I should call this video “Digital Blindz” or something, that horizontal banding is so bad. As an environmentalist, I applaud the conversion from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent and the new LED digital bulbs.  The energy efficiency is so much better it can save a great deal on a monthly electric bill, and give even […]

FS5 vs a7S II I’m shooting so much low light video these days that I was very interested to see what the new Sony FS5 was capable of, verses the new Sony a7S II.  It is possible I will be using one or the other of these cameras in 2016, and I need to make […]

Ivanpah Solar Power Facility from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. And from the air, DJI was kind enough to fly this same location, and produced this: Legend has it that Archimedes used a “burning glass” to concentrate sunlight on the invading Roman fleet and repel them from Syracuse. In 1973 a Greek scientist, Dr. Ioannis Sakkas, curious about whether Archimedes […]

Dog Schidt In The Park from Andrew Reid on Vimeo. Shot on Schidt.  An experimental test of Schidt Optics FF58 PL mount on Olympus OM-D E-M1, entirely handheld.  Full review of the Dog Schidt Optiks Flare Factory 58 (PL Mount) is here: http://www.eoshd.com/2015/02/dog-schidt-optiks-ff58-flare-factory-58-pl-mount-review/ As Andrew Reid says in his excellent review linked above, “In the cinema lens industry Hawk Vantage […]

Back in the days of old, those archaic days before Photoshop was invented, people like Konrad Eek worked up a print using only darkroom techniques.   The only computer involved was a simple timer, able to count down the time a lightbulb stayed illuminated.  That one simple light, and many of the techniques Konrad Eek demonstrates here, have […]

Moonlight | Sony A7s ISO test from Carbon Studios on Vimeo. Their goal was to set out and shoot a short film that was lit entirely by moonlight. They waited for the “right” full moon, and on the night of September 8th set out to explore the Northern California coast on a mission of discovery. Discover, they did. […]

Now I See from Philip Bloom on Vimeo. WATCH TILL VERY END FOR COMPARISONS! Read the “evolving review of the Sony A7s” here: gopb.co/a7s Any use of the tip jar to help fund these reviews is always gratefully welcomed! Thank you!! Everyone had been saying the just out Sony A7s is a low light monster […]

PMG MultiRotors from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. PMG MultiRotors, from Cinegear LA 2014. Once again this year, CineGear LA 2014 proved to be a big hit. Right outside the main entrance, I ran into the baddest multi rotor ‘copter I have ever seen. No, make that THREE of them, ranging in lift capacity from 100 lbs […]

You or a Loved One TRAILER 1 from Rubric Pictures on Vimeo. As most of you know, I own and use a set of three Fiilex P-360 lights and one P100 light for my productions.  I had the set out with me yesterday at a shoot though we never got to using them.  At other times […]

Video: Australian photographer Karl Taylor presents Parabolic reflectors vs other professional light shaping tools. As with everything else in photography these days, studio lighting is changing rapidly.  So fast, I find it hard to keep up with the various types of lights, light modifiers, light sources, CRI Indexes, and the huge number of new vendors few […]

Editors Note: Today we introduce a gentleman who needs little introduction, the Master of Brevity, the Don Juan of Optical Benches, Master researcher of a7r light leak, the Master Myth Buster of Camera Porn himself, President of LensRentals.Com, Mr. Roger Cicala!  BAD-A-BOOM!   Roger has agreed to join our growing number of Merry Pranksters to help […]

Pay Particular Attention II from TheCameraForum on Vimeo.This video is about Paying Particular Attention to what goes on behind the scenes, where the real dealing takes place.  [Pay Particular Attention Song and Video ©2013 Suzanne Birrell as performed by Cats With Class: Victor Arno on Drums; Suzanne Birrell on Bass & Vocals; Evan Hauser on […]

Most of us as photographers have heard the term “Specular Reflection.” Certainly all of us have seen examples of it. But just what does “specular reflection” mean in a technical sense, and how does it impact our photographs?  Reflections on still water, as in the above image of Tso Moriri Lake, Kashmir, India, from Wikipedia […]

One of the harshest mixed lighting environments to shoot in is the lighting department of a professional camera dealer.  It is always at least a couple of stops brighter than anyplace else I’ve ever shot indoors.  The ambient celling light is supplied by what you find in most retail locations; “daylight” temperature fluorescent  four or […]