Roberto Cimatti aic-Imago cinematographer Sat, 04 Apr 2020 17:26:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Roberto Cimatti 32 32 162117006 OWNZONES webinar: reimagining the video supply chain in the cloud Sat, 04 Apr 2020 17:26:44 +0000

OWNZONES re-imagines the video supply chain in the cloud

Due to the cancellation of NAB 2020, OWNZONES is hosting a brief 15-minute webinar to present its latest content workflow technologies.

As so many other companies are doing after NAB 2020 was cancelled, OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies will present its latest products and technologies in a global webinar, taking place on April 7th, 2020 at 9:15am PST. The webinar includes demonstration of Connect SaaS platform that re-imagines the video supply chain in the cloud.

The cloud pioneer will highlight the latest developments within OWNZONES Connect, the next-gen content servicing and supply chain platform; FrameDNA, the AI-driven content library consolidation tool within Connect; and OWNZONES Discover, a customizable B2B content sales platform.

“With the understandable cancellation of NAB 2020, we want to give our customers, partners and industry professionals around the world the opportunity to find out about the latest developments in our cloud-based workflow technology, even if we can’t meet them in person,” said Dan Goman, CEO of OWNZONES. “We’re excited to discuss how our solutions enable organizations to handle the skyrocketing demand for content with fast, cost-effective and secure delivery.”

OWNZONES re-imagines the video supply chain in the cloud

Connect: designed natively in the cloud

Attendees will learn about Connect, the first cloud-based solution to support SMPTE IMF and ACES workflows. Connect was designed natively in the cloud to join the fragmented pieces of many post-production workflows by replacing multiple vendors, non-compatible formats and expensive data servers. The largest movie studio or smallest indie network can easily connect with their audiences by rapidly processing and delivering content in any format to any platform. Through this platform, users can transcode video content up to 35 times faster while reducing costs up to 90 percent.

OWNZONES will also showcase two new content scanning technologies, FrameDNA and Deep Analysis, which can fit into users’ workflows either as separate tools or complementary pieces.

FrameDNA uses AI technology to make frame-by-frame comparisons between multiple files, eliminating redundancies, reducing storage footprints by 73% and creating versions five times faster than traditional localization and conformance workflows. This content library tool scans millions of hours of content in hours to deduplicate and consolidate content, prepares localized versions simultaneously with the click of a button, converts 100,000 on-prem flat files into 10,000 cloud-based IMF packages for distribution in any format. As a result, FrameDNA monetizes and future-proofs content through efficient archival and delivery logistics.

Deep Analysis lets users scan their content to better understand its layout and formatting, locating scene changes, color bars, blacks, texted scenes and essences without having to watch it in real time. This information is presented in an easy-to-understand graphic interface and producers can save scanned content to reuse in future projects.

OWNZONES re-imagines the video supply chain in the cloud

IMF 101 Tutorial Session

The OWNZONES team will also discuss Discover, its cloud-based B2B sales platform that offers everything content companies need to impress buyers, licensors, and reviewers. Discover’s seamless integration with Connect facilitates the instantaneous fulfillment of avails, connecting sales and operations teams to streamline delivery workflows. Originally built as a B2C white-label OTT platform, a focus on delivering a premium user experience with a rich CMS was the driving force throughout the development of Discover and is what now sets it apart from others on the market.

Attendees can register to attend the free webinar by emailing

In addition to the webinar, OWNZONES CTO Aaron Sloman will participate in the IMF 101 Tutorial Session hosted by the IMF User Group. Sloman will demonstrate how OWNZONES Connect leverages IMF (Interoperable Master Format) to simplify content mastering, QC, management, versioning, and delivery workflows. The session will take place online on April 22nd, 2020 at 9am – 11am PST. Attendees can register for free but space is limited.

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Are We Facing Hard Times Getting Recognition for Our Photographs? Sat, 04 Apr 2020 17:00:20 +0000

Are We Facing Hard Times Getting Recognition for Our Photographs?

It’s amazing what modern software can create within seconds and how we can alter images with only a few clicks. What does it do to our reception of photography?

