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This drive holds 2 Terabytes and it’s the size of a credit card

I remember when my office had a 10-Megabytes drive (Mega, with an M). It was (give or take) the size and weight of a car tire. A few weeks ago, I got the T7 SSD from Samsung. It is two Terabytes big and the size of a credit card. I feel old. Not only does […]

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The Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II will get support for both Blackmagic and ProRes RAW

As mentioned during the initial announcement of Nikon’s two mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II, both will be eligible for a firmware upgrade to add RAW over HDMI capabilities (it does not come with the camera out of the box). As with RAW over HDMI on the Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras, […]

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This Project Aims to Teach Anyone How to Make TV-Caliber, Visually-Striking Videos

Steve Giralt is a New York City-based director, visual engineer, and founder of production company The Garage. He shoots those visually-stunning commercials you see on TV, and while most studios keep secret how they are made, Giralt wants to share it all with the world.

PetaPixel has featured Giralt’s work in the past, from recreating a $1,000,000 Hershey’s shoot on a $500 budget, to how he built a “burger drop” machine.

His latest project is called The Garage Learning and is live on Kickstarter. Giralt’s goal is to provide a mammoth amount of resources for filmmakers of all skill levels to allow them to create content to the level he and his team have been reaching for years.

“We make videos that artfully drop burgers from the sky, explode all types of food midair, and get slow motion to look so natural,” Giralt writes in the project’s Kickstarter. “It’s a lot of fun! Now, I want to bring the years of knowledge my team and I have gathered and innovated in our Garage to yours.”

The Garage Learning is broken into three categories: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Beginner lessons are for creators with smartphones as their main visual tool, and little to no Visual Engineering experience. “If you love to tinker, create, experiment, and learn—or are a parent looking for hands-on, educational activities for your kids—these courses are for you,” Giralt says.

Intermediate/Advanced lessons are for users who may have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, and maybe even some lights. “You may be a still photographer who wants to get into shooting better videos, or a film student who wants to learn how commercials are engineered. If you’re comfortable with using your camera and have had some experience with photography or film, you’ll be able to get these lessons as part of our One Year Intermediate/Advanced Subscription, or as part of the Professional Subscription.”

Pro lessons are designed for working professionals who want to learn new techniques and ways of working with higher-end cameras and tools; or for those interested in learning how to manage a commercial image-making business.

The Garage Learning has uploaded the a work-in-progress course list:

The Garage Learning isn’t just the education, it also can include the actual tools needed to coordinate motion of objects with the camera. Called Learning Kits, The Garage wants to be able to ship you all the technological tools you will need to use in conjunction with the online courses. “The Learning Kits will bring technology and engineering skills to filmmaking, giving users a hands-on way of learning complicated mechanical and electrical systems normally not taught in any sort of art school,” Giralt says.

The Garage Learning has a particularly high goal for its Kickstarter, something that many projects on the site avoid because it makes it harder to reach the goal. However, given the amount Giralt is seeking, it feels more transparent than what other projects do because it seems like he knows how much it’s going to cost to effectively execute on the promises.

Still, remember that Kickstarter is not a pre-order platform, so do your research and pledge with caution.

You can learn more about The Garage Learning and pledge your support on its Kickstarter page.

Vivo’s X51 5G smartphone with built-in gimbal camera is coming to Europe in 9 days

The world of smartphones moves thick and fast these days, and a lot of them all start to look the same after a while, but this is one announcement I’ve definitely been waiting for. Chinese smartphone company, vivo has today announced their expansion into Europe and they’ve announced a new phone – sort of. It’s […]

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This is the DIY doggy selfie booth is the most adorable photography thing you will see this year

Simone Giertz is one of the most amazing people on YouTube if you’re into building and making. You might remember Simone from her Shitty Robots fame, but more recently she’s actually been building stuff that actually works and, well, she’s pretty entertaining. And sometimes adorable. In this video, Simone decides to build her dog, Scraps, […]

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Inventor Builds a Dog Selfie Booth So Her Puppy Can Photograph Herself

Simone Giertz is known for making some unique and interesting devices. Her original fame came from making “useless” robots but in this 14-minute video, she constructs a photo booth that would allow her dog to take her own picture.

