Melanie Mann meticulously breaks down the lighting set up of extraordinary photographs taken by such extraordinary photographers as: Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Ecclesine, Jill Greenberg, Dave Hill, and Martin Schoeller.
I went a little crazy this week and went on a personal mission to research the lighting setups and creation of popular images of today. It is something I love to do in general, so I completely lost myself in the project. Not only did I unearth some of the most breathtaking lighting setups of undeniably amazing photographs, but I was also pleased to find that some of my favorite images were very simply shot. Since this blog has been born, I couldn’t wait to share some of the results. In this blog entry I’ll take you through and compare various lighting techniques of Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Ecclesine, Jill Greenberg, Dave Hill and Martin Schoeller. Strap on your seatbelts boys and girls, it’s gonna be a long but thrilling ride. So without further ado, let’s dive right in shall we?
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Mike Curtis compares and contrasts the two heavy weights entering in the full frame DSLR arena.
Canon had an excellent camera with the 5D Mark II. The first 1080p video capability in a full frame DSLR, and excellent well rounded stills performance – high resolution at 21MP, excellent low light performance (ISO 1815 on DXOmark Sports rating), but a mediocre 4 fps burst speed for stills.
Nikon’s D700 was essentially a cut down D3 – with the same 12MP sensor but it had a lower max fps of 5 (8 with the grip & big battery) than the D3, but better than the 5D Mark II, as well as amazing low light performance (DXOmark Sports rating of ISO 2303, 2nd best in the world) about the same buffer (17 RAW), but zero video capabilities and only a single CF slot (as compared to the D3).
When it came time to design a new model, Canon decided to update their camera, but keep targeting the same users – an evolution. Nikon decided to take the camera in an entirely new direction, and effectively obsoleting the previous top end high resolution (24MP) camera, the D3X, while losing some of the benefits of the previous model but adding new ones – a more radical approach, a revolution of product.
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Ed Harris talks about getting starting as an actor and transitioning into being a director on the film “Pollack” as well as his favorite movie scenes and advice for the aspiring director/writer.
By adding wheels to Cinevate’s universal Simplis base plate, they add an entirely new dimension in functionality. With Trawly, it’s easy to adjust the legs and wheels to pull off straight dolly shots, crab moves, arched turns and use it as a handheld rig.
The rig is available for purchase on Cinevate’s site.
What can we learn from the swaggering captain of the Enterprise? Well a lot about how to lead and effective team…
“You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown– only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”
Captain Kirk may have a reputation as a suave ladies man, but don’t let that exterior cool fool you. Kirk’s reputation at the Academy was that of a “walking stack of books,” in the words of his former first officer, Gary Mitchell. And a passion for learning helped him through several missions. Perhaps the best demonstration of this is in the episode “Arena,” where Kirk is forced to fight a Gorn Captain in single combat by advanced beings. Using his own knowledge and materials at hand, Kirk is able to build a rudimentary shotgun, which he uses to defeat the Gorn.
If you think about it, there’s no need for a 23rd Century Starship Captain to know how to mix and prepare gunpowder if the occasion called for it. After all, Starfleet officers fight with phasers and photon torpedoes. To them, gunpowder is obsolete. But the same drive for knowledge that drove Kirk to the stars also caused him to learn that bit of information, and it paid off several years later.
In the same way, no matter what your organization does, it helps to never stop learning. The more knowledge you have, the more creative you can be. The more you’re able to do, the more solutions you have for problems at your disposal. Sure, you might never have to face down a reptilian alien on a desert planet, but you never know what the future holds. Knowledge is your best key to overcoming whatever obstacles are in your way.
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As filmmakers we rely on them every day. But few of us have any inkling oh how the sensor actually works. Things have come a long way since the days where a little pieces of silver suspended in film reacted to light…
A digital camera uses a sensor array of millions of tiny pixels in order to produce the final image. When you press your camera’s shutter button and the exposure begins, each of these pixels has a “photosite” which is uncovered to collect and store photons in a cavity. Once the exposure finishes, the camera closes each of these photosites, and then tries to assess how many photons fell into each. The relative quantity of photons in each cavity are then sorted into various intensity levels, whose precision is determined by bit depth (0 – 255 for an 8-bit image).
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As professor ROY G. BIV would tell you, the colors of the visible spectrum are: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. But where’s Pink?
