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The Best Budget Cameras for Photography in 2021

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 12, 2021 8:19:06 AM

The Best Budget Cameras for Photography in 2021 | Best Budget Photography Cameras

The Best Budget Cameras for Photography

As a companion piece to our popular best budget cameras for filmmaking article, we thought it would be nice to provide a high-level overview of some of the best budget photography cameras available on the market also. 

We will discuss (in no particular order):

 

Nikon D3500 | The best budget DSLR | The best beginner DSLR

The Nikon D3500The Nikon D3500 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a lightweight, reasonably priced, easy-to-use camera offering great image quality (24.2-Megapixel) and battery life (~1,550 shots per charge). 

Connecting the D3500 to a compatible smartphone or tablet is easy, allowing photographers to share what they capture. The Bluetooth connectivity allows continuous downloading of images to a phone. The camera shoots 1080/60p video, too.

The camera has a useful Guide Mode to help beginners learn and manual controls for more advanced photographers. Photographers can switch between autofocus, manual mode and turn Nikon's vibration reduction (VR) image stabilizer on and off.

 

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR | Best budget digital camera

The Canon EOS Rebel T7The Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link] is comparable to the Nikon D3500 in terms of image quality (24.1-Megapixel) and cost, but quite a bit lower in terms of battery life (~600 shots per charge).

This camera also offers the ability to download photographs directly to a compatible smartphone using its built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology. The camera’s “scene intelligent auto mode” delivers accurate focus and exposure, simply. The autofocus can be overridden through the lens.

This camera includes a large optical viewfinder, auto-white balancing functionality and an on-board Feature Guide with a simple description explaining each function.

 

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera | Best point-and-shoot digital camera

Canon PowerShot G7Another good budget Canon camera to consider would be the PowerShot G7 Digital Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link]. This point-and-shoot camera has a large 20.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor; although smaller than the EOS Rebel T7 sensor, it will still capture very high-quality images.

The compact form factor of the camera (4.19 x 6.1 x 10.54 cm) means that it is very durable, portable and ideal as a travel camera. The G7 offers high-speed continuous shooting up to 8 fps in RAW2, JPEG and RAW+JPEG2 modes, so if you’re into photographing sports, animals or other fast-moving subjects, this camera is for you.

The large, high-resolution, 3.0" LCD touchscreen display is quite impressive for a point-and-shoot. The screen can be tilted up 180° and down 45° to compose “selfie” shots.

 

Panasonic LUMIX LX100 | Best budget point-and-shoot

Panasonic LUMIX LX100If you are open to a point-and-shoot camera instead of a DSLR, consider the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 [Amazon Affiliate Link]. This is a reasonably priced point-and-shoot with a decent sized image sensor (21.7-MP total) and fair battery life (~300 shots per charge when using flash or ~340 shots without flash).

This camera can shoot photos at 4K and offers “macro shooting” in which photographers can shoot at 3cm at wide-angle and 30cm at telephoto. This is ideal for photographing flowers, plants, etc. to reveal the finer details.

This camera also has Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity, so photographers can share their images straight to a compatible smartphone using their Image App (Android/iOS).

 

Fujifilm X-E3 | Best budget mirrorless camera 

The Fujifilm X-E3The Fujifilm X-E3 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a mirrorless digital camera that is quite reasonably priced and has a CPU (Fujifilm X-E3's X-Processor Pro) built for high-speed processing.

For those into photographing fast-moving subjects, such as sporting events, this camera offers continuous shooting at up to 8.0 fps. The camera has a sleek, somewhat retro, simple form factor and was “created in the pursuit of minimalism,” according to Fuji.

Various Amazon reviewers have commented that this camera’s ergonomics are excellent. The JPEGs look great, the dynamic range is stellar (9.6 to 9.8 f-stops), the highlight retention is excellent and the camera has accurate auto-white balancing.

 

Sony RX100 | Best affordable digital camera

The Sony RX100The Sony RX100 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a fixed lens digital camera that is affordably priced and has a decent sized image sensor (20.1-Megapixel). The attached lens is a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmviii F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens.

Sony claims that this camera has the “world’s fastest hybrid autofocus system” to capture fleeting moments with precision. The camera includes a variety of other nice features, such as single burst shooting, AI-based real-time tracking to focus on moving subjects, “Active” mode image stabilization and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity to compatible smartphones and tablets. 

This camera also has an LCD display that rotates in various angles (up ~180° and down ~90°) to be able to capture the perfect selfie.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III | Best digital camera for travel | Best travel digital camera

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIThe Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an affordable DSLR with a 16-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor. This camera’s in-body 5-axis image stabilization technology allows photographers to capture blur-free photos.

The Olympus has an intuitive touch screen interface, shortcut buttons to make camera settings accessible and a built-in flash. The convenient touch autofocus function lets photographers instantly focus on their subject with one touch of the screen.

The Olympus is a good camera for traveling because of its small body (4.8 x 2 x 3.3 inches). The “OLYMPUS Image Share” mobile app (Android/iOS) makes it quick and easy to transfer pictures to your phone for sharing on social media.

 

Pentax K-5 | Best weather sealed DSLR | Best weatherproof DSLR

The Pentax K-5The Pentax K-5 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an affordable DSLR that is weather sealed, robust and has good image quality (16.3-Megapixel CMOS sensor). The sensor and high ISO (80-12,800) perform capably in low light.

It should take 6 to 8 hours (~740 shots) to recharge a fully depleted K-5 battery. Pentax cameras are known for their durability and the K-5 is no exception; it is small and light but “built like a tank.” The camera’s continuous shooting mode can do 22 images in a single sequence, so it can comfortably handle high-speed subjects such as sporting events.

The K-5 can take good, affordable lenses and has a great optical viewfinder with a nearly 100% field of view. The camera’s autofocus system is excellent, featuring a new-generation, wide-frame SAFOX IX+ with 11 sensor points.

 

Get Photography Insurance | Photographers Insurance | Photography Equipment Insurance | Photography Camera Liability Insurance

If you end up buying any of these above cameras (or any other gear) – you will want to have the right insurance coverage in place to protect that valuable gear. 

Consider Front Row’s online policies. If a location requires evidence of liability insurance before they will allow you on the property to shoot, Front Row can provide that to you in 5 minutes, 24/7 for 12 months of coverage. Online means lower cost.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage and/or fire. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. Read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

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Beauty Influencers: Be Prepared with E&O Insurance in Case You Get Sued.

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 7, 2021 7:29:18 AM

Beauty Influencers: Be Prepared with E&O Insurance in Case You Get Sued.

Beauty Influencers: Be Prepared with E&O InsuranceSource: Shutterstock, Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1701394963

Beauty influencers on social media/beauty YouTubers should acknowledge the reality that the more popular they get, the more of an opening is created for potential legal liability and lawsuits.

