Am I the WORST Video Editor EVER, let's find out: RAWtalk 185
This week Todd LIVE critiqued a video I was editing that I shot with multiple cameras and planned to edit myself. Todd had some pointers and I felt like I was back in school, but he was right. Check out the critique at 56:36.
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00:00:16 – Show Start
00:01:12 – Jared Photographed Soccer with 1DX II
00:03:02 – Noah Shipping Training with Heidi
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00:07:45 – FroKnowsPhoto.com 6 Year Anniversary
00:09:32 – FREE Guide to Building Your Online Presence
00:11:39 – Allen’s Canon-Ball
00:13:23 – D500 Real World Review is LIVE!
00:14:55 – Jared’s Awesome Golf Pants – TWEET @LOUDMOUTHGOLF!
00:16:57 – We Found An Issue with the D500 Audio Input
00:19:28 – Jared’s Ear Wax Removal!
00:20:58 – The Video Podcast is on iTunes Now!
00:48:08 – MAIL TIME!
00:51:28 – Gear of the Week: Epson AR Goggles
00:56:36 – Todd Critiques Jared’s Video Edit
00:17:44 – Wheel of Fro
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Here’s the Nikon D500 Real World Review we referenced during this week’s podcast:
Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:
Lens Falls From Photo Hole Onto Ice During Stanley Cup Finals, Players Mistake it for Puck
A lens fell off of a camera from a photo hole during the first period of game two of the Stanley Cup finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks last week. The game kept going for some time and even had a player or two hit the lens in the process, mistaking it for the actual puck. According to fansided, “Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist honestly believed that the lens was the puck until he played it and he realized that it didn’t quite move the way that a puck would. He immediately pointed it out.” It appears the lens fell during a lens change, as you can see in the broadcasted replay below. The lens looked to be a fisheye of some sort—maybe a Canon 15mm F/2.8—landing face down on the ice; ouch. Check out the footage below: (via FS)
New Pseudo Film Canister Promises to Make Your Film Camera Digital
A new Indigogo campaign has launched for a PSEUDO Film Canister that will let you shoot digitally with your film camera bodies. It’s basically a digital film canister with the film advance being the sensor itself, and the canister housing all the electronics, essentially turning it into a digital camera. There has been several attempts at an innovation like this in the past too, but all have failed. Most of the failed attempts replaced your film door with an entire digital back. This however, looks like a normal drop-in film canister, so you can use it with ANY film camera. Big thing to point out though: it’s currently only in the Research & Development stage. Early hopeful specs have been released for what it can be, noting a full frame sensor, WiFi-enabled paired with an app so it can have live view, a Microsd card slot, and more. They man behind the project says the biggest challenge is the shutter button: “I want the cartridge to fit in and out easily, with no mechanical changes needed to the camera. So the original shutter release button will be used to open the shutter still. This means, that something will be needed to trigger the digital sensor taking the photo. I am looking into audible feedback from the sound of the shutter being engaged. But there are a number of ways to go.” The campaign has about two months left with about a $3600 goal—16% of that has already been funded. The initial campaign will be used solely for R&D, followed by a 2nd round of funding in the future with the option to buy. They say they don’t want to “offer up empty promises, selling an item which is not yet made.” They add that, “the plan is to not stop until a working model exists!” (via DIYP)
MiNT Reveals Version 2.0 of Their Instax TLR Camera
Moving on to a new camera that actually exists: MiNT has released the follow-up to their Instax instant camera that mimics a vintage Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera with the new InstantFlex TL 2.0. Since the initial launch of the original camera, MiNT has gone back and revisited the Rolleiflex factory to find ways to improve their camera. They spoke with Rolleiflex techs that shared their secrets with making TLR cameras and they came up with version 2.0. One of the noticeable improvements is an upgrade to the Fresnel Super viewfinder, being now 5x brighter, 32% larger and overall clearer. A new enhanced magnifier can pop up if you really need to nail focus too. It also has a newly designed aperture wheel on the front along with a more advanced shutter. Price wise, it’s going for $389, but if you already own the original camera, they are also offering an upgrade kit for the viewfinder which will run you just $59. They note that they’ll even install it for free if you send them your camera. Check out a comparison chart between the old and new model below:
Zoom Upgrades the H4N to Pro Status
Another new piece of gear, this time in the audio world. Zoom has released an upgrade to their popular H4N recorder, with the H4N Pro. They say, “we’ve taken everything creators love about the H4n and brought it to the next level.” They note that it has “advanced X/Y microphones, incredibly natural-sounding preamps, and a super-low noise floor, you can record everything from the Indy 500 to the fluttering of a hummingbird with extraordinary realism.” Features include four-track simultaneous recording, high-fidelity mic preamps, built-in X/Y stereo mics, two mic/line level inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, a stereo 1/8″ Mic In mini phone jack, Phantom power for main inputs, output/headphone jack, SD card support, it supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio, has built-in effects including compression/limiting, low-cut filtering, modulation, reverb/delay and more. The Zoom H4N Pro is available now for $219, which will fall right between the current H4N and the H5.
