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I’ve been working with a great athlete lately Zach DiPaolo.  He flies through the air on motorbikes (a skill I can’t possibly fathom to develop). To do this I needed some specialty gear. This week, Director of Photography Jim Ball and I set out to really capture Zach in as many ways as possible. I […]

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CuttingEdge

The invention of editing is the thing that allowed film to take off. — Walter Murch Occasionally, clients will balk at the time/cost of the edit. To the uninformed, the edit may seem like simple, mechanical task when, in fact, the editor is the last storyteller to touch a film project. When I meet such […]

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Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post from Eduardo Angel, filmmaker and educator. The friendly waiter at the Turkish restaurant in Sohar, Oman, saw the camera on the table and asked “Nikon? Canon? Which one is better?” To which I replied, “actually, this is a Panasonic GH3.” He stared at me, and his expression turned from excited […]

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Here are three quickie reviews about some gear you might just enjoy. — Slinger “BigBag” Heavy Duty Lightstand Bag There can never be too many gear bags in your closet, and if you work on location with light stands, you want this bag. The Slinger “BigBag” Heavy Duty Lightstand Bag with Wheels. At under $120 […]

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minireviewtripod

Years ago, if I was carrying a tripod, (and I was almost always carrying a tripod) it was a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod. Gitzo is top-of-the-line and expensive. Enter Induro. For about five years now I’ve been using Induro tripods on all my stills photo projects. They are every bit the high quality product that […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim.

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @18mm, f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 50. Copyright Levi Sim. Photography is an art which prolongs an instant for eternity. For years I’ve been jealous of long exposure images made in the daytime. They usually show water or clouds that have become totally smoothed as they move through the long […]

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I have purchased more than two dozen GoPro Hero cameras in my life. I’ve owned every model and enjoyed them. But there comes a time when you have to find out if someone found a better way to build the mousetrap and I think JVC cameras are evidence that someone did just that. Standout Features […]

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Every year I select a camera that I think merits special mention. I’ve awarded the Camera of the Year to all types and brands. It’s always controversial. No matter which camera I choose, I’ll anger someone. But that hasn’t ever stopped me in the past and it won’t stop me this year either. And this […]

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giftguide

With the holiday season approaching faster than most of us want to admit, it’s time for the Photofocus annual photographer’s gift buying guide. The items listed here receive the Photofocus seal of approval and if you have a friend or loved one who is a shutterbug, any of these items will be a welcome gift. […]

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Packing

I am currently traveling in Japan and decided to travel light with gear.  I wanted to be able to fit virtually all my gear into a single piece of carry-on baggage (there was no way I was going to deal with lost items).  For this trip, I have some new gear I want to test, […]

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TriggerTrap

Do you have an old-fashioned mechanical cable release? Many of you may have never seen one. Most modern cameras work with electronic shutter releases for remote triggering. But some of the proprietary solutions for Nikon or Canon can cost north of $100. Enter Triggertrap. Their latest product, Triggertrap Mobile 2.0, is a new version of […]

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GoPro has unveiled two updated cameras… the Hero3+ Black and Silver editions.  We’ve got one on order and should have some test footage up in a few days.  Here are the highlights of what’s new (and a few myth busters for marketing hype). It’s Smaller. GoPro boasts that the Black is 20% smaller and the […]

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This continues our look at the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.  Make sure you check out Scott’s interview with Blackmagic Design. In this post, I literally unwrap the camera for the first time.  You’ll learn what’s included in the box, what you need to buy right away, and what features are not yet shipping. Can’t see […]

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I don’t know how they do it, but Adorama’s house brand (Flashpoint) continues to come up with amazing products at an affordable price. Case in point the Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle. If you’ve seen this type of rig before from companies like Red Rock Micro or Zacuto you’ve probably seen price tags that are three […]

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