WildPhotos 2010 agrees ethics declaration
At the recent WildPhotos conference in London, a vote was carried out among the attendees about what was acceptable behavior when interacting and photographing wildlife. The results varies, with 95% of people comfortable with the idea of attracting birds with seed, compared with only 5-10% who would hire an animal model from a game farm. Perhaps most interestingly, only 30% would declare that they had digitally manipulated a picture to add or remove subjects or blemishes.
One of the results of this poll is the launch of an online ethics declaration to which individuals can sign up.
Wetpixel @ DEMA 2010
The annual DEMA show is fast approaching, and as usual, Wetpixel plans to offer full coverage of the event. Sterling Zumbrunn, Norbert Wu and Adam Hanlon will all be at the show, and we aim to bring you regular updates throughout of new products, personalities and events. The show starts on Tuesday 17 and runs through till Saturday 20 November so please keep checking back on the front page regularly.
Watershot releases LED focus/video lights
Watershot has announced the release of several new lights in their STRYKR range. The new models all feature 700 lumen LED light units, and are designed to be used as video or focus lights. The STRYKR video is a lighthead for use with a separate battery pack and Watershot has also designed a new battery pack that allows two STRYKR video light heads to be run simultaneously. The STRYKR torch video is a compact video light, suited for use with video DSLRs as a focus or video light.
Sony announces PMW-F3k S35mm sensor Cinealta Camera
Sony just announced the PMW-F3k Cinealta camera, which has a S35mm EXMOR sensor and 23.976fps native recording to XDCAM EX codec. The S35mm (APS-C) sized sensor allows the use of PL mount cinema lenses like Arri, Panavision and Leica and has a ISO800 native sensitivity. It is also 3D ready with genlock and control functionality sync available for a dual camera system. The camera comes with a 35mm, 50mm and 85mm T2.0 lenses. Pricing and availability is not yet announced
Red Digital Cinema’s Epic in Singapore
Ted Schilowitz of Red was in Singapore to show off the Epic prototype and the demo reel of the Red One (which are assembled in Singapore) with the Mysterium-X sensor. The highlights was the 4k demo reel of the HDRx Epic Mysterium-X sensor (which boasts 18 stops of dynamic range), the working Auto Focus using the touch screen LCD and the resolution chart tests of the Epic compared with the Arri Alexa. Also demonstrated was the touch screen auto-focus LCD monitor using a Canon L lens. Read Drew Wong’s comments on the Red prototype Epic in his overview of the show. Unfortunately, no delivery dates were not given on the Epic or Scarlet.
Call for entries: Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia
Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide has announced the call for entries for the Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia competitions. The two competitions will run simultaneously, with prizes being awarded live on stage at the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago (February 18-20, 2011), and exhibited at DEEP Indonesia in Jakarta (March 31 – April 3, 2011). The winning video entries will be podcast via the iTunes Divefilm HD channel.
Full details of both competitions are available at UnderwaterCompetition.com and the deadline for entries for both competitions is 17 January 2011.
Fiber optic ring-flash
Marcell Nikolausz, inspired by recent discussions on fiber optic snoots and Alex Mustard’s home-made ring-flash, has come up with a DIY idea in the forums to merge both: the Fiber optic ring-flash. Marcell has found that by using fiber optic cables, attached with Velcro around the lens port and firing his strobes down the fiber, he can make a ring-flash like look, without the bulk of a reflector.
He has also experimented with using a “half ring” for using with close focus wide-angle techniques.
Martin Edge and Alex Mustard On Underwater Photography
Alex Mustard and Martin Edge played host to over 240 underwater photographers in a packed lecture theatre at Imperial College, London on 6 November. UK equipment suppliers Cameras Underwater organized the event, with tickets on sale via their web site and in their shops. The fact that the turnout was so high is an indications of quite how eagerly awaited the Mustard/Edge combination lecture has been.
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