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01.18.17         michael's insights  

The Efficiency Playbook by Michael Andrew


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01.18.17         instagram  

Maui Sunset 1-17-2017


Here is my niece Tiffany's shot after a quick lesson. Most of our more recent Crash Courses include a lesson on sunset photography or videography.

Awesome job Tiffany!! #t3i #t3irebel #maui #sunset

01.18.17         fun!  

Popping Popcorn at 30,000 FPS - Slow Motion by Warped Perception




Ultra slow motion videos are trending right now and YouTube channels dedicated to this genre are popping up like.....popcorn. Some videos are far more interesting than others and this one is worth sharing just for it's "cool factor".

If you're anything like me you may have wondered what exactly it would look like to see a kernel exploding into the fluffy treat we all love. If you check out the video above you'll see the action in super sharp, super slow, close up detail. Thanks to guys and gals like this who stay curious and take the time to produce these fun videos.

It was shot in 4K at 30,000 Frames Per Second Filmed in Ultra Slow Motion Macro with the Phantom v2512 Ultra High Speed Camera.

If you're into this trend of slow-mo videos you'll probably love Warped Perception YouTube Channel. Be sure to check it out HERE.

01.17.17         instagram  

What a fun opportunity I had tonight to give my...


What a fun opportunity I had tonight to give my niece @tifftshiff a crash course on sunset photography. I love hands on teaching, especially family! The first rule of shooting sunsets at the beach- go barefoot, as you are probably going to get your feet wet.

01.16.17         photography  

Harvard Extension School Offering Free Online Digital Photography Course


Harvard is offering a FREE online digital photography course. Free education from Harvard, why not? It covers the very basics of photography and could act as a great reference if you print it and keep it on hand. It appears to be mostly reading and images so visual learners might not benefit as much. For more advanced users it could serve as a light refreshers course. So why not check it out?

The course is broken down into 13 modules as follows:

Module 1: Introduction to Digital Photography
Module 2: Introduction to Software
Module 3: Introduction to Light
Module 4: Introduction to Exposure - Part 1
Module 5: Introduction to Exposure - Part 2
Module 6: Introduction to Optics
Module 6: Introduction to Optics
Module 7: Introduction to Histograms
Module 8: Introduction to Software Tools
Module 9: Introduction to Digital Cameras
Module 10: Introduction to Digital Cameras - Part 2
Module 11: Introduction to Color
Module 12: Introduction to Artifacts
Module 13: Digital Photography Assessment

It says it should take the average student about 15 hours to complete.

Signing up for the course could not be easier. (Just watch for clickable ads as the site seems to have a lot.)

SIGN UP AND GET STARTED HERE

01.15.17         fun!  

Drone Tour of Germany's 'The Elbphilharmonie' Concert Hall




With it's official opening on January 11, 2017 The Elbphilharmonie is one of the most advanced and visually stunning concert halls in the entire world. It took roughly $780 million Euro ($840 million dollars) and almost ten years to complete. You guys have to watch this video of the incredible interior taken by drones. It's absolutely beautiful and I hope you enjoy it!

If you're interested in learning more about The Elbphilharmonie CLICK HERE.

via FStoppers

01.14.17         gadgetry  

HyperDrive: Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro Raised 1.7 Million




Many have been upset about the shortcomings of the new MacBook Pro. Mainly the lack of an SD card slot and HDMI ports. Literally millions of dollars are being spent by consumers to undo Apple's choice (mistake if you will).

Enter the HyperDrive: Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro. Coming in at $70 they were able to raise $1.7 million by backers on Kickstarter. Instead of buying various adapters as a solution, HyperDrive does it all in one gadget and the design is sleek and in line with Macbook's aesthetic.

If you want to get your hands on one you can pledge $69 HERE and have it in your hands next month.

01.13.17         featured photographers  

Light Painting Work of Hannu Huhtamo




Hannu Huhtamo is a light painting artist/photographer from Finland. Where others would only find misery in the sun barely rising above the horizon for nearly 50 days, Hannu sees opportunity and beauty.

Crafting his ideas with pre-visualization techniques, even sometimes jotting them on paper, Hannu heads out to the darkest places to sculpt his images. Using a wide array of lighting tools and long exposure images the light paintings emerge from the dark.

Check out the video above published by Great Big Story about Hannu and his technique. To learn more about Hannu and view his work CLICK HERE.

01.12.17         instagram  

#Maui #Sunset 1-12-17 #sonya6500 #A6500


#Maui #Sunset 1-12-17 #sonya6500 #A6500

01.12.17         photography  

Player's-Eye View of Super Bowl LI




In a press release today Fox Sports announced they teamed up with Intel to bring us “Be the Player” view in the upcoming Super Bowl LI. It'll give us players point of view.

“We tasked Intel to push their amazing Intel 360 Replay technology to the limit of what it could do, using their array of cameras circling the stadium to synthesize a player’s view on the field,” said Michael Davies, FOX Sports SVP of Field & Technical Operations.

The video above shows a sneak peek of the of the technology. The Super Bowl will be broadcast Sunday, February 5th, 2017 on Fox.

To read the entire press release CLICK HERE.

via PetaPixel

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