Camera stabilizer for creating smooth video footage.

Figure 1: DJI Ronin-M in use, image courtesy DJI. Let’s talk about shooting video when you can’t or wouldn’t use a tripod. We all know why we use tripods – it’s more than just to handle that unsteady look that makes stomachs roil and viewers stop watching while they hiss “amateur”. A proper video head, as we’ve talked about before, makes for smooth pans and tilts. So what do we do when a tripod isn’t the right tool? We use a stabilizer. Manual Stabilizers Back in the olden days, there […]

BODACIOUS BLOOMS

BY September 17, 2018 The Lens

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Grab your gear and get shooting at these six gorgeous Canadian gardens by VICKIE REICHARDT The stunning stamens, the cascade of colours, an interesting insect perched on a petal – flowers can make for spectacular photo subjects. Here are six of the best spots across Canada to snap some beautiful blooms. ANNAPOLIS ROYAL HISTORIC GARDENS Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia Part history lesson, part botanical utopia, these gardens’ 17 acres of flowers, trees and ornamental grasses are just two hours outside of Halifax. Explore the Victorian Garden’s 3,000 types of annuals; […]

Aiming for the sky

BY September 14, 2018 The Lens

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Chris Gordaneer has captured hundreds, if not thousands, of unique images of the sky, taken from places all over the world. He’s pointed his lenses towards the heavens while on commercial work in the Canadian Rockies, Scotland and Colorado; during personal photography treks to several countries in Africa, including Namibia and South Africa; and even from the roof of Westside Studio in Toronto, where he’s one of the partners. “Anytime [the sky] looks cool, even ominous – so, not blue – and the clouds look painterly, I’ll shoot it. I’ll […]

If you’re like me and have a passion for lighting, events like TIFF tend to bring out thoughts of trying something different or new. This week I decided to dig out an old theatrical optical spot that I have had for many years. I hadn’t actually used this piece of gear for a while, and it was time to shake the dust off of it and put it to use. Lighting is a fun and challenging component of studio work (and outdoor work, too). There are so many ways to […]

Building on their position as a leader in digital imaging for both photography and video, the long-rumoured Canon full frame mirrorless camera has been announced. The Canon EOS R is the first in a series of brand-new full frame mirrorless bodies to come from Canon. It is joined on release by four brand new lenses using Canon’s new RF mount. This new mount which has a flange distance of only 20mm and a diameter of 54mm allows for not only a physically smaller camera body, but also a new line […]

Capilano Suspension Bridge

British Columbia has incredible options for nature photography and video. Whether you head out on the water for whale watching, go hiking in the Haida Gwaii or drive the Sea and Sky Highway north through the Garibaldi Highlands, there is so much to see and do. Even if your time on the west coast is limited, there are great opportunities in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

What You Need to Know about HDMI Field Monitors

Odds are excellent that you already have a camera that is capable of shooting high quality video. The on-camera LCD screen is small and not particularly bright.

Although a good HDMI field monitor should be flexible for positioning, you want a wide viewing angle to allow more than one person to check shots or playback.