How to Find Compositions in Landscape Photography

How to Find Compositions in Landscape Photography

Composition is a nuanced and subtle thing, and any single landscape scene can give you a wide variety of possible images. If composition is something you struggle with a bit, this excellent video tutorial will give you some helpful advice for how to compose your landscape images.

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Learn How to Create This Fantastic Portrait With Just One Light

Learn How to Create This Fantastic Portrait With Just One Light

A lot of more advanced portrait styles require the use of multiple lights to fully craft the images, but you might be surprised by how much you can still accomplish with just a single light. This great video tutorial will show you how to light and shoot this eye-catching black and white portrait using only a single strobe.

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A Look at the New Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens

A Look at the New Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens

The 70-200mm f/2.8 is a staple lens for many photographers across a wide range of genres, but such lenses are rarely cheap to come by. If you are looking for a more affordable alternative, check out this great review of the new and highly anticipated Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD lens.

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ARRI announces Stellar 2 – Intelligent Lighting Control App

With Stellar 2, ARRI has now added the ability to control third-party products within the app. Other features, such as grouping, have become much more convenient making setups faster and more flexible. Control of third-party luminaires Stellar 2 is ready to control luminaires from other manufacturers including Litegear, Astera, and Kino Flo. A set of … Continued

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How to Correctly Find Commercial Clients and Contact Them

How to Correctly Find Commercial Clients and Contact Them

Finding commercial clients is a minefield. Working out which agencies to contact, who to contact within the agency, and as importantly, how to do so and what on earth you should say can all be a nightmare. In this video, I cover all of this and more.

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Apple announces new $399 iPhone SE model with 4.7-inch display, A13 chip and Portrait mode

Apple has announced a new version of the iPhone SE, its most affordable iPhone model. The new iPhone SE shares many of the features of the now-discontinued iPhone 8 model, including its glass-backed design and single camera.

Looking first at how the new second-generation iPhone SE compares to the original iPhone SE model, the new model is larger and now includes a 4.7″ HDR-capable Retina HD display rather than the 4″ Retina display of the original. Apple has upgraded its processors numerous times since the original iPhone SE launched with an A9 processor, and the new SE model comes with Apple’s A13 Bionic chip. Apple states that this chip results in 2.4 times faster CPU performance and 4 times faster GPU performance when compared to the A9.

Physically, the iPhone SE is very similar to the iPhone 8’s design. It utilizes a glass and aluminum design and is water-resistant to a depth of a meter for up to 30 minutes. The iPhone SE is 138.4mm (5.45″) tall, 67.3mm (2.65″) wide and has a depth of 7.3mm (0.29″). The phone weighs 148 grams (5.2 ounces).

The True Tone 4.7″ display is LCD and features IPS technology. The resolution is 1334 x 750 pixels at 326 ppi. During typical use, the contrast ratio is 1400:1. The phone can display wide color (P3) and has a maximum brightness of 625 nits.

Despite featuring a single camera, the iPhone SE (2nd generation) includes Apple’s Portrait mode (Night Mode is notably absent). The rear camera is a single 12MP wide camera, the same as the iPhone SE (1st generation), but the new phone has a faster F1.8 aperture compared to F2.2. The F1.8 lens includes six elements and features a sapphire crystal cover. Further, the new model now includes optical image stabilization, True Tone flash with slow sync and next-generation Smart HDR when capturing photos.

The iPhone SE (2nd generation) includes six Portrait Lighting effects. In these sample images, we see the Natural, Contour and Stage Mono effects. Image credits: Apple

The Portrait mode in the new iPhone SE includes advanced bokeh and depth control plus six Portrait Lighting effects: natural, studio, contour, stage, stage mono and high-key mono.

Additional camera features include panorama capture (up to 63MP), wide color capture, Live Photos, red-eye correction, auto stabilization, burst mode, photo geotagging and HEIF format image capture.

For video recording, Apple’s latest iPhone SE model can record 4K video at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps, plus Full HD video 30 fps or 60 fps. The phone can also record with an extended dynamic range for video at up to 30 fps and includes optical image stabilization during recording. Full HD video can be recorded at 120 fps or 240 fps. Users can also record QuickTake video and the phone includes stereo recording. If you want to capture time lapse videos, the iPhone SE can do this as well, including with stabilization. Recording is captured in HEVC and H.264 formats.