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]]> 0 24759 Shutterstock: footage library now available for mobile users Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:59:29 +0000

Shutterstock: footage library now available for mobile users

Now you can search, save, and license over 17 million videos on-the-go from your smartphone, iOS or Android, with Shutterstock mobile apps.

Creators using the new smartphone application from Shutterstock can now search, save, and license over 17 million videos on-the-go with, as the company’s announced its footage offering is now available for license on the customer iOS and Android applications in SD, HD, and 4K. With over 17 million videos in the collection, searching, saving and licensing footage content allows customers to create engaging video content from a mobile or tablet device.

Mobile video advertising is growing at a rapid pace. According to eMarketer, mobile video ad spending in the US will increase by 24.6% to $28.52 billion in 2020. Whether it’s a social media manager creating a video ad or a creative director building a footage collection on their commute, the Shutterstock app now supports a mobile-only workflow for footage content creators.

Shutterstock: footage library now available for mobile users

Proprietary Shutterstock technology

“As consumers spend more and more time on their devices, marketers are adapting their strategies to reach them there. As a result, we’ve seen many customers transition to mobile-only campaign creation and execution,” said Jamie Elden, Chief Revenue Officer at Shutterstock. “This update enables a new generation of producers and content creators to access footage in seconds to quickly and easily create on-the-go – perhaps while on location. We are committed to continuously innovating our products and streamlining the creative process as the needs of our customers continue to evolve.”

The mobile app browsing experience also includes the computer-vision powered discovery tool, Visually Similar Video, to help users surface more content that looks similar to a selected clip. This proprietary Shutterstock technology relies on pixel data within images – rather than metadata collected through keywords and tagging – to help identify and surface relevant content.

Follow the links to explore Shutterstock’s footage offering on the customer application for iOS and for Android.

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TikTok Star Draws Heat for Crashing Wedding Photographer’s Shoot Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:53:07 +0000

A photographer and TikTok star is catching criticism after posting a video of himself crashing a wedding photographer’s photo shoot with a bride and groom, asking the couple to take time out of their session to pose for him instead.

San Francisco-based photographer Alex Stemplewski, who has 188,000+ followers on Instagram and 6.9 million+ followers on TikTok, just shared a full behind-the-scenes clip, saying he received “a lot of heat” for his original share and that he wanted to share more of what happened to let the public decide if what he did was wrong or not.


I took a lot of heat for this TikTok where I interupted a newlywed photoshoot. Showing the full video to let you decide if what I did was wrong or not

♬ Up – Movie Theme – Giampaolo Pasquile

After walking up to the couple doing a shoot in San Francisco’s Union Square, Stemplewski introduced himself and asked them (and their photographer) if he could have 5 minutes of their time. The wedding photographer graciously agreed to put his own shoot on pause for a maximum of 5 minutes while Stemplewski shot his own photos of his clients.

Stemplewski says he only ended up using 2.5 minutes, and here are the resulting portraits he shared on Instagram:

“I saw a newlywed couple and wanted to give them a gift,” Stemplewski writes. “I politely asked their photographer if I could have 5 minutes with them to take a few photos.”

The original Instagram post racked up over 11,000 Likes after it was shared on March 8th, but many commenters weren’t amused by Stemplewski’s antics and spoke up in defense of the wedding photographer.

Here’s a sampling of some of the critical responses:

The photographer Stemplewski interrupted was Bill Payne. People have been flooding Payne’s photos of the couple with praise for both his work and how he handled the unexpected disruption.

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All 20 Best International Film Oscar Winners of The 21st Century Ranked Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:08:11 +0000

While the Academy Awards have always been favorable towards English language films, it has also honored some of cinema’s most iconic international films since the Academy first created a separate category for foreign language films in 1956. Filmmakers including the likes of Almodovar, De Sica, and Kurasowa have all received the Academy Award for Best International Film during their careers.

Since the 21st century began, films from all around the globe have been honored with the Oscar for Best International Film. Many of these films have gained much notoriety following their Oscar wins, garnering critical and commercial success that they may not have received had they not been Oscar winners. Here is a list of Best International Film winners of the 21st century, ranking from worst to best.


