DJI ‘Up Your Game’ Event set for April 27

DJI has announced its next online event is happening on April 27, 2020 at 9:30 PM EDT. From the teaser image, it looks to be some sort of drone. Perhaps a successor to the Mavic Air with it’s similar curved design. What are hoping to see in DJI’s next drone? It has been two years … Continued

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Bad Reasons to Upgrade Your Camera Gear

Bad Reasons to Upgrade Your Camera Gear

Let’s be honest: camera gear is fun, and it can be a blast to get a new piece of equipment to play with. That being said, gear is also expensive, and it can be easy to convince ourselves we need that shiny new camera or lens when we actually do not. This great video features one filmmaker discussing some of the worst reasons he has upgraded his gear over the years.

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The Power of the Luminosity Blending Mode for Portraits

The Power of the Luminosity Blending Mode for Portraits

For anything you want to do in Photoshop, there are probably at least 10 ways to accomplish it. This great video tutorial will show you a less common way to bring emphasis to your subject’s face in a portrait by using Photoshop.

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Adobe Premiere Pro gets Productions

Productions is now available in Premiere Pro. Productions provides a flexible and highly scalable framework for organizing projects, sharing assets between them, and keeping everything streamlined, whether you’re working on your own or collaborating with a team. What is a Production? A Production is a collection of Premiere Pro project files inside a folder that … Continued

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5 Great Tips for Better Sunrise Landscape Photos

5 Great Tips for Better Sunrise Landscape Photos

Sunrise can be a magical time for landscape images, and if you are one of those brave people who can roll out of bed in time to make it out to shoot it (seriously, how do you do that?), you can often come home with some really beautiful photos. This excellent video tutorial will give you five tips for taking better sunrise shots.

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NASA Website Lets You Look Up What Hubble Captured on Your Birthday

This month, the Hubble space telescope is celebrating an incredible 30 years in orbit. And in honor of that milestone, NASA has created a fun tool that’ll show you an epic deep space shot that Hubble captured on your birthday sometime within the last 3 decades.

“Hubble explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That means it has observed some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year, including on your birthday,” writes NASA. “What did Hubble look at on your birthday? Enter the month and date below to find out!”

Basically, the Hubble team scoured 30 years of archives to find one epic shot captured on every single day of the calendar year. You can’t select a year, so even if you’re less than 30 years old, it’s unlikely the photo was taken on the exact day of your birth, but it’s still fun to see what Hubble was shooting on the day you turned 7, or 12, or 18.

For example, on this writer’s birthday in 1995, Hubble captured this beauty:

Each image is paired with a caption that tells you a little bit about what you’re looking at, as well as links to a higher resolution copy of the shot and a more detailed breakdown of the image in case you want to learn more.

To try out the tool for yourself, click here. And if you decide to share your Hubble birthday photo on social media, NASA is asking people to use the hashtag #Hubble30 to commemorate the telescope’s 30th anniversary.

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A Review of the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens

A Review of the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens

A sharp, wide aperture portrait lens is one of the workhorse optics for a large number of photographers, and while 85mm is often thought of as the classic focal length for such work, some prefer something a bit longer, like a 135mm lens. This great video takes a look at just such a lens, the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM.

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Making the Most of Your Garden During Isolation: How to Guarantee You Get Macro Shots

Making the Most of Your Garden During Isolation: How to Guarantee You Get Macro Shots

Isolation is sending many of us into a form of madness, myself included. We’ve had lots of content created for photographers while you’re in lockdown and indoors, but this is one for the garden.

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This Viral Twitter Thread Takes on Identical Hollywood Movies

Twitter user @KrisTosAplSauce started a viral thread about identical Hollywood movies. And it’s fantastic.

Hollywood is a place full of original ideas and creators, but every so often a studio gets wind of a project elsewhere and chases its own version of it.

Well, recently on Twitter, a thread began where people were linking movies and their direct doppelgangers.

And it’s as wild as you think, with copycats across genres and eras.

Check out the beginning of the thread!

Why do these types of movies happen? There are many reasons, but perhaps the most obvious is that they’re trying to copycat success. When a studio sees a certain genre or topic generating big box office bucks, they try to jump on the bandwagon and reap their own successes.

These types of copycats often flop.

Mostly because the original versions are usually more appreciated and capture the momentary zeitgeist.

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