Though originally she was known for her funny projects like this one or this one, Giertz has graduated to tackling more elaborate builds, like turning her Tesla into a truck (this was well before the Cybertruck became a thing). Her ideas usually spring from something small and simple, but grow into far more complicated finished projects as her imagination runs wild.

In this particular build, Giertz originally tried to train her dog to use her cell phone to photograph herself, but her paws were too large and imprecise to work properly. So rather than rely on a touch screen, Giertz decides to make a physical button which she believed would work better.

Using a series of connected modules, the goal was to create an experience for her dog that would start with pressing a physical button, activate a camera, and dispense treats so that she would learn and repeat the process.

The vast majority of the photo booth and the parts are constructed out of Lego, as well. The camera she chooses to use here is a GoPro, likely due to its small size and wide angle of view.

The end result works, and would theoretically allow a dog who knows that the pedal dispenses treats to activate a camera without any human interaction. It is a successful dog selfie camera!

You can see more of Simone Giertz’s projects on her YouTube channel.

This Is a Fully-Functional 3D-Printed Canon EF to RF Tilt Adapter

Redditor Whomstevest has designed and 3d-printed a fully-functional Canon EF to RF tilt adapter and provided the design so that you can build your own at home. The adapter allows any Canon EF lens to adapt to an RF body and features infinity focus, 7 degrees of tilt, and 180 degrees of rotation.

The adapter was printed with black ABS on an Up Mini 3D printer, with a layer height of 0.2mm and a lot of support. Whomstevest says that other materials should work fine, but adds that no matter what it should be black to prevent color cast when using it.

Whomstevest provided PetaPixel with numerous photos of the adapter for reference:

The adapter has no electronic connection with the camera, so you won’t be able to adjust focus if you’re using a lens that is exclusively focused by wire. Luckily, most of the popular EF lenses are not the focus by wire design, so you shouldn’t run into too many issues there. In order to adjust aperture, you will need to set it before using the adapter with this technique:

Whomstevest warns that lens hoods that aren’t circular may crop the corners when the lens is rotated 90 degrees and that some lenses that are rectangular at the back (such as the 24-105mm f/4 L) may also crop corners when rotated 90 degrees.

He went even a step further by building a depth of field visualizer/calculator that he uses to visualize how tilt affects the depth of field. “It is set up by default to show a top-down view of a 50mm lens at f2.8, tilted at 7 degrees, focused at 1 meter and on a full-frame sensor,” he explains. “Move the sliders around to see how different lenses, apertures, and tilt angles change the depth of field. It will also work for other adapters and tilt-shift lenses in general but some values may have to be changed.”

Though not a professional tool, the results he achieves show it definitely works. The following two images were taken with the Sigma 600mm f/8 mirror lens, adapted with the tilt adapter:

These images were taken with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM at f/2.8, adapted with the tilt adapter:

If you’re curious about vignette, he has published his vignetting tests here.

This is not Whomstevest’s first adapter design. He has been making different adapters for various mounts dating back as far as 2015, including a Hasselblad V to Canon EF, Mamiya 645 to Canon EF, and Canon EF to Nikon 1.

Traditional mount adapters from various companies might be sturdier than what you can make with 3D printers at home, but they don’t have the versatility to design for specific mounts that are not popular enough for a full production run. What’s more, tilt designs like Whomstevest’s here are markedly less common on the open market. Thanks to the ease and relative affordability of 3D printers now, unique ideas like this one are more easily realized. We’re excited to see what he comes up with next!

Image Credits: All images by Whomstevest, and used with permission.

The Tree Frog is an IP67 rated waterproof mini RGBWW LED light

Waterproofing (or at least really good weather sealing) seems to have become quite popular with photo and video gear lately, especially when it comes to lights. And particularly small lights that one might occasionally choose to use with their smartphones – given that many new smartphones now are also somewhat waterproof. Lighting and gimbal accessories […]

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This Canon EF to RF tilt adapter only costs $3 to make

Well, this is pretty awesome. At least, it is if you happen to own a Canon RF mount camera, some EF mount lenses and a 3D printer. While Canon’s busy coming up with their own adapters, and the competition is releasing theirs, the 3D printing community has been happily doing its own thing to satisfy […]

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