Don’t think you could get sued because of some posts or videos that you publish on social media? Well, think again. Just look at the below real-life examples of lawsuits brought against beauty influencers/beauty YouTubers to see how real this threat is:

Makeup influencer sued by celebrity’s estate

In 2020, a prominent makeup influencer was sued by a deceased celebrity’s estate because the influencer had allegedly branded some products based on this celebrity without the estate’s permission.

If found to be true, this would likely be an infringement of the estate’s rights of publicity. The right of publicity is both a statutory and a common law right to limit the public use of one's name, likeness and/or identity, particularly for commercial purposes. As opposed to the right of privacy, the right of publicity survives death. Read more in this post: THE DELICATE ART OF MAKING A BIO PIC W/O GETTING PERMISSION (PART 2)

Social Media Influencer Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance provides protection against claims of infringement of the rights of publicity.

Celebrity influencer sued by cosmetics company

In 2018, a prominent media personality/socialite was sued by a small cosmetics company. The lawsuit alleged that this celebrity’s eyeshadow product copied the company’s eyeshadow palette of the same name. The company also alleged that the celebrity had copied their trademark on this product.

Social Media Influencer Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance policies insure against claims arising from accidentally infringing a copyright or trademark, false endorsement and/or unfair competition, which are all issues involved in this case.

Get Social Media Influencer Liability Insurance | Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance for Social Media Influencers | Beauty Influencer E&O Insurance | Fashion Influencer Insurance | Makeup Influencer Insurance | Beauty YouTuber Insurance

Social Media Influencer Liability Insurance, also known as E&O Insurance, or Multimedia Risk Insurance covers legal liability and defense for social media influencers against lawsuits alleging:

  • Unauthorized use of titles, formats, ideas, characters, plots
  • Plagiarism
  • Unfair competition
  • Defamation of character/libel/slander
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Infringement of rights of publicity
  • And more!

Topics: Influencer's E&O Insurance

Food Influencers: Be Prepared with E&O Insurance in Case You Get Sued.

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 4, 2021 7:35:36 AM

Food Influencers: Be Prepared with Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance in Case You Get Sued.

Food Influencers: Be Prepared with E&O InsuranceSource: Shutterstock, Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1464271910

Food & nutrition influencers on social media/food bloggers should acknowledge the reality that the more popular they get, the more of an opening is created for potential legal liability and lawsuits.

Don’t think you could get sued because of some posts or videos that you publish on social media? Well, think again. Just look at the below real-life examples of lawsuits brought against food-related influencers to see how real this threat is:

Instagram influencer gets sued by diet creator

In 2020, the creator of a popular diet sued an Instagram influencer for allegedly destroying her business by making false claims that the diet causes physical harm.

The entrepreneur claimed her business was making over $1M per month in revenue until this social media influencer began publishing “illegal, abusive and harassing” posts about the diet. The diet creator is suing for defamation and wants more than $500K in damages. Note: When food/nutrition influencers on social media publish negative comments about another brand/company, they are opening themselves up to the possibility of legal action.

This is where having Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance/Social Media Influencer Liability Insurance in place would be prudent because the policy protects against alleged libel, slander, defamation of character or invasion of privacy. The E&O policy will provide defense costs if the insured social media influencer is sued and will pay the judgment costs if the influencer is found liable. Until a lawsuit happens, the policy provides peace of mind.

Food blogger gets sued by family restaurant

In 2014, a court ordered a food blogger to pay ~$3,380 USD for publishing an unfairly negative review of a restaurant. This influencer criticized not only the food but also the personnel, calling the boss a “diva”, which is likely what gave the restaurant’s legal team grounds to argue that the blogger had crossed the line into defamation.

The restaurant’s lawyers argued that the article was “more of an insult” than a critical review. Since the article was ranking high on Google search results, the restaurant argued that the review unfairly drove away potential business.

These are accusations of defamation (specifically, libel) and Social Media Influencer Liability Insurance protects against alleged libel, slander, defamation of character or invasion of privacy. In this case, the insurance would likely pay the judgment costs because the influencer was found liable.

Food blogger gets sued by restaurant chain

In 2011, the owner of a restaurant franchise sued a food blogger, claiming that the blogger damaged the reputation of the restaurant with a series of “offensive” claims made on his blog. The blogger claimed that the food he ate at the restaurant was undercooked. The restaurant alleged this review negatively impacted their revenue “by encouraging large numbers of customers not to try the restaurant.”

Again: these are accusations of defamation (specifically, libel) and Social Media Influencer Liability Insurance protects against alleged libel, slander, defamation of character or invasion of privacy.

Get Social Media Influencer Liability Insurance | Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance for Social Media Influencers | Food Influencer E&O Insurance | Food Influencer Insurance | Health and Nutrition Influencer Insurance | Dieting Influencer Insurance

Social Media Influencer Liability Insurance, also known as E&O Insurance, or Multimedia Risk Insurance covers legal liability and defense for social media influencers against lawsuits alleging:

  • Unauthorized use of titles, formats, ideas, characters, plots
  • Plagiarism
  • Unfair competition
  • Defamation of character/libel/slander
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Infringement of rights of publicity
  • And more!

Topics: Influencer's E&O Insurance

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Toronto | Best Film Festivals in the GTA

Posted by Grant Patten on Dec 21, 2020 11:02:01 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Toronto | Best Film Festivals in the GTA

Best Film Festivals in GTA

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Of course, there are other good film festivals in the area and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the most notable in the GTA.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. TIFF
  2. Hot Docs
  3. TAAFI
  4. Buffer Festival
  5. imagineNATIVE
  6. ONIFF
  7. Reelworld
  8. Inside Out
  9. Breakthroughs
  10. Regent Park


Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
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Website: https://tiff.net/

The most prominent and well-known film festival in Toronto is, of course, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Founded in 1976, many of its movies are screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (pictured), a modern venue housing five cinemas of various sizes.

TIFF is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, “second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars, and market activity,” according to Variety. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TIFF creatively reimagined its festival to include physical screenings at drive-ins, digital screenings and virtual red carpets.

Front Row has been a proud sponsor of TIFF.

Hot Docs Festival

Website: https://www.hotdocs.ca/ 

The Hot Docs Festival is the largest documentary festival in North America. Founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), Hot Docs is now recognized as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories.

Members of DOC are eligible for preferred rates on production insurance through Front Row. The 2020 festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada; however, the festival organizers quickly pivoted to the Hot Docs at Home TV show in partnership with the CBC.

Front Row is a proud sponsor of the Hot Docs Festival.

TAAFI – Toronto's Animation Festival

Website: https://taafi.com/

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is held at the same venue as Hot Docs each year – the Ted Rogers Cinema. TAAFI is a film festival dedicated to presenting cartoons and animation.

TAAFI confers the Kaj Pindal award, which is awarded to an animator who has made a significant contribution to the art form in the past year. TAAFI also offers an industry conference with talks from directors, creators, producers and artists.

Front Row has sponsored TAAFI in the past.

