Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A quick look at DSLR video gear

Top Gear Selections For DSLR Video Beginners | Nikon Cinema:

A Look Inside National Geographic Cinematographer/Producer David Wright’s Bag In David’s own words, read more about his choice of gear, plus a few valuable lessons he’s picked up while on the job. These are all things you may wish to consider for your own video workflow.

The unsung hero of every video shoot is the sound-recordist. Whether shooting live action, an interview or other subjects in-between, I am often reminded that great capture with bad audio is unusable. On the other hand, good audio, even if accompanied by inferior imagery, is almost always useful; if your visual capture was not up to snuff you can usually shoot it again!
I’m convinced the Nikon ME-1 is a great way to equip your camera for video work. The ME-1 has impressive specifications and is compact. It is powerful and will pick-up the smallest of sounds.
Also consider an add-on for improved sound—some sort of wind protection to shield the microphone. If you venture out into the wilds to shoot you’ll benefit from a windjammer (windscreen). 
An interesting point about a “traditional” cinema lens is that the aperture ring does not have click stops. Most new photography lenses don’t have an aperture ring; all adjustments are made via a dial on the camera body.
The solution? Use that filter for easy on-the-fly exposure control. Practice with the variable ND filter and gain expertise in maintaining correct exposure by merely spinning the front element. With practice you can take the motion of your subject, combined with your own movement, to hide in-camera adjustments. No one will even be aware that changes have been made.
For my work I often need to look down into a finder instead of the backside of a camera where the LCD screen is. My solution is to add an external electronic viewfinder. These monitors provide extra features such as focus assist modes, histograms for checking exposure and much more. These added tools will likely help boost your confidence in what you are capturing.
The tripod is not only essential for steady telephoto shots, but the better the head, the smoother the movement during video pan or tilt. There are a lot of brands on the market, but my choice for best build quality, design and price is the Miller range of products. For times when I am on foot and/or need to keep a low profile, I’ll also carry a monopod to help steady the capture.

Friday, March 21, 2014

How to Film with Autofocus, Rack Focus and Manual Focus from Nikon

How to Film with Autofocus, Rack Focus and Manual Focus from Nikon:

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Why Facebook Photos Look so Bad, and the DIY Solution to Fix It

Why Facebook Photos Look so Bad, and the DIY Solution to Fix It: "With the largest public repository of photos on the Web, it’s not surprising that Facebook has and continues to employ heavy compression to all of the 250 billion images they store. Facebook never intended to be a high quality archiving service of photos, but rather, photos act as social glue for the social media giant.

But seriously, why do your photos look so bad?"

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Old Monitor & Card Specs

Just some notes for myself about some of the gear I have laying around...

Dell 1503FP

Mfr Date: 2001/02

Quick Specifications  See all specs
Display Type: LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Diagonal size: 15.0 in
Display interface: DVI / VGA (HD-15)
Dot pitch: 0.297 mm
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Contrast ratio: 300:1

Product Information
The Dell 1503FP LCD monitor ensures crisp and clear picture quality with 1024 x 768p max resolution. The 4:3 aspect ratio of this Dell 15-inch monitor provides a wide screen viewing experience. The 200.0 cd/m2 brightness level of this Dell LCD monitor offers bright and lively images. The 300:1 contrast ratio of the Dell 1503FP LCD monitor darkens the black and whitens the white level for an outstanding screen performance. The anti-glare feature of this Dell 15-inch monitor lets you watch reflection-free images. This Dell LCD monitor is ideal for home, small offices, and a corporate environment.
Product Identifiers
Additional MPN32DVX

Key Features
Display TechnologyFlat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix), LCD, LCD Flat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix), LCD Flat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix) LCD Flat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix)
Screen Size15"
Maximum Resolution1024 x 768
Aspect Ratio4:3
Contrast Ratio200:1,300:1
Refresh Rate75 Hz

Technical Features
Synchronization Range - Vertical60 - 75 kHz
Synchronization Range - Horizontal31 - 60 kHz
Max Viewing Angle Horizontal100°
Max Viewing Angle Vertical80°
Regulatory ApprovalBSMI, Energy Star, Energy star, FCC, NOM, TCO-99
Form FactorDesktop

Analog Video Input Connector1 x 15 Pin D-Sub connector
Digital Video Input StandardDVI-D

