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04.27.16         tutorial & training videos  

Canon 80D Tutorial Crash Course Now Available!


UPDATE My Canon 80D Crash Course is now available for purchase by download worldwide: CLICK HERE for Michael's Canon 80D Tutorial Course
My Canon 80D arrived yesterday and I am already taking it through several tests and learning many interesting things. It turns out there is much more to it than the specs indicate and while there are no 4K video features, it has a robust focusing system not found on any other Canon Camera, this includes both for stills (sports shooting) as well as video. Basically all of the little weaknesses I saw in the 70D have been updated. A new 70D is still listed at about $1000, with the 80D coming in at $1200, I would say it is a no brainer to go for the 80D. Ill have more coming on this soon.

Other bells and whistles I am noticing:

- Built-in Intervalometer
- Multiple HDR modes (though I do not like any of them)
- Multiple Exposure Mode
- Headphone Jack
- Improved Low Light Focusing
- Improved Buffer Performance (though not as deep as the T6s/T6i surprisingly).

Ill have specific numbers coming on these as soon as I finish my actual focusing tests side by side in an actual shooting situation.

We expect the Canon 80D Crash Course Training video to be ready for download in about 2-3 weeks. Mid-Aprilish. The DVD should be ready sometime in May.

04.27.16         photography  

ISS Cinemagraphs So Beautiful It's Hard to Believe They're Real


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned an app called Flixel. It creates cinemagraphs and they were promoting it with Facebook and Fstoppers. (You could turn your FB profile picture into a cool cinemagraph for free. Check out that blog post HERE.) Cinematographer/Photographer Armand Dijcks did something very creative with some ISS images.

ISS (The International Space Station) floats around our earth capturing thousands of images for us to enjoy. Armand took some of those images and created truly incredible cinemagraphs.

Click HERE to check out the article where he explains the process for creating them. He also says he's likely to add to the series in the future so be sure to follow him HERE.

04.26.16         photography  

Technical Use of 'Painting With Light' for Product Photography


'Painting with Light' is an advanced photography lighting technique that can produce truly impressive results. I think a lot of photographers might view 'painting with light' as a sort of novelty. Something somebody does to just play around and create "cool images". I think this video might put that notion to rest.

Canadian photographer (I'm assuming a professional and commercial photographer based on his gear) Adrien Veczan uploaded this video to his Vimeo account giving us a behind-the-scenes look at his work on a bottle of Bear Hug vodka. He explains how and why he does what he does and shows how this technique might be the perfect option for product photography. He's very precise and the image comes out perfect.

If you're interested in learning how to 'paint with light' and many other advanced techniques I HIGHLY recommend my Advanced Photography Techniques Crash Course Training Tutorial. Check out HERE!

04.25.16         featured photographers  

Great Film Using "Vertigo" Effect


This short film was made by Tim Sessler of Brooklyn Aerials and Brandon Bray of Decade. It's produced by using drones and dramatic camera movements. Flips, turns, and the "Vertigo" effect, popularized by none other than master film director Alfred Hitchcock, create the dizzying tone of this film. The "Vertigo" effect is created in camera by zooming your lens while pushing (or dollying) the camera in. It's also called the "dolly zoom".

The short film is called 'Balance'. And the filmmakers note:

"We humans we create, we work, we stay busy from birth to death and never rest. We build, aim higher, work harder, accomplish more, and to what end? "Balance" takes an abstract look at our modern world, the full and the empty spaces and time in which we live and choose to make our lives."

Check it out below.

04.23.16         video  

Great 5 Minute Video on What Film Is


Films (movies) are an art form that have captivated audiences since their first introduction in the late 1800's. Although digital recording has gained massive popularity among major movie-makers (and has all but taken over still photography) some of the greatest directors of our time are still using film; Wes Anderson, Christopher Nolan, and Steven Spielberg to name a few.

But have you ever wondered; What is film? What is made of? How does it work? If you have, this short video is for you. The team at "What is....." (which appears to be a new YouTube channel as they've only uploaded this single video) offers a brief but surprisingly thorough explanation of what film actually is. Very interesting. Check it out below.



via PetaPixel


04.21.16         tutorial & training videos  

Sony A6300 vs Canon 80D Epic Shootout Review


These epic shootouts take 3-4 weeks to thoroughly test, analyze and put together, so when you guys like and share it is definitely a HUGE help and encourages me to keep making them. Its kinda funny, I always swear Ill never do them again, and but the response from you really encourages me to do it, so I am very thankful for your support.

What We Test & Review

- Similar Features
- Differences
- Rack Zoom Focus Test / Sports Shooting Test
- Servo Focusing Accuracy Scores
- Buffer Performance
- Sports Performance Winner
- Precision Focus Test
- Accuracy vs Precision
- Live View Focus & Tracking
- Low Light Focusing
- ISO Tests
- Moire
- Rolling Shutter Test
- Thermal Temperature (after 20 mins of shooting)
- Overall Video Quality
- Dynamic Range Test
- Silent Shutter Modes (How quiet are they really?)
- Portrait Test

If you own the Sony A6300 and want to save time, money, and frustration check out my Crash Course Training Tutorial to learn absolutely everything about this camera. CLICK HERE

The Canon 80D Crash Course is currently underway and will be COMING SOON!

CLICK HERE to learn all about the methodologies used in this video.

