Vincent Laforet Works a Canon A2E and Lensbaby in DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera Challenge

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DigitalRev’s Cheap Camera challenge is a hilarious tradition of pro shooters taking some of the cheapest cameras around and being challenged to come up with some great. Previous challenges have included Eric Wong with a pink point and shoot and Zack Arias with crappy Kodak compact and a single speedlight.

In this latest episode, Vincent Laforet (who is best known for taking a prototype 5D Mark II and shooting Reverie and, thereafter ushering in the HDSLR revolution) gets a Canon A2E film camera, a Lensbaby Composer and two rolls of ISO 400 film.

As humorous as the setup is, there are great lessons to learn in this short video. Check it out below. [Read more...]

Canon Hosting Free Time Lapse Seminar w/ Vincent Laforet Coming Up Next Week

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For those of you in the Hollywood, CA area, Canon Live Learning is putting on a free seminar next week (March 6, 2013) with Vincent Laforet on creating time lapse sequences with DSLRs.

The seminar takes place at Canon’s Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center. It is free, but advance registration is required.

Details here on Canon’s website.

[Image credit: Canon USA]

Quotable: “The Future Of Photography Is Convergence”

Over at A Photo Editor, there’s an interesting interview with Vincent Laforet concerning the future of photography.  In it he discusses where these photo and video cameras are heading, including how new technology will affect the vision required to capture “the decisive moment.”

Here’s what’s important, if you can shoot 120 frames or 96 frames per second at a high resolution, it removes one of the single most difficult aspects of being a photographer, which is to capture the “decisive moment.”

Head on over to A Photo Editor the the complete interview.

Chase Jarvis and Vincent Laforet Talk About Filmmaking and Photography

If you’ve got half an hour to spare, the above video features a great casual conversation between Chase Jarvis and Vincent Laforet.  There are lots of little nuggets of wisdom in here, and it’s just fun to hear the guys talk shop for a while.  You can find the full 2-hour version on iTunes as a podcast.

If you want more of the nuts and bolts of HDSLR technique, check out the recent creativeLIVE course taught by Laforet.  It’s about 20 hours of content for $149.

Canon’s “The Story Beyond The Still” Final Short Film

If you’ve not been keeping up with The Story Beyond The Still contest, the final short chapter launched at Sundance earlier this week.  You can see the entire short film above with a total run time that’s a couple ticks under 38 minutes.

Lots more on Vincent Laforet’s site.  Also, there’s a great recap of the work on the final chapter from Ryan Booth, one of the chapter directors, here on his blog.

Canon’s official press release is below. [Read more...]

Canon Video Contest Film Lands at Sundance

Canon’s video contest, “The Story Beyond the Still,” which has been cooking along for a year now, will culminate in the debut of the short film created by contestants and Vincent Laforet at the Sundance Film Festival this Sunday.  The complete short film will be available on the Sundance Channel and Vimeo.com on Monday.

Read up on the history of the film and see the chapters individually on Vimeo.com/groups/beyondthestill.