Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.
- You know, we’re forever telling you to “Get your flash OFF your camera.” So we’re all groaning quietly and reaching for the gaffer’s tape after reading David “The Strobist” Hobby’s latest piece on keeping your flash ON your camera – albeit in a very different way.
- Photoshop fans should give this piece on Scott Kelby’s blog a read. It’s got some great insights into the making of Photoshop CS6.
- The folks over at PhotoShelter do some really cool stuff. This video interview with Forbes magazine’s Photo Editor is classic example of why their blog is on my daily read list.
- Speaking of sites I read daily, our own David Cross had his DIY spider/ring light project featured on FStoppers.com. Congrats, David!
- The folks over at Røde (makers of the excellent on-camera mics we rent) are hosting a contest to bring filmmakers to LA for a documentary shoot. Philip Bloom has the details on his blog.
- Last week, we told you about a free set of overlays you can use in your videos to simulate looking through a DSLR. Now, Luke Neumann, the filmmaker who created those overlays, has more freebies for your use. For the month of July, he’s giving away a free orchestral track for use in your movie every day. The first, “Edge of Reason,” is embedded below, and I’ve already got it for use in a future film.
- Filmmaker Duy Linh Tu posts about his experiences working in the deep south using minimal DSLR gear for a documentary. It’s a really cool look into traveling and shooting light.
- As a filmmaker, I’ve been shooting with the Technicolo Cinestyle for some time now. Recently, however, I switched to Stu Maschwitz’s Prolost Flat style. The reason? It’s the only style I can create and adjust entirely in-camera, without needing to load up Canon’s awful EOS utility on my computer – especially since I’ve lost the disk for it a LONG time ago. Besides, I figure if Stu, Vincent Laforet and Philip Bloom all use it, there’s something to it.
- Finally, I was going to do this for a Tip of the Week segment, but Olivia Speranza over at OliviaTech beat me to it – and did a darn fine job while she was at it. Learn how to use AF microadjust to get your autofocus bang-on every time.
That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.