What Sort of Backdrop Should You Use for Your Photography?

What Sort of Backdrop Should You Use for Your Photography?

We spend a lot of time discussing things like lighting, posing, editing, and the like, but one that perhaps does not get the amount of discussion it needs is the choice of backdrop. This fantastic video discusses a wide range of different backdrops and the pros and cons of each for different photographic applications.

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What Are Your Dream Photography Locations?

What Are Your Dream Photography Locations?

One of the best parts of photography is the chance to experience numerous epic locations and use your skills to document them in all their majesty. This excellent video features a photographer discussing three of his dream locations and why he loves them so much.

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Should We Be Filming At All? Doc Society, Field of Vision and Sundance Institute Partner on Doc Filmmaking Risk-Assessment Guide

Doc Society, Field of Vision and Sundance Institute have collaborated on a risk-assessment guide for non-fiction filmmakers considering shooting during the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The document, “Independent Filmmaking in the Time of Coronavirus,” co-signed by a number of other leading documentary organizations, differs from other such industry guides being circulated at the moment by its three-part structure. Before even getting to the third part — “Corona protocols: what’s the safest way to organize the shoot?” — the guide walks filmmakers through two other checklists. The first, “The Big Question: Should I be filming at all?”, surveys the […]

How ‘Some Good News’ Created the Perfect ‘Office’ Reunion

John Krasinski creates quarantine magic by marrying a couple and throwing an Office reunion on the latest SGN.

Yesterday on Krasinski’s Internet show, Some Good News, he invited a couple of mega-fans on to discuss their love for The Office and each other. Guests Susan and John from Maryland wrote to Krasinski earlier this year about how their relationship has mirrored one from the show. Jim (Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) provided one of TV’s best slow-burn romances of recent years.

“John got down on one knee and, just like Jim, he was like, ‘I can’t wait any longer,'” Susan said.

The couple invited Krasinski to the wedding, half-joking.

“The truth is, I am able to attend,” Krasinski told them. “But only if we do it right now. You think I’m kidding, but I just got ordained as a minister.”

After flashing his credentials, Krasinski got all their parents and several friends on the call to act as their wedding party, but he didn’t stop there. He added Fischer as well, and Zac Brown provided music.

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See More From Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune’

Empire Online gives us more images and insights from the filmmakers on the highly anticipated Dune!

These days, everyone is buzzing about director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece, Dune. And rightly so, considering the gorgeous images slowly being revealed from the production.

Today, Empire Online released a new, exclusive image of Timothée Chalamet and Josh Brolin as Paul Atreides and Gurney Halleck, respectively.

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How to Control Contrast With Lighting

How to Control Contrast With Lighting

One of the greatest tools you have at your disposal for creating mood within a portrait is controlling the contrast through your lighting setups. This excellent video will show you how you can use lighting to control the contrast in portraits and create more dynamic photos.

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #227 – Thomas Scott Stanton

Alright, alright!

On the show this week we chat with cinematographer Thomas Scott Stanton.

No doubt he has the craziest story for getting in to the business that I have ever heard.  If you are one of those folks who thinks there is only one way to become a cinematographer than this is the episode for you.

Lots of fun chatting with Thomas and be sure to check out his work and instagram in the notes below.


Commercial Cinematography: The Foundation Course

If you are interested in Commercial Cinematography and getting the most out of Pre-Production than this course is for you. 

In the course I lay out a step by step plan of action to get on commercial production radars and raise the level of your projects by maximising the prep time you have at your disposal.

Check it out:

Commercial Cinematography – The Foundation

Patreon Podcast – I am Not OK with Fill

We continue are look at some of the latest narrative work that is pushing the boundaries of modern cinematography this week with I am Not OK with This shot by Justin Brown.

I am a big fan of Justin’s work and if you haven’t seen any of his stuff before I think you’ll be a fan after this breakdown.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Cinematographer Thomas Scott Stanton

Personal Website: Thomas Scott Stanton

Instagram: @thomasscottstanton

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Fantastic Tips for Milky Way Photography

Fantastic Tips for Milky Way Photography

A good Milky Way photo can be absolutely stunning, and there are a number of fantastic ways to incorporate it into landscapes or even portraits. This fantastic video will show you lots of great tips for improving your Milky Way photos.

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Lens Test: The Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 is a ‘Nifty Fifty’ for Fuji Photographers

If you’re a Fuji user looking for an equivalent to the “nifty fifty” lenses available for Nikon and Canon DSLRs, you’ve probably considered picking up Fuji’s old XF 35mm f/1.4 or the XF 35mm f/2. But what if there was a more affordable, faster option out there? The Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 wants to be that lens.

In this video, photographer and YouTuber Andrew of Andrew & Denae reviews the soon-to-be-released Viltrox 33mm, explaining the pros and cons of this entry level lens for Fujifilm shooters. Unfortunately, it seems like there are mostly cons.

Over the course of the video, Andrew compares this $280 lens against the slightly more expensive and slower $400 XF 35mm f/2R WR, pointing out the various downsides that you’ll need to put up with in order to get that additional bokeh and extra stop of light, at a lower price point.

Here are few of those downsides, which he illustrates with chart shots and 100% crops:

  • The Viltrox lens has some noticeable chromatic aberration wide-open, which doesn’t entirely go away until about f/4
  • The Fuji XF 35mm f/2R WR has a much shorter minimum focus distance, allowing you to get closer to your subject
  • The Viltrox is a tiny bit softer in the center and the corners until you get to about f/2.8
  • In practice, you only really get about 1/2 stop more light compared to the Fuji XF 35mm f/2
  • There is currently an issue with auto-exposure, which Viltrox has promised to fix with a firmware update coming soon.

And here are some sample images so you can see how much these downsides to (or don’t) have an impact in the real world:

As with most affordable third-party lenses, the moral of the story can be summed up in a single (compound) word: trade-offs. There’s a performance and build quality penalty when you go from one of Fuji’s own XF lenses down to the cheaper Viltrox.

Yes, you’ll save some money—the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 costs $600 and the XF 35mm f/2R WR costs $400—but unless you need the faster aperture or the physical aperture ring, you can save even more money by going with the ultra affordable Fuji XC 35mm f/2. At least based on this review, it seems that the Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 is only worth it if you absolutely need that extra stop.

Check out the full review up top to hear more about this lens and dive deeper into the side-by-side comparison images. And if you want to see more Fuji lens reviews and tests like this, definitely check out Andrew & Denae’s YouTube channel.

Image credits: All photos by Andrew & Denae, and used with permission.