December 3. 2013 03:15
Like my last post here are a few frames from the movie 'The Matrix', one of my favorites, and a few screen captures show the over head lighting used in the scene as well as the lighting for the final seconds of the movie.
As 'Morphius' tilts his head back we can see the ARRI 6K space light's (A.K.A. 'satellites') positioned behind the silk that was also flown above the set. This provides the very soft low lighting and creating the noticeable gradation in the fall off of the shadows. It almost appears that the tonal range is compressed. But if you examine the images you see that the tonality is full range and that the muted tones of the prop and set styling is what is creating the muted effect.
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December 1. 2013 02:48
As if sitting back and enjoying a decent TV or web series wasn't enough I have developed a habit of looking for lighting setups or production mistakes like boom mics showing up in shots, cables cutting through the frame or on set. But for the most part I'm interested in trying to figure out how a lighting of a shot was done.
Sometimes it's as easy as looking in the eyes or reflections in a scene. Below are two examples from the TV show 'Blacklist'. These are screen captures of: season 1 episode 8.
A large silk on a frame, looks like 1/2 stop, and probably a 2K or 4K HMI
November 24. 2013 02:03
Until recently, Zacuto shoulder mounted rigs have been split into two categories. One: inline rigs where your camera is in line with your shoulder and Two: offset kits where your camera is offset in front of your face.
November 24. 2013 01:32
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November 23. 2013 11:23
Photographers have struggled financially over the last decade as millions of images have been taken and published on the Web without proper attribution or compensation. And when photographers try to pursue copyright violators, it is often difficult and expensive. On Friday, the Haitian photographer Daniel Morel won a major copyright victory after a four-year fight over images he had originally sent out via social media.
A Manhattan jury found that Agence France-Presse and its American distributor Getty Images willfully infringed upon Mr. Morel’s copyright of eight pictures he took of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and awarded him $1.22 million.
“During the earthquake, they were selling my exclusive photos for $45,” Mr. Morel said after the ruling. “This is wrong. Not only did these agencies steal the photos, but they were also giving them away.”
His photographs were originally posted on TwitPic, a website that allows users to put pictures on Twitter, by Mr. Morel hours after the earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. It was then reposted by a Twitter user named Lisandro Suero, who claimed they were his. Agence France-Presse took the photos from TwitPic and distributed them to clients. Getty Images distributed the photos in the United States.
November 19. 2013 01:00
The point of the Otus was to make the very best lens Zeiss could possibly make, and they believe they’ve done it. Why is this important news for those of us shooting video with DSLR? In the interview below, Rich Schleuning explains although this is a still lens, it represents the future of video lenses from Zeiss.
November 17. 2013 06:27
At Inter BEE 2013, Japan’s domestic broadcast convention, Dan Chung of News Shooter sat down with the man responsible for Canon’s popular Cinema EOS line of video cameras – Global Product Manager Yoshinari Onda.
Inter BEE 2013: Newsshooter talks C100 Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon's Mr Onda from Teradek on Vimeo.
Here are a few key points from the interview:
Canon’s Yoshinari Onda is the man responsible for producing the successful Cinema EOS line.
the wild success of the 5D Mark II. “…totally took us by surprise,”
new feature in the C100 – a firmware upgrade and sensor adjustment that adds what Canon calls “Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus.” Onda revealed that the C100 sensor already had the dual pixel structure built in; so all it takes to activate it is a firmware upgrade and sensor adjustment.
live demonstration of how the camera performs smooth automatic focus adjustments while filming was impressive.
November 16. 2013 22:27
This is a service release providing additional OS support and few bug fixes. Mac Mavericks users now have a supported version. The important thing to remember is to disable App Nap for Capture One Pro 7.1.5 on the mac by clicking on the Application, choose File > Get Info then checking "Prevent App Nap". As always, understand that this is a new release - so there is a possibility of bugs and kinks. Also keep in mind that Mavericks is yet another variable to throw in to the mix. Our tech team will test this release more extensively and relay our technical support. Stay tuned to our blog as we have further developments.
- Mac OS X 10.9 (App Nap must be disabled)
- Windows 8.1
- Fixed an issue with Chinese folder names on Mac
- Fixed a Windows stability issue on certain hardware/software configurations
- Fixed a "few additional issues"
November 16. 2013 09:05
COMPARATIVE TEST 8 CAMERAS on Vimeo
Mega camera comparison: Nikon D5200, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Nikon D600, Canon 5D mk III, Canon C500, Sony F55, Red Epic, ARRI Alexa
Ever wondered what would happen if you pitch cameras at opposite ends of the price spectrum against each other?
Most of us wouldn't know where to begin with a comparison like this. It's very hard to be objective about the performance of modern cameras. Specifications don't tell the whole story, and, ultimately, it's up to the viewer. You pick the tool that suits you.
That's if you can afford it!
And the good news is that if you can't afford the top end ones, there doesn't seem to be a bad choice amongst the cheaper ones, either.
This comparison was created by Ludovico Bettarello. He's an independent colourist, editor and general-purpose expert in all things in post production and finishing.
Whatever your budget, there are some truly capable options for you.