iStockphoto, Kelly Thompson interview

iStockphoto, the royalty-free online photo and video resource, has revolutionised stock photography for customers and photographers. The company’s Chief Operating Officer, Kelly Thompson, spoke to CPN to explain the ethos, attitude and planning behind iStockphoto’s success. Robert Hull reports.

For Thompson there is virtually no overlap between Getty and iStock, though he’s quick to thank Getty’s Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Klein, for providing useful advice. “One of the great things he told us when he bought us was to ‘slow down and focus on quality’. Once you have more than five million images on a site that’s more than anyone can see in a lifetime, so we could step back and focus on how good the images are,” reveals Thompson. Continue reading

Panasonic HDC SD90 camcorder review

Panasonic’s HDC-SD90 records Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p video to SDHC and SDXC cards and is part of the firm’s 1MOS range for 2011.

It’s an AVCHD model aimed, primarily, at people who want an HD camcorder with a wide range of features and connectivity, and has the sort of subtle functionality prized by moviemaking enthusiasts who want to take full control over the images they shoot. Continue reading

Panasonic HDC SD900 camcorder review

Panasonic is quite possibly trying to hit every target with the HDC-SD900 – and it may just do it. This is a Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p camcorder, which benefits from three 2.53MP sensors, uses the AVCHD recording format and has enough manual features and creative functions to keep even the most demanding movie maker happy.

The sub-£900 price only adds to the prospect that this could already be one of the best camcorders of the year. However, if you’re thinking it’s got all this functionality and can fit into a coat pocket you’ll have to think again. Continue reading

Making of … Charlotte Church’s Back to Scratch video: shot on Canon EOS 5D and 7D

Legendary music video director Kevin Godley was commissioned to help to launch Charlotte Church’s creative rebirth with an innovative video for the single ‘Back to Scratch’. Godley, DoP George Tiffin and producer Ben Sullivan tell Robert Hull a tale of white rooms, eight Canon EOS DSLR cameras and a finished video they feel hit the mark.

When a recording artist as high profile as Charlotte Church takes creative control of their career it’s usually an indication that they mean business. And with the Welsh singer forming her own label, Dooby Records, to launch the ‘Back to Scratch’ album, it also underlined her financial commitment to the project.

Read the full article online at Canon Professional Network


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3D games: Patrick Naud interview for the guardian

Case study: 3D games developer, Patrick Naud, executive producer for Ubisoft (
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Read full interview and more 3D stories at Guardian: Life in 3D

It’s just a short hop from the University of Montreal to the games developer Ubisoft’s offices in the city but making that trip has taken Patrick Naud on a 12-year journey to the pinnacle of the games industry and the forefront of 3D game development.

Naud, a 34-year-old “French-Canadian guy”, joined the company straight after his degree in 1998 and has seen the studio grow from a small satellite office to one of the largest games production houses in the world. His credits include Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six and last year’s James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game, on which he was executive producer. Continue reading

3D games: short history of video games – for the guardian

Moving to the next level: a short history of video gaming

After going mainstream with early favourites such as Pong and Donkey Kong, the gaming industry evolved as the technology developed

Revolution and evolution have characterised four decades of the gaming industry, from the seismic shock in 1972 of the first video games console, through to 2010 and the arrival of 3D gaming.

Ralph H Baer’s invention of the Magnavox Odyssey console in the early 70s sparked an interest which was taken to the masses by a game as uncomplicated as Pong, which simulated a table-tennis game using a few simple graphics. Atari even went so far as to launch its own dedicated Pong console for Christmas 1975. Continue reading

JVC Picsio GC-FM2 review

JVC’s first Picsio camcorder, the FM1, was pocket sized, fresh and fun but it didn’t do enough to unsettle the market-dominating Flip or rugged Kodak PlaySport. But now the Picsio is back and ready to show off its image and feature improvements.

A new (and more Flip-like) design means the FM2 doesn’t look so retro. There’s now a 3in touch-activated display and, unlike its predecessor, this Picsio can shoot Full HD 1920×1080 movies. Continue reading