Did You Know?

Hey did you know you can reserve lab equipment online from the comfort of your own home?

Over on the sidebar of THIS VERY WEBSITE there’s a link that’ll take you there. Or you can just click this Link. It should take you to this:

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The main SuperSAAS page

Now before you do anything else click the small link in the top right corner that says “Sign In.” When you get there click the link to create an account. Enter your deets, click “Create” and it will take you back to the main page.

Now that you have an account, time to reserve the equipment! Click the day and time you want to check the item out and a dialogue box will pop up. Make sure everything is correct, hit “Create Reservation” and voila, you’ve done it!

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Reservation Dialogue Box

If you want to know when something is out on a specific piece of equipment click its box at the top of the page.

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-Moira

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Lights, Camera, Reflector

Whether you’re shooting videos or photos, lighting is always important. Without proper light, it’s hard to see the subject (or subjects) that you’re shooting. Then it leads to grain and noise in your shots, and that’s just not fun to deal with.

Now the point of this blog post isn’t to tell you how important lighting is, but rather, to talk about a useful tool – the reflector.

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I stumbled upon a blog post recently from Planet5D that shows how you can fully utilize a reflector on set. They do come in handy a lot. Whether you need to fill in the shadows on a subject’s face, or to just move some light around, they are very versatile.

You can buy a reflector for around $20. You can pick on up from Amazon or at Best Buy. If you don’t feel like doing that, then make sure to stop by the DMaC lab and rent one out for your next shoot!

-Dave

Sony a6300 – It Looks Cool

Hey everyone. It’s Dave. There has been an exciting announcement regarding cameras this week.

By now there are most likely hundreds of articles and videos around in Internet talking about Sony’s latest announcement – the a6300 mirrorless camera.

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Let’s get all the numbers and facts out of the way first. Sony claims that this camera has the worlds fastest autofocus and has 425 AF points. It sports a 24.2 megapexel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range from 100 to 512000. Like it’s predecessors, the a6300 uses an electronic viewfinder on the back with a tilting LCD screen.

On the video side of things, the a6300 can shoot 4K video or 1080P at 120FPS.

The a6300 starts at $999.99 for the body only and is available in March of 2016. There will be an option to bundle the camera body with a kit lens for $1,149.99.

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Now, time for my opinion.

This is an interesting little camera. I have used the a5100 and a6000 in the past and I have to say, they are solid cameras. The a6300 looks almost identical to the a6000 (from the photos I’ve seen), which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And this is coming from a guy who primarily shoots with Canon equipment.

I’ve been shooting with Canon cameras since 2012. I’m comfortable with the interface and I’m happy with the quality I get from them. These mirrorless cameras from Sony, however, have my attention.

Mainly I would love to shoot some video on this camera. Finally, more and more manufacturers are adding 4K capabilities to their cameras. That would be a nice feature to have in regards to post-production. Cropping wouldn’t distort quality as much and overall shots would contain so much more detail.

Sony released some video footage from the camera. It looks nice, but I’d rather see it in the hands of people who don’t work for Sony.

The Verge and PetaPixel have some nice articles on the camera. If you want to check those out, click the links below:

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Now one thing I just want to point out is that it isn’t the camera that makes a better photo or video. The camera is just simply a tool that helps capture your story.

If you want to rent out a camera, don’t forget to stop by the DMaC Lab. We have plenty of DSLR cameras you can use 😉

Twitter: @Dave_Seifert

 

They’ve got the scoop

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hilbertcollegenews.com

The school newspaper is back and better than before! Articles are being posted online weekly at Hilbert College News. The name is still being decided and they are looking for ideas. The group meets every Wednesday in the DMaC lab at 3.15 and is always looking for interesting articles to publish. Along with news, video editorials will also be posted occasionally.

If you have any questions contact the advisor, Dan Higgins: dhiggins@hilbert.edu

-Moira