Buffer Festival

Website: https://365.bufferfestival.com/

Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube video premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festival is, according to the Buffer Foundation, “the world’s largest international digital-first film festival.”

The Buffer Foundation is a not-for-profit supporting Canadian and international digital-first filmmakers through education, celebration, recognition and development opportunities with the entertainment industry. Buffer Festival 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Website: https://imaginenative.org/

Founded in 1998, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world's largest Indigenous film and media arts festival, held annually in Toronto each October. The festival focuses on the film, video, radio and new media work of Indigenous, Aboriginal and First Peoples from around the world.

Many awards are presented at the festival, including the Audience Choice Award, Best Dramatic Feature, Best Short Drama and Best Indigenous Language Production.

Their 21st annual festival in 2020 transitioned to an online format.

Ontario International Film Festival
Ontario International Film Festival

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Website: https://www.oniff.ca/

The Ontario International Film Festival (ONIFF) was founded in 2020 by not-for-profit Canada Multicultural Entertainment (CME). This film festival “gives independent filmmakers from different cultures and backgrounds the opportunity to get known, learn and get acquainted with the industry.”

The festival confers a variety of awards, including Best International Feature Film, Best Canadian Feature Film, Best Screenwriting and Best Canadian Student Film.

Reelworld Film Festival

Website: https://www.reelworld.ca/

The Reelworld Film Festival was founded in 2001 and provides professional development for Canadian racially diverse and Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. The festival's mandate is to showcase diverse work, especially work from Canadians identifying as Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Latinx.

In 2020, Reelworld streamed online with a 100% Canadian lineup. The festival confers a variety of awards, including the Trailblazer Award, the Visionary Award and the Award of Excellence.

Inside Out Film and Video Festival

Website: https://insideout.ca/

Founded in 1991, the Inside Out Film and Video Festival is an annual film festival that presents a program of LGBTQ-related cinema. The festival is staged in both Toronto and Ottawa.

The festival’s awards include the Audience Award for Best Feature Film, the Audience Award for Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Canadian Film. In response to the pandemic, Inside Out created an online exhibition of queer ephemera pulled from their archives.

Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF)

Website: http://www.breakthroughsfilmfestival.com/

Founded in 2011, the Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF) is dedicated exclusively to short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors.

BFF takes place annually in downtown Toronto, showcasing Canadian and international short films in all genres from emerging directors of all ages. BFF 2020 was held online.

The festival confers a number of awards, including the Audience Choice Award, the Breakthroughs Film Festival's Jury Award and Best Canadian Film.

Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF)

Regent Park Film Festival

Source: Tyler. Chris Tyler from Toronto, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

Website: http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/

The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is a free community film festival dedicated to showcasing local and international independent films that are relevant to the Regent Park neighbourhood.

This festival aims to provide the residents of Regent Park, and beyond, with a forum for dialogue about social issues such as immigration, cultural identity and multicultural relationships.

RPFF was founded in 2003. The 18th annual RPFF in 2020 was held online. The festival also created the Home Made Visible nationwide archival project that “celebrates the everyday joys and lives of Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPoC) communities often absent from Canada’s narrative.”

Get Film Insurance | Short-Term Film Production Insurance | Film Equipment Insurance | Video Equipment Insurance | Film Screening Insurance

If you’re researching film festivals in Toronto, chances are that you’re a filmmaker yourself or somehow involved in the film industry.

Front Row provides production and producer’s E&O insurance for: features, episodic television, docs, shorts and more. The next time you’re working on a film production, consider Front Row’s insurance policies:

Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada.


About
: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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Topics: Short Film Insurance, DigiGear, Best of, COVID-19, Festivals

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Metro Vancouver / Best Film Fests in BC

Posted by Grant Patten on Dec 14, 2020 8:05:25 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Metro Vancouver / Best Film Fests in BC

Best Film Festivals in Vancouver

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in Metro Vancouver. Of course, there are other good film festivals in the area and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the biggest in BC.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. VIFF
  2. Italian Film Festival
  3. Whistler
  4. VSFF
  5. Crazy8s
  6. VQFF
  7. VIWFF
  8. Reel 2 Real
  9. VAFF
  10. Iranian Film Festival

 

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

Vancity Theatre | Best film festivals VancouverWebsite: https://viff.org/Online/default.asp

The most prominent and well-known film festival in Vancouver is, of course, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Founded in 1958, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival screens films annually from approximately 73 countries on 10 screens.

The festival has three main programming platforms: East Asian cinema, Canadian cinema and documentary. During the pandemic in 2020, VIFF nimbly transitioned their festival to an online format with their VIFF Connect platform.

Front Row has been a proud sponsor of VIFF for 28 years (as of 2020).

Image Source Attribution: Tom Niu, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

Italian Film Festival

Website: https://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/italian-film-festival/

The Italian Film Festival is usually presented in cooperation with the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.

This niche festival’s mandate is to raise awareness and promote all aspects of Italian cinema. The festival is presented to the public every January during a one-week run at the Vancity Theatre – VIFF Centre.

Whistler Film Festival / “Canada's coolest film festival”

Website: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is an annual film festival held in Whistler, BC, established in 2001. A conference for the Canadian film industry, known as the Whistler Summit, is organized in connection with the film festival.

The festival has juried competitive awards, namely the Borsos Award and the Pandora Audience Award. In 2020, WFF moved to an online film-viewing format from Dec. 1-31.
Front Row has been a proud sponsor of the Whistler Film Festival for many years.

Vancouver Short Film Fest (VSFF)

Vancouver sky | Best film festivals BCSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 784946452, Shutterstock

Website: https://www.vsff.com/

The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is all about celebrating the vibrant community of short film, video, and animation artists on the Canadian West Coast.

Established in 2005, VSFF now regularly receives over 250 submissions a year, and the festival awards over $15,000 worth of prizes directly to filmmakers annually. In 2021, VSFF moved to an online format. Front Row is a proud sponsor of VSFF.

Crazy8s short filmmaking competition/festival

Website: http://crazy8s.film/

Crazy8s is another short film-focused festival held annually in Vancouver. The festival is essentially a filmmaking competition that provides funding and support to local filmmakers to shoot and edit a short film in eight days.

Established in 1999, Crazy8s involves filmmakers pitching their ideas to industry professionals. About 200 teams annually submit a video pitch, ~40 are chosen to pitch in-person to a jury, ~12 teams advance to the script stage and then ~six finalists are announced in January. Front Row is a sponsor.

Vancouver Queer Film Fest (VQFF)

Rainbow street / Vancouver Queer Film FestSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 561604210, Shutterstock

Website: https://queerfilmfestival.ca/

The Vancouver Queer Film Fest (VQFF) is a film festival that takes place annually during the month of August. The festival was first held publicly in 1989. It is Vancouver's second largest film festival and Western Canada's largest queer arts event.

The festival’s awards include the People's Choice Award for Best Feature and the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award. Brunet was a lifelong contributor to the arts and an early board member of the festival.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd annual (2020) VQFF adapted to an online format in order to offer at-home audiences the best in independent queer cinema.