Panasivion Unleashes New Cinema Camera that Records up to 75FPS in 8K!
Panavison has announced their new flagship beast of a cinema camera called the Millennium Digital XL which records 8K at up to 60fps in RAW which they’re calling “a revelation in optics, color and sensor quality.” To compete with the Arri Alexa 65 and RED Weapon, the DXL boasts a 41 x 21mm 16-bit 35.5MP full frame CMOS sensor and shoots in r3d RAW format. It will capture 15 stops of dynamic range with a native iso of 800 to 12800. It will even shoot at up to 75fps in 8K if downscaled to a 8192×3456 image. To help with the editing, it will record a 4K proxy in ProRes or DnX as well. The camera will be available to rent in Q1 of 2017 and you can see a preview video below. Is 8K the next 4K?
Instagram Introduces Business Profiles, Analytics, Promoted Posts & More
Instagram has officially unveiled their new Business Profiles along with built-in analytics and promoted posts. The profiles are free, which will allow customers to contact a company via phone, text, or email, and will also display directions to the business if needed. Other Business tools include Insights which Instagram says you will be able to “create more relevant and timely content” with this new tool, which will display demographics and behavior of their followers. Things like when people are active on your photos, where people are viewing from, the age and gender breakdown, your top posts, etc. With the new promoted post feature, you’ll be able to turn any post into an ad. It will simply add a button that lets the user take action, like visiting your website or contacting you. Options for sending out a promoted posts will include choosing a target audience and setting a time period. The new tools will roll out in “the next few months…”
Steve McCurry Sets The Record Straight: “I’m a Visual Storyteller”
An update on the Steve McCurry “Photoshop scandal.” The iconic photojournalist has finally responded to the controversy, saying he’s now a “visual storyteller” rather than a photojournalist, noting that he will “rein in his use of photoshop” to remove any confusion. He says, “I’ve always let my pictures do the talking, but now, I understand that people want me to describe the category into which I would put myself, and so, I would say that today, I am a visual storyteller.” He adds that he hasn’t considered himself a photojournalist for years now. He tells TIME, “The years of covering conflict zones are in the distant past. Except for a brief time at a local newspaper in Pennsylvania, I have never been an employee of a newspaper, news magazine, or other news outlet. I have always freelanced.” He says, “[G]oing forward, I am committed to only using the program in a minimal way, even for my own work taken on personal trips. Reflecting on the situation… even though I felt that I could do what I wanted to my own pictures in an aesthetic and compositional sense, I now understand how confusing it must be for people who think I’m still a photojournalist.” Hmm…let’s just hope those Photoshopped pictures that have been floating around weren’t taken and displayed while on assignment… (via TIME)
New Documentary Showcases the Risk Conflict Photographers Face Every Day
A new documentary called “Hoka Hey” tells the story of a war photographer named Jason P Howe. The doc dives into the real-life everyday risk that a conflict photographer faces: “The film is a powerful story that deals a simple truth of what we see, and most times don’t see in the News. Brings real meaning to the saying “the truth is the first casualty of war.” The film’s synopsis notes that, “This is not a film about war. This is a story of a man who chose a life of perpetual peril in pursuit of the perfect image. An insight on how passion led to the downward spiral of disillusionment in this crazy tale of survival and change.” The film is scheduled to premiere at the Biografilm Festival in Italy on June 14. In the meantime, check out the powerful trailer below, where he refers to himself as “paparazzi for the dead and dying.” (via PP)
This Wedding Photographer Takes Incredible Screenshot “Photos” Inside Video Game
Wedding photographer Ray Soemarsono went through the video game Uncharted 4 and took some incredible screenshot “photos.” The game features a special photo mode which allows players to freeze gameplay and control the camera, the POV, zoom in or out, hide characters, add motion blur, adjust view and DOF, and even add filters—full manual settings essentially. The only caveat is that the camera is tethered to the player’s character so you can only revolve around it and not move completely around the scene. From aerial shots, to portraits, to landscapes, Soemarsono says, “I obsessively used the photo mode literally every few minutes to capture a certain setting, action sequence and facial expression. Sometimes I had to replay a certain encounter or chapter over and over again trying to get a better shot. I wish I had this power in real life!” You can view his full Flickr set here, featuring his favorite screenshot images, and check out how sweet the camera mode is in the game below: (via PP)