post your #ICPConcerned photo to Instagram.

Photographer Captures Incredible 16K HDR Timelapse Using Two 50MP DSLRs at Once

Last year, cinematographer Matin Lisius created one of the most out-of-this-world timelapse films we’ve ever seen. By using two 50MP Canon 5DS DSLRs at the same time and stitching together the result, he created the epic 16K HDR masterpiece “Prairie Wind.”

Prairie Wind was recently awarded “Best Cinematography” at the International Innovation Film Festival in Switzerland, which is how we ended up hearing about it earlier today. And while timelapses don’t typically grab our attention these days, the idea of a 16K creation shot with two DSLRs at the same time certainly did.

So we thought we’d talk to Martin and dive a bit deeper into how this creation was shot.

Speaking with Martin over email, he told us that each 15,935 x 5792-pixel frame of the short film was shot on two 50MP Canon 5DS DSLRs at the same time, both of them equipped with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART lens. All 12,000 frames were then stitched together and processed on a 2014 Mac Pro desktop that was running at full blast non-stop.

“The Mac Pro workstation got so hot we quite literally could have fried an egg on the top near the heat exhaust, and that’s when we were using two external fans blowing on it full speed,” says Martin.

Martin says that each individual scene took 5 days to prepare, even with the computer running around the clock. The 92MP panoramic images were stitched together in Adobe Lightroom—which only worked without crashing about… 50% of the time—and the final product was created in Final Cut Pro.

Finally, as for the film itself, Prairie Wind features storms captured over a 3 month period of shooting in America’s Tornado Alley. The format was, in fact, inspired by the power and scale of the subject mater itself.

“Storms offer us a glimpse of what our world once was, and inspires us to protect and preserve what remains,” explains Martin. “I wanted to create a medium as large as the sky. 16K offers the tremendous resolution depth needed to pull that off.”

It didn’t always work out. Editing errors kept some frames out of the final movie, for example. But a few examples showed the power of stitching together each frame of the film from two 50MP images, with only 8MP of overlay:

But enough talk. Check out the full film up top—full screen, headphones, and a dark room highly recommended. And if you want to see more of Martin’s incredible work, head over to the Prairie Pictures website.


Image credits: All photos and screenshots by Martin Lisius and used with permission.

8 Things Photographers Must Do to Lower Their Expenses During the Coronavirus

8 Things Photographers Must Do to Lower Their Expenses During the Coronavirus

Many photographers are scared right now and with good reason. The Coronavirus is causing an unprecedented financial crisis, which we’ll probably feel the repercussions of for many years to come. While you may feel pretty helpless right now, there are still things you can do to give yourself the best possible chance of surviving all this.

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How to Make Cyanotype Prints of Your Digital Photos at Home

Photographer Mathieu Stern has put together a simple step-by-step that will teach you how to turn your digital photographs into beautiful cyanotype prints. If you’ve never made physical prints at home, consider this your gateway drug.

The cyanotype is a photographic printing process that was invented in 1842 by astronomer Sir John Herschel. The process involves using two chemicals—ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide—and sunlight (or UV light) to create a cyan-blue print on watercolor paper, using a photographic negative as your base image.

The basic, step-by-step process involves:

  1. Turn your digital photos into negatives in Photoshop, and print them on transparency.
  2. Using a foam brush, evenly coat a piece of watercolor paper with equal parts ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide.
  3. Once fully dry, layer the negative over your coated paper and “expose” your image using either a UV lamp or plain old sunlight.
  4. Rinse the final print with clean water

The result will look something like this:

The process is extremely simple, and most of the “equipment” you need is easy to acquire if you don’t already have it. The most obscure items are the chemicals themselves, which you can get as a “cyanotype printing kit” for just $25.

Check out the full step-by-step tutorial above to see how its done, and if you want to see more cool photo experiments and weird gear reviews from Mathieu, be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

Photographer Uses His Drone as a Safe Way to Take Portraits of Locals in Quarantine

Photographer Uses His Drone as a Safe Way to Take Portraits of Locals in Quarantine

Strict laws around social distancing has meant an abrupt halt to most photographers’ shooting schedules. One creative wedding photographer, however, is finding a resourceful way to continue taking portraits while documenting lockdown: he’s using his drone to take pictures of his neighbors and their families.

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