Ryan E. Hoffman shares some ideas on how to write for online comedy and how to find the right collaborators.
Has a friend ever sent you a comedy clip on the web, and you thought something like, “I want to do stuff just like that!” or “That’s not that great. I could do better.” or EVEN “How do I do something like that?” The truth is simple: just get out and do it. Bust a move! My goal with this post is to give you a few tips, in layman’s terms, on how to create dynamic comedy web content and skip over a few of the mistakes that my fellow comedian Nick Ruggia and I made. That way, you can do it better and shoot your own hilarious web series or sketch.
The first step is finding some people you riff well with. I had made a couple of attempts to make some online content with fellow stand up comedians, which fell through, but when I met Nick, a hippy mountain man, with curly hair, a full beard, and a Holden Caulfield hunter’s cap, it was clear that we had something going on. We swapped scripts for short films, traded ideas, and riffed on possible joke lines to insert into each other’s work. It became clear within ten minutes that we were digging each other’s stuff, and decided to shoot our first web video, “Aquarequiem for a Dream.”
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As there are so many different cameras out there I’m not going to discuss the ‘right’ camera to choose or use, as this largely depends on the type of work you do and anyway, as I’m sure you’ve already discovered there’s so much stuff online now about all the various cameras that are available, their pros and cons, special features and …well the internet groans under the strain of it all!
In fact every time I Google ‘DSLR‘ I’m sure I can hear my laptop give out a little whimper. Bless it!
A bad workman always blames his tools. It’s not the camera, but the person behind it.
One thing I will say though is that having the latest, all singing all dancing camera with the brand new bells and whistles doesn’t make you a better camera operator. Similarly just because you have Microsoft Word on your computer doesn’t make you a better writer than William Shakespeare. I think you’ll all agree that even though good old Will had nothing but an unpretentious sharpened goose feather to work with… he kind of managed ok!!!
Seriously though, I think so many people out there get sold down the river with the idea that by shelling out their hard earned cash on the latest digital camera craze it will somehow suddenly and miraculously propel them to the dizzy heights of a well seasoned cinematographer, who’s rubbing shoulders with the likes of JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg! – Forgive my flippancy here – most unlike me I know … but guys, you know deep down inside it just isn’t the case.
Sorry gear hires companies and sellers of the latest digital devices, but somebody has to tell it how it is…
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Last week Canon released the specs on the much speculated about follow-up to Canon 5d Mk II. But I’m finding it hard to get really that excited about this new camera…
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Fred Armisten and Carrie Brownstein document the tragic descent into sloth that occurs when TV shows like Battlestar Galactica get too good.
With phrases like “If you see something, say something” the government has made our fellow citizens suspicious of photographers in the public space. I’m not sure if it is making us safer, but one thing is for sure, getting interrupted by the long arm of the law can really harm your shoot. To help you avoid these unwanted encounters the folks over at Strobist have offered up some tips when shooting in public.
Its just a matter of time before you can get your hands on the next generation Canon 5D HDSLR camera. What’s new? Perhaps just about everything as Canon has implemented the new Digic5+ sensor which is capable of shooting to a dizzying 26,500 ISO. Specs aside, how does it shoot? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Script Lab takes a look at Five Iconic Movies (Edward Scissorhands, Cool Hand Luke, The Big Lebowski, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and 500 Days of Summer) and how they cover the five essential elements in the first 10 pages for an attention grabbing script.
Adorama Photography TV presents “How’d They Do That?” featuring commercial photographer, Blair Bunting. In this episode of “How’d They Do That” Mark talks to Blair about his technique and his unique approach to photography.
The new Celtx ecosystem is designed to let you create and write anywhere. This short walkthrough gives a high-level overview of some of the benefits for creators upon creating a free account at celtx.com.
Photographer Eric Kim made this recent list of things he has learned while shooting street photography over the past 5 years.
1. A photograph is like a sentence. Aim to write a book.
2. Always smile and say “thank you” when shooting on the streets
3. Shoot with your heart, not with your eyes
4. Shooting with friends will make you feel much more comfortable on the streets
5. The most versatile focal length is 35mm
6. Don’t rely on autofocus – use zone focusing
7. Have a drink to loosen yourself up before shooting on the streets
8. Have at least 3 backups of all your photographs (hard drives all eventually fail)
9. If you shoot film, keep your images organized
10. The best critique is never online—always in-person
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