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Nearly 50% of Video Professionals in UK Never Saw 4K

A recent survey in UK shows that nearly 50% of video professionals have never seen 4K.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 27, 2014

Surveys never give us the complete truth, no matter how unbiased they are, but they somehow help us to understand things better. So, when a recent survey in the United Kingdom that targeted the opinions of 100 senior production staff in the area of video, revealed that nearly 50% of them have never seen 4K played out on any kind of screen, one has to ask if 4K is really the next big thing.

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Samyang Has a New 50mm for Cinema

Samyang will show a new cine lens at Photokina, the V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC, to use with the 35 and 85mm models.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 26, 2014

Samyang continues to grow their line of lenses for professional film and video with the new addition, a standard manual focus lens designed for full frame image sensors, the V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC. They also presented a normal 50mm lens with similar characterístics, the 50mm F1.4 AS UMC.

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Does Canon Have Two New “EOS 7Ds” to Show?

The successor to the EOS 7D will have a 24MP sensor... or a 20MP sensor, and will be built like the EOS 1D...

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 25, 2014

With Photokina at the door, Canon, as other names in the industry, has some new products to show: one of them is the DSLR that will occupy the position of the EOS 7D. Rumors from those keeping a watchful eye over the subject have suggested the most diverse things about the new camera: nothing is sure, though.

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Color Correction for Photo and Video

Conceived for photographers and videographers on the go, the new SpyderCHECKR 24 is a portable color management system.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 11, 2014

Recently announced, the SpyderCHECKR 24 from Datacolor is a new addition to their product line, which includes the flagship 48 patch SpyderCHECKR. This new tool for photographers and videographers is a precise and versatile camera color calibration and white balance target for both photo and video color control.

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Microsoft Says No to Shaky Videos

Modern video cameras like the GoPro let you capture intense action but hardly offer stabilized video. Microsoft has a solution!

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 11, 2014

From smartphones to DSLRs, all modern equipments seems to offer video capture as an option. It's only natural that people capture videos of all the things around them, many times in what can be called a first-person perspective, as those videos are captured from helmet, chest mounted or hanheld cameras, that offer extreme portability but little or none form of stabilization able to suppress the shaky results usually seen in the final movie.

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Your FREE Guide to the Nikon D810

In August is published a full guide for the Nikon D810, but to get you up to speed there is a FREE Setup Guide available now.

By Jose Antunes | July 22, 2014

If you are the happy owner of a Nikon D810  DSLR camera you might want to get the cheat sheet offered by Douglas J. Klostermann. The Nikon D810 Setup Guide spreadsheet is the logic companion for the Nikon D810 Experience eBook guide to be launched in August, but you can have the cheat sheet right away and experience a new knowledge of your camera.

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Canon DPP4: Only for Full Frame DSLRs

Canon's new DPP software, the first supporting video, is not for all Canon users, only for those using Full Frame.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | July 10, 2014

It may be a technical requirement, or it may be a marketing decision. For the first time the FREE Canon Digital Photo Professional is not available for all DSLR users (and other Canon users) but only for those that have a full frame DSLR and can show it. This means that the first Canon DPP with video playback support is not for all owners of Canon cameras.

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Photography eBooks for Independence Day

Independence Day special sales are a good time to buy some photography eBooks for your collection, at special prices.

By Jose Antunes | July 03, 2014

Whether it is called Independence Day Weekend Sale, or a huge sale, at this time of the year multiple editors offer special prices on their eBooks. I picked two, for two good reasons: they offer a large selection of eBooks to choose from, and they have special promotions running at the moment.

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Nikon D810 Wants EOS 5D’s Video Crown

With the new D810 DSLR, Nikon wants to take the crown from Canon's video champion, the EOS 5D Mark III.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | July 01, 2014

Nikon was the first to introduce video in DSLRs, but that pioneer position did not stop Canon from taking the sceptre and running to the front. It has been this way since then, but a new era might have started: Nikon is back on the fight, with the Nikon D810, a camera conceived with video in mind. The new DSLR is launched with a mission: conquer Canon's territory in terms of video. Specifications similar to the EOS 5D Mark III and a competitive price are part of arsenal Nikon has provided the D810 with. But there is more to discover in this new camera.

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Drones Prohibited in United States National Parks

Using drones to film nature and wildlife sounds exciting, but new regulations will stop you from doing just that.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | June 30, 2014

The proliferation of the use of drones for video and photography is bound to create concern to some, and the first rules about the use of drones in wildlife areas in the United States of America suggests what may be expected: for now all unmanned aircraft are banned in the United States of America National Parks.

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How to Shoot Multicultural Weddings

From Chinese tea ceremonies to Christian weddings, this guide will help photographers get the shot!

