We have to start off with a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Stephen Eckert who’s birthday was on Thursday.
There is a large portion of you guys out there who consider yourself a “Hobbyists”. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a hobbyist who loves photography and may or may not be looking to make some money with their photos.
Before the show I put out the call for hobbyists to ask me all the questions on their mind. The response was insane with over 350 questions coming over night. Many of them were very basic and others though basic were pinpointed at a specific topic which is great.
There were so many fantastic questions this week that I know will help a lot of you out there. I knew this RAWtalk was going to go overtime but I wanted to make sure I answered as many questions as possible.
So sit back, learn and enjoy this 2+ Hour edition of FroKnowsPhoto RAWtalk.
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Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news in detail:
Mini-Documentary Shot on the Nikon D810
There is a brand new short film that was shot entirely on the Nikon D810 called ‘Every Moment Counts’. The production company, Cinescapes Collective, was contacted by NPS Canada to showcase the new Nikon body, using everything from an octocopter to a Movi to a pocket jib to even a Kessler Cinedrive–only the best tools to make the perfect cinematic film. They have a whole behind-the-scenes video explaining the process of the shoot too, from their use of the new flat picture style setting to backing up the footage to even shooting clean HDMI out. Check it all out below and head over to their blog to view a comparison video showing the before-and-after color grading process as well. (via FS)
RAWtalk Video and Photo News will be up on Tuesday.
Isn’t it always nice to get home from being away? I know a lot of people love being away but for me, I don’t like being away for to long. The key to my happiness is never stopping, when I stop, I become less happy.
Many of you know I was out in Seattle on CreativeLIVE putting in 15-18 hour days and still it felt like a vacation to me.
Well, now we are home at the loft and crushing another RAWtalk Episode. I must say, when we finished this weeks show we all sat there and said that was a good one. Of course you never know how it really went until you release it into the wild.
Are you in London or Cologne Germany and can help with Mobile RAWtalk? If so please e mail me at Jared at FroKnowsPhoto.com with the subject line Mobile RAWtalk Help. I am looking for help in finding the locations, helping with the show and someone to correspond with people who are signing up.
In my opinion there are a million different tripod companies all of which are creating pretty much the same tripods. Recently when I was at AllensCamera.com they had in stock the BENRO tripods and video tripods. I decide to try one out and liked it. When I like something I call the company to see if they will send me a test unit so I can see if I should recommend it to you.
In this case I really liked the video monopod for the price and functions that it offered.
Stephen hits you right in the face with more photo news before we CRUSH the flying solo questions that came in this week.
Don’t forget to check out AllensCamera.com as well as RODE and Atomos. Without those companies supporting RAWtalk it would be harder to do RAWtalk each week.
Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:
What Flickr Would Look Like in 1989
A Flickr user named Jeff Jackson showcases what Flickr would have looked like if it existed 25 years ago. He tweaked his 1989 Macintosh SE/30 and browsed the web to see what websites today would look like and how they would function, Flickr being one of them. He says it took a full five minutes just to load a single Flickr page; wow. Check out the black & white 8-bit screenshot below. (via TUAW)
Image courtesy of Jeff Jackson
Yes you read that right, Stephen and I recorded our very first Mobile RAWtalk in front of a LIVE Studio Audience.
Forty handpicked guests crowded into Studio A over at CreativeLIVE to listen to Stephen and I record a RAWtalk. I must say that having a LIVE Studio Audience made the show a million times better. The interactions with the studio took everything to an entirely new level.
The best part is when I tell a joke and people actually laugh or on the flip side you say something that falls totally flat and you hear crickets. We ran the show pretty similar to how we run it here at the loft which means Stephen broke out the Photo News and I spent the time interrupting him. We did gear of the week which was the NEW Atomos Ninja STAR which is only $299 and will be finding it’s way into our mobile RAWtalk kit bag.
Being that we don’t have a mobile Wheel of FRO we decide to pre record the wheel spinning and played it back on a TV for the entire ROOM to see. This weeks spinner was our new friend Trevor who acted as our Sutter this week. He reset the cameras and passed out the microphone for the Flying Solo Portion where members of the audience could hit me with some Q and A. Oh yea, the wheel landed on…….
Stephen and I can not thank everyone who drove from near and far to join us for the very first FroKnowsPhoto Mobile RAWtalk. A huge thank you goes out to CreativeLIVE for allowing us to use their studio and a special thanks goes to Aaron from CreativeLIVE for busting is hump to make sure we had everything we needed.
My goal is to take RAWtalk mobile as often as possible. I think you may all agree that this was the BEST RAWtalk EVER!!!!!
