Knowing when to switch to spot metering can give you a big advantage when shooting in difficult lighting conditions. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to spot meter in these situations to achieve the most precise exposures possible.
Much of the time your digital camera’s auto-exposure system will do a perfectly good job. Your Evaluative metering mode breaks the scene down into different zones, analyses the light in each and tries to make a prediction about the subject and the lighting conditions.
However, it can get it wrong. This can happen where the camera doesn’t quite interpret the scene correctly or you’re photographing an intrinsically dark or light-toned subject. You can fix this by applying a little EV (exposure) compensation and retaking the shot.
Here’s the perfect example. We’re shooting a portrait in a dark tunnel with a bright background, and we’re going for two completely different effects: a light and airy high-key portrait where the background is blown out, and a dark and moody low-key shot where we only see our subject as a profile in silhouette.
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Here are eight quick tips from Kurt Vonnegut to better writing.
Kurt Vonnegut’s stories and prose are so memorably witty. If you haven’t read such classics as Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five, you have pleasant surprises awaiting you! And his advice on writing is just as memorable as his stories. Here are Vonnegut’s 8 basics of “Creative Writing 101:”
1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
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Arthur Vincie explains why long-term success depends on delivering a steady stream of work, not on writing one script.
I’ve been there. You pour your heart and soul into a script, and it just doesn’t go anywhere. You’re trying to raise money and no one wants to chip in for it. You’re trying to sell it and no one seems serious. You get nibbles from distributors, from people ‘with access to money’ who waste your time, with C-level actors who think they’re still A-level… and meanwhile, your career flounders and you alienate all your friends and connections. Mostly, you latch onto that one ‘passion project’ you heard about that took X years to get made, and you make that into your beacon of hope.
The fairytale that we hold onto most dearly is the Rocky story. Stallone held onto his script, ate ramen noodles, refused easy selling options, and finally made the movie that he wanted to, on (mostly) his terms. It made him a star. I did it. I was going to be the next Tarantino with my sci-fi script, Chaos and Desire. Never heard of it? I’m not surprised, because it didn’t get made.
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Entertainment Attorney Christopher Schiller discusses the rules imposed by organizers in regards to film festival submission.
A brouhaha discussed among industry pundits was caused by the Toronto International Film Festival‘s director, Cameron Bailey’s gauntlet throw down statements a while ago. He in essence warned distributors and filmmakers that any submission to the TIFF that is not at least a North American premiere, will be sanctioned. The films won’t be shown during the prime slots of the first few days of the festival. The supposition by many is that Mr. Bailey was miffed by and was targeting the showings of TIFF touted “premieres” that had already been shown in the much smaller but maybe more prestigious Telluride Film Festival during the prior Labor Day weekend over the years. Telluride, to its credit as a long standing, boutique and unique film festival hasn’t officially commented on the issue.
The ripple effect, if any, is still to be seen but that doesn’t stop the prognosticators from speculating on how the statements and actions will change things. With the TIFF rolling out announcements of its selections for festival films from now until the actual festival, we’ll start to see who blinks. But what do all these film festival rules mean to the lowly filmmaker?
It is a safe assumption to think that most successful film festivals have somewhere near the top of their management, a core of charismatic and opinionated leaders. It takes a strong character to will a film festival into existence out of nothing and keep it going against all odds. With that necessary character, often comes the unintended baggage of ego plays and power shuffling. I haven’t met a festival director or staff yet that didn’t think that their festival was better than others.
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the quintessential spaghetti western, Cineteca Di Bologna restored Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars” which include some never before seen outtakes.
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When you truly love a piece of media, be it a TV series, movie, song, or YouTube Channel, you want it to be remembered and enjoyed in a tender and specific way. After all, this media entity allows us to communicate with each other through a mutual reference point, as well as better understand the world around us through its lens. Today, Mike talks directly to his favorite and most prized childhood show, and explores our deepest connections to the media we love.
Was Kim Kardashian the inevitable result once filmmakers set out to capture “real life?” After “documentary” filmmaking was born with Nanook of the North (1922), filmmakers (and TV makers) have been endeavoring to capture reality and show truth on screen. And while Kim Kardashian may not be anyone’s definition of “Real,” she and her reality brethren are the scions of almost hundred-year long documentary tradition.