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF)

Website: https://viwff.ca/

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) is all about showcasing short & feature-length films of various genres by established and emerging women-identifying filmmakers.

The WIFT Vancouver Society that organizes the festival was founded in 1989. The festival offers artist talks, networking events, an awards ceremony and an International Screenplay Competition. Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 festival moved to an online format.

Front Row is a proud supporter of WIFT and we have a WIFT-US insurance program offering discounted rates on production and errors & omissions insurance.

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth

Website: http://r2rfestival.org/

The Reel 2 Real (R2R) International Film Festival for Youth inspires and equips youth (between the ages of 6 and 19) to analyze, appreciate, explore, create and share independent media.

R2R is an annual film festival based in Vancouver and established in 1998. The festival began as a four-day event in one venue and expanded to an eight-day event in two venues: the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the R2R 2020 festival was cancelled.

The festival screens both Canadian and international films, including live-action dramas, documentaries and animated features and shorts.

Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF)

Website: http://vaff.org/

VAFF is Canada’s oldest Asian film festival, exhibiting films and videos by North American artists of Asian heritage. The festival was founded in 1995.

VAFF strives to promote dynamic and innovative images of Asians, especially Asian Canadians, in roles that are usually not found in mainstream film and television.

Vancouver Iranian Film Festival (VANIFF)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/vancouverif/

A lot of great cinema has come out of Iran over the years and this Vancouver-based film festival showcases movies from this country. The festival is organized by Aria Persys Film Production.

VANIFF is all about screening the latest and best Iranian cinema in fine venues across Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and throughout BC.

Get Film Insurance | Short-Term Film Production Insurance | Film Equipment Insurance | Video Equipment Insurance | Film Screening Insurance

If you’re researching film festivals in Vancouver, chances are that you’re a filmmaker yourself or somehow involved in the film industry.

Front Row provides production and producer’s E&O insurance for: features, episodic television, docs, shorts and more. The next time you’re working on a film production, consider Front Row’s insurance policies:

Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada.

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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The Best Software for Filmmakers / Best Filmmaking Editing Software

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 23, 2020 8:43:26 AM

The Best Software for Filmmakers / Best Filmmaking Editing Software

The Best Software for FilmmakersShutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1577644270

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best software for filmmakers available on the market now! We’ll look at a mix of backup software, dailies software, colour correction software and standard video editing software in this post.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Hedge / smart software for filmmakers
  2. ShotPut Pro / Imagine Products
  3. Pomfort / Livegrade Pro / Silverstack
  4. ChronoSync / best backup software for Mac
  5. rsync / command-line utility for backups
  6. DaVinci Resolve / software for filmmakers
  7. HitFilm Express / free video editing / free filmmaking software
  8. Avid Media Composer / best editing software for filmmaking
  9. Final Cut Pro / best editing software for filmmaking
  10. Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects / filmmaking editing software

 

Hedge | smart software for filmmakers

Website: https://hedge.video/

Hedge is a footage backup and archiving solution that is impressively fast. Filmmakers can transfer and backup their video files blazingly fast using this software, available on Mac and Windows.

This company also offers some accompanying software that can be useful to filmmakers, including Foolcat for camera reports and Checkpoint for backup verification.

ShotPut Pro

Website: https://www.imagineproducts.com/product/shotput-pro

ShotPut Pro bills itself as “the industry standard for offloading video, audio and photo files”, available on both Mac and Windows. Filmmakers and editors can make multiple, verified copies from one source using this software.

The company - Imagine Products – also offers some companion software that filmmakers may wish to consider, such as PrimeTranscoder (for file transcoding) and TrueCheck (for file management).

Pomfort / Livegrade Pro / Silverstack

Website: https://pomfort.com/

Pomfort, a German company, has developed multiple innovative software products, including Livegrade Pro and Silverstack Lab, to simplify digital production workflows.

Livegrade simplifies the on-set color workflow and dailies process, while Silverstack is a dailies software for quickly copying and backing up footage.

These software products can be used along with Pomfort ShotHub, which is a cloud system for data integration and information exchange in film productions.

ChronoSync | backup software for filmmakers

Website: https://www.econtechnologies.com/

ChronoSync is a macOS application for periodic backups, bootable drive clones and folder synchronizations. Thousands of photographers, video editors, filmmakers, musicians and other digital media creators use this software.

ChronoSync can synchronize and backup to just about anything you can connect to your Mac: select cloud services, other Macs, external drives, iPads, iPhones, etc.

Their companion products ChronoAgent (for remote file sharing) and ChronoMonitor (iPhone app for notifications & reporting) can also be useful to filmmakers.

rsync | command-line utility for fast video file transfer

Website: https://rsync.samba.org/

rsync is an open-source command-line utility for Unix systems that provides fast file transfer. rsync is freely available under the GNU General Public License. Using rsync, filmmakers can efficiently transfer and sync their video files between computers, external drives and/or across networked computers.

rsync is a fast and powerful utility that works well not only for one-off media ingests, but also for complicated transfers involving many camera cards and/or hard drives.

rsync can even be automated for reliable, efficient backups. While it is true that the learning curve for a command-line utility is, naturally, going to be steeper than traditional software products that have GUIs, once filmmakers learn the commands necessary to do their work, it becomes straightforward to use.

DaVinci Resolve | colour correction software for filmmakers

Website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/davinciresolve/

DaVinci Resolve from Australian firm Blackmagic Design is a robust software product that combines editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics and audio post-production all in one. Initially launched in 2004, this software has been used on major film productions, including Avatar, Jason Bourne, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Available on Mac, Windows and Linux, Blackmagic Design bills their Resolve software as “the world’s most advanced professional non-linear editor.”

Resolve can be extended with various third-party plug-ins and storage solutions. Resolve keyboards, color panels and audio consoles can be purchased separately.

HitFilm Express | free filmmaking software

Website: https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express

HitFilm Express from English company FXhome Limited has a free (“Pay What You Want”) version that is upgradeable to paid versions with more features.

This video editing software has professional-grade VFX features and is ideal for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or any creative without a budget.

Filmmakers can do both 2D and 3D compositing using this software. It comes along with over 400 effects and presets and is available on both Mac and Windows.

Avid Media Composer | best editing software for filmmaking

Website: https://www.avid.com/media-composer

First launched in 1989 and by now one of the standards in the industry, Media Composer is a film & video editing software application/non-linear editor developed by American firm Avid Technology.

Available on both Mac and Windows operating systems, Media Composer can do both offline and online editing, including uncompressed standard definition, high definition, 2K and 4K editing.

Avid also manufactures video interface hardware that can be used with Media Composer, including Avid Artist I/O for SD–4K capturing, monitoring, and output, and Avid NEXIS for storage.