20. Departures (2008)


The winner of Best International Film at the eighty-first Academy awards was the Japanese film Departures, directed by Yōjirō Takita. After failing to find a career as a successful cellist, a young man returns to his hometown where he is able to find a job working for a traditional Japanese mortician. Coming from Japan where there are culturally-specific connotations surrounding death, Departures explores its protagonist’s journey as he connects with his new career. Often stepping over the line of too conventional and too sentimental, Departures was a bit of an off-beat winner of the Academy Award for Best International Film.


19. In a Better World (2010)

In a Better World

Another female filmmaker who has won the Oscar for Best International Film during the 21st century is Susanne Bier, whose film In a Better World won the award for Denmark in 2010. The film is an intense modern day thriller that cuts between a doctor working in a Sudanese refugee camp and his adolescent son’s life back in Denmark as the two navigate their own senses of justice and righteousness. The ideas and themes presented in this film are provocative, leaning towards decisions and developments that are too disturbing, leaving this film at the bottom of the list.


18. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

The Barbarian Invasions won the Academy Award for Best International Film in 2003, where it was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Directed by Denys Arcand, this was Canada’s first winner for Best International Film. A sequel to an earlier Arcand film, The Barbarian Invasions focuses on middle-aged Sébastien who returns home to Montreal after learning that his father is dying from cancer. A film that taps into post-millennial changes in the world and aging characters in contemplation of life, The Barbarian Invasions is a bit of a misanthropic film that could be loved or hated by viewers.


17. Tsotsi (2005)

Tsotsi (2005)

The only film on this list from the African continent, Tsotsi directed by Gavin Hood won the Best International Film Oscar in 2005. Taking place in a South African slum, the film’s protagonist Tsotsi is a young criminal who is led on a journey of righteousness after being left with a baby to care for following a crime gone wrong. Platforming many African languages and presenting perspectives typically uncommon in western cultures, Tsotsi is deserving of its Best International Film win.


16. The Sea Inside (2004)

the sea inside

Alejandro Amenåbar’s The Sea Inside won the Oscar for Best International Film for Spain at the 2004 ceremony. The Sea Inside is based on the true story of Ramón Sampedro, a quadriplegic who fought European legal systems for nearly three decades for the right to an assisted suicide. Starring Javier Bardem in a role far away from his typical suave appearance, The Sea Inside is a sorrowful story that manages to evoke the sense of lightheartedness or comedy that is ever present in real life. A heavy topic that is carried by strong performances make The Sea Inside a befitting winner of Best International Film.


15. Nowhere in Africa (2002)

Nowhere in Africa

The first German recipient of the Oscar for Best International film in the past twenty years is 2002’s winner Nowhere in Africa. Female Filmmaker Caroline Link directed the film, based on a memoir by a German-Jewish woman whose family moved to Kenya before World War II to escape persecution. A graceful and romantic movie, Nowhere in Africa works to capture the experience of its central family as they grapple with geographical and emotional transitions.


14. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

An Argentinian film won the Oscar for Best International Film in 2009 with Juan José Campanella’s The Secret in Their Eyes. Based on a novel (whose author co-wrote the film’s script) about the investigation of a brutal murder during the 1970’s, the film also addresses the instability within Argentina during the times. The Secret in Their Eyes is surprising and entrancing, with a mysterious story unlike any other winner on this list.


13. The Counterfeiters (2007)

The Counterfeiters

Austrian film The Counterfeiters directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky won Best International Film at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony. Another winner on this list that deals with themes of the Holocaust, The Counterfeiters is based on the real experiences of a Jewish counterfeiter who survived the Holocaust by forging Nazi documents and currencies. This film finds itself in the thirteenth position on this list because of its conventional story arc, cinematography, and use of flashback that has been seen in other Holocaust films.


12. The Great Beauty (2013)

The Great Beauty won the Oscar for Best International Film in 2013. Directed by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty harkens back to classic Italian films such as 8 ½ in the way the film centers on an aging man facing the moral dilemmas of life. Profound connections to the modern human experience and amazing cinematography elevate The Great Beauty to a must-see Oscar winner.


