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Fashion Designer Trina Turk and Photographer Jonathan Skow on Creating a Southern California Brand

The Couples’ Love of Art, Design and Architecture Shape a Contemporary Lifestyle Collection

By Vince Gonzales | May 06, 2014

I got a chance to sit down with fashion designer Trina Turk and her husband photographer Jonathan Skow at their spacious mid century home overlooking the Palm Springs valley.  I first met Trina & John when they lived a few doors down from me in Los Feliz 18 years ago when Jonathan and... Read More


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Zacuto Introduces New Lens Supports For Canon And Zeiss Lenses On DSLRs

By Dan Carr | March 20, 2014

An interesting product from Zacuto for those using Canon Cine Primes and Zeiss Compact Primes.  Clever design!


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Industrial Color Brands: Servicing a Modern Digital Industry, Part 1

A Conversation with Founder and CEO Steve Kalalian

By Vince Gonzales | July 22, 2013

Leisurely scanning the archives of the Production Paradise website, an eye popping black and white Guess ad caught my eye shot by fashion photographer, Alix Malka and finished by New York based studio, Industrial Color.  My interest piqued, I... Read More


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Interview With David McLain & Jerome Thelia About The Calling And Sony’s A99

New short shows off Sony's new flagship DSLR

By Dan Carr | November 15, 2012

Whilst attending PhotoPlus Expo recently I had the chance to sit down with National Geographic photographer David McLain and his business partner and New York based colorist Jerome Thelia to talk about their recent short The Calling which was shot entirely with Sony's new full frame DSLR, the A99. {C} Read More


How Lens Focal Length Shapes the Face & Controls Perspective

How Lens Focal Length Shapes the Face & Controls Perspective

A lighting Tutorial

By JPMorgan | October 06, 2012

The lens or Focal length of the lens you choose has a profound impact on the image. It effects the perspective, background, and features of the subject. Everyone should understand what the different focal lengths do to the human face and how they change the background. Why do you choose a 135 mm lens to shoot a head shot of a beautiful woman but use a 24mm to shoot a clown? Read More


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Drobo Delivers Data Defense

Super Heroic efforts rule the digital universe,

By Sara Frances | May 26, 2012

where we're all acquiring and creating media at an alarming rate-media that requires vast amounts of storage space. If your clients are like mine, they are remarkably unsophisticated, sometimes even careless, about how and why to protect the valuable images we make for them. Drobo® changes all that. When they come crying to you, wouldn't it be great to be the hero and say, "yes, I've got you covered!" Read More


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Post-NAB HDSLR Wrap Up

All the HDSLR news you need to know about from NAB 2012

By Dan Carr | April 21, 2012

The National Association of Broadcasters show has just wrapped up in Las Vegas and I was down there for a few days to check out some of the new gear. I'll be covering some products in more detail in the near future but we'll start off with a wrap up of some of the coolest new HDSLR gear coming to market this spring and summer. Read More


Update on new Nikon/Canon cameras: RAW support, manuals and ship dates

Shipping updates, RAW support from Apple & Adobe out of the gate

By Mike Curtis | March 15, 2012

Shipping updates on the Nikon D800 and D4, Canon 1DX and 5D Mark III. Plus, Apple (for once!) has support for RAW formats from Day Zero for SOME of the cameras coming to market, and Adobe does a better job of RAW support for Day Zero for these cameras. Read More


Hey camera vendors - less firmware, more software

Hey camera vendors - less firmware, more software

Time to rethink the brains of your cameras

By Mike Curtis | March 09, 2012

Thom Hogan pointed out something I hadn't thought about, and it got me thinking - why isn't the software in our cameras getting smarter faster? Read More


Comparing System Costs for Nikon D4 and Canon 1DX

Comparing System Costs for Nikon D4 and Canon 1DX

How much does it cost to kit up these monsters?

By Mike Curtis | March 07, 2012

OK, so I wrote up this article comparing prices of kitting out a Nikon D800 vs a Canon 5D Mark III, and decided I wanted to keep going, so here's the same thing for the Nikon D4 vs the Canon 1DX. Read More


Why Nikon HAD to make the D800 ultra high resolution

Why Nikon HAD to make the D800 ultra high resolution

Megapixels: Go Big or Go Home was their only choice

By Mike Curtis | March 07, 2012

Theory/Supposition/Personal Opinion: Nikon realized Canon had video zipped up. They couldn't get a decisive win there. If they made their low light performance too close to the D4, they'd cannibalize sales as they had with the D3/D700. So how could they respond effectively and get some mindshare back? Megapixels: Go Big or Go Home was their only choice left. Read More


Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D Mark III - System Cost Reality Check

Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D Mark III - System Cost Reality Check

How much does it cost to put together a shootable package with these?

