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Know what you are shooting

Becky Kagan, owner of Liquid Productions LLC, has posted a video offering tips and tricks for shooting video. She describes her aims:

When you jump into the water to shoot video or stills do you know what you’re shooting? I love watching videos and others’ work, but I’m always plagued by one thought as I watch: There’s no storyline. As a photojournalist I’m taught to tell a story through images, I made this video to help give some advice and tips about taking your video to the next level! Hopefully it will help you think about what your shooting, and make a plan the next time you splash. (via underwatervideography.com)

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Ikelite announces housing for Panasonic compacts Photo

Ikelite announces housing for Panasonic compacts

Ikelite has announced the release of a housing for the Panasonic ZS5, ZS7, TS8 & TZ10 compact cameras. Made from the traditional Ikelite polycarbonate, and with manual controls accessing all camera functions, the housing features a built-in flash diffuser and compatibility with add-on wet lenses and strobes. The housing is now available for pre-order.

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Canon updates EOS Movie Plugin for FCP Photo

Canon updates EOS Movie Plugin for FCP

Amidst the plethora of new product announcements from Canon is an update to the EOS Movie Plugin-E1. The update, version 1.1, will aid the import of footage shot with EOS DSLR’s including the EOS 60D into Final Cut Pro. It will be compatible with EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II new firmware (v2.0.3 or later), EOS 5D Mark II old firmware (v1.2.4 or earlier), EOS 60D and EOS 7D cameras.The existing plugin (and the updated one) converts EOS movie files into Apple ProRes format at high-speed as it uses multi-core processing, and allows the user to add reel names and time code information at import.

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Spotlight on Blue: Willem and the Whales Photo

Spotlight on Blue: Willem and the Whales

There are few things as cute or as powerful as children speaking about their love for animals. Last night, the Blue Ocean Film Festival screened the PSA, Willem and the Whales, by the Marine Mammal Conservation Through the Arts, featuring Willem, an adorable advocate for the world’s largest mammals.

The PSA calls on viewers to sign an NRDC petition letting President Obama know that it would be completely unacceptable for the US delegate to the International Whaling Commission to vote to suspend the moratorium on commercial whaling. The embedded video is available after the jump.

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Spotlight on Blue: The Majestic Plastic Bag Photo

Spotlight on Blue: The Majestic Plastic Bag

One of the highlights from last night’s screenings was the hilarious mockumentary, “The Majestic Plastic Bag.” Produced in a style similar to BBC’s blue-chip documentaries, the short film follows the trials of life for a single plastic bag as it seeks to join its species in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, “a veritable plastic oasis.”

The film is a PSA for Heal the Bay’s campaign in support of California state bill AB 1998 banning plastic bags in grocery stores. Definitely worth a watch - click through to watch an embedded version of the film.

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Blue Ocean Film Festival opening ceremonies Photo

Blue Ocean Film Festival opening ceremonies

Last night, the Blue Ocean Film Festival kicked off this week’s film screenings with an opening ceremony that included short films The Majestic Plastic Bag, Willem and the Whales, and Peter Brown’s feature-length film “Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist.”

Among the luminaries introducing the films were US Congressman Sam Farr, Dan Basta, Director of the US National Marine Sanctuary system and Julie Packard, Executive Director and Executive Director and Vice Chairman of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Board of Trustees. Click through to see some of Jason Bradley’s images from the event.

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Canon launches EOS 60D Photo

Canon launches EOS 60D

Canon has announced the launch of the replacement for the popular mid level DSLR EOS 50D: the EOS 60D. The new camera features an 18 megapixel DX sensor, and the HD video recording capabilities of the EOS 7D. It has a smaller form factor than it’s predecessor, takes SD memory cards and uses both the LCD and autofocus system of the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i). Canon have incorporated a RAW processing engine into the camera to simplify workflow and lastly it features a flip out LCD screen.

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