SONY World Photography Organization 2013 Short List Announced.

•February 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The 2013 Shortlist is Announced:

The World Photography Organization is proud to announce the 2013 shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the Sony World Photography Awards.

In a year that saw over 122,000 entries from 170 countries – the highest number of submissions to date – the judges have selected a shortlist of photographs that stood out beyond all others for their impressive high quality, originality and modern appeal.  Topics ranged from haunting shots of the Syrian conflict to the Obama presidential campaign; an intimate study of cinema-goers in Kabul to quirky and witty shots of the animal kingdom.

Bringing together the very best international contemporary photography, the professional shortlist in particular, offers a unique insight into 2012 through the eyes of some of the world’s best emerging and established photography talents.  Past awarded photographers returning to the awards include: Javier Arcenillas (Spain); Robin Hammond (New Zealand) and Paolo Pellegrin (Italy).  Exciting up-and-coming photographers new to the awards include Ed Kashi (USA) and Andrea Gjestvang (Norway).

The Honorary Jury, which selected the Professional shortlist, was chaired by Catherine Chermayeff, Director of Special Projects at Magnum Photos.  She comments: “What an invigorating three days – which resulted in  lively and passionate debates. I think we all, the jurors, began this process and felt overwhelmed. I am delighted to say that by day three – each group proudly presented and argued for our respective shortlists. Closer examination and debate resulted in surprising strength in the shortlist submissions across all categories- something we all are proud of.”  To view the full list of 2013 professional jury members, click here.

To see all of the current entries Link here

Ready, Set, Action “Clap”

•January 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment


The clapperboard or clapboard slate (A.K.A. film slate) is a combination of the chalkboard slate or in newer versions a white board that holds information identifying the next scene of a video or film in production. And the clapstick found on the top of the Clapboard is used to align and sync the sound and picture. In the early days of film, one person would hold a slate for the camera with the scene information, while another clapped two hinged sticks together in front of the camera.   The combination of the two into one unit made it possible for one person to perform both tasks.


Older traditional clapperboards consisted of a wooden slate and a hinged clapstick attached to the top of the slate. Todays modern clapperboards generally use a pair of wooden sticks atop whiteboard or translucent acrylic glass slates which do not require additional lighting from the camera side to be legible. Some versions are also backlit. Smart slates or digislates are electronic SMPTE time code versions with LED numbers. The clapsticks traditionally have diagonally interleaved lines of black and white to ensure a clear visual of the clap in most lighting conditions.

In recent years sticks with calibrated color stripes or a Macbeth Color Grid have become the new standard in clapperboards. In some productions, particularly those created in the digital domain, electronically superimposed versions of a clapperboard have supplanted the real thing.

In use, the details of the next take are written on the slate of the clapperboard.

This typically includes the date, the production title, the name of the director, the name of the director of photography (DP) and the scene information—which follows two popular systems:

Today we will talk about some of the newest version of Clapperboards.

Prices for a Clapperboard will very depending on the type of construction to the materials used to very sophisticated digital clapperboards.   There is even a Clapperboard app for the Apple IPad.

 Pearstone Video Clapboard

Pearstone Video Clapboard


Today’s Clapperboard will mostly be made of Acrylic like the Flashpoint Clapper priced at $45 to $95 at Adorama.   This Clapperboard is riveted, and has a weighted magnetic arm that pivots on a hinged point to meet the main part of the board, providing a ‘clap’ sound on the broad matching surface. The magnetic closure keeps the Clapper arm firmly in position when not in use. The construction is tough enough to withstand professional use.


Flashpoint also has a B&W version of the same Clapperboard priced at $39.00 at Adorama.

Along the same lines of Clapperboards, Pearstone also has a very good collection of Clapperboards with a color striped clapper priced at $29.95 at B&H Photo Video.

With all of these white Acrylic Clapperboards, I recommend that you use only Black Dry Erase Markers so that your information will clearly standout.


Deneche Time Code Slate

The next and much more expensive step up in Clapperboards is the Clapperboards with the LED Time Code Slates.   There are several brands available but the best is made by Denecke.

These Time Code Slates will start from $1147.00 and go up from there.  For someone who is working on a full production video, these time code slates are irreplaceable.   The clapperboard has a time code generator and displays the generated time code on the front of the slate. By means of a plug connection from the Slate to the Camera, you can accurately sync your camera and the slate together.  Prices for these types of Clapperboard can go as high as $5000.00 but considering that these slates are designed to be used with multiple cameras all synced together, these Clapperboards are a very wise investment.



Then we have the iKan T-Slat Clapper Board that is designed to accommodate an Apple Ipad or most other digital tablets.   Priced at $69.00 and again available at Adorama this smart and easy to use Clapperboard is starting to become a standard Clapperboard in the News industry.

Last but not least are the Ipad Clapperboards.   There are several of these apps that can be downloaded from a Free App from Joseph Allen. A professional upgrade will run you about $5.00.


Also from the Apple App Store is an App called MovieSlate.   This app will work on both the Ipad and Iphone.   At $24.99, this Ipad Clapperboard is one of the most comprehensive ones currently available without spending $100.00 or more.  And for an additional $49.99 you can add a Timecode Sync Plugin.  This optional plugin provides a real-time and continuous timecode syncing between your slat and your video camera via the headphone jack or via WiFi.


So if you are looking to get into a more studio type of video production or your shooting multiple takes of the same scene in your video, then having a Clapperboard is a must have, and will make your post production life so much easyer.

For more information on the Clapperboards that I mentioned in this article, please follow the links below.

Flashpoint Clapper Adorama

Pearstone Clapper at B&H Photo Video

Denecke   Denecke LED Clappers.

iKan Video Products:

Movie Slate:


Equipment: Rigging your Camera for Video

•January 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment


If you are new to video capture, then you might not know what the term rig means.   And too those of  you who know, a video rig system can become quite expansive and can be very expensive.

