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They Used Typewriters? And Other Epic Behind the Scenes Snaps from Raiders of the Lost Ark

A few months ago I went to see the iMax version of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was phenomenal and remains to this day as one of my top ten all time favorite movies. Which is why I was thrilled to find this excellent collection of behind the scenes photos of the making of the movie on Screencrush via Kottke.

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Day of the Dead Halloween GIF

October 31, 2012 by Photography

Enjoy this Día de los Muertos Sugar Mask GIF that I shot at a recent APA-LA seminar where I was speaking about hybrid motion photography. It was shot on a Canon 7D with a Zeis CP.2 lens and lit by a Joker HMI using a Big Eye fresnel modifier. Fill light was provided by a Westcott Spiderlite TD6. The model is the lovely Renee Olivier and the great makeup was done by Vanessa Marie. Edited in Adobe CS6 Photoshop and After Effects was used to stabilize the motion around the eyes. I like my motion GIFs subtle so if you miss the action just click on the image to load it into it’s own browser window where you can refresh the page to watch the creepy movement. … Continue Reading

Here’s My Pick for Best Halloween Costume for 2012

October 31, 2012 by Off Topic Yet Fascinating

The Grady sister (twins) from the Shinning. It’s the eyes that took me over the edge.

Found this in Reddit, but I haven’t been able to track down who the girls are in the image. If you know, please contact me.

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Things is Changing at Apple

October 30, 2012 by News

Scott Forestal was pushed out from Apple yesterday. The move seems like it’s going to have a positive affect on Apple’s software as Jony Ive moves into the alpha position of Human Interface design. Which, for many, including me, was a point of confusion. For all the stunning beauty of all of Apple’s products, the look of some of their own software was downright tacky.

But before you quickly dismiss Forestal as the problematic source of this aesthetic issue and cheer “adiós”, you have to understand that his influence on iOS is one of the reasons Apple’s mobile products are so successful.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball offers the best elucidation of the story.

Finally a Weather App for Photographers & Filmmakers

October 25, 2012 by News

There are few things that cause more colon clenching anxiety than shooting on location in uncertain weather. When the iPhone was introduced, I thought for sure that my weather worry days were behind me. A weather app, accurate and simple, would be my crystal ball into the capricious nature of, well, nature. But it never came to pass.

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The Definitive Sony NEX 7 Video Rig

October 21, 2012 by Cameras, Gear, News

I’ve been shooting a lot lately with the Sony NEX-7. It’s become my favorite camera due to it’s size, image quality and ease of use. With the tri-nav control knobs it’s hands down the most intuitive camera I’ve ever used. With some added accessories, I’ve been able to dial it in to become a great video rig even when shooting vertical videos.

I’ve been a proponent of vertical video since my first video test on the Canon 5D MKII in June of 09. Cinematographers pretty much refuse to shoot vertical even when the finished product will be used vertically. They shoot 4K in horizontal format and then crop in post. Photographers have an advantage here because we are used to vertical imagery for magazines so it’s an easy transition for motion magazines. Don’t believe me that vertical video has a place in the market, just check out the iPad special collection Esquire put out called “The Esquire Covers Film Festival“. They’ve been at the forefront of motion magazine covers from the beginning and it’s great to see them all in one place.

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