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How to Coil Your Cables, Ropes and Extension Cords Like a Pro

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Cables are probably one of the most abused pieces of equipment on any set out there. They are stepped on, driven over, accidentally cut in half, knotted up, and… well you get the picture. So why then, do so many people continue to add to the abuse by coiling their cables incorrectly? Well, it’s most likely because they haven’t been shown how to do it properly in the first place… The “Over Under” method… Learning how to properly coil your cables will not only help to extend their usefulness, and keep them in tip-top shape, but also reduce the amount…

Rotolight NEO 2 Set-up and Features Tutorials

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In this three part tutorial, Vistek Video Producer Dale Sood walks us though how to set-up and use the varied features and effects of the Rotolight NEO 2. Rotolight NEO 2 Set-Up and Overview Full overview & set-up of new NEO 2 from Rotolight. We include the three light kit, and include some lighting samples. Rotolight NEO 2 Flash & High-Speed Sync Functionality Full tutorial & set-up of the flash functionality on the new NEO 2 from Rotolight. Full breakdown of using the NEO 2 with the Elincrom HS Skyport for shutter speeds of up to 1/8000th of a second. We…

From Start to Finish – Peter McKinnon’s Video Production Workflow

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Peter McKinnon has arguably one of the hottest photo / video related YouTube channels running right now, offering a ton great of tutorials, equipment reviews and tips and tricks videos. In fact, Peter’s YouTube channel audience has rocketed to over a million people in less than 9 months due in-part to his unique style and delivery when it comes to providing his incredibly engaging content within the photo / video world. If you attended ProFusion Expo in Toronto this past November, you probably caught one of Peter’s extremely popular main stage presentations and already know how engaging he can be.In…

Profoto Academy Wants to Help You to Understand Light

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Understanding light is probably the most important skill a photographer needs to learn and it’s also one of the hardest concepts to really master. Swedish light shaping giant Profoto understands this, and wants to give photographers of all levels the opportunity to learn about light from the masters themselves with the launch of their online Profoto Academy. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George EastmanThere are currently 4 different lighting series each featuring a different master photographer to choose…

What Not to Say to A Photographer Before Asking for Camera Advice

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Photographer Jay Perry has a lot of great videos on his YouTube Channel, but this one in particular caught our eye. It’s safe to say that most photographers have probably experienced the situation Jay describes, and in this video, he shares some sage advice for anyone who is new to photography on how and what you should ask a photographer for camera advice. “Never, ever, tell a photographer that their photos look good because of the type of camera they have.” A quick piece of advice from Jay Perry. When asking a photographer for camera advice, if you “come better…

Solar Eclipse Photography: What You Should Know Before You Shoot

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The upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, dubbed the “Great American Eclipse”, will completely darken skies across parts of the United States and partially darken the sky across the rest of the continent as it crosses from the west coast to the east coast. Warning – Never look directly at the sun with the naked eye or through an unfiltered lens. To do so could cause permanent damage or blindness within seconds. One of the things that makes this rare event so special is that it’s the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the US since 1918 meaning there…

Outdoor Flash Photography Introduction Featuring Elinchrom ELB 400

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If you’re new to using off camera lighting or just want to learn something new, Elinchrom has some great lighting resources available on its site, and this two episode series on using outdoor flash by Mark Cleghorn is pretty illuminating. Episode One – Outdoor Flash Basics Mark shares his tips for using flash photography on location using the Elinchrom ELB 400 portable battery unit and light-weight flash heads. Equipment Shown in Video Episode Two – Outdoor Flash Advanced In episode two, Mark explores using the Skyport Plus HS transmitter to trigger Hi-Sync mode while using light-shapers on location. Equipment Shown…

10 Ways To Use The Rock Solid Tripod Cross Bar

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The Rock Solid Tripod Cross Bar is a must-have for anyone shooting tethered to a laptop in-studio or on location. A perfectly elegant solution to tethered shooting, the Cross Bar lets you view images on a laptop or tablet right next to your camera. The Tripod Cross Bar can mount Aero tables, iPads, Monitors or anything with a female 3/8” thread and features dual-locking ratcheting handles to keep your gear secured. The convenient knurling on each mounting point makes connecting and disconnecting your gear a breeze. While mounting a laptop and camera to your Tripod Cross Bar may be the…

Maintain & Care For Your UAV’s LiPo Batteries with These Simple Tips

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Flying a UAV in cold weather is challenging enough without having to constantly worry about battery performance… That’s why we wanted to share some important tips on how to properly operate, care for & ultimately help to extend the lifespan of your UAV’s LiPo batteries. To start, it’s important to know that all UAV’s use LiPo batteries. LiPo (short for Lithium Polymer) has a special chemical makeup that allows a lot of power to be supplied from a small lightweight battery. Lithium (the Li in LiPo) can sometimes become, as I am sure you have heard, unstable when damaged or not used correctly.…

Essential Software for Photographers: The Ultimate List (50+ Tools)

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AnySoftwareTools website’s Senior Editor Jessica Carrell has put together the ultimate list of essential software for photographers that we would like to share with you. Jessica’s list is like a one-stop resource shop for photographers who are looking to become more productive by leveraging the ever increasing world of apps and software designed for photographers. We all want to be productive, so we have more time enjoying photography and life. But there are so many things and distractions we have to deal with each and every day. The extensive list covers resources that can help you with: Personal Productivity Team…

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