Monthly Archives: Jul 2018

Drone Filters & Why you need them

Why do you need Drone Filters?

On older drones, such as the Phantom 3 and 4, the aperture is locked at F 2.8, meaning that the only way to successfully obtain proper exposure is to increase your shutter speed. This increase in shutter speed, will often time result in what is known as the “jello effect”, or to simply put it, shaky footage. Depending on the angle you are filming at, your camera may even pick up the edge of your propeller blades, leaving you with an obstructed view and choppy footage.

Newer drones, such as the Phantom 4 PRO and Phantom 4 Advanced, give operators the ability to manually adjust aperture settings, allowing for an enhanced cinematic look. While these exciting new opportunities for filming at a slower shutter speed broaden one’s potential for image capture, they can also present the challenge of maintaining proper light balance. In order to help combat this potential overexposure of light, a Neutral Density filter can now be placed and regularly used on one’s drone camera.

By using a Neutral Density Filter, a certain amount of light will be blocked from reaching your sensor. By limiting the amount of light that comes in contact with the sensor, you will be able to film at slower shutter speeds, and a lower aperture, helping you to successfully achieve a cinematic look.

Check out this review from our friends at Dronegear

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Hazed & Confused

Article by Barry Andersson

To learn more about Barry and his work please visit his website, follow him on Instagram and like him on Facebook.

I love watching movies and TV shows where the characters are walking around dark rooms and you plainly see their flashlights and other light sources.Most are aware that this is done with a hazer or light fogger. What many people don’t realize, however, is that you can achieve a similar look with a camera filter. I decided I wanted to do a comparison to explore the pro’s & cons of each technique. For the experiment, I used a Rosco V-Hazer and two Tiffen Pro-Mist Camera Filters: ¼ Black Pro-Mist and a ½ Black Pro-Mist filter.

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Behind the Scenes with Dixie Dixon

Article by: Dixie Dixon

To learn more about Dixie and her work be sure to visit  http://www.dixiedixon.com/ and follow her on Instagram at @iamdixiedixon.

Shooting High Fashion with the Tiffen 8pt Star Filter and the Lowel GL-1 Power LED

The elusive and exciting world of fashion and advertising photography can be seen everywhere these days from magazines to coffee-table books, catalogs, websites and billboards all over the world. It is impossible to miss the glamour, intrigue, and romance brought to life in a fashion image- it is a beautiful illusion and that is what I love most about it. There are no rules, no boundaries, just pure self-expression. Experimentation is one of the best ways to craft a unique fashion story. Here are a couple of rad tools I use to create my fashion imagery:

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Tumalo Falls

Article by: Ky Ferguson

Long exposure photography is my favorite kind of photography, especially waterfalls. When I am out in the field everything stands still and all I have to focus on is my camera and the nature around me. I always challenge myself to find a composition that people overlook and or have never taken before of a waterfall and that is what leads me to the story on this specific waterfall and how I got the shot. Tumalo falls is in Bend, Oregon. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area and you can even walk behind the falls. I have visited this waterfall many times but never when there was snow and ice on the ground. The moment I saw this I knew I had to get down to the river to take a photo. I played with a couple compositions on the hill but was not satisfied and I knew I would regret not trying to get below. The hill was very steep and covered in snow and ice so it was not the safest. Once I got down to the river, I walked out across the river hopping from snow covered rock to snow covered rock and ended up standing on a thin sheet of ice and setting up my camera there.

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Sit Down with Ari Robbins

Article By: Kaitlyn Isola

For our first Steadicam feature interview, A Steadicam Life, we had the opportunity to speak with Steadicam Operator Ari Robbins. Since the beginning of his career Ari has been a loyal Tiffen Steadicam user as well an important part of our Steadicam community.

To learn more about Ari and his work please visit his website and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

Tell me about yourself.

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. My Father was a surgeon and my Mother was an artist and a dancer, I like to think the two of them perfectly blended together to create a Steadicam Operator. Once my father retired, I moved with my parents to central cost of California and began taking interest in the filmmaking industry.

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Sit Down with Tyler Stableford

Article By: Kaitlyn Isola

We had the opportunity to speak with award-winning director, photographer, presenter and Canon Explorer of Light, Tyler Stableford. Tyler is a Tiffen Filter enthusiast who, through his passion for outdoor adventure, has successfully mastered the art of capturing the exceptional beauty to be found in every scene.

To learn more about Tyler and his work, be sure to visit his website, subscribe to his blog and follow him on InstagramTwitterFacebook and Vimeo.

Tell me about yourself. What was your initial inspiration to become involved in the industry?

I came to photography and cinematography though my passion for outdoor adventures. As a rock climber, skier and mountaineer, I found myself drawn to any opportunity for time spent outdoors.

After college I landed a job as the photo and equipment editor at Climbing Magazine in Carbondale, Colorado, where I currently live. Although I had started college studying writing and journalism, I found myself deeply invested in the world of photography.

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