Commercial photographers in the country are appealing to the government through the Central Bank of Liberia to provide a small loan scheme them, especially for those that are engaged in buttressing the Liberian economy.Speaking to our Business desk yesterday, Eddie K. Weah, a photographer, said that commercial photography is a good business to engage in for Liberia.According to him, photographers need help from the national government to be empowered financially. “Photography is a good business that helps to build the country’s economy,” he indicated.He said that commercial photograph plays an important role in this new age, and commercial photos are finding their way into all sorts of unconventional spaces.Mr. Weah, who is also a student of the University of Liberia, explained that commercial photographing is everywhere, and smart companies know how to make use of the growing market for these photos.Photographer Weah further asserted that in order to be successful as an individual or country, commercial photography helps convey real feeling and evokes an emotional response to the international community as well as investors.He also used the occasion to extend his gratitude to the CBL governor for his many contributions towards empowering Liberian owned businesses.“I want to use this medium to appeal to the Government, especially the CBL governor, Dr. Jones to look into our plights.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The future of track and field in Humboldt County appears to be in good hands.This week, approximately 500-600 young athletes turned out over two days at the Redwood Bowl for the first of four youth track and field meets this spring.The annual meets are organized by the Humboldt State and College of the Redwoods track teams in conjunction with the Six Rivers Running Club as a way of building interest in the sport for young athletes in the area.“It was huge,” Redwoods head coach Reed Elmore …
The Giants added yet another inexperienced option for their 2020 rotation Tuesday, signing former Rockies first-round pick Tyler Anderson.San Francisco initially claimed Anderson Oct. 30 after Colorado placed him on waivers, but the team did not tender him an option by Monday’s deadline, making him a free agent.Tuesday’s deal is a one-year contract, the Giants announced on Twitter.The left-handed Anderson was the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2011 out of Oregon. He appeared in parts of four …
Anne Frank was an inspiration to Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment on Robben Island. In celebration of Mandela Month, see this video where Mandela shares how the experience of a young Jewish girl gave him hope and encouragement. Anne Frank and seven others were in hiding in the secret annex on the Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. It’s become the Anne Frank House, a museum that commemorates her life. (Image: Wikipedia)Media Club South Africa reporterIn an interview conducted shortly after he was released, Nelson Mandela told Dutch filmmakers that Anne Frank had been his inspiration. He drew courage from her book, The Diary of a Young Girl as she faced injustice during the turbulent World War II.Mandela is often remembered as a reader, an analyst and a man who never stood still in his thinking. He had read Anne’s posthumous diary before going to prison, but when he read it behind bars again, he saw the work differently. He said that he never lost hope in returning as a free man [from Robben Island] because he knew he could follow in the footsteps of great fighters for human rights like Anne.About Anne Frank“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young GirlAnne died at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in February or March 1945, before the camp was liberated. She was just 15. Her diary, which she began writing while she was in hiding with her family, was found by her father, Otto, and published in 1947.During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, the Jewish Frank family hid in a secret annex of Otto’s manufacturing business. Sharing the space with two other families, Anne used her diary to write about the world she was not able to enjoy any longer.Watch this interview from the Anne Frank House:Watch Tobey Krafft give a tour of The Secret Annex here:Mandela MonthThis year the Mandela Month campaign focuses on education and literacy, food security, shelter and the environment. International Mandela Day is celebrated on Mandela’s birthday, 18 July. South Africans and international supporters are called to take action and inspire change throughout the month in commemoration of Mandela’s life.
Aperture RangeF2-22 Preferred SensorFull Frame Pricing and AvailabilityBoth the 50mm and 35mm lenses are expected to ship by December 31, 2014. The Lokia 50mm will have a base price of $949 with the 35mm going for $1,299.What do you think of Zeiss’ new lenses?Share in the comments below. The latest Zeiss announcement brings cinematic quality to Sony users.The Sony A7S has made a splash in the indie-filmmaking world, and rightfully so. It features insane low-light capabilities and 4K output making it a great option for the modern filmmaker.However, one area in which Sony has traditionally fallen behind Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic is in its availability of lenses. In the current lens market most new lenses get released in either Canon EF or Micro 4/3 format before being released to Nikon, Panasonic and Sony, if at all.This can be frustrating for Sony users, but thankfully one respected manufacturer is beginning to create lenses specifically for Sony full-frame cameras. Zeiss has just announced their release of two full-frame lenses compatible with the Sony E mount – a 35mm f/2 and a 50mm f/2.The Zeiss Loxia lenses have been specially designed for filmmakers, which makes the A7S just a little more enticing for those looking to get a new camera. Each lens also has the ability to be de-clicked by simply turning a screw.Loxia 35mm f/2 Specs Lens MountsSony E Mount Preferred SensorFull Frame ApertureManual w/ Declickable with “Declick Tool” MarkingsAperture and Focal Distance FocusManual Focus No Gear Minimum Focus Distance1.45′ feet Aperture RangeF2-22 ApertureManual w/ Declickable with “Declick Tool” Minimum Focus Distance11.81″ inches FocusManual Focus No Gear MarkingsAperture and Focal Distance Lens MountsSony E Mount Loxia 50mm f/2 Specs
