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Canon offers free firmware upgrades

EOS_C500_EFle_RFilm-makers shooting on the Cinema EOS System will soon have access to a free firmware upgrade to improve the line’s operability, as well as new software for greater RAW footage handling in November.

The EOS C300, C 300 PL, C500, C500 PL cameras will all benefit from the firmware, which allows for simpler colour temperature value selection.

The later two models will also be made compatible with the expanded colour space for 4K TV broadcasting. Used in conjunction with the DP-V3010 professional-use 4K display, the system will be capable of oppertaing within the realms of next-generation motion-picture production and broadcasting.

The new Cinema RAW Development 1.3 software will also allow the C500/PL models  to utilize 3D-LUT for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to advanced colour space standards like ITU-R BT.709 and DCI-P3, enabling efficient video editing while maintaining low-chroma colour reproduction and high-chroma colour gradation. Edit decision lists will also be supported so processing unnecessary files will be a thing of the past.

A demonstration of the ITU-R BT.2020 colour space will be carried out during the INC2-14 broadcast technology trade show held in the Netherlands this week on September 12–16.

None of us is as good as all of us

Hot Dog Stand

Photographer Paul Gummer looks at the way networking and sharing can take the industry forward

Although at UCOL we offer academic qualifications, in a skill-based industry such as the photographic arena they don’t necessarily prove someone can perform on a job, especially when there is pressure to come up with strong images. While we aim to keep up with the latest trends, styles and technology, we also recognize that industry qualifications have greater impact in many sectors. We form links with industry, and look to produce work for industry-driven qualifications and awards where possible as a way of exposing people who study here to industry standards. Coupled with a healthy business component, the aim is to free people from the potential closet of an academic institution, and encourage them to not only produce creative work with a high skill base, but also learn how to survive out there in a competitive marketplace. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the local Canon crew

Canon meet upThis month (and next, if you’re in Hamilton) sees a number of opportunities for photographers around the country to meet their local Canon crew, play with gear and perhaps win a prize.

The friendly folk at Canon New Zealand will be doing the rounds in a series of social evenings to meet with the local photographic community and give them a chance to play with the latest Canon gear.

The events, which run from 5pm to 7pm, feature a model and full studio set up at various sites throughout New Zealand, kicking off tomorrow night in Christchurch.

Bring your own gear along or have a borrow of some of Canon’s latest and greatest, plus you’ll be in with a chance to win a Canon Pixma Pro-10 just for showing up – the full cross-country timetable follows:

October 22, Christchurch: Linton Studios, Unit 2, 16 Bernard Street, Addington

October 23, Wellington: FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mt Cook

October 30, Auckland: Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

November 19, Hamilton: Canon Branch, 404 Anglesea Street, Hamilton CBD

To RSVP for any of the events just email roadshow@canon.co.nz with the location you’ll be attending in the subject line.

Eyecon deadline extended for October

EYECON WINNERSHigh school and tertiary students have a little more time on the clock to register for this year’s round of the country’s most unique photographic contest, the Canon Eyecon competition.

Entrants now have until October 31 to register for a shot at a prize pack that includes invaluable mentoring experience with some of New Zealand’s top photographers, as well as cash prizes and Canon gear.

For the 2013 edition of the Eyecon competition Canon has opened entry up to Year 12 and 13 photography students as well as adding a filmmaking component to the previously still-based contest.

This year’s mentors – who also judge the competition entries – are Brett Phibbs, Garth Badger, Emma Bass and Lee Howell, each of whom has their own speciality and distinct style says Rochelle Mora, Canon’s manager of consumer marketing communication.

“We know they will pass on a range of priceless experience, skills and advice to this years winner, knowledge that will help guide them through the rest of their career.”

This year’s event comprises three categories – high school photography students, tertiary students and assistants, and a film category also for tertiary students and assistants.

Head to www.canon.co.nz/eyecon for more details on the prizes available, entry criteria and to register – and if you have any young photographers in your life encourage them to enter, it’s not an opportunity to be missed.

Brighten up your lighting skills

workshopWhile the Auckland Festival Photography brings to the city more exhibitions than you can shake a monopod at, it’s not all just looking – there’s plenty of opportunities for doing too, such as a series of workshops to enhance your lighting skills.

Apix Photographic Supplies and Topic Rentals are teaming up for the Festival to provide an extensive programme of lighting workshops throughout June.

Covering Canon and Nikon speedlights as well as Elinchrom studio lights on individual days, the curriculum should have something for everyone wanting to get a bit more proactive with their lighting skills.

The hands-on workshops well be held at Topic Rentals in Newton in small groups to maximise their value, and cost $50 per person per workshop – spaces are limited so email sales@apix.co.nz or call 09 307 3177 to secure a space quickly.

On the day attendees will utilise the selected lighting set-up to photograph live performances; you are advised to bring a memory stick (or buy one there) and can bring your own camera or borrow one from ‘the armory’. Read the rest of this entry »

Hähnel Tuff TTL Wireless Flash Trigger (for Canon)

Hahnel-flash-triggerThe Hähnel Tuffs are, well, tough! Made up of two complementary units: a transmitter that sits on the camera’s hot shoe and a receiver with a hot shoe for the remote flash to sit in. Plug them in, turn them on and the camera is shooting in full Canon TTL mode without even consulting the manual.

They are light but made out of a strong plastic material and covered with a protective and removable silicone rubber cover, giving them a go-anywhere take-anything-you-can-throw-at-them feel. The receiver also acts as a foot for the flash, which means you can sit on a table, shelf or any level surface without extra clamps or accessories.

The buttons and controls are oversize, easily accessed but discrete, which means they are easy to use and don’t get in the way — very well thought through design and details. Read the rest of this entry »

Eyes on Cinema EOS

Cinema-EOS_01This week Canon invited local professional filmmakers, videographers and photographers in both Auckland and Wellington to an evening showcase of the company’s rapidly growing line of Cinema EOS products – D-Photo came along to the Auckland event.

Settling in with a few drinks and nibbles at Grey Lynn’s Kingsize Studios, attendees were treated to screenings of two short films shot on different cameras in the Cinema EOS range, as well as some behind-the-scenes featurettes, before delving into product overviews.

The first short was Man & Beast, a stylish short biopic about scientist and conservation activist Dr Alan Rabinowitz, PhD. The film is a warm, fuzzy story of a young boy who turned to animals for shelter from the teasing of others due to his debilitating stutter, later growing up to become one of the world’s most effective defenders of imperilled wild cat species.

The very engaging short was shot entirely on the C500, Canon’s new headliner in the EOS Cinema range. Putting the powerful camera’s ability to shoot10-bit 4K RAW footage at up to 60fps in the hands of legendary cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) makes for an undeniably sumptuous visual treat. Don’t take my word for it, check out the film below (be sure to switch HD on). Read the rest of this entry »

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