Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.
After taking a short break, we’ve decided to head right back into the Essentials for what we think an environmental headshot photographer would use. So what exactly do we mean by this? Well, here in NYC, lots of photographers like using a combination of natural/ambient light and blending it with flash. And due to the fact that they’re on location and sometimes without assistants, they tend to try to pack as lightly as possible.
While we often recommend using monolights, they aren’t as portable as a couple of hot shoe flashes placed in the absolute right positions to give the right amount of kick.
A couple of days ago, we reported that Magic Lantern has released a fully testable version of their hack for the Canon 7D. To recap, the hacking crew found a raw video output for the camera very similar to what they’ve found in the Canon 5D Mk III and 5D Mk II. EOS HD notes that the footage isn’t as good as the Mk III’s though but it is better than the hacked Canon 50D. Apparently, the Canon 7D has faster write speeds than read speeds, and can achieve reach 91Mb/s, where 83Mb/s is required for 1080/24p raw but read speeds hover around the 60Mb/s area. It can also only shoot 1736 x 1156 pixels max.
Granted, you’re still not going to get the 70D’s autofocusing, but it is still nice for cinematographers to know that they can get more out of their investments at this point.
According to a brand new report on Planet5D, the Magic Lantern team has improved the dynamic range of the RAW video functionality from the Canon 5D Mk III and 7D to 14 stops. To catch everyone up to speed, the team originally found a CineDNG raw video output in the Live View functions of the camera. However, their next challenge was to find a way to record it and then record it to the point of capturing something that would make sense for filmmakers. They found a way to do so, and in the process turned Canon’s DSLRs into some of the greatest video capturing devices out there for the money.
Planet 5D is stating that it gives you, “…approximately 3 additional stops of dynamic range by using a new way of taking a photo by using ISO 100 for some of the vertical lines of the shot and ISO 1600 for the rest of it. He’s (the creator of the hack) also sharing his initial thoughts on how to re-combine the lines of 100/1600 to give you the full resolution of your image back!”
In case you’ve missed it before, we’re currently running a contest together with BorrowLenses.com where we’re giving away a Canon 5D Mk III or a Nikon D800 to the lucky winner. The runner-ups will receive BorrowLenses.com gift cards or memberships. All you’ve got to do is head over to our facebook page and sign up for the contest–it’s as easy as that! The contest ends June 22nd at 12 a.m. EST, so hurry up!
We’re currently running two contests in conjunction with BorrowLenses.com and Lomography. In the former, you can win a full-frame DSLR body of your choice–either a Canon 5D Mk III, or a Nikon D800–, while in the latter we’re giving away a Lomography LC-A+–the modern, advanced version of the Lomo classic. All you’ve got to do to win is to head over to the posts announcing the contests and follow the simple steps to participate. The BorrowLenses contests will be running through June 22st 12AM EST, while the Lomography contest ends May 31st 12AM EST.
Earlier this month we teamed up with BorrowLenses and Lomography in order to give away stuff. And by stuff we mean cameras. And by cameras we mean either a Canon 5D Mk III or Nikon D800, and a Lomography LC-A+. Both contests are still running and will be for a couple more days/weeks, so you can still sign up and take your chances at winning one of these great photographic tools.
The BorrowLenses contest will be running through June 22st 12AM EST, and the Lomography contest will be running through May 31st 12AM EST. For more info and to enter the contests, please visit the respective posts: