Author: Dan Carr

Hoodman Hoodloupe 3.0 – A useful piece if kit!

Anyone that has ever used a DSLR outside in bright sunshine knows that it can sometimes be tough to see the LCD on the back of the camera. Yes you can get a rough idea whats going on but when you are trying to check critical focusing or exposure with the histogram it can be tricky and I normally resort to unzipping my jacket and trying to view it inside, or removing my jacket and throwing it over my head if its a bright day. When you have miles of snow surrounding you on all sides, each flake seemingly reflecting the sunshine directly at your LCD it can prove very annoying! But not any more…… I recently picked up a newly updated version of the Hoodloupe Professional from the US company Hoodman who specialise in screen shades for a variety of photographic and video applications. The new version fits up to a 3″ screen and provides the perfect solution to my problem.The Hoodloupe can be worn around the neck, and when it is time to review your shot simply place it over the screen and look through the adjustable eyepiece. The optics are crystal clear and really allows you to check your framing and exposure as if you were in a darkened room. Its is coated in a layer of grippy rubber and feels solidly made but also very...

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CR Johnson – Spyder advert

This shot is on the back cover of the December Issue of Freeskier. It was shot in April on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, BC during a shoot with Matchstick Productions. To read the full story about the shoot you can read my article on Newschoolers.com here and as always, click the photo to view it larger. The conditions for this shoot had been tough all week. Unseasonably cold weather left the jump too hard to hit for a few days and it came right down to the last possible day before the MSP crew had to leave town. Even then we only had a tiny window to shoot in. The shot was taken with a Canon 1DMKIIN and a 70-200 2.8. Exposure setting was f7.1 at 1/1250 and iso 160 with a focal lenght of...

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RED Scarlet / Epic Announcement. What does it mean for us?

Jim Jannard, billionaire ex-owner of eye wear giant Oakley, announced today a new camera system that should give most professional photographers some considerable food for thought. Jannard’s company, RED, has already caused quite a stir in the movie industry over the last couple of years with the introduction of what is widely held as the best digital cinema camera, RED One. Today the company unveiled a new system that not only aims to continue their domination of digital cinema technology, but at the same time take the company into the world of high-end digital still photography. Two industries that have recently taken some considerable steps towards each other with the advent of the Nikon D90 and Canon 5D MKII, the first SLR cameras to offer video capture as well as high quality photo capture. So how does the new RED system differ from these two current offerings? The system is modular, a central ” brain” unit can be purchased and then any number of compatible accessories attached to the “brain” in order to create the perfect camera for your needs. This means that if you decide to upgrade your system, you don’t have to start from scratch every time. Simply upgrade your “brain” to a bigger sensor if that’s what you desire, or select different add-ons to create a familiar camera but with an entirely new purpose. No word...

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