Final Cut Pro | best editing software for filmmaking

Website: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/final-cut-pro/id424389933

Most film and video editors will already be well aware of Apple’s Final Cut Pro, which has become a standard in the industry and one of the most widely used editing programs. Although the fully rewritten Final Cut Pro X version released in 2011 faced much criticism, many of its shortcomings have been fixed in updates since then.

Final Cut Pro provides non-linear, non-destructive editing of any QuickTime-compatible video format. It is a Mac-only video editing software.

Well-known movies that were edited on Final Cut include Zodiac, Napoleon Dynamite, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite.

Premiere Pro and After Effects | filmmaking editing software

Website: https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere.html

Last, but not least. Most film and video editors will also already be familiar with Premiere Pro, which is generally considered the main competitor to Final Cut. Adobe claims that it is “the industry-leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web.” In addition, full disclosure: Front Row uses Premiere Pro to edit the majority of its videos.

Available on both macOS and Windows operating systems, Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software product first launched in 1991 (as Adobe Premiere).

With an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, filmmakers can also access other great software that works seamlessly with Premiere Pro, including the compositing software After Effects. Notable movies edited on Premiere Pro include Deadpool, Gone Girl, Superman Returns, and Terminator: Dark Fate.

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Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

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We also offer Post-Production Studio Insurance in Canada and the US.

 

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The 10 Best Photography Schools in Canada | Top Photography Programs

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 16, 2020 7:31:49 AM

The 10 Best Photography Schools in Canada | Top Photography Programs

Best Photography Schools in Canada

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best photography schools in Canada. Of course, there are other good schools and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below photography programs are certainly among the most notable in Canada.

(in no particular order)

We’ll discuss:

 

1. Ryerson Image Arts/Photography Studies

Ryerson Image Arts

Ryerson’s Photography Studies 4-year BFA (bachelor of fine arts) program is a mix of theory and applied work, with a bit more emphasis on the applied. Students will take the standard photography theory courses in the first years of the program, with the final years more focused on the creation of photography work and a senior project.

The program includes courses on the history of photography, visual culture, photography production, and contemporary issues in photography.

Notable alumni include photographers Edward Burtynsky and George Pimentel.

2. OCAD U

OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design) has a respected 4-year photography program, resulting in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. Students learn skills from darkroom to digital photography in this program.

OCAD U has some of the best photography facilities in Canada and is one of few schools with both a colour and black & white darkroom.

Students take general art-related courses in their first year, such as sculpture concepts and painting. They progress into the photography-focused courses in subsequent years. In their final year, students can choose between the Thesis and the Directed Studio options.

3. Sheridan

Sheridan is one of the most reputable schools in Ontario for photography. Sheridan has positioned their program as a “business-focused professional photography degree program.” It is a 4-year program resulting in an Honours Bachelor of Photography degree.

Courses include Introduction to Studio, Photographic Language, Studio Portraiture, History of Advertising Photography, Photography Professional Business Practices, among others. Students produce a photography portfolio project in their final semester.

Sheridan photography alumni work can be viewed on the GRADWORK website.

4. School of the Photographic Arts (SPAO)

SPAO in Ottawa is not as well known as the aforementioned schools as it was only established in 2005 as an alternative for study in the photographic visual arts, although it has already earned a great reputation among the Canadian photography community.

SPAO offers a two-year photographic arts diploma that covers both analogue and digital photography. There are courses on still life photography, landscape photography, portraiture, projects and presentations, among others. At the end of the program, students take part in one-on-one or small-group critiques with SPAO instructors and visiting professionals.

The school is home to the SPAO Centre Gallery.

5. Emily Carr University

Emily Carr U

Emily Carr U has a world-renowned photo program, mostly because of the fine art photographers who have come out of the program or worked there (e.g., Douglas Coupland, Stan Douglas, Karin Bubas, Jessica Eaton, Ian Wallace, Marian Penner Bancroft, Arni Haraldsson, Scott Connaroe, Stephen Waddell). 

As far as photo schools in Canada go, it’s hard to find one with more heavy-hitters.

The program has courses on theory, writing, drawing, and electives in other media. Students will also do professional practice studies and will have produced a substantial body of work upon graduating.

6. Langara College

Langara College in Vancouver has a professional photography program that is more geared toward commercial photography. The program has hands-on, comprehensive training that provides graduates with the skills to achieve success in a career in the photographic industry.

There are courses on technical photography, studio lighting, publishing, digital imaging, photographic development, the history of photography, and more.

This program confers a two-year diploma.

7. NSCAD U

NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) has a reputation for being a radical art school; there is something to be said for having a reputation that you feel the need to live up to.

The school’s photography BFA program allows students the opportunity to balance technical and conceptual learning. The school’s photography facilities are excellent for both film-based and digital imaging. There is a darkroom and individual film processing cubicles, as well as a suite of computers available for digital photographic work.

By the final semester, students exhibit at the university gallery or other local venues.

8. AUArts

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is certainly one of Alberta’s best schools for photography. The program confers a Bachelor of Design in Photography degree.

The program involves a mix of photography-focused and liberal studies courses, along with challenging assignments that will allow students to develop their photography portfolios.

Renowned photographers Mitch Kern and Ann Mansolino sit on the school’s faculty.

9. Concordia

Concordia U

Concordia’s 3 to 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography is certainly one of Quebec’s best photography programs. The program covers both analogue and digital photography.

Courses comprise a mix of the theoretical and the practical, with an emphasis placed on the understanding of photography’s sociological and artistic ramifications. Studio Arts electives include Black-and-White Photography, Colour Photography, Large Format Photography, and more.

Notable alumni include photographers Barbara Davidson and JJ Levine.

10. The School of Life

As you’ve likely heard before, there is no better place to hone your photography chops than out there in the “real world”. Excellent photography gear is more accessible than ever, and more intuitive to use. Grab a camera, take thousands of photos, experiment, see what works and trust your instincts…

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Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage or fire.  You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. Read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

 

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The 20 Best Podcasts about Filmmaking / Top Filmmaker Podcasts in 2021

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 9, 2020 7:35:30 AM

The 20 Best Podcasts about Filmmaking / Top Filmmaker Podcasts in 2021

The 20 Best Podcasts about FilmmakingSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1433456582 | Shutterstock

Let’s review Front Row’s top 20 podcasts on filmmaking. We’ll discuss:

(in no particular order)

  1. Just Shoot It podcast
  2. New York Production Alliance / NYPA's podcast
  3. The Art of Film Funding podcast
  4. Business of Film
  5. Craft Truck Uncut
  6. Filmspotting
  7. The No Film School Podcast
  8. Happier in Hollywood
  9. The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast
  10. Location Sound Podcast
  11. Directing Magic – a podcast about women filmmakers
  12. Film Riot Podcast
  13. Cinematalk (UW-Madison)
  14. Legends of Film Podcast (Nashville Public Library)
  15. Blank Check with Griffin & David
  16. Film Formally
  17. Film Insights
  18. Film Design
  19. The Filmmakers Podcast
  20. Filmmakers Guide Podcast

 

1. Just Shoot It

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCds-oHNIq6AELlltla96fiA

Just Shoot It is a podcast on filmmaking, screenwriting and directing. Each week on the podcast, you can find interviews with directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers and actors, and learn how they became successful, working content creators.