Autonomous Drone Lights Your Subject For You
A group of MIT researchers developed a drone that will automatically light up your subject for you. The autonomous drone provides perfect rim lighting for your subject. This is how it works: the photographer tells it what side they want the rim lighting from. Then, once it’s in position, the photographer dials in the desired rim width of the light by typing in a certain percentage. From there on out, the drone will automatically track the subject and provide the rim light. If the subject moves, the drone repositions and follows it. If the photographer moves, the drone adjusts its position accordingly. Their goal is to eventually have photographers use a fleet of drones, instead of lugging around a ton of lights. Is this the future? (via TC)
Please see the table of contents below to jump to a certain portion of RAWtalk.
00:07 Intro, 10:07 Photo News, 36:09 Giles Clement Interview, 1:15:03 Gear Of The Week, 1:17:43 Wheel Of Fro
What goes into capturing images like it was 1850 all over again? I’ll tell you, a whole lot of knowledge, caustic chemicals and a lot of practice.
I had photographer Giles Clement in to the loft this week to talk about his love affair with tintype photography. How he got into it, how he learned what he has learned and his thoughts on the future of the medium. Yes, I asked if it is being ruined by the easy access to everything that is needed to make tintype images.
Giles knows his stuff and I asked him to stick around for a 5 Min Portrait using one of his 8×10 view cameras. That video was a lot of fun to make and I can not wait to share it with you. If you would like to contact Giles for his services you can contact him on his Squarespace site http://www.gilesclement.com/ .
This week was loaded with a ton of Photo News stories that Mr. Stephen Eckert brought to life. There were some interruptions, some singing and a whole lot of fun.
Don’t forget I will be heading to Seattle to be on CreativeLIVE to teach a class on Low Light Photography starting Thursday July 10th until July 12th. This is a FREE class as long as you tune in to the live broadcast. While in Seattle we will be attempting our very first Mobile RAWtalk with a LIVE studio audience. I hope you will be able to join my class.
I want to thank AllensCamera.com for their continued support, RODE Microphones for the killer audio gear we use, Atomos for our digital recorders and you.
Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:
Apple Kills Off Aperture
Apple has officially killed off Aperture 3. The company says “with the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.” However, Apple has said it it working with Adobe to help users transition their libraries from Aperture to Lightroom for Mac. Does this decision effect you and your editing? (via Loop)
I often put the call out for “Flying Solo” questions and generally a large portion of them have something to do with camera gear. Those questions do have place but I think the hard hitting questions tend to be the best ones. Sometimes the best questions are the hardest to answer. Questions that make me think or challenge something are the ones that bring out the best answers. Asking vague questions like “when do I know it’s time to go pro” are not exactly hard hitting. Whereas the more pointed questions have a better chance of getting answered. I am sure you are curious as to what those questions would sound like. You won’t have to wait to long as I made sure to select some of the harder hitting questions this week.
Please keep the questions coming when I put out the call, your questions are helping not just me but other readers who probably are thinking the same thing. Just remember that I probably won’t be answering the questions related to “what lens should I buy” or “how do I make money”. But if you think it out and it’s hard hitting and to the point, there is a better chance it will get answered.
Stephen came to the table this week with a fully loaded arsenal of photo related stories. We showcased the NEW DJI Phantom 2+ as our gear of the week. And we unveiled the NEW Wheel Of Fro graphics that a FRO reader was kind enough to send designs over for.
There was also a little side step question that related to “What makes a good business card”. Sam Green was here and showcased his “Plastic” business card that he picked up at http://www.plasticprinters.com/ which I am in the process of testing out as we speak.
I want to thank RODE for the microphones and arms that we use each and every week. I also want to thank www.Atomos.com for their continued support and finally AllensCamera.com for being there since day one. Don’t forget to ask for the FroPrice when you give Allens a call.
Thank you guys and enjoy the show!!!
Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:
Nikon has officially announced the D800 successor–the D810. Specs on the new body include an ALL-NEW 36.3 MP full-frame sensor. No optical low-pass filter just like the D800E. The ISO range is now 64-12800 (expandable to 32-51,600). The new DSLR shoots at 5fps full-frame and 7fps in DX mode. The D810 can shoot Raw “Small” which is a plus for those that don’t want the huge files. It sports an Expeed 4 image-processing engine with improved AF including Group Area AF mode taken from the D4s. Video can be shot up to 1080p at 60fps (no 4K unfortunately). There is a new Kevlar/carbon fiber composite shutter that reduces lag and shutter noise. Meanwhile, Nikon says they improved the grip and “optimal layout of operations controls.” They also added a “Flat” Picture Control setting for capturing as much highlight information as possible for better color grading in post. Check out the full press release and Jared’s first impressions here while we wait for the new camera to be available on July 17 for $3299.95. Will you be upgrading?