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Landings at San Diego Int Airport Nov 23, 2012 from Cy Kuckenbaker on Vimeo.
How do you know you are ready to be a full-time professional photographer? You have a portfolio, website, some awards under your belt. Getting an outside opinion is a great way to gauge how others feel about your work and web site. There is a service called Eyeist that will review your work and give you their two cents on the state of your union. Their fees are very affordable considering in the past you would have had to hire a consultant or be in the industry to get well structured feedback. Check it out and see if you have what it takes to be a full-time professional photographer.
If you don't already read Shane Hurlbut's blog, you should. He is a cinematographer but his techniques and insight will also enlighten photographers. Here's a cool tutorial he posted on creating a beauty light:
This is probably one of the best skin retouching Photoshop tutorials we've ever seen. When you get good at it like her, it will only take you about 5 minutes or so to retouch faces.
Here's a great video explaining how to get those awesome night/star/milky way shots: Let there be light from Kamil Tamiola on Vimeo.
Nice little story from the photographer who got that great half lit and half dark New York city shot on poynter.org.
So, it's there's noting new about DSLRs being used to shoot TV shows or even feature films. But this short film "Grounded" looks pretty amazing. If nothing else, watch the first thirty seconds as it is pretty cool. Grounded from Kevin Margo on Vimeo.
Canon has a firmware upgrade which will give the 5D Mark III uncompressed HD output along with some fixes for focus issues. The kicker is the upgrade won't be out until April 2013. We're no sure why the wait but it could be a PR move. First, it generates some buzz about the 5D which is now months old. In the interim, it won't cannibalize any sales from any products introduced in the next 6 months (maybe the 46MP body that has been in the rumor mill for some time is coming this fall/winter). And then it will generate 5D buzz again when they release the upgrade in April. Here is the official release: LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012—Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images. Uncompressed HDMI Output Support When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting. Improved AF Functionality Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses. The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.
Cool photo tour of Google's data centers. Nicely done images. Cool stuff to geek out on:
Here's a short film showing how Kabuli street-photographer Qalam Nabi takes a photograph with a kamra-e-faoree. Those of you who who used to shoot film and have dark room experience will appreciate this little marvel: