Potent LITTLE video production package… watch this space.

A good friend of Camera West, Manny Crisostomo, dropped in to show some of the add ons he has for his new Apple iphone. The set up included a machined metal case, external mic, wide angle lens adapter, LED light box and grip. Potent little package for video production on the go. Yes that’s right, shoot, edit, and submit in the field without need for any extra support. Again, potent.

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Lighting Fundamental Class

Lighting Fundamentals
6:30-8:30pm, July 14th, 2010
Camera West,
Suite 201, 1255 South Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA

Please join us for another outstanding lighting seminar presented by Jim King; an industry professional with decades of experience. Beginner and advanced shooters alike will find the variety of topics and depth of discussion invaluable. Jim will cover the tools, techniques, and essential vocabulary of harnessing light to work in your favor.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:
-Wireless Flash: Optical slaves, radio systems, IR
-Portrait Setups: Butterfly, Rembrandt, Split, Profile, Short
-Creative Light Softboxes and Modifiers
-Custom White Balance: Color Checker Passport
-Metering: Grey card, spot, etc…
-Profoto Lighting Equipment

Pre-payment is required and seating is limited. This workshop will fill up quickly so we recommend that you reserve your seat now! Beverages and snacks will be provided.

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Canon Unveils the "Wonder Camera" – ETA 2030!

Canon has just revealed a glimpse to the future at the Shanghai World Expo this month. The “Wonder Camera,” is their concept on what a still/video camera will be like in twenty years. This hair dryer-like fixed lens camera will have an ultra stabilized zoom lens capable of a macro to 5,000mm range with an unheard of resolution, and a touch screen/surface interface. It will shoot in video mode only since Canon claims the resolution will be so high that you can just pick the frames you want for high quality stills.

Check out this video from gizmag.com :

More Digital Shenanigans

And yet again, an editor of a leading news publication misleads her readers with a photoshopped image and thinks it’s ok.

The striking image on the cover of The Economist is of President Obama on one of his visits to the Gulf Coast to survey the BP oil spill. In the background is an oil rig. In the foreground, Obama is seen alone, head down looking forlornly at the ground. Only problem is, he was not alone – just cropped and photoshopped to appear that way.

The unaltered image shot by Reuters photographer Larry Downing shows Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard and Charlotte Randolph, a local parish president, standing alongside the president. But The Ecomomist cover cropped out Allen and completely removed Ms. Randolph.

Emma Duncan, deputy editor of The Economist, had this to say about the cover.

“I was editing the paper the week we ran the image of President Obama with the oil rig in the background. Yes, Charlotte Randolph was edited out of the image (Admiral Allen was removed by the crop). We removed her not to make a political point, but because the presence of an unknown woman would have been puzzling to readers.

We often edit the photos we use on our covers, for one of two reasons. Sometimes – as with a cover we ran on March 27 on U.S. health care, with Mr. Obama with a bandage round his head – an obvious joke. Sometimes – as with an image of President Chavez on May 15 on which we darkened the background, or with our “it’s time” cover endorsing Mr. Obama, from which the background was removed altogether – it is to bring out the central character. We don’t edit photos in order to mislead.

I asked for Ms. Randolph to be removed because I wanted readers to focus on Mr. Obama, not because I wanted to make him look isolated. That wasn’t the point of the story.”

Take a close look at both the original photo and the cover. They tell two different stories. Two different emotions. The cropped and photoshopped version is clearly the most compelling but it’s a lie.