The new iPhone SE includes a depth slider when using the Portrait mode. Here we see F1.8 (left) versus F16 (right). Image credit: Apple

The front camera is vastly improved in the 2nd generation iPhone SE. The megapixel count is up to 7MP from 1.2MP and the aperture is slightly faster at F2.2 compared to F2.4. The front camera includes Retina Flash, Auto HDR and can capture Portrait mode images with the same six effects as the rear camera. Further, you can record 1080p video at up to 30 fps using the front-facing camera.

In terms of connectivity, the iPhone SE (2nd generation) is much faster than the older iPhone SE. The phone includes Gigabit-class LTE, 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 with MIMO and Bluetooth 5.0. The new Touch ID should also be faster with the new model. In line with other recent iPhone models, the revised SE forgoes a headphone jack and includes only a Lightning connector.

Users should expect similar battery life as the iPhone 8. This means that the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery will offer up to 13 hours of video playback and up to 40 hours of audio playback. The iPhone SE is now capable of wireless charging and includes fast charge with an 18W adapter (sold separately).

Image credit: Apple

Despite sharing many similarities with the iPhone 8, the iPhone SE (2nd generation) does have several differences. In terms of processing power, the iPhone 8 utilized an A11 chip rather than the A13 in the new SE. Further, the iPhone 8 did not include Apple’s Portrait mode or Apple’s latest next-generation Smart HDR image capture. Video features are similar between the two phones, but the iPhone 8 did not include extended dynamic range video capture, QuickTake video nor Stereo recording.

The iPhone SE is available in black, white and (PRODUCT)RED colorways. Available storage capacities are 64, 128 and 256GB. Pricing starts at $399 USD for the 64GB model and increases to $549 for the 256GB model. Pre-order begins at 5:00 a.m. PDT on April 17 with availability beginning on April 24. For more information, visit Apple’s iPhone SE product page.

New Disney+ Docuseries Offers More Mandalorian on ‘Star Wars’ Day

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is a new show premiering on the channel that takes you behind the scenes of the show.

If you’re running out of things to watch, never fear. Disney will always keep the hits coming. While we may not have a new episode of The Mandalorian, we are getting an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the show in a new 8-part documentary series.

Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian will premiere on May 4th (Star Wars Day)—but not all at once. New episodes will premiere every Friday, so after the premiere, you’ll have to wait for the next 7 in the series.

Jon Favreau described this docuseries as an “opportunity for fans of the show to take a look inside and get to see a different perspective, and perhaps a greater understanding, of how The Mandalorian came together,” in a press release.

The show will dig deep in all the technological advances seen on screen and we will finally learn the magic behind Baby Yoda.

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Get Your Writing in Front of a Manager With This Free Logline Competition

Get your loglines ready because industry leaders are itching to read them.

Loglines are an important part of the writing process not only because they distill your idea down to its most basic form but also because they get people excited to read your story. This means that knowing how to write a killer logline is an essential skill for screenwriters.

Now, Scripts & Scribes’ 2020 Logline Madness contest is your opportunity to get feedback for your logline from industry professionals and compete for the opportunity to have your script read and considered by literary managers.

That seems like the perfect distraction in these trying times.

Logline Definition

So, what’s a logline?

A logline is a one-sentence summary of the story put forward in your movie screenplay or television pilot.

How to Submit Your Logline

There are actually a couple of ways to enter your submission.

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Why Did Disney Edit Daryl Hannah’s Butt Crack Out of ‘Splash’?

Disney felt the need to edit a wholesome scene in Splash. Why?

Splash is a romantic and chaste movie about a guy who falls in love with a mermaid. Tom Hanks plays our lead and Daryl Hannah plays his love interest. The movie is the definition of “charming.”

Hanks and Hannah fall in love and have to struggle to be together, getting over the difference between man and mermaid to share an everlasting love.

The film was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 57th Academy Awards. It was written by Bruce Jay Friedman, Lowell Ganz, Brian Grazer, and Babaloo Mandel and directed by Ron Howard. It was one of Touchstone’s first movies and rated PG when it came out.

Touchstone was an offshoot of Disney that focused on movies for older teens and adults. The movie was a massive hit earning nearly $70 million on an $11 million production budget.

The movie has recently found a following on Disney+ but not for the right reasons. In one scene, Daryl Hannah’s character runs back into the ocean and her posterior is briefly visible beneath her long hair after Tom Hanks asks her for her number.

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