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The Sony A7rIII for $2598 with free Rokinon 35mm FE lens at BestBuy!!!

So this is great: You save $600 plus you get the Rokinon 35mm FE for free ($300 value) on the A7rIII kit sold by BuyDig (Click here). You also save $600 on the Sony A7rIII with free accessory or storage…

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Lomography Launches the World’s Most Hipster Lens

Lomography Launches the World’s Most Hipster Lens

Lomography has just announced its new Petzval 55mm f/1.7 Mark II lens for Canon, Nikon, and Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, a piece of glass that seems made by hipsters for hipsters and could only be less understated if it came encrusted with diamonds.

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Mastering Photography: Nature vs. Nurture

I have three kids and they are all so different, one is quite shy, one is super confident and the third never stops talking – they have all been raised the same so I often wonder about ‘nature or nurture’.

I was recently in the Faroe Islands and had planned to make a video on the rules of photography but ended up discussing the nature vs. nurture argument for photography, which actually produced a more compelling result.

Evening rays on one of the many amazing fjords in the Faroe Islands.

Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by photos and rich visual communication. At school I had difficulties with English, reading and writing and it was only when I was in my twenties that I found out I was dyslexic. Although reading was a struggle, I loved to look at photo books and would spend hours studying them, pondering over the photos, and trying to work out why they looked so good.

I took up photography at the age of 13 and found it to be a great way to express myself – I was much more comfortable producing a photograph that told a story, rather than the written word. Even though I enjoyed being creative through photography, I didn’t have a natural talent for it and my early results left a lot to be desired!

Jump forward over 30 years and I now consider myself to be a competent landscape photographer. Practice doesn’t make perfect, and there is always something new to learn; but I feel that I can usually find a good composition when I go out shooting; and I now have a portfolio of photographs of which I am proud and which people are willing to buy so that they too can enjoy the images.

Spring – Printed on Fotospeed NST bright white paper.

So if I didn’t have a natural talent for photography, have I managed to nurture what little artistic talent I did have to make myself into a better photographer?

Ansel Adams once said, “There are no rules for good photographs. There are just good photographs.”

Although I agree with the sentiment behind this quote, I have actually spent the last few years building my YouTube channel and trying to explain to people what makes a good photo and how they can improve their photography. There are certain rules, or maybe best to call them guidelines, that apply to landscape photography that usually help us to achieve better results.

Ansel Adams once said, “There are no rules for good photographs. There are just good photographs”.

Photography isn’t quite like the art of drawing a cartoon or painting a picture. It is a combination of technical knowhow and artistic interpretation. If you just have one part of the puzzle, you aren’t likely to get the best results. Don’t get me wrong, give an accomplished artist a camera phone and they would likely produce something superior to a less artistic person. But a non-artist can also produce a great photo.

My wife, Ann is a prime example – she can’t even draw a straight line but she is actually great at finding unique and interesting compositions for photographs (probably a result of spending hours out on location with me and listening to me rambling on about composition and getting excited about great light).

When it comes down to it, there are four elements that you need to master in photography and these are subject, light, composition and timing which are discussed in my video on the four elements of landscape photography. It is really only the composition element that is the artistic one – how you go about placing all the elements in the scene in the most pleasing way; or perhaps more importantly, what do you leave out?

Passing Storm, Faroe Islands.

So, can you learn this? Is there a set of rules for you to follow to improve your composition? Is there a limit to how good you can get by learning such rules and can you become more artistic?

Take this image for example – can you say what makes it a good photo or what can be improved?

Essence of the Faroes.

Try it with a friend. Critically consider ten photos that aren’t yours and explain to each other why they are good or bad, what you like and what you think could be improved – you’ll be surprised how useful an exercise this is.

In this video I consider a number of photographs and explain why I think one of the keys to becoming a great photographer is to study accomplished images and try to work out what makes them so good.

The first shot I took: great composition, great subject, but poor light and poor timing. Ten minutes later: great composition, great subject, great light, great timing.

Even if you have all the elements in the same place, you also need to have patience (a quality that I wasn’t born with, but which I have learned to master) in order to wait for the best conditions and get the timing right. Light can make an enormous difference to a shot. Take a look at the two images above. The only difference is time. The light has changed significantly and the photographer moved, but it was just a case of waiting for the right moment.

I explore ‘nature or nurture’ a bit more in the video below, where I also discuss light and simplicity in more detail. What are your thoughts on nature vs. nurture? Let me know in the comments!

Sony a7R II and a7R III – Only Today, $600 Off

B&H is offering very interesting deals for Sony a7R II and a7R III full-frame mirrorless cameras for only 24 hours. Check this out! This deal is only valid today,  Sunday 26th of May. Both cameras are available today for the lowest ever prices and in a bundle with 4TB HDD.

