How a Camera Flash Became a Lightsaber

Posted by on Tuesday February 14, 2017 | Video

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As if you needed another reason to love Star Wars (the originals), Digital Rev has produced this entertaining short piece on how a Graflex camera flash became cinema’s most iconic weapon.

Specifically, the light saber in the original Star Wars film was a modified Graflex 3-cell flashgun. Since its cinematic debut, the price of Graflex cameras on eBay and other used markets has soared as prop collectors have scooped them up to make their very own Jedi weapon.




Tuesday Tip: How to Make Video That Doesn’t Suck

Posted by on Tuesday December 5, 2017 | Video

Good video is built on strong narrative, not just interesting visuals, says director, editor and video instructor Bob Sacha. “People say, ‘How do you shoot great video?’ That’s easy. The question is: How do you tell a great video story?” His first advice to those learning to shoot video is to forget about shooting B-roll.... More

Composition Tips from Some Great Photographers

Posted by on Monday December 4, 2017 | Video

It’s sometimes said that the worst vice is advice, but whoever said that hasn’t spent much time on YouTube, where great advice (and cats) can be had in abundance. Exhibit A, is Marc Silber’s latest video rounding up photographic composition advice from some of the best photographers in the business. No matter your current skill... More