By Jose Antunes | May 16, 2014

Andy Lim, from Simple SLR, has written multiple guides for beginners and professional photographers and now he is offering them, until the end of May, at 50%. This A-MAY-zing sale covers the whole bundle of eBooks, which include Lighting Mastery (Wedding and Portrait) + Beginners Guide.

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Canon Presents EF-S 10-18mm for Wide-Angle Video

Canon announced a new lens for photographers and video shooters: the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. For APS-C.

By Jose Antunes | May 13, 2014

The new lens, ideal to shoot creative video (and photos) at tight indoor locations such as a cozy corner table in a restaurant or unique vacation photos where the subject is close up, is an extreme wide-angle (a 16-28mm if we consider the "crop" factor of 1.6x) that will offer enthusiasts all the coverage they need, when used together with the currently available EF-S 18-55mm IS and EF-S 55-250mm IS STM zoom lenses.

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Clean Your Photos at Half Price

Cleaning your photos is easier with Topaz Clean, a tool used to remove blemishes from skin, and much more.

By Jose Antunes | May 08, 2014

Smooth edges and surfaces on photos are easy to achieve!  You can also choose either to remain within the reality of images or go cartoonish or completely out of this world. This, somehow, sums the capabilites of Topaz Clean, one of the tools with the least controls to use in the Topaz Labs family.

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The Guide for Successful Photo Shoots

The Guide for Successful Photo Shoots

Many photo books show you only the final results and the good images. "Successful Photo Shoots" shows every sequence in a shoot!

By Jose Antunes | April 22, 2014

The newest eBook from photographer Edward Verosky, "Successful Photo Shoots", is an interesting offer for the budding photographer curious to know how professionals work. In this eBook the author offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at his workflow: nothing is hidden from view. You don't just see the "good" shots, you see virtual contact sheets showing EVERY sequence. In the real world, even experienced photographers have to find ways to turn mediocre shoots into winning photos.

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Topaz Detail: More Sharpness at a Lower Price

The quest for more detail in photos does not always have to go through the most common tools. Try Topaz Detail for a change!

By Jose Antunes | April 10, 2014

Forget the old Unsharp Mask many old timers still think is the peak of technology (yes, you still hear this from some people!). Also, go out of the ordinary routes and beyond the Smart Sharp path many use. Or any of the other sharpening tools commonly available to most people. Try something different, exploring the options of Topaz Detail, one plugin that works with most common photography editors, and will extend you ability to get detail in your photos.

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Sony Enters the 4K Video Race

The new Sony A7S camera, announced just before the NAB show in Las Vegas, offers full frame (35mm) 4K video.

By Jose Antunes | April 07, 2014

The newest camera in the Alpha family (Sony says α7 and α7R) is not only one of the smallest full frame camera's in the world, it is also a sign that the race for 4K video in full frame (35mm) sensors has begun. Sony cameras are no DSLR as we know them, these mirrorless models are something different, but in the end it does not matter: Sony is at the pole position for the new competition, and chose NAB to show the A7S.

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The Full Guide to the Nikon Df

The Full Guide to the Nikon Df

The happy owners of the retro looking Nikon Df now have a guide to understand the camera.

By Jose Antunes | April 01, 2014

Fresh from the press, the new Nikon Df Experience - The Still Photographer's Guide to Operation and Image Creation is an eBook user's guide that goes beyond the manual to help you learn the features, settings, and controls of this sophisticated, powerful, retro-styled full-frame camera.  Most importantly, it explains not only how but also when and why to use the camera's basic and advanced features, settings, and controls in your photography.

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Topaz DeNoise: Less Noise, More Detail

Removing noise from photos requires a well thought approach. Topaz DeNoise seems perfect for the job. It is slow but reliable.

By Jose Antunes | March 13, 2014

There's one valid and simple reason why I mostly use Topaz Labs DeNoise when editing images. It works! Using it regularly is something that grew naturally in me, as I find the results worthwhile the effort. Now, it is not the fastest noise removal software around, but it surely can offer you results you usually do not get with other software.

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Microplasma, Your Next Studio Light

LED may be the recent rage when it comes to light, but microplasma may well be the future portable sun for photographers.

By Jose Antunes | March 12, 2014

At NAB 2014, in Las Vegas, EdenPark Ilumination is showing what they call the evolution of light: their Studio 3000 Microplasma Light, a thin panel that is easier to store, transport and set up than traditional studio lights, and offers high quality, uniform light.

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A Revolutionary Gimbal

Can a hand-held camera gimbal blow away traditional steadicams? The creators of AeriCam Hollywood believe so.

By Jose Antunes | March 11, 2014

Presented as a revolutionary 3 axis camera stabilization system with a line of attachments providing full house production capabilities in one package, the AeriCam Hollywood is on Kickstarter. Crowdfunding is, these days, a method for small companies and visionaries to try to get the funds to make their dreams become reality. That's what AeriCam is doing in Kickstarter: looking for support to create the AeriCam Hollywood.

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