11. A Fantastic Woman (2017)

A Fantastic Woman

Chile received its first win in the Best International Film category at the Oscars in 2017 with A Fantastic Woman. Directed by Sebastián Lelio, the film focuses on a transgender woman in Santiago as she faces the aftermath of her boyfriend’s sudden death. Starring a real transgender actress and confronting issues faced by the transgender community in Chile and worldwide, A Fantastic Woman has become a far-reaching LGBTQ film. A Fantastic Woman serves as an important film of representation in the history of the Academy Awards.

Make Your Images More Effective With Carefully Crafted Vignettes Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:00:20 +0000

Make Your Images More Effective With Carefully Crafted Vignettes

An image with flat light can come across as forgettable and boring. Make your images more powerful and effective by shaping the light and guiding the eyes of the viewer to where you want them.

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]]> 0 24756 Stock Notice: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III at Canon USA Store Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:40:08 +0000 The Canon USA store has stock of the hard-to-find Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. Key Features New DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range Read more… ]]> 0 24754 How to Easily Remove Color Casts in Photoshop Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:37:47 +0000

In this post, I’ll share how I do quick and easy color cast removal using Photoshop. I will provide some examples to show you that it can work for a wide range of images. The color cast removal process I will explain may not be a universal solution but it seems to be very resilient.

That said, Photoshop is a deep well, for every task in hand there is a multitude of ways of getting the desired results. This is one in the toolbox but you may have tools superior, easier to use, or more commonly used. That is perfectly fine. I am sharing one simple way of removing color cast which works for me. I hope you give it a try.

Color Cast

When you look at an image, you may “feel” that the color is not right but be hard-pressed to pinpoint its source. In all likelihood, a slight color cast may subtly shift all the colors. This is particularly problematic in my scanned images no matter how carefully I try to adjust the colors in the scanning stage. There may be an overall green, magenta, cyan, blue, … cast that degrades the image quality.

In the banner area, you see a corrected image although no other adjustment beyond color cast removal is applied. Under that is a before/after comparison image where you can move the slider with your mouse to see the two versions for comparison. As you probably can see, the colors in the original are not quite right. The poppies in the original don’t look right and the grass is a strange shade of green. And, there is no neutral area for me to click on to set the white balance to remove the color cast. So, Photoshop to the rescue!

Color Cast Removal Steps

These are very simple, mechanical steps, there is no thinking involved. Let’s go:

  1. Open the image
  2. Click on the background layer
  3. Press Ctrl-J to create a duplicate copy
  4. From the menu, follow Filters/Blur/Average, you will have a single color layer

  5. From the Layers panel tool icons at the bottom of it, click the half-moon and select Curves to insert a curves adjustment layer

  6. From the blending mode drop-down menu, choose Color

  7. Now, look at the three eyedrop icons on the left side of the Curves panel and click on the middle icon to set the gray point
  8. Click anywhere on the single color layer

  9. Click on the eye icon to the left of the single color layer to turn it off or simply delete that layer as it is no longer needed
  10. Enjoy your image free from color cast

Here is the above image along with the color cast removed version. There is no other adjustment applied other than the steps outlined above.

Poppies in the field – Original
Poppies in the field – Color cast removed

Tonal Adjustments

Although it may be tempting to make tonal structure adjustments using the same curve, I will advise against it for the simple reason that it will not work! Remember, we changed the blend mode to Color.

In order to adjust the tonal structure:

  1. Add a new curves layer above the first one
  2. Change its blend mode to Luminosity
  3. Now, you can adjust the luminosity, the darks and the lights of the image or select a suitable one from the drop-down list
  4. You can use individual channels or Red, Green, and Blue and make them lighter or darker without changing the hue. But, be careful; a little goes a long way.

Additional Comparative Images

The images below have captions that will appear when you click and enlarge them in the lightbox. Some have a second curves layer with either Medium Contrast or Lighter may be adjusted, direct from the curves options.