Sony a7R II and a7R III special offer on B&H

If you have been following cinema5D for a while, you know we are regularly selecting top deals for filmmakers from our partners’ online shops. This time we got a notice from our US sponsor B&H. They are offering both Sony a7R II and Sony a7R III camera bodies for unbeatable prices. This special offer, however, it is only valid today – on Sunday 26th May till 11:59PM EST. By shopping at our partners’ stores, you are supporting cinema5D through our buy links, as we get a small affiliate commission when a purchase is completed. Thank you for that.

Sony Alpha a7R II Camera with Storage Kit – $510 Discount

Sony a7R II special offer on B&H

The Sony a7R II was introduced already back in 2015. It features 42.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Although being a bit older, this body can record UHD 4K video internally (up to 30fps and 100Mbps) with S-Log2 gamma. Full HD recording is available up to 60fps 50Mbps. Video recording is available in XAVC S 8-bit 4:2:0 codec internally or with 8-bit 4:2:2 externally.

The ISO reaches up to 102,400. Five-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization has also been implemented, compensating for vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw, and roll movements.

While main purpose of this camera still remains professional stills photography, it is also a capable filmmaking device. I would say it is a good camera for professional photographers who also need to film from time to time. If you want to see how this camera performs in a real world, take a look at our Sony a7R II review with sample footage. For detailed image and dynamic range review, check our lab test of the camera.

As a bonus in this discounted set, you will get the 4TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 external hard drive from Western digital.

Watch out – This deal expires tonight, May 26th, at 11:59 PM EST!

Buy link: Sony Alpha a7R II Camera with Storage Kit Was: $2,008.00  Now: $1,498.00 (Savings: $510.00)

Sony Alpha a7R III Camera with Storage Kit – $610 Discount

Sony a7R III special offer on B&H

Two years after the mark II, Sony introduced the a7R III. It also features the 42.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. This camera can record UHD 4K video internally (up to 30fps and 100Mbps) with S-Log2 gamma as well. Full HD recording is available up to 120fps 50Mbps with the mark III. Video recording is available in XAVC S 8-bit 4:2:0 codec internally or with 8-bit 4:2:2 externally.

The ISO reaches up to 102,400. Five-axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization has also been implemented, compensating for vertical, horizontal, pitch, yaw, and roll movements.

To get more information about the camera, check out our first look interview article or our a7R III review.

Same as the a7R II – as a bonus in this discounted set, you will get the 4TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 external hard drive from Western Digital.

Watch out – This deal expires tonight, May 26th, at 11:59 PM EST!

Buy link: Sony Alpha a7R III Camera with Storage Kit Was: $3,208.00  Now: $2,598.00 (Savings: $610.00)

What do you think of these Sony a7R deals? Would this high resolution camera complement your kit nicely? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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AIRPOCALYPSE: VFX Breakdown by CGF

Russian studio CGF presents their work on the Chinese blockbuster AIRPOCALYPSE:

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CGF: Dedicated page about AIRPOCALYPSE on CGF website.

© Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2019

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THE OA – Season 2: VFX Breakdown by One Of Us

British studio One of Us presents their work on the second season of THE OA (click on the picture below to watch it):

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One of Us: Dedicated page about THE OA – Season 2 on One of Us website.

© Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2019

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Working with large format cameras || Greig Fraser || Spotlight (Re-edit)

Working with large format cameras || Greig Fraser || Spotlight (Re-edit)

This week we welcome Greig Fraser to the channel. He talks to us about the difference between 35mm and 70mm. What is large format? How does it differ to smaller formats? What impact could this have on future cinematography?


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Rare items appear refurbished at the Canon USA store including the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS and Tilt-Shift lenses

The Canon USA store has stocked some rare refurbished items. Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM $1279 (Reg $1499) Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift Read more…

Windows 10 just became usable for mission-critical tasks?

Almost 4 years after Windows 10’s release in 2015, Microsoft has just released its May 2019 update (1903), which finally gives back full control of update scheduling to users. After the extremely long awaited update… and then setting your “Active Hours”, Microsoft promises that Windows 10 users will now be immune from undesired spontaneous restarts to a computer while in the middle of performing a mission-critical task like Internet interviewing, live broadcasting, gaming or digital surgery. Ahead are my details and my comments about the use of ChromeOS standalone, ChromeOS together with MacinCloud, as well as the newly liberated Windows 10, either way.

