Are you reluctant to go mainstream and join the millions of cloud users? It depends. Let’s see what we learned of public cloud service providers over the past year… First there were the disclosures of Edward Snowden and the subsequent questioning of online security. Then we had cloud service providers admitting they’ll disclose your data to government officials in a jiffy. Some also admitted to shamelessly use your data for their own commercial purposes. Might that mean cloud computing/storage has been somewhat over-rated?
All that expensive video and/or photo equipment you’re carrying with you in the wild runs on electric power. Keeping it alive in Western urban areas can’t be that difficult, although it comes with its own problems. In some areas of the world it can be quite a challenge to power your cameras, monitors, lighting equipment and everything else involved. How do you go about planning for electrical scarcity?
In August 2015, the pilot of an airplane in the midst of its landing procedure at Ben Gurion near Tel Aviv in Israel, suddenly saw a quadcopter flying right of the plane at a dangerously close distance of about 100m (33ft). In compliance with aviation rules, he reported the incident to airport authorities. They started an investigation. Certainly in Israel, drones could be used for anything from plane spotting to terrorism. Drones are increasingly becoming a problem and they should not be unleashed to the broader public without establishing ground rules for their usage.
Who taught you photography? Are you an autodidact? In that case you are vulnerable to a disease that exists only on the digital waves of the Internet. It’s called amateurs teaching amateurs and it leads to photography that is mediocre at best.
SilverFast 8.5 is another milestone version of this industry-standard scanner software. The application has been updated with IFF+Engine , a new, intelligent frame finding engine, a new JobManager that works in tandem with a brand new iOS JobMonitor, and the new archival file format HDRiRAW. SilverFast 8.5 will control and work with most scanners, but it’s obvious that you are best off to match the best scanner with the best software. Although SilverFast 8.5 will work with any modern photo scanner, my favourites are the Epson Perfection V800, V850, (and V750 and V700). They are a perfect match for SilverFast 8.5 because with scanners the quality of the scan is dictated by the hardware and these are the best scanners for all-round photo scanning. Nevertheless, even if you can’t afford or have the space to operate one of these, SilverFast 8.5 will work perfectly with other film or flatbed scanners and it will get the best out of them.
Do you colour grade footage by looking at your monitor? That is one way of doing it, but it’s not the most accurate or surefire way to ensure the viewers of your video will see the same colours. For colour grading to work across platforms and individual computers even, you need to start from a correct colour rendition. A professional’s video grading workflow therefore starts with colour correction. After this important first step you can start grading, which essentially means you’re creating a mood.
A tight budget doesn’t go together well with studio lighting. An inexpensive but apparently viable alternative could very well be — hold on to your socks — to mount a couple of mood LED lights, provided you can control their solid colours using your iOS or Android device.