04.21.16         tutorial & training videos  

Methodologies Used For Epic Shootouts


Dynamic Range

CLICK HERE for full details on my dynamic range tests and methodology.
Buffer Performance

How to Calculate A Cameras Buffer Depth & Write Speed

1. On Full Burst, RAW, Sony shoots at 11 frames per second, for 2 full seconds, or 22 total files, each at 24MB each, or a total of 528 MB of files captured during those 2 seconds.

2. Once the buffer is full, the camera allows you to take another picture, as the buffer is clearing. So the assumption is you can take another picture as soon as that space becomes available, but if we know that we took 7 additional RAW files over 4.8 seconds, we can calculate:

7 x 24MB = 168MB written in 4.8 seconds, or 35MB/s. Write speeds are typically written in bits, which we find by multiplying that by 8, so the write speed of the A6300 is ~ 280 Mb/s.

Coming back to the total number of MB captured during those 2 seconds of burst, we subtract what should be the total amount a data written during those 2 seconds, or 35MB x 2 = 70MB.

528MB - 70MB = ~ 458 MB Buffer Space

For a full explanation of this method CLICK HERE

How Buffer Performance Works

Low Light Focusing

CLICK HERE for a detailed description for how I test low light focusing.
ISO Testing

CLICK HERE for details on the methodology I use for ISO testing.
Portrait Testing

CLICK HERE for the methodologies of my Portrait Tests

04.21.16         tutorial & training videos  

How to Calculate A Cameras Buffer Depth & Write Speed


So in my latest Epic Shootout with the A6300 vs the Canon 80D, I stumbled upon a simple way to figure out the how much memory a buffer holds, as well as how fast the camera can write to a memory card. If you are unfamiliar with buffer performance concepts, you might want to check out my video on how buffers work: How Buffer Systems Work

There are a few assumptions that would have to be true for this to work:

1. You are using a memory card that allows information to written faster than the camera's maximum write speed, otherwise the memory card will slow this down and you would actually be calculating the card write speed. In my case, I am using San Disk Extreme Pro U3 cards which are designed to have a maximum write speed of 95MB/s.

2. We have to assume there are two parts to this that are each needed to figure the other one out, the buffer filling stage and the buffer full stage.

3. We have to assume that as soon as we take the first picture, the camera begins writing to the memory card, in the case of the Canon 80D and A6300, there is a write indicator light that basically suggests this is the case.

4. You need a way to accurately measure how long a camera is in a “buffer filling stage” and a “buffer full and writing to the memory card stage”, I decided to use the audio in my time line to measure how long each of these were.

5. You need to know the file sizes written for each of these 2 stages.

With the Sony, this was fairly easy to figure out because it’s compressed RAW files are consistently ~24MB each (though occasionally there is some minor variation).

Here is how it worked for the Sony

1. On Full Burst, RAW, Sony shoots at 11 frames per second, for 2 full seconds, or 22 total files, each at 24MB each, or a total of 528 MB of files captured during those 2 seconds.

2. Once the buffer is full, the camera allows you to take another picture, as the buffer is clearing. So the assumption is you can take another picture as soon as that space becomes available, but if we know that we took 7 additional RAW files over 4.8 seconds, we can calculate:

7 x 24MB = 168MB written in 4.8 seconds, or 35MB/s. Write speeds are typically written in bits, which we find by multiplying that by 8, so the write speed of the A6300 is ~ 280 Mb/s.

Coming back to the total number of MB captured during those 2 seconds of burst, we subtract what should be the total amount a data written during those 2 seconds, or 35MB x 2 = 70MB.

528MB - 70MB = ~ 458 MB Buffer Space

I realize that there may be some software limitations that Sony put in to protect the camera for various reasons, but this gives us a close idea of what we are dealing with buffer depth and write speed wise.

I expect there will be some who will freak out saying that the either the Sony or the Canon or even the card are limited to 100mb/s or 50mb/s because that is what it says on the video codecs, etc, but remember, "sustained write speeds" for video are very different than maximum read/write speeds for image files and that is an important distinction.

Rumors are that Sony's next full frame will have an unlimited buffer, and this can be accomplished simply by having write speeds greater than the maximum frames per second x file size. Under those conditions, the buffer should never fill, assuming you have a super fast memory card of course.

Exercise:

So now that you know how to calculate buffer depth and write speed, here at the measurements for the Canon:

26 shots, for a total of 734 MB over a "buffer filling space" of 3.9 seconds.
Once the buffer was “full” it shot 13 images, totaling 363.95 MB, over 4.53 seconds.

What did you get?

04.20.16         instagram  

Who is ready for an Epic Shootout between the Sony...


Who is ready for an Epic Shootout between the Sony A6300 & Canon 80D? I found many interesting things about both of these cameras and if you own or are considering either of them, you will want to check this out. Should be live within the next day or two. I'll have a link in my profile when it's ready or check out my YouTube channel: MichaelTheMentor #a6300 #80D #epicshootout

04.20.16         video  

NASA Shares "Stunning Aurora Borealis from Space in Ultra-High Definition (4K)"


In an effort to promote NASA's non-Commercial UHD Channel in North America they teamed with Harmonic (a delivery infrastructure solutions company) to produce an incredibly stunning video. Shot in ultra-high definition 4K video in the time-lapse format it shows the captivating natural phenomenon of Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis.

Humans have been awed and inspired by Aurora since recorded history but never before have we seen it from above in such astonishing clarity. For those of us who might never get the chance to see it in person, this has to be the next best thing. What a great watch! Check it out below.






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