Monitor ColorBlack


Dell E152FPb

Mfr Date: 2003/12

Product Information
This 15-inch Dell E monitor is functional, contemporary, and capable of taking your computing experience to a higher level and delivering outstanding graphics as you add to your system's performance. The great mid-sized screen on this Dell E monitor helps you to take advantage of the ample screen size and put more open documents next to each other. With its charcoal gray body, this 15-inch LCD monitor will be a classic upgrade for any computer. The exceptional display resolution on the Dell E152FPB makes it easy for you to open more documents at the same time without using multiple monitors. Because this Dell E monitor has a lightning fast 25ms response time, you can avoid distortion and ghosts while viewing movies. Since this 15-inch LCD monitor has detailed liquid crystal technology, you can take advantage of its reduced footprint and significantly reduced heat radiation. In addition, you can change the display settings till you get them just the way you want them to maximize your reading proficiency or office productivity since the Dell E152FPB features effective controls.
Product Identifiers
Additional MPNE152FPB

Key Features
Product LineDell E
Display TechnologyLCD
Screen Size15"
Maximum Resolution1024 x 768
Aspect Ratio4:3
Contrast Ratio350:1
Response Time25 ms

Monitor ColorCharcoal Gray

Hanns.G HS191D 19" LCD Monitor

MFR Date: 2007/04

Product Information
This 19-inch Hanns.G monitor is modern, appealing, and made for people who want to upgrade their computer graphics. This Hanns.G monitor makes it easy for you to stave off the tangle of extra cables required for external speakers with its high-quality built-in speakers. This LCD monitor helps you to admire the solid viewing experience and enjoy enhanced gameplay thanks to its detailed advanced image technology. As the Hanns.G HS191D has powerful controls, you can easily modify the display settings to your specifications to maximize your office productivity or reading proficiency. The excellent 1280 x 1024 resolution featured on this Hanns.G monitor allows you to see more of your game space at once without getting a bigger monitor. What's more, this LCD monitor has an excellent moderate-sized screen, so you can take advantage of the ample screen size and put more open documents next to each other. With its black and silver body, the Hanns.G HS191D is a stylish addition to any computer system.
Product Identifiers

Key Features
Display TechnologyLCD
Screen Size19"
Aspect Ratio5:4
Contrast Ratio700:1
Response Time8 ms

Monitor ColorBlack & Silver



  • Widescreen
  • 19 inches
  • 1280 x 1024
  • 300 cd/m²
  • 700:1
  • 8 ms
  • Matte / anti-glare
  • DVI, VGA
  • Speakers (Integrated)
  • 12 x 15 x 2.5 in

Screen size19 inches
Screen resolution1280 x 1024
Aspect ratio5:4
Screen typeLCD (Color)
Brightness300 cd/m²
Contrast ratio700:1
Refresh rate60 Hz
Response time8 ms
Viewing angle150° (horizontal)
135° (vertical)
Screen surfaceMatte / anti-glare
Advanced picture
Dot pitch0.29 mm
Color support16-bit / 16.7 million color 


Hyundai N71S

Product Information
This 17-inch Hyundai ImageQuest monitor is full-featured and appealing, and it is designed for people who want to upgrade their computer graphics. With the exceptional moderate-sized display featured on this Hyundai ImageQuest monitor, you can make use of the ample screen size and put more open documents next to each other. Be the envy of your friends with this LCD monitor and its classic black body. The Hyundai N71S allows you to effortlessly add immersive sound to your interactive gaming and home entertainment with its high-fidelity built-in speakers. Tweak the contrast, sharpness, and color balance the way you want it with the handy controls found on this Hyundai ImageQuest monitor. With the brilliant liquid crystal technology on this LCD monitor, you can appreciate the wonderful viewing experience and enjoy an improved computing environment. In addition, the Hyundai N71S makes it easy for you to fit more detail on your screen without taking up too much desk space thanks to its excellent 1280 x 1024 display resolution.
Product Features
  • Wide viewing area
    It is available to appreciate its vivid display from all directions - right and left, up and down - since the wide viewing angle has been applied.
  • A clear contrast ration between light and shade and a high response rate
    You can feel clear cut images without smudges in the screen even when enjoying a speedy action movie and a game because the super-high speed in response rate panel is applied.
  • Support high resolution
    It is easy to read documents because the super-high speed in response rate panel is applied.
  • Automatic adjustment function
    With one-button, you can conveniently adjust its optimized contrast and brightness.
  • Wall mounting meeting the VESA
    It is designed for easy of use by supporting wall mounting meeting the VESA requirement.

