Are you interested in getting a little more serious with your video business? Not sure where to start? Perhaps the Photographer’s Toolkit 2016 could point you in the right direction! Of course, before telling people to take a look, I had to take a look for myself. Photographer’s Toolkit 2016 Overview Jeremy Cowart, a renowned photographer from Nashville, has recently published the Photographer’s Toolkit 2016. As a single frame expert, he focuses on equipment which is designed and built for single frame shooting. Like many parts of the industry, however, the two worlds overlap. So, I went through the guide and picked out the sections relevant for the film and video world. Here’s what I found! Cameras & Lenses In the Photographer’s Toolkit 2016, Jeremy puts a lot of focus on Canon cameras and glass. Not a bad thing, by any stretch of the imagination, but there are definitely other camera bodies and lenses worth considering. The glory days of the 5DmkII are all but over, and there are other manufacturers with impressive portfolios that are worth a look. As a cinema5D reader, I am sure you know what I mean. I found the sample snaps for each lens, and some of the fun examples of lenses at the end of this section, to be an interesting addition. Some are a lot of fun to play around with, especially the Lensbaby Composer Pro! Lighting Within the lighting section, keep an eye out for the Westcott products, these are useful tools for filmic applications. Personally, I like the Westcott Ice Light 2 a lot! Same goes with the Westcott Flex, really convenient pieces of gear! The other products in that section are more for photographic works, in all honesty. The Omega Reflector seems rather neat, though, and it works for both film and photo! Studio & storage You can’t go wrong with these things. Gaff tape: check! Sandbags: check! Apple boxes: check! Music on set: well, maybe you should leave that one to the photographers. Regarding storage, Jeremy lists a lot of G-Tech products. As a filmmaker, you’ll need a lot of storage, and these G-Technology drives are decent products, for sure. There are others, of course, like Sonnet RAID systems or LaCie 5big Thunderbolt units. Apps & Software There are a lot of apps mentioned, but the list could be endless. Check out our list of useful filmmaker apps. You’ll have to submit your email address to download the toolkit guide, but I think it’s worth it to get a brief overview of some of the most important aspects of both, filmmaking and photography. This is only to get started, of course. At the very least, it provides you with a helpful list of really useful gear.Read more
Digital Imaging Reporter Magazine has honored B&H with its prestigious e-tailer of the year award in their magazine’s August 2014 edition. At cinema5D we picked B&H as a partner not only to remain an independent, unbiased news and reviews platform, but also because we like their philosophy, customer service and the product range they offer to filmmakers like us. Digital Imaging Reporter Magazine seems to have a similar view of one of the biggest retail stores for camera gear out there as they awarded them for the outstanding customer experience they provide. In their extensive article about the inner workings and philosophy about B&H, DI Reporter concludes: B&H is committed to providing an exemplary experience for customers worldwide—before and after purchases. Fair and competitive pricing, a deep and varied inventory delivered efficiently, unbiased and truthful information, a friendly and dedicated staff, and accessibility par excellence—these are all the reasons B&H Photo – Video is Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2014 E-tailer of the Year. The award coincides with B&H’s 40th anniversary that they’re celebrating this year. In our ON THE COUCH segment about B&H (see below) Gabriel Biderman shares some very interesting insights about their background and the experience in dealing with all the new gear and constant development of the video and photo market. You can find B&H’s latest promotions here:LINK via marketwired.comRead more
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