4. Columbia Pictures Takes Down Unrelated Videos, and Their Own Trailer, With a Bogus DMCA ClaimVimeo received DMCA notices on behalf of Columbia by Entura International for the film Pixels. The filing was incredibly broad, including any use of the term “Pixels” in the title. Unrelated films like Pantone Pixels were taken down, as well as the original short film, Pixels, the movie is based on. The claims have since been rescinded, but it did open a huge debate on DMCA practices. The DMCA notice also had the films own trailer removed. You can read more about this mess at Geek. Miss any big headlines in August? Here are nine things you may have missed last month.Image via Blackmagic DesignWith projects taking up all of your time, we know how easy it is to miss some breaking news or cool features. These are some of the biggest stories from August 2015.1. Fusion 8 Beta ReleasedHot off the release of DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta, Blackmagic Design has already made Fusion 8 available for download. Fusion 8 is a compositing software for VFX artists to create motion design and 3D animation.Prior versions of Fusion have been used on features like Thor, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and The Hunger Games. It was also used on television series like Breaking Bad, Adventure Time, Downton Abbey, and Battlestar Galactica.The public beta is available for FREE! More on Fusion 8 over at No Film School.2. The Future for AdobeAdobe’s Sr. Director of Product Management for Video, Bill Roberts, gave an interview to Video & Filmmaker about the future of Adobe. You’ll see how Adobe discovered that filmmakers use Creative Cloud more than any other industry users.We found that video professionals are the most voracious users of Creative Cloud, using more tools and services across a range of disciplines to complete their work. For example, it’s not uncommon to have a logo from Illustrator CC and image from Photoshop CC combined in an After Effects CC comp and dynamically linked to a Premiere Pro timeline. You can read the entire interview over at Video & Filmmaker.3. Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn’t)One of the most popular videos shared this past month came from RocketJump Film School. Freddy Wong and crew tackled the always controversial use of CG in films. 5. SmallHD 500 Series Causes Problems With Digital Bolex D16Digital Bolex has announced multiple reports of D16 users experiencing problems with SmallHD 501 and 502 monitors. The monitors were causing the internal SSD to dismount or freeze, which caused problems with recording and playback.The issue was tied to a new data standard in the HDMI signal. The D16 did not recognize the signal, and a firmware patch will be released on 8/31/15. Read more about the issue at No Film School.6. 10 Astounding VFX Innovations from ILMA look at the incredible VFX work of Industrial Light and Magic. This breakdown includes effects like building virtual cities and creating movie monsters. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes look at the ILM Virtual Reality Lab, where they are pushing the boundaries of VR filmmaking. They’ve even used the technology to create pre-production sets for Star Wars: Rogue One. Read about the 10 innovations at RocketStock. Speaking of Star Wars… 7. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Will Take Over Every Imax for a MonthImage via We Got This CoveredFor four weeks, all IMAX theaters will only play Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The exclusive deal will keep cinema goers from seeing The Revenant and In the Heart of the Sea on IMAX until January 2016. You can read more from The Hollywood Reporter.8. Netflix Users Avoid 130 Hours of Commercials a YearBy calculating the streaming time on Netflix and average time ads are aired, it was determined that Netflix saves subscribers from 130 hours of advertisements a year. This was determined by factoring the average streaming time of 1.5 hours on Netflix and the average hour of television, which includes 15 minutes and 30 seconds of ads. Read more about this at Exstreamist.9. You Can Buy Shotgun Shells Marketed for Shooting Down DronesThe company Snake River Shooting Products has announced a line of shotgun shells that are advertised specifically for shooting drones out of the sky. The rounds are 12 gauge 3″ shotgun shells, which are obviously just standard shells packaged for drone warfare in the impeding “drone apocalypse.” More information is available from Pop Photo.Any other major stories we failed to mention? Let us know in the comments below.
Civil rights activists on Wednesday alleged a deliberate bias against Muslims in the investigation into the violence at Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh on January 26.The report was released by activists Sandeep Pandey, Teesta Setalvad, former IPS officer S.R. Darapuri, lawyer Shoaib Mohammad, academic Apoorvanand and others. “The independent investigation exposes the police attempt to frame the Muslims, against whom there is no evidence, and protect the Hindus, against whom there is evidence,” it said.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he would take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of persuading Pakistan to grant Indian devotees open access to more historic gurdwaras across the border.Expressing his gratitude to Mr. Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for helping realise the Sikh community’s dream of visiting the Kartarpur Gurdwara, Capt. Amarinder hoped this would be followed by more such gurdwaras in Pakistan, such as Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, being opened to Indian devotees.He said he would personally take up the matter with Mr. Modi and urge him to raise the issue with Mr. Khan.Capt. Amarinder acknowledged the support given by the Union government in making the historic celebrations a success and expressed happiness at the participation of people from different political parties, as a tribute to the first Sikh guru.President present President Ram Nath Kovind, who attended the celebrations, said Guru Nanak Dev tried to free people from caste and creed and ritualism by teaching them lessons of equality, brotherhood, kindness and morality. “True followers of Guru Nanak Dev Ji work for the welfare of all, live in harmony and do their job with diligence and honesty,” he said. Mr. Kovind paid obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib and then went to the stage set up by the Punjab government for the celebrations. Later, he went to the other stage (pandal) set up by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.Two stagesHowever, the setting up of separate stages for the celebrations didn’t go down well with the pilgrims, many of whom felt that the Guru’s message of ‘oneness’ was unheeded by political parties.Forty-five-year old Baljinder Singh from Patiala, who had come to the holy town for the first time, said that he was peeved at the two stages. “They [SGPC and the State government] should have joined hands and set up only one stage. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s idea and message of ‘oneness’ has been disregarded by them,” he said.“I’ll pay obeisance at the gurdwara and return. I’ll not go any of these stages,” he added.A group of youngsters from Jalalabad in Fazilka expressed similar sentiments. “How will they [political parties] preach the message of the Guru, when they seem to be involved in their advertising through there stages and events?” said 32-year-old Daljeet Singh.Seventy-five-year-old Darshan Singh from Amritsar said: “Such division is not good for humanity. The message of unification and integration should have been sent, instead an opposite message has been conveyed.”Guru Nanak Dev had spent 14 years of his early life in Sultanpur Lodhi.