Hands on review of the Olympus EPL-1 and PT-EP01 housing.
Olympus launched its first Micro Four Thirds camera, the E-P1 in June of 2009 after a clever advertising campaign linking it to the very popular PEN film cameras of the 1960s and 70s. Fast forward to February 2010 and the official announcement of the Olympus E-PL1, a simplified and less expensive addition to its Micro Four Thirds camera line. Olympus also announced the new PT-EP01 underwater housing for the E-PL1 camera. These mirrorless cameras have attracted a great deal of attention in underwater photography circles due to their small size and comparatively low cost. In this article, Phil Rudin presents a hands-on review of his experiences with the camera and housing.
Know what you are shooting
Becky Kagan, owner of Liquid Productions LLC, has posted a video offering tips and tricks for shooting video. She describes her aims:
When you jump into the water to shoot video or stills do you know what you’re shooting? I love watching videos and others’ work, but I’m always plagued by one thought as I watch: There’s no storyline. As a photojournalist I’m taught to tell a story through images, I made this video to help give some advice and tips about taking your video to the next level! Hopefully it will help you think about what your shooting, and make a plan the next time you splash. (via underwatervideography.com)
Ikelite announces housing for Panasonic compacts
Ikelite has announced the release of a housing for the Panasonic ZS5, ZS7, TS8 & TZ10 compact cameras. Made from the traditional Ikelite polycarbonate, and with manual controls accessing all camera functions, the housing features a built-in flash diffuser and compatibility with add-on wet lenses and strobes. The housing is now available for pre-order.
Visions in the Sea Summer Series: Final event
The last event in the Visions in the Sea Summer Series is to be held at Brighton Pier, UK over 23/24 October. Brighton Pier is renowned as a productive venue for macro and wide-angle subjects and Maria Munn will be on hand to offer coaching for participants. Other events in the series have already been held around the UK.
Canon updates EOS Movie Plugin for FCP
Amidst the plethora of new product announcements from Canon is an update to the EOS Movie Plugin-E1. The update, version 1.1, will aid the import of footage shot with EOS DSLR’s including the EOS 60D into Final Cut Pro. It will be compatible with EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II new firmware (v2.0.3 or later), EOS 5D Mark II old firmware (v1.2.4 or earlier), EOS 60D and EOS 7D cameras.The existing plugin (and the updated one) converts EOS movie files into Apple ProRes format at high-speed as it uses multi-core processing, and allows the user to add reel names and time code information at import.
Spotlight on Blue: Willem and the Whales
There are few things as cute or as powerful as children speaking about their love for animals. Last night, the Blue Ocean Film Festival screened the PSA, Willem and the Whales, by the Marine Mammal Conservation Through the Arts, featuring Willem, an adorable advocate for the world’s largest mammals.
The PSA calls on viewers to sign an NRDC petition letting President Obama know that it would be completely unacceptable for the US delegate to the International Whaling Commission to vote to suspend the moratorium on commercial whaling. The embedded video is available after the jump.
Spotlight on Blue: The Majestic Plastic Bag
One of the highlights from last night’s screenings was the hilarious mockumentary, “The Majestic Plastic Bag.” Produced in a style similar to BBC’s blue-chip documentaries, the short film follows the trials of life for a single plastic bag as it seeks to join its species in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, “a veritable plastic oasis.”
The film is a PSA for Heal the Bay’s campaign in support of California state bill AB 1998 banning plastic bags in grocery stores. Definitely worth a watch - click through to watch an embedded version of the film.
Blue Ocean Film Festival opening ceremonies
Last night, the Blue Ocean Film Festival kicked off this week’s film screenings with an opening ceremony that included short films The Majestic Plastic Bag, Willem and the Whales, and Peter Brown’s feature-length film “Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist.”
Among the luminaries introducing the films were US Congressman Sam Farr, Dan Basta, Director of the US National Marine Sanctuary system and Julie Packard, Executive Director and Executive Director and Vice Chairman of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Board of Trustees. Click through to see some of Jason Bradley’s images from the event.
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