The podcast shares tips and stories of how people in the entertainment industry forced their ways into sustainable careers. The podcast is all about “getting off your butt and making your own videos.”

2. New York Production Alliance / NYPA


Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-set-new-york/id1495901632

The NYPA podcast, Beyond the Set New York, connects listeners with the people, companies and organizations involved with unifying the film and television industry in New York.

The NYPA represents the unified voice of the film, television & commercial production, and post-production industry in NYC.

3. The Art of Film Funding

Link: https://fromtheheartproductions.com/the-art-of-film-funding-podcast/

Carole Dean hosts The Art of Film Funding Podcast, featuring interviews with experts on film funding, film finance, film marketing, and film distribution.

Carole Dean is President and Founder of From the Heart Productions, a 501(c) non-profit which helps indie filmmakers get film funding.

4. Business of Film

Link: http://www.crafttruck.com/business-of-film/

As its title suggests, this podcast is dedicated to the business of film, interviewing top industry professionals (producers, distributors, sales companies, agents, managers, financiers and more).

Business of Film is an invaluable podcast for both emerging and established filmmakers. Each episode presents an absolute wealth of insider knowledge.

5. Craft Truck Uncut

Link: http://www.crafttruck.com/podcasts/

Craft Truck Uncut features uncut audio from Craft Truck’s interviews with top cinematographers & editors.

Craft Truck is an educational resource hub for entertainment industry professionals, created by film producer Jesse Ikeman.

6. Filmspotting

Link: https://www.filmspotting.net/

Proclaiming itself “the flagship film podcast”, Filmspotting (formerly Cinecast) is a weekly film podcast out of Chicago hosted by film critics Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

The podcast focuses on film analysis and features interviews with film industry players, including directors, writers, actors and producers.

7. The No Film School Podcast

Link: https://nofilmschool.com/tags/podcast

The No Film School Podcast features an eclectic array of interviews with film industry players, including cinematographers, directors, writers, producers and actors.

The No Film School website is the leading worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives.

8. Happier in Hollywood

Link: https://happierinhollywood.com/podcast/

Happier in Hollywood is a more writing- and producing-focused podcast, as two Hollywood writer/producers, Liz Craft & Sarah Fain, host it.

This podcast is about “how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful, and more productive” in Hollywood.

9. The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast

Link: https://www.dga.org/Craft/Podcast.aspx

The Director's Cut - A DGA (Directors Guild of America) Podcast brings you behind-the-scenes stories of the most discussed contemporary movies. Each episode features a new director, interviewed by one of their peers.

Notable episodes include “The Craft of the Director with Ron Howard”, “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood with Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson” and “The Irishman with Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee”.

10. Location Sound Podcast

Link: https://locationsoundpodcast.libsyn.com/

The Location Sound Podcast features location sound mixers, boom ops and other industry pros involved in recording sound on-location for feature and independent films, TV commercials, interviews, etc.

Whether you are a seasoned vet or just starting out and interested in sound recording, this podcast is full of great stories and lessons about recording on-location.

11. Directing Magic

Link: http://www.directingmagic.com/

Directing Magic – a podcast about women filmmakers was created to encourage and inspire filmmakers by sharing the wisdom and experience of successful women in film and TV.

This podcast features conversations with established women in the entertainment industry who generously share their insights about succeeding in the business.

12. Film Riot Podcast

Link: https://www.filmriot.com/podcast/

The podcast from Film Riot features plenty of interesting interviews with film industry talent, including writers, directors and cinematographers.

Notable episodes include: “Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror”, “Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget” and “How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors”.

13. Cinematalk

Link: https://cinema.wisc.edu/podcasts

The Cinematalk podcast from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts is entertaining and informative, featuring interviews with directors and others in the film industry.

Notable episodes include: “The Great Silence with Special Guest, Alexander Payne”, “Peter Sellers: Lost and Found” and “Hong Sang-soo's Woman on the Beach”.

14. Legends of Film Podcast

Link: https://library.nashville.org/podcasts/legends-film-podcast

Nashville Public Library’s Legends of Film Podcast features interviews with directors, screenwriters, and actors who share their experiences on notable films. This behind-the-scenes series features “the greats as you have never heard before.”

Notable interviews include: cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond, screenwriter Stephen Geller, composer Charles Bernstein and Sara Karloff, daughter of late actor Boris Karloff.

15. Blank Check with Griffin & David

Link: https://audioboom.com/channel/Blank-Check

Blank Check with Griffin & David is a film podcast following the career output of directors who have had some success and are then offered a figurative “blank check” to pursue their passion projects. Most episodes focus on a single movie from the director's filmography.

Movies discussed include: various Star Wars films, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Starship Troopers, Edward Scissorhands, Mad Max, and others.

16. Film Formally

Link: http://sadhillmedia.com/filmformally

Film Formally is a podcast that “dives into the deep end of film.” In each episode, Canadian filmmakers Will Ross & Devan Scott (Sad Hill Media) get specific and analyze one filmmaking technique.

Past episodes include: discussions of concert films, sound design, independent movie post-production and videography.

17. Film Insights

Link: https://www.instagram.com/film_insights/

The Film Insights Podcast interviews passionate filmmakers, delivering great stories, exploring the ins and outs of the creative process, and provides fresh insight and memorable anecdotes from the world of filmmaking.
–Hosted by filmmaker Eden Ocean.

18. Film Design

Link: https://filmdesignpodcast.podbean.com

The Film Design Podcast takes the unique angle of focusing on production design, set decoration and art direction. The podcast is hosted by Max Lincoln, a UK-based production designer.

Past episodes include interviews with notable production designers and art directors, including Nicholas Foley, Dalia Gellert, Noam Piper, and many others.

19. The Filmmakers Podcast

Link: https://thefilmmakerspodcast.com/

The Filmmakers Podcast is another UK-based podcast about how to make films, from studio movies to micro budget productions.

Past episodes have included interviews with famous talent in the film industry, including Julie Delpy, Agnieszka Holland, John Badham, and Timothy Spall.

20. Filmmakers Guide Podcast

Link: https://www.fgipodcast.com/

The Filmmaker’s Guide to the Industry (FGI) is a podcast from the US featuring in-depth interviews and insider knowledge about the business of the entertainment industry.

Past episodes include interviews with American film producers Randy Greenberg, Cat Sullivan, Tony Armer, and Tyler Martinolich, among others.

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  • Online DigiGear Insurance (Canada): custom equipment insurance for owners of: cameras, sound and lighting gear working in the film/TV industry. Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes. Policy available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone.

US-based filmmakers can view Front Row’s US policies here.

