Helpful Forest Photography Composition Tips

Helpful Forest Photography Composition Tips

Forests are an abundant resource around the world, and they offer a wide range of photographic opportunities that evolve throughout the seasons and change with the weather. This excellent video tutorial discusses some great tips and ideas for composing forest images.

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A Comprehensive Comparison of Six Popular Macro Lenses

A Comprehensive Comparison of Six Popular Macro Lenses

A good macro lens is one of the most versatile optics a photographer can own, able to shoot a wide variety of subjects from portraits to the small details around us with sharp results. If you are looking for a macro lens of your own, this fantastic video compares six popular options to help you decide which is right for you.

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Cine Gear rescheduled for October

The Cine Gear expo that was scheduled to take place from June 4th-7th in Los Angeles has had its dates moved to October 1st-4th. It is no surprise that the show was postponed, but I’m a little curious as to why it took them so long to make this announcement. I presume it is because … Continued

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13 Helpful Tips and Tricks for Being Productive at Home

13 Helpful Tips and Tricks for Being Productive at Home

The coronavirus lockdown has led to most creatives stuck at home and having to seriously rethink their work habits and how they can stay productive during this downtime. If that is something you are struggling with a bit, this excellent video features 13 tips and ideas for being productive while you are at home.

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Adobe Productions Is Here and So Are Our Questions

We also dig into news from RED.

While week 5 of COVID shutdown has us forgetting what day it is, Adobe has been busy with a new workflow tool: Productions. This week, we discuss the new Adobe product as well as the interesting features of the upcoming RED Komodo camera, our viewing suggestions, and all things exposure for an Ask No Film School question. Let’s go!

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Learn the Trade Secrets Pro DPs Use to Shoot Products for Commercials

How do professional cinematographers make products look good enough to buy?

Commercial cinematographers are like Will Smith in Men in Black; they take everyday items and say, “I make this look good.”

They do. They take boring stuff—cellphones, hamburgers, and cars—dress them up, throw some light on them, cast some spells, and end up with an object that looks tantalizing enough to buy.

It’s honestly pretty magical.

But how do they do it? Well, in this video, Indy Mogul’s Ted Sim taps commercial DP Kazu Okuda to break down several examples of product cinematography and share some trade secrets that might help you the next time you’re hired to make beef bottles, work boots, and juicy steaks look sexy.

As you can see from the video, these setups are deceptively simplistic.

It might look as easy as throwing a single beer bottle, work boot, or steak on a table and hitting record, but in reality, a lot is going on.

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Cine Gear Expo LA 2020 Postponed Until October

Cine Gear Expo reschedules its Los Angeles 2020 show for the fall.

Earlier this month, Cine Gear organizers announced it would be rescheduling its Los Angeles expo held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA. We now know the event will take place from Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, October 4.

The multi-day event features over 300 exhibitors, complimentary seminars, masterclasses, a film competition, tech awards, and special screenings. Cine Gear has become one of the premiere events for filmmakers to gather and network within a studio environment, which No Film School covers regularly.

Cine Gear Expo LA 2020 Schedule

  • Thursday, October 1 – 12 pm – 6 pm PST: Film Series
  • Friday, October 2 – 12 pm – 8 pm PST: Exhibits and Seminars
  • Saturday, October 3 – 10 am – 5 pm PST: Exhibits and Seminars
  • Sunday, October 4: Masterclasses

The Cine Gear Expo masterclass schedule is still being determined as well as its location.

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8K Video on a Phone: Just How Good Is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

8K Video on a Phone: Just How Good Is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

4K has become the standard resolution for a lot of video production and consumption, with the cutting edge of the camera world eyeing 8K devices. Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, has some jaw-dropping camera specs, including 8K video, and while those numbers are certainly impressive, you might wonder how well they hold up in the real world, particularly on a phone. This great video review takes a look at how the phone’s video capabilities hold up in practice.

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Multiple Photography Companies Lay off Employees as Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Significant Financial Issues

Multiple Photography Companies Lay off Employees as Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Significant Financial Issues

The coronavirus pandemic has had serious economic impacts across the world, and the photography industry is starting to see the effects, with two companies announcing layoffs in an attempt to stop the financial hemorrhaging.

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