So you ask, what is a Video Rig?   Well, the simple answer is,  Ha there is no simple answer but the most common use of a Video Rig is as a stabilizer and hand held support for you video capturing equipment.

Rigs come in all shapes and sizes, most with rods, others in square box like contraptions called cages, and others that are made with rounded tubes.

The most common rigs systems often will include shoulder mounts and hand grips to assist in making your camera more stable and make your videos more fluid.


Most rigs that are out today use rods that often come as a pairs.  These rods come in varying lengths and can be connected in length using screw junctions, make for even longer rods.  They can also be joined at different heights or shifted laterally by way of optional Vertical-Offset and Horizontal-Offset components, respectively.
Standard 15mm in diameter, and made of stronger and lighter-weight tubular aluminum or carbon fiber, a pair of rods can be used in a variety of  rig configurations such as with Fixed or Variable Plates and with the Flexible Matteboxes.

As one videographer put it, if you love erector sets, you will love most rig systems.   And by that comment, when you look at some rig sets, you can understand why.

rod system

But the most important thing to understand about rigs or rig sets is that rigs are a very versatile tool in your video capture arsenal.   Some call them transformers because of the unlimited configurations that can be built.

But be forewarned, getting into a rig system can become costly.   Like a drug, you first start with a simple cage, then you add rods and a shoulder pad, then come the handles.  Next you will be adding more rods  a follow focus, then you add the mattebox.   More rods and rod adapters and your now adding a monitor, led video light, and an audio mixer.   Oh and don’t forget the Microphone.

So what are the cost of these Rig kits and who makes them?  Well there are too many brand to mention, also all rig systems  come in a very wide price range, starting from as little as $150 U.S. dollars to as much as several thousands of dollars and more.

If you have a favorite rig system, or would like to share your rig configuration for future postings, please send us a comment.

But I will mention some of the more popular makes the of  rig systems:

Redrock Micro

CPM Camera Rigs

Cinevate Inc     


Did I Mention – SONY at the Imaging USA Convention in Atlanta

•January 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment


From January 20 to January 22, SONY will be having several SONY Artisans of Imagery Photographers speaking at the Professional Photographers Convention in Atalanta this year.

Monday will start of with SONY Artisan of Imagery Matthew Jordan Smith class on 10 Secrets to Building a Successful Photographic Career. His class is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM Monday evening January 21, 2013

On Tuesday January 22, 2013, SONY Artisan of Imagery Brian Smith will be speaking about the Secrets of Great Portrait Photography. The Time for Brian’s Class is scheduled for 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

That evening, at about 5:15 PM SONY Artisan of Imagery David McLean will be teaching a class on the New Opportunities for Still Photographers Shooting Motion.

Besides three great SONY Artisans of Imagery Photographers, SONY will also have a Booth on the Trade Show Floor showing the latest in SONY newest SLT technology.

If you are a member of the Professional Photographers of America, or planning on attending the Imaging USA convention in Atlanta, take some time to visit the SONY booth and try out the newest and the most advanced professional photographic equipment to date, by SONY. You will find the SONY booth in the corner of the Trade Show Floor right next to the concessions.

For more information on the Imaging USA Convention follow this link:

Please, This is not a Rumor Site.

•December 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment


I have received emails asking me about when is SONY going to release the next full frame NEX. Well to those who have been asking, forget about it.

The important purpose of this site is the sharing of valuable information about Photographers, Equipment and Image capturing methods with the use of the SONY Alpha and Alpha NEX cameras.

Over the next year, I intend to pass some very important information that will be useful and helpful in your photographic profession.

Equipment use, Methods, Work around, and innovations.

News about events that involve SONY Artisans of Imagery and other professionals who use the SONY Alpha in their work.

This coming year is going to be an exciting year for SONY and a great year for SONY Alpha Pro.

More Good SONY Alpha Pro Information and News coming Your Way

•December 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment


We sort of have been in hibernation while SONY reinvents their SLT Professional Camera.   A curious comment to make, but well qualified.   Since the release of the SONY Alpha a850, SONY has devoted their resources to developing and refining the SLT Camera.   Then SONY Releases the Alpha a77 SLT, a new camera with its 24 mega pixel APC sensor and new sleek body and the high def viewfinder.   SONY open the eyes to a few enthusiasts, and that was just only the start.   On the NEX Stage, SONY introduced the NEX 7 with the same sensor and viewfinder of the SONY Alpha a77.
Both cameras almost identical, but not.   Most, no all readers will tell me that the NEX 7 lacks the SLT mirror, thus making it a better camera.  Then there is the size issue.  The SONY Alpha a77 is a much larger camera compared to the NEX 7, but that is not the point of this article.

We have returned, and with the emergence the of the SONY Alpha a99, a new professional camera that SONY is poised to take on the other Full Frame Pro Cameras head to head.   Again many will say that I am bonkers and I personally have heard the comments.  But then ask your self this.  Why has it many more reputable professional photographers who have had long time allegiances with other Professional Brand cameras started to switch to the SONY Alpha a99.

Over then months to come, we will introduce many of the Professionals Photographers and show you how they are using these new cameras to take their profession to the next stage.

We also show you more than a camera capable of quality still photography but how to use the SONY Alpha and NEX cameras to produce stunning professional quality videos.

This is the start of an exciting new future for SONY Alpha Pro, so keep your eyes peeled on this site for more exciting news from SONY and the Professionals who use the SONY Alpha.



We are back and at WPPI

•February 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Yes, we are back and will be covering the latest news about photographers and equipment that can help improve you as a photographer who is using he SONY Alpha I work or in play.

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