Simple Ways to Use Flash to Create More Looks in Outdoor Portraits

Coming to you from Ed Verosky, this helpful video will show you how to use artificial light in tandem with natural light for outdoor portraits. The important thing to note is that Verosky is not using an ultra-expensive lighting kit here; in fact, he’s simply using a speedlight and a softbox. By remembering the fundamentals of light (bigger and closer sources produce softer light and vice versa), he’s able to achieve a wide variety of different looks. Because it’s an overcast day, the speedlight doesn’t have to compete with the ambient light as much (and Verosky keeps it relatively close to the model); if you’re shooting on a sunny day, you might want to consider a modifier with a dual-speedlight bracket or a dedicated monolight. Check out the video above for Verosky’s tips.


A Review of One of the Weirdest Cameras of Yesteryear

Fujifilm has a storied history with film cameras, having created some bodies that are still beloved by photographers even to this day. This great review takes a look at one of the most unique of those cameras: the GA645.

Coming to you from Negative Feedback, this interesting video takes a look at the Fujifilm GA645. The GA645 is an interesting entry in the history of cameras, as it’s a point and shoot medium format. Fujifilm created some excellent medium format film cameras with super-sharp lenses (good luck prying my GW690 III out of my hands), and the GA645 continued that tradition. It had a flurry of excellent features to make shooting more automated, including a built-in light meter, data printing outside the frame, and more. What makes it particularly strange, however, is that in standard orientation, it shoots in portrait format. While that’s surely rather jarring and counterintuitive at first, I’m sure the eye and mind adjust after a little time, and the result it puts out are well worth it. It’s a particularly good camera for those who are new to medium format film, as it shoots well on auto mode, but still offers full manual control. Check out the video above for the full review.


Four Color Grading Mistakes Amateurs Often Make

A lot goes into making a video look professional, and one of the final and most important steps is the color grade. It’s easy to make a mistake here, and this great video will highlight four such missteps that new videographers often make when it comes time to color grade.

Coming to you from Chrystopher Rhodes with YC Imaging, this helpful video will show you four mistakes new videographers commonly make when they color grade their work. Color grading is an important step, as it’s both rather technical and a chance to add your artistic signature and to further solidify your signature style. As such, it’s especially important to give it lots of careful attention. Of the mistakes, perhaps the most common one I see is simply going over the top with the grade. It can be quite easy to go from stylized to garish, even for more seasoned editors. It’s a great idea to step away from your computer after you finish your grade for an hour or even a night, then rewatch your footage with fresh eyes. Less is often more in this case. Check out the video above for more helpful tips!

If you’re new to video editing and really want to learn more, be sure to check out “Introduction to Adobe Premiere: A Video Editing Tutorial!”


DJI Claps Back at GoPro With the Osmo Action

As Omar famously said on “The Wire,” you come at the king, you best not miss. When GoPro decided to get into the consumer drone market with its Karma quadcopter, it was taking aim squarely at the king of quadcopters, DJI. And it missed. Now, DJI is coming for GoPro with the release of its new Osmo Action.

I have to admit, upon DJI’s announcement Wednesday of the Osmo Action, I was disappointed to see DJI was getting into the action camera market, instead of expanding its drone market to a new frontier — the ocean. DJI dropped a teaser ad a week earlier, depicting a free diver floating weightlessly underwater with the tag line, “Unleash Your Other Side.”

Given that DJI is known primarily as a drone manufacturer, and given my own personal enjoyment of flying my Phantom 3 4K, my mind immediately jumped to the conclusion that DJI was preparing to unleash an underwater drone, a consumer submarine capable of going where previously only divers and scientists piloting multimillion-dollar ROVs were able to go.

I wasn’t alone in that speculation, as the internet turned up numerous stories, videos, and social media posts positing that DJI might be releasing an underwater drone. It isn’t far fetched, after all. There are already consumer underwater drone cameras on the market, such as the Gladius Mini Underwater ROV, from Chasing Innovation. But as the undisputed king of consumer drones, DJI jumping into underwater drone photography would have been interesting to say the least.

Instead, DJI has its sights set on the king of the action camera market. GoPro, for its part, seems to be recovering from the disastrous launch of the Karma drone, which sent the company’s stock spiraling down 30 percent in 2016, when it had to recall 2,500 drones and eventually ducked out of the drone market entirely. Despite that massive downturn three years ago, GoPro has remained the gold standard of action cameras.