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Extending GoPro timelapse with CamDo's Blink
Technical 14th Jul 2017

GoPro, timelapse, CamDo, Blink

Designed to connect to the back of a GoPro Hero 3 plus or Hero 4, CamDo Solutions’ Blink controller can offer complete control over the time lapse feature of your GoPro and more.
Can you really shoot a broadcast documentary on an iPhone?
Film & Television 6th Jun 2017

filmmaking, filmmaking tips, indie tips

The BBC has broadcast what it described as its first documentary to be shot entirely on cellphones. Is this really a good idea? Phil Rhodes has his doubts.
DJI Spark: the new entry level consumer drone
Technical 30th May 2017

drones, DJI, DJI Spark

A spark of genius? DJI bills its new $499, cellphone-sized Spark drone as “the easy and fun camera drone for everyone.”
How do you get that Blade Runner look on a budget of zero?
Film & Television 11th May 2017

filmmaking, filmmaking tips, indie tips

AWAKE is an impressive enough minute-long slice of dystopian sci-fi, made all the more jaw-dropping when you realise it was done by one man, Phil Grishayev, on no money. Here, he explains how he did it.
Turn your cellphone into a light meter
Technical 9th May 2017

filmmaking, filmmaking tips, indie tips, lighting, lighting tips

With the smartphone becoming steadily more and more ubiquitous, it's even managing to worm it's way into areas of our life where it can replace bits of kit once deemed essential. The light meter is a case in point.
Hands on with the surprise new Sony a9 mirrorless camera
Technical 26th Apr 2017

cameras, Sony, Sony a9 mirrorless camera

Ned Soltz was one of the first people in the world to try Sony’s surprise new mirrorless camera, the high-end a9, in an eight-hour shoot in New York. He’s impressed with what he found.
The portable gear you need to shoot really lightweight
Technical 20th Apr 2017

filmmaking, filmmaking tips, indie tips

When you are travelling light you will always have to make some compromises. But, with the right gear, it is entirely possible to obtain shots with a cinematic sensibility without needing to hire Sherpas!
Powerful alternatives to that new Apple workstation
Post Production 20th Apr 2017

postproducion

If you can't wait for a new Mac Pro or don't fancy journeying down the evolutionary cul-de-sac that the tweaked version of the current trashcan design represents, Phil Rhodes considers the alternatives.
Using photos from Flickr to compare lenses
Technical 6th Apr 2017

filmmaking, filmmaking tips, indie tips, camera lenses

Before you go out and pay $300-500 or more on a new lens, wouldn't it help to know what kind of pictures that lens will actually give you? That's where Lens vs. Lens, a website that uses photos from Flickr to show you how lenses perform, comes in handy.
New colour workflow and processing pipeline for RED cameras
Technical 5th Apr 2017

cameras, RED

RED’s new Image Pipeline (IPP2) is a complete rework of the original and will improve almost all aspects of working with RED cameras and post producing the images.