Contact Front Row to get a quote for your feature, TV series, documentary, commercial, and more.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row has 51 staff in 8 offices that have a combined 530+ years of experience serving the film industry. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Offices in: NY, Nashville, LA, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

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The 10 Best Photo Editing Apps / Best Photography Editor Apps

Posted by Grant Patten on Oct 26, 2020 7:27:59 AM

The 10 Best Photo Editing Apps / Best Photography Editor Apps

Best Photo Editing Apps: mobile app picSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1399145969 | Shutterstock

Let’s review the ten best apps for photo editing available on the market now.

(in no particular order) We’ll discuss:

  1. Polish / Photo Editor Pro
  2. Snapseed
  3. VSCO
  4. Photofox
  5. ON1 Photo RAW
  6. DxO PhotoLab and ONE
  7. GIMP
  8. darktable
  9. RawTherapee
  10. Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Spark

 

1. Polish / best photo editing apps for Android / best photography apps for Android

Polish / Photo Editor Pro is a great photo editor app that has excellent reviews on the Google Play store. The app offers stylish effects, filters, borders, grids and draw tools. With the app, you can post your edited photos directly to Instagram, Facebook and other social media. The app is also available on iOS.

One user’s review (Ross Peters) on the Play store: “I've tried a few photo editor apps, and this one is very competent, and allows the ability to do basic layering of additional photos with transparency, a basic need for me that's seemingly hard to find on Android.”

2. Snapseed / best photography filter apps

Certainly one of the best photo editing apps is Snapseed, which is available for FREE on both iOS and Android. With this app, users can easily edit their photos using swiping gestures. The app has many features, including 29 tools and filters.

The app has excellent reviews on the Google Play store, including this one from user Javi: “Reliable and functional, delivers great effects without destroying originals. HDR Scape and Selective adjust are two of my favorites.”

The iOS reviews are also great for this app, including this one from user Paul: “[This app’s] ability to select areas for retouching is uncannily accurate; its Structure feature beats anything Photoshop can do; and its Ambience tool provides a wonderful combination of brightness, shadow opening, warmth, and even incredible highlight protection all at once.”

3. VSCO / best photography apps for iphone / best filmic filter app / best photography filter apps

VSCO is a photography mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app has a bunch of nice filmic emulation filters, and some editing tools.

The app includes multiple popular presets for free. From quiet and muted to vibrant and saturated, each preset produces a unique look. Additional presets can be purchased within the app.

4. Photofox / best photography apps for iPhone

Photofox is (at time of this writing) only available on iOS/Apple devices, but it has excellent reviews on the App Store, including this one from user Nick: “This app is the absolute best for creating and editing photos, no other app does it better. It helped me make some REALLY impressive pictures I never would’ve thought I could make without this app.”

Features include double exposures, advanced editing, glitch art, adding text, drawing, painting on images, and adding cool effects. Surreal backgrounds and effects can be added to a photo in a single tap, for example. The basic app is available for free (with in-app purchases).

5. ON1 Photo RAW / best photography app for computer and mobile

ON1 Photo RAW is one of the rare photo editing apps that is available on computers (Mac and Windows) AND mobile devices (iOS and Android). It is billed as “THE professional-grade photo organizer, raw processor, layered editor, and effects app.”

The app allows photographers to adjust myriad photo elements, including Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, Mid-tones, Highlights, and more. The companion product, ON1 Photo RAW 360, allows seamless cloud syncing of photos and editing between computers and mobile devices.

6. DxO PhotoLab and DxO ONE

PhotoLab from the French photography company, DxO, is an image processing app available on Windows and macOS. They also have the DxO ONE app for the App Store and Google Play.

The PhotoLab app (includes free trial) has some powerful AI and deep learning technology to be able to enhance the overall look and feel of your photos, especially photos with noise. The app’s “ClearView Plus” feature reduces haze, enabling quick restoration of the natural radiance of photos.

The DxO ONE app is available for free and is meant to be used with the DxO ONE cameras [Amazon Affiliate Link] that connect to iPhones and iPads. This app includes various features for the DxO ONE camera, including Shoot in Auto mode, scene modes for Sport, Portrait, Landscape and Night photography, and a “Selfie mode”.

7. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP has been around since 1996 and is still going strong! The app is a free, open-source raster graphics editor used for retouching and photo editing, free-form drawing, transcoding between image file formats, and other tasks.

GIMP’s interface has perhaps a bit of a steeper learning curve than a mainstream product like Photoshop, but the designers have made improvements to its UI in recent years to make it more streamlined and less cluttered.

Features include photo manipulation, colour management, original artwork creation, graphic design elements, and the app even offers extensibility via integration with various programming languages.

8. darktable / best open source photo editing app

darktable is a powerful open source photography workflow application and raw developer. Features include non-destructive photo editing, GPU accelerated image processing, professional colour management, and more.

The app has a bit of a learning curve, though. It can be installed on a variety of operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Ubuntu and Debian. This app is designed to be used on computers, not mobile devices.

9. RawTherapee / best photo processing app

RawTherapee is a free and open-source app for processing photos. The app has photo editing functions specifically for non-destructive editing of raw photos and is primarily focused on improving a photographer's workflow by facilitating the handling of large numbers of images.

RawTherapee is available on Windows, macOS and Linux at the time of this writing. As with darktable, this app is designed to be used on computers, not mobile devices.

Features include a 32-bit (floating point) processing engine, best-in-class demosaicing (reconstructing a full colour image from incomplete colour samples), hot/dead pixel correction, and the compositing of raw photo files with automatic ghost masking.

10. Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Spark

Yes, we have saved the most obvious ones for last! Everyone reading this has likely already heard of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom [Amazon Affiliate Links], but they deserve mentioning in any “best photography apps” article. They work seamlessly together – you can use Photoshop for the initial image work, and then take it into Lightroom for any additional image organization and manipulation.

Unlike Photoshop, Lightroom's edits are always non-destructive by keeping the original image and the edits applied to it saved separately.

Some readers potentially haven’t yet heard about Adobe Spark, however. Spark is an integrated suite of digital media apps for mobile and web, comprising Spark Page, Spark Post, and Spark Video. Access to Spark is included in an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

Photo Editing Accessories for your Laptop | Photo Editing Laptop Accessories

If you’re doing photo editing, don’t forget about these important accessories:

Having an external monitor is generally better than having just the laptop screen, so consider getting a nice 4K resolution monitor to complement your laptop (you’ll want a monitor that is colour accurate. Computer speed and high performance don’t matter so much if your colours are off!) A good one to consider is the ViewSonic VX2776-4K-MHD 4K Frameless IPS Monitor. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

An external hard drive and/or subscription to a cloud storage service such as Dropbox would be advisable because even if you have a large hard drive on the laptop, you will likely be surprised at how quickly that drive can fill up. A well-reviewed external HD to consider is the KwiltGo Personal Cloud Storage Device. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

Note: ~8GB of RAM can be a bit tight if you're using both Photoshop and Lightroom, plus other software like a web browser, so if you’ll be using a lot of software simultaneously, always opt for more RAM.

