Skyler Minicam

Just bought myself this wonderful little steadycam type rig. Just wished it was easier to setup and not so sensitive. Smallest of adjustments required. Also, it could do with a handle that is further away from the central shaft. Have a look at my first impression review here.

Captain America

I’ve been wanting to start a regular stop motion image gallery for a while. So this is the first one. Hope to be adding some more over the coming months and hopefully years.

Creative Industrialization

We as creatives are entering a “Dark Age” of “creative industrialization”. Just as with the previous industrialization, thousands lost hope and jobs so too it will happen in our lifetime. Creativity will certainly not die out, it will thrive but earning a living from being creative will die out. We must find new ways to deal with things. Just as many craftsmen back then lost their livelihood through technology so it is happening right now. We are no longer just photographers, we are also web designers, photo editors, retouch specialists, marketing guru’s, social media experts, writers, income tax consultants, trend consultants, print experts etc. We are no longer just musicians, we are also, record producers, marketers, publishers, sound engineers, designers, composers, publicists, writers etc

We stand at the precipice of a dark new world, the undiscovered country lies at our feet as the profession of being a creative is slowly eroding away into a sludge of digital noise ending up on the shores of proverbial beach made up of billions of gigapixel images. Mediocrity will rule the day and the true craftsmanship of being a master will be replaced with a degree from The University of Youtube.

Watch this movie: (actually best to right click on the vimeo logo and watch in a higher resolution on vimeo) or download from their website here

Remember that thing called Film?

I often wonder how many working photographers shooting today cut their teeth on film? How many went through rolls and rolls of film before what you shot actually looked like it was on the day and before you knew what you were doing. Today it’s too easy, you press a button and immediately you get feedback as to how your end product will look like. With film you had to be a master, you had to know which film stock to use for a certain look and feel, what worked in bright sun, what worked best in shade, what worked best in studio, which film you had to push and which film you had to pull (if you don’t know what that means then you probably never shot film before).

I still have around 500 rolls of film in my library, lying somewhere. The perfect raw original backup, using no power, with an incredible shelf life. Here we have a film scan. ISO200 Fuji film scanned at a hi-resolution. 3772×5654 to be exact.

And here we have a 100% of that scan. The film grain is very visible with a pleasing look and feel.

Now we have a similarly crop, shot on a D3 at ISO 200.

and the 100% from that shot here.

and finally we have an interesting story, coming full circle back to film. This one was shot at ISO500 on a D3, now there isn’t really much noise at that ISO but I wanted it to feel like film so I added noise in the shot.

and the 100% crop of Simone de Kock (who was the winner of the sports illustrated new model search winner this year, entry photos and video shot by me) with the added grain clearly visible, coming full circle to film, how strange this journey has been.

Outlook image signature

I found out today that if you want images or signatures with an image to appear correctly in Outlook, the image file’s dpi size must be 96dpi, or else Outlook will automatically try to stretch or shrink it to fit. Nowhere in the documentation does it state that nor is there any override. Thanks Microsuck!

See related article explaining in detail – really long article explaining microsoft’s design flaws