Product Identifiers
Additional MPNN71S

Key Features
Product LineHyundai ImageQuest
Display TechnologyFlat Panel LCD TFT (Active Matrix), LCD
Screen Size17"
Aspect Ratio5:4
Contrast Ratio500:1
Response Time8 ms

Technical Features
Synchronization Range - Vertical60 - 75 kHz
Synchronization Range - Horizontal30 - 80 kHz
Max Viewing Angle Horizontal150°
Max Viewing Angle Vertical130°
Regulatory ApprovalCB, CCC, CE, FCC, GOST-R, TCO-03, TUV GS, TUV-GS, UL
Color Support24-bit (16.7M Colors)
Form FactorDesktop

Audio OutputHeadphones, Speaker(s)
Analog Video Input Connector1 x 15 Pin D-Sub connector

Depth7 in.

Monitor ColorBlack
Monitor Platform SourcePC
PNY Geforce 7600GS 512MB Agp


Quick SpecificationsSee all specs Graphics Processor / VendornVidia GeForce 7600 GS Max Resolution (external)2560 x 1600 Video Memory Installed512 MB Slot typeAGP 8x CompatibilityPC TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM 128-bit Max monitors supported2

Monday, December 23, 2013

Fun With Binary Options: GOptions.com

When buying a binary option the potential return it offers is certain and known before the purchase is made. Binary options can be bought on virtually any financial product and can be bought in both directions of trade either by buying a “Call”/“Up” option or a “Put”/“Down” option. This means that an investor can go long or short on any financial product simply by buying a binary option. Binary options are offered against a fixed expiry time which may be e.g. 60 seconds and up to 30 minutes, an hour ahead or to the close of the trading day.[2] 
Non exchange-traded binary optionsBinary options contracts have long been available over-the-counter (OTC), i.e. sold directly by the issuer to the buyer. They were generally considered "exotic" instruments and there was no liquid market for trading these instruments between their issuance and expiration. They were often seen embedded in more complex option contracts. 
Since mid-2008 binary options websites called binary option trading platforms have been offering a simplified version of exchange-traded binary options. It is estimated that around 90 such platforms (including white label products) have been in operation as of January 2012, offering options on some 125 underlying assets. 
The platforms offer standardized short-term binary options with a pre-determined profit/loss, that cannot be liquidated (buy or sell to close) before expiry.[disputed ]The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have issued a joint warning to investors regarding binary options.[3] 

SEC.gov | SEC Warns Investors About Binary Options and Charges Cyprus-Based Company with Selling Them Illegally in U.S.:
The SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued a joint Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudulent promotional schemes involving binary options and binary options trading platforms. Much of the binary options market operates through Internet-based trading platforms that are not necessarily complying with applicable U.S. regulatory requirements and may be engaging in illegal activity.
According to the SEC's complaint against Banc de Binary filed in federal court in Nevada, the company began offering and selling binary options to U.S. investors in 2010. Banc de Binary induced investors to create accounts with the company, deposit money into those accounts, and then purchase binary options whose underlying assets include stock and stock indices. Banc de Binary's solicitation of U.S. investors has been quite successful and attracted some customers with very modest means. For example, one investor had a monthly income of $300 and a net worth of less than $25,000, and another customer was encouraged to deposit additional funds into his Banc de Binary trading account even after he informed the Banc de Binary representative that he was unemployed with less than $1,000 in his checking account.
"Investors should be aware of the potential for fraud in this area as well as of the reality that they can lose their entire investment," said Lori Schock, Director of the SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. "We strongly encourage investors to check the background of brokers and advisers and trading platforms before making a decision to invest. If investors can't obtain simple background information such as whether the financial professional is registered with the SEC or FINRA, then they should be extremely wary." 
GOptions|Binary Options Terms & Conditions:

