Camera technology then and now with Jean-Claude Van Damme

As you can see not a lot of the technology has really changed other than it becoming more affordable and smaller. Maybe we do things a little differently, but still most of the tech that they used to shoot that is pretty much the same. Either way it is always great to see Jean-Claude with a Jerry curl.

With the invention of quadcopters and arduino type systems as well as the DIY revolution we have seen a massive increase in smaller, smarter, faster technology that is allowing us to create more and think less about the technicalities of how to create something instead we can concentrate on what to create. Still we are left the dilemma of too much technology to feed our needs.

We are now able to go places that were deemed impossible or too expensive. Shoot things that were said to be too dark or not lite well enough. Things that film could never capture, but also we lose some of the wonder delight that those true and tried methods had brought.

Taking away the mechanical and replacing it with the digital none tactile environments. I believe there is still a feeling towards what you do and how you create it. You could say that it is sort of a gut feeling. How to crop an image, where to place the camera how the far the lens is from the subject. Even with all of the correct text book technical specifications your image can feel wrong, out of place or just doesn’t work.

Humanity hasn’t created technology yet that can replace that feeling instead it still dependent on people to fill that gap.

 

The art of close-ups in film

Close-ups can be terrible or amazing depending on where are using them. I see it used numerous times in TV and movies, but they are used so literally that the context is completely lost. The best use that I have seen so far in TV is the show Hannibal where food is transformed to lustfully horrifying images. In the above video Paul Thomas Anderson’s close-ups shows some amazing examples in creating something you want to bite into. With the right close-up you can stir some immense emotion without a lot of effort.

120 camera 3D scanning Photo Booth will make a copy of you

This 3D scanner uses 120 panasonic GH4s to create life like model figures. Combining the cameras creates an image that is over 2 billion pixels. You can do something similar with a bit more work using your own stills camera and the online software package 123dapp.com.

Unreal immersive 360° video will show you the world

To best view this video use the youtube app on your phone and you will be able to physically change the perspective by moving your phone around. The other way to watch this is with a VR headset and the VRtube app. When you can put some production quality into your content it can completely change the way you look at a medium.

How graphic design worked before computers

It makes me stressed to see how much work it used to be in order to create a layout. So much has changed that even the client has a different perspective on what expectations are. They still did photo corrections for blemishes and other facial anomalies so people can’t say this is a new thing.

8 DIY Smartphone Photography Tips

Some really great ideas on how to add some flare to your smartphone pics. I’ve used the sun glasses trick many times and you can get some cool filter like effects with multi colored lenses. Tiny planet also looks super fun.

Caleb Pike’s 7 Tips on Shooting for the Edit

I have personally run into issues where not having enough footage made my life incredibly difficult. After watching and learning from the video series Directing Motion I’ve learned some basic principals that help in everyday shooting situations. We tend to think of a shot and shoot it then move on instead of getting the wide, tight and moving versions. Plus switching up the angles a bit to get some variation. Caleb goes through the various techniques that have improved his shooting such as transition shots and varying shots. I would suggest looking through the web for transition work as there are many that you can add to your film.

 

Check this video out if you want to see a ton of transitions:

 

 

How to light an interview

9 Photo composition Tips from Steve McCurry

How do you feel about the new Canon 5DS / 5DSR

To be honest I was expecting much more from Canon, but it still looks like an interesting camera. Maybe they don’t want to complete against their pro video line as there was no inclusion of 4k abilities or any other interesting video capability. With the 50 megapixel sensor they look have increased the dynamic range and better color rendition which should make for a better overall image.  You can see from the video above some of detail and what you might be able to capture. Let me know what you think? Will you use something like this in your kit? Will you replace your current Canon for this one?