At Anadolu Kavagi – Original
At Anadolu Kavagi – Color cast removed
At Anadolu Kavagi – Medium contrast curve
Back streets of Istanbul – Original
Back streets of Istanbul – Color cast removed
Back streets of Istanbul – Medium contrast curve applied
Lily – Original
Lily – Color cast removed
Guven, Jan – Polonezkoy – Original
Guven, Jan – Polonezkoy – Color cast removed
Guven, Jan – Polonezkoy – Curves/Lighter added
Cemal holding Pelin – Original
Cemal holding Pelin – Color cast removed
Cemal holding Pelin – Medium contrast curves, highlight pulled down to 248 from 255

In the last example, I finalized the image with a new curves layer, blend mode set to luminosity. Using the drop-down selector, I added a Medium contrast curve adjustment then pulled down the top right corner of the curve from 255 down to 248. That last move was to prevent blown highlights on her face and make the image fit the original mood.

Now, it is your turn!

About the author: A. Cemal Ekin is a photographer based in Warwick, Rhode Island who has been shooting for roughly 60 years. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Ekin retired as a professor of marketing emeritus from Providence College in 2012 after 36 years of service there. Visit his website here. This article was also published here and here.

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I Shot Military Survival Training with a Holga Toy Camera Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:07:49 +0000

My name is Corban Lundborg, and I just completed a series of rare military survival courses at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, during February 2020. I was authorized to bring a film camera to the field portion of SERE (Survive, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) School. Equipped with a Holga 120N plastic camera, I was able to capture four rolls of Ilford HP5+ medium format film.

I’m a full-time artist working across a handful of mediums in Los Angeles. Between art gigs on the West Coast, I also work as a combat photographer for the Air Force Reserve — I am a staff sergeant at the 4th Combat Camera Squadron in Charleston, South Carolina.

Often the two worlds of art and military contrast each other, but in recent years I’ve been able to use my creativity in the military to create art, tell stories, and uniquely capture history.

I have been serving in the Air Force for 10 years now and in that time I had often heard the painful rumors of SERE (Survive, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) School. When I found out earlier this year that I had a slot to go, I quickly looked for pictures and information about what to expect and how to prepare. There is little information about this training known to the public, and for good reasons.

When I learned I was allowed to bring a camera to the mountain portion of the school, I was excited to capture my experience, but one hurdle stood in my way. Only film cameras are authorized and I had never shot on film before.

I looked for a cheap film camera and came across the Holga 120N. It was perfect. It was disposable enough that I wouldn’t be upset if it broke in the harsh field conditions, but I was also in love with the nostalgic aesthetic the camera produces.

I bought the Holga 120N for $30 dollars on Amazon, and I also bought four rolls of “>Ilford HP5 Plus black-and-white medium-format film. I watched a few videos on the Internet and, to the best of my ability, got the camera ready for six days of winter survival in the mountains of Washington.

It was very cold and we were sleeping in snow-based shelters so I did my best to keep the camera dry and safe. I kept the film inside my Gortex jacket pocket, close to my chest day and night. I rationed the rolls of film to best cover the entirety of our time in the mountains.

My time at SERE School was a huge learning curve, I both learned military survival techniques and how to shoot film. I came across both technical and physical challenges along the way. In my transition from digital to film I had to learn to ration my shots and really wait for the moment. Using a 1×1 square composition was also new to me and took time to get used to.

Outside the complications of camera challenges, I also had nature to deal with. Part of our school included land navigation and during training I injured my left eye. A tree branch scratched my cornea while evading through the thick trees. My eye was swollen, my fingers were frozen and I wondered if bringing the camera along was worth it.

SERE School is tough — it’s often called the best-worst time of your military career. After graduation and returning to Los Angeles a month later, I had the film developed locally and scanned the images myself at home. Upon seeing the results, it was immediately all worth it.

Bringing the Holga 120N was the best creative choice I could have made. I learned patience, resilience, and how to flex my creativity in the worst of conditions.

About the author: Corban Lundborg is a Los Angeles-based professional artist and a member of the Air Force Reserve as a photojournalist in the 4th Combat Camera Squadron. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Lundborg’s work on his website and Instagram.

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Editing Color Using an Area of Lightroom Often Ignored Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:00:20 +0000

Editing Color Using an Area of Lightroom Often Ignored

There are a number of ways to get creative with color in Lightroom. I just learned a new one and have a feeling you might too.

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