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02.17.17         video  

5 Simple Filmmaking Tricks by Film Riot


Low budget, no budget. No time. Limited resources. All of these things will require some creative thinking while on set and in production on your project.

This quick video goes over quick fixes for:

1. How to make a room appear larger.
2. "Cheating the turnaround". How to skip lighting changes and moving gear.
3. "Shooting for the reverse". Reversing footage on set to fix in post.
4. How to create fake sweat.
5. How to use the "whip pan" effect.

Thanks to Film Riot for creating this helpful video.

02.16.17         movie reviews  

Greater


Something I find myself doing these days is instead of rushing out to movie theaters each Friday afternoon (as I have done for most of my life), is to find great movies that seem to have slipped through the cracks. Regardless of when they came out.

Greater -- Which is available through Netflix DVD rentals, tells the story of Brandon Bulsworth who is considered to be the greatest walk-on story of modern college football. This is a FANTASTIC movie. Not only because I too was a walk-on at BYU and could relate to so many of the things Brandon did, but because it is a true story of overcoming adversity through hard work. Really just a fantastic movie. Ill try not to ruin it, but if you have a chance to see it, I would highly recommend it.

I was a little sad to learn that for it's 9 Million Dollar budget, it struggled at the box office. Nonetheless, this movie has to be near my top of my list for the type of films I would like to be creating myself. All-round wonderful inspirational story and filmmaking.

02.15.17         photography  

Quick History of Oskar Barnack Inventor of Ur-Lecia


The Leica Oskar Barnack Awards is a distinguished honor presented to "photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form in a sequence of a minimum of 10 up to a maximum of 12 images."

The award was named for renowned inventor of the Ur-Lecia. It was the first 35 mm camera that had the weight, build, and functionality to be used widely by professional journalists and artists. It's invention changed the course of photography forever. The award has been presented to professional photographers since 1979.

In promotion of 2017's award they released this great short bio on Oscar Barnack. I hope you enjoy this quick bit of photographic history as much as I did. If you are a serious professional with a impeccable portfolio and wish to submit your work for consideration you can learn more about how to do that HERE.

02.14.17         movie reviews  

John Wick II


If you liked the first one, you will like this one more. Better action scenes, tighter story, deeper mythology. Well done. If you like to shoot guns, and don't mind the violence, it's good entertainment. I would recommend seeing in theaters.

02.14.17         photography  

Easy Online Crop Factor Calculator


This is a cool tool if you're ever struggling to figure out the crop factor of your camera. While you may easily start to memorize your most used settings, it's nice to have this around in case you need a calculation fast. If you're just starting out in photography it's a really great tool. It can help you learn your how to think about your cameras crop factor. You simply enter your cameras sensor size, the lens length, and your f/stop. It'll give you your answer. Check it out HERE.

02.13.17         photography  

Canon 77D Rumored Specs


Some specs and images were released by Japanese websites Nokishita Camera and Digicame about the upcoming Canon 77D.

24.2 mega pixels
DIGIC 7 video sensor
45 points AF points
6 frames per second
ISO 100 - 25600
LCD Display
Built-in Wi-Fi / Bluetooth
Size: 131.0 × 99.9 × 76.2 mm
Weight: 540 g

The official announcement is expected very soon. We'll keep you posted.

02.13.17         instagram  

Sony 70-200 2.8 G Master in the House- finally!...


Sony 70-200 2.8 G Master in the House- finally! Hardest. Lens. To. Find. Ever. I've been looking for one since it's announcement, Feb 2016. Very excited to get this on my A7rii. I love my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II, but wanted native focusing for my Sonys. I do not buy this kind of lens unless I'm committed to the system, guess that should tell me something. #gmaster #sony #sonygmaster #sonygm70200

02.12.17         movie reviews  

The Lego Batman Movie


Great fun for the whole family. Highly recommended to see in theaters! Seriously impressive work, even though we are talking about lego toys (all of this should be happening in a child's imagination as per the Lego Movie) the cinematography was impressive.

02.11.17         photography  

"DroneLapse" of Minsk by Artem Pryadko



Minsk 2016. DroneLapse from zweizwei |timelapse&hyperlapse| on Vimeo.



The most exposure most Americans have to the capital of Belarus is from the show 'Friends'. Phoebe's love interest David is sent to Minsk for science research and there's running jokes on the show about how isolated, cold, and miserable it is.

Photographer Artem Sergeevich combined timelapse and drone photography to create this beautiful work. The technique is being called "dronelapse". Unlike David on 'Friends' silly portrayal of Minsk, this video shows a vibrant and modern city full of life and color. It's a great watch!

You can follow Artem on Instagram or Vimeo. (His Instagram gives a particularly insightful glimpse in to life in Minsk.)

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02.10.17         fun!  

Pixlplay™: Turn your smartphone into a fun camera!


If you have an old smartphone lying around the house and want to inspire photography as an interest in your children, you'll probably love this idea.

Pixlplay™ is essentially a wired camera shaped casing that gives the look and feel of a real camera for your kids. It comes with and app that offers some activities and the casing has clicking sounds and other features to mimic a real camera. The idea is that it will encourage active play and curiosity while repurposing an old phone and/or protecting your current one. It's a cute idea and I think kids would probably love it.

The major toy manufacturers offer toy cameras but often the resolution is terrible and they're not very well made. Even an older smartphone would offer better connectivity and image quality for your budding photographer.

You can get your hands on one for a modest pledge of $25 on Kickstarter. They're getting pretty close to their goal of $25,000 so if you're interested in seeing the project come to fruition and to learn more CLICK HERE.

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