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The Birdmen In Transformers Are Real, Not CGI

Mon June 13, 2011

Transformers 3 “Birdmen” Featurette (HD) from Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.

In a reversal of what has become a main staple in action movies, Michael Bay hired real birdmen for his latest Transformers movie to jump and fly around downtown Chicago instead of relying on CGI.

Five cameras were used in total: 3 on the ground, one aerial stabilized camera on a helicopter and one stereoscopic head-mounted camera on one of the birdmen. It’s stunning footage.


When You Are Ready To Turn Your Hobby Into A Business

Mon June 13, 2011

Stop Running Your Wedding Photography Business Like a Hobby from BlackStar on Vimeo.

Natalie Bradley over at BlackStar asks the question: “Are you still running your business like a hobby?” and shares tips on how to turn your mindset around to focusing on the activities that will really develop your business.

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Cameras, Panasonic

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Mon June 13, 2011
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 with 14mm pancake lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 with 14mm pancake lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 (Red)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X Power ON

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X Back View

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3X Top View

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is Panasonic’s smallest and lightest digital Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) with a built-in flash. If cuteness were a review criteria, the compact GF3 would win it in spades with smooth curves, no hard edges, an aluminum body that comes in a number of attractive colors, including a stunning white version.

The GF3 or GF3X (a GF3 with a new X series power zoom lens attached) is squarely targeted to the point-and-shoot crowd who wants to step-up to DSLR image quality and performance but finds the traditional mirrored DSLRs to be more bulky and complex than they want to bother with. The GF3 packages all the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System allowing the same image quality and performance of an entry-level DSLR in a compact, light and user-friendly camera.

The Lumix GF3 features 12.1MP resolution of a FourThirds sensor, a 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Touch Panel LCD, Contonuous Shooting at 3.8fps, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60i. Point-and-Shoot users will choose to leave the camera on Intelligent AUTO mode while beginners and more advanced users have access to all the semi-auto and manual modes with PASM shooting modes and RAW file format.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 (GF3X) is compact, elegant and targets those who are thinking of upgrading from their compact point-and-shoot digicams to a DSLR-level camera without the bulk and weight of a traditional DSLR.

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Panasonic GF3
QuickFact™ Sheet
Panasonic GF3 US | CA | UK | Lumix  
Image Sensor 12.1 Megapixel, Live MOS 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds mount
Image Stabilization Lens-shift (optical), therefore dependent on lens attached
File Format RAW, RAW+Fine, RAW+Standard, Fine, Standard
Media SD / SDHC / SDXC
Viewfinder n/a
Shutter Speed 1/4000 ~ 60 sec.
Continuous Shooting H: 3.8 frames/sec, M: 2.8 frames/sec (with Live View), L: 2 frames/sec (with Live View)
7 images (when there are RAW files with the particular speed)
Unlimited consecutive shooting (when there are no RAW files)
(depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Shooting Modes iA, iA+, PASM, Custom, Scene, Creative Control
Exposure Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto / Intelligent ISO / 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400
Dust Reduction System Supersonic wave filter
Autofocus Contrast AF system
Face detection / AF Tracking / 23-area-focusing / 1-area-focusing / Pinpoint
AF Assist Lamp
Touch shutter, Quick AF, Continuous AF (during motion image recording), AF+MF, Touch MF Assist
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1, 2 / Color temperature setting / Portrait / Beauty Skin / Sport / Flower / Collection / Baby / Pet / Defocus Control
White Balance Bracket
Display Monitor 3.0 in. Touch panel LCD, 460k-dot
Movie [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (sensor output is 30p) (FSH: 17 Mbps)
[HD] 1,280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 30p) (SH: 17 Mbps)
Remote Control n/a
Battery Li-ion (340 shots, CIPA) included
Dimensions (W x H x D) 107.7 x 67.1 x 32.5 mm / 4.24 x 2.64 x 1.28 inch (excluding protrusions)
Weight 222 g / 7.83 oz (Body only)
264 g / 9.31 oz. (with card and battery)
MSRP with LUMIX G X VARIO 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/POWER O.I.S. kit lens: US $749.99 / CAD $799.99 / UK £ / €

*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera Kit (Black)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera Kit (Red)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Digital Camera Kit (White) [US]
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Panasonic Announces the LUMIX GF3

Mon June 13, 2011
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3


The LUMIX GF3 Body Weighs Just 7.83oz and Produces High-Quality Photos, Full-HD Video Recording Capabilities and Smart Touch-Screen Controls

SECAUCUS, NJ (June 13, 2011) – Panasonic today announces its latest compact system camera (CSC), the mirror-free Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3 is the company’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash*1, with its body size comparable to that of a smartphone and weighing just 7.83oz (body only), less than a standard 8oz cup of coffee. The Panasonic’s LUMIX GF3 realizes all the features desired from a traditional DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes them in an ultra-compact body that is lightweight and simple to master.

This remarkable reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in new mirror-free camera technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, yielding greater portability and creative control. The DMC-GF3’s image quality comes from a large DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel sensor and newly advanced image processing technologies.