 

Inevitable Chromebook rant

Before I get into the details about the long awaited Windows 10 update 1903 from May 2019, I must first give an essential ChromeOS speech:

A recent Chromebook (laptop), Chromebox (like a Mac Mini) or Chromebase (all-in-one, like an iMac) computer will best serve 88% of the Earth’s population much better (and often much more inexpensively) than a macOS or Windows computer, due to ChromeOS’s efficiency, simplicity, security and power for most people’s tasks. It is well documented that ChromeOS-based computers are the most secure (of those which connect to the Internet) and require the least amount of maintenance. You can use Cleanfeed free or Cleanfeed Pro with ChromeOS to record remote guests at 48 kHz! Despite persistent myths to the contrary, there is a plethora of programs for the latest ChromeOS that work offline (including web apps, Android apps and more recently, silent Linux apps, all of which both run on the latest Chromebooks/Chromeboxes/Chromebases), without any Internet connection during use.

The rest of this article is for the other 12% of earthlings who (like me) still very frequently use one of the few (and diminishing) applications that still don’t exist for ChromeOS, like:

  • Very demanding audio editing for storytellers, i.e. Hindenburg Journalist (Pro), which currently exists for macOS and Windows.
  • Very demanding video editing + grading, like DaVinci Resolve, which currently exists for macOS, Windows and Linux. Linux already works on ChromeOS, but so far it’s silent (without audio). That should change before the end of 2019. Then it will likely be a question of performance, depending upon the specific hardware used.
  • Sophisticated print and ebook publishing for wide distribution (listen to Joanna Penn’s excellent Exclusivity vs publishing wide for ebooks, print, And audio), with a tool like Vellum (see details ahead)
  • Digital surgery

You may have noticed that I wrote the words very frequent in italics, since those who need infrequent use of Vellum can —and should absolutely consider— using a Chromebook/Chromebox/Chromebase together with an online service called MacinCloud, which can be extremely inexpensive for occasional use. Even if you plan to publish 6 books per year, most of your time will be invested in the writing (not in the layout), which can be done directly on a Chromebook/Chromebox/Chromebase (using Google Docs or StackEdit, both of which can work both online and offline, seamlessly). Then you will only need to use Vellum in the final layout stages, which is a fraction of the time you spend writing. Authors like Paul Toague have done that successfully using Vellum —without a Mac— using MacinCloud’s Pay-as-You-Go option, which costs US$30 for 30 hours of use, which obviously works out to US$1 per hour. Of course, MacinCloud can and should also be used from a Windows 10 computer too, since Vellum isn’t available for Windows either. To clarify, MacinCloud’s Pay-as-You-Go option for US$30 gives you 30 hours, which do not have to be consecutive hours. However, your US$30 Pay-as-You-Go credits will expire if you do not login to your MacinCloud server for 60 consecutive days. Even if you use Macincloud, you must still purchase your own Vellum license, which you install in your Macincloud instance.

The rest of the article is for those of you who frequently use creative apps that do exist for Windows 10 (and aren’t yet feasible on a Chromebook/Chromebase/Chromebox), including DaVinci Resolve, Hindenburg Journalist (Pro), all of the Adobe apps (including Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush), Camtasia and much more.

MSFT’s Hands-on walkthrough: May 2019 Update for Windows 10

The above video from MSFT has a total duration of 15:22, but I have pre-cued it for you to 13:30, where it begins discussing the core message of this article. If you are interested in watching the entire video, feel free to do so.

Comments and thoughts

After the extremely long awaited update and then setting your “Active Hours”, Microsoft promises that Windows 10 users will no longer receive undesired spontaneous restarts to a computer while its in the middle of performing a mission-critical task like Internet interviewing, broadcasting, gaming or digital surgery.

According to many reputable security sources, Windows Defender Security Center (free for Windows 10) has been doing a very good job of protecting virus and spyware for a long time (although of course, not as well as ChromeOS). As a result, the unexpected, unplanned and spontaneous updates and restarts have been the main reason preventing many macOS users —who are justifiably unsatisfied with Apple’s current Mac offerings— from Windows 10 with mission-critical applications until now. So with this game-changer, for those macOS users who are justifiably unsatisfied with Apple’s current Mac offerings due to defective keyboards, unstable T2 chips and lack of matte IPS displays (and still cannot use ChromeOS for the reasons mentioned in the prior section), the primary remaining objection to using a computer with Windows 10 has seemingly been eliminated, especially since sporadic use of macOS-only apps like Vellum are alleviated for US$30 by MacinCloud.

I still have and use a MacBook Air, the last one that could be transplanted to matte by TechRestore in California while they still offered it. Stand by for more about this hot topic. I can’t work with the “free mirror” that Apple currently includes with all current key models, with the notable exception of the Mac Mini, the only remaining Mac that still offers the freedom not to be forced into a distracting glossy display. Be sure to get on my mailing list (or get back onto it, after the GDPR change).

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