By Mike Curtis | March 07, 2012

At first glance, the Canon 5D Mark III costs $500 more than the Nikon D800 - $3500 vs $3000. Canon costs more, case closed. Not so fast...what about what it takes to make a shootable package? Lenses, grips, batteries, chargers, GPS, etc. don't all cost the same... Read More


Priorities & Differences: Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D MkIII

Priorities & Differences: Nikon D800 vs Canon 5D MkIII

What choices and preferences imply for the new full frame HDSLRs

By Mike Curtis | March 07, 2012

Canon and Nikon have their new mid-level full frame DSLRs. How do the compare, what differences does resolution enforce, and more nitty gritty analysis. Not just what they changed, but why. Read More


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Video Feature Improvements In The Nikon D4

By Dan Carr | January 06, 2012

Nikon have just unveiled the new D4 and with it comes some significant improvements in the video functionality. When Canon launched their new EOS 1D X they too included a large number of video improvements, enough for a full article about them. Canon arguably started the so-called DSLR revolution with the 5dMK2 but can Nikon beat them at their own game ? Let's take a look at what the D4 has to offer in this area. {C} Read More


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Small Budget Indie Filmmaking with Big Production Value

"Love and Robots" is a short film that will be debuting on festival circuit this fall. However, you could say the production was a story of love and hate.

By Sara Frances | November 14, 2011

The screenplay follows a female robot looking for love in a human world. The budget was, well, non-existant, but by calling in friends and favors with some of the inexpensive tools that are available to filmmakers today co-producer/directors Jay Shaffer and David Smart made a success of a completely self-financed project. Read More


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Exploring The Video Feature Improvements On The Canon EOS-1D X

Canon have listened to DSLR movie makers and implemented important new features

By Dan Carr | October 18, 2011

Yesterday Canon launched their new flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X. Please explore my previous post for a full rundown of the tech specs, this time I will be concentrating on the improvements that Canon have made for those that want to use the camera for movie making. The camera offers the first major improvement to Canon's DSLR video functionality since the firmware update for the 5d Mark II that enabled 24p. {C} Read More


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Evaluating HDR capture quality with iPhone4

Surprising and enlightening results from a "golden hour" test

By Sara Frances | September 11, 2011

The iPhone4 is not news, but news to me. On my resourceful business side I bought the iPhone4 for the Chase Bank "Square", which allows the small business person to take credit cards on location and bypass the hidden fees of card companies. On my imaginative side I was dying for the high pixel count, better apps and HDR facility. Read More


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Cinematic White Balance Solutions

Use cinematic techniques to get mood-rich color and tone in camera.

By Sara Frances | September 07, 2011

I've been using Kelvin as my preferred WB control for many years, along with White Balance Shift and Picture Style Preset combinations. As a Fusion mixed media HDSLR photographer and videographer I'm naturally using the Canon 5D Mark II, but the principles are equally valid, just different methods, for Karl and his Sony EX3 or FS100. Read More


A lite lesson in Light

A lite lesson in Light

Light: The Good, The Bad and The Right

By Matt Brandon | July 25, 2011

Light is used to create a mood. There is no bad light. Just the wrong light.

Light is a funny thing. To be more precise, the photographers perception of light is a funny thing. I've noticed recently, many photographers look on light in terms that are very black and white (pun not intended). By that, I mean they describe light in terms of "good" or "bad" light. OK... I'll admit that I've also found myself describing light in these terms. But, that's doing light a disservice. Because light is neither good, nor bad it just is. A photographer's job or maybe better still, a photographers responsibility is to learn what light is appropriate for a given subject. What light is needed to fulfill the vision he or she has for the photograph they are making. Read More


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“Snapshot” cult movie Stranger than Paradise reviewed

Was Fusion imaging alive and well in 1984?

By Sara Frances | April 17, 2011

Karl hit the jackpot when he found this 29 year old B/W art movie on Netflix. Unequivocably our 4-thumbs-up rating! Stranger than Paradise is loosely billed as a comedy, and many critics note that there is virtually no plot, no action. To our minds, it's highly charged in character, plot development and technical/art usage far ahead of its time. Read More