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Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

Note: Cellular phones are not covered under this policy, either as equipment or office equipment, regardless of whether they are used as part of your photography practice. Coverage for your cellular phone may be available through other insurance or product warranties.

 

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How to protect your camera in snow | protect your camera in cold weather

Posted by Grant Patten on Oct 1, 2020 8:19:39 AM

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN SNOW | PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN COLD WEATHER

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN SNOWSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 551251480, Shutterstock

It’s true – most modern photography equipment is generally durable enough to withstand snowy conditions, but there are still some best practices that you’ll want to keep in mind when handling your photography gear in snow and cold weather conditions. Let’s review those in this post.

Tips to protect your camera in snow / tips to protect your camera in cold weather

Try to avoid changing lenses outdoors, as that could trap condensation in the camera/lens for an extended period. If you must do so, be very careful!

Also, try to avoid breathing on your camera’s LCD screen. The moisture from your breath could freeze the screen and it can be a pain to get the ice off. If you think breathing on the LCD cannot be avoided, it wouldn’t hurt to have some de-icer spray in your camera bag, such as the CRC Ice-Off Windshield Spray De-Icer [Amazon Link] (yes, it can work on LCD screens, too!)

You may also experience LCD screen playback issues in cold temperatures. Consider disengaging the automatic playback of images while shooting.

Your batteries will drain faster in the cold. Look into getting a spare battery and an external battery pack handle/battery grip, such as the Sony Vertical Grip for Sony Alpha cameras [Amazon Link]. The grip provides some good moisture resistance.

Keep extra batteries in your jacket or pant pockets to keep them warm with body heat.

Break a hand warmer pack [Amazon Link] to keep your batteries warm. You could wrap a hand warmer around the section of the camera that contains the batteries (usually the handgrip for DSLRs).

Get a water resistant hard case for your memory cards, such as the Honsky Water Resistant Memory Card Carrying Case [Amazon Link]. A water resistant phone case would also be an option for holding the memory cards, such as the JOTO Universal Waterproof Pouch [Amazon Link].

Use a lens hood to prevent snow from touching the lens. The Kiwifotos 50mm Reversible Lens Hood seems to have mostly positive reviews on Amazon. The FOTGA Bayonet Mount Lens Hood is also well reviewed. [Amazon Link]

Use a camera rain cover / rain sleeve; these are generally inexpensive. Some well-known brands include Zacro, OP/TECH and Movo [Amazon Links]. You can find waterproof camera cases, lens hoods and custom rain covers.

Get the right gloves for shooting in cold weather. The Under Armour Men's Armour Liner 2.0 [Amazon Link] gloves are thin enough to operate a camera while wearing them. The FanVince Touch Screen Gloves Windproof in Cold Weather [Amazon Link] would also work well for snow photography.

OP/TECH USA Tripod Sleeves Tripod Leg CoverYou can get insulating sleeves or pipe insulation for the legs of your tripod, such as the OP/TECH USA Tripod Sleeves Tripod Leg Covers [Amazon Link]. Alternatively, use a carbon fiber tripod to prevent ice burn, such as the Neewer Carbon Fiber 66 inches/168 centimeters Camera Tripod [Amazon Link].

Include some silica gel desiccant [Amazon Link] in your camera bag to absorb residual moisture and any water from melted snow.

Make sure you get the snow off your camera and lens(es) before you bring them back inside. You do not want snow melting and having water get in your lens/body.

Acclimatize your camera! | Bringing your camera from outdoors to indoors (& vice versa)

Avoid rapid changes in temperature; limit the number of transitions from cold to warm, and vice versa.

When you must transition your camera from a cold to warm area, acclimatize the camera:

  1. Put your camera and lens back into the camera case
  2. Then put the camera case into a bag (any plastic bag that fits the case will do)
  3. Then go inside and leave the camera alone for a while in the case/bag until all reach room temperature. Following this process will minimize the chance that moisture will condense on the camera’s cold surfaces if brought too quickly into a warm room

If you cannot cover the camera case with a plastic bag, a simple towel can suffice. When you are finished shooting outside, wipe off the outside of the camera, the camera case and any other gear to remove any excess moisture.

Additional tip: turn the lens barrel to wipe off any moisture that may have gone under the outer barrel during times when the lens was retracted.

Best cameras for snow photography / blizzard-ready cameras

As a rule, do not use mechanical film cameras in the cold. These cameras are more susceptible to breaking, especially older ones. Always favour weather sealed cameras. Weather sealing a camera refers to having rubber gaskets in the seams to keep water from the camera’s internals. However, if the lens doesn't have weather sealing also, water can still enter into the camera through the lens mount. Therefore, make sure to keep the lens mount dry.

Many cameras are already weather sealed, but don’t assume that your camera is necessarily weather sealed just because it’s a new model. Be sure to check with the camera manufacturer to verify.

The Pentax K-70 Black [Amazon Link] is fully weather sealed and has largely positive reviews on Amazon. This camera is built specifically for outdoor shooting. Another solid, less expensive option from this brand is the Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR [Amazon Link], which is also weather sealed and built for shooting outdoors.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIIThe Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III [Amazon Link] is rugged and durable; this camera can withstand water and snow spray with ease. The larger form factor also makes it easier to handle while wearing gloves.

The Sony RX0 II [Amazon Link] is tiny, but tough. You can easily stuff it inside a jacket pocket and keep your hands tucked away from the cold when not in use.

The Sony Alpha a6100 Mirrorless Digital Camera [Amazon Link] would be good for snow photography as it is more compact than traditional DSLRs and Sony claims that it has “the world’s fastest auto-focus”.

The Canon PowerShot G9X Mk II [Amazon Link] would be a good compact point-and-shoot option for snow photography. It is ultra slim and lightweight, so stuffing it inside a jacket pocket and pulling it out again for snow pictures would be quick and easy.

Finally, consider using a polarizing filter to cut down on glare from the snow, such as the Gobe 58mm Circular Polarizing (CPL) Lens Filter. [Amazon Link]

Some Snow Photographs | Snow Photography | Snow Photographer

Snow photography tip: Set your camera to overexpose by 1 1/3 to two stops. This will ensure that the snow actually looks white, not grey!

Maybe one of these nice snow pictures can help inspire you to do some snow photography of your own:

Mocănița steam train from Bucovina

Mocănița steam train from Bucovina (Romania) travel in wintertime.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1022616715

Siberian Tiger running in snow

Siberian Tiger running in snow. Beautiful, dynamic and powerful photo of this majestic animal. Set in environment typical for this amazing animal. Birches and meadows.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 574476025

After the light snow in early spring

After the light snow in early spring.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1253253541

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Following these tips will, hopefully, allow you to avoid snow-related damage to your photography gear. However, just in case something like that does happen, you will want to have photography insurance in place to help cover the cost of repair/replacement.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

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