The LUMIX GF3 digital camera is based on the Micro Four Thirds standard of lenses, which includes Panasonic’s 3D lens, thus the LUMIX GF3 not only provides outstanding still photos, full-High Definition 1080/60i video, but is also capable of shooting 3D still photos.

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Panasonic Announces Leica Summilux DG / 25mm F1.4 MFT Lens

Mon June 13, 2011
Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4

Leica Summilux DG 25mm F1.4


The New LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm / F1.4 ASPH. Lens Compatible With Panasonic LUMIX G Series of Compact System Cameras, Including LUMIX GF3

SECAUCUS, NJ (June 13, 2011) – Panasonic today announced a new interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH. (H-X025), compatible with the company’s LUMIX G Series of compact system cameras (CSC), including the LUMIX GF3, which was also announced today. The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm / F1.4 ASPH. lens features outstanding brightness of F1.4, and despite the high-performance, it also remains incredibly compact and lightweight. The lens’ brightness allows for a beautiful soft focus when shooting both photos and videos – without having to rely on a flash.

The LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm / F1.4 ASPH. lens adopts Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology on the surface of the lens, which helps dramatically minimize reflection at the entire visual light range (380nm-780nm). The technology encompasses an extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure and results in the super-clear photo with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.

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Panasonic ZS10 / TZ20 Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Mon June 13, 2011
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

[The Panasonic ZS10 / TZ20] is an outstanding choice whether you are an experienced photographer looking for a compact camera to carry, or a beginner looking for great features and image quality.

We have added another Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 / TZ20 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Steve’s Digicams has posted their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 / TZ20, a compact ultra zoom digital camera with 14.1MP resolution (on a 1/2.33-in. MOS), 16x wide-angle optical zoom (24-380mm equiv.), optical Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Smart Touch LCD, 3D Photo Mode, Touch AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent AUTO (iA) mode, GPS, and Full 1080p HD movie 1920 x 1080.

You can read the Panasonic ZS10 / TZ20 Review at: Steve’s Digicams.

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Review @ BobAtkins

Mon June 13, 2011
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D

Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D

The [Canon] T3i would be a good buy for the novice user who wants a camera that they can “grow into” with time.

We’ve added a new Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

BobAtkins has published their review of the Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D digital SLR camera with 18MP resolution on a large APS-C CMOS image sensor, a large 3.0-in. high resolution (1.04 million dots) Vari-angle LCD display screen, ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), and Full HD Movie 1920×1080 at 24fps. It is targeted to Families, as well as beginner and serious amateur photographers.

You can read the Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Review at: BobAtkins.

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Olympus XZ-1 Review @ Luminous Landscape

Mon June 13, 2011
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

If you’re in the market for a pocket camera capable of producing decent image quality then you owe it to yourself to […] look at the Olympus XZ-1.

We’ve added a new Olympus XZ-1 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Luminous Landscape has posted their review of the Olympus XZ-1 with 10MP resolution (on a 1/1.63-in. CCD sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, an iZuiko F1.8-2.5 fixed lens, 4x optical zoom (28-112mm equiv.), 3.0-in. OLED monitor (610k-dots), full manual controls, six Art Filters, and HD 720p Movie.

You can read the Olympus XZ-1 Review at: Luminous Landscape.

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Behind The Scenes, Fun Stuff, Videos

Mind Your Step with these Optical Illusions from Swedish Photographer Erik Johansson

Mon June 13, 2011

From tackochgodnatt

Mind Your Step is a street illusion at Sergels torg in Stockholm created by photographer Erik Johansson. This video is a behind the scenes look at how he created the street illusion (basically laying down a huge picture in stripes) and people’s reactions.

Like any optical illusion, it depends on your angle of approach. That is why you’ll see in the video that people seem to gawk a lot from on high, and when they approach from our point of view, but those at street level from the other sides just seem to walk right onto it. The police van did not even hesitate to drive right onto it.

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Ron Howard: When I First Picked Up A Camera

Mon June 13, 2011

From Imagination

Ron was only 8 when he was given his first 8mm video camera by Andy Griffith and Aaron Ruben. With the encouragement of his Dad, he made short movies. He later graduated to a Super 8 movie camera, entering film making contests (under an alias), and fell in love with film-making.

When he started directing, he approached his movies first from the actor’s perspective, then the writer’s, before deciding on the composition. Not satisfied with his composition skills, he took up stills photography to help him compose his movies better.

So, now that your DSLR incorporates HD movie capability, why not follow in Ron Howard’s footsteps. Make a movie!

Don’t forget to enter the Canon PROJECT IMAGIN8ION contest produced by Ron Howard and directed by his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard.


Ron Howard’s Advice For Project Imagination Participants

Mon June 13, 2011

Here’s Ron Howard’s advice on entering the project:

From Imagination

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Behind The Scenes, Contests

Enter Photo Contest And Inspire A Ron Howard Short Film

Mon June 13, 2011

From Imagination

Enter the Canon’s PROJECT IMAGIN8ION, the first ever user-generated photo contest that will inspire a Hollywood short film. Ron Howard will select 8 winning photographs and hand them over to his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard. Ron will produce the project while Bryce, a Golden Globe-nominated actress, will direct.

To enter the contest, visit: PROJECT IMAGIN8ION.

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