11. Withdrawal ProcedureGOptions’s finance department handles all withdrawal requests submitted. Identification documents must be submitted in order to process a withdrawal prior to the opening of the first trade. This will insure that the account is compliant and up to the standards of our KYC and AML policies, as required by law. There is no fee to withdraw via credit card so long as the account didn’t fall into our dormancy rules, however any withdrawal using bank transfer will accompany a processing fee of $25. Once a withdrawal request is submitted it can take GOptions up to 3 business days to process the request, unless the account was verified according to the conditions explained above (prior to opening the account in which case the withdrawal will be guaranteed to be processed same day assuming the request was provided Monday through Friday between 8am-6pm GMT). Once the request has been approved please allow an additional 5-7 days for the funds to show in your account. GOptions reserves the rights to charge an additional $10 + 7% for a withdrawal of any kind if the account has laid dormant for 1 month or more since being opened whereby not one trade was opened since opening and funding the account or in the event where the account has laid dormant for 3 months or more. The $10 + 7% fee will be on each and every withdrawal required by the company in order to complete the request. If the customer used 2 credit card deposits or more, each of those deposits will be credited back to the customer, less the $10 + 7% fee for each. In the event where Clients wish to withdraw their balance without having traded on the platform will be subject to up to $10 + 7% handling fees which would be determined at the Company’s sole discretion. Any other withdrawal done by other means of e-wallets will carry with them a 4% fee. 

Withdrawals of profits will only be processed when 20 trades or volume in the amount of the deposit (trades volume must then be greater than the deposit value), the greater in sum of the two, are performed. Failure to execute this amount of trading will render the account as fraud, an attempt at fraud, or otherwise nullifies gains. The company bears all responsibility in this case to return the original amount to the customer. Profits will otherwise be nullified. If however, these conditions were met and profits remain in the account, the customer will be able to withdraw said funds in full based on the above fees and conditions and assuming the account has been verified. 

Is GOptions a Scam? Beware, Read This GOptions Review

Editor’s Note – Why does GOptions Suck in 50 Words?
Last time I reviewed a Binary Options website that used the slogan “We focus on who really counts. You.” I said that I’m going to be sick if I see another one. Unfortunately, it was the first thing I noticed when I started my review of GOptions… This overly used phrase screams “We don’t care about you and we don’t even take the time to create a new slogan”. More than that, they call themselves “… the most professional and objective platform for trading…” bla bla… so we have another “market leader” on our hands.
Is GOptions a Scam?It’s a war out there! People are claiming GOptions is a scam because Signal Index allegedly erased bad trades from the history of some signal providers to make them look good. Also, some signal provider used the name of another, more prolific provider just to get attention and subscribers. Unfortunately the VP of GOptions publicly confesses that he suggested this little name “trick”. From there, all hell breaks loose and a full-on internet war begins. At the moment this article is written, their Terms and Conditions state: “This Agreement is made by and between Longmont Ltd, the operator of the brand name “GOptions” as well as the site Goptions.com and you.” Of course we can deduce that their operating company is Longmont Ltd…but we found on the Internet an earlier picture taken from their website… in this older picture, they state that GOptions is “… owned and operated by Massive Consulting Ltd (Registration #1547635), a BVI registered company.” The addresses of the two companies differ as well. Now what can I understand from all the arguments related to scam suspicions, switching addresses and owners? Why did the name of the owning company change? Did Massive Consulting Ltd sell the website to Longmont Ltd? Is this all an elaborate scam? A lot of questions, right? For me all those questions have just one answer… 
Scam Broker Investigator - GOptions Broker Review:
What we look for in binary option brokers to determine if they are a legit broker or a scam broker is very simple. Are the licensed and regulated by CySEC in Cyprus? Do they fall under the MIFId regulatory rules in the European Union (EU)? Does the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in Australia or the Finanstilsynet (The Danish FSA) include them in their list? Are they FSA registered in the United Kingdom? 
On June 6th 2013 the SEC wrote an investor alert regarding binary option scam brokers.Investor Complaints Relating to Platforms Fraudulent Binary Options Trading. The SEC and CFTC have received numerous complaints of fraud associated with websites that offer an opportunity to buy or trade binary options through Internet-based trading platforms. The complaints fall into at least three categories: refusal to credit customer accounts or reimburse funds to customers; identity theft; and manipulation of software to generate losing trades. Read entire alert on the SEC website here 
When choosing a binary option broker it is important to check the list of regulated binary option brokers to see if the broker you would like to open an account with is regulated by a government regulatory agency.
GOptions tells us that they are